Over the past few years, we’ve been excited to offer customers the opportunity to travel to destinations far and near. Partnering with regional experts and local writers, we’ve given book and culture lovers the chance to visit off-beat sites in Paris, attend a weeklong writers’ retreat at a villa in Tuscany, and enjoy day-long trips to Fallingwater, the Philadelphia Flower Show, and historical tours of Washington, DC.

In 2015, our travel program will feature not only some old favorites but also a few new selections.

On the schedule this spring is a writer’s retreat with the always popular Phyllis Theroux. Phyllis is a master at helping writers of all levels find their voices and get words on paper. The trip, scheduled May 17-22, offers time to write, relax, eat, explore, and ponder in a true writer’s paradise—stunning Sonoma County, CA. Participants will stay at Bishop’s Ranch near Healdsburg in the heart of the wine country. For details, click here.

And for writers interested in solitude and seclusion as they work, Phyllis also is making available her lovely writer’s cottage in Ashland, VA. Just pick the dates and rent the cottage either for a solo stay or with individual instruction from Phyllis.

For a journey even closer to home, consider a day-long “Walt Whitman” walking tour of downtown DC on Saturday, May 2, at 1 p.m.  Led by local author and store-favorite Garrett Peck, the tour will explore places related to the man often called the poet laureate of the Civil War. For more information, click here.

Overseas travel with P&P continues to grow, with more offerings this year of our popular trips to France led by Sheila Campbell and Donna Morris. What better season to be in Paris than springtime, especially around Mother’s Day? There’s still time to join P&P in Paris from May 3-9. Unfortunately, the spring offering is fully booked, but Sheila and Donna will also host groups in Paris this summer and fall. And in early October they’ll be in Provence on an immersive journey of art and culture.

We’re excited as well about a new twist for travel to Paris later in the year. Celebrated mystery writer Cara Black, who appeared at P&P earlier this month reading from her latest novel Murder on the Champ De Mars, has agreed to lead back-to-back trips this fall. Certain to be on the itinerary will be stops at settings in some of Black’s popular mysteries. Space is still available on the second trip, November 1-7. And although the first trip, which runs October 25-31, has already sold out, Soho Press is running a contest to give away one spot on it. To enter, buy Black’s latest novel and fill out the form in the front of the book. For more info, check out the contest’s website here.

Details about all our trips are on P&P’s website under “trips.”(http://www.politics-prose.com/trips) As for 2016, stay tuned. We think Cuba may be in the offing.

— Brad and Lissa


Children & Teens

Story Time will not occur Monday, April 6. The series will resume Monday, April 13.

New in Hardcover

William Kamkwamba
The Boy Who
Harnessed the Wind

(Dial, $16.99)


Blast from the Past

Grace Lin
Kite Flying
(Dragonfly Books, $7.99)


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Passover Haggadot

Politics & Prose offers a selection of Haggadot that represent major liberal traditions in Judaism and all of the editions are gender-neutral. We encourage you to experiment with several Haggadot, especially if you are just starting to hold Seders. Then you will be able to make an informed choice when investing in eight, ten or twelve of the same Haggadah. If you are purchasing 5 or more of the same Haggadah, you will receive a 10% discount. If you purchase 10 or more, you receive a 20% discount.

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Sonoma County Retreat at Bishop's Ranch

Sunday, May 17 to Friday, May 22

The Bishop’s Ranch, located in beautiful Sonoma wine country, is the perfect place for a writer seeking quiet, comfort and the kind of perspective that only gazing at Mount St. Helena from the comforts of a lawn chair can provide. Participants will enjoy daily writing seminars taught by author Phyllis Theroux, as well as memorable meals, rustic common rooms for work and play, and a small library for browsing.



A Summertime Parisian Experience

Sunday, July 19 to Saturday, July 25 or
Sunday, August 2 to Saturday, August 8

Join us and a small group of like-minded book-loving travelers for an exclusive and affordable week in Paris. This is not group travel as you know it; there will be no clambering onto buses or jamming en masse into touristy restaurants. Instead, you’ll be introduced to some of the small gems of Paris—lesser known museums, spectacular parks, and off the beaten track cafés.



Politics & Prose in Provence

Sunday, October 4 to Saturday, October 10

Spend three days in Aix-en-Provence, known for its abundance of beautiful fountains, followed by three days in St. Rémy, with side trips to Arles and Les Baux. All the while, enjoy classic Provençal food, wine and culture and enjoy visits to beautiful sites, including those associated with artists Cézanne and Van Gogh and writer Émile Zola.



A Parisian Experience

Sunday, November 1 to Saturday, November 7

Soho Press has partnered with Politics & Prose to send one lucky winner on the first of two “Killer Trips” to Paris hosted by New York Times bestselling mystery author Cara Black—for free! The contest runs 3/3/15 – 4/30/15.

For details on how to enter:



Calling All Writers!

Politics & Prose is excited to announce a call for submissions for District Lines, Volume 3. District Lines is an anthology intended to capture a sense of people and place in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding metropolitan areas.

Once again, we’re accepting poems, essays, short stories, coherent musings and ramblings, scribbles and comics that capture a sense of the people or place in the D.C. area. We’re also accepting submissions for cover and interior artwork—we welcome photographs, graphics, and other original pieces.

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The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C.

Saturday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Susan Austin Roth, the author and photographer of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C., for a walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of the park, where the group will learn about local wildlife, learn how to identify various species of trees, and look for the first wildflowers of the summer.



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Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m.



Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m.



Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m.



Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.

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Supported Events

Reservations and tickets should be acquired from the hosting organization. Contact BMeloan@politics-prose.com if you are planning an event and would like us to supply the books.


Sunday, March 29, 7:00 pm
at Marriott Renaissance Grand Ballroom
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