Get Lit Trivia! With Moonlit DC
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

Get Lit Trivia! With Moonlit DC

Join MoonLit and Loyalty Books for an evening of trivia in Petworth Citizen’s Reading Room. Teams of one to four will have an opportunity to show off their book smarts with four rounds of literary and pop-culture themed questions.

So be sure to round up your friends, grab a drink, and head back to the Reading Room for a free night of trivia and fun. Bonus points to the team with the cleverest name.

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Poetry Event: Tanya Olson and Keegan Finberg
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Event: Tanya Olson and Keegan Finberg

Join us for a reading, Q&A, and signing with poets Tanya Olson and Keegan Finberg— in celebration of their recently released books!

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Tanya Olson lives in Silver Spring, Maryland and is a Senior Lecturer in English at

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Her first book, Boyishly, was

awarded a 2014 American Book Award. She was a Discovery Poetry Contest winner from

Boston Review and the 92 nd St Y and is a Lambda Fellow of the Writers Retreat for

Emerging LGBTQ Voices. Her most recent book, Stay, was published by YesYes Books

in May 2019.

Keegan Cook Finberg is a poet and an assistant professor of literature at University of

Maryland, Baltimore County. Her critical essays have been published in Textual

Practice and Canada and Beyond, and her public scholarship has appeared

in Jacket2, The Rumpus, The Believer, and Southern Indiana Review. Her poetry has

appeared in Sixth Finch, Prelude Magazine, Two Serious Ladies, Bone Bouquet, and

elsewhere. Her debut poetry chapbook, The Thought of Preservation is just out from

Ursus Americanus Press.

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Sarah Gailey + John Scalzi for MAGIC FOR LIARS
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Sarah Gailey + John Scalzi for MAGIC FOR LIARS

Join us for an intimate event with Sarah Gailey and John Scalzi in celebration of Gailey's, Magic for Liars, a debut novel that combines the thrills of a noir with the extra magic of a campus filled with teenage mages. A story of family, the search for truth, and the distance that can come between us, magical or otherwise.

Each ticket includes a book and admission. Seating is limited! Want to get a signed book, meet the authors, and enjoy a drink but cannot make the talk? After the reading, join us from 8-10pm for a specialty Magic for Liars Cocktail or mocktail and enjoy the fun of our Reading Room with our bar partners at Petworth Citizen. You can mingle with these awesome authors and get your books signed!

The Fine print:

Admission to the Magic for Liars reading portion of the evening is ticketed. The cocktail hours simple need an RSVP. Please note you may bring backlist with you to sign and there will be additional copies of Sarah and John’s books at the store.

About the Book

Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it.

Ivy Gamble is perfectly happy with her life – or at least, she’s perfectly fine.

She doesn't in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, gifted twin sister.

Ivy Gamble is a liar.

When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister―without losing herself.

About Sarah Gailey

Hugo award winner Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and they are a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes & Noble. Their most recent fiction credits include Fireside Fiction, Tor.com, and The Atlantic. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was published in 2017 via Tor.com and was a 2018 Hugo and Nebula award finalist. Their adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, will be published by Tor Books in June 2019. Their Young Adult novel debut, When We Were Magic, will be published by Simon Pulse in Spring 2020. You can find links to their work at www.sarahgailey.com; find them on social media @gaileyfrey.

About John Scalzi

JOHN SCALZI is one of the most popular and acclaimed SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His massively successful debut Old Man's War won him science fiction's John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers include The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts, the latter winning the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel. Material from his widely read blog, Whatever, has also earned him two other Hugo Awards. Scalzi also serves as critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

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Helon Habila Reading and Signing for Travelers with Themed Literary Cocktails
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Helon Habila Reading and Signing for Travelers with Themed Literary Cocktails

Join us for a reading and conversation with author Helon Habila for his book Travelers. Following the Q&A and signing will be themed literary cocktails in the Reading Room. Get tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/helon-habila-and-his-book-travelers-reading-signing-tickets-61961213658

In TRAVELERS, internationally acclaimed writer Helon Habila delivers a beautifully sculpted work of fiction that examines the lives of "travelers"—self-willed exiles and refugees alike. 

