An Evening with Frances de Pontes Peebles
Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Frances de Pontes Peebles

Join us at our pop-up partner, Walls of Books, on Satuday, Dec. 15, from 6-7 p.m. for a reading with Q&A with Frances de Pontes Peebles, author of Duende Fall Favorite The Air You Breathe, a powerful story of two friends in 1930s Brazil. Oprah Magazine says of the novel: “Echoes of Elena Ferrante resound in this sumptuous saga.”

Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, which was translated into nine languages and won the Elle Grand Prix for fiction, the Friends of American Writers Award, and the James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Fellowship. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Event is free & open to the public, but RSVP is required here.

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Colony Club Holiday Fair & Cassette Night
Dec
12
6:30 PM18:30

Colony Club Holiday Fair & Cassette Night

Join us at Colony Club on Wednesday, Dec. 12 for an evening of art, music, & gift buying for your loved ones! Shop your our titles from the best PoC authors/illustrators, as well as goods from D.C. artists and general cool folk while sipping delicious beverages. Happy Hour lasts all night, so come prepared for $5 drafts, $7 wines, and $8 classic cocktails.

Tunes for the evening are provided by your neighborhood analog enthusiasts, so BYOT (Bring Your Own Tapes) to participate in curating this Cassette Night soundtrack. 

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Let's Get Ekphrastic, A MoonLit Writing Workshop with Tara Campbell
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

Let's Get Ekphrastic, A MoonLit Writing Workshop with Tara Campbell

Sign up for our last MoonLit DC workshop of the season, “Let's Get Ekphrastic: Using Art to Inspire Writing,” held in our A Creative DC studio pop-up — reserve your spot here!

Reinvigorate your writing using art as your muse. Participants will engage in visual analysis of artworks, uncovering personal connections to the pieces and responding in poetry or prose. Enrich your craft through the art of close observation, and come away with fresh ideas for new works of your own.

Tara Campbell is a fiction editor at Barrelhouse and an MFA candidate at American University. Her debut novel, TreeVolution, was published in 2016, and her collection, Circe's Bicycle, was released in spring 2018. She teaches at American University, the Writer's Center, and the National Gallery of Art.

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Latinx Holiday Market on H Street
Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

Latinx Holiday Market on H Street

Duende District is joining Latina-owned Dio Wine Bar & Manos de Maiz, hosts of the Latinx Holiday Market & Pachanga, on Sunday, Dec 2, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.! Stock up on our selection of adult & children’s books in English & Spanish while enjoying wine, comida & an amazing round-up of our favorite local Latinx creators and makers.

Manos de Maiz and Filos Bakery will be selling tamales, conchas, Mexican hot chocolate, and other delicious treats. And Dio will fulfill your boozy needs - with Latin wine flights and warming tonics. Come support amazing Latinx-owned businesses, eat delicious food, and bask in the Latinx community of D.C. — all while escaping the cold!

More info here!

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Viva Frida Puppet Show with Cecilia Cackley
Dec
1
11:00 AM11:00

Viva Frida Puppet Show with Cecilia Cackley

Join us at our A Creative DC studio pop-up on the Brookland Arts Walk Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. for a special children’s puppet event!

“Viva Frida” is a tiny puppet show performed for one person at a time by Wit’s End puppeteer Cecilia Cackley. It’s is inspired by the picture book Viva Frida, by Yuyi Morales, a Duende District favorite.

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Duende In Conversation with Chaya Bhuvaneswar & Seema Yasmin
Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

Duende In Conversation with Chaya Bhuvaneswar & Seema Yasmin

Join us at our A Creative DC: Brookland pop-up on Sunday, Oct. 21, 3-4 p.m. for a conversation between two dynamic writers, Chaya Bhuvaneswar and Seema Yasmin! 

The event is free & open to the public, but RSVP is required.

About the authors:

Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a physician and writer with work in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Lit,  The Millions, Joyland,  Michigan Quarterly Review and elsewhere. Her poetry and prose juxtapose Hindu epics, other myths and histories, and the survival of sexual harassment and racialized sexual violence by diverse women of color. Her debut collection, White Dancing Elephants, is out from Dzanc Books. She has received a MacDowell Colony fellowship, Sewanee Writers Conference scholarship and Henfield award for her writing. Follow her on Twitter at @chayab77 including for upcoming readings and events. 

Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, medical doctor and poet. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize in 2017 for breaking news reporting. Her first book, The Impatient Dr. Lange, weaves the story of HIV with the life of a scientist who was committed to finding a cure and ending the epidemic. He was killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014. Seema’s reporting appears in Scientific American and The Dallas Morning News where she was a staffwriter. She is the winner of the Diode Editions poetry chapbook contest for her collection, Filthy Women Who Worry About Disappointing God.

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La Familia: Writing About Latinx Families featuring Meg Medina
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

La Familia: Writing About Latinx Families featuring Meg Medina

Join Duende District at Walls of Books for a special event, featuring Meg Medina, author of the new middle grade novel, MERCI SUAREZ CHANGES GEARS. She'll be in conversation with students from the Latin American Youth Center to celebrate the new edition of VOCES SIN FRONTERAS, from Shout Mouse Press.

This event is free & open to the public, but an RSVP is required.

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the author of the YA novels Burn Baby Burn, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, and The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind. Her picture books include Mango, Abuela and Me, and Tía Isa Wants a Car. Her most recent middle grade novel, published by Candlewick Press in September 2018, is Merci Suarez Changes Gears.

Meg’s works have been called “heartbreaking,” “lyrical” and “must haves for every collection." They have earned her the Pura Belpré medal and honor awards, and the Ezra Jack Keats Writers Award. Meg's works have also been long listed for the National Book Award and were twice named as finalists for the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young People's Fiction.

Meg’s work examines how cultures intersect, as seen through the eyes of young people. When she is not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth and/or literacy. She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.

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An Afternoon with Children's Book Illustrator Lauren Castillo
Oct
4
1:30 PM13:30

An Afternoon with Children's Book Illustrator Lauren Castillo

Bring the children to our pop-up partner, Walls of Books, for an afternoon of stories & art with Lauren Castillo, illustrator of IMAGINE (ages 4-8), the story of former Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s childhood journey from Mexico to the United States! The event is free & open to the public.

Lauren Castillo has illustrated many books for children, including Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts and Yard Sale by Eve Bunting. Lauren Castillo is also the author-illustrator of the Caldecott Honor–winning book Nana in the City. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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A Latinx Author Feature with Ivelisse Rodriguez & Natalia Sylvester
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

A Latinx Author Feature with Ivelisse Rodriguez & Natalia Sylvester

Join us at our newest collaborative pop-up, Walls of Books DC, for the debut of our partnered author reading and discussion series, featuring Ivelisse Rodriguez (LOVE WAR STORIES) and Natalia Sylvester (EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME), on Friday, Sept. 21, from 6-7:30 p.m.!

The event is free & open to the public, but space is limited so an RSVP is required. 

About the authors:

Ivelisse Rodriguez’s debut short story collection is Love War Stories (The Feminist Press, 2018). She has published fiction in the Boston Review, All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, Obsidian, Kweli, the Bilingual Review, Aster(ix), and other publications. She is the founder and editor of an interview series focused on contemporary Puerto Rican writers in order to highlight the current status and the continuity of a Puerto Rican literary tradition from the continental US that spans over a century. The series is published in Centro Voices, the e-magazine of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. She was a senior fiction editor at Kweli and is a Kimbilio fellow and a VONA/Voices alum. She is currently working on the novel, The Last Salsa Singer, about 70s era salsa musicians in Puerto Rico. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College and a Ph.D. in English-creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester came to the US at age four and grew up in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Miami, is a faculty member of the low-residency MFA program at Regis University, and works as a freelance writer in Austin, TX. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Catapult, Electric Literature, Latina magazine, and the Austin American-Statesman. Natalia’s first novel, Chasing the Sun, was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad. Her latest novel, Everyone Knows You Go Home, has been named a Best Book of 2018 by Real Simple magazine and is a finalist for the International Latino Book Awards.

