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Wednesday, December 31, 9:00 pm

Busboys and Poets is throwing the quirkiest new year's bash in DC co-sponsored by Politics & Prose—all to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank and Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team! Fight hunger and help young poets thrive as you welcome the new year with one of the DMV's hottest DJ's, live dancers compliments of Dance Place, music, games, food, drinks, interactive art, burlesque in the nerd, midnight countdown and more. 

Come dressed as YOU—and if YOU is nerdy, even better!

This is the first official event at Busboys and Poets, Brookland

$50 tickets include food & 2 drinks per person

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Best Kids’ Books of 2014

At this time of year, our Children and Teens Department is bustling with holiday shoppers—grandparents, moms and dads, relatives and friends—all on missions to find just the right books for the children in their lives, whether newborns, budding readers or young adults. To make the task easier, we asked our booksellers to suggest a handful of their favorite children’s titles for 2014. Here are some sure winners to start with:

Ages 0 – 3: The baby in this story wants kisses, and one by one gives and receives them from her household’s inhabitants, then from the sun and wind, and then from flowers that “send kisses past bees and trees.” In Besos for Baby (Hachette, $6.99), author Jen Arena charms readers with her simple, lyrical sentences, paired with contrasting colors by illustrator Blanca Gomez. This bilingual book is a beautiful addition to a baby’s first library. 

Ages 4 – 8: A bearded farmer is working his fields on a typical morning when a colorful circus train passes by and a small figure falls from the back. Worried, the farmer hurries over to the tracks and finds a young clown, frightened and alone. The farmer brings the clown home and gives him a place to stay for the night, although he’s a bit grumpy about it. The two bond in The Farmer and the Clown (Beach Lane, $17.99), a story by author and illustrator Marla Frazee that offers a touching and wordless journey about acceptance, friendship, and embracing home. 

Ages 4 – 7: Language and elegance come together in Firebird (Putnam, $17.99), a poetic tale of dance, hardship, and success by prima ballerina, Misty Copeland. A young girl watches Copeland soar as the iconic Firebird and dreams of finding her own feet dancing on that stage. Together with award-winning illustrator Christopher Myers, Copeland artfully guides readers through a world of dance, poetry, and breathtaking beauty. 

Ages 8 – 12: Welcome to the Animalium (Big Picture Press, $35), a marvelously rich and enchanting Natural History Museum of a book. Presenting different species and subspecies of animals in the same meanderingly linear manner that one might find while wandering through exhibits at a museum, Jenny Broom’s new animal encyclopedia is engagingly original. Illustrator Katie Scott’s art is strikingly gorgeous and layered, and scientific in its detail. Bursting with facts that range from the general to the more obscure, this is a book that demands and deserves hours upon hours of attention. 

Ages 8 – 12: Cece is a new kid at school. She’s also the only deaf kid. In Cece Bell’s graphic memoir, El Deafo (Abrams, $21.95 hardcover / $10.95 paperback), young readers will recognize and identify with Cece's struggles even as unfamiliar as her situation may seem on the surface.

Ages 9 – 12:  In The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, $15.99) Sam, Eli, Jax, and Frog are facing a new school year full of big decisions. To be or not to be a thespian? How do you deal with a new neighbor who isn’t very neighborly? With the help of their parents—two dads—the Fletcher boys find the answers to these questions and more, growing along the way in this fun tale by Dana Allison Levy.

Ages 10 and up: In a moving memoir, author Jacqueline Woodson reflects on her childhood living in South Carolina and New York during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Laden with stories of life with a loving family and pierced by the realities of the time, this is the journey of a Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books, $16.99) as she discovers her voice as a writer. A beautiful reflection told through stirring verse, the book won this year’s National Book Award for young people’s literature. 

Ages 11 – 14: Basketball and verse? Not a common combination, but Kwame Alexander delivers with Crossover (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99).  Alexander’s verse weaves, pump fakes, and slam dunks across the page, adding visual excitement to this “running gunning / shooting” story of sibling rivalry and, ultimately, brotherly love. 

--Brad and Lissa

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Holiday Hours

Politics & Prose is operating on a holiday schedule.
Please check the hours below, and see you soon!

December 21: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
December 22: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
December 23: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
December 24: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
December 25: Closed
December 26: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
December 31: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
January 1: Closed


Just Announced

Thursday, January 22

In his family memoir, The Girl from Human Street, award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own forebears. He follows his relatives from the 19th century to the 21st, tracing their emigrations from Lithuania to South Africa, and from England to the United States and Israel. Centering on Cohen’s strong bond with his mother, the narrative is also a history of Jewish wanderings and a resonant portrait of cultural identity in the modern age.

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On Sale through December 30

The perfect gift for the reader in your life, celebrate the holiday season with the Kobo e-reader, now on sale. Get the ever-portable Kobo Aura for only $99.99. Like all Kobo devices, the Kobo Aura allows you to instantly download titles while supporting Politics & Prose.

The stylish and ergonomic Kobo Aura is also low-glare and its built-in light illuminates evenly. Read comfortably with the latest E Ink screen technology—transitioning between pages without flashes.

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Children and Teens

All through December we'll be highlighting
some of our Department Favorites.

(Margaret Ferguson, $17.99)

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Trip to Paris with
Bestselling Author Cara Black

October 24 to October 31

Registration is now open to join P&P and other Cara Black mystery-lovers for an exclusive and affordable week in Paris. You’ll spend time with Cara exploring some of the most memorable scenes associated with the cases private investigator Aimée Leduc has solved in several books. And you’ll also have time to spend in the lesser-known museums, the spectacular parks, the off-the-beaten-track cafés, the hidden passages that are home to specialty boutiques, antiquarian bookstores and other treasures.

You can also win this trip to the City of Lights for free. Soho Press has partnered with Politics & Prose to send one lucky winner on this “Killer Trip” to Paris for free! The contest runs 3/3/15 – 4/30/15. Click here for more information about the contest.

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Frederick Douglass Walking Tour

Join us Saturday, February 7 at noon for an afternoon highlighting the life of Frederick Douglass, one of our nation’s first civil rights heroes. The day will begin with a park-ranger led tour of the Douglass house, and continue with an author-led exploration of the historic neighborhood where Douglass lived the last years of his life. John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, will discuss how Douglass carried out his unrelenting advocacy for human rights, share intimate stories of his professional and personal undertakings, and his mentoring of the next generation of civil rights activists.



Going Fast!

P&P is pleased to share our season of winter classes (running from January through March), a schedule packed with customer favorites and expanded to include new offerings we hope you'll enjoy. This season, we’re especially excited to offer classes at a new location, the first P&P at Busboys and Poets which opens at Brookland at the end of this year. Whether you are looking to take your project to the next level or for a group of like-minded readers led in a stimulating literary discussion check out all of the options in the link below.

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