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Friday, May 29, 7:00 pm

The conclusion to the All Souls Trilogy follows A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night in Harkness’s drama about Diana Bishop, a witch and a historian, and her marriage to Matthew Clairmont, a vampire. In this installment, the couple have returned from Elizabethan England and are expecting twins—which makes it imperative that they find the eponymous tome, with its key to supernatural beings, which will elucidate the complications of their hybrid progeny.

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, May 30, 1:00 pm
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Published: University of Virginia Press - April 21st, 2015

Hughes is a widely published journalist and recognized expert on the presidential tapes of LBJ and Nixon. His work as a researcher at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center Presidential Recordings Program informed his authoritative study of Nixon and Watergate, Chasing Shadows. In the sequel to that history, Hughes reveals connections between secret White House discussions and the fall of Saigon.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, May 30, 3:30 pm
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ISBN: 9780199325276
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 6th, 2015

The author of The Untold War and Stoic Warriors, Sherman teaches at Georgetown and served as the Inaugural Chair in Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy. Drawing on a background in philosophy as well as in psychoanalysis, Sherman addresses questions of moral responsibility regarding the 2.6 million soldiers now returning home, and shows how society needs to consider issues ranging from disappointment to alienation to traumatization to help veterans find the inner peace they’ve lost during their service on the frontlines.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, May 30, 6:00 pm
By Richard Peabody, Lucinda Ebersole (Editor), Michael Dirda (Introduction by)
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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - April 2015

Peabody founded Gargoyle in 1976; since then, the magazine has been synonymous with cutting-edge literary poetry and fiction—and Peabody’s work has involved not only editing this journal and many anthologies of Washington-area writers’ work, but producing his own wide-ranging stories and poems, beginning with I’m in Love with the Morton Salt Girl. Now gathered into a volume of their own, Peabody’s writings from the last four decades reflect his unique inflection of myriad experimental and political strains of recent literature.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, May 31, 1:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780385539739
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Published: Nan A. Talese - April 7th, 2015

In her seventh novel, Morris, a Sarah Lawrence writing teacher and a diverse author of fiction, memoirs, and travel narratives, reimagines her hometown, Chicago, during the Roaring Twenties. Cinematic and lyrical, the story follows the Lehrmans, immigrant Jews, who struggle to carry on the family trade and traditions after losing one son to accident, and another to jazz. Rejecting the Lehrman hat factory, Benny plays piano in clubs all over the South Side, including some run by the Mob, and as the boom times end, musicians struggle to figure out what’s next.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, May 31, 5:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781250047984
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - May 19th, 2015

Following his thirty years in the government, ten of which were spent at the White House, where he served under three consecutive presidents, Clarke has worked with ABC News, taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and has written six books, both fiction and nonfiction. In his new novel he draws on his experience with national security to create Ray Bowman, an American intelligence expert working with a Mossad agent and a South African intelligence officer to discover who bought five nuclear weapons—and prevent a devastating attack.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, June 1, 7:00 pm

This talented collection of YA novelists contains two debut novelists, two authors who’ve won three Lambda Literary Awards between them, and more literary talent than can be quantified. Their work tackles sexuality and identity in moving and relatable ways, emphasizing the universality of human experience. Join them for a panel discussion. Ages 15 and up


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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, June 1, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780399165719
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - May 26th, 2015

With his first international thriller, The American Mission, Palmer drew on his long experience in the Foreign Service, where he has held a variety of diplomatic posts worldwide and currently serves as director of multilateral affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Asian and Pacific Affairs. His second novel explores the chillingly real proposition of nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan, following a jaded South Asia expert who trades government work for a high-paying private-sector position and notices an anomaly in a phone transcription that could have devastating consequences—for the region and also for him personally.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, June 1, 8:00 pm
$16.00
ISBN: 9781556594809
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 5th, 2015

An Emmy-award winning TV journalist, creator of the PBS blog Art Beat, and senior correspondent for and host of PBS NewsHour, Brown is also an accomplished poet. Following Ezra Pound’s dictum that “poetry is news that stays news,” Brown draws on events that made headlines, revitalizing the recent past in verse that bridges geographic and cultural distances.