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Duende VOCES Poetry Series Presents Natalie Diaz
Sep
1
4:00 PM16:00

Duende VOCES Poetry Series Presents Natalie Diaz

Join us for a special Duende VOCES Poetry Series, featuring one of our most important & influential poets, Natalie Diaz, author of WHEN MY BROTHER WAS AN AZTEC (Copper Canyon Press) & featured in Graywolf's latest anthology, NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS.

Natalie will read & sign books at our pop-up partner, MahoganyBooks on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 4-5 p.m. The event is free & open to the public, but RSVP is required due to limited space availability. 

About the author: Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.

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Street Art Youth Workshop + Community Group Tour with Shani Shih
Jul
1
4:00 PM16:00

Street Art Youth Workshop + Community Group Tour with Shani Shih

Join us for a Street Art Workshop with Chinatown Art Studio for youth 9-12 yrs with our resident artist, Shani Shih. The workshop is FREE but limited spaces are available & you must RSVP here.

About: Open workshop held with resident artist’s Asian American arts program. Chinatown Art Studio youth and visitors will create a collaborative multimedia collage mural with poster designs, stickers, drawing, and stencils, based on the following loose themes: ownership of identity; ideas of building bridges, commonality and difference; positive change in our society; supporting other communities. 

Resident artist Shani Shih will facilitate reflection and discussion on identity, the ideas of commonality and difference, and social issues that shape the stories and experiences of youth from all communities, and how we can understand and support others through art. Different stations for each street art medium (wheatpastes, sticker art, paint markers) will be laid out; artist (and assistants) will instruct youth on how to use mediums to create images inspired by discussion. As youth finish producing images, they will begin to contribute to the collaborative surface by wheatpasting their images on a miniature "wall". Visitors/youth passing by are welcome to contribute by creating their own sticker and applying it to the wall.

Schedule:

  • 2:30-3:00 Quick starting tour of first/second floors

  • 3:00-4:30 Youth street art workshop 

  • 4:30 Finish tour

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MONSOON MANSION: A Conversation On Filipino Literature, Food & Culture
Jun
30
3:30 PM15:30

MONSOON MANSION: A Conversation On Filipino Literature, Food & Culture

Join us at The Torpedo Factory on Saturday, June 30, at 3:30 p.m., for a special event featuring Cinelle Barnes, author of the memoir, MONSOON MANSION, her family's rags-to-riches story in the Philippines.

Barnes will be in conversation with Genevieve Villamora, co-owner of Bad Saint, to talk about Filipino food, culture & literature. 

Free & open to the public, but an RSVP is required here. **SPACE IS LIMITED & YOU MUST HAVE A NAME ON THE EVENTBRITE RSVP LIST TO ATTEND**

If RSVP tickets are sold out, e-mail duendedistrict@gmail.com to be added to a wait list.

About the author:

Cinelle Barnes is an essayist, memoirist, and educator with a BA in media studies in journalism from Hunter College and a master of fine arts in creative writing from Converse College. Books have been the one constant in her life—through her tumultuous childhood in the Philippines, her years living as an undocumented immigrant in the New York City, her time as a new bride living in the American South, and as she completed her MFA program and began writing about her secrets.  

Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in  Literary Hub, Catapult, Buzzfeed, South 85, TAYO Literary Journal, Skirt!, West Of, Your Life Is A Trip, the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Series, and Hub City Press’s online anthology, Multicultural Spartanburg. Her first book, Monsoon Mansion: A Memoirarrived in May 2018 from Little A/Amazon Publishing.

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Duende @ Torpedo Factory Artist In Residence, Shani Shih
Jun
11
to Jul 1

Duende @ Torpedo Factory Artist In Residence, Shani Shih

We're excited to welcome SHANI SHIH as our next Duende @ Torpedo Factory Artist In Residence from June 11 - July 1!

In-Studio Artist Hours:

Monday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Thursday: 6:30 - 9 p.m. (except June 28)

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Sunday: 11-430pm (except June 24)

About the artist: 

Shani Shih is a multidisciplinary visual artist in Washington DC. Her personal artwork speaks at a visceral level; it features bold linework, gritty textures, and expressive human figures intertwined with harsh industrial structures, and represents everyday social and bodily experience in the stratified landscapes of the modern world. Through her creations, she aims to communicate a shared experience of suffering and endurance, as well as everlasting love and hope - providing comfort, strength, and acknowledgement to all.

