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Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 pm

This novel in fourteen narratives by the widely published author of Normal People Don’t Live Like This, tells the story of a determined and vulnerable teenager trying to grow up in 1970s Greenwich Village. Rainey’s mother has left the family. Her father is a jazz musician. Rainey’s immediate influences range from the artistic to the criminal and she’s poised somewhere in between. (Soho)

Beer and wine will be available.

Rainey Royal (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781616954529
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Soho Press, 9/2014

A Fair Chance to Compete

In the closing weeks of the current congressional session, federal lawmakers will have an opportunity to vote in favor of Internet sales tax fairness. This matter is very important not just to independent bookstores like Politics & Prose but many other bricks-and-mortar retailers around the country.

At issue is the unfair advantage enjoyed by online retailers such as Amazon that don’t collect sales taxes from many of their customers. This enables the online sellers to charge lower prices than physical stores. But it also means that local communities—including those in the DC area—lose out on tax revenues that could be used for investments in schools, health care, housing and other projects.

This fall, the Senate will be voting to reauthorize a long-standing ban on Internet access taxes. Senators who support e-fairness are urging their colleagues to use this moment to add an online sales tax measure to the bill. In the meantime, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is expected to introduce sales tax fairness legislation in the House of Representatives.

The battle for sales tax fairness has lasted years, with progress evident so far in 26 states that have passed legislation. But even with these gains, a federal solution would make the most sense and ensure equal treatment everywhere. Indie businesses deserve a fair chance to compete. It’s time for Congress to close the online sales tax loophole.

Earlier this month, the American Booksellers Association joined with Barnes & Noble in urging members of Congress to enact e-fairness legislation. A number of business groups representing local retailers have created a national social media campaign showing images of customers with hand-written signs promoting a level playing field for indie businesses. The images are intended to drive home the message that the current sales tax inequity hurts not just businesses but local communities as well.

We’d like to encourage all of you to speak up for e-fairness legislation by posting one of the campaign images on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #efairnessnow. Contact your members of Congress and tweet the image to them. (To find and download the images, click here)

Thanks for supporting this initiative.

--Brad and Lissa

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Jewish Literary Festival

For ten days, from October 19 – 29, the Jewish Literary Festival comes to the JCC. The Festival opens with Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks as part of an ambitious multimedia concert, composed by Merima Ključo, based on the story of the Sarajevo Haggadah. The Festival closes with award winning author Gary Shteyngart, in conversation with NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse. Among the nearly 30 authors in between, you will recognize such luminaries as sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer and the father of the graphic novel, Art Spiegelman. Join Deborah Tannen in conversation with acclaimed mother and daughter novelists Hilma and Meg Wolitzer, meet local writers at our Local Author Fair and enjoy a literary lunch with Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Kotz.



Read Banned Books

To stand for the free exchange of ideas and celebrate books deemed too “controversial” for classrooms and libraries, we’re offering 60% off select e-book titles.


You can also check out our in-store display and
broaden your horizons with stories that will
change everything you thought you knew.


Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Sunday, October 19, explore the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater—a perennial P&P favorite. Once again, we are conducting a community trip to this wooded area of western Pennsylvania, near the Maryland border, to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement.

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Politics & Prose presents the Writers’ Cottage

Politics & Prose is delighted to announce the launch of the Writers' Cottage in Ashland, VA, where we will be hosting individual writers who are looking for a quiet retreat as well as those who would like to participate in author-led workshops. Ashland, with its scenic streets and excellent restaurants and cafés, is the perfect destination for a week away. Only 90 miles from DC, and easily accessible by either car or by train, the Writers’ Cottage is equipped with everything you need to write and relax.

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Children and Teens

Books of the Week

New in Hardcover

Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Secrets of the Seasons
(Knopf, $16.99)


New in Paperback

Rita Gray
One Big Rain, Poems
for Every Season

(Charlesbidge, $7.95)

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 27, 7 p.m.
in the Children & Teens Department



Tuesday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.
at Takoma Park Library (MD)


Wednesday, October 1, 10:30 a.m.
at P&P



Monday, October 6, 10:30 a.m.
at P&P


Monday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.
at Maret School Auditorium



Tuesday, October 7, 7 p.m.
at Bethesda Library



Our Next Children's Event

El Deafo (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781419712173
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amulet Books, 9/2014

Wednesday, September 24, 10:30 am

Our Next Teen Event

Afterworlds (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781481422345
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon Pulse, 9/2014

Saturday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.

Tickets on sale now!

Wednesday, November 12, 7 p.m.

No signed book orders can be accepted.



First Events of the Fall Season! 

Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door.


Monday, September 29, 7 p.m.



Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m.



Wednesday, October 8, 7 p.m.



Saturday, October 11, 7 p.m.



Monday, October 13, 7 p.m



Tuesday, October 14, 7 p.m.



Monday, November 3, 7 p.m.



Thursday, December 11, 7 p.m.



Willard Literary Series

Wednesday, September 17, 6 p.m.



Monday, November 17, 12 p.m.



Music News

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Supported Events

Reservations and tickets should be acquired from the hosting organization. Please contact if you are planning an event and would like us to supply the books.

Saturday, September 27, 6 p.m.

at National Press Club

Harrowing questions plagued Erin Marie Daly after her youngest brother Pat, an OxyContin addict, was found dead of a heroin overdose at the age of twenty. In just a few short years, the powerful prescription painkiller had transformed him from a fun-loving ball of energy to a heroin addict hell-bent on getting his next fix. Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis (Counterpoint, $26) chronicles that journey and America’s drug culture at large.