Accompanying his wife on a prestigious arts fellowship in Berlin, a Nigerian scholar finds there are no walls between his privileged, secure existence and the stories of other Africans on the move: among them: a transgender film student seeking the freedom to live an authentic life; a Libyan doctor who lost his wife and son in the waters of the Mediterranean; a Somalian shopkeeper who tried to save his young daughter from a marriage forced on her by an al-Shabab commander.

His sense of identity begins to dissolve as he can no longer separate himself from others’ horrors, and he realizes he is inextricably connected to those lives that have touched his. From a Berlin nightclub to a refugee deportation camp in Sicily to the London apartment of a Malawian poet, his empathy with the lives of other “travelers” brings him to a new journey, a reverse migration in pursuit of the universal dream of love and home.

Helon Habila is the author of three previous novels, including Oil on Water, which was shortlisted for the Orion Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and one book of nonfiction, The Chibok Girls.He studied literature at the University of Jos in Nigeria and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, UK. He was named the first Chinua Achebe Fellow at Bard College. During his fellowship, he wrote and taught at Bard. He teaches creative writing at George Mason University and lives in Centreville, Virginia, with his wife and two children.

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Author Storytime with Michael Genhart and "Rainbow: A First Book of Pride"
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Author Storytime with Michael Genhart and "Rainbow: A First Book of Pride"

Join us for a special EARLY children’s author storytime with Michael Gerhart and his warm and wonderful book Rainbow: A First Book of Pride. A lovely way to celebrate the culmination of Pride month with your family and Loyalty!

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Michael Genhart, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He is the acclaimed author of many picture books, including Love is LoveI See YouOuch! MomentsSo Many Smarts!Cake & I Scream!Mac & Geeez!Peanut Butter & Jellyous, among other titles. He lives with his rainbow family in Marin County, California.

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David Grinspoon for Chasing New Horizons
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

David Grinspoon for Chasing New Horizons

Join us for a reading, Q&A, and signing with author David Grinspoon for his book Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto.

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David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-

winning author. His newest Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to

Pluto, co-authored with Alan Stern was a Boston Globe “summer reading pick”. He is a

Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and Adjunct Professor of Astrophysical

and Planetary Science at the University of Colorado. His research focuses on climate

evolution on Earth-like planets and potential conditions for life elsewhere in the universe.

He is involved with several interplanetary spacecraft missions for NASA, the European

Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency. In 2013 he was appointed as the

inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress where he studied the

human impact on Earth systems and organized a public symposium on the Longevity of

Human Civilization. His technical papers have been published in Nature, Science, and

numerous other journals, and he has given invited keynote talks at conferences around the

world. Grinspoon’s popular writing has appeared in Slate, Scientific American, Natural

History, Nautilus, Astronomy, Seed, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the New

York Times and Sky & Telescope Magazine where he is a contributing editor and writes

the quasi-monthly “Cosmic Relief” column. His book Earth in Human Hands was named

a Best Science Book of 2016 by NPR’s Science Friday. His previous book Lonely

Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life won the PEN Center USA Literary Award

for Nonfiction. Grinspoon has been recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for Public

Communication of Planetary Science by the American Astronomical Society, and has

been honored with the title “Alpha Geek” by Wired Magazine. He lectures widely, and

appears frequently as a science commentator on television, radio and podcasts, including

as a frequent guest on StarTalk Radio and host of the new spinoff StarTalk All Stars.

Also a musician, he currently leads the House Band of the Universe. He resides in

Washington DC with his wife and dog.

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Poets in Protest Reading Series: LGBTQ+ Pride Featuring Marlena Chertock & C. Thomas
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Poets in Protest Reading Series: LGBTQ+ Pride Featuring Marlena Chertock & C. Thomas

As our next installment of the Poets In Protest Reading Series at Loyalty Books, in honor of Pride Month, 5 queer and/or trans poets based in the DMV area will read a piece of their own and a piece written by a queer/trans literary predecessor to acknowledge our diversity, lineage, and evolution as community. There will be time  mingling after the reading. Hope to see you there!

