Join the Humanities Council, DC By the Book and the DC Public Library System May 24 from 10-11:30am for a free literary walking tour!  

Participants will meet at the 13th Street entrance to the U Street Metro in Northwest, DC.

Kim Roberts, historian of DC’s literary culture will lead the tour with the theme

“Books of the Harlem Renaissance.”

Authors will include Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Duke Ellington, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Richard Bruce Nugent, Langston Hughes, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Edward Christopher Williams, Pearl Bailey, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke, and Rudolph Fisher.  We will take a stroll of approximately 1.5 hours around the U Street neighborhood, exploring locations found in significant literary works.

DC By the Book is the brainchild of Tony Ross and Kim Zablud of DC Public Library. The project explores the richness of non-Federal civic life in Washington and its character as a city, as brought to life by fiction. The project goal is to highlight and crowd-source passages from the (largely undiscovered) rich body of literature set in DC that illuminate its social and geographic history.