Above: Fanbase, pre-moshing. Or post-moshing… hard to tell.

When does an event not only live up to its hype, but actually exceeds it? Bowie collaborating with Eno? The last episode of Alf? John Madden’s turducken? We can now add Vol. 1’s “Civic Pride: Washington D.C.” to that distinguished list. Held last Thursday at Greenpoint mecca WORD Brooklyn, Civic Pride’s latest edition was the end-all tribute to the District of Columbia, featuring a stellar line-up of authors and at an atmosphere more electric than the night Minor Threat turned Marion Berry onto Coca-Cola onstage at the 9:30 Club. Let this series of pictures serve as a temptation to those who missed it, and a tribute to our fantastic readers and attendees! You are the dream weavers! CIV-IC PRI-DE. CIV-IC PRI-DE.

All photo credit to the mighty Shelley Wasserman.

Author Michael Kimball (Us), Kimball's shadow running away from us.

Author Michael Kimball (Us, Dear Everybody), Kimball’s shadow running away from us.

Nathan Larson (Shudder to Think, The Dewey Decimal System), mid-whistle. No, not really.

Author/consummate entrepreneur Sara Marcus (Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution) prominently displays book jacket for optimum sales.

Poet Zach Barocas (Among Other Things, Jawbox) lets the rhythm hit ’em.

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