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Monday, March 2, 6:30 pm

As she did in her profile of Sugarloaf, Choukas-Bradley, also the author of the perennial favorite, City of Trees, intertwines the Park’s nature, culture, and history, giving a guide to the wild life, telling stories about the namesake families of the Peirce and Veirs Mills, and offering statements from presidents about what the park has meant to them. While Choukas-Bradley hiked, biked, skied, and canoed each of Rock Creek’s thirty-three miles, Roth, a former Better Homes and Gardens field editor and award-winning garden photographer with ten books to her credit, captures the landscape in stunning full-color photos. (George F. Thompson)

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Monday, March 2, 7:00 pm

Writing as Harry Brandt, Price has concocted a fast-paced literary thriller that pays homage as much to Melville as it does to today’s urban realities. Billy Graves has barely hung on in the NYPD since he accidentally shot a ten-year-old boy nearly twenty years ago. Stuck on the night shift, Graves suddenly relives the past when a slashing victim turns out to be a suspect in a case from the old days. Soon other elusive criminals—known by their frustrated pursuers as “whites,” after Moby Dick—begin to surface, just as a stalker terrorizes Graves’s family. (Holt)

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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 17th, 2015

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Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 am

This event is rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m.

Acclaimed artist Hinds has tackled classics like The Odyssey and Romeo and Juliet in graphic novel form, bringing new life to these time-tested tales. Now he’s turned his attention to the Scottish Play. Shakespeare’s gruesome tale of ambition gone wrong is vividly and eerily captured in Hinds’s watercolor illustrations. Ages 12 and up (Candlewick)

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Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 pm

Some of the first voices raised against the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima were those of African Americans. Among other things, these activists wanted to know why such vast resources were poured into new and deadlier weapons when so many American communities needed shoring up. Intondi, director of research at American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute, looks at figures ranging from Langston Hughes to Martin Luther King to President Obama in this groundbreaking study situating black American protest against atomic weapons within the wider struggle for civil rights. (Stanford)

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Published: Stanford University Press - January 7th, 2015

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Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm

Black’s fifteenth ambience-rich Aimée Leduc mystery opens with the Paris-based private investigator struggling to balance motherhood and career when she learns of a woman who has information about the long unsolved murder of Aimée’s father. But before a meeting can take place, the seriously ill woman disappears from the hospital; Aimée embarks on a race against time to save the informant and learn the secret. (Soho)

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Published: Soho Crime - March 3rd, 2015

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Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 pm

Failure, however devastating, is not the end. In fact, as McArdle shows, failure can be the very teacher you need to push you on to lasting success. McArdle, Bloomberg View columnist, formerly with Newsweek/Daily Beast, and a widely published journalist, has charted the fall and rise of a variety of ventures; join us for the paperback release of her lively and provocative mix of research, reports, anecdotes, and personal experience. (Penguin)

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Published: Penguin Books - February 24th, 2015

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Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet introduced both a precocious map-making twelve-year-old and a writer as adventurous and original as his train-hopping character. In his eagerly awaited second novel, Larsen follows the eponymous Radar, a black boy born to white parents, from his birth in 1975 in New Jersey through the century’s conflicts in Yugoslavia, Cambodia, and the Congo. Using history, physics, performance art, and above all, storytelling, Larsen tests the boundaries of how we know our world. (Penguin Press)

Larsen will be in conversation with Elliott Holt, author of You are One of them.

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Published: Penguin Press - February 24th, 2015

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Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm
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Published: Putnam Publishing Group - January 8th, 2015

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Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm

The latest advice from Barry, Pulitzer-winning columnist, humorist, and novelist, is culled from his many years as a parent, traveler, and Florida resident. In essays addressed to his daughter and to a new grandson, Barry discusses the state of the world today—highlights of which include soccer in Brazil and mayhem in Russia—and reminisces about a time before Google Glass and casual Fridays. (Putnam)

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Published: Putnam Adult - March 3rd, 2015

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Friday, March 6, 9:00 am

All weekend long, Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8, 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 Brookland (625 Monroe Street NE) and Politics & Prose @ Busboys and Poets Takoma (235 Carroll St NW).

