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Monday, September 22, 7:00 pm

When Copernicus overthrew the Ptolemaic model of an Earth-centered cosmos, it was revolutionary. But as science has continued to discover new truths, it’s time to revise that Copernican universe. Scharf, director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center and author of Gravity’s Engines, updates the Copernican view with cutting-edge quantum mechanics and theories of the multiverse. We’ve come a long way since 1543. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Scientific American)

ISBN-13: 9780374129217
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 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.


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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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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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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.
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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.
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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

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! 

Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m.



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

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Monday, September 22, 7 p.m.

at Sixth & I

The co-founder and president of OkCupid provides an illuminating look at how the data collected through our online lives paints a portrait of our essential selves in Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)(Crown, $28). Rudder will be in conversation with Megan Garber, a staff writer at The Atlantic.

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