Brown will be in conversation with Gwen Ifill, moderator of PBS’s Washington Week and author of The Breakthrough.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 pm
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476775425
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 19th, 2015

Written by a soldier and a poet, this novel is the story of two young men from Seattle, one of whom goes to war, the other to graduate school. Kovite, a former infantry platoon leader in Iraq and currently an army prosecutor whose short fiction appeared in Fire and Forget, and Robinson, a finalist for the Yale Younger Poets Award, have pooled their talents and experiences for this narrative of a friendship that survives across miles, battle zones, and broken dreams, sustained in no small part by the pair’s frequent updates to their own Wikipedia entry.

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 pm
$23.95
ISBN: 9781101874318
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 12th, 2015

A National Book Award finalist for his collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, which won the Story Prize, Shepard has taught film and writing at Williams College for many years. His seventh novel is a powerful statement about history and compassion, set in the Warsaw Ghetto. Narrated by Aron, a boy who loses first his home and then his family, the story pays tribute to courageous individuals such as Dr. Janusz Korczak, a Polish Jew and children’s advocate who was put in charge of the ghetto orphanage and cared for many who, like, Aron, had no one else to help them.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 pm
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ISBN: 9780525426561
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Published: Viking - June 2nd, 2015

After suffering a concussion in an auto accident in 1999, Elliott, then a promising professor of artificial intelligence, was never quite the same. After thirteen years, however, he was close. His memoir of a medical odyssey starts with the chronic symptoms—nausea, pain, trouble walking, remembering, and making decisions—that abated only after he sought help from a pair of Chicago specialists in cognitive restructuring and neuro-optometric therapy. With mental exercises and special glasses, Elliott learned to tap into the brain’s plasticity. His story holds hope for those with similar brain injuries.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 pm
$26.99
ISBN: 9781476793740
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 2nd, 2015

Following three decades in the CIA, where he served as chief of several stations and managed covert-action projects in the agency’s former Operations Directorate, Matthews has turned his experience to writing thrillers. Red Sparrow introduced Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova and won the 2014 Edgar and the International Thriller Writers awards for Best First Novel. Now Egorova is back; working in Putin’s Russia, she’s an agent for the CIA, has fallen in love with her American handler, and is about to be exposed by a mole.

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 pm
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385353403
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 12th, 2015

Ellis, award-winning author of The Founding Fathers and American Sphinx, and perhaps the leading historian of the American Revolution, here considers that turbulent period from the perspective of the thirteen colonies. Asking why these regions would want to trade a new and hard-won autonomy for the possibility of subjugation to another state, Ellis looks at the series of steps that guaranteed states’ rights, and profiles the men who guided the Constitutional Convention.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, June 4, 7:00 pm
$40.00
ISBN: 9780374118259
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 14th, 2015

Taking his title from the abbreviation for the German konzentrationslager used throughout Nazi documents on the concentration camps, Wachsmann, author of Hitler’s Prisons and part of the faculty of Birkbeck College, University of London, presents a long-needed comprehensive study of exactly how these systems worked. Drawing on close studies of archival records and first-person accounts, Wachsmann presents the camps as a flexible system, one responsive to the changing needs of the Reich and designed to sustain it.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, June 4, 7:00 pm

 In her highly-anticipated new novel, Judy Blume, the number one New York Times bestselling author of Summer Sisters and of young adult classics such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, creates a richly textured and moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.

In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on.

In the Unlikely Event is vintage Judy Blume, with all the hallmarks of Judy Blume's unparalleled storytelling, and full of memorable characters who cope with loss, remember the good times, and finally, wonder at the joy that keeps them going. , the protagonist looks back to a series of mysterious plane crashes from her childhood. Imagining the lives of three families from the early 1950s, Blume explores the effect of momentous public events on private individuals, and looks closely and affectingly at relationships and loss, ambition and strife, love and parenthood.

