LOSE YOURSELF IN FICTION

The 1960s were full of great music, questionable fashion, as well as war and peace, justice and corruption, and rebellion and retribution. In this class we’ll look at three novels from the era that showcase what the sixties were all about. Session 1: April 29, 7 – 9 p.m., Session 2: April 30, 1 – 3 p.m.

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One of the many pleasures of curling up with a good mystery novel is the familiarity of the form, but how did these traditions and expectations come to be? We will read some of the first and greatest examples of now-familiar conventions in mystery or detective novels, such as a red herring or MacGuffin, and track the evolution of the role of the detective itself. Five Mondays: May 4, 18, June 1, 15, 29, 1 – 3 p.m.

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A course for beginner and intermediate knitters designed to introduce a new skill to everyone’s repertoire: cabling! You will learn how to read a cable chart and pattern, work the cables in your knitting, and start a piece that can be used for a decorative pillow or wall hanging. http://www.xtracrunchy.com/2014/PPBBPlogo.pngAt Busboys and Poets in Takoma: Saturday, May 16, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

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Marissa Moss, acclaimed author and illustrator of the Amelia's Notebook series, invites kids from 4th to 8th grade to have fun writing, guiding them through exercises to build and hone their language skills while never leaving a good (sometimes goofy) time out of the lesson plan. http://www.xtracrunchy.com/2014/PPBBPlogo.pngAt Busboys and Poets in Takoma: Sunday, May 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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Spring Classes

This spring, readers will engage the works of Theodore Roethke and William Stafford, two beloved mid-Twentieth-Century American poets. To be placed on a wait list for the class, please contact Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com. Six Tuesdays: March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, 3:00 — 4:30 p.m. Sold out!

Often hailed as a master of the short story, this class will consider Hemingway's role as an innovative, highly praised practitioner of the form. Five Thursdays: March 26, April 9, 23, May 7, 21, 1 – 3 p.m.

 

This class will examine Faulkner's trilogy of the darkly comic and troubled Snopes family, addressing issues of family, economic mobility, and southern society, among others. Five Fridays: March 27, April 10, 24, May 8, 22, 1 – 3 p.m.

 

The opening pages of any written work, fiction or nonfiction, are critical: is the reader hooked or have they moved on? This writing workshop focuses on the key beginning of your manuscript and allows for feedback and discussion with an instructor as well as classmates as you get started in the writing process. Six Mondays: March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 1 – 3 p.m.

 

Gain a better understanding of current affairs and the politics of the Middle East and North Africa through reading and discussing major novels from five countries of the region – Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Morocco. http://www.xtracrunchy.com/2014/PPBBPlogo.pngAt Busboys and Poets in Brookland: Five Fridays: April 3, 17; May 1, 8 and 22, 1 – 3 p.m.

 

With relations between Cuba and the United States reaching levels not seen in more than half a century, what better time to look back and examine those fraught fifty years? Readers will discuss fiction and nonfiction texts shedding light on Cuban-American relations and Cuban culture and history. At Politics & Prose: Four Thursdays: April 2, 9, 23, 30, from 1 – 3 p.m.

 

This class will help you whether you’ve just started writing your memoir or are trying to finish the first draft, and will include feedback from both peers and the instructor. Four Tuesdays: April 14, 28, May 5, 12, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Sold out! Contact Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com to be placed on the wait list.

Daniel Deronda has invited controversy since it was first published as George Eliot’s last novel in 1876. Over the course of four weeks, the class will read the novel and discuss the work’s dramatic, mystical, and racial dimensions, and draw our own conclusions about its complex pair of main characters. Four Wednesdays: April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 3 – 5 p.m.

The 1960s were full of great music, questionable fashion, as well as war and peace, justice and corruption, and rebellion and retribution. In this class we’ll look at three novels from the era that showcase what the sixties were all about. Session 1: April 29, 7 – 9 p.m., Session 2: April 30, 1 – 3 p.m.

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WINTER CLASSES

Explore Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson’s lyrical body of work in this class for fans as well as those who have the pleasure of reading her for the first time. This class has reached its capacity; email Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com to be place on the wait list. Four Tuesdays: February 10, March 10, April 7, May 5, 1 – 3 p.m. Sold out!

 

Jane Austen’s novels shine with immaculate style, humor, and—as one critic said—“what goes on perpetually in the mind and heart.” This class will provide a close read of five novels of love and learning. Session 1: January 13, February 3, March 17, April 14, May 12, 1 – 3 p.m.; Session 2: January 14, February 4, March 18, April 15, May 13, 1 – 3 p.m.; Session 3: January 15, February 5, March 19, April 16, May 14, 1 – 3 p.m. Sold out!

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