City Paper is not for tourists
How do you get a host of D.C.’s most notable novelists, memoirists, and poets together at one festival? You host it at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. The D.C. area boasts a rich and diverse crowd of writers, including many who identify as LGBT, and today an impressive slate of authors will read and discuss their work at the OutWrite Book Fair. For hepatically inclined readers, American University writing professor and literary man-about-town Richard McCann will read from his upcoming memoir, The Resurrectionist, an account of his liver transplant, at 2:30 p.m. Keynote author Manil Suri, who teaches math at UMBC, pretty much shocked the literary world with his debut fever dream of a novel about love and Hinduism; The Death of Vishnu has since been translated into more than 30 languages. At 7:30 p.m., he takes the podium in part to read from his third novel, City of Devi. And maybe, if cajoled, he’ll tell the story about coming out to his family after his father tried to arrange his marriage.
The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community, 1318 U St. NW. Free. (202) 682-2245. dccenter.org.