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Mapping D.C.'s Literary Life with "D.C. by the Book"

D.C. by the BookWant to explore, document, and have fun with D.C. fiction? Keep reading! The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to be joining the D.C. By the Book project. The project goal is to use crowdsourcing to highlight passages from the (largely undiscovered) rich body of literature set in D.C. that illuminate its social and geographic history. The website maps these passages and everyone learns more about D.C.’s literary life.

We need your help to find great passages of fiction that describe a particular location or evoke a neighborhood in Washington, D.C. This is a collaborative effort between librarians, experts in local fiction, local history organizations, and anyone interested in D.C.’s literary history. The project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Studies’ Library Services and Technology Act grant program.

Special Collections here at GW has a rich collection of D.C. Fiction. This bibliography is a list of all the D.C. fiction housed in Special Collections. Please feel free to visit us, request some fiction and start adding to the site at http://dcbythebook.org Come read cool stories and find amazing passages describing D.C. locations near you.

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