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Wednesday, August 20, 7:00 pm

In 1879 the North Pole was terra incognita—and as such, irresistible. Sides, Outside editor and author of Ghost Soldiers, recounts the harrowing expedition of the USS Jeannette. Funded by James Gordon Bennett, the New York Herald owner who sponsored Stanley’s search for Livingstone, the ship was caught in ice two years into its voyage; when it sank, the crew found itself marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia. (Doubleday)

ISBN-13: 9780385535373
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday, 8/2014

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, 
click here


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!


Music News

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Children and Teens 

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)

read more about these books.


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

Affiliated 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.

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.


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.



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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