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Friday, March 6, 7:00 pm

Muldoon, The New Yorker’s poetry editor and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, begins his twelfth collection of dazzling, formally intricate, word-playing verse by paying heartfelt homage to his colleague and countryman, the late Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. In addition to the elegy, Muldoon shows his dexterity with narrative and lyric forms as he tells stories, drops names, and makes jokes, unleashing the wild linguistic richness that has become his signature. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - January 13th, 2015

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Saturday, March 7, 1:00 pm

His roots are in D.C. and radio station WHFS, but Doctor Dread’s heart and soul belong to Reggae. Captivated from the first time he heard it in 1972, Doctor Dread soon embraced Jamaican culture overall. Since 1979, when he founded the RAS label, he’s produced the work of stars including Bunny Wailer, Black Uhuru, and Tony Rebel; in this lively and revelatory memoir he recounts their stories and his.

He'll be joined by Elder Rastafari Ras Iris, and this event will feature an acoustic performance by  Zakki Zedicus. (Akashic)

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By Doctor Dread, Bunny Wailer (Introduction by)
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Published: Akashic Books - March 2015

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Saturday, March 7, 3:30 pm

In her primer for innovators, Wilkinson, currently lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, makes it clear that there are no secrets to success. Rather, there are logical and straightforward steps; along with hard work and commitment. Wilkinson, after extensive interviews with two hundred entrepreneurs, outlines six basic techniques such as “find the gap,” “network minds,” and “fail wisely”. If these sound like skills anyone can learn and practice—they are. (Simon & Schuster)

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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 17th, 2015

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Saturday, March 7, 6:00 pm

Profane, angry, yet likeable and often funny; somehow as compassionate as he is violent, Alby is struggling. The protagonist of Sumell’s debut novel—parts of which have been published as stand-alone stories in journals including The Paris Review—lashes out at his sister, cares for his grandmother, and fosters an injured bird even as he trains it to attack people. His greatest challenge is to come to terms with the death of his mother—if he can forgive her for dying. (Holt)

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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 17th, 2015

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Sunday, March 8, 1:00 pm

As told by his daughter, who sells fan experiences for the Chicago White Sox, and co-author Chuck Schoffner, veteran college sportswriter for UPI and AP, the story of Joe Black is one of tremendous athletic achievement as well as courage and perseverance in the face of racism. Black was named National League Rookie of the Year in 1952 when he signed on with the Brooklyn Dodgers. After his career in sports he continued to excel—first as a teacher and then as Greyhound vice president—all the while mentoring former players and raising his daughter as a single parent. (Chicago Review Press)

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Published: Chicago Review Press - February 2015

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Sunday, March 8, 5:00 pm

From Yale Law School, where he edited the Law Journal, to blogging for Underneath their Robes, serving as a federal prosecutor in Newark and working as managing editor of the Above the Law website, Lat has a wide range of experience in the legal field—perfect training for his first novel, which follows the career of Audrey Coyne, a Yale Law graduate who dreams of clerking for a Supreme Court justice. Starting with a California appeals-court judge, Audrey learns a lot fast—about the law, the heart, and gossip blogs. (Ankerwycke)

David Lat will be joined in conversation by Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times

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Published: Ankerwycke - January 2015

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Monday, March 9, 7:00 pm

Without Shakespeare’s play, the Ides of March might not remind us of the assassination of Julius Caesar; it happened back in 44 BC, after all. But as recounted by Strauss, who has given fresh assessments of ancient history in The Battle of Salamis and The Trojan War, the attack was as carefully planned as many coups of more recent decades. Caesar’s generals, with support from the citizenry, planned every detail, doing away with a dictator who threatened to become yet more authoritarian. (Simon &Schuster)

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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 3rd, 2015

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Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 pm

The son of an inventor and co-founder of IRIS engines, which worked to develop a better combustion engine, Tillemann has been thinking about the car of the future nearly all his life. Now a New America Foundation fellow, Tillemann draws on his entrepreneurial past and his policy experience as former Energy Department special advisor to chronicle the three-way contest for the global automotive market. The contenders are China, Japan, and the U.S.; Tillemann profiles all three, and bets on the Americans, who have the edge with a contingent of innovative Californians. (Simon & Schuster)

Tillemann will be in conversation with Robbie Diamond, founder, president, and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy.