The event is FREE but please RSVP Here!


C. Thomas
No stranger to the stage, C. Thomas has graced numerous venues. Along his journey, C. has blasted his story at Studio 2001 Art Gallery, Busboys and Poets, Angelina College, Howard University, Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Journey of Faith United Methodist Church just to name a few venues. In 2015, he was named a Pioneer of Poetry by NUSPA (National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Awards) and is the 2019 Finalist for Poet Laureate of Alexandria. An unapologetic voice raising his voice for social change while challenging mindsets and commanding stages-ladies and gentlemen C. Thomas.

Marlena Chertock

Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized (Unnamed Press) and On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press). She lives in Washington, D.C. and uses her skeletal dysplasia as a bridge to scientific poetry. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Breath & Shadow, The Deaf Poets Society, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Paper Darts, Rogue Agent, Stoked Words, Wordgathering, and more. Marlena serves on the planning committee for OutWrite, an LGBTQ literary festival in D.C. Find her at marlenachertock.com, @mchertock.

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Sherry and Agatha Christie Book Club Reads Murder at the Vicarage
Jun
9
3:00 PM15:00

Sherry and Agatha Christie Book Club Reads Murder at the Vicarage

Join us for a delightful afternoon of discussing the ultimate mystery maven's first novel featuring the indelible Ms Marple! Claim your ticket here.

About this Event

The Reading Room's resident Sherry Expert Chantal Tseng joins Loyalty Bookstore owner Hannah Oliver Depp in a monthly book club that will read through Agatha Christie's works in order of publication within each of her detectives and celebrate them in style with a tea service and some sherry to boot. Come enjoy the book, delightful company, and delicious treats with us!

Each ticket includes admission, a glass of sherry, all the tea and snacks you can hold, and 20% off the book in the store. There is also a ticket option that includes advance purchase of the book.

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LGBTQ+ Pride Week Author Reading: Gregg Shapiro & Philip Dean Walker
Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

LGBTQ+ Pride Week Author Reading: Gregg Shapiro & Philip Dean Walker

Join us for a reading with poet Gregg Shapiro and fiction writer Philip Dean Walker in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Week in DC!

According to Jericho Brown, in Gregg Shapiro's More Poems About Buildings and Food (Souvenir Spoon Books, 2019), the poet manages the feats of “fitting in, disappearing, hiding in one’s own grief and view of the world” which Brown describes as a "lovely little book". Of More Poems About Buildings and Food, Denise Duhamel says that reading his poems, “I felt like I was sitting in my friend’s kitchen, dishing about everything—Shapiro writing so beautifully what needs to be said.” Yes, there are poems about buildings and food in the book, the two subjects often appearing in the same poem. Alternately serious and humorous, Shapiro also writes about family, lovers and spiders.

PHILIP DEAN WALKER is a Class of 2000 graduate of Middlebury College (B.A. American Literature) and received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University in 2013. His first book, At Danceteria and Other Stories was cited by Kirkus Reviewsas a "Best Book of 2017," received from them a starred review, and was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. His newest collection, Read by Strangers, was again cited by Kirkus Reviews as a "Best Book of 2018" and also received a starred review.  Walker was a general contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 2016. His books have been taught in college courses from NYU to George Washington University.His work has appeared in several magazines, journals, and anthologies including Big LucksCollective FalloutJonathanCallistoGlitterwolf MagazinetheNewerYorkAnak SastraCarbon Culture ReviewLunch Reviewand Driftwood Press.He lives in Washington, D.C. and is currently at work on two new books.