 Shani is also dedicated to supporting communities in need through public art, teaching and community arts, with a focus on serving underrepresented Asian Pacific American communities. During the 2016 primaries, Shani co-curated Bern the System!, a street art showcase that featured 70+ regional artists and uplifted messages of social change. She then served as a lead organizer for a four-city mural campaign centering the message of the indigenous-led Water is Life movement—which led to the 2017 founding of the 411 Collective, a graffiti/street art collective that supports local and national community advocacy initiatives with public art. In 2018, with the help of 1882 Foundation/Chinese American Citizens Alliance, she founded the Chinatown Art Studio, a youth art space servicing Asian Pacific American youth through multimedia art instruction and creative empowerment programming.

 

As Duende District’s current Artist in Residence, she is excited to share her personal story and voice through her creations. She is pleased to also present “In Our Eyes,” a special youth art display that spotlights diverse voices of Asian/Pacific Islander American youth in the DC area, from the Chinatown Art Studio program and beyond.

 

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In Cultural Conversation Featuring Shade Mountain Press
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

In Cultural Conversation Featuring Shade Mountain Press

Duende District & PEN/Faulkner present the second installment of our In Cultural Conversation Series, featuring Shade Mountain Press, an intersectional feminist press. We welcome Rosalie Morales Kearns, Shade Mountain founder & author of 2017 Duende Favorite novel, Kingdom of Women, & Kirsten Imani Kasai, author of 2018 Duende Favorite novel, The House of Erzulie, published by Shade Mountain Press. 

They will be in conversation with Duende District owner Angela Maria Spring. Join us at our latest pop-up location, The Torpedo Factory, in Old Town Alexandria for a powerful reading & discussion!

The event is free & open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Get tickets here!

Duende District, a collaborative pop-up bookstore for & by people of color, where all are welcome, has partnered with PEN/Faulkner for a new series, In Cultural Conversation. This recurring series features writers of color from all cultural backgrounds using literature to begin bridge-building conversations about the challenges all our communities face today. 

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A Reading & Discussion with Monica Jahan Bose
Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

A Reading & Discussion with Monica Jahan Bose

Join Duende @ MahoganyBooks for a special reading & discussion with Monica Jahan Bose, author of Rising Up To Climate Change: Storytelling with Saris.

Monica Jahan Bose is Bangladeshi-American artist, lawyer, and activist whose practice includes painting, performance, photography, film, and writing. She works in collaboration with rural and urban communities to address issues around gender and climate change. 

Her ongoing feminist collaborative project Storytelling with Saris has traveled to nine states and several countries and been featured in numerous publications and TV and radio programs. She has collaborated with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development and the Sierra Club on empowerment workshops that highlight the disparate gender impacts of climate change and encourage people to make promises to reduce their individual carbon footprint. Her first art book Her Words: Storytelling with Saris was featured in book events in Bangladesh, the US, and France. 

Her new art book Rising Up to Climate Change: Storytelling with Saris features 95 stunning images from her climate art actions along with writings and Bengali songs (with Bose’s own translations). She has a BA in the practice of art (painting) and mathematics from Wesleyan University, a post-graduate diploma in art from Santiniketan, India, and a JD from Columbia Law

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VOCES Poetry Feature with Julayne Lee & Michael B. Judkins
May
20
4:00 PM16:00

VOCES Poetry Feature with Julayne Lee & Michael B. Judkins

Join us at our Torpedo Factory pop-up for a special poetry reading with Julayne Lee & Micahel B. Judkins to celebrate their new collections!

Lee's Not My White Savior: A Memoir In Poems, a provocative and furious book about race, culture, identity and what it means to be an inter-country adoptee in America. Not My White Savior is angry, brilliant, unapologetic, and unforgiving. A vicious ride of a book that is sure to spark discussion and debate.

Judkins' Interlude To Sentimental Me is a collection of emotionally driven poetry that covers the story of pain, tribulations, happiness, self-esteem and self-discovery through love and heartache. 

This event is free & open to the public, but please RSVP here!


