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Washington DC: The Other History

Mark Twain, Henry Adams, Zora Neale Hurston, Walt Whitman, Ambrose Bierce, Sinclair Lewis, Langston Hughes... Sounds like a literary dream team if ever there was one. What they all have in common is that they lived and worked in Washington DC. Not widely know as a city of authors, our nation's capital actually has an enormously rich, diverse literary tradition. This is the story uncovered by Kim Roberts in her new book, A Literary Guide to Washington DC: Walking in the Footseps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston. Roberts not only takes us through the history; she takes us to the streets, with walking tours encompassing the settings of these authors' lives.

Roberts made a recent appearances on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, and the book is getting substantial attention, from the Washington Post, the Washington Post Express, Metro Weekly, the DC Line, and the Bay Area Reporter.

If you are in Washington, you will have plenty of chances to catch Roberts discussing her book. Scheduled author apperances:

9/6: Upshur Street Books with David Gewanter, 7:00-8:30 PM
9/22: Washington DC Public Library (details to come)
11/28: University Club of Washington, Meet the Authors Night and Book Fair

A Literary Guide to Washington DC: Walking in the Footseps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston is available now.

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