 READ BY STRANGERS is a collection of sixteen stories that explore the complexities of the human experience. From weary men seeking a ride back from a club but find themselves trapped to a woman addicted to a virtual reality game who is neglecting her newborn to a man whose fantasies about sleeping with his neighbor’s wife have begun to take over his life, the characters in each of these stories are enveloped in their commitment to their own person desires. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews noted that, "Walker’s scintillating stories crackle with frank sexuality and deadpan comedy. There’s a satirical edge to many of them, but they are always grounded in prose that’s realistic but extraordinarily vivid and even nightmarish…the result is a deep dissection of lives where the barriers to human connection can take on sometimes-comic, sometimes-monstrous proportions."

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Yawp! A Read Aloud of Leaves of Grass for the Walt Whitman 200 Celebration
May
27
7:30 PM19:30

Yawp! A Read Aloud of Leaves of Grass for the Walt Whitman 200 Celebration

About the Event:

We'll be celebrating Whitman with a Read Aloud in the style of our Bloomsday reading of Ulysses by starting Leaves of Grass (1855 edition) at 5pm and doing our best to read the poem before the end of the evening! We'll have the entire poem divided up and sections available for audience members to present as well. If you are interested in being a reader please just let us know when you RSVP! This event is free and open to the public and will take place in Loyalty Bookstores + the Petworth Citizen Reading Room.

Can't get enough Whitman and Loyalty? Join us for the final days of the festival back in the Reading Room for Literary Cocktails by Chantal Tseng based off Leaves of Grass Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1st 7pm-Midnight.

RSVP (not required but much appreciated) Here!

About the Walt Whitman 200 Festival:

The Festival will kick off on May 23rd from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Busboys and Poets ( 450 K Street, NW) with a reading of Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” by local poets. Over the course of twelve days, this city-wide celebration will emphasize the poet’s continuing influence on American culture and the city’s culture, and showcase the themes closest to the poet’s heart: unity, democracy, and healing. With a total of forty-eight events in all of DC’s eight wards, the festival includes opportunities for residents to engage with Whitman’s legacy through readings, discussions, workshops, family events, exhibits, and more. For the complete schedule Festival events visit www.walt200.org

The Walt Whitman 200 Festival is sponsored by Humanities DC, in cooperation with the Whitman 2019 Consortium. Founded in 1980, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC (Humanities DC) aims to enrich the quality of life, foster intellectual stimulation, and promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of local history in all neighborhoods of the District through humanities programs and grants. For information on Humanities DC and grant opportunities visit www.wdchumanitiesdc.org.

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Book Club: Too Lit to Quit Discusses The Head of Colored People
May
25
3:00 PM15:00

Book Club: Too Lit to Quit Discusses The Head of Colored People

Join us for our ongoing Silver Spring book club and grab a coffee from the awesome folks at Kefa cafe as we chat about about Nafissa Thompson-Spires story collection Heads of the Colored People. This book club reading is in conjunction with the DC Public Library’s city-wide reading of Heads of Colored People! Check out more events with the DCPL DC Wide Reads here. Can’t make this discussion? You can join our Politics is Personal book club at our Upshur Street store on 5/16 at 7pm.

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Author Event with Kat Gardiner for her book Little Wonder with live music by Bartees Strange
May
24
5:00 PM17:00

Author Event with Kat Gardiner for her book Little Wonder with live music by Bartees Strange

Please join us for a reading and signing of Kat Gardiner’s intimate, intricate work of microfiction Little Wonder. The reading will also feature live acoustic musical performances by local singer/songwriter Bartees Strange

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Born in Oklahoma, raised in the Pacific Northwest, and based in Detroit, Kat Gardiner carries a restlessness through her writing that's been honed by a lifelong search for roots. Her debut collection of short fiction, Little Wonder, springs from the year Gardiner spent in Anacortes, Washington, during her early twenties. Young and idealistic, she opened a coffee shop and music venue with her husband in the hopes of finding a home in the city's artistic community. The experiment lasted exactly one year. Gardiner closed the coffee shop and moved away from Anacortes, ending a stressful and dreamlike chapter in her life.

