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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Georgetown Book Club's November Selection

In his 2015 nonfiction title, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the LusitaniaErik Larson chronicles the fate of ocean liner the RMS Lusitania, the sinking of which by German U-boat in May 1915 had far-reaching glob

Roberta Beary - Poet

Poetry Reading - Haiku By Roberta Beary

Award-winning DC poet Roberta Beary will read from her published works.  Roberta  studied haiku in Japan.  Her individual poems, an unconventional hybrid of haiku and senryu, have been honored throughout North America, Europe and Asia for their innovative style. Her book of short poems, The Unworn Necklace(Snapshot Press, 2007), was a finalist  for the William Carlos Williams Book Award (Poetry Society of America) and was named a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award prize winner.  

All Aunt Hagar's Children

All Aunt Hagar's Children

Georgetown Book Club's October selection

This October, the Georgetown Book Club celebrates DC Reads with a discussion of this year's selection, All Aunt Hagar’s Children by Edward P. Jones.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

All Boarded Up

Boarding school stories for young adult readers

Novels set in boarding school are perfect for the reader who may care for realistic stories over science fiction and fantasy but still want a good dose of escapism.  Although most of the books here fall under contemporary or realistic fiction, the boarding schools almost feel like separate worlds.  Each of these institutions has a history and characters whose stories long to be told.  These novels are written for a young adult audience but can be enjoyed by adult readers as well.

Cover for Tokyo on Foot by Florent Chavouet

Graphic Novels About Travel

If you’re looking at the pile of papers on your desk and wishing you were still on vacation, try curling up with a travel themed graphic novel. Ink and pen drawings and snappy dialogue will make you feel you’re on the plane again, instead of in another Monday meeting. Tokyo On Foot: Travels in the City’s Most Colorful Neighborhoods by Florent Chavouet 

Author Nadia Hashimi

Nadia Hashimi - Author Talk

'The Pearl That Broke Its Shell'

Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel, The Pearl that Broke Its Shell, is described as a searing tale of powerlessness, fate and the freedom to control one's own destiny.  Critics say the book combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri and Lisa See.

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A Sweet Start to National Library Sign-up Month!

Join the library at Baked & Wired on September 2

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Georgetown Neighborhood Library is kicking it off with a special expanded visit to Baked & Wired (1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW)! All summer, the library has been dropping by the locally owned coffee shop and bakery with Library Takeout, and the September 2 trip will provide another opportunity to enjoy the mobile library service -- and more!

The spectacle on R Street

Art in Our Sky

...and the science behind it all!

Heralding nature's fall splashes of color, library patrons recently were treated to a double rainbow arcing above R Street from a position outside our library's front door. This leads us to question the science behind the optics and find to our delight that DC Public Library's Access Video Collection delivers a weather video clip on the topic. Watch this video to learn about rainbow technology:

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'Station Eleven'

Georgetown Book Club's September Selection

A notable event in itself, the death of actor Arthur Leander during a performance of King Lear in Toronto is soon overshadowed by the outbreak of a population decimating pandemic in Emily St. John Mandel's 2014 novel Station Eleven.

Alessandra Gelmi - Poet, Playwright, Author

Poetry Workshop by Alessandra Gelmi

Meet and work with the award-winning author

Professor Alessandra Gelmi is a journalist, playwright, and seven-time national award-winning author of the novel Who’s Afraid of Red and the poetry collection Ring of Fire. On Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m., she will offer a workshop on tips and tricks to make a poem sing.  Please bring a short poem to be workshopped in this class.    Workshop is limited to 25.  Registration Required.