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The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka

Book-length Poems for the Poetically Skeptic

Recommendations for Readers Who Crave a Story

For those who don’t read poetry, a major hang-up can be the fact that many collections lack a plot. Readers who want a story may shy away from the genre, for fear of being bored or distracted by abstract verse. Fortunately, the book-length poem offers a solution where readers can escape into an exciting tale all while enjoying the sparse but potent language of poetry. The below books have the potential to convert even the most devout lovers of novels and memoir.  

Barbarian Lord

A Very Graphic Viking Story

Vikings have been a very popular subject in popular culture as of late, peaking right now with the popularity of the Vikings television show, now in its fifth season.

Book Club Tea and Jane Austen Action Figure

The Pride and Prejudice Book Club: Truths Universally Acknowledged

Over 200 years old, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of the most beloved novels in the English language. The first line of the novel, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife," sets up our expectations and the plot immediately, and we know that there will be some single, well-off men who will fall in love. Or marry, at the least.

Happiness Project

A Clean Slate

Self Help in the New Year

Clear your mind and home, and act on your aspirations in the New Year. Try these bestselling self-help books by lifestyle professionals offering researched and tested methods in orderliness, time management, self-actualization and personal finance.  

Summer Meals

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

Meals Served July 2 -- Aug. 10

DC Public Library is participating in the 2018 Free Summer Meals Program.   Kids and teens eat free lunch on weekdays from July 2 -  August 10. No registration is required.  

Barnett Aden Gallery Evening Star newspaper article from October 15, 1943

Barnett Aden Gallery 75th Anniversary: A Conversation with David C. Driskell

October marked the 75th anniversary of the historic Barnett Aden Gallery. Founded by Alonzo Aden and James V. Herring of Howard University and located at 127 Randolph Place NW, it was the first privately-owned black gallery in the United States. The gallery featured the works of artists such as Alma Thomas, Elizabeth Catlett, Lois Mailou Jones and Aaron Douglas. 

We Need to Talk by Celeste Headlee

New Year, New You

Nonfiction for Living Your Best Life

It’s the beginning of the new year, so it’s time to start thinking about your goals and intentions for personal betterment (if you’re into that kind of thing). Even if you’re not up to writing down or articulating your resolutions, you may want to pick up a few titles that will encourage personal growth. Here are six titles to get you started toward a more-informed you.

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2018 National Book Awards

The winners of the 2018 National Book Awards have been announced!  The award is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the country.  Categories include adult fiction and non-fiction, poetry, translated literature and teen. Here are this year's winning titles: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

The Intelligencer

The Intelligencer

Special Collections' Newsletter

Want to stay up-to-date on all the latest happenings in Special Collections? Consider signing up for our newsletter, The Intelligencer! Sent via e-mail every three weeks, The Intelligencer covers collection updates, interim services, and upcoming programs and events for Washingtoniana, the DC Community Archives, the Peabody Room at Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and the Black Studies Center.

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2018 World Fantasy Awards

Award Winners

This month, the annual World Fantasy Convention was in Baltimore, M.D. The convention is a gathering of professionals, collectors and others in the field of Light and Dark Fantasy art and literature.

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