 

Gardiner studied creative writing at Bennington College in Vermont, and later took workshops with Tom Spanbauer, the creator of the technique known as Dangerous Writing, in Portland, Oregon. In developing her craft, she found herself drawn to microfiction, citing Lydia Davis and Richard Brautigan as touchstones. "There's something powerful in succinct details," Gardiner says. Writing in short, interconnected fragments enabled her to revisit the year spent in Anacortes with a new sense of perspective. Little Wonder reads like a series of love notes to a former self, or a collection of Polaroids made golden with age. Gardiner's characters navigate frustration, loss, and heartbreak, but they also come into new versions of themselves, a transformation they may not recognize in the moment. Through poignant vignettes furnished generously with detail, Gardiner looks into what it means to enter the world and realize that the world is not nearly as amenable to change as an optimistic young person might think. "It's been liberating to make art out of both the painful and the joyous parts of that experience," she says. With Little Wonder, she's shed light on the idea that joy and pain are often two sides of the same coin — and that being alive in this world can necessitate embracing both.

 

"Is it because spring is nature's rebirth that our emotions get so attached to it? All of the descriptions of the town and the feelings there are so accurate and truthful and achy... I can see the sun sinking down over Anacortes at the end of every page. Little Wonder has the ache of Raymond Carver, the honesty, the vulnerability. It's so melancholic and honest and beautiful." - Kyle Field of Little Wings


"Kat Gardiner's Little Wonder is a wondrous little book. In tiny, engaging fragments, it tells the tale of Gardiner's one-year foray into owning a business — a coffee shop music venue in Anacortes, Washington. Poignantly, beautifully written, Little Wonder examines the joy and heartbreak of trying and failing at something you love.” Powell’s Books

Musician Bartees Strange social media links:

https://www.facebook.com/BARTEESTRANGE/

https://twitter.com/bartees_strange

https://www.instagram.com/bartees_strange/

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Drinks and Divination: Tarot Workshop
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Drinks and Divination: Tarot Workshop

Join us to learn the history of tarot and how to conduct your own basic readings with bookseller Aliza Cohen. Attendees will get a guide on tarot structure history and a how-to as well as personal trainings for different ways to practice daily readings and larger spreads. Wine included in the price of a ticket. Come join us for drinks and divination.

Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drinks-divination-tarot-workshop-tickets-60970833404

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Poets in Protest Reading Series: Keondra Bills Freemyn w/ Malik K. Thompson
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Poets in Protest Reading Series: Keondra Bills Freemyn w/ Malik K. Thompson

We're launching a new series with poet Malik Thompson to celebrate the community work and dynamic change within poetry.


About this Event

Join us for a reading and conversation between local poets Keondra Bills Freemyn and Malik K. Thompson at Loyalty Books. Keondra will be reading from her debut collection things you left behind, and the conversation will center on Freemyn's relationship to her first book, the significance of Black/queer/woman literary ancestors, and writing as a practice of actualization. There will be time for audience Q&A and Freemyn will be selling copies of things you left behind. We hope to see you there!

About the Poets

Keondra Bills Freemyn is a Maryland-based lover and storyteller. Inspired by the extraordinary beauty of ordinary things, she spends her days wrangling wanderlust and digging herself out of internet black holes. Her work has appeared in Complex and BLACKBERRY literary journal. She is an alumna of Fordham and Columbia University. Things You Left Behind is her debut collection.

Malik K. Thompson is proud to have been born and raised in DC. Malik is a writer who gravitates toward essays and poetry. An introvert, when not at the occasional party, Malik usually chooses to hole up in his bedroom, contemplating concepts such as spirit and time. You can read his thoughts on books via his bookstagram account @negroliterati.


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Agatha Christie & Sherry Club Discusses Murder on the Links
May
19
3:00 PM15:00

Agatha Christie & Sherry Club Discusses Murder on the Links

The Reading Room's resident Sherry Expert Chantal Tseng joins Loyalty Bookstore owner Hannah Oliver Depp in a monthly book club that will read through Agatha Christie's works in order of publication within each of her detectives and celebrate them in style with a tea service and some sherry to boot. Come enjoy the book, delightful company, and delicious treats with us!

