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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Giovanni's Room by James BaldwinCome to the first meeting of a new monthly Queer Book Club at Northeast Neighborhood Library!

For October, we will discuss Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. This gay literature classic was written in the 1950s and is about an American expatriate living in the south of France, deciding between a conventional relationship with a woman and a torrid love affair with a man.

Stop by Northeast Neighborhood Library to check out a copy on display, then come ready to discuss!

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 BearsYou are cordially invited to join us for a discussion of The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Mengestu.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

(All day)

The Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month in the main-floor meeting room.

We alternate between fiction and nonfiction each month.

For more information, please contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at anaelisa.decampossalles@dc.gov or call 202-671-3122.

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.

6:30 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.

6:30 p.m.

'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham VergheseJoin us to discuss October's book club selection, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.

Pick up a copy today and join us to discuss this extraordinary novel that San Francisco Chronicle calls "A masterpiece” and “larger-than-life saga” by three-time nominated and National Book Award winner, Abraham Verghese.
 
The Francis A. Gregory Adult Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Copies are available for check-out.

For more information, please call 202-698-6373.

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.

Twentythirtysomething Book Club Logo

Are you a local reader between the ages of 21 and 35? Looking for a more casual book club experience? Then join us for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a new book group for younger adults.


Our September selection, Peter Finn's The Zhivago Affairdraws on newly declassified government files to tell the dramatic story of how a forbidden book in the Soviet Union became a secret CIA weapon in the ideological battle between East and West. 

We will be meeting at breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Glover Park.
 
For more information, check out our MeetUp page or email erika.rydberg@dc.gov or julia.strusienski@dc.gov.

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.

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.

6:00 p.m.

Read, watch, discuss. Committed to settling the eternal question: Which is better, the book or the movie?

We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

Please contact us at 202-576-7252 or email peter.sullivan@dc.gov to get a copy of the next book.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7:00 p.m.

book cover artJoin the Young Prose Book Meetup for a discussion of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu, a DC Reads 2014 selection.

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

DC Reads is a DC Public Library literacy program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide celebrations for teens and adults that focus on one book. Each year a new book is selected by a public voting process, with thousands of votes cast at libraries and bookstores around the city.

The Young Prose Book Meetup is a casual and friendly book Meetup for young professionals in DC between the ages of 21 and 35, but no one is ever turned away, who like discussing books and drinking beer! We usually meet on the last Wednesday evening of each month at Kitty O'Sheas DC in Tenleytown. Please RSVP to victor.benitez@dc.gov or visit http://www.meetup.com/youngprose.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

(All day)

Trashy Book ClubJoin us for our romance book club to discuss all your favorite bodice rippers!

7:00 p.m.

Book Club with a BeatGot a love of music? Want to know more about your favorite band? Curious where that beat came from? Join us the first Tuesday of every month in room 221 to discuss and listen to our popular music traditions.

Upcoming reads:

Have a book recommendation or question about this program? Email margaret.gilmore@dc.gov.

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.

7:00 p.m.

The CCHDC Book Club will discuss the DC Reads selection, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu at the Chevy Chase Community Center.

All are welcome!

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.

7:00 p.m.

1491Join our monthly History Book Club as we consider what the Americas were like before Europeans arrived.  We will be discussing 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles C. Mann.

In this book Mann shows how researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques have come to new, surprising conclusions about the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans: In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe. Certain cities--such as Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital--were greater in population than any European city. Tenochtitlán, unlike any capital in Europe at that time, had running water, beautiful botanical gardens, and immaculately clean streets. The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids. Native Americans transformed their land so completely that Europeans arrived in a hemisphere already massively "landscaped" by human beings. Pre-Columbian Indians in Mexico developed corn by a breeding process that the journal Science recently described as "man's first, and perhaps the greatest, feat of genetic engineering."

Come and have your old image of this continent before Columbus and Pilgrims challenged by this award winning history.

All are welcome, even if you haven't read the book.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

1:30 p.m.

The Village Book Club meets every first Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Call or check the Palisades Library website for the book title. Clip art people talking about a book

6:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month at Barnes & Noble, located at 12th and E Streets, NW.  The monthly selection is listed on dclibrary.org/clevelandpark, or call 202-282-3072.

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

(All day)

Read and talk about popular nonfiction titles!

May 14: Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks
June 11: Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss
July 9: At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
August 20: The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
September 10: Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
October 8: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
November 12: You are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier
December 10:  Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

12:00 p.m.

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Join the conversation!  This Twitter book club meets every second Wednesday of the month at lunchtime to compare notes with library staffers on what you're currently reading.  Love it or hate it, we want to know. 

Or you can share in person. Just drop into the Popular Library during the meeting and get a free book or audiobook and a stylish but sturdy library tote to carry home your treasure.

The meetings are held from until 1 p.m at

#brownbagdc
at @dcpl

2:00 p.m.

Come discuss The Presidents Club by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy.

We will meet at Bread & Chocolate, 5542 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Bread & Chocolate will also be the location of our Nov. 12 History & Biography Book Club meeting, at which we will discuss A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. 

7:00 p.m.

The Mystery Thriller Book Club meets the second Wednesday of each month in the Conference Room, Lower Level.

The book selections for the next few months are:

October Joyland Joyland
by Stephen King
November Cuckoo's Calling Cuckoo's Calling
by Robert Galbraith
December Iron House Iron House 
by John Hart


7:30 p.m.

"Book Cube 1" by Larry Wentzel;FlickrDo you like to be left scratching your head after finishing a book? Do you enjoy asking yourself, “What, exactly, did I just read?”

What Did I Just Read?! Book Club may be just what you’re looking for! Once a month, we’ll meet to discuss an innovative work of literature that avoids taking the straight path from A to B. These books sometimes start at B, or they skip B, or they never really leave A. Perhaps they just circle around point C. Whether thrilling, heartbreaking, terrifying, or goofy, What The?! seeks to explore and discuss the kinds of books that even other books think are weird. 

What The?! meets on the second Wednesday of the month at a bar or restaurant near Takoma Park Library beginning September 10. Email torin.jensen@dc.gov for questions or to RSVP for the next meeting.