Book Talk at the Shaw Library Tuesday Night: “S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C.”


From DCPL:

“Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
1630 7th St. NW
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for The Washington Post. The first in his family to graduate from college, he had landed a job at one of the country’s premier newspapers.

But his apparent success masked a devastating secret: he was a crack addict.

Even as he covered the drug-fueled violence that was destroying the city, he was prowling S Street NW, a 24/7 open-air crack market, during his off hours. S Street Rising is a study of the city itself as it tried to rise above an era of crime and violence that earned Washington the title of “Murder Capital.”

Join Castaneda as he shares his professional and personal experiences as a crime reporter in late 1980s and 1990s Washington, a city then under siege.”

5 Comment

  • Sorry that I am going to miss this. Castaneda’s book is a great read for those of us interested in that time in DC history but it is a fantastic read for anybody who has ever struggled with an addiction of any kind. Both the going up and the coming down. It is really a brave story to tell.

  • Ruben rented an apt on the 1300 block of 10th St NW from our mgmt. co. for a while in the early 90’s. He was a nice guy, but an odd one- now I understand why. Glad he has gotten past those bad times and I look forward to reading his book.

  • I used to rent on 15th between R and S in the early 90s. It was always a beautiful neighborhood except for the crack houses and prostitutes. Sometimes you had a shoo an addict off your doorstep or clean up condom wrappers. But then you could walk to work, Dupont metro or the Drag Race on 17th. I look forward to this book. Seems like it will be a good partner on the shelf with “The Corner” and “Washington’s U Street: A Biography”

  • The early 90s down the flats of DC were pretty awesome. Great times at the drag races, group houses, and better yet, totally affordable rent! None of this sharing an English basement madness! 😉

  • brookland_rez

    This looks really interesting. I think I will go since this is right on my way home from work.

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