Blume will be in conversation with Linda Holmes, host of NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See.

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Friday, June 5, 7:00 pm
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385536394
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Published: Doubleday Books - May 12th, 2015

One of today’s leading American historians, Brands’s topics have included the Gold Rush and the financiers of the Gilded Age; he has written biographies of leaders such as Grant, Wilson, Roosevelt, and Franklin. In this extensive account of Reagan, Brands focuses on his subject’s escalating ambitions, following him from radio to leadership of the Screen Actors’ Guild, and from entertainment to politics.  Overall, Brands shows that Reagan’s presidency was as transformative for the nation as FDR’s was. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, June 6, 1:00 pm
$17.95
SKU: 9781938769030

A poet and an award-winning novelist (Julia and Rodrigo), Brazaitis was awarded the 2014 Autumn House Fiction Prize for his second collection of stories. Praised as “exquisite” and “innovative” by the judge, these pieces dramatize characters ranging from phantoms to faith healers to corrupt cops, and explore a rich emotional terrain of regret, guilt, and confusion.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, June 6, 3:30 pm
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590517161
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Published: Other Press (NY) - May 19th, 2015

Delbanco taught public policy at Michigan, and was one of three founders of the renowned Bennington Writing Workshops, but for her first novel she draws on her early experience as the daughter of the Beaux Arts Trio cellist, Bernard Greenhouse. Already praised for its rich and passionate depiction of music, performance, and family, Delbanco’s novel focuses on two cellists, a father and a daughter, and the Stradivarius the father plays and that the daughter expects to inherit—until circumstances arise that she could never have imagined.

Delbanco will be in conversation with Alan Cheuse, NPR book commentator, George Mason writing teacher, and author of many books of fiction, memoir, and essays.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, June 6, 6:00 pm
$26.00
ISBN: 9781620400852
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - May 12th, 2015

A skillful writer of fictions both long and short, Kalfus’s novel A Disorder Peculiar to the Country was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award, and Pu-239—the basis for an HBO film—was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award. In his third collection of stories, Kalfus taps into both the fantastic—evoking a town whose residents are cursed with knowing their death dates--and the realistic, chronicling a top French economist’s public fall from grace.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, June 7, 12:00 pm
$19.95
ISBN: 9781603094009
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - January 20th, 2015

In the eagerly-awaited second volume of his civil rights trilogy, Congressman John Lewis again collaborates with writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to put historic events into the immediate context of a graphic memoir. Recounting his personal and political coming-of-age in the segregated South, Lewis picks up the story after the heady days of the Nashville sit-ins, recounting the more dangerous challenges he faced with the Freedom Riders as the group’s nonviolent actions were met with beatings and imprisonment.  Courage triumphed over brutality, and the book ends as the twenty-three-year-old Lewis is elected to lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and prepares for the 1963 March on Washington.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, June 7, 3:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780807033661
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - May 26th, 2015

Happy or unhappy, every family is unique, with its own set of needs and ways to meet them. In her insightful look at the contracts that structure domestic relationships, Ertman, a University of Maryland Carey Law School specialist in family law for some two decades, uses case studies, legal history, and her own experiences as part of a family of two mothers and a father raising a child to show the range and flexibility of private contractual agreements.  

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, June 7, 5:00 pm

Join us for a poetry reading by two exciting and accomplished area poets. Beasley is the author of a memoir, Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl, and two award-winning poetry collections, Theories of Falling and I Was the Jukebox. Her third book of poems is an exhilarating combination of lyricism and whimsy as she looks at love and love’s instruments. Dargan, American University writing professor, editor of POST NO ILLS magazine, and author of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winning The Listening, has reimagined elegy as self-portrait in his fourth collection, which commemorates recent losses of family members and friends and locates meaning in “a third realm—not of bodies or souls / but the miscellany of life sketched / along the interiors of our skulls.”


