Carol Schwartz in Conversation with Andy Shallal Presented by Busboys and Poets Books
5th & K | The Loft | December 6, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join Busboys and Poets Books as we welcome former at-large D.C. Council member and five-time mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz to Busboys and Poets to discuss her autobiography “Quite a Life! From Defeat to Defeat … and Back,” about her life story as well as a front-row view of local D.C politics spanning five decades. She will be joined in conversation with Andy Shallal. 

Quite a Life!: From Defeat to Defeat … and Back is the story of a Republican (now Independent) gal from Texas who tried hard to become Democratic D.C.’s Mayor. Carol Schwartz was an elected official in Washington, D.C., spanning four decades, on both the Board of Education and the Council of the District of Columbia. Although a Republican then, where the voter registration was against her 11 to 1, she ran for Mayor five times, coming close to defeating Marion Barry in 1994. It is still the closest Mayoral general election in the city’s history.

Always a straight-shooter, in Quite a Life!, Carol talks about her life with characteristic candor and her opinions with unbridled honesty—and usually with humor. From her difficult childhood in West Texas to her unexpected political victories, to her losses both in public and private life, including the sudden death of her husband, Carol Schwartz tells it like it was, warts and all.

As Carol says, “If you want someone to give you a sugar-coated synopsis of a life, go elsewhere. But if you want an outspoken personal autobiography—with pictures galore—that also talks about the history of D.C. since Home Rule, takes you behind the scenes of chaotic campaigns, as well as shows you the inner-workings of government—all rolled together—come on this ride with me.” It’s a journey of wins and defeats, and coming back with hope.

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