City Paper is not for tourists
DC writer Grant Ginder just made a deal with Simon and Schuster to publish his first novel, This Is How It Starts, which follows the travails of a recent college graduate as he navigates the world of young and powerful Washington elites. I spoke with Grant and his editor, who both say this isn’t a DC gossip novel a la Sally Quinn. Both described the manuscript as a Bright Lights, Big City for DC. Just replace the media/publishing industry with jobs on the Hill, and Manhattan glamor with loafer footsie in Georgetown bars. The main character is a member of Late Night Shots, as is Ginder, although the 25-year-old author says he just used the site for research and entertainment.
The book isn’t out for about a year, but I’m looking forward to reading it, and taking a bar crawl in Georgetown with the author. Like most of the people he writes about, Ginder isn’t a native. Worse, he’s from California (Laguna Beach!). His familiarity with the psychographic of young, aspirational DCites began during summer internships here during college, at U Penn. Ginder clearly knows “the scene,” but the scene doesn’t dominate his life. He lives in Adams Morgan, the most feared neighborhood of the LNS set, and works at the Center for American Progress, a decidedly progressive think-tank.