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Thursday, September 4, 7:00 pm

For his first novel, a thriller set in Africa and Washington, the former deputy assistant secretary of state takes his title from the term for the hundred hours after a coup, when the situation might still be reversed. Judd Ryker feels the time and other pressures acutely as he struggles to fulfill the mission of his Crisis Reaction Unit after a coup in Mali, but is met with in-fighting rather than assistance at the Pentagon, State, and Defense departments. (Putnam)

Beer and wine will be available.

The Golden Hour (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399168604
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Putnam Adult, 9/2014

Connecting All Literati

While bricks-and-mortar bookstores are sometimes viewed as reluctant to embrace the digital world, Politics & Prose has taken increasingly to social media and other digital platforms to connect with readers, authors, publishers, and fellow booksellers across the country and around the world.

Over the past year, our marketing director, Lena Little, has overseen P&P’s expanded presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr in ways we could not have imagined even a short time ago. Today, we have about 30,000 followers through these combined sites, and the numbers are growing each month. (Follow us on Facebook: politicsandprose; Twitter: @politics_prose; and Tumblr: Or for kids-related news, Twitter: @kidsandprose and Tumblr:

Through these outlets we now alert followers to upcoming events, tickets going on sale, future classes and trips, and store giveaways. We also use the platforms to talk about titles we recommend, classics we’re revisiting, and what’s going on at the store at any given moment. We hold conversations with authors due to appear at the store, and we interact with readers interested in sharing their own P&P experiences. Increasingly, too, we find ourselves answering queries online about whether a book is in stock or signed copies of a particular title are available.

One of our most popular ongoing posts is called “from the floor.” There we share unusual, evocative, or heartwarming comments heard by our staff while shelving, working at the register, or otherwise going about their day. Our favorite to date? “I’m going upstairs now to count Hobbits.”

On Tumblr, which allows for micro-blogs and more visual content than Facebook and Twitter, we host original material (reviews, interviews, industry news) in a form that is easily shared across the seemingly endless number of social networks. Whether it’s delightfully irreverent dog photos from author Jami Attenberg or seriously contemplative essays from Roxane Gay disguised as cooking posts, Tumblr allows us to provide readers with deeper insights into authors and their work.

Some of our Tumblr offerings, assembled by marketing assistant Dave Schuller, have included question-and-answer sessions with such authors as Amy Rowland, Jenny Offill, Duncan Tonatiuh, and Emma Donoghue. We’ve also featured bookseller Angela Spring’s National Poetry Month Q&As. These efforts have already been recognized with mentions by the websites Mashable and BookRiot, both recommending that their readers check out P&P’s Tumblr for great content. BookRiot also promoted the Tumblr from P&P's Children and Teens Department.

Also on our social media are staff reviews of books and photos of our author events. Additionally, P&P hosts a podcast every Friday morning on Slate. Called Live at Politics & Prose, the broadcasts feature author talks sponsored by the store and in recent months have included such prominent figures as Hillary Clinton, Ralph Nader, Michael Lewis, Walter Kirn, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Chua, and Mark Leibovich.

For those who prefer a visual format, P&P videographer Nick Price regularly tapes many of our events and posts the videos online for viewing by anyone who couldn’t make it to the store or simply wants to watch an event again. You can find our archive of videos here.

--Brad and Lissa

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David’s Deliberations:
Anniversary Books on
Politics & Prose's 30th Anniversary

As a public interest advocate I always connect anniversaries to events and future actions. Memory, commemoration, reinforcement, next actions each brings us closer to the next objective in civil rights, safety net protection, peace and countless other efforts. For us 2014 is a year of anniversaries: 40 years since the Nixon resignation, 50 years of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and One person-One Vote and 60 years since Brown vs Board of Education. They have clear memories for me. I played an active role in achieving three of them.

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$20 off the Kobo Aura HD

From now until September 1, get the world's highest resolution e-reader, for $149.99. The Kobo Aura HD has the most paper-like E Ink display, at 1440 x 1080 and 265 dpi. Not only do you get a high-quality digital reading device with a complete selection of digital books from all major publishers, but any ebooks purchased through our Kobo reading devices will also support Politics & Prose.

