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Friday, April 25, 7:00 pm

Becker, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter, spent five years with the plaintiffs fighting California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Her extraordinary access to every stage of the legal battle makes this detailed chronicle both immediate and authoritative. From Proposition 8 to the unlikely alliance against it and on to the Supreme Court, the case charts a groundbreaking social evolution. (Penguin Press)

Beer and wine will be available.

ISBN-13: 9781594204449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 4/2014

May Event Madness

For basketball lovers, madness comes in March. For book lovers, madness this year is coming in May. Take a look at the Politics & Prose event calendar for the upcoming month, and you’ll see that it’s filled with some prominent names, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Justice John Paul Stevens, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, political writer Elizabeth Drew, and the man behind C-SPAN, Brian Lamb.  

Beyond these news-making headliners, we’re also delighted to be hosting events for an array of fiction writers whose new books are worthy of attention. Fans of Irish literature will not want to miss Sebastian Barry reading from his new novel, The Temporary Gentleman, on May 3. As a poet, playwright, and novelist, Barry, who is one of Ireland’s most famous contemporary writers, continues in this new book the tale of his protagonist, Jack McNulty, a non-commissioned officer in the Irish Army in World War II, who now finds himself in Africa in the 1950s.

A new novel, Family Life, will be the subject of a reading by Akhil Sharma on May 5. This much-anticipated second novel by the author of An Obedient Father centers on an Indian family that emigrates to the United States only to find their high hopes dashed by tragedy. Sharma is making a name as a writer who captures the vitality and dynamism of the immigrant community, along with the cultural tensions and struggles that accompany giving up one’s homeland for a new one.

On May 12, award-winning novelist Zachary Lazar will discuss his new work, I Pity the Poor Immigrant, with fellow writer David Gilbert, who also has a new book out, & Sons. Lazar uses a blend of fiction, legend, and history in a story that crosses boundaries and decades and involves such infamous historical figures as Meyer Lansky. Gilbert, whose writing has been called original, insightful, and engaging, begins & Sons at a funeral in New York City and goes on to explore the fragilities and tensions of family bonds through successive generations.

In another fiction offering, celebrated food writer and memoirist Ruth Reichl will read from her first novel on May 29. Appropriately titled Delicious!, Reichl’s story of food passion revolves around a publicist for a fictitious magazine called “Delicious!” who happens on a correspondence between a young woman and American chef James Beard during World War II.

These are only a few of the many superb authors scheduled to speak at the store this month. For a full listing, please visit our calendar.

We hope you’ll join us for May madness.

--Brad and Lissa

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This Weekend: NERDS! Trivia Night

 Spring is here and so is our next installment of trivia night! This Saturday, April 26, match wits with other knowledge-knowers and fight for the best team name. Games begin at 8 p.m. Sign up at Modern Times Coffeehouse opens at 7 p.m.


Writers at the Willard

tea with Linda Przybyszewski on May 3

tea with Cokie Roberts on May 18


lunch with David Baldacci on June 7

lunch with Justice Sonia Sotomayor on September 14


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Children and Teens

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Following a blockbuster event last year—when over 200 were in the audience for our first panel on picture books—P&P is happy to announce we’re doing it again! Please join us on May 4 at 5 p.m., when Leonard Marcus will moderate a discussion on the breadth and diversity of non-fiction in picture books.  Joining the discussion are Richard Jackson, Educational Director, Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books; author, Jen Bryant; illustrator, R. Gregory Christie; and authors/illustrators, Brian Floca, Susan L. Roth, and Duncan Tonatiuh.


New in Hardcover

Blast from the Past

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Lois Ehlert
The Scraps Book
(Beach Lane Books, $17.99)


Lois Ehlert
Planting a Bainbow
(Harcourt, $7.99)

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Our Next Children's Event

Gravity (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781596437173
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press, 4/2014

Friday, April 25, 10:30 am

Our Next Teen Event

The Here and Now (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780385736800
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Delacorte Press, 4/2014

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 p.m.

Just Announced

Thursday, May 22, 7 p.m.



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Wednesday, May 14, 7 p.m.



Monday, May 19, 7 p.m.



Saturday, May 17

P&P is once again partnering with the Gaithersburg Book Festival to bring you books, sunshine and the opportunity to meet your favorite authors. The festival will run 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds and admission is free! Books by the many talented authors gathered this one day can be preordered and will be ready and waiting for you to pick up at the festival. With over 80 authors in attendance, this is sure to be an unforgettable event for any booklover.

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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, April 30, 7 p.m.

 at Sixth & I

Mark Leibovich
This Town

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Friday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.

 at the Sixth & I

Katty Kay & Claire Shipman
The Confidence Code

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Friday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.

 at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Synagogue

Ayelet Waldman
Love & Treasure

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Saturday, May 10, 7 p.m.

 at the Folger Shakespeare Library

Award Ceremony & Dinner

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On the Dark Side:
The First Arc of American Noir

 Expand your understanding of noir in this class led by novelist James Grady. Explore and compare three seminal books penned by masters of the genre, including Dashiell Hammett.  Tuesday, April 29, 7 – 9 p.m. and Wednesday, April 30, 1 – 3 p.m.