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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, June 8, 6:30 pm
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ISBN: 9780385539180
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Published: Doubleday Books - May 12th, 2015

Taking on his fifth case, ex-boxer Leonid McGill, the New York private eye Mosley introduced in The Long Fall, may find anything a welcome distraction from worry over his wife’s recovery from a suicide attempt, his father’s whereabouts, and his son’s waywardness—not to mention the fading ardor of a little affair he’s been having. But locating a missing heiress escalates into a murder investigation when the man who hired McGill is killed, leaving the P.I. at the mercy of an old-money family that’s out for blood.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Monday, June 8, 7:00 pm
$24.99
ISBN: 9780306823282
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Published: Da Capo Press - June 2nd, 2015

Murphy is a long-time AP reporter currently writing for The Washington Post. His first book recounts the 1943 crash of an Army B-24 in Alaska, but this is neither a war story nor the saga of a daring rescue. Rather, Murphy reconstructs the twelve weeks the lone survivor, Leon Crane, spent in the frozen Yukon after parachuting from the doomed aircraft. His four crewmates killed, Crane had only his instincts, determination, and luck to rely on. But it was enough.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 pm
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062318657
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Published: Amistad Press - May 26th, 2015

Perkins-Valdez was awarded the First Novelist Award by the American Library Association Black Caucus for Wench, widely praised for its brave and moving depiction of the painful realities of the lives of black slave women. In her second work of fiction, Perkins-Valdez moves to the post-war years, following three former slaves from the South to Chicago. Uniquely gifted—one is a healer, born with magic hands, one can commune with the dead, and one is on a quest for his lost family—the trio struggles to establish new lives, just as the nation itself works to leave behind its recent turmoil.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 pm
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393240085
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 11th, 2015

Continuing the study of the intersection of material culture and literature she advanced in Relics of Death in Victorian Literature and Culture, Lutz, who teaches the Victorians at Long Island University and is the author also of Pleasure Bound and The Dangerous Lover, looks at the Brontës through the lens of “thing theory.” Selecting nine objects—Branwell’s cane, the women’s writing desks, Anne’s sampler--Lutz examines the interconnections between the sisters’ fictions and lives, enriching both biography and literary criticism in the process.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 pm
$12.99
ISBN: 9780986306013
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Published: Bacon Press Books - May 2015

The D.C.-based Bacon Press is a small independent publisher. As a long-time presence on the Washington literary scene, Blackwell pursued a career in journalism before turning her hand to writing fiction; she has published extensively in literary magazines and her collection which Bacon is reissuing, You Won’t Remember This, first came out in 2007 from Southern Methodist University Press.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 pm

A former public policy analyst and professor, Rossiter left his university post to investigate why so few area African American students attended his college. Teaching math in area high schools, he found high drop-out rates and graduates who lacked basic skills. To address these and other challenges of systemic dysfunction, poverty, and racism, Rossiter outlines ways to target the real needs of young people, both in the classroom and beyond, including jobs programs for their parents.

Busboys and Poets Brookland
625 Monroe St NE
Washington, DC 20017
Wednesday, June 10, 7:00 pm
$25.00
ISBN: 9781455599899
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 2nd, 2015

Attenberg’s short fiction and three novels, especially her boisterous The Middlesteins, earned praise for the author’s vivid storytelling and unforgettable characters.  But while Edie Middlestein only seemed real, Mazie Phillips-Gordon, protagonist of Attenberg’s fourth novel, was an actual figure. Known as “Queen of the Bowery,” Mazie was born poor, worked hard, and liked a good time. She ran the Venice movie house and during the Depression helped the many who were down on their luck.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, June 11, 7:00 pm
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062305190
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Published: Harper - April 7th, 2015

Brower, a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer, covered the Obama White House for four years. Her book gives readers a tour of the parts of the House her Bloomberg reports left out; but, more importantly, she introduces the fascinating people who work behind the scenes of one of the most visible places on earth. Including a manager who has known eleven first families over the course of five decades of service, Brower draws on a veritable living treasury of oral histories, and these close observations and witty stories add immeasurably to our knowledge of chief executives, who have their bad days and quirks, just like everyone else.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, June 12, 9:00 am

All weekend long, Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14, we invite Politics & Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs!

