Read and Discuss American Politics with DC Reads: Democracy

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Read and Discuss American Politics with DC Reads: Democracy

Library Offers Month-Long Discussion Series on American Politics and Democracy

Tired of the political spin in this election? The Library has created a series of events to promote thought-provoking conversations on American democracy.
 
“DC Reads: Democracy” features book discussions and lectures based on 12 books that explore the history, inner workings and struggles in American politics. The books are organized around four themes to appeal to a variety of interests.  
 
With the election less than a month away, the Library plays an important role in strengthening democracy by being a place where people can speak freely, share similar interests and learn more about topics in the news. Through these discussions and books, the library can help citizens cut through the political maneuvering and make sense of issues in this election.  
 
Exploring American Politics - Political junkies can up their political skills and savvy with books like “American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution” by Garrett Epps; “What You Should Know About Politics But Don't” by Jessamyn Conrad; or “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech” by Chuck McCutcheon & David Mark.
 
Unconventional Histories - Master the unknown but important stories about the District, campaigning and how many of the men known in U.S. history were influenced by their wives, sisters or mothers with books like Cokie Roberts’s “Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation”; “District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington D.C.” by Matt Dembicki; or Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72.”
 
Contemporary Challenges - For some, full participation in American democracy has been a struggle. “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America” by Ari Berman; “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul” by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.; and “What Will It Take to Make A Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership and Power” by Marianne Schnall each address barriers that have kept some from full participation in every level of our democracy.
 
Stories and Allegories - Fiction lovers can connect with stories about a young couple finding their way in national politics; a family building a political dynasty, and a dystopian future with Ward Just’s “Echo House”; “The Hopefuls” by Jennifer Close; or “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.
 
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the Library will host its signature event with a lecture by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. A professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Princeton University, Glaude will speak about his book “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul.” The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
 
“DC Reads: Democracy” begins on Oct. 15 and continues through Nov. 11. A full list of events can be found by clicking here
 

“DC Reads: Democracy” is made possible in part by the DC Public Library Foundation and the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library.