One of the most highly regarded books of 2017, “Lincoln In The Bardo” was awarded the Man Booker Prize this fall. The unconventional novel is an extraordinary rendering of the afterlife, a meditation on a country divided, and a searing portrait of a president’s personal grief. Did we mention it can also be really funny? There’s a reason why people are paying pilgrimage to the cemetery in Georgetown where the story takes place. George Saunders tells us how he re-imagined no less than President Abraham Lincoln, while the Executive Director of Lincoln’s Cottage in D.C.–the summer home of President Lincoln–helps us navigate the facts from that beautifully wrought fiction.


  • George Saunders Author of "Lincoln in the Bardo"
  • Erin Carlson Mast Executive Director, President Lincoln’s Cottage

Read an excerpt from "Lincoln in the Bardo"

Off The Beaten Path: President Lincoln’s Cottage

Off The Beaten Path: President Lincoln's Cottage - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

We learn about a historic cottage in D.C.'s Petworth neighborhood, on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. While he wasn't the only President to stay there, it bears Lincoln's name and it's estimated he spent about a quarter of his presidency in residence there.

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