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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Book Cover: S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for the Washington Post. The first in his family to graduate from college, he had landed a job at one of the country’s premier newspapers. But his apparent success masked a devastating secret: he was a crack addict. Even as he covered the drug-fueled violence that was destroying the city, he was prowling S Street NW, a 24/7 open-air crack market, during his off hours. S Street Rising is a study of the city itself as it tried to rise above an era of crime and violence that earned Washington the title of “Murder Capital.”

Join Castaneda as he shares his professional and personal experiences as a crime reporter in late 1980s and 1990s Washington, a city then under siege.
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW, Washington D.C. 20001
Washingtoniana Program Room, Room 307
 

6:30 p.m.

Please join us for an information session on how to publish a great book.

Charlene Giannetti, author of 11 books, and editor of WAT-AGE and Women Around Town, will share some tips on getting you published.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Soar CoverDavid BanksJoin us for in the Great Hall an evening with David Banks, founder of The Eagle Academy Foundation, the nationally acclaimed school for boys of color. 

We are looking for collective solutions.

We are looking for answers on how to help our young African American males reach their highest potential, live without fear and how to soar above any circumstance thrown their way.

David Banks, a respected educator who has advised Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker on scholastic issues, presents a plan for teaching the country’s most educationally endangered group—boys.

Result-oriented and clear-eyed about the challenges and the promises of educating boys at risk, Soar is a book that no one who wants to see our young men flourish — from parents and educators to teachers and employers — can afford to miss.

Please RSVP to obtain a free general admission ticket to this event. You may also pre-purchase a copy of David Banks's book Soar for pickup on the day of the event.

This program is made possible thanks to our partnership with The Oracle Group.

This event is hosted by The Oracle Group at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, in partnership with the Mocha Moms Inc. and the My Brothers Keeper Initiative.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

7:00 p.m.

The Return of George WashingtonEdward LarsonJoin DC Public Library in welcoming Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson who will speak on his forthcoming book,The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789 (to be released October 7, 2014). 

In this revolutionary new look at our First Citizen, Larson masterfully chronicles how George Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement four years after the Revolution to lead—and unite—the struggling new nation. Though the period between the Revolution and Presidency has previously been neglected in studies of Washington’s life, Larson’s startling reassessment shows that Washington’s greatness in fact rests on these years—1783 to 1789—during which he completed a remarkable journey that secured the future of the nation. From a contented post-military life at Mount Vernon and his agonizing decision to return to public service; to his indispensable, though still underappreciated, role in shaping the Constitution and securing its ratification; to his victory in the first federal elections and inauguration in New York.

Mr. Larson will speak on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in the Great Hall at 7 p.m.  Politics & Prose will be on site to sell copies of the book.  For further information, please contact Kari Mitchell at kari.mitchell@dc.gov.

This event is free and open to the public.  Let DC Public Library know you are coming by registering here.  (Tickets and registration are not required at the event)

7:00 p.m.

 Matthew Gilmore, author of Foggy Bottom and the West End will narrate the history of the neighborhood through a selection of representative images.

7:00 p.m.

book cover artThe Friends of Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library present:

Dan Pink, the bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind, speaks on his latest book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.

In To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Pink explores the power of selling, which we each do everyday — whether we know it or not. Pink's book will change how you see your world and transform what you do at work, school and at home.

There will be a book signing following the author talk. | Open to all.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Rainie Photobook cover Join the District of Columbia Library Association as they host Lee Rainie, Director of Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, for a presentation on: "Who Uses Libraries and Who Doesn't? A Special Typology."

Lee Rainie, former managing editor of the U.S. News and World Report and co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System, is an expert on the evolution of the internet as a tool for communication and its impact on families, communities, education, and civic and political life.

Attendance to this presentation is free and open to the general public.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

7:00 p.m.

historic waterfront of washington, d.c.Come learn about the history of Southwest and its waterfront, with local author John Wennersten!

Wennersten, who has written extensively about local waterways, will discuss his newest book, The Historic Waterfront of Washington, D.C.

Copies will be available for sale and for signing.

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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

9:30 a.m.

DC Author Fest logoThe DC Author Festival is an all day celebration of the thriving literary community of the District.  Enjoy readings, writing workshops, and local author and publisher vendor booths.

Featuring

A conversation between author George Pelecanos and journalist Neely Tucker

ASL Author Talk with Gina Oliva and Linda Lytle authors of Turning the Tide.

