Considering Ayana Mathis’ and Justin Torres’ unusual paths to fiction writing (between them, they’ve have had past turns as college dropouts, a waitress, a psychiatric ward resident, and a translator for Italian wineries), the fact that both authors’ debut books became best sellers merits consideration. How did they do it? Well, the two writers share more than an uncommon biography: Both are masters of pathos and poetry. Tonight, Mathis and Torres will read from their novels and talk about their pasts with another successful debut novelist: D.C. resident Elliott Holt. Read more >>> The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. (202) 544-7077. folger.edu. (Sarah Kaplan)
After several delays, Lupo Verde opens on 14th Street NW today. The 100-seat restaurant will serve rustic Italian fare like housemade charcuterie, cheeses, wood-fired pizzas, and roasted fish. About 70 percent of the menu will be available for purchase to go. The restaurant also offers 100 wines available by the bottle, cocktails, and five beers on draft. Lupo Verde. 1401 T St. NW.(202) 827-4726. lupoverdedc.com. (Raphaella Baek)
OH AND ALSO
Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks discusses the D.C. theater scene with WAMU’s Rebecca Sheir at the Hill Center. 7 p.m. at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free.
Head to the National Gallery of Art to see its new exhibition of German prints from the collection of Ruth Kainen. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
Mississippi rock band Water Liars plays DC9 with Georgia folk act Outer Spaces. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
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