Photos by Sloane Dakota Tucker
Wednesday, Oct. 4 – The ASK RAYCEEN SHOW, 6-9 p.m.
Shop our Fall Favorites at the Ask Rayceen Show’s Annual Talent Competition!
HRC Equality Center
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Friday, Oct. 13, FALL FOR BOOK FESTIVAL, 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Shop our Fall Favorites at the Fall For the Book Festival!
George Mason University, Fairfax Campus
4400 University Drive
Saturday, Oct. 14 – EOTR BOOK FESTIVAL, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the Anacostia literary community at the EotR Book Festival!
Rocketship Rise Academy
2335 Raynolds Place, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Monday, Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 21, DUENDE @ THE WRITER’S CENTER, Operating Hours TBD
Come visit our week-long pop-up at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda! We’ll have a full selection of our Fall Favorites as well as our usual selection of Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Memoirs, Cookbooks and Teen and Children’s books, all featuring PoC authors.
Monday, Oct. 16 – DUENDE @ TWC POP-UP OPENING RECEPTION + POETRY EVENT FEATURING TOMMY PICO & GOWRI K
Join us from 6:30 – 7 p.m. for light drinks & conversation in the lobby of The Writer’s Center, then move on to our special event feature with phenom poet Tommy Pico, for his latest collection, NATURE POEM from Tin House Press! He’ll be joined by local poet, Gowri K.
Tommy article link: https://nylon.com/articles/tommy-pico-nature-poem-interview
Gowri K site link: https://notherelong.wordpress.com/
Friday, Oct. 20 – 8 - 11 p.m., SARAH BROWNING BOOK LAUNCH & DANCE PARTY
Join us for a reading, book signing & dance party as poet-activist Sarah Browning launches her new book of poems, Killing Summer!
FREE & open to the public. Light refreshments provided. Full menu & bar available for purchase. Wheelchair accessible.
Sarah will read, Duende District will sell books, Sarah will sign them, Tryst will serve up its good food & drink. Then we'll get down & boogie!
Sarah Browning is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock: Poetry of Provocation & Witness and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. She is author of a previous collection, Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007), and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House Press, 2004). Browning is the recipient of artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, a Creative Communities Initiative grant, and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize. She has been guest editor or co-edited special issues of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Delaware Poetry Review, and POETRY magazine. Since 2006, Browning has co-hosted the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC.
2459 18th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Saturday, Oct. 21, 7-8 p.m., DUENDE @ TWC, SIMEON MARSALIS IN COVERSATION WITH SHANON LEE
Simeon Marsalis, As Lie Is To Grin ($16.95, Paperback, Catapult, 9781936787593), Oct. 10, 2017
Simeon Marsalis’s debut, A Lie Is To Grin, has captured Duende District’s crown for this Fall’s best novel with his lyrical voice and fresh take on the coming-of-age story. The University of Vermont is the backdrop for narrator David as he navigates his way through being black on a white college campus. The fact that he chose the alma mater of his former girlfriend’s grandfather, along with a singular lie he first told her about who he was, twists his journey toward unraveling his true identity.
He will be in conversation with local storyteller & survivor activist Shanon Lee!
Shanon site: https://mylove4writing.contently.com/
Tuesday, Oct. 24, DUENDE DISTRICT PRESENTS TONGO-MARTIN, ELIZABETH ACEVEDO & DERRICK WESTON BROWN at the Anacostia Arts Center
Duende District, in partnership with MahoganyBooks & the Anacostia Arts Center, presents a powerful night of poetry with our City Lights guest feature Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of the new poetry collection Heaven Is All Goodbyes. He’ll be joined by two of the DMV’s finest poets, Elizabeth Acevedo, author of the poetry chapbook, BeastGirl, out from YesYesBooks, and Derrick Weston Brown.
Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Street
Washington, DC 20020
Anacostia Arts Center: http://anacostiaartscenter.com/
Duende District Pop-Up
The vision of Duende District was born from bookseller and poet Angela M. Spring’s desire to truly shift the idea of what a bookstore community can be and redefine the operational structure of traditional bookselling. Duende District’s first retail venture as an entrepreneurial literature startup incubated within Artomatic 2017. Duende’s pop-up store at Artomatic featured fiction, art books, graphic novels, and children books by some of the most talented authors and illustrators of color today.
Until the establishment of a brick and mortar store, Duende District will continue to take advantage of opportunities to partner with local community events as a pop-up bookstore.
“It is time for a bookstore that specifically supports and empowers people of color in the book world. Duende District’s mission is to create a new space shaped by people of color at senior-level positions (buyers, event planners, creative directors, etc.) to create an authentic intersectional conversation and high quality bookstore that everyone is invited to take part in.” - Angela Maria Spring