Columbus Day is a sort of weird beast. In New York City and other areas with a significant Italian-American population it’s a significant ethnic holiday. In Washington, DC where federal employees are thick on the ground, it’s normal for large swathes of the politics-related sector to give people the day off. And in the rest of the country—which is to say most of the country—my understanding is that it’s really not a holiday at all; just maybe a day when the mail doesn’t get delivered.
But I work in Washington, DC and this is an official CAP day off so don’t expect too much of blogging from me.
I definitely read some Columbus books when I was a kid, but does anyone have any recommendations for more serious, adult-oriented books on the subject? If not, there’s always the excellent Goodbye, Columbus.