Gene Meyer for Five for Freedom
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

Gene Meyer for Five for Freedom

Join author and journalist Gene Meyer for his history of the black soldiers in John Brown’s Army before the Civil War. This largely untold story of the 5 black soldier who were in this ill fated raid on Harper’s Ferry is a deeply moving and incredible story about a grasp for freedom by those who had the most to lose, and gain, during this pivotal moment of the war.

Gene Meyer will be reading from the book, hosting a Q&A, and signing from his book at our Upshur Street location. This event is free and open to the public.

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Book Club: Politics is Personal reads Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club: Politics is Personal reads Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Join bookseller Shilpa as she leads a monthly discussion group on the intersection of politics and our reading lives. We'll be reading literature, mostly international and women-writers, that allows us to discuss our relationships to politics and culture Haven’t finished the book? No problem. The book is a jumping off point to create a welcoming space for dialogue. Shilpa will always invite a guest co-leader who is an authority on a topic relating to each month’s choice.

The group’s first book is the award winning and much beloved Pachinko which chronicles the diaspora of a Korean family in America. This month’s guest is Deb Sevigny, a Playwright who currently works as a Designer and Assistant Professor of Scenic and Costume Design  at George Mason University.

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Book Club: Too Lit to Quit reads Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

Book Club: Too Lit to Quit reads Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Join Loyalty owner Hannah for our fiction book club! Each month we’ll pick a favorite piece of recent literature, always in paperback, and discuss the impact of the book and the background that helped bring it to life.

This month we will discuss bestselling and much launded Friday Black, a short story collection, that grips you and looks, satirically and seriously, at being young and black in America.

Please note that this book club will be meeting at the Kefa Cafe in the Silver Spring library on Wayne Ave!

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Book Club: Pages Against the Patriarchy reads We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Book Club: Pages Against the Patriarchy reads We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

Bookseller Katie will pick a recent book in paperback that challenges the patriarchal structure in a unique way. Books may be fiction or nonfiction, but they are guaranteed to be engaging reads!

Our first pick is by the wonderful essayist and author Samantha Irby, who’s humor cuts through the restrictions society puts on her gender, race, body presentation, and upbringing.

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Author Storytime with Nina Halper
Mar
2
11:00 AM11:00

Author Storytime with Nina Halper

Join DC author Nina Halper and her beautiful dog Sabra for a storytime about how Sabra was adopted from the Iraq war and brought home to Washington, DC. This lovingly illustrated and inspiring story is also fun and adventurous and will surely brighten up your Saturday! Nina will read from and sign copies of Sabra at our Upshur Street location from 11am-12pm. The event is free and open to the public!

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Book Club: Lovin' at Loyalty reads Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins
Mar
2
3:30 PM15:30

Book Club: Lovin' at Loyalty reads Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Lifelong Romance lit lover? Want to learn what all the fuss is about? Need a great read that is as sexy as it is smart? We got you! Lovin’ at Loyalty will read through inter-sectional feminist romance novels and party hardy with a great discussion on the steamiest and most interesting parts of the Romance genre. We will cover historical, contemporary, and local and national authors, etc.

Our first read will be the beginning of Beverly Jenkins Western historical series Forbidden.

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 Lindsey Freeman for This Atomb Bomb in Me
Feb
17
3:30 PM15:30

Lindsey Freeman for This Atomb Bomb in Me

Join Professor Lindsey Freedman for a story of her Appalachian childhood, Reagan era politics, and the ways national and personal the Oak Ridge facility has affected us all. Publisher’s weekly calls it “haunting and beautiful” and Kirkus touted it as a “memoir suffused with atomic energy.” Do not miss the change to hear Freedman discuss their work and get a signed copy!

This event is free and open to the public and seating is based on a first come, first serve basis. Preordering the book guarantees you a seat on the afternoon of the event.

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Grand Reopening! Loyalty on Upshur Street, NW
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Grand Reopening! Loyalty on Upshur Street, NW

It’s time! Join us as we reopen a bookstore on Upshur Street and share what you need most from your local, independent bookstore.

We’ll be holding storytime at 11am, giving away a blind date with a book with every purchase, coupons for future use, and sharing a toast at 6pm to our future with our Petworth community.

And don’t miss literary cocktails in the adjoining Petworth Citizen Reading Room from 7pm-midnight.