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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 20th, 2015

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Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 pm

Not just another weapon, the drone has radically transformed military strategy. This did not happen overnight, and Cockburn, a veteran journalist and author of Rumsfeld, traces the development of drone warfare back to WWII. As he follows the early technology from its initial uses in Vietnam and its more sophisticated application by the Bush and Obama administrations, he shows how the weaponry has driven a single-minded focus on “high value targets.” (Holt)

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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 10th, 2015

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Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 pm

Castaneda, a long-time award-winning Washington Post journalist, covered the crime beat during the height of the city’s crack epidemic. It was a scene he knew intimately, as he shares in this personal account, since he was swept up in addiction himself. Part memoir and part portrait of a city in crisis, the book is a vivid account of D.C. during the Barry era. (Bloomsbury)

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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - July 1st, 2014

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Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 pm

Simply calling him a monster or a madman doesn’t explain how Georgian-born cobbler’s son Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili became the Soviet strongman Joseph Stalin. In the first volume of a planned three-volume life, Kotkin, Princeton history professor and acting director of the university’s Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies program, and Hoover Institution research fellow, shows his subject’s evolution from one-time seminarian to ruthless dictator, linking the man’s traits—paranoia, brutality—to those of both imperial Russia and the Bolshevik power structure. (Penguin Press)

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Published: Penguin Press - November 6th, 2014

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Thursday, March 12, 10:30 am

From mammals and birds to fish and insects, spotted patterns appear across all forms of life. In her latest book to introduce the complexity of the natural world to young readers, award-winning local author and illustrator Stockdale explores the many ways these animals use their spots: as camouflage, a lure, a distraction, and much more. Stockdale’s bold images and clear, rhyming text make each creature and its peculiarities accessible to even the most city-bound among us. Ages 4 – 7 (Peachtree)

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Published: Peachtree Publishers - March 2015

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Thursday, March 12, 7:00 pm

Hodgman’s first book is less a chronicle of his great success as a New York writer and editor—at Vanity Fair and Simon & Schuster, among others—than it is the story of his leaving the big city to return to Paris, Missouri. His mother, aging and widowed, needed him. Or he thought she did. As Hodgman portrays her in this lively memoir, Betty is a truly indomitable spirit, and her son comes to understand both her achievements and her limitations as the two draw together in new ways. (Viking)

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Published: Viking Books - March 10th, 2015

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Thursday, March 12, 7:30 pm

The lives of three young musicians facing injustice—from a boy in Nazi Germany, who dreams of conducting, to a Mexican-American flutist, living in the segregated United States—are intertwined in this ambitious and moving novel from Muñoz Ryan. Opening with a fairy tale about a boy who gets lost in the woods and is given a fated harmonica, the intricate narrative progresses as this artifact touches the lives of the three musicians, helping them achieve their potential. Ages 10 – 14 (Scholastic)

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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

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Friday, March 13, 7:00 pm

Historian, Pulitzer Prize winner, and one-time seminarian, Wills follows Why Priests? with this look at the Catholic Church. Presenting seven case studies of doctrinal shifts in the last century, Wills notes that none were brought about by the Pope single-handedly, and he outlines what may be within the scope of Francis, the first Jesuit and the first South American to become Pontiff, to achieve. (Viking)

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Published: Viking Books - March 10th, 2015

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Saturday, March 14, 1:00 pm

In 1982 McCarthy, the longtime Washington Post syndicated columnist, decided not just to preach nonviolence, but to teach it. He offered peace studies classes in some of D.C.’s poorest schools, courses which became the foundation for his Center for Teaching Peace. In this companion volume to his classic I’d Rather Teach Peace, McCarthy presents some of the letters exchanged over the years with his former students, sharing their thoughts on a wide range of social justice issues. (Vanderbilt)

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Published: Vanderbilt University Press - March 10th, 2015

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Saturday, March 14, 3:30 pm

Alda, a classical musician turned award-winning photographer turned writer, grew up in the Bronx—as did Al Pacino, Colin Powell, Maira Kalman, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and a host of other prominent figures in the arts, business, and nearly every other field. This collection of oral histories is at once the collective biography of a place, a series of fascinating memoirs, and just plain great stories. (Holt)

