City Desk

The Fiction Issue: Come to Our Reading at Politics & Prose


A young gay man who blackmails a closeted Congressman. A Nigerian boy and a neighborhood eccentric who's either crazy or endowed with magic. A goalie named Jesus.

Those are some of the characters in this week's Fiction Issue, the District-set contents of which come largely  from our second annual short-story contest. You can read the whole thing here or grab one—bedside reading!—from one of these. But if you want the full Washington City Paper Fiction Issue experience? Then you'll come to Politics & Prose on Sunday, Jan. 19, when three of the issue's contributors will read their stories. Novelist Louis Bayard, whom we asked to anchor the issue, is the best-selling author of The Pale Blue Eye and The Black Tower. (His contribution is the pulpy "Chesapeake.") He'll be joined by two of our contest winners: Koye Oyedeji ("Mr. Tuck"), who teaches creative writing at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and won a Mayor’s Arts Award in 2012; and Rion Amilcar Scott ("Jesus Saves"), who teaches English at Bowie State University.

The event, which is free, begins at 5 p.m.

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