DC Reads 2019
In 2019, America still celebrates the first African American who achieves a milestone. But how does that person deal with the pressure and often the loneliness that comes with being the first or the only African American in a space? This May, the Library will explore those themes with programs and events centering on Nafissa Thompson-Spires's debut short-story collection Heads of the Colored People as part of the Library's DC Reads celebration.
Included in Best Books of 2018 Lists from Refinery29, NPR, The Root, HuffPost, Vanity Fair, Bustle, Chicago Tribune, PopSugar, and The Undefeated. Heads of the Colored People is a collection of short stories that grapple with race and explore the lives and identities of a diverse set of African American characters with both incredible wit and sensitivity.
An Evening with Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Friday, May 31, 7 p.m.
1901 Mississippi Ave. SE
Join the Library for an evening of conversation with Heads of the Colored People author Nafissa Thompson-Spires.
Registration is required. RSVP here.
The Necessary Changes Have Been made - A Discussion at Howard University
Thursday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.
Blerdcon at the Library
Saturday, May 11, 1 p.m.
Mosaic on the Move: Mental Health and the Arts
Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m.
Teen Writing Workshop with author Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Friday, May 31, 4 p.m.
Discussion Groups: Print and electronic copies of the book can be found here with your library card.
Francis Gregory Adult Book Club
Lit on H