Each ticket includes admission, a glass of sherry, all the tea and snacks you can hold, and 20% off the book in the store. There is also a ticket option that includes advance purchase of the book. You can find the right option for your preferences here.

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Book Club: Politics is Personal Discusses Heads of the Colored People
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club: Politics is Personal Discusses Heads of the Colored People

Join us for complementary wine and lively conversation about Nafissa Thompson-Spires story collection Heads of the Colored People. This book club reading is in conjunction with the DC Public Library’s city-wide reading of Heads of Colored People! Check out more events with the DCPL DC Wide Reads here. Can’t make this discussion? You can join our Too Lit to Quit book club in Downtown Silver Spring for our discussion in the Kefa Cafe in the Wayne Avenue Library on 5/25 at 3pm.

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Reading and Signing with Joanna Guest for Folded Wisdom
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Reading and Signing with Joanna Guest for Folded Wisdom

Join us for a reading and signing with Joanna Guest to celebrate her new book Folded Wisdom.

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FOLDED WISDOM: Notes from Dad on Life, Love, and Growing Up is an inspirational testament to the depth of a father’s love for his children, and an intimate look into beautiful, raw, human communication. Within the pages of this book, Joanna Guest shares the insightful notes her father drew for her and her brother Theo every day for nearly 15 years.

For her entire childhood, Joanna’s father, Bob, had a ritual: wake up at dawn, walk the dog, and sit down at the kitchen table with a blank pad of paper and plenty of colored markers to craft notes for his two children. Over the years, word games and puzzles for five-year-olds morphed into thoughtful guidance and reflections for his teenagers approaching adulthood.

Now, with more than 3,500 of her father’s colorful notes in hand, Folded Wisdom highlights the collection of Bob’s notes (that were sneakily saved by his wife), telling a story filled with universal values that encourages meaningful self-reflection – about how we all face successes and failures; express happiness and sadness; and communicate frustration, praise, and love to one another. Heartfelt and full of possibility for the future, a father’s folded notes and drawings are timeless reminders of love.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joanna Guest is a proud daughter who enjoys talking loudly and often about her family. She left a career in politics to focus on Folded Wisdom. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona, and a Master’s of Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Folded Wisdom is her first book and she looks forward to someday plagiarizing her dad’s sentiments to her own children.

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Bookternet Social
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

Bookternet Social

Join us for some fun IRL hang out time with your fellow Bookternet friends in the DC, MD, and VA area. Enjoy a free glass of wine or indulge in some happy hour choices from Petworth Citizen. We’ll be chatting choice summer reads and giving you a sneak peak of the next phase of Loyalty Books here in Petworth and Downtown, Silver Spring!

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RESCHEDULED: Author Event with Rev. Dr. Sandra Butler-Truedale for Washington, DC Jazz
May
5
3:00 PM15:00

RESCHEDULED: Author Event with Rev. Dr. Sandra Butler-Truedale for Washington, DC Jazz

Join us for a discussion of DC’s unique Jazz history in the Reading Room we share with Petworth Citizen at the back of Loyalty! Gratis wine will be served and this event is free and open to the public. However, you can confirm your attendance OR pre-order the book and reserve a seat here!

The Book

Home to "Black Broadway" and the Howard Theatre in the Greater U Street area, Washington, DC, has long been associated with American jazz. Duke Ellington and Billy Eckstine launched their careers there in the early 20th century. Decades later, Shirley Horn and Buck Hill would follow their leads, and DC's "jazz millennials" include graduates of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. For years, Bohemian Caverns and One Step Down were among the clubs serving as gathering places for producers and consumers of jazz, even as Rusty Hassan and other programmers used radio to promote the music. Washington, DC, Jazz focuses, primarily, on the history of straight-ahead jazz, using oral histories, materials from the William P. Gottlieb Collection at the Library of Congress, the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia, and Smithsonian Jazz. This volume also features the work of photographers Nathaniel Rhodes, Michael Wilderman, and Lawrence A. Randall.

