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Saturday, January 31, 1:00 pm

Join us for a reading by three accomplished poets. Bowles, in her debut collection, uses words as the painter Edward Hopper used light, illuminating ordinary moments and spaces to an uncommon clarity. Solari, also a novelist and playwright, confronts life’s challenges with bluntness and honesty, declaring in her third collection that there’s “no / hell or heaven, just us creating / our own darkness, our own light.” And Young, a finalist for the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize, draws on her experience of living in the Soviet Union and Russia to evoke figures from Pushkin and Margarita to an anonymous woman in Chernobyl.

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En Français

Some months ago, the cultural services section of the French embassy in New York decided to open a bookshop devoted to French works. Named Albertine after the central love interest in Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, the place opened last fall in the landmark Payne Whitney mansion on Manhattan’s Museum Mile (972 Fifth Avenue). Replete with a reading room and comfortable sofas and armchairs, the store boasts the most comprehensive selection of French-language books and English translations in the United States.

But the creators of Albertine haven’t stopped there. Reaching out to independent bookstores across the United States, they’ve offered to become a pipeline for supplying dozens of significant French works. The aim of the program, dubbed French Corners, is not only to facilitate access by indies to often hard-to-get foreign books, but most importantly, to promote French literature more widely.

We at Politics & Prose are delighted to be participating in the program and have just expanded our French literature section with more than 70 titles selected by Albertine. Stores in half-a-dozen other cities—including Miami, Chicago, Houston, Boston, New Orleans and Portland, OR—also have signed up, and program organizers expect more to join.

So what French editions has Albertine decided should be on the shelves of a U.S. bookstore? Interestingly, half are classics and half are contemporary writings. Along with works by such long-established names as Baudelaire (Les Fleurs du mal), Camus (L'Étranger), Flaubert (Madame Bovary), Molière (L’Avare and Le Misanthrope), Proust (Du côté de chez Swann), Stendhal (Le Rouge et le Noir) and Voltaire (Micromégas; Zadig; Candide) are such notable modern offerings as Kamel Daoud’s Meursault, contre-enquête; Maylis de Kerangal’s Réparer les vivants (winner of the Grand Prix RTL-Lire 2014); Virginie Despentes’s Apocalypse bébé; David Foenkinos’s Charlotte; Lydie Salvayre’s Pas pleurer (winner of the Prix Goncourt 2014); and two by Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano—his first, La place de l'étoile, and his most recent, Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier.

In all, the selections reflect a variety of genres and a mix of male and female authors. Further, not every author is from France. Quite a few French-speaking countries are represented. “The program is intended to feature not just France but the culture of the French language,” explained Tom Roberge, Albertine’s deputy director.

We hope that French speakers, and aspiring French speakers, will stop by our French section, located next to the travel books, afin qu'ils puissent parcourir les livres eux-mêmes.

À bientôt!

--Brad and Lissa

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Ashland Writing Retreat

March 16 through March 21

Enjoy the perfect blend of solitude, companionship, personal attention, and time for concentrated writing during this five-day workshop in March, led by acclaimed novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff. Whether you pen entries in a journal or are working on your third novel—whether you write fiction, memoir, or creative nonfiction—you’ll feel welcome.The retreat, limited to eight participants, provides the perfect blend of solitude, companionship, personal attention, and time for concentrated writing.



Hungry for Words: Food Writing Workshop

Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22

Truly great food writing informs, entertains and inspires. In this two-day weekend workshop offered by P&P and the The Writer's Center, acclaimed author Kathleen Flinn will guide participants through the art and craft of modern food writing, from understanding what made great food writers endure, varying approaches needed for different genres, generating ideas, assembling non-fiction book proposals, culinary travel writing, and the complexities of recipe writing. Writing exercises will be incorporated into the weekend.



Children and Teens

New in Hardcover

New in Hardcover

Julia Sarcone-Roach
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
(Knopf, $16.99)

Jory John & Benji Davies
Goodnight Already!
(Harper Collins, $17.99)

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Our Next Children's Event

ISBN-13: 9781626720138
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second, 1/2015

Tuesday, February 3, 10:30 am

Our Next Teen Event

Macbeth (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780763678029
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Candlewick, 2/2015

Tuesday, February 17, 10:30 a.m.

Opera at The Willard

Tuesday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.



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Wednesday, February 11, 7 p.m.



NERDS! Trivia Night

This Saturday

The New Year is here and so is our next installment of trivia night! Match wits with other knowledge-knowers and fight for the best team name. Games begin at 8 p.m. Sign up opens at 7 p.m.


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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.

Tuesday, February 3, 12 p.m.

at Hudson Institute

One of the U.S. government’s leading China experts, Michael Pillsbury reveals in The Hundred-Year Marathon (Henry Holt, $30) the hidden strategy fueling that country’s rise–and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world’s leading superpower.