About the poets: Julayne Lee was given up for adoption in South Korea as a result of the Korean War. She was adopted by an all-white Christian family in Minnesota, where she grew up. She has spent over fifteen years working with Overseas Adopted Koreans (OAKs). She lived in Seoul and now resides in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the LA Futbolistas and Adoptee Solidarity Korea—Los Angeles (ASK-LA). She is also part of the Adoptee Rights Campaign working to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act to ensure all inter-country adoptees have US citizenship. This is her first book.

Born in the Bronx, NY, along with his four brothers and sisters, Michael B. Judkins' childhood memories, although bittersweet, provided a rich foundation for him to draw upon later in life as an accomplished author. After spending years immersed in typical, reactive adolescent behaviors, Michael began experimenting with other alternatives to developing new relationships and helping resolve social issues. As he took these first, proactive steps, the germ of the idea for his first book – Introduction to Sentimental Me! – was born. Michael now resides in Allentown, P.A., and welcomes all readers to feel free to contact him at judkins_michal@yahoo.com to discuss your reaction to  his work, or learn more about upcoming releases.

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Pieces of Eight Poetry Series Featuring the Black Ladies Brunch Collective
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Pieces of Eight Poetry Series Featuring the Black Ladies Brunch Collective

Join us for our monthly Pieces of Eight Poetry Series, hosted by Derrick Weston Brown & featuring members of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective

The Black Ladies Brunch Collective’s poetry anthology, Not Without Our Laughter,  is a collection of humorous and joyful poems, riffing on Langston Hughes’s novel Not Without Laughter. It explores topics of family, work, love and sexuality. The women of BLBC believe, like Hughes, that even in these currently tense racial times, laughter and the celebration of life is crucial. Join Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Katy Richey, Saida Agostini, and Tafisha Edwards for a reading filled with laughter, love, and Black girl magic.

Black Ladies Brunch Collective is: Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Anya Creightney, Katy Richey, celeste doaks, Saida Agostini, and Tafisha Edwards.  

Open & free to the public, but RSVP required. Sign up here!

The Pieces of Eight Reading Series is a monthly curated reading with a featured artist, an audience-assisted interview and limited open mic.  The Pieces of Eight Series takes its name from the extremely influential and nearby, that  Rock Community Center that birthed the 8 -Rock Collective,  workshop & reading series in the early 90’s in historic Anacostia SE.

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DCPL & Duende District #DCReads Book Group
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

DCPL & Duende District #DCReads Book Group

Duende District is excited to announce we are collaborating with the DC Public Library for its 2018 DC Reads pick, The Refugees, by Viet Thanh Nguyen! 

We will host a community book group discussion in the lobby of the Anacostia Arts Center with our pop-up partner, MahoganyBooks.

This is event is free & open to the public.

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Author Storytime + Coloring Activities with Elsie Guerrero & Alejandra Santaolalla
Apr
28
11:30 AM11:30

Author Storytime + Coloring Activities with Elsie Guerrero & Alejandra Santaolalla

Join us for a children's event double feature with Elsie Guerrero, the author of multicultural children's books  & Alejandra Santaolalla, creator of Color With Luna!

This event is for all ages. It is free & open to the public.

About the authors: 

Elsie Guerrero is a children’s book author. She writes stories about children with special needs and the Latino community. Her six published books about children with special needs include: Dancing Luna, a story about dyslexia; I am Unique, a story about cerebral palsy; Goodbye Long Hair, a story about leukemia cancer; and two stories about autism: How Emily and Eli Became Friends and The Beauty in Me; and ABC Now I Know Common Disabilities. Her first Latino topic book is called A New Life in America, a story about a boy who migrated to the United States with his father from Honduras. All the stories are based on true stories. Elsie is also a contributing author in the book called Today’s Inspired Latina. Elsie’s goal with all her books is to spread awareness and promote inclusion.

Alejandra Santaolalla is the founder of Adventures with Luna & Friends.

 

She is an entrepreneur, a women + girls empowerment champion, and a nonprofit strategist. She has a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. 

