Author to speak at Silver Spring Library benefit -- Gazette.Net


Author George Pelecanos will read from his book “Hard Revolution” at 7 p.m. July 31 as a benefit for the new Silver Spring Library at Eastern Village Cohousing, 7981 Eastern Ave., in Silver Spring.

Proceeds will support an early literacy center for children planned for the new library, which is scheduled to open by early next year. The event is sponsored by the Silver Spring chapter of the Montgomery County Friends of the Library.

A Silver Spring resident and author of 20 novels set in and around Washington, D.C., Pelecanos will discuss how he came to write the book and will read several passages set in downtown Silver Spring in 1959. A book signing will follow the reading. Books will be available for sale, or attendees may bring their own.

Pelecanos has received several awards, including the Hammett Prize, awarded annually by the North American branch of the International Association of Crime Writers. His short fiction has appeared in collections such as “Best American Mystery Stories of 2002” and magazines. He was also a producer, writer, and story editor for the HBO dramatic series “The Wire” and an executive producer and writer on the HBO series “Treme.”

Tickets are $50 and include wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks. Tickets will not be available at the door and can be bought online at or by check payable to Friends of the Library, Silver Spring Chapter, and mailed to 8901 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Include “Pelecanos Reading” on the outside of the envelope.