Saturday at Cleveland Park, the Smithsonian's Deborah Machanic presented a wonderful slide show of related artworks and period photographs to accompany her brilliant commentary on Zora's works, themes, and "lives." A darling counterpoint was provided afterwards by one of the librarians (Bill last name sorry?) who gave a witty rundown of informative tips for forming book groups. This event was arranged by Librarian Beth Meyer who did an outstanding job. About 30 attended.
The Petworth event was "A Sunday Go To Meeting" sort of thing -- three hours and two sheet cakes! -- beginning with Howard University professor Lorraine Henry whose scholarly insights were also heartfelt and moving. The middle section consisted of spellbinding readings by part time librarian Nubia Kai and professional actress Denise Hart (Miss Anna of "The Wire"). Nubia wrote a series of "transitional pieces" that tied together the readings really superbly. Finally, Mrs Henderson's book club, based at the library for more than a decade, actually led us in what could best be described as a reading group workshop. Altogether it was perfectly spectacular. Friends President Elsa Johnston acknowledged loads of help from others especially librarian Anthony Porter, but must be congratulated for such a great show as a newly elected President. The food alone was worth the trip. About 45-50 attended.
Wednesday evening the Friends of the Georgetown Library will meet at Tudor Place with an encore presentation of "Why I Love Their Eyes Were Watching God."