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Monday, December 1, 7:00 pm

Maraniss first interviewed Perry Wallace in 1989 for an undergraduate class. Since then the Vanderbilt alum and former associate director of media relations at that university’s athletic department has followed up with scores of in-depth discussions; his book tracks both Wallace’s experiences and the pivotal events of the Civil Rights movement, especially Wallace’s historic role in desegregating the SEC and leading demonstrations. (Vanderbilt Univ.)

ISBN-13: 9780826520234
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vanderbilt University Press, 12/2014

Thanks from P&P

The Thanksgiving holiday is a welcome opportunity for us to convey our thanks to the many people in the community who support Politics & Prose. We’ve enjoyed another year of great books and literary programs and, as a result of your sustained patronage, P&P continues to thrive.

In the three-and-a-half years since we assumed ownership, we’ve been especially heartened by the many words of encouragement from customers and by the terrific enthusiasm expressed about the store. This community is so fortunate to have so many people who understand the importance of buying local, who see special value in maintaining an independent bookstore, and who believe in P&P’s larger mission of promoting the discussion of literature and ideas. Such loyal backing enables the store to go on providing expert customer service and the hundreds of free author events a year, as well as classes, programs, book groups, trips and an in-house printing machine.

At the same time, we don’t take success for granted. We know we can always do better. And we trust that you won’t be shy about letting us know how we can improve.

Our gratitude to one and all. And Happy Thanksgiving!

--Brad and Lissa

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Small Business Saturday

A number of Washington area writers, such as Jessica Spotswood, David Baldacci and Howard Norman, will be joining us on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29, to moonlight as booksellers. We encourage customers to come by the store and ask a participating author to help look for a book or recommend a favorite work as a gift for a relative or friend. Each author will be on-hand for a two-hour period.



NERDS! Trivia Night

How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? On Saturday, November 29 at 8 p.m. Put on your thinking cap, grab a drink, and join us for our monthly trivia night, featuring three rounds of mind-bending trivia questions. Prizes will be awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages.


Mark Your Calendars!

Join us for our Holiday Member Sale, December 5 through 7, members will receive 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs! Members' online and phone purchases will also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.



Kobo E-reader Sale

A perfect gift for the reader in your life, celebrate Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with the Kobo eReader sale. From November 28 through December 1 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.



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.

Tuesday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.

at MLK Memorial Library

Please join is for a very special event as Azar Nafisi, bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, comes to the MLK Memorial Library to read from her latest book, The Republic of Imagination (Viking, $28.95), which makes a passionate case for the vital importance of fiction in America today. Signed books will be available for purchase.

Children and Teens

Be an Angel!

Every year, Politics & Prose supports a local charity in need of books. This year, in memory of beloved author Walter Dean Myers, our book angel recipient is Hope House. Myers wrote over 100 books, many award-winning, for children and teens. His experiences, growing up in Harlem, dropping out of high school, and enlisting in the Army, informed much of his writing and appealed to a wide range of readers from a variety of backgrounds.

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Books of the Week 

New in Hardcover

Blast from the Past

G. Brian Karas
As an Oak Tree Grows
(Nancy Paulsen, $17.99)


Virginia Lee Burton
The Little House
(Houghton Mifflin, $7.99)

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Music News

CD Cover

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Saturday, December 6, 7 p.m.

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Thursday, December 11, 7 p.m.