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Horror on the Hill: Daniel José Older, THE BOOK OF LOST SAINTS

Monday, November 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Historic Congressional Cemetery
1801 E Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

The Book of Lost Saints cover and author Daniel José Older layered on image of Congressional Cemetery

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East City Bookshop and Historic Congressional Cemetery present HORROR on the HILL with NYTimes bestselling author Daniel José Older, The Book of Lost Saints, in conversation with NPR Books editor Petra Mayer.

Join us for an evening of macabre literary merrymaking amongst the tombstones with noted author Daniel José Older reading from and discussing his latest novel, The Book of Lost Saints, in conversation with NPR Books editor Petra Mayer at Historic Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill. The first truly national burial ground, the cemetery counts among its 67,000 burials scores of noteworthy individuals who left their mark on the city as well as the nation - including John Philip Sousa, J. Edgar Hoover, Choctaw Chief Push-Ma-Ta-Ha, and Civil War photographer Matthew Brady – but, you don’t have to be famous to be buried at Congressional, just dead. Our singular, otherworldly literary series invites the living to spend an evocative evening among this celebrated company with some of today's best horror and gothic writers.   


Marisol vanished during the Cuban Revolution, her fate unknown and lost to time. Now, haunted by atrocities long-forgotten, her foul-mouthed spirit visits her nephew, Ramon, in modern-day New Jersey. Her hope: That her presence will prompt her descendant to unearth their painful family history.

Ramon launches a haphazard investigation into the story of his ancestor, unaware of the forces driving him on his search. Along the way, he falls in love, discovers a new sense of his own identity, faces a run-in with a murderous gangster, and learns of each "lost saint" who helped Marisol during her imprisonment under Batista's reign.

Uplifting and evocative, The Book of Lost Saints is a meditation on family, forgiveness, and the violent struggle to be free.


Daniel José Older is the New York Times–bestselling author of the young adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, the middle-grade historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, and Star Wars: Last Shot. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read.

Petra Mayer is an editor (and the resident nerd) at NPR Books, focusing on fiction, and particularly genre fiction. She brings to the job passion, speed-reading skills, and a truly impressive collection of Doctor Who doodads. You can also hear her on the air and on the occasional episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour.

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ISBN: 9781250185815
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Imprint - November 5th, 2019