It was only two years ago when 32-year-old Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped while working for a humanitarian NGO in Somalia. She was teaching communities how to avoid land mines and unexploded munitions when a group of Somali pirates kidnapped her at gunpoint and held her for $45 million ransom. For the next three months, she endured starvation and filthy living conditions until a rescue team of 24 members of SEAL Team Six raided the camp and saved her.

She and her husband, Erik Landemalm, have recorded her journey in her new memoir "Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six."

They'll be signing copies of their book at the National Press Club (529 14th St. NW) at 6:30 p.m. Get your tickets at


Head over to BusBoys and Poets (1025 Fifth St. NW) for a lively book discussion about the origins and spread of modern Spanish. Internationally best-selling authors Jean Benoit-Nadeau and Julie Barlow turn their attention to the fascinating and intriguing chronicle of the Spanish language in their most recent book "The Story of Spanish." The book is filled with stories and anecdotes that explore that origins and spread of the language, and it also explains how it thrived through many conquests and setbacks to become a globally predominant language today. Pretty fascinating stuff.

This free discussion will be led by Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, and will start at 6 p.m. As a perk, you'll receive a free glass of wine!


There are plenty of summer chill-out spots, but have you ever tried Cashion's Eat Place (1819 Columbia Road NW)? The Adams Morgan eatery is throwing its first Summer Chill Out Patio Party of the season, and like all great summer bashes there will be plenty of seasonal barbecue sandwiches prepared by executive chef John Manolatos and plenty of yummy cocktails to keep you hydrated.

The party will kick off at 6 p.m. and will end when the last sandwich is eaten and the last drink has been downed. Meal tickets are $30 per person. Warning -- patio seating is limited so make sure you and your friends get there early for a good spot.