Archive for Literature

An Eye on “I” in September

Posted in Culture, Politics, Reading List with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

The first sub-Saharan African to hold the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan has led an extraordinary life of service to the global community. Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00pm at the Sixth and I Synagogue he will share some of his experiences and knowledge that he has memorialized in his new book, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace in conversation with David Ignatius. Immediately following Mr. Annan will sign books for a limited period of time. A single ticket for the event is $36 and includes one book. Two guests may attend for $45 and receive one book. This signing is being presented in collaboration with Politics & Prose. There will be no walk-up box office sales.

Thursday September 20 at 7:30pm international recording artist, actor and activist Wyclef will also appear in conversation at Sixth and I promoting his memoir Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story. His Washington stop on the book tour is one of the very few in which he will also perform a set of his latest music before signing books. Tickets are $35 and include 1 copy of the book. Doors for this event open at 6:30pm.

Shakespeare in Harlem

Posted in Culture with tags , , on January 27, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

To commemorate what would have been his 110th birthday, poets Delores Kendrick and Evie Shockley will celebrate the legacy of American poet Langston Hughes by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing on Wednesday February 1 at 12 noon in the Whittall Pavillion in the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress.  Hailed as one of the premier voices and figures of the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes realized an extraordinary career as a writer, advocate and world influencer. The Jefferson Building is located at 10 First Street SE near the Capitol South Metro stop.

Black Men Speak

Posted in Culture with tags , , on October 4, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

Political commentator and cultural critic, Toure will participate in a discussion with Washington Post editorial board member Jonathan Capehart and columnist Roland Martin at 14th Street location of Busboys and Poets on October 5 at 6:30pm. This event is free.

On October 14 at 7:30pm writers R. Dwayne Betts and Ta-Nehisi Coates will continue the 2011-2012 Pen/Faulkner conversation series at the Folger Shakespeare Library. R. Dwayne Betts is the author of the memoir A Question of Freedom and a collection of poetry Shahid Reads His Own Palm. Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues for TheAtlantic.com and the magazine. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. Tickets are on sale here.

Art, Music & Literature

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on September 22, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

If you are a fan of art, music and literature than the District of Columbia abounds with fantastic opportunities to indulge this weekend, September 24 and 25. During the day the Library of Congress will be hosting its annual National Book Festival. This festival brings the nation’s best authors, illustrators, and poets to Washington to discuss their work and meet their fans. This year’s lineup includes Eugene Robinson, Terry McMillan, Terrance Hayes and the literary legend Toni Morrison. View a complete schedule of authors, activities and signings here.

For culture vultures who prefer their art and music at night on September 24 DC will have its first Nuit Blanche | Art All Night. This event is an all night exploration of contemporary art stretching from Chinatown to Shaw. Hosted in traditional and nontraditional spaces, events will take place from 7pm – 3am. Constant updates to the schedule are being posted here.

Advancing the Dialogue

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 25, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

Since Fritz Pollard and Bobby Marshall became the first African American players in the National Football League in 1920 a lot has changed about the game and the business of professional football. The racial mix of players on the field has grown much more representative of people of color but the presence of African American coaches hasn’t changed nearly as much. This issue is explored in great detail in the book Advancing the Game by N. Jeremi Duru. He’ll bring his insight to Washington this Saturday, January 29 at a reading and signing at Politics and Prose from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Perfect reading as we prepare to watch Mike Tomlin and his Steelers in the Super Bowl once again.

Our Love for Langston

Posted in Culture with tags on January 10, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

For the past decade Beltway Poetry Quarterly has published the work of poets and authors who live in the Washington area.  The Winter 2011 issue is a special tribute to Langston Hughes who spent several years living in Washington, DC. This special issue includes ‘Langston Hughes in Washington, DC: Conflict and Class’ by Kim Roberts with a map of places Hughes lived and worked in DC by Emery Pajer.

The Book and the Look

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 27, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

The DC Public Library has continued to make great improvements to the structures that should serve as hubs of information sharing, learning and entertainment to residents throughout the city. As the libraries work to transform and empower minds through their collections and programs, recently the Wall Street Journal highlighted the Watha T. Daniel branch of the DC Public Library for being a transformative beacon in architectural design. Check out a book and get a look at the Watha T. Daniel soon.

Jay-Z|Decoded

Posted in Culture with tags , on November 12, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

Tuesday, November 16 the media mogul and music icon Jay-Z won’t drop an album instead he is going to release his first book. His press team describes the book Decoded, as a collection of his lyrics and their meanings that are woven together to tell the true story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and provides the most provocative narrative of one of the most successful artists of all time. Without question, his meteoric rise to the top of the entertainment, fashion and business worlds is worth reading about and learning from.

Who you callin’ a…?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 4, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

As summer starts so does the summer reading list. First up, Bitch Is the New Black: A Memoir by Helena Andrews. In her own candid and sassy voice Ms. Andrews takes us with her as she explores life and love as a successful Black woman on the beat in Washington, DC. Let the reading begin!

Now Serving DC

Posted in Culture, DC: Dining & Cocktails with tags , , on June 2, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

She may be out of the French Open, she will soon be in DC. Venus Williams will be the  speaker for the July 7, 2010 lunch series at the National Press Club. Lunch begins at 12:30pm but a much earlier arrival is best for a good seat. Make your reservation here today as this will surely sell out quickly. Later she will be signing copies of her new book Come to Win: How Sports Can Help You Ace Your Goals and Top Your Profession at the Barnes & Noble on 12th Street NW at 3:00pm. What will she wear?

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