The Author

Rev. Dr. Sandra Butler-Truedale, a native Washingtonian is an ordained licensed minister who served as an elected member of the DC Board of Education. While on the Board she chaired the Committee on Career and Vocational Education and is responsible for the Report Linking Learning with Earning which led to the curriculum at McKinley Tech High School.

She is a member of Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC and the lead minister of The Ministries, Inc., Founder and chairperson of the DC Legendary Musicians, Inc., a former member of the Howard Theatre Board and currently serves as chairperson of the Howard Theatre Community Committee.

Dr. Butler-Truesdale is a DC historian and Rhythm and Blues historian. Dr. Butler-Truesdale has worked for several musicians, among them the late Ray Charles and James Brown. She continues to work to document the history of this great music and the musicians of the DMV.

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Author Event with Erik Slader & Ben Thompson for their Epic Fails Series
May
4
5:00 PM17:00

Author Event with Erik Slader & Ben Thompson for their Epic Fails Series

Come join us for an awesome event geared towards elementary school through middle school aged readers! Erik Slater and Ben Thompson present The Age of Exploration: Totally Getting Lost, their fourth and latest book in their Epic Fails book series. Not only will we have a great reading and signing, but also treats and goodies for attendees!

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Erik Slader and Ben Thompson are the duo behind the laugh-out-loud Epic Fails nonfiction middle grade series, which takes a humorous and unexpected view of history. Exploring the surprising stories behind a variety of groundbreaking discoveries, voyages, experiments, and innovations, the Epic Fails series shows readers how many of mankind's biggest successes are in fact the result of some pretty epic failures.


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Reading, Signing, and Literary Cocktails With Michael Knight
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Reading, Signing, and Literary Cocktails With Michael Knight

The Event

Join us for an evening of celebrating Michael Knight and his novel At Briarwood School for Girls with a reading, signing, and literary cocktails based on the book. The event will be held in the Reading Room at the back of Loyalty Bookstores with delicious cocktails and mocktails created by Chantal Tseng.

The Book

It's 1994 and Lenore Littlefield is a junior at Briarwood School for Girls. She plays basketball. She hates her roommate. History is her favorite subject. She has told no one that she's pregnant. Everything, in other words, is under control. Meanwhile, Disney has announced plans to build a new theme park just up the road, a "Technicolor simulacrum of American History" right in the middle of one of the most history-rich regions of the country. If successful, the development will forever alter the character of Prince William County, VA, and have unforeseeable consequences for the school. When the threat of the theme park begins to intrude on the lives of the faculty and students at Briarwood, secrets will be revealed and unexpected alliances will form. Lenore must decide whom she can trust--will it be a middle-aged history teacher struggling to find purpose in his humdrum life? A lonely basketball coach tasked with directing the school play? A reclusive playwright still grappling with her own Briarwood legacy? Or a teenage ghost equally adept at communicating with the living via telephone or Ouija board? Following a cast of memorable characters as they reckon with questions about fate, history, and the possibility of happiness, At Briarwood School for Girls is a stunning and inventive new work from a master storyteller.

The Author

MICHAEL KNIGHT is the author of the novels The Typist and Divining Rod; the short story collections Eveningland, Goodnight Nobody and Dogfight and Other Stories; and the novella The Holiday Season. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville with his family.

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Author storytime featuring Jessica Childress for Juris Prudence
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Author storytime featuring Jessica Childress for Juris Prudence

About Juris Prudence:

Juris “J.P.” Prudence always wondered if her parents named her Juris because they knew that she was destined to become a lawyer.  Her parents probably never expected that she would become a lawyer at just eleven years old and use her law degree to change history!

About the Author:

Ms. Childress holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and African American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Ms. Childress graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Distinction from the University of Virginia in 2007. Ms. Childress is the managing attorney of the Childress Firm PLLC, a law firm based in Washington, D.C., focusing on employment law. Additionally, Ms. Childress is the Chief Executive Dreamer of Juris Prudence LLC, a children’s content company that produces educational products and services, teaching children about the law. Juris Prudence LLC is based on Ms. Childress’ first children’s book, The Briefcase of Juris P. Prudence, a fictional book about an eleven year-old lawyer who fights for children’s right to vote.