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Or come into the store to try out a display model!

The Kobo Aura HD Sleepcover is also in stock.


Save the date

Sunday, September 7

Family fun throughout the day and a toast to three decades of books, authors, and readers at dusk. More details to come—
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Children and Teens 

3rd Annual Graphic Novel Panel

Sunday, September 14, 5 p.m.

We're doing it again! P&P is pleased to present our third annual graphic novel panel, featuring some of the most talented authors and artists of the form. The artists represent a wide array of graphic styles and include Farel Dalrymple, author of The Wrenchies (First Second); Gareth Hinds, Romeo and Juliet (Candlewick), Beowulf and The Odyssey; and Jim Rugg, Street Angel (Adhouse Books). Heidi MacDonald, creator of The Beat, will moderate our discussion. Ages 15 and up.


Educators’ Open House on September 17

Wednesday, September 17, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Educators' Open House

Presentations beginning at 4:30:
   • Kimberly Guise, TOON Books Marketing Director, discusses the importance of the comic format to beginning (and all!) readers, and its relevance to Common Core.
   • Sarah Pokempner, Avalon Theatre Development and Outreach Manager, introduces the theatre’s cinema classroom program.
   • Kerri Poore, Politics and Prose Children and Teens Events Coordinator, discusses upcoming events.

Immediately following presentations:
• Learn about new titles and get thoughtful recommendations
• Sign up for educator email updates
• Receive 20% off all books during the open house (with current school ID)
• Enter raffles and enjoy free posters, books, pins, and more
• Enjoy light refreshments
• Receive coupons for special deals at neighboring restaurants


Blast from the Past

New(ish) in Hardcover

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Chieri Uegaki
Suki’s Kimono
(Kids Can Press, $8.95)


Ken Wilson-Max
Lenny Goes to Nursery School

(Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, $15.99)

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Our Next Children's Event

Brown Girl Dreaming (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399252518
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, 8/2014

Tuesday, September 9, 10:30 am

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.

Monday, September 8, 7 p.m.

at Sixth & I

In Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs (Houghton Mifflin, $28), Shenk breaks apart the myth of the lone genius and draws on new scientific research to show how the pair is the embodiment of ingenuity, a revelatory synthesis of cultural history and social psychology that shows how one-to-one collaboration drives creative success.

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Wednesday, September 10, 4:30 p.m.

at The Institute of World Politics

Dr. Joshua Muravchik comes to the IWP to present Making David into Goliath (Encounter, $25.99), and examination of Israel’s rise to power from the Six Day War of 1967 to the erosion of public sympathy today, and all the Cold War politics in-between. This event is free and open to the public.


Thursday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.

at MLK Memorial Library

In Notes from a Colored Girl (University of South Carolina, $39.95), Dr. Wise-Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn twenty-one-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865. Whitehead explores Davis’s worldviews and politics, her perceptions of both public and private events, her personal relationships, and her place in Philadelphia’s free black community in the nineteenth century.

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m.

at Sixth & I

The odds are good that you know a narcissist—probably a lot of them. The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed—in Your World (Riverhead, $27.95) explains the odds are also good that they are intelligent, confident, and articulate—the center of attention. They make you laugh and they make you think. The odds are also that this spell didn’t last.

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First Events of the Fall Season!

Wednesday, September 10, 7 p.m.



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 8, 7 p.m.



Lunch at the Willard

Sunday, September 14, 12 p.m.



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

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Travel Local: Celebrate DC beer week with our Brewing Tour of the Capital

Saturday, August 23, 1 – 4 p.m.

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Only a Few Spots Left: Provence

Sunday, October 5 through Saturday, October 11

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Autumn in Italy

Sunday, October 26 through Sunday, November 2

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Music News

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Cyrille Aimée
It’s a Good Day

(Mack Avenue Records, $17.98)

Chuck Brown &
the Chuck Brown Band
Beautiful Life

(Raw Venture records, $13.98)

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
(DG, $18.98)

Igor Levit
Bach: Partitas
(Sony Masterworks, 2 CDs, $14.98)

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