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    A classically-trained musician, Brendan Slocumb has just published his first novel, The Violin Conspiracy, a page-turning mystery in which a young Black musical prodigy inherits a priceless Stradivarius only to have it stolen from his hotel room on the eve of performing at the world’s most prestigious music contest. Like his protagonist, Slocumb - an educational consultant for the Kennedy Center and the concertmaster for the NOVA-Annandale Symphony Orchestra - started playing violin at nine in a public schools music program, and has credited that experience for determining the shape of his life. “When my friends were out running the streets, I was in rehearsals,” he has said. “When they were breaking into houses, I was practicing Mozart or Dvorjak." Below are Brendan Slocumb's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set.   See the full list...

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    Joyce Maynard


    Several Short Sentences About Writing

    Verlyn Klinkenborg

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    Nathaniel Rich


    Epochs of Nature

    Georges-Louis Leclerc le Comte de Buffon

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    Avni Doshi


    On Beauty

    Zadie Smith

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    Michael Ian Black


    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

    E.L. Konigsburg

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    Brandon Taylor



    Elizabeth Bishop

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    Maaza Mengiste


    Song of Solomon

    Toni Morrison

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    Tsitsi Dangarembga


    Small Country

    Gaël Faye

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    Douglas Stuart


    Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

    Jeanette Winterson

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    Samantha Irby


    One Hundred Demons

    Lynda Barry

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