MahoganyBooks is excited to announce a new Masterclass workshop developed specifically for Self-Publishing Creatives in partnership with Courtney Davis, Ph.D., author of the bestselling children’s book, A is for Anacostia. The workshop will be held at MahoganyBooks on June 23, 2019 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, located inside of the Anacostia Arts Center.
MahoganyBooks is excited to announce a Meet & Greet book signing featuring Jayne Allen, the author of Black Girls Must Die Exhausted.
Calling all moms, dads and caregivers! We are excited to host dynamo Charlotte E. Avery as she discusses and signs her third book, Riding the Potty Train.
Riding the Potty Train is a bright, fun-loving, easy to read children's book that helps parents, guardians, and childcare providers prepare their children for the potty-training journey. Before they know it, children will be saying, So long diapers; Goodbye training pants! I am a big kid! I wear underpants!!!
The MahoganyBooks & Very Smart Brothas book club is excited to announce our March book is none other than She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill written by Joan Morgan. Recognized as 'An NPR 2018 Great Read,' "She Begat This celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed and influential debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with...eye-opening and moving exploration of Lauryn Hill and her remarkable artistic legacy."
Make the commitment today that you will no longer self-sabotage yourself and your amazing brand. Your voice is valuable and it needs to be heard. The truth is being in the entrepreneurial game with powerful heavy hitters can be intimidating and fearful. But guess what? Even the most successful people in business had to step out of their comfort zones. You’re next!
MahoganyBooks presents a special meet & greet booksigning with Syleena Johnson! Join us for a fun Friday night with friends and meet this dynamic powerhouse. Attendees who purchase books will enjoy a personal photo with Ms. Johnson and will have their books autographed.
MahoganyBooks & VSB invites you to join us this month for a book club discussion of Heads of the Colored People on March 1, 2019 from 6 PM to 8PM at MahoganyBooks, located inside of the Anacostia Arts Center. Stop by the store or head over to MahoganyBooks.com to pick up your copy today.
If you are unable to join us in store for the book discussion, we encourage you to join us online on our Facebook page where the discussion will be live streamed.
Join MahoganyBooks for our 3rd bookclub discussion on All About Love by bell hooks. Excited to host the MahoganyBooks + Very Smart Brothas Bookclub. All invited!
MahoganyBooks is proud to present an intimate event with celebrity life coach, relationship expert Tony Gaskins Jr. as he signs and discusses, Make It Work: 22 Time-Tested, Real-Life Lessons for Sustaining a Healthy, Happy Relationship
About the Book: Proven principles—drawn from real life failures and successes—for building and sustaining a loving, healthy relationship in today’s trying times. Gaskins, who has been a faithful and committed husband for over a decade, has counseled thousands and inspired millions online, becoming one of America’s foremost experts on love and relationships.
In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse.
Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. In Heavy, Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, Laymon asks himself, his mother, his nation, and us to confront the terrifying possibility that few in this nation actually know how to responsibly love, and even fewer want to live under the weight of actually becoming free.
Join us for our first Ujamaa Thursday’s Networking Social at MahoganyBooks
(located inside of the Anacostia Arts Center).
Ujamaa Thursday’s is a monthly event for entrepreneurs and change-agents that are actively engaged in building their business, creating jobs, or supporting Black entrepreneurship. It’s a chance for entrepreneurs to unwind, while also networking with an eye towards identifying new potential collaborations or opportunities that also reinvests into our Southeast DC community. While the majority of the evening is a relaxing, open setting for relationship building and engaging conversations, we will also feature an entrepreneur whose built a standout business, brand, or organization. Our featured entrepreneur will briefly discuss lessons or wisdom they have learned from 2 or 3 of the most impactful books the’ve read and how it’s helped them to build a successful business.
About our Featured Entrepreneur
This month we welcome Gina Paige, Founder of African Ancestry, Inc. Ms. Paige will discuss the 2-3 books that have most influenced her as a businesswomen and the lessons she took away from them that helped her accomplish her goals. In 2003, Dr. Gina Paige co-founded African Ancestry, Inc. and in doing so, pioneered a new way of tracing African lineages using genetics, and a new marketplace for people of African descent looking to more accurately and reliably trace their roots. Paige travels the world helping people demystify where they’re from and informing on identities so that they may better understand who they are.
From a lineage of entrepreneurs, Paige launched her first business at age 8, with a magazine purposed to raise money for family trips. She went on to start a “Pik-A-Pak” Care Packages as a Stanford University graduate, helping families stay connected with their children while away at school. Prior to forming African Ancestry, Paige was the founder and president of GPG Strategic Marketing Resources.
Recommended Reads for Business & Personal Growth
MahoganyBooks is thrilled to present a powerful conversation on fatherhood featuring world renowned actor & author Omar Epps. Join us for this intimate exchange as Epps discusses his new book, From Fatherless to Fatherhood with our conversation host who is none other than author, activist, NBA Veteran and radio show host, Etan Thomas. Discussion will be followed by booksigning.
NOTE: this is a ticketed event and seats are limited. Each ticket includes an autographed hardcover copy of Omar Epps’ book, From Fatherless to Fatherhood. Every guest in attendance must have a ticket & will have an opportunity to take photos.
About World Renowned Actor/Author Omar Epps:
Author and world-renowned actor Omar Epps chronicles his journey from humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, to the bright lights of Hollywood. Having grown up without his biological father, then becoming a father himself, Epps shares his story of pain and triumph in a uniquely visceral way. It’s an intimate, unapologetic, and emotional conversation about childhood, manhood, and parenting. From Fatherless to Fatherhood touches on many themes surrounding the importance of family and community. It also shows how men can break the cycle of fatherlessness within their families, and come to terms with their own issues surrounding their fathers. Fatherhood is about much more than providing food and shelter for a child. It’s about much more than cutting a check to check a box. Fatherhood is about being active in a child’s life, and cultivating those sacred bonds of family. It’s about guiding and teaching a child how to be a loving, honest, respectful individual who will permeate goodness to all they encounter.
