What ‘DC Reads’ this year is up to you

An earlier version of this post misidentified the author of  “The Other Wes Moore“. This version has been corrected.

The D.C. Public Library is renewing its annual “DC Reads” event later this year — highlighting one book for citywide reading and discussion — and you have less than 48 hours to weigh in on which book will be read.

This year’s choices are “Lost in the City,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of Edward P. Jones’s short stories set across various D.C. neighborhoods and historical eras; “The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears,” Dinaw Mengestu’s tale of an Ethiopian immigrant making a new life in a barely-gentrifying Logan Circle; and “Frederick Douglass in Washington D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia,” local historian John Muller’s account of the famed author’s late years living on Cedar Hill. (Muller, by the by, also offers outstanding walking tours of Douglass’s Anacostia.)

Previous DC Reads selections have included “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore; “Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi; “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines; and “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers.

Online voting continues through Friday, with this year’s DC Reads events set to run from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15.

Also, if you’re interested in supporting local authors, dozens will participate at this Sunday’s Literary Hill BookFest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eastern Market’s North Hall.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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Mike DeBonis · May 2, 2013

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