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D.C. by the Book Launch Party

The nation’s capital has served as the backdrop for many books, particularly non-fiction work on current events and biographies. But not only… our streets, monuments and landmarks have been featured in many fiction novels as well. These novels set in D.C. are the focus of a new interactive digital project that attempts to map out the literary fabric of the city.
D.C. By The Book is the brainchild of Tony Ross, a D.C. native and administrative librarian for neighborhood libraries with the D.C. public library system. The website is officially launching this Wednesday, March 27th (6-8PM) at the Busboys and Poets on 5th & K. Laptop “exploration stations” will let people try out the interactive maps as well as upload content from their own reads. Mark Athitakis will MC the evening, which will feature several  authors who have used the district as a backdrop in their novels, including Thomas Mallon (Watergate), Ann McLaughlin (The House on Q Street) and Adam McKible (who found EC Williams’ lost Harlem renaissance novel When Washington Was in Vogue.)

Do you have a favourite novel set in the district? Please do share in the comments…

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All Things Considered… We’ll Miss NPR

It finally happened… after close to two decades in the neighborhood, NPR is moving on a newer, shinier (and bigger) headquarter in nearby NoMa. Moving vans were spotted throughout the week at both NPR’s old and new headquarters. This is it. NPR is leaving us behind…

New NPR headquarters at 1111 N Capitol Street

The move was announced back in 2008 and it took just a little over 3 years to complete the new 1111 North Capitol Street NE building. NPR had been a part of the Mount Vernon Triangle landscape since 1994, long before new condos and apartment buildings turned our neighborhood into an attractive investment destination. As the media organization’s popularity (and audience) grew, so did it staff, eventually outgrowing their 635 Massachusetts Avenue NW HQ. With staff spread out in 3 different building, NPR set out to find a new home that could accommodate all 767 of its employees as well as visitors. If you’re curious to check it out, public tours are expected to resume in June.

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Pop Into Hogo for Your Morning Cup of Joe

Good news for coffee aficionados! Throughout the month of March April (updated), there’s a new (and slightly unexpected spot) for you to get your caffeine fix: Hogo. As of today, the rum-centric bar will be turning into a coffee shop every morning thanks to Chris Vigilante and his team.

After taking over Mr. Yogato near Logan Circle and Biergarten Haus on H Street, the local roaster is popping-up in the Mount Vernon Triangle area.  The partnership between Vigilante Coffee and Hogo came out of Chris’ genuine admiration in the work that Derek Brown and his team had done to elevate the cocktail to culinary status here in D.C. and the hope that the same can be achieved with coffee. In addition to a full espresso and Japanese pour-over bar, Vigilante Coffee will offer patrons free wifi so they can hang out all morning with Steve Zissou and Zombie Elvis every weekday morning from 7AM to 2PM. They will also be able to enjoy some baked goods from Whisked with their wifi and coffee. Jenna Huntsberger, who had already provided quiches for Chris’ pop-up at Mr. Yogato, will be providing locally baked pastries to go with the locally roasted coffee. This time she is expanding her offerings to include cookies (including Nutella milk cookies… reason enough to go right?), scones and quiches.

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