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Thursday, September 18, 2014

7:00 p.m.

Eyone williamsJoin Eyone Williams as he discusses and sign his book, Lorton Legends.

The book is based on the Lorton Correctional Complex, one of the most notorious prisons in U.S. history. Housing convicts from Washington, D.C. and known for violence and corruption, the LCC shaped and molded every man and woman that experienced life with inmates housed there.

Attendees will be entered to win books at the event!

Monday, September 22, 2014

6:30 p.m.

Glide by Bill GourgeyJoin us on Monday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. for a special Author Talk event featuring local Sci-Fi author, Bill Gourgey.

Gourgey incorporates his professional knowledge of science and technology in this fantastic trilogy, an IndieFab Finalist in Forward's Book of the Year Awards, and winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards and Beverly Hills Awards. 

Check out his book trailer for Glide here and join us for a discussion of technology, science, and the writing process.

Copies of Glide and Nu-Logic will be available for sale and Bill will be autographing copies following the discussion.

Fore more information, please contact the librarian at (202) 698-6373.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Banned Books WeekCome join us in the Great Hall for a rousing celebration of Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read! The Birmingham Jail Players, a lively group of DCPL employees, recite excerpts from their favorite challenged authors. Hear the words of such authors as Kurt Vonnegut, Judy Blume, Jeannette Walls, Toni Morrison, Mildred Taylor, and many more. They will be joined by Azar Nafisi, an author known for her outspoken defense of the Freedom to Read and the power of literature to change the world.

7:00 p.m.

Image of book cover for "Nixon's Darkest Secrets" by Don FolsomLong-time Washington journalist Don Fulsom will mark the 40th anniversary (approximately) of Nixon's Aug. 9, 1974 resignation from office with a chat at the library.

Head shot of Washington journalist and author Don Fulsom
Fulsom was a White House correspondent during the Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton presidencies; UPI bureau chief in Washington for seven years; and author of Nixon's Darkest Secrets: The Inside Story of America's Most Troubled President.

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

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

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.

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.

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.