Author reads with D.C. students, then writes about them 


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It was last Dec. 6th, a chilly but sunny morning. Author James Grady sat with the McKinley Tech High School book club in the school library talking about one of his works. It wasn’t the book that made Grady famous — “Six Days of the Condor,” which became a major motion picture — but his short story included in the anthology “D.C. Noir.” Set on Capitol Hill, featuring a senator, aides and lobbyists, it is a quintessential Washington tale. The students liked it.

While munching on pizza and cupcakes, a 16-year-old sophomore named Shakwia Charles, who had just heard Grady talk about how easily stories popped into his head, asked him: “Would you write a story about us?”

Her request, he said, “blew me away.”

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