Alejandra Santaolalla lives with her partner in Arlington and regularly  commutes back and forth between Arlington and DC. When she's not exploring either city, she loves re-watching Harry Potter movies, scrolling through Instagram for corgi pictures, and drinking copious amounts of tea (not necessarily in that order).

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MBxDD Book Club Presents: A Community Discussion and Author Signing featuring Paul Ortiz
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

MBxDD Book Club Presents: A Community Discussion and Author Signing featuring Paul Ortiz

An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights

MahoganyBooks & Duende District are excited to announce our April book club selection, An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz. On April 24, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM MBBxDD will host a community book discussion with author and educator Dr. Paul Ortiz at MahoganyBooks.

We encourage students, educators, history buffs, and activists alike to join us for an interactive community read & discussion about the various ways Latinx and African American civil rights activists, labor organizers, and intellectuals have worked to resist the widely taught formulations like “manifest destiny” and “Jacksonian democracy.” Dr. Ortiz will also share from his book a way forward in the continued struggle for people of the diaspora for universal civil rights against today’s “America First” leaning.

There are several ways to participate:

  1. General Admission: Join us at the store for the live book discussion with Dr. Ortiz. Book club participants must first register to reserve your seat for the live discussion.
  2. Live Participant: Receive access to both the live discussion with Dr. Ortiz as well as the online conversation leading up to the event. Stop by MahoganyBooks to register and take home your book the same day or register online and pick up your book at the store at your convenience.
  3. Online Participant: Register online to join the online discussion, view the live streamed event, and receive an autographed copy of the book.

Note: Books purchased from outside vendors are prohibited and will not be autographed.

About the Book

Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress, as exalted by widely taught formulations such as “manifest destiny” and “Jacksonian democracy,” and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms American history into the story of the working class organizing against imperialism.

In precise detail, Ortiz traces this untold history from the Jim Crow-esque racial segregation of the Southwest, the rise and violent fall of a powerful tradition of Mexican labor organizing in the twentieth century, to May 1, 2006, International Workers’ Day, when migrant laborers–Chicana/os, Afro-Cubanos, and immigrants from nearly every continent on earth–united in resistance on the first “Day Without Immigrants.”

Incisive and timely, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a bottom-up history told from the viewpoint of African American and Latinx activists and revealing the radically different ways people of the diaspora addressed issues still plaguing the United States today.

About the Author

Paul Ortiz is an associate professor of history and the director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida. He is the author of Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920 and coeditor of the oral history Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Segregated South. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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Latinx Book Group Author Series featuring Malka Older
Apr
22
4:00 PM16:00

Latinx Book Group Author Series featuring Malka Older

We're back with our third installment of our Latinx In Publishing partnered Latinx Book Group Author Series! Our April featured author is Malka Older, author of the speculative fiction Centenal Cycle books. 

Join us at BloomBars on April 22nd, 4-5 p.m., for a reading & discussion of Older's books, Infomacracy and Null States. This event is open to the public & we ask for $5 donation to BloomBars.

We will Facebook livestream the event via the #LxP page. 

About the author: 

Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Her science fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of the sequels, Null States (2017) and State Tectonics (2018), as well as of short fiction appearing in WIRED, Twelve Tomorrows, Reservoir Journal, Fireside Fiction, Tor.com and others. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of field experience in humanitarian aid and development. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of post-disaster improvisation in governments using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011.

Photo by Allana Taranto/Ars Magna

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Pieces of Eight Monthly Poetry Series, featuring Derrick Weston Brown
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Pieces of Eight Monthly Poetry Series, featuring Derrick Weston Brown

The Pieces of Eight Reading Series is a monthly curated reading with one featured artist, an audience assisted interview and limited open mic.  Hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, this month's reading will kick off with Derrick sharing his own work with us.

The Pieces of Eight Series takes its name from the extremely influential and nearby, that  Rock Community Center that birthed the 8 -Rock Collective,  workshop & reading series in the early 90’s in  historic Anacostia SE.

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Pieces of Eight April Poetry Workshop with Alan King
Apr
8
4:30 PM16:30

Pieces of Eight April Poetry Workshop with Alan King

Bring It Back, Come Rewind: The Remix

April 8 @ 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

Join us for our Duende District x MahoganyBooks Pieces of Eight Workshop Series, hosted by poet Alan King.

