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Saturday, September 20, 2014

10:00 a.m.
DC By the Book app   WalkingTown DC Humanities Council of Washington, DC


Know Your Neighborhood

DC By The Book Tours
 
         

Join the Humanities Council, DC By the Book, WalkingTown DC and the DC Public Library on Sept. 20 10 a.m. to noon for a free literary walking tour! Participants will meet at the 13th Street entrance to the U Street Metro in Northwest, DC. 

Kim Roberts, historian of DC’s literary culture, will lead the tour with the theme “Books of the Harlem Renaissance.” Visit http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/tours to register.

Authors will include Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Duke Ellington, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Richard Bruce Nugent, Langston Hughes, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Edward Christopher Williams, Pearl Bailey, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke and Rudolph Fisher. We will take a stroll of approximately 1.5 hours around the U Street neighborhood, exploring locations found in significant literary works.

The tour will include several stops featured in the Brand New DC By the Book iPhone/Android app! The app guides users on tours of DC By the Book sites across the city.

DC By the Book
 is the brainchild of Tony Ross and Kim Zablud of DC Public Library. The project explores the richness of non-Federal civic life in Washington and its character as a city, as brought to life by fiction. The project goal is to highlight and crowd-source passages from the (largely undiscovered) rich body of literature set in DC that illuminate its social and geographic history.  Visit dcbythebook.org for more details.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2:00 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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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.
 

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.