Forum: Books and Literature
I have dozens of books (fiction & nonfiction) that I’d like to donate/give away. Are their organizations that take books? Thanks!
We are looking for diverse writers who live in the District to participate! Apply now!
DC Author Festival author/vendor applications will open on April 1, 2015 and closes June 15, 2015.
About the DC Author Festival
The festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 901 G St. NW
The DC Public Library has partnered with the DC Public Library Foundation to host the DC Author Festival (DCAF). The District of Columbia Public Library Foundation (Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enhances DC Public Library resources and programs to promote, in all community members, literacy and a thirst for knowledge. Funds raised by the Foundation go to the sole support of the DCPL.
DCAF is a public celebration of contemporary authors who live in Washington, DC. Enjoy readings, workshops, and over 70 local author and publisher vendor booths. The festival contains vending and exhibiting tables where authors and publishers may promote or sell their works to the public, public readings by local authors, and special keynote presentations. A registration fee as described below will be charged to each vendor. The registration fee will be donated to the DC Public Library Foundation to support the work of the library.
Several friends and I are looking to form a book club in DC. Depending on the size of our group, we could take turns hosting at our apartments or meet in a public space such as a library or a restaurant.
We want to focus on popular, critically-acclaimed fiction books such as: (i) Water For Elephants, (ii) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, (iii) Gone Girl, (iv) The Glass Castle, (v) The Night Circus, etc.
However, we are up for any suggestions on books. This would be an entirely collaborative process. We are in our mid-20’s and primarily want to meet people who are social and interested in bonding over books and discussion while enjoying wine/beer/snacks 🙂
Please email me at [email protected] if you’re interested.
I have two boxes of books with everything from airport fiction to Stephen Jay Gould, paperbacks and hard copies. Any suggestions as to what to do with them? I’ve recycled out-of-date travel books and crates of magazines, but I’d really like to find a home for at least some of these keepers. I am moving from a large house to a much smaller condo and just can’t bring all of the books with me.
I am a high school student in DC and for my AP Human Geography class I am investigating the locational characteristics of successful independent bookstores. I am trying to gauge customers’ views of Kramberbooks and I’ve made a survey with some basic demographic questions and questions about the store. Could anyone who sees this take this quick survey? The results, which are anonymous, will only be used in my high school report. I previosuly posted a survey and people responded which was great!
This is the link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C5QY7HD
This is for the DCRA requirement when getting a C of O for a rental. Lots of folks provide the service, anyone have a good experience with one in particular?
I am a high school student in DC and for my AP Human Geography class I am investigating the locational characteristics of successful independent bookstores. I am trying to gauge customers’ views of Kramberbooks and I’ve made a survey with some basic demographic questions and questions about the store. Could anyone who sees this take this quick survey? The results, which are anonymous, will only be used in my high school report.
This is the link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GW7PS8T
I work as a freelance journalist and sometimes writing at home gets lonely! I would love to find a writing group in DC, ideally made up of professional non-fiction writers/journalists, to join and get feedback on my work. If one doesn’t exist, I’d interested in starting one if there’s interest.
I want to create a children’s book for my husband’s sister about their mother who passed away in 2004. I wanted to do this for the kid’s first Christmas, but the friend who was going to help got pregnant and now my sister-in-law is expecting baby number two! I have stories about their mom and some photos and I just need some helping making it child-reading friendly and something that tells them a little about their grandmother they won’t meet. I’m willing to pay for help! Or bake. Or whatever. Help?
I need to get my furnace serviced (just a check-up) before winter. Does anyone have recommendations of good people to work with or companies to avoid?
I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a PAC. No, not a political action committee, but a Petworth Article Club.
I’ve been in a few book clubs and found them, well, boring. Either the books suck, nobody reads them, or I feel trapped back in high school English class with discussion of symbolism and character arcs. What I really want to talk about is articles, like in the New Yorker, Washington Post Magazine, Atlantic, Economist, etc. So thought I’d put some feelers out to see if anyone is interested. Here’s the concept:
1. A group of up to 6 people (that’s how many can fit into my living room comfortably) meet every month or so for informal snacks, drinks, and a chat.
2. We select 2-3 interesting articles to discuss. They can be about any topic: Mugabe’s reign in Zimbabwe, genetically engineered corn, online dating, the future of Medicare. The only rule is that the articles are available online for free, without a subscription, to read/download.
3. There are no restrictions on age, sexual or political orientation, marital or economic status, race, etc. However, we all respectfully agree to disagree with those who have differing opinions.
4. I’d prefer to keep this informal and not in a public space (which can sometimes be difficult to arrange), so am happy to host at my place in Petworth or rotate to others’ homes as appropriate. So preferably be in the local Petworth/Brightwood/Co Hi area.
So, are folks interested? If so, leave some way of me emailing you; if I get a gazillion responses, I’ll try to connect everyone to create some additional groups.
I love reading books that take place in DC, but I don’t do spy or mystery novels. I have already read The Washingtonienne, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and You Know Where To Find Me. are there any others?
I’m looking to read less about Martha and George and more about the city itself — the lay of the land, urban planning, neighborhoods and their communities over the past century, give or take.
My mom’s apartment had a fire this past weekend. The fire did little damage, but the ensuing sprinkler deluge did. Does anyone have any recommendations on where I can get some old family rare books restored? I can replace financials, tax forms, bank statements, etc – but these books are very important to us.