Bethesda author and 1998 National Book Award winner Alice McDermott (Someone) and D.C. native Anthony Marra (A Constellation of Vital Phenomena) are up for National Book Awards. [Post]

Anne Washburn‘s Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, which premiered at Woolly Mammoth, gets a warm reception off-Broadway. [Post]

A chat with DC Shorts founder and director Jon Gann, who’s in the process of hosting his 10th annual festival (don’t miss our reviews). [Post]

What to know before you hit Virgin Mobile FreeFest this weekend [Post]

An interview with two of dog & pony dc ringleaders [We Love DC]

Brightest Young Things adds another show and after-party to its Bentzen Ball lineup. [BYT]

DCist premieres a new Tereu Tereu song. [DCist]