Click here to purchase your spot in the class.

“A fixture on the D.C. MD VA scene since 1999, Alan has at one time blessed every Open Mic spot throughout the area. Mangoes, he was there; Brookland Cup Of Dreams, he was there. The “first” Java Head Cafe in College Park, he was there. The first Mocha Hut on 14th St, he was there. Yogi’s Records, he was there; Harambe’s in Adams Morgan, he was there. Teaism, he was there; and Bar Nun, he was there. This cat is a walking history book of D.C. poetry. Not only that, he’s a dynamic performer and prolific writer” — Derrick Weston Brown, poet-in-resident at the 14th and V streets Busboys and Poets.

About the Workshop:

Have Writer’s Block? Too often, writers find themselves in a space where the words won’t come, can’t come. There are other times where writers find themselves in a space where they are not satisfied with what they are writing, or even how the words are arriving to the page. Poet and journalist Alan King will give you a few ways to jump start your creativity and generate new work.

About the Facilitator:

Alan King is the author of POINT BLANK (Silver Birch Press, 2016) and DRIFT (Willow Books, 2012). King’s honors include fellowships from Cave Canem and Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) Foundation, three Pushcart Prize nominations as well as three nominations for Best of the Net selection. His poems and short stories appear in various literary journals, magazines and are featured on public radio.

He’s a husband, father and communications professional who blogs about art and social issues at alanwking.com. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, he holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Program.

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Duende District + PEN/Faulkner Present Naima Coster in conversation with Natalie Hopkinson
Apr
7
4:30 PM16:30

Duende District + PEN/Faulkner Present Naima Coster in conversation with Natalie Hopkinson

Duende District, a collaborative pop-up bookstore for & by people of color, where all are welcome, has partnered with PEN/Faulkner for a new series, In Cultural Conversation. This monthly series features writers of color from all cultural backgrounds using literature to begin bridge-building conversations about the challenges all our communities face today. 

Duende District & PEN/Faulkner present Naima Coster, author the novel HALSEY STREET, in conversation with Natalie Hopkinson, author of A MOUTH IS ALWAYS MUZZLED, on Saturday, April 7, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Duende @ MahoganyBooks in the Anacostia Arts Center!

Coster and Hopkinson will discuss HALSEY STREET, which Kirkus Review describes as a "quiet gut-punch of a debut...a family saga set against the landscape of gentrifying Brooklyn."

Books will be available for purchase the day of the event. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so an RSVP is required.

About the authors:

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street, a story of family, loss, and renewal, set in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesArts & Letters, Lit HubCatapultThe RumpusAster(ix)A Practical WeddingGuernica, and has been anthologized in The Best of Kweli and This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. Naima is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay. Naimastudied creative writing at Yale, Fordham University, and Columbia University, where she earned her MFA. She has taught writing to students in prison, youth programs, and universities. She currently teaches at Wake Forest University and is a Senior Fiction Editor at Kweli. Naima tweets as @zafatista and writes the newsletter, Bloom How You Must.

Natalie Hopkinson is a writer whose work explores the arts, media, public policy and cultural identity. She is an assistant professor in Howard University’s doctoral program in Communication, Culture and Media Studies, a columnist for the Huffington Post, and a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation. A former staff writer, editor and media and culture critic at the Washington Post and The Root, she is author of Deconstructing Tyrone (with Natalie Y. Moore on Cleis Press), Go-Go Live (Duke University Press). Her latest book released in February 2018 on The New Press is A Mouth is Always Muzzled: Six Dissidents, Five Continents and the Art of Resistance.

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Daisy Hernández, March Latinx Book Group Author Series
Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

Daisy Hernández, March Latinx Book Group Author Series

Join us for our second installment of the Latinx in Publishing & Duende District Latinx Book Group Author Series, featuring Daisy Hernández, author of the memoir and book group selection, A CUP OF WATER UNDER MY BED.

We will Facebook livestream the event via the #LxP page. 

