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George Pelecanos to appear for a reading to benefit library

The fourth book from the Derek Strange series written by George Pelecanos will be read by the author on July 31 for a library benefit. Book signings will also be available.
The fourth book from the Derek Strange series written by George Pelecanos will be read by the author on July 31 for a library benefit. Book signings will also be available.

George Pelecanos, novelist and television writer in crime fiction, will appear at the Eastern Village Cohousing in Silver Spring on Thursday, July 31 to benefit the new Silver Spring Library. The library is scheduled to open the end of the year. Tickets are required for the benefit at the cost of $50 dollars. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. The location of the event is at 7981 Eastern Avenue in the meeting room. The Metro subway is in walking distance and parking is available if you choose to drive. A book signing will be held by Pelecanos and beer, wine, other beverages and light snacks will be served.

Pelecanos is a Washington, D.C. native and currently lives in Silver Spring. All of his novels take place in the nation’s capital. He will be reading his 2004 novel “Hard Revolution” under the Derek Strange and Terry Quinn series. It is the fourth book under the series which goes back to the year 1959 when Derek is a child to the point when he becomes a rookie police officer. Strange, who is black, is in a period of time when outward racism is still the norm but civil rights changes are taking place; which may put Strange in quagmires beyond his control.

A review from Booksmarks Magazine –

Pelecanos first introduced a 50-something Derek Strange in Right as Rain, Hell to Pay, and Soul Circus. Hard Revolution takes us back in time and juxtaposes Derek's childhood with his early years as a cop. Pelecanos, a hard-boiled crime writer, sets this novel, like his previous ones, in a gritty, violent, and racist Washington, D.C. He makes no excuses for the era or place, describing the city and its workings in detailed, urgent, and often offensive prose. It's not a page-turner, but rather a window into the hope--and despair--of an era. The characters seek redemption, but don't always find it. At heart, notes The New York Times Book Review, the story speaks to "the ways Americans love, betray, help and cannot help one another."

Sponsored by Friends of the Library Silver Spring Chapter, the Metro Herald reports the ticket sales will benefit the Early Literacy Center at the library. Here is a caption of the report –

The Early Literacy Center, the first space of its kind in the Montgomery County Public library system, will provide a state-of-the-art interactive area to help children acquire the pre-literary skills that will lay the foundation for their work in school. It will feature interactive panels, modules and pods the young children can explore; along with an adult family member or caregiver. For more information about the center, visit

Tickets for the benefit can be bought online at Or you can send a check payable to Friends of the Library, Silver Spring Chapter, 8901 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (include “Pelecanos Reading” on the outside of the envelope).

Pelecanos worked as a producer at HBO for three series “The Wire,” “Pacific,” and “Treme.” His novel awards include the Maltese Falcon Award, Japan; The Writers Guild of America Award and the Edgar Award. He was nominated for an Emmy in 2005 for The Wire episode “Middle Ground.” Pelecanos’ latest book is “The Double” (2013) under the Spero Lucus series.

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