Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia was selected as one of three finalists for the DC Public Library’s 2013 DC Reads program which will be coordinated later this fall. The book finds itself up against the seminal Lost in the City by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones and All The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by 2012 MacArthur Fellowship recipient Dinaw Mengestu.
In all honesty, I don’t expect Douglass to win but with your vote it “might-could” happen. Voting ends tomorrow, May 3rd… Vote Douglass!
In other news, the Literary Hill Bookfest is coming up this Sunday, May 5th at Eastern Market’s North Hall. It will include local journalists, poets, and authors including James Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. I hope to catch you there, especially if you are a denizen of the Hill. On Saturday, May 18th, the all-day Gaithersburg Book Festival kicks off. I’ll be on a panel at 10:30 am discussing Douglass. Both events are free and promise to be enjoyable.
Lastly, I’ll be leading walking tours of Frederick Douglass’s Old Anacostia this Saturday, May 4th and Saturday, May 25th.
Hope to see you soon!