DC Reads is a DC Public Library literacy program that promotes reading for pleasure by having citywide celebrations for teens and adults that focus on one book. Humanities DC is a proud partner of this program and we encourage you to vote from May 28th to June 30th for this year’s selection. View the nominees below and vote online here. DC Reads will take place from October 15-November 15th. 

2014 DC Reads Nominees


Lost in the city cover Lost in the City by Edward P. JonesShort stories about the lives of African-American men and women who struggle to survive in Washington, D.C.
Beautiful Things cover The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw MengestuA portrait of the sometimes harsh realities faced by immigrants living in Washington, D.C.
Things They Carried cover The Things They Carried by Tim O’BrienA collection of linked stories examining the experiences of Vietnam veterans during and after the war.
Hard Revolution Cover Hard Revolution by George PelecanosThe story of two brothers caught up in the turmoil that consumed Washington, D.C. in 1968, after the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.


In-Person Voting

During the month of June you will also be able to vote in person at any DC Public Library location or at one of our partner sites. Look for our big blue ballot boxes coming to these locations. Book Stores Books-A-Million (Dupont Circle) Bridge Street Books (Georgetown) Capitol Hill Books (Eastern Market) Idle Time Books (Adams Morgan) Kramerbooks (Dupont Circle) Politics and Prose (Tenleytown) Riverby Books (Eastern Market) Second Story Books (Dupont Circle) Teaching for Change at Busboys and Poets (U St) DC Parks and Recreation Centers Bald Eagle Rec Center Barry Farm Rec Center Benning-Stoddert Rec Center Brentwood Rec Center Chevy Chase Rec Center Emery Rec Center Fort Davis Rec Center Kennedy Rec Center King Greenleaf Rec Center Langdon Park Rec Center Lederer Gardens Rec Center Macomb Rec Center Marvin Gaye Rec Center North Michigan Park Rec Center Palisades Community Center Park View Rec Center Takoma Community Center Trinidad Rec Center University Libraries George Washington University Gelman Library Georgetown University Lauinger Library

Special Thanks to Partners

Additional support for DC Reads provided by the DC Public Library FoundationFederation of Friends of the DC Public Library, and The Humanities Council of Washington, DC.