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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things CoverDinaw MengestuJoin us at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for an opening night reception to celebrate our selection for DC Reads 2014: The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu.

Special appearance by author Dinaw Mengestu at 7 p.m.

Meet-and-greet with the author to follow at 8 p.m.

Food and drinks provided by the DC Public Library Foundation.

This program is a part of the DC Reads series of programs. To learn more about DC Reads, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

3:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

7:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

7:30 p.m.

The Beautiful Things that Heaven BearsJoin the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss the 2014 DC Reads selection: Dinaw Mengestu's 2006 novel, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

Set in D.C. in the 1970s, the novel follows Ethiopian immigrant Sepha Stephanos as gentrification brings change to his Logan Circle neighborhood.

7:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Monday, October 20, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

3:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

6:00 p.m.

DC Public Library has lined up two special documentary films about life of African immigrants in the United States and their connection to the complex issues facing their home countries. Both shows start at 6 p.m. in Room A-5.

  • Oct. 21: A film focusing on refugees from war-torn Sudan.
  • Nov. 4: The story of a West African woman in Philadelphia seeking asylum for her daughter.

This program is a part of the DC Reads series of programs. To learn more about DC Reads, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Attend a database demonstration that explores DC Public Library’s genealogical and historical online resources highlighting the Black Studies and Washingtoniana Collections. Learn how to research house histories, census data, maps, telephone directories and more.

With your DC Public Library card, tracing your family history has never been easier.

This program is part of the DC Reads series of events. To learn more about DC Reads, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

3:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

6:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverNOTE: This is an off-site event.  Meet at 6 p.m. in Logan Circle for the walking tour.

To date, the DC By the Book (DCBTB) project has 11 fiction excerpts entered for The Beautiful Things That Heavens Bears and 50+ for the Dupont/Logan Circle neighborhoods. We'll be curating a selection of our favorites, complemented by historical context and photographs. We'll showcase a brand-new tour in the DCBTB app as we go. DCBTB is a collaboration between DC Public Library, local partners, and the public to crowd-source passages from fiction set in D.C. and place them on a custom map of the city. Learn more at dcbythebook.org.

Get a leg up and download the app in advance:

For iPhones, search DC By the Book tours in iTunes.

For Android, search DC By the Book tours in Google Play.

DC By the Book logoThis program is a part of the DC Reads series of programs. To learn more about DC Reads please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.
 

6:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

6:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2:00 p.m.

The October title for Legends & Lore DC is the DC Reads 2014 selection The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu.

Monday, October 27, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

12:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7:30 p.m.

Cover image Beautiful Things Heaven BearsJoin us at the Petworth Library as we discuss The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bearsthe 2014 DC Reads selection.

Set in D.C. of the 1970s, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears tells the story of Sepha Stephanos, an Ethiopian immigrant who fled his country's revolution 17 years prior. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American neighborhood, with only other African immigrants for friends, and all the while longing for his home continent.

As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again.

It is the debut novel by Dinaw Mengestu, an Ethiopian immigrant and resident of Washington D.C.  Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Petworth Library.   

Saturday, November 1, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Beautiful Things coverNOTE: This is an off-site event.  Meet at 6 p.m. in Logan Circle for the walking tour.

To date, the DC By the Book (DCBTB) project has 11 fiction excerpts entered for The Beautiful Things That Heavens Bears and 50+ for the Dupont/Logan Circle neighborhoods. We'll be curating a selection of our favorites, complemented by historical context and photographs. We'll showcase a brand-new tour in the DCBTB app as we go. DCBTB is a collaboration between DC Public Library, local partners, and the public to crowd-source passages from fiction set in D.C. and place them on a custom map of the city.  Learn more at dcbythebook.org.

Get a leg up and download the app in advance:

For iPhones, search DC By the Book tours in iTunes.

For Android, search DC By the Book tours in Google Play.

DC By the Book logoThis program is a part of the DC Reads series of programs. To learn more about DC Reads please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

6:00 p.m.

DC Public Library has lined up two special documentary films about life of African immigrants in the United States and their connection to the complex issues facing their home countries. Both shows start at 6 p.m. in Room A-5.

  • Oct. 21: A film focusing on refugees from war-torn Sudan.
  • Nov. 4: The story of a West African woman in Philadelphia seeking asylum for her daughter.

This program is a part of the DC Reads series of programs. To learn more about DC Reads, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

7:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

3:00 p.m.

Beautiful Things coverAs part of the month-long celebration of DC Reads, we will be reading and discussing Dinaw Mengestu's book The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears.

From the jacket:
"Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again."

This program is a part of the DC Reads series. To learn more about DC Reads and to find out about other special events in this series, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Attend a database demonstration that explores DC Public Library’s genealogical and historical online resources highlighting the Black Studies and Washingtoniana Collections. Learn how to research house histories, census data, maps, telephone directories and more.

With your DC Public Library card, tracing your family history has never been easier.

This program is part of the DC Reads series of events. To learn more about DC Reads, please visit dclibrary.org/dcreads.