About the author: Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. The former editor of ColorLines , a newsmagazine on race and politics, she has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered. Her essays have appeared in Brevity, the Bellingham Review, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Hunger Mountain, and the Rumpus. She is a regular contributor to the Buddhist magazine Tricycle, and her writing was nominated for a 2009 GLAAD Media Award. She is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Miami University in Ohio. To see more of her work, visitwww.daisyhernandez.com.

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Elizabeth Acevedo, THE POET X
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

Elizabeth Acevedo, THE POET X

Duende District, in partnership with the Latin American Youth Center and Harpercollins, present Elizabeth Acevedo in a reading and audience Q&A for her teen verse novel, THE POET X! Order the book here.

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so you must RSVP here

About THE POET X: 

Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing #ownvoices novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.

With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

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Duende x Mahogany PIECES OF EIGHT Poetry Workshop Series
Mar
11
4:30 PM16:30

Duende x Mahogany PIECES OF EIGHT Poetry Workshop Series

Join us for a special launch of our new Duende District x MahoganyBooks Pieces of Eight Poetry Reading & Workshop Series, hosted by poet Derrick Weston Brown!

Bring It Back, Come Rewind: A Poetry Workshop with Derrick Weston Brown: Restorative Practices for Poets & Writers to Keep Their Writing Fires Burning When Inspiration Ain’t Enuf!

Cost: $15, limited to 10 spaces, register here!

Course Description:

Too often, writers find themselves in a space where the words won’t come, can’t come. There
are other times where writers find themselves in a space where they are not satisfied with what they are writing, or even how the words are arriving to the page. There are other times when writers find themselves grappling with the unnerving reality that their beloved genre, may not be the accurate vehicle for the words they need to write. Each of these moments can stall one’s writing momentum and in some cases torpedo enthusiasm. This two-hour workshop facilitated by Poet and Cultural Curator Derrick Weston Brown, will discuss the ways in which writers can both return to the source of their writing fire by utilizing a series of exercises and resources to engage writers in finding their own way back from a loss of words.

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Derrick Weston Brown holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. He is the founding Poet-In-Residence of Busboys and Poets. He is a graduate of the Cave Canem and VONA summer workshops. His work has been published and featured in such print journals and online publications as, The This Mag, JoINT, Colorlines and The Tidal Basin Review.  His debut collection of poetry, Wisdom Teeth was released in 2011 through  PM Press.  He resides in Mount Rainier MD. You can follow him on social media on Facebook, Instagram @theoriginalDerrickWestonBrown or through DerrickWestonBrown.com

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In Conversation: Anke Ortlepp, Jim Crow Terminals
Mar
11
4:00 PM16:00

In Conversation: Anke Ortlepp, Jim Crow Terminals

Historical accounts of racial discrimination in transportation have focused until now on trains, buses, and streetcars and their respective depots, terminals, stops, and other public accommodations. It is essential to add airplanes and airports to this narrative, says Anke Ortlepp. Air travel stands at the center of the twentieth century’s transportation revolution, and airports embodied the rapidly mobilizing, increasingly prosperous, and cosmopolitan character of the postwar United States. When segregationists inscribed local definitions of whiteness and blackness onto sites of interstate and even international transit, they not only brought the incongruities of racial separation into sharp relief but also obligated the federal government to intervene.

Ortlepp looks at African American passengers; civil rights organizations; the federal government and judiciary; and airport planners, architects, and managers as actors in shaping aviation’s legal, cultural, and built environments. She relates the struggles of black travelers—to enjoy the same freedoms on the airport grounds that they enjoyed in the aircraft cabin—in the context of larger shifts in the postwar social, economic, and political order. Jim Crow terminals, Ortlepp shows us, were both spatial expressions of segregation and sites of confrontation over the re-negotiation of racial identities. Hence, this new study situates itself in the scholarly debate over the multifaceted entanglements of “race” and “space.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anke Ortlepp is Professor of British and North American History at the University of Kassel. She received her PhD from the University of Cologne in 2000 and completed her Postdoc degree (Habilitation) at the University of Munich in 2009. From 2005 to 2010, she was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute Washington, D.C., where she also served as Deputy Director (2007) and Acting Director (2007-2008). Leaving the GHI, she joined the University of Munich as Professor of American History in 2010. In 2013, she moved on to the University of Kassel.

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