Members' online and phone purchases will also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.

And for the first time, enjoy the benefits of your membership at any of our locations: the original Politics & Prose (5015 Connecticut Avenue NW) along with our new locations at Politics & Prose @ Busboys and Poets 14th & V (2021 14th Street NW), Politics & Prose @ Busboys and Poets Brookland (625 Monroe Street NE), and Politics & Prose @ Busboys and Poets Takoma (235 Carroll St NW).

Friday, June 12, 7:00 pm
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062318657
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Published: Amistad Press - May 26th, 2015

Kimbilio Fiction is an annual week-long workshop in Taos for emerging black fiction writers. Now in its third year, Kimbilio has some thirty fellows, and sponsors reading tours to various cities. P&P is honored to host Kimbilio fellow Perkins-Valdez, whose first novel, Wench, drew praise for its brave and moving depiction of the painful realities of the lives of black slave women. Perkins-Valdez moves to the post-war years in her second novel, following three former slaves from the South to Chicago, where they struggle to establish new lives and put their unique talents to work.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, June 13, 1:00 pm
$29.95
ISBN: 9780199357741
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 2015

With co-author Ann Colby, Stanford consulting professor, Damon, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace and author of Failing Liberty 101 and The Path to Purpose, focuses on six moral leaders and uses their achievements to argue that moral behavior does not depend on self-interest but resides in deep-seated convictions. Considering values such as humility, faith, and inner truthfulness, the authors show these principles at work in struggles for social justice, human rights, and world peace.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, June 13, 3:30 pm
$24.00
ISBN: 9780544380981
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 2nd, 2015

A U.S. Air Force officer and winner of the John Gardner Memorial Prize, awarded for an outstanding work of short fiction, Goolsby has set his powerful debut novel in Afghanistan. The narrative focuses on a young recruit from California and his friendship with two career soldiers, and while the action spans the trio’s experiences both before and after their service, the war remains at the heart of their lives as they struggle to move beyond it.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, June 13, 6:00 pm
$18.00
ISBN: 9781555977016
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 17th, 2015

Doten’s first novel takes satire, dark humor, and science fiction to new levels as he dramatizes a post-9/11 world in which one of the most destructive gadgets is a machine of pure information and L. Paul Bremer and Condoleeza Rice are adopted siblings. The plot centers on the battle over the severely burned but possibly divine Akkad Boy who may know something that is of vital interest to parties on all sides in the ongoing war on terror.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, June 14, 1:00 pm
$29.95
ISBN: 9780199380954
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - July 7th, 2015

Who owns the past? In her account of the independent historian Zosa Szajkowski, Leff, a history professor at American University, tells a complicated, disturbing, and riveting story that treats this question literally as well as metaphorically. Born in Poland, Szajkowski (1911-1978), became a journalist in Paris in the 1930s, then immigrated to New York in 1941, making a name for himself as a historian of Jewish life in France. His research, however, was based on documents he’d stolen from numerous French institutions and later sold to American libraries. Why did he steal? Was this an unethical act or a desperate bid to save Jewish culture from wholesale destruction in the Holocaust?

