Who We Are:
Founded in February 2017, Duende District's mission is to bring a highly inclusive and pleasurable general bookstore experience in Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas, serving a multicultural community with an equally multicultural ownership/staff, and all are welcome.
Currently a mobile bookstore, Duende District’s audience focuses on the large Hispanic, black, immigrant and other communities of color throughout D.C.-Maryland-Virginia (DMV). Each location where Duende District establishes a pop-up and/or event series focuses on engaging communities of color, while also inviting all people to participate in the resulting conversation/experience.
Owner: Angela Maria Spring, the daughter of Central and Latin American immigrants, has more than 16 years of bookstore experience. With specializations in management, training, buying and merchandise displaying, she has been a manager and/or buyer at several stores, including Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C., McNally Jackson in NYC, and Page One Books in Albuquerque, N.M.
Artomatic - One of the largest arts festivals in D.C., held annually for 6 weeks in a site with multiple floors in a designated building. The event attracts 13,000+ visitors and features a diverse mix of visual and performing artists, as well as author and writing events.
D.C. Public Schools – Duende District has partnered with the DCPS’s Early Childhood Educational Division to collaborate on diverse author events for the First Annual Family Literacy Festival, with activities to be held at a D.C. elementary school.
District Bridges – Organizes the annual Columbia Heights Festival and partners with community businesses and organization to host events. Duende District and District Bridges will collaborate on 4 diversity events to be held in venues throughout Columbia Heights-Mt. Pleasant in Fall 2017.
The Arts Club of Washington: Offers a lavish room on-site for guest authors to stay; below is a room with a stage area with a seating capacity of 100 (or 150 if people sit at dining tables on first floor).
Impact Hub DC: A local community space near Gallery Place, Impact Hub fosters a community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives and professionals taking action to drive social innovation. Features 2 event spaces – downstairs, max capacity 120 sitting, 200 standing. Upstairs, 55 seated, 75 standing.
GALA Theater: Located in Columbia Heights, the GALA Theater features dynamic bilingual programming focused on Hispanic culture and the D.C. Latino community. Theater max capacity is 260 people.
The Anacostia Arts Center: Opened in 2013, the center is 9,300 square feet, and includes a 1,000 sq ft Black Box Theater; space for five galleries/boutiques; a café, and an 800 sq ft lounge area. (Anacostia’s community is majority African American.)
La Mano Coffee Bar: La Mano Coffee Bar is an independently-owned coffee bar and bakery in the Historic Takoma neighborhood in Washington, D.C.