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Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 pm

This powerful debut novel about the Iraq war and its aftermath by a two-tour Marine focuses on 1st Lt. Peter Donovan, awarded the Bronze Star for heroism, Lester “Doc” Pleasant, a medic dishonorably discharged, and the Americans’ interpreter, Kateb “Dodge” el-Hariti. With each man’s distinct experiences, Pitre creates a vivid tapestry of trauma, divided loyalties, and ambiguous post-war identity. (Bloomsbury)

ISBN-13: 9781620407547
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA, 8/2014

Back to School at P&P

September is back to school time, prompting us this week to spotlight the beloved Children and Teens Department at Politics & Prose. The department features a superb staff of booksellers devoted to sharing their expertise and passion with children of all ages (and their parents and grandparents). They host dozens of events for children with leading authors of children’s books. The department offers a book-a-month gift program that can be tailored to the tastes and ages of individual kids, and it sponsors kids’ classes ranging from cartooning to Dungeons and Dragons. (Plus, starting Sept. 30, there’ll be a class for adults on prize-winning children’s literature.) Additionally, on many weekends of the school year P&P is the venue for school book fairs.

And this month as students and teachers begin a new school year, we look forward to hosting our annual Educators’ Open House. Teachers from across our community are invited to join us for an informational—and fun—event on Wednesday, September 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. Presenters will include: Kimberly Guise from TOON Books, who’ll speak about the comic format and its relevance to Common Core standards; Sarah Pokempner from the Avalon Theatre, who’ll talk about the theatre’s cinema classroom program; and our own Kerri Poore, who’ll discuss upcoming P&P events and how schools can get involved.

After the Open House, educators will have a chance at 7:30 p.m. to meet Children and Teens buyer Mary Alice Garber and bookseller Courtney Burtraw for the first Librarians’ Night of the school year. (During the school year, we regularly host a Librarians’ Night on the third Wednesday of every month. It’s a great opportunity to learn about and discuss new titles.)

We’re always eager to assist educators in determining their school and classroom library inventories and finding other resources that can enhance the educational and academic experiences of students. Currently, our Children and Teens Department is stocked with a great selection of back-to-school titles appropriate for any young age, from the littlest preschooler to the veteran student. We also offer a variety of playful and durable backpacks and lunch bags sure to add some good cheer for the new school year.

Please come see for yourselves—and bring your kids!

--Brad and Lissa

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Vox Populi

Auhor PhotoKojo Nnamdi, host of the eponymous radio show on NPR’s Washington, D.C. member station, WAMU 88.5, is the subject of this month’s Vox Populi interview.

Vox Populi is P&P’s semi-regular mini-interview series, in which we ask a variety of authors, politicians, customers, community leaders, teachers, neighbors, and anyone else willing to talk to us, a selection of questions—from the serious to the lighthearted—related to books.


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.


One More Chance

Auhor PhotoMissed Maureen Corrigan at P&P? You have another chance. Friday, 9/19 at 3:30 Corrigan, NPR book critic and author of So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, will talk about F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald at their grave-site, St. Mary’s Church 520 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD.

All are welcome and no sign-up required.

We also have signed copies in the store!


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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It's Almost Fall—Classes Going Fast

Fall is almost here and we have a slew of classes for every life-long leaner. Space is currently available in; The Victorian Ghost Story, an examination of the era’s golden age of phantoms and spooks; Ethics of Memoir studies the social and legal issues of writing about people you know; F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Short Fiction, the often overlooked short stories of the 20th Century master; and the second installment of Interpretations of Sherlock Holmes

see all fall classes


Children and Teens

Books of the Week

New in Hardcover

Blast from the Past

Juan Felipe Herrera
Portraits of Hispanic
American Heroes

(Dial Books, $19.99)


Carmen Lomas Garza
Family Pictures

(Children’s Books Press, $9.95)

read more about these books.


Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m.
at Takoma Park Library (MD)


Friday, September 19, 10:30 a.m.
at P&P



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

The Mayflower (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780823429431
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holiday House, 7/2014

Wednesday, September 17, 10:30 am

Tickets go on sale 9/23 at noon

Wednesday, November 12, 7 p.m.

Check back 9/23 for ticket prices and information.
No signed book orders can be accepted.



First Events of the Fall Season!

Wednesday, September 17, 7 p.m.



Friday, September 19, 7 p.m.



Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m.



Monday, September 29, 7 p.m.



Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m.



Wednesday, October 8, 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.

Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m.

at Sixth & I

Lovely, Dark, Deep (Ecco, $25.99) is a collection of stories that map the eerie darkness within us all, making visceral the terror, hurt, and uncertainty that lurk at the edges of ordinary lives. Oates will be in conversation with Louis Bayard, a former student of Oates, who will share what he learned from the legendary literary master. This event is free and open to the public.