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, June 14, 5:00 pm
$26.95
ISBN: 9781493003341
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Published: Lyons Press - May 15th, 2015

The current war on terror has much in common with the Cold War’s Red Scare, and instances of extremism creeping into the mainstream go back at least to the 1820s and the anti-Mason and Anti-Illuminati movements. Burt, a widely published journalist specializing in American history and politics who is currently at Yale Law School, combines astute political analysis and vivid narratives to trace the heritage of American vigilance against the secret organizations and conspiracies that periodically threaten the nation.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, June 15, 6:30 pm
$25.95
ISBN: 9781620970089
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Published: New Press - June 2nd, 2015

The infamous 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire killed 146 workers. In 2013, the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory near Dhaka left 1129 dead and injured more than 3000. In his first book, Loomis, assistant professor of history at the University of Rhode Island and the “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” blogger, uses these two major catastrophes as bookends for his study of a century of global exploitation of labor, toxic materials, and increasing outsourcing of work to places with low and/or unenforced safety standards.

Loomis will be in conversation with Wenonah Hauter, founder and Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, former director of Public Citizen’s Energy and Environment Program, and author of Foodopoly.

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Monday, June 15, 7:00 pm
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062357519
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Published: Harperwave - June 2nd, 2015

Dante famously opens his Divine Comedy as he’s lost in “a dark wood”; in 2007, Luzzi, a long-time Dante scholar, Bard professor, and author of My Two Italies and Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy, suffered a loss that put him squarely in that dark place as well. His memoir of crisis and healing is a rich meditation on art that deepens the power of Dante’s masterpiece, making one of the canonical works of literature a personally compelling—even a life-saving—experience.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, June 16, 4:00 pm
By James Joyce, Erroll McDonald (Editor), Morris L. Ernst (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780679722762
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 16th, 1990

It’s Bloomsday again! Join us for our own mini-marathon reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the famous novel that rambles around Dublin. Marathon readings of this modernist masterpiece can go on for days, but P&P’s little version will last just over an hour. Volunteer to read a short prepared portion of the novel as straight or as fulsome as you wish.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 pm
$27.95
ISBN: 9781620970515
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Published: New Press - April 7th, 2015

Recent revelations of the extent of NSA citizen surveillance were a shock—and there have been similar surprises in recent years. In his deeply researched study of the role of government secrecy in a democracy, Schwarz, who co-authored Unchecked and Unbalanced and served as chief council to the Church Committee on Intelligence, looks at key moments throughout U.S. history—from the nation’s founding to the Cold War to the War on Terror—to establish a framework for balancing legitimate national security needs with the protection of constitutional rights.

Busboys and Poets Brookland
625 Monroe St NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 pm
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250041159
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 28th, 2015

From stand-up comedy to heading up publicity at publishing houses, from providing voice-overs for Beavis and Butthead to writing for travel magazines, The New York Times, The Lambda Literary Review, and many others, Brickhouse has led a glamorous and energetic life. And he owes it all, as he recounts in this funny, frank, and poignant memoir, to his Mama Jean. An indomitable, outspoken Texan, Mama Jean had big dreams for her son; she lavished him with gifts, attention, and a taste for partying. When at last his excesses drove him to a suicide attempt, Brickhouse, with his mother’s help, entered rehab and learned to keep his mother’s love from overwhelming him.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tuesday, June 16, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781476799322
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 9th, 2015

Walbert’s stories have twice been selected for The Best American Short Stories, while her novel Our Kind was nominated for the National Book Award and The Gardens of Kyoto won the Connecticut Book Award. Her fourth novel, set in Chelsea, follows four older women as they adjust to widowhood, cataclysmic weather, and continue a vibrant engagement with life. Walbert gracefully interweaves her characters’ thoughts on love, marriage, and art while supplementing her main narrative with footnotes that constitute another layer of evocative fiction.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
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Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780446553933
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 16th, 2015

A lawyer, host of the History Channel’s Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, and of course the author of a string of thrillers, many involving the law and the American presidency, Meltzer adds a third installment to The Inner Circle and The Fifth Assassin in his Ring of Culper Series. Working in the White House Rose Garden, Beecher White discovers a severed arm. And that’s just the beginning…

