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Friday, August 1, 7:00 pm

What did the president know, and when did he know it? That was the iconic question of the Watergate scandal and Dean, who served as Nixon’s legal counsel, argues that it remains to be answered. Using his own transcripts of conversations with Nixon and his circle as well as drawing on archived documents, Dean resolves the outstanding mysteries surrounding the break-in and cover-up. (Penguin Press)

Beer and wine will be available.

ISBN-13: 9780670025367
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Adult, 7/2014

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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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!


Announcing P&P Fall Class Schedule

Summer is in full swing—and don't forget to enjoy it!—but when you're ready to turn your thoughts to cooler breezes, leaves aflame with color, and cozy warm corners, we're ready. P&P is pleased to share our season of fall classes, a schedule packed with customer favorites and expanded to include new offerings we hope you'll enjoy. Classes begin in September and spaces are limited and going fast.

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Celebrate Beer Week
with a DC Brewing Tour!

Join us this August for a guided bus tour of DC brewing sites past and present, led by Garrett Peck, author of Capital Beer and Prohibition in Washington, D.C. Spend Saturday afternoon on August 23, 1 – 4 p.m. visiting five hoppy sites and indulge in some libations with tastings at Atlas Brew Works and New Columbia Distillery.

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Only a Few Spots Left: Provence

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Autumn in Italy

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Music News

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P&P is excited about the National Book Festival!

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festival line-up


Children and Teens

Are you a Sleuth?

 Summer Sleuths are invited to spy around the Children and Teens window display for the third week's set of clues. When you've solved the mystery, take your answer to the Children and Teens Department to add your name to the Detective Hall of Fame and win a prize, sure to thrill sports stars and sleuths alike, from Comet Ping Pong.



Shortcut to the Past

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David Macaulay
(Houghton Mifflin, $8.95)


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Donald Crews

(Greenwillow, $6.99)

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Lunch at the Willard

Sunday, September 14, 12 p.m.