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Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Black Boy book cover

Celebrate Richard Wright's Birthday and the 70th Anniversary of 'Black Boy'

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

6:30 p.m.
Please join the Hurston/Wright Foundation and DC Public Library's Special Collections in a celebration of the birthday of Richard Wright and the 70th anniversary of the publication of his memoir, Black Boy. Readings from and discussion of this classic work begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

"Treason: Nixon and the 1968 Election" book cover

Author Talk with Don Fulsom

West End Library

7 p.m.
Talk by Don Fulsom, longtime Washington journalist, former White House correspondent, and former UPI bureau chief in Washington, on his new book Treason: Nixon and the 1968 Election (Pelican Publishing, 2015)

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

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Still Standing: How an Ex-Con Found Salvation in the Floodwaters of Katrina

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

12 p.m.
Still Standing: How an Ex-Con Found Salvation in the Floodwaters of Katrina by Gerald Anderson with Susan Orlins is an inspiring memoir of poverty, prison, addiction, as well as the dramatic rescue of dozens of Katrina victims. It is also about one man’s determination and resilience to overcome a life of hardship and sin. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, Street Sense vendor Gerald Anderson says, “If not for Katrina, I’d be dead or in prison.”
Photograph of Len Downie

An Evening with Leonard Downie Jr.

Tenley-Friendship Library

7 p.m.
Leonard Downie Jr. is vice president at-large of The Washington Post, where he was executive editor from 1991 to 2008. During his 44 years in newsroom, he was also an investigative reporter, editor of the local and national news staff, London correspondent and, from 1984 to 1991, managing editor under then executive editor Ben Bradlee. As deputy Metro editor from 1972 to 1974, Downie helped supervise the newspaper’s Watergate coverage. He oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of every national election from 1984 through 2008.

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

May Rihani - Author and International Advocate for Women's Rights

Author Talk - May Rihani

Georgetown Library

2 p.m.
May Rihani, pioneer in girls' education and a tireless advocate of women's rights, served as co-chair of the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) from 2008 to 2010. Her seminal book, Keeping the Promise, is a framework for advancing girls' education used by organizations in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015


Uncensored: A Conversation with Banned Authors

Tenley-Friendship Library

4 p.m.
Join Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Deborah Hautzig, two award-winning authors of banned YA books, for a conversation about censorship and intellectual freedom in recognition of Banned Book Week 2015.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Michelle Brafman's Washing the Dead

Author Talk: Michelle Brafman on 'Washing the Dead'

Southeast Library

7 p.m.
Join local writer and author Michelle Brafman as she reads and discusses her newest novel, Washing the Dead