About Activist Athlete Etan Thomas:
His latest work, We Matter “Athletes And Activism” was released March 6th 2018, Thomas has amassed an amazing collection of interviews intertwined with the heartfelt commentary of his own to create a masterpiece. You’ll read the voices of athletes, activists, media personalities, scholars, and the family of victims of police brutality.
In 2012, Thomas released his 2nd book, Fatherhood: Rising To The Ultimate Challenge (Penguin), as a national conversation about fatherhood ensued and The Fatherhood Movement was borne. Thomas continues this conversation holding Town Hall panels through-out the country at prisons, churches, Universities, schools, and various conventions where he continues to inspire, motivate and support generations.
Mr. Thomas’ book, We Matter “Athletes And Activism” will also be available.
Autograped books will make the perfect holiday gift.
Parking details to be announced
Event guidelines subject to change
Every moment is a new chance to become your best self. Everyday is a new opportunity to set, work towards, or achieve your goals. What, though, is the key to face life’s challenges, overcome obstacles, and find transformative success. Join MahoganyBooks on October 26, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM as we host Africa Miranda for a meet & greet where she’ll discuss with guests her debut book, Step Up, Step Out, and Shine, that outlines her secret to “discover your best life yet.”
This holistic & generative workshop will explore writing from a healing and spiritual perspective. Attendees will learn to create writing rituals, engage in writing exercises designed to get at the heart of the matter and reframe the writing process so that fear does not stifle the process.
Join Duende @ MahoganyBooks for a special reading & discussion with Monica Jahan Bose, author of Rising Up To Climate Change: Storytelling with Saris.
Monica Jahan Bose is Bangladeshi-American artist, lawyer, and activist whose practice includes painting, performance, photography, film, and writing. She works in collaboration with rural and urban communities to address issues around gender and climate change.
Her ongoing feminist collaborative project Storytelling with Saris has traveled to nine states and several countries and been featured in numerous publications and TV and radio programs. She has collaborated with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development and the Sierra Club on empowerment workshops that highlight the disparate gender impacts of climate change and encourage people to make promises to reduce their individual carbon footprint. Her first art book Her Words: Storytelling with Saris was featured in book events in Bangladesh, the US, and France.
Her new art book Rising Up to Climate Change: Storytelling with Saris features 95 stunning images from her climate art actions along with writings and Bengali songs (with Bose’s own translations). She has a BA in the practice of art (painting) and mathematics from Wesleyan University, a post-graduate diploma in art from Santiniketan, India, and a JD from Columbia Law.
MahoganyBooks is excited to welcome Erin Danielle Russell, co-author of Dork Diaries, for a storytime party and book launch of, How to Trick the Tooth Fairy, Erin’s debut picture book. Bring your kids out for this special event on May 5, 2018 at 12PM. This storytime celebration will feature cupcakes, prizes, and autographed books.
From the co-producer of Dork Diaries comes Kaylee, a lover of pranks, who takes on The Tooth Fairy, a Prankster Extraordinaire!
Kaylee loves pulling pranks: from dropping water balloons on passersby to even tricking Santa Claus, she’s a prize-winning prankster!
Is she the Princess of Pranks? No! That title is held by none other than the Tooth Fairy. But when Kaylee loses a tooth and the Tooth Fairy goes about her usual tooth-taking business, Kaylee pranks her with a fake frog. As Kaylee and the Tooth Fairy try to out-prank one another, things get way out of hand. Will the two finally see eye and eye and share the crown?
Photograph © Alimond Photography
Erin Russell, daughter of DORK DIARIES superstar, Rachel Renée Russell, makes her picture book debut with a rousing and rollicking story, sure to delight losers-of-teeth and pranksters young and old, and Jennifer Hansen Rolli’s illustrations perfectly capture the hilarity and chaos of this unusual rivalry!
About the Author
Erin Danielle Russell has been writing stories since she learned how to spell. When she grew up, she became coauthor of the New York Timesbestselling Dork Diaries series with her mom, Rachel Renee Russell. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband, Jacob, and her spunky teddy bear, Stanley. When Erin’s not writing or daydreaming, she likes to cook, travel, play video games, and watch cartoons.
An intersectional history of the shared struggle for African American and Latinx civil rights
MahoganyBooks & Duende District is excited to announce our April book club selection, An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz. On April 24, 2018, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM MBBxDD will host a community book discussion with author and educator Dr. Paul Ortiz at MahoganyBooks.
We encourage students, educators, history buffs, and activists alike to join us for an interactive community read & discussion about the various ways Latinx and African American civil rights activists, labor organizers, and intellectuals have worked to resist the widely taught formulations like “manifest destiny” and “Jacksonian democracy.” Dr. Ortiz will also share from his book a way forward in the continued struggle for people of the diaspora for universal civil rights against today’s “America First” leaning.
There are several ways to participate:
- General Admission: Join us at the store for the live book discussion with Dr. Ortiz. Book club participants must first register to reserve your seat for the live discussion.
- Live Participant: Receive access to both the live discussion with Dr. Ortiz as well as the online conversation leading up to the event. Stop by MahoganyBooks to register and take home your book the same day or register online and pick up your book at the store at your convenience.
- Online Participant: Register online to join the online discussion, view the live streamed event, and receive an autographed copy of the book.
Note: Books purchased from outside vendors are prohibited and will not be autographed.