MahoganyBooks opens East of the River

Nov 9th, 2017 | By | Category: Anacostia, Books, Business, Business Services, News & Features
MahoganyBooks opens East of the River
(Washington, DC) Anacostia Arts Center is excited to announce that MahoganyBooks is opening this month, meeting the literary needs of readers in search of books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora. Previously solely an online bookstore created by husband and wife team, Derrick and Ramunda Young, MahoganyBooks will open the first book store in historic Anacostia in over two decades, featuring a wide array of books, events, and services geared towards supporting, empowering, and engaging readers and writers.
MahoganyBooks will open on November 24, 2017. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The store is located at 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020.
MahoganyBooks is also hosting a “first look” of its bookstore to supporters and the Anacostia community on December 4th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Incorporating modern design elements and technology, the bookstore will have an open floor allowing the space to be easily transformed for large events, mobile cashiers and iPad stations to research and order books.  MahoganyBooks will also host virtual book events, conducting virtual interviews with authors as well as live streaming events online. A grand opening and community celebration will be held during Black History Month.
“It is important we create a rich, concerted space where readers and writers connect and discuss issues of yesterday and today that impact our culture and how we see ourselves,” says MahoganyBooks co-founder, Derrick Young.
MahoganyBooks will also feature Duende District, a mobile bookstore by and for people of color-where all are welcome, as a long-term pop-up. The MahoganyBooks and Duende District collaboration aims to provide a high-quality selection of books by authors of color from a variety of cultures.
“I am very excited to partner with MahoganyBooks in their first physical store space and to bring a Duende District pop-up to Anacostia, says Angela Marie Spring, Duende District’s owner, a first-generation Latinx. “MahoganyBooks’ professionalism, experience and commitment to creating a wonderful bookstore experience for African-American and black communities is a perfect complement to Duende District’s own mission.”
Their relationship will create an inclusive literary environment for populations that are largely underrepresented by other book retailers. The events that they have hosted at the Anacostia Arts Center have already promoted poets, fiction, and nonfiction authors of color East of the River.
About Anacostia Arts Center:
Anacostia Arts Center is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill its commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia. The Arts Center is 9,300 square feet and includes a 1,000-square-foot Black Box Theater, six galleries/boutiques, and Art-Drenaline Cafe. The center opened in June 2013.
About MahoganyBooks:
Started in 2007 by husband and wife duo, Derrick and Ramunda Young, MahoganyBooks is the fastest growing online bookstore for people of the African Diaspora.  It has grown from being exclusively an online bookstore to being the go-to bookseller for community book events in the District, Maryland and Virginia.  Over the years, MahoganyBooks has connected readers to writers for exciting and thought-provoking literary events with the likes of Misty Copeland, U.S. Representative John Lewis, Walter Mosley, Chimamanda Adichie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and former Mayor Marion Barry among others. To learn more visit
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