Montgomery County, Maryland resident Amy Ginsburg recently published a dystopian novel titled The After Days, which is set in North Bethesda's Pike District.In the book, middle-aged friends and their community must deal with the devastating effects of a long-term nation-wide loss of electric power. The novel has been described as engrossing, eye-opening, a page-turner and an important contribution to the genre.The setting of the novel makes it especially impactful to readers in Montgomery County and the surrounding metro area. In addition to writing novels, Ginsburg is the executive director of Friends of White Flint, a nonprofit organization composed of residents, businesses and property owners. The book is available via Amazon. To read more about the author, visit www.amyginsburg.com/
The National Archives
The National Archives will present an author and book signing with Kevin M. Levin about his book titled Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth on September 24. Many websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that “anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army.” Levin argues that "the rise of the black Confederate myth was caused by “imprecise contemporary accounts, poorly understood primary-source material, and other misrepresentations.”
The annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival will take place at The Glenview Mansion in Rockville, Maryland on October 12. The festival honors the works of Fitzgerald and those of other prominent American literary artists and supports, encourages, and assists aspiring and emerging writers and students interested in the literary arts. The centerpiece of the Festival is the presentation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature to a prominent American writer, who will be present and will give a reading and a master class. Over the years, many of the most distinguished American literary figures of the last half century have been honored. The 2019 recipient is Amy Tan.
Planet Word -a language arts museum- is scheduled to open in the historic Franklin School building on Franklin Square at 13th & K in D.C. in late 2019. The red brick building was designed by Adolf Cluss in 1869, and has been used for many purposes, including as a public school, a homeless shelter, a place for Alexander Graham Bell to test out his inventions, a teacher’s college and more. Cluss also designed other historic red brick buildings, including the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building and the Eastern Market.The Franklin School was one of the first public school buildings in the city, and became a model for age-graded classrooms and curricula.Both the interior and the exterior of the building have historic preservation status. CEO and founder Ann B. Friedman, a philanthropist and former reading teacher who is married to New York Times opinion columnist Tom Friedman, is creating the new museum.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser selected a firm to spearhead the project in 2015. Planet Word will not have a collection – rather its exhibits will all be experiential or technology-based.Friedman has commented that “Instead of artwork or historic objects, the exhibits will center around “nouns, verbs, adjectives, puns, questions and quotations.” There will be no charge for admission to the $50 million museum.
The Folger Shakespeare Library building, which dates back to 1932, will undergo a major renovation beginning on March 1, 2020 to expand public space, improve accessibility, and enhance the experience for all who visit the Folger. Construction will conclude in 2022, and the building will reopen. During the multi-year renovation, public access to the building will be restricted, but Folger programs and events will continue at other locations in DC, and around the country. Image below: A rendering of the building after renovation.
The Folger Shakespeare Library is exhibiting A Monument to Shakespeare, thru January 5, 2020.The exhibition tells how Henry Clay Folger and his wife Emily created a monument to Shakespeare in the U.S. Capitol as a gift to the American people.