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Friday, August 22, 7:00 pm

A huge hit in Europe, this is the French perspective on Bush, Powell, Rice, and the whole rush to destroy Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction before they were even found. Working with the award-winning artist Christophe Blain, Baudry, the diplomat and former advisor to French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin—writing as Abel Lanzac—recounts recent history in this graphic, satirical account of a speechwriter very much like himself, caught in the international crisis of post-9/11 confusions. (SelfMadeHero)

ISBN-13: 9781906838782
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: SelfMadeHero, 5/2014

P&P at the National Book Festival

As book festivals go, the one hosted each year in Washington by the Library of Congress ranks among the grandest, most celebrated in the country. Dozens of luminaries in the literary world come to discuss their works and sign copies. Adding a national dimension to the event, a “pavilion of the states” features 52 “great reads,” each nominated by a different state or territory.

This year’s festival will be held on August 30, and Politics & Prose is honored to be serving as the official bookseller. While independent bookstores have long played prominent roles at other major U.S. book festivals, this is the first time in the 14-year history of the National Book Festival that an indie rather than a chain store won the contract to handle book sales. We’d like to think P&P’s selection is further evidence that local, independent retailers are alive and well and still vital to the book business.

Held outdoors on the mall in the past, the festival this year is moving indoors to the Washington Convention Center while the mall’s grass receives a makeover.  It’s also scheduled on Labor Day weekend rather than in mid-September. We’re confident that those attending will find the offerings as vibrant as ever, and the indoor venue means that hot or stormy weather will not disrupt the festivities.

Among other pluses this year will be more genre pavilions than before. Three additions—science, the culinary arts, and picture books—will join the previous line-up of history & biography, fiction & mystery, poetry & prose, contemporary life, children, teens, and special programs. Also new will be evening programs, including a poetry slam, a panel on great books made into great movies, and talks by authors of graphic novels.

For the rest of this month, our staff will be busy with final preparations for the festival. To help procure the more than 17,000 books that will be on hand, we’ve partnered with Ingram Content Group, the country’s largest book wholesaler. The American Booksellers Association, which represents more than 2,000 independent bookstores, also has pitched in to promote the festival nationwide.

The festival is free and open to the public, and we hope all of you will visit our sales area on the second level of the Convention Center and take part in the day’s engaging activities. For the full schedule and complete list of author talks and signings, click here. Hope to see you there.

--Brad and Lissa

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P&P is excited about the National Book Festival!

All month, we will be interviewing some of the great talent
appearing at the National Book Festival on August 30,
giving you insight into their methods and writing process.  

Cathal Armstrong, author of
My Irish Table.
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Gene Yang, award-winning author of American Born Chinese
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Renowned essayist Eula Biss, author of On Immunity.
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For the festival line-up, 
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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.

click here for more information and to purchase online.
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—
save the date!


Children and Teens 

Award-Winning Additions this August

 The National Book Festival continues to bring good news! Three of the talented children’s authors in town for the big day will be visiting our neck of the woods and we’re thrilled to offer you and any family with young readers another opportunity to catch them in person.

Peter Brown visits on August 28 at Takoma Park Library at 7 p.m. with My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not. He is a recipient of a Caldecott, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year.

Kate DiCamillo visits on August 29 at Takoma Park Library at 7:30 p.m. with Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive. She is the author of theNew York Times best-selling Mercy Watson books, is a winner of two Newbery Medals, and in 2014 was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Brian Lies visits the store on August 31 at 11 a.m. with Bats in the Band. Brian Lies is the award-winning author-illustrator and New York Times bestselling author who has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children, including Bats at the Library.


Blast from the Past

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Shirley Hughes
The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook
(Red Fox, $12.99)


New(ish) in Hardcover

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Emily Jenkins
Water in the Park

(Schwartz & Wade, $16.99)

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Our Next Children's Event

ISBN-13: 9780316070294
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 7/2014

Thursday, August 28, 7:00 pm

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.

Wednesday, October 8, 7 p.m.

at MLK Memorial Library

In The Return of George Washington (William Morrow, $29.99), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson recovers a crucially important--yet almost always overlooked--chapter of George Washington's life, revealing how Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement to lead the Constitutional Convention and serve as our first president.

This event is free and open to the public.

Just Announced

Friday, September 19, 7 p.m.



Wednesday, October 8, 7 p.m.



First Events of the Fall Season!

Wednesday, September 10, 7 p.m.



Wednesday, September 17, 7 p.m.



Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m.



Monday, September 29, 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

see all fall classes


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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Various Artists
Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited
(Sony Masterworks, $13.98)


Doctor John
The Spirit of Satch

(Blue Note, $14.98)


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Bebel Gilberto
(Sony Masterworks, $13.98)

Fred Hersch Trio
(Palmetto, $16.98)

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