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Thursday, August 28, 7:00 pm

The fate of a chaotic world hangs on the actions of brave seventeen-year-old women—at least as envisioned by these two new talents of Scandinavian fiction.

In the first novel of Simukka’s  Snow White Trilogy, As Red as Blood (Skyscape), Lumikki Andersson follows a trail of blood in the snow to bloody cash in her school. Soon she’s caught up in a struggle with a drug cartel—one that has her classmates, friends, and father under its control.

The Europe of Itaranta’s powerful debut novel, Memory of Water (Harper Voyager), is ruled by China, and strongmen from New Quian occupy Scandinavia. The world map may have changed, but water is still the most precious commodity; the few “tea masters,” including young Noria Kaitio, who know the sources of water, face increasing pressure to give up their secrets to the government.

Beer and wine will be available.

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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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David’s Deliberations:
Anniversary Books on
Politics & Prose's 30th Anniversary

As a public interest advocate I always connect anniversaries to events and future actions. Memory, commemoration, reinforcement, next actions each brings us closer to the next objective in civil rights, safety net protection, peace and countless other efforts. For us 2014 is a year of anniversaries: 40 years since the Nixon resignation, 50 years of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and One person-One Vote and 60 years since Brown vs Board of Education. They have clear memories for me. I played an active role in achieving three of them.

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$20 off the Kobo Aura HD

From now until September 1, get the world's highest resolution e-reader, for $149.99. The Kobo Aura HD has the most paper-like E Ink display, at 1440 x 1080 and 265 dpi. Not only do you get a high-quality digital reading device with a complete selection of digital books from all major publishers, but any ebooks purchased through our Kobo reading devices will also support Politics & Prose.

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Or come into the store to try out a display model!

The Kobo Aura HD Sleepcover is also in stock.


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—
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Children and Teens 

3rd Annual Graphic Novel Panel

We're doing it again! P&P is pleased to present our third annual graphic novel panel, featuring some of the most talented authors and artists of the form. The artists represent a wide array of graphic styles and include Farel Dalrymple, author of The Wrenchies (First Second); Gareth Hinds, Romeo and Juliet (Candlewick), Beowulf and The Odyssey; and Jim Rugg, Street Angel (Adhouse Books). Heidi MacDonald, creator of The Beat, will moderate our discussion. Ages 15 and up.


Educators’ Open House on September 17

Educators' Open HousePresentations beginning at 4:30:
   • Kimberly Guise, TOON Books Marketing Director, discusses the importance of the comic format to beginning (and all!) readers, and its relevance to Common Core.
   • Sarah Pokempner, Avalon Theatre Development and Outreach Manager, introduces the theatre’s cinema classroom program.
   • Kerri Poore, Politics and Prose Children and Teens Events Coordinator, discusses upcoming events.

Immediately following presentations:
Educators' Open House   • Learn about new titles and get thoughtful recommendations
• Sign up for educator email updates
• Receive 20% off all books during the open house (with current school ID)
• Enter raffles and enjoy free posters, books, pins, and more
• Enjoy light refreshments
• Receive coupons for special deals at neighboring restaurants


Blast from the Past

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Chieri Uegaki
Suki’s Kimono
(Kids Can Press, $8.95)


New(ish) in Hardcover

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Ken Wilson-Max
Lenny Goes to Nursery School

(Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, $15.99)

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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

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.

Monday, September 8, 7 p.m.

at Sixth & I

In Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs (Houghton Mifflin, $28), Shenk breaks apart the myth of the lone genius and draws on new scientific research to show how the pair is the embodiment of ingenuity, a revelatory synthesis of cultural history and social psychology that shows how one-to-one collaboration drives creative success.

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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.


Thursday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.

at MLK Memorial Library

In Notes from a Colored Girl (University of South Carolina, $39.95), Dr. Wise-Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn twenty-one-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865. Whitehead explores Davis’s worldviews and politics, her perceptions of both public and private events, her personal relationships, and her place in Philadelphia’s free black community in the nineteenth century.

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 11, 7 p.m.

at Sixth & I

The odds are good that you know a narcissist—probably a lot of them. The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, in Your Office, in Your Bed—in Your World (Riverhead, $27.95) explains the odds are also good that they are intelligent, confident, and articulate—the center of attention. They make you laugh and they make you think. The odds are also that this spell didn’t last.

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Thursday, September 18, 6 p.m.

at German Ambassador’s Residence

Arthur is a dilettante, a wannabe writer who decides to fill an afternoon by taking his three young sons to a performance by the Great Lindemann, Master of Hypnosis. While allowing one of them to be called onto the stage and made a spectacle of, Arthur declares himself to be immune to hypnosis and a disbeliever in all magic. But the Great Lindemann knows better. F: A Novel (Pantheon, $25.95) takes place after Arthur makes a decision that will forever change his son’s lives.


Saturday, September 27, 6 p.m.

at National Press Club

Harrowing questions plagued Erin Marie Daly after her youngest brother Pat, an OxyContin addict, was found dead of a heroin overdose at the age of twenty. In just a few short years, the powerful prescription painkiller had transformed him from a fun-loving ball of energy to a heroin addict hell-bent on getting his next fix. Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis (Counterpoint, $26) chronicles that journey and America’s drug culture at large.


Wednesday, October 8, 7 p.m.

at MLK Memorial Library

In The Return of George Washington (William Morrow, $29.99), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson recovers a crucially important--yet almost always overlooked--chapter of George Washington's life, revealing how Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement to lead the Constitutional Convention and serve as our first president.

This event is free and open to the public.

National Book Festival is
this Saturday, August 30.
See you there!

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.

x x x

Peter Baker,
author of

Days of Fire
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Alice McDermott, author of
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Cathal Armstrong, author of
My Irish Table
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Gene Luen Yang, author of Boxers
& Saints

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Eula Biss,
author of

On Immunity

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For the festival
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First Events of the Fall Season!

Wednesday, September 10, 7 p.m.



Wednesday, September 17, 7 p.m.



Friday, September 19, 7 p.m.



Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m.



Monday, September 29, 7 p.m.



Wednesday, October 8, 7 p.m.



Lunch at the Willard

Sunday, September 14, 12 p.m.



It's Almost Fall—Classes Going Fast

Fall is almost here and we have a slew of classes for every life-long leaner. Space is currently available in; The Victorian Ghost Story, an examination of the era’s golden age of phantoms and spooks; Ethics of Memoir studies the social and legal issues of writing about people you know; F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Short Fiction, the often overlooked short stories of the 20th Century master; and the second installment of Interpretations of Sherlock Holmes

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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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Music News

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Cyrille Aimée
It’s a Good Day

(Mack Avenue Records, $17.98)

Chuck Brown &
the Chuck Brown Band
Beautiful Life

(Raw Venture records, $13.98)

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier
(DG, $18.98)

Igor Levit
Bach: Partitas
(Sony Masterworks, 2 CDs, $14.98)

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