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Thursday, June 18, 6:30 pm
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ISBN: 9781932841947
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Published: Agate Bolden - May 12th, 2015

At home in nearly every genre, Asim has written essays and poetry, and published books of fiction and cultural criticism. He also teaches creative writing at Emerson College and is executive editor of the NAACP publication, The Crisis. In his first novel, he returns to Gateway City—the African-American community of the stories in A Taste of Honey—focusing on four people moved in different ways by the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. The collective experiences of these individuals—a doctor, her protégé, and a pair of criminals--richly evoke the tensions and changes of urban America in the 1970s.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
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Thursday, June 18, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781590516140
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Published: Other Press (NY) - June 16th, 2015

A widely published journalist and former reporter for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Kaiser is the author of two recent histories, 1968 in America and The Gay Metropolis, already considered classics. Now he looks back to Vichy-era France and recounts the extraordinary story of his long-time friends, the Boulloches, a Catholic family active in the Resistance. André, de Gaulle’s military deputy in Paris, coordinated regional efforts against the Nazis and survived imprisonment—as his parents and brother did not—to launch a post-war political career dedicated to easing Franco-German relations.

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Washington, DC 20008
Friday, June 19, 4:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781602862685
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Published: Weinstein Books - May 12th, 2015

In Knowing Your Value Brzezinski offered advice to women on how best to position themselves in the workplace; in her new book, the Morning Joe co-host discusses some of the more difficult decisions necessary for career success. Without sugar-coating the reality of making sacrifices, Brzezinski draws on her own experience and on that of a wide range of successful and dynamic professional women to suggest ways women can both achieve their immediate goals and sustain their core values over the longer term.

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Washington, DC 20008
Friday, June 19, 7:00 pm

Diverse and always timely, Pogrebin’s work ranges from social activism, with groups including Americans for Peace Now, to editing, writing for, and helping to found Ms. magazine, to the recent primer on caring for loved ones, How to be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick. She also writes fiction, and in her second novel explores tangled loyalties, love, and history, as Zach, son of  Holocaust survivors, falls for an African American activist, flouting his parents’ wishes—and his own promise—that he marry a Jewish woman.

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Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, June 20, 1:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781476764856
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 19th, 2015

Though Jack the Ripper committed his grisly acts back in 1888, the mystery surrounding this unknown killer hasn’t faded with time. In his eighteenth novel, Hunter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former film critic for The Washington Post, returns to the scenes of Jack’s crimes, setting an Irish journalist on the killer’s trail. As the investigation proceeds, stalker and quarry repeatedly change roles and the suspense mounts.

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Saturday, June 20, 3:30 pm
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Published: Harper - June 9th, 2015

A longtime journalist, Green stays close to home for her first book. A combination family memoir and social history, the work focuses on Prince Edward County, Virginia, which defied orders after the Brown decision, closing public schools to avoid desegregating them. Green, with other white students, attended the new Academy; black students did what they could. Only years later, after the county’s schools were fully integrated in 1986, did Green learn of her own family’s role in this long struggle for civil rights.

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Saturday, June 20, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781439118238
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 12th, 2015

Mays teaches economics at California State, Long Beach, but, like Henry Folger (1857-1930), president and chairman of Standard Oil, her heart belongs to Shakespeare. Her book looks back to 1623 when the playwright’s friends gathered thirty-six of the late Bard’s plays and published them in what became the First Folio—and Folger’s Holy Grail. Folger eventually acquired 82 of the 233 extant copies, part of the collection he donated to the nation as the library that bears his name.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, June 20, 8:00 pm

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 the P&P Coffehouse 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.

Beer and wine will be available.

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Sunday, June 21, 1:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781632205698
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - April 21st, 2015

Steinberg is a sports psychiatrist and when his own health was threatened by cancer, he took both physical and spiritual routes to come to terms with his condition. Using the salamander’s extraordinary regenerative abilities as a kind of muse, Steinberg recounts how the diagnosis of metastatic prostate cancer when he was just thirty-five led him to new perspectives on time, sex, the evolution of the human body, and mind-over-matter rituals such as walking on hot coals.

