18 Nov November 16 — Trace Goes to Busboys & Poets (and Politics & Prose), Washington, DC
The first out-of-town launch reading from my new book Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape took place on November 16th at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC, in the “flagship” location on 14th and V Streets, NW. What an uplifting and inspiring evening for me at this true “community gathering place.”
Busboys and Poets describes itself as a “community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted . . . a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul . . . a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide.” The founders believed “that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.”
Yes! On every visit or longer stay in the city, I come to browse the shelves and learn from conversations there. I do the same thing at Politics and Prose Bookstore, which now manages the bookselling operations for Busboys and Poets and coordinates event schedules. So, it was a huge honor to be invited to read from Trace by Politics and Prose/Busboys and Poets and to be greeted by large, welcoming audience. I had come home.