When Washington was in Vogue

Set during the Harlem
Renaissance, Davy Carr has just moved to Washington, D.C. to research the African slave trade and is boarding at the home of the Rhodes family. In a series of letters to his friend in Harlem, Davy chronicles the 1920s social life of the black bourgeoisie, comparing it to the allures of Harlem and revealing the deep-seated tensions within the race, the “color lines within the color line.” At its core, this novel by Williams, the first professionally trained black librarian in the U.S., is a love story with the sensibilities of an all-black-cast Vanity Fair, rendered with the keen eye of a sociologist. 

--From Booklist

Alexandria Library invites you to read

When Washington Was in Vogue : a Lost Novel of the Harlem Renaissance

By Edward Christopher Williams
Introduction by Adam McKible

Facilitated by the Alexandria Library, this program is designed to create shared experiences through reading. Everyone is invited to read the featured title and selected books for younger readers. Join the events and discussions that relate to the themes of When Washington Was in Vogue and take a step back in time to the Roaring Twenties.


If you enjoyed When Washington Was in Vogue, consider these books and resources for more information about the 1920s and Washington D.C.


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