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Independent Bookstore Day!
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Independent Bookstore Day!

Join us for a day celebrating Indie Bookstores and our community!

All day long we’ll have raffles, treats, and special events to party in style.

We kick off with storytime at 11am with Juris Prudence! From 12-4 get a free balloon animal courtesy of owner Hannah Oliver Depp’s mom- a professional clown and storyteller for the last 24 years! Then at 7pm we’re luxuriating in the Reading Room for Literary Cocktails with Chantal Tseng centered on The Lost Children Archive by Valery Luiselli.

PLUS! We’ll be launhing our new LOYALTY membership program! PLUS! You can enjoy sister discounts at Lulabelle’s, Willow, and Petworth Citizen right here on Upshur Street all day long. PLUS! We’re participating in the DC Indie Bookstore Day Crawl so make a day of it and win awesome prizes for spending your day at cool bookstores. PLUS! Exclusive IBD Swag and new Loyalty Merch available for sale. Hurray! (Y, we like exclamation points. It’s who we are. ENJOY!)

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The Forest. The Mountain. Art Exhibit and Reading
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Forest. The Mountain. Art Exhibit and Reading

Join us for an art exhibit of the beautiful work featured in The Forest and the Mountain. Meet author Joshua Bender and artist Kellie Cox, enjoy a glass of wine, and experience the reading. Books will be available to be signed. Come in Friday evening for us for this unique event experience and surround yourself with some beauty!

The Forest. The Mountain. follows a person who wanders alone into the forest desiring to be lost, but keeps encountering echos of civilization amidst the beauty of the natural world. The narrators journey from avoidance to acceptance is recounted through Joshua Bender’s descriptive vignettes and Kellie Cox’s impressionistic paintings and illustrations. Dreamlike, thoughtful, and at times otherworldly, The Forest, The Mountain, marries the written word and painted image to create a thoughtful meditation on the human spirit.


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MOONLIT Workshop: Write Out Loud!
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

MOONLIT Workshop: Write Out Loud!

The Inner Loop: A Literary Reading Series presents “Write Out Loud,” a workshop on reading your creative writing in a performance setting. The Inner Loop co-founders Courtney Sexton and Rachel Coonce will guide you through a three-hour workshop designed to equip you with all the tools you need to make your literary work come alive at the mic. The workshop is open to writers of all levels of experience. Participants should come prepared with a selection of their original work equivalent to 5-minutes read aloud.

Join MOONLIT for an engrossing writing workshop at Loyalty Books. Tickets range from $15-$20 (a $20 includes a glass of wine along with the workshop). Scholarships are available.

Purchase tickets and find more information here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/write-out-loud-tickets-57281742233

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MOONLIT Workshop: Collaboration Imagination!
Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

MOONLIT Workshop: Collaboration Imagination!

In this workshop, participants will work together and on their own to get their creative muscles working. Through playing word games, creating group poems, and freewriting, participants will leave feeling connected and inspired.

Join MOONLIT for an engrossing writing workshop at Loyalty Books. Tickets range from $15-$20 (a $20 includes a glass of wine along with the workshop). Scholarships are available.

Purchase tickets and find more information here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/collaboration-imagination-tickets-57281673026

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Get Lit Trivia with Loyalty and MoonLit!
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Get Lit Trivia with Loyalty and MoonLit!

Join MoonLit and Loyalty Books for an evening of trivia in Petworth Citizen’s Reading Room. Teams of one to four will have an opportunity to show off their book smarts with four rounds of literary and pop-culture themed questions. This month's themes include: Famous First Lines, Poetry, The Avengers, and Washington, DC!

So be sure to round up your friends, grab a drink, and head back to the Reading Room for a free night of trivia and fun. Bonus points to the team with the cleverest name.

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