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Friday, October 24, 7:00 pm

Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran showed how essential literature is to life in a repressive culture. Does fiction play a similar role in a free society? Arguing passionately that it does, Nafisi combines memoir with close readings of works by Twain, McCullers, and Sinclair Lewis to demonstrate fiction’s power to keep minds open and resistant to conformity. (Viking)

Beer and wine will be available.

ISBN-13: 9780670026067
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Adult, 10/2014

Politics—in Prose and Photos


With the 2014 election season in full swing, Politics & Prose is pleased to offer a number of author talks in the next few weeks featuring books about politicians or about the condition of our political institutions.

Upcoming events for the politically-minded include Matt Bai on Oct. 27 for his new book on Gary Hart, Aaron David Miller on Nov. 2 on the state of the modern presidency, Jules Witcover on Nov. 9 on the vice presidency, David Rothkopf on Nov. 15 on America’s leadership in an age of fear, Lindsay Mark Lewis on Nov. 16 on the effect of billionaires on politics, and Kemal Davis on Nov. 22 in discussion with E.J. Dionne about Europe and American political ideals and trends.

Two other events are worth noting for their focus on two high-profile political figures who inspire near constant speculation about their future ambitions: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Boris Johnson, the charismatic bike-riding mayor of London and possible candidate for British prime minister.

Clinton is the subject of a new book by Time magazine photographer Diana Walker, who will be at the store on Nov. 1. Hillary: The Photographs of Diana Walker contains a collection of 150 photos of the former first lady, U.S. senator, and secretary of state. Walker, who spent two decades taking White House photos, enjoyed exceptional behind-the-scenes access to the Clintons in particular. Virtually none of the photos is staged, and all are revealing. Walker took her first photographs of Clinton in the mid-1970s in Arkansas and went on to capture a number of iconic images of her.

Johnson himself will be appearing on Nov. 15 to discuss his new book, The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History. The London mayor, nicknamed BoJo, may be best known on this side of the Atlantic for riding his bike to City Hall each day and for a much-publicized social life. But Johnson is a former journalist and a prolific author of books about history and current events (as well as a novel). His new book is his tenth, and some commentators have suggested that Johnson chose to make it about Churchill to coincide with his own anticipated foray into national politics. But timing considerations aside, the London mayor provides a lively, thoughtful, and refreshing look at the former British leader.

Please remember, Nov. 4 is election day. Don’t forget to vote!

--Brad and Lissa

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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.? Put on your thinking cap, grab a drink, and join us for our monthly trivia night! Enjoy the grilled cheese sandwich special at MTC from 7 to 8 p.m., grab a latte (with a lid!) and trek upstairs to four rounds of mind-bending trivia questions. Prizes will be awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages. 


Seasonally Spooky Classes

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Brush upon your literary knowledge through the doom and gloom of autumn with these seasonal classes. Agatha, Empress of Crime surveys Agatha Christie, one of the world's most influental authors, in two sessions, examining how her work inspired waves of film, television and stage dramas. Spies: Classic Authors' Great Shots takes a peek behind the curtain at some of literature's greatest spy


Last Chance! Only a Few Spots Left

December 7 through 13

Wouldn't you rather do your holiday shopping in Paris? Winter is the perfect time to visit the City of Light. Politics & Prose invites you to join us and a small group of like-minded, book-loving travelers for an exclusive and affordable week in Paris. Each morning, you’ll choose where you’d like to go that day. Donna Morris and Sheila Campbell of Best Friend in Paris will lead small groups, via Metro or city buses, moving about the city like locals.



The 37th Annual National Press Club Book Fair & Authors’ Night in partnership with P&P

Tuesday, November 18, 5:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.

Politics & Prose is proud to partner with the National Press Club for a night of pols, pundits and prose in the National Press Club Ballroom. Come meet authors Maureen Corrigan, Senator James Webb, Misty Copeland, Matt Taibbi, Mark Leibovich, Pat Buchanan, and many more who will be on hand to greet fans and sign books. Proceeds from this event will benefit the NPC's non-profit Journalism Institute, which provides minority scholarships and hands-on training for mid-career journalists. We're also helping The SEED School of Maryland develop the library at their Baltimore campus. The SEED School helps under-served students prepare for college.



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Books of the Week

New in Hardcover

Keith Graves
The Monsterator
(Roaring Book, $17.99)


Blast from the Past

Paula Danzinger
Orange You Glad It's
Halloween, Amber Brown?

(Penguin Young Readers, $3.99)

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Friday, October 24, 6 p.m.

at Silver Spring Civic Building

Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. Life, Animated (Kingswell, $26.99) is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.

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