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Author Storytime with Keosha Sath
Jan
27
1:00 PM13:00

Author Storytime with Keosha Sath

Local favorite Keosha Sath returns to read her inspiring Children’s book Just Like You here at our extended pop-up as well as some favorites from our Children’s Book selection. Please join us for this free storytime for all ages. Sath will be signing copies of her book at the conclusion of storytime!


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Andrew Gifford at Loyalty Bookstores for We All Scream
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Andrew Gifford at Loyalty Bookstores for We All Scream

Welcome Silver Spring fixture Andrew Gifford as he reads and signs his family memoir discussing the Gifford Ice Cream legacy and its dynamic rise and fall.

Attendance is free and open to the public! If you would like to reserve a seat, you may pre-purchase a book and it and your seat will be waiting for you at the start of the reading.

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Martine Kalaw at Loyalty Bookstores for Illegal Among Us
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Martine Kalaw at Loyalty Bookstores for Illegal Among Us

Martine Kalaw shares her own immigration story and her tips for becoming a citizen as someone who has seen it all with White House Reporter Abby Cruz. This is sure to be an enlightening and engaging conversation between two dynamic women who are working to change the narrative. Martine will sign her books at the close of the event.

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Vendor Pop Up Shop
Dec
15
11:00 AM11:00

Vendor Pop Up Shop

The brilliant folks behind Africa Away From Home are partnering with local Silver Spring artisans and creators to bring a pop-up vendor market inside of our pop-up bookstore! Join us on Saturday 12/15 for a fantastic afternoon of wonderful shopping. PLUS! Santa will be present to read to kids from 1-2 inside Loyalty Bookstores for a holiday feel good storytime.

Admission is free, but registering your attendance is encourage.

For information on how to become a vendor, please contact africaawayfromhome@gmail.com.

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Caitlin Kunkel at Loyalty Bookstores for New Erotica for Feminists
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Caitlin Kunkel at Loyalty Bookstores for New Erotica for Feminists

Caitlin Kunkel leads a hilarious and delightful evening of feminist erotica and storytelling at our Loyalty Bookstores Pip-Up in Downtown Silver Spring!

Caitlin will read from the collection created by her, and fellow comedy writers and satirists Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer whose work has been featured in the New YorkerMcSweeney's, and many other outlets. Together, they cofounded and edit the website The Belladonna, which responds to today's culture, news, and politics with comedy and satire written by women and non-binary authors. 

Come enjoy a glass of wine or cider and get some much needed book therapy with Caitlin and the Loyalty team!

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Alice Stephens in conversation with Jenny Yacovissi at Loyalty Bookstores
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Alice Stephens in conversation with Jenny Yacovissi at Loyalty Bookstores

Alice Stephens reads and signs her debut novel, FAMOUS ADOPTED PEOPLE, at our Loyalty Bookstores pop-up in Silver Spring. Join us for wine, tea, and great conversation between Alice and fellow novelist Jenny Yacovissi (UP THE HILL TO HOME) and pick up a signed copy of this fantastic novel for yourself or as a great holiday gift.

You can purchase a copy of FAMOUS ADOPTED PEOPLE and secure your seat via the eventbrite link below or just RSVP for free! We will have UP THE HILL FROM HOME on sale at the store the evening of the event as well.

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Nicole Chung at Loyalty Bookstores
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Nicole Chung at Loyalty Bookstores

Nicole Chung discusses and signs her memoir about motherhood, identity, and her transracial adoption ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW. Loyalty founder Hannah Oliver Depp, another transracial adoptee, will interview Nicole about her experience writing the memoir and its reception within her family and literary community. Come and enjoy a glass of wine or tea and discuss one of Loyalty’s favorite books of the year.

You can reserve a seat and purchase your book by following the eventbrite link below or simply confirm your attendance.

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Free College Essay Help from Blue Pencil
Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

Free College Essay Help from Blue Pencil

In celebration of the opening of Loyalty Pop-up Bookstore in Silver Spring, MD, Blue Pencil will be offering free "crash edits" of college essays, personal statements and/or supplemental essays. Bring us your essays and we will offer creative suggestions edits, word culling, or a final read-through. Come and enjoy Loyalty's books and gift offering as a new Independent Bookstore and receive fresh, insightful read on your college essays at the same time.

For information on Blue Pencil's regularly scheduled editing services, check out bluepencilessays.com or contact them at bluepencilessays@gmail.com.

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