Northern Virginia based author, activist, and scholar Eric Lotke will host a book talk about his newest release, “Making Manna,” with a signing and question and answer session. “Making Manna” is an uplifting tale of triumph over economic and criminal injustice. It explores the depths of betrayal, and the human capacity to love, forgive, and flourish in the face of heartbreaking odds. The event will take place at Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St NW, on Sept. 15 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The event is free of charge and copies of Lotke’s novel will be available for purchase. Lotke’s books include “Making Manna,” “The Real War on Crime,” and “2044: The Problem isn’t Big Brother, it’s Big Brother, Inc.”