With special readings by

Warren Brown
CakeLove owner, former Food Network's Sugar Rush host and author of four cookbooks

Kelly Rand
Former Arts Editor for DCist, crafter and author of Handmade to Sell

Carolivia Herron
Author of the award-winning Nappy Hair and Always an Olivia

Tom Doyle
Fantasy and Science Fiction writer and author of American Craftsmen


With Additional Readings From

Brett L. Abrams * Jonetta Rose Barras * Dorothy Bendel * Jeffrey Blount * Simeon & Carol Booker * Mike Canning * Christopher Datta * Courtney Davis * Dorris Dutch * Beverly East * Christopher Edelson * Craig Gidney * Beverly and Anthony John Green * Cheryl Head * Norwood Holland * Aiyaz Husain * Ida E. Jones * Carolyn Morrow-Long * P.S. Perkins * Elisavietta Richie * Canden Schwantes * Janet Sims-Woods *  Karin Tanabe * Reach Inc. Teen Authors * Linda Chrichlow White * Liliane Willens * and more!


This program is made possible thanks to support from the DC Public Library Foundation.  The District of Columbia Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enhances DC Public Library resources and programs to promote, in all community members, literacy and a thirst for knowledge. Funds raised by the Foundation go to the sole support of the DC Public Library.
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Book Cover: S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for The Washington Post. The first in his family to graduate from college, he had landed a job at one of the country’s premier newspapers.

But his apparent success masked a devastating secret: he was a crack addict.

Even as he covered the drug-fueled violence that was destroying the city, he was prowling S Street NW, a 24/7 open-air crack market, during his off hours. S Street Rising is a study of the city itself as it tried to rise above an era of crime and violence that earned Washington the title of “Murder Capital.”


Join Castaneda as he shares his professional and personal experiences as a crime reporter in late 1980s and 1990s Washington, a city then under siege.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7:00 p.m.

District of Change LogoFor decades the LGBTQ community has been a vibrant and prominent part of life in the District. From Frank Kameny's fight against the lavender scare of the 1950s to marriage equality and the #TransRespect campaign in the new millennium, LGBTQ life in D.C. has changed dramatically. Just how different is LGBTQ D.C. from its historic roots and where is today's LGBTQ community going? 

Join us for a discussion in the library's Great Hall on the past, present, and future of LGBTQ life in the District with moderator Mark Joseph Stern, writer on LGBTQ issues for Slate, in discussion with panelists:

Andrew Sullivan, founder and editor of The Daily Dish.

Philip Pannell, spokesperson and community activist for the gay community, citizens of Ward 8, and civil libertarians across the District. 

Loraine Hutchins, bisexual and feminist author, activist, and sex educator. 

Please RSVP to let us know that you are coming by getting a ticket through EventBrite.

*The District of Change is an ongoing series at the DC Public Library examining the transformation of Washington, D.C. It is produced by Slate editor-at-large David Plotz and published author Hanna Rosin in conjunction with the DC Public Library Foundation. Each event will address a topic pertaining the D.C. culture and feature a panel of guests who will lead the discussion.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Kelly Jacobson, author of the fiction novel Cairo in White, will be speaking at West End Library.

Cairo in White tells the stories of Zahra, an Egyptian teen in 1986, and her daughter, Aisha, who lives in modern-day America.

Kelly will be available to sign copies of her book after the talk.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Like George

Join us for an unforgettable evening with none other than Mr. P-Funk himself, George Clinton.* It will not be your regular run-of-the-mill book event. Get prepared to board the Mother Ship as we take off with the Maestro, George Clinton.

We will also have a special presentation from African Ancestry Inc., as George Clinton's ancestral DNA is revealed. You don't want to miss this!

Mr. Clinton will be sharing memories and life stories as detailed in his new autobiography, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? 

This is a ticketed event with limited seating. In order to enter the building, you must present your ticket at the door. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

With your ticket, you also have the option to pre-purchase the book, but purchase is not required to attend. To obtain your free ticket, please visit The Oracle Group

After the program, Mr. Clinton will be available to autograph copies of his new book. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for sale on the day of the event, courtesy of our partner, The Oracle Group

*This also doubles as a Birthday Party for Oracle Group Inc. CEO Mocha Ochoa Nana.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Garth SteinSudden Light cover artIn the summer of 1990, 14-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But as Trevor explores the house’s secret stairways and hidden rooms, he discovers a spirit lingering in Riddell House whose agenda is at odds with the family plan. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future.

Join us in the Great Hall for an evening with Garth Stein as he discusses his latest novel, A Sudden Light. Mr. Stein will be available to sign copies of his book after the program. Copies of A Sudden Light will be available to purchase courtesy of our partners Politics & Prose.