October 2, 2000 New Literary Map of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Depicts the Area's Rich Literary Heritage

Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217

The Washington Chapter of the Women's National Book Association (WNBA) has published a colorful, two-sided and fully-illustrated map that locates more than 90 sites associated with authors who have lived in the Washington area. The map is a joint project of WNBA and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which has promoted literary maps as valuable educational tools for more than a decade.

The new map includes portraits of Rachel Carson, Frederick Douglass, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Sinclair Lewis, Clare Boothe Luce, Archibald MacLeish, Katherine Anne Porter, Ezra Pound, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Eleanor Wylie. Major map sections are Biographical Information on Authors, Authors Born in the Area, Authors Buried in Washington and Vicinity, Other Places With Literary Connections, A Selective List of Books Set in Washington, and Sources.

Martha Hopkins of the Library's Interpretive Programs Office was the map's researcher and writer. It is 26" wide and 19" high, and designed and illustrated by Sheila Harrington of Studio Five. A Literary Map of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. costs $7.95 and is available in the Library of Congress Sales Shop and in bookstores and museum shops throughout the Washington, D.C., area.

The Women's National Book Association, a national reading promotion partner of the Center for the Book, is a non-profit organization that promotes reading and supports the role of women in the community of the book. It has more than 1,000 members and chapters in nine cities across the nation. For further information about WNBA and its Washington Chapter, visit the chapter's Web site at www.wnba-books.org/wash External.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established in 1977 to stimulate interest in books, reading, and libraries. For information about its program, publications and the activities of its affiliated centers for the book in 40 states and the District of Columbia, visit its Web site at www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook.


PR 00-154
ISSN 0731-3527