DC by the Book takes readers to novel locations

The new website DC by the Book shows viewers books and passages that reference areas in the city. (Courtesy of DC by the Book)
Location: White House

Book: "Lincoln"

Author: Gore Vidal

(WTOP/Alex Beall)
Location: Chinatown

Book: "The Big Blowdown"

Author: George Pelecanos

(Courtesy of John DeFerrari)
Location: Dupont Circle

Book: "Cast A Yellow Shadow"

Author: Ross Thomas

(Adam Tuss/WTOP Photo)
Woman walking up Steps of US Supreme Court Location: Supreme Court Building

Book: "The Tunnel" from "Lost and Old Rivers"

Author: Alan Cheuse

Location: Georgetown

Book: "The Exorcist"

Author: William Peter Blatty

(WTOP photo)

Alex Beall, special to wtop.com

WASHINGTON – Have you ever visited the iconic “Exorcist” steps in Georgetown, where a Jesuit priest fell to his death in the 1973 movie? If you couldn’t remember exactly how the scene played out or never read the book, a new website will help add some context to your visit.

The nation’s capital is popping out of the pages of fiction and onto a map with DC by the Book which launched Tuesday.

Using Google map technology, viewers can click on map points shaped as books and see what book, author and passage reference an area in D.C. Each pinpoint on the map features the book passage and a link to the DC Public Library catalog where a member can reserve the book.

Tony Ross, 41, a librarian at the DC Public Library, spearheaded the project.

“We can all read a history of Washington, D.C., and learn about the city and learn about how it’s changed, but it’s a completely different thing to be in a story

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