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Annie Dillard’s 1987 memoir, An American Childhood, chronicles her upbringing in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. While the stories Dillard tells are unique to her life, her description of a bucolic, middle-class upbringing has resonated with readers for more than 25 years. Now, California Polytechnic State University literature professor and Pittsburgh native John Hampsey shares his own reflections on growing up in the Pennsylvania city in his new memoir, Kaufman’s Hill. From being bullied by a gang of tough neighbors to racial animosity and testing the limits of childhood independence, Hampsey distills vivid moments into lyrical passages on the page. Read more >>> John Hampsey reads at 6:30 p.m. at Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 387-1400. kramers.com(Morgan Hines)


Get a free kid’s meal today at Meridian PintBrookland Pint, and Smoke & Barrel if you bring in a box of healthy, low sugar/salt breakfast cereal. The breakfast goods will be donated to Miriam’s Kitchen. The deal is good from 5 to 7 p.m. (Jessica Sidman)


Lloyd Cole, the indie rocker best known for his stint with the Commotions in the mid-’80s, performs at the Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25.

In anticipation of the American Ballet Theatre’s upcoming performances, the Kennedy Center presents the world premiere of American Masters: American Ballet Theatre, a new documentary about the dance company’s 75-year history, in the Terrace Theater. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Let the Lincoln assassination nostalgia tour continue at the National Museum of American History where, beginning today, visitors can see the carriage that the president, his wife, Major Henry Rathbone, and Clara Harris took to Ford’s Theatre on the night of April 14, 1865. 10 a.m. at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.

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