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The Lion of Anacostia: Frederick Douglass and the Roots of the Civil Rights Movement

Saturday, February 7 at noon 

Politics & Prose invites you to join John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, for a guided walk through the historic neighborhood of Anacostia, visiting houses and historic sites that defined  Frederick Douglass's final years in Washington, D.C.

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with Bestselling Mystery Writer Cara Black

October 24 to October 31

Soho Press has partnered with Politics & Prose to send one lucky winner on this “Killer Trip” 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: www.parisisformurder.com/how-to-enter

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Politics & Prose is delighted to announce the launch of the Writers' Cottage in Ashland, VA, where we will be hosting individual writers who are looking for a quiet retreat as well as those who would like to participate in author-led workshops. Ashland, with its scenic streets and excellent restaurants and cafés, is the perfect destination for a week away. Only 90 miles from DC, and easily accessible by either car or by train, the Writers’ Cottage is equipped with everything you need to write and relax.

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These two seminars will consider two of the most magisterial and influential European writers of the 19th Century: Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867) and Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926). Two Wednesdays: January 7, 14, 3 – 5 p.m.

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As the new season of Downton Abbey approaches, it’s a great time to visit novels with similarly sumptuous settings to that of the popular show. The class will examine three classic fireside novels of the late country house tradition, a romp of manors and manners, upstairs/downstairs, guilt and redemption. Three Thursdays: January 8, 22, February 5, 1 – 3 p.m.

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In this class we will survey the history of the epistolary novel as well as examine some of its latest iterations to consider how our relationship to the novel has changed and what the place and purpose of the epistolary novel is in the digital era. Five Mondays: January 12, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 1 – 3 p.m.

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This winter’s poetry circle will study the poems of two American poets who influenced each other deeply, whose voices and techniques resonate against each other but whose apertures into emotion remain distinct. This class has reached capacity. Please email Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com to be placed on the waiting list.

 




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.

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An opportunity to explore this classic novel as you’ve always meant to, whether to encounter it for the first time or to re-read with scholarly guidance. Five Thursdays: January 15, 29, February 12, 26, March 12, 1 – 3 p.m.

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A chance to revisit a great American classic and deepen your understanding of it through a pairing with a contemporary rewriting. Five Fridays: January 16, 30, February 13, 27, March 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Designed for writers with some experience this workshop will consist of writing prompts, developing craft, and story structuring. Participants will also receive constructive feedback from both peers and the instructor. Five Tuesdays: January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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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: January 20, 27, February 3, 17 1 – 2:30 p.m.

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Explore your creative side at this afternoon of guided writing exercises designed to get your subconscious flowing. The workshop is designed for fiction writers and memoirists, beginners and veterans. Wednesday, January 21, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

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We wouldn’t have noir as we know it today without Dashiell Hammett, and this class, led by novelist James Grady, will focus on some of Hammett’s best work. http://www.xtracrunchy.com/2014/PPBBPlogo.pngWednesday: January 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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We’ll read five books by authors from the Middle East that address significant contemporary topics, and political events which will help us to gain a better understanding of the region. Five Fridays: January 23, February 6, 27, March 13, 27, 1 – 3 p.m.

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To mark the renowned poet’s 150th birthday, this class will explore W.B. Yeats’s poems, plays and prose. This class has reached capacity. Please email Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com to be placed on the wait list.




If you’ve always meant to read Joyce but have been intimidated by the thought of tackling Ulysses, this close read and discussion of Joyce’s earlier novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, is a great entry into the author’s body of work. Four Fridays: January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 6 – 8 p.m.

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Serial killers have long been a source of fascination in literature as well as on television and in film. This class will examine some chilling literary classics as well as undiscovered gems featuring these dark leads. Session 1: Monday, January 26, 1 – 3 p.m., Session 2: Thursday, January 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

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This is a great chance to get some hands-on advice about getting started on your writing project. http://www.xtracrunchy.com/2014/PPBBPlogo.pngTuesday, January 27, 12 – 3 p.m.

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This is a great chance to get some hands-on advice about getting started on your writing project. Wednesday, January 28, 1 – 4 p.m.

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Writing about oneself inevitably impacts others. How do we morally, ethically and legally portray other people in our memoirs? Tuesday, February 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

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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. Four Tuesdays: February 10, March 10, April 7, May 5, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Explore three classic novels that invite the gothic tradition into the quintessential charm and elegance of the country manor and enjoy the suspense and resulting spooky stories in Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, and The Haunting of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson. Four Thursdays: February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 1 – 3 p.m.

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This class will feature four books that will offer participants fascinating and unique insights into French life, history, and culture—as well as the pleasures inherent in reading excellent prose. Four Thursdays: February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Learn how to approach your work—whether it’s the first page or a completed manuscript—with an editor’s eye. We’ll learn and apply practical techniques to engage audiences and find the core of our work. Four Mondays: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 1 – 3 p.m.

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This two-hour “crash course” will help participants gain a better understanding of French life, culture, and habits, and offer an approach to help visitors fully enjoy their time in la belle France. Friday, March 6, 1 – 3 p.m.

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Coming-of-age novels have a special place in literature. Catcher in the Rye is considered by many to be the true classic of the genre, but there are many lesser known but equally excellent examples. We will discuss three of these would-be classics in this session. Session 1: Monday, March 30, 7 – 9 p.m., Session 2: Thursday, April 2, 1 – 3 p.m.

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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.

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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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