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Sunday, June 21, 5:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780801453656
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Published: Cornell University Press - May 12th, 2015

With its protests and music, if not outright revolution, the ‘60s were a heady time—especially for young people fresh out of college. In one hundred interviews with members of the Yale class of 1964—a diverse and privileged group that included Joe Lieberman, Gus Speth, and Stephen Greenblatt—Gillette, author of Between Justice and Beauty and Rutgers history professor emeritus, lets those who lived through it tell their stories of this tumultuous era, with its radically transformed ideas of civic responsibility.

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Monday, June 22, 6:30 pm
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ISBN: 9781609383275
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Published: University of Iowa Press - April 2015

Messitt, an independent immersion journalist now at Ohio University completing a doctorate in creative nonfiction, lived in South Africa from 2003 to 2011, where she established a writing school for rural African women. Her narrative focuses on three different generations of the Rainbow Nation, vividly evoking a country in transition from traditional practices to modern Western ways, and introducing a vibrant, devoutly Catholic tapestry weaver, one of twelve women in a textile cooperative; a sangoma—healer—who operates a shebeen from her home; and a member of the first high school class to be educated entirely under a democratic government.

 

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235 Carroll Street NW
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Monday, June 22, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780770437763
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 16th, 2015

Following stints as an appellate law clerk and an attorney at Jenner & Block, Benforado now teaches law at Drexel and has published commentaries and op-ed pieces in publications including The Washington Post and Legal Times. In his first book, Benforado uses court cases and scientific studies to examine the implications of new research showing that, rather than evidence and reasoning, many legal judgments are based on unconscious biases and can be determined by arbitrary details such as a defendant’s facial structure, the angle of a camera, or the time of day a judge conducts a hearing. Benforado considers ways we can use this information to strengthen the justice system.

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Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 pm
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ISBN: 9781476777931
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 2015

In her debut novel, Palaia, a former Peace Corps volunteer who has lived in Nepal, Hong Kong, and Ho Chi Minh City, explores the socio-cultural legacy of the Vietnam War by tracing its lasting effects on one Montana family. Though Riley is just eleven when her brother is declared MIA somewhere near Cu Chi, his disappearance shapes the course of her life; she feels the loss as she moves to San Francisco, holds a series of dead-end jobs, gives up her son, and experiences the turbulent ‘60s becoming the chaotic ‘70s. She is finally able to appease her restlessness by making a pilgrimage to Vietnam—only to be called back to come to terms with her family.

 

Busboys and Poets Takoma
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Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 pm
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ISBN: 9780670026593
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Published: Viking - May 19th, 2015

Fine’s memoir charts his enchantment, disillusion, and re-enchantment with the indie music scene in three dynamic stages. The former guitarist with Bitch Magnet, Coptic Light, and Don Caballero, Fine, now executive editor of Inc. magazine and the award-winning BusinessWeek Media Centric columnist, came to music as starry-eyed as any talented, rebellious rock wanna-be. Then the indie scene expanded, calcified, and Fine was kicked out of the band; but with the rise of the Internet, musicians have a more effective way not only to challenge the big labels, but to nurture fans—at last fulfilling the indie promise of the 1980s.

Fine will be in conversation with Andrew Beaujon, senior editor at Washingtonian and author of Body Piercing Saved My Life.

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Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781476737652
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Published: Atria Books - June 2nd, 2015

Now a Washington Post sports writer, Babb has been honored for his work by both the editors of the 2013 Best American Sports Writing anthology and the Associated Press sports editors, who awarded him first place in feature writing in 2005 and 2010. In this illuminating biography of professional basketball star Allen Iverson, Babb follows the athlete’s on-court achievements in tandem with his off-court misbehavior, examining a culture that is willing to overlook the self-destructiveness of its stars.

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