Ghosts of Tom Joad

Come visit Peter Van Buren in Boston and Washington DC

I’m going to be exercising my First Amendment rights and traveling over the next few days, and invite all FDL readers in Boston and Washington DC to join me. If you can’t make it to the live events in either of those cities, Fire Dog Lake will be hosting me in a live chat Book Salon right here. Occupy, Code Pink and Chelsea Manning supporters especially welcome. There is no charge for any of these events and you are not obligated to buy anything. Details below!

At each event I’ll be talking about my new book Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent and its themes of income inequality, social disparity, the working poor and the need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage.

There will be a Q&A session where we can also discuss We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People and/or my experiences being run out of my former career with the Department of State as a whistleblower because I wrote about their waste and mismanagement of the Iraq War reconstruction in that book.

Media welcome, everything on the record.


The Community Church of Bostonis kind enough to host me for a morning of reading, book signing, and conversation. I am very proud to add that my talk is in conjunction with the group’s 2014 Sacco & Vanzetti Award for Social Justice ceremony, where I will accept the award on behalf of whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning, John Kiriakou and Edward Snowden who cannot attend. The event starts at 11 am.

The Community Church will also have a smaller get together with me on Friday, May 16 at 7pm, if you prefer that. Details.

The Community Church of Boston is at 565 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, Tel. 617-266-6710, very close to Copley Square and the beautiful Boston Public Library. The nearest T stop is Copley Station. The Church of Boston is a a non-sectarian, free community united for the study and practice of universal religion, seeking to apply ethical ideals to individual life and the democratic and cooperative principle to all forms of social and economic life. They’ve been active peace and justice congregation since their founding in 1920.

If you’re in the Cambridge, MA area, please join me at 5pm at Revolution Books, 1158 Mass. Avenue, 2nd floor, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel. 617-492-5443. Nearest T stop is Harvard Square.

Washington DC

Busboys and Poets, Washington’s best independent bookstore (with its own restaurant and bar) will host me for an evening of reading, signing, and possibly some drinking.

The event is May 20, from 6:30pm, at the Busboys and Poets store at 5th & K Streets. The full address is 1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, Tel. 202-789-2227. Nearest Metro stations are Gallery Place/Chinatown and Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center. More specific directions here. More event info here.

Arlington, Virginia

One More Page Books, Northern Virginia’s best independent bookstore and my former local, will host me for an evening of reading, signing, and more drinking (they sell wine and chocolates, too). The event is May 21, from 7:00 pm, at One More Page Books, 2200 N Westmoreland Street #101 Arlington VA 22213, 703.300.9746. The nearest Metro is East Falls Church. The store is a nice walk down from the State Theatre in Falls Church. More details.

Fire Dog Lake Live Chat

Right here on Fire Dog Lake we’ll be doing a live chat “Book Salon” from 5pm-7pm EST on May 24. Details.

Similar to Reddit’s Ask Me Anything sessions, Book Salon is where we can chat interactively and you can ask anything. Drinking may also be involved, but you’ll do it in front of your own computer for this.



Peter Van Buren writes about current events at blog. His book,Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent, is available now from from Amazon.