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Literary Recommendations & DC\’s Latest Restaurant

As the summer approaches, after the April, May, June showers, visit your local bookstore or favorite bookstore website and consider these following books:

1. Exilio-Globo-Ejercito (a grito) (Slack Buddha Press)by Rodrigo Toscano Toscano delivers a bilingual (English/Spanish) chapbook that will certainly cause you to think and re-read. In short, Toscano engages the reader and that in itself is reason to give it a read.

2. Desayuno en la Cama (Editorial Egales) by Lawrence Schimel Sorry but this is a Spanish language publication published in Madrid, where Schimel lives. Schimel is a writer who can surpise and charm at the same time.

3. Inkblots (March Street Press) by Don Cellini and 4. Approximations / Aproximaciones (March Street Press) by Don Cellini Both of these chapbooks are also bilingual and beautifully crafted with photography. Cellini who does his own translations gives us several poems to contemplate.

5. Strange Seasons (Cross-Cultural Communications) by Stanley H. Barkan Barkan, a rather prolific writer and publisher of numerous international poets, merits being included in more national journals.

If you don\’t have these mentioned books under your arms but are in DC and eager to try a new restaurant, I recommend Eatonville Restaurant on 14th Street, NW, across the street from Busboy and Poets.

Named after the first African American incorporated city and home of Zora Neale Hurston, Executive Chef Rusty Holman does wonders with food with a Southern flare. The salmon with asparagus was wonderful as was the arugula and fried goat cheese.

And while you visit, be sure to check out the artwork on the walls created by DC artists at the request of the owner, Andy Shallal who is the patron saint to DC literary scene.

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