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George Pelecanos via DCPL

From the D.C. Public Library:

“WHO: George Pelecanos, author .
WHAT: Reads from and discusses his new book “The Man Who Came Uptown.”
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 19; 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Petworth Library; 4200 Kansas Ave. NW

George P. Pelecanos sets many of his 20 detective fiction books in his hometown of Washington, D.C. For his new book, “The Man Who Came Uptown,” Pelecanos was inspired by the work of the DC Jail Librarian.

This month, Pelecanos will be discussing this new book in one of the locations it captures, the Petworth Library.

In “The Man Who Came Uptown,” Michael Hudson spends the long days in prison devouring books given to him by the prison’s librarian, a young woman named Anna who develops a soft spot for her best student. Anna keeps passing Michael books until one day he disappears, suddenly released after a private detective manipulated a witness in Michael’s trial.

Outside, Michael encounters a Washington, D.C. that has changed a lot during his time locked up. Once shady storefronts are now trendy beer gardens and flower shops. But what hasn’t changed is the hard choice between the temptation of crime and doing what’s right. Trying to balance his new job, his love of reading, and the debt he owes to the man who got him released, Michael struggles to figure out his place in this new world before he loses control. Smart and fast-paced, The Man Who Came Uptown brings Washington, D.C. to life in a high-stakes story of tough choices.

A film and television producer and a television writer, Pelecanos is also a former board member for the DC Public Library Foundation, an independent nonprofit that raises funds to benefit the DC Public Library. Following the event, there will be an informal gathering at the Petworth Citizen bar organized by the Friends of the Petworth Library.

Books will be available for purchase at the Library from Upshur Street Books. Due to the Petworth Library’s meeting room capacity, people should RSVP by visiting here.”

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