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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 3rd, 2015

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Saturday, March 14, 6:00 pm

The second novel by the author of Atlas of Unknowns and the well-received story collection, Aerogrammes, recounts the brutal realities of South India’s illegal ivory trade. Telling a story that has economic, environmental, and ethical facets, James skillfully parcels out the narrative among several voices, including that of a poacher, a filmmaker, and, most daringly and memorably, by an elephant known as Gravedigger. (Knopf)

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 10th, 2015

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Sunday, March 15, 1:00 pm

A psychiatrist in private practice, Dr. Chefetz uses both theoretical and clinical accounts to explore dissociative processes. Chefetz shows how hypnosis, EMDR, and other techniques can be used; his analyses combine transcripts and vignettes, demonstrating possible courses of treatment.  (W.W. Norton)

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 6th, 2015

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Sunday, March 15, 5:00 pm

In his third book on the Vietnam War, Appy, author of the acclaimed oral history Patriots, examines the conflict’s legacy in terms of the ideal of American exceptionalism. Looking at the various strategies employed in prosecuting the war, Appy shows that the country’s current experience of “endless war” has its roots in the Vietnam years, as does America’s uncertain sense of itself as a superpower—an ambiguous image reflected in a number of films, songs, literary works, and other documents that Appy discusses. (Viking)

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Published: Viking Books - February 5th, 2015

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Monday, March 16, 6:30 pm

This event is rescheduled for Monday, March 16, 6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets Brookland.

In his latest mystery featuring D Hunter, George combines the history of African-American music he’s documented in films such as Brooklyn Boheme and in books including Hippest Trip in America and Where Did our Love Go? with a vibrant imagination for plot and character. D Hunter, the bodyguard introduced in The Plot against Hip-Hop, precipitates, then investigates, a deadly shoot-out while on duty protecting a rap star. Meanwhile, he’s hired to find a lost 1966 recording of a jam session starring Diana Ross and Otis Redding. (Akashic)

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Published: Akashic Books - February 3rd, 2015

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Monday, March 16, 6:30 pm

A former Washington Post reporter and editor and author of Maryland Lost and Found . . . Again, Meyer has made the Chesapeake his beat for the last four decades. In 1990, working with award-winning photographer Lucian Niemeyer, he published his classic Chesapeake Country, a rich and informative visual history of the Bay. Now updated, the book tracks the region from its first indigenous populations through its colonial past and into the uncertain present of climate change. (Abbeville)

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Published: Abbeville Press - March 10th, 2015

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Monday, March 16, 7:00 pm

Mendelson is Columbia’s Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities and author of the definitive two-volume literary biography of W.H. Auden, so it’s natural that Trilling and Auden turn up in his survey of literary figures whose influence extends beyond the printed page. In his follow-up to The Things That Matter, a consideration of women writers, Mendelson shows how Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, Frank O’Hara and other men grappled with major public issues including war, civil rights, and social change. (New York Review Books)

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Published: New York Review of Books - March 10th, 2015

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Tuesday, March 17, 10:30 am

Debut author Weinberg writes and illustrates this introduction to Rex, a little Tyrannosaurus who is about to have quite an exciting day. First he finds an… Egg? Egg. Egg! But then there’s a volcano that’s going to blow. Blow? Blow! He better run. Run! Run!! As Rex haphazardly careens through the primary-colored Jurassic landscape he has some close calls, discovers some new things, and meets a new friend. Or maybe lunch. Ages 4 – 6 (Simon & Schuster)

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By Steven Weinberg, Steven Weinberg (Illustrator)
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 24th, 2015

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Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm

In his second foray into the shadowy world of North Korea, Harden, who told the gripping story of a political prisoner’s bid for freedom in Escape from Camp 14, examines Kim Il Sung’s rise to power in the dual context of the support of Mao and Stalin and the defiance of No Kum Sok, a young pilot who, in 1953, risked everything by stealing a Soviet MIG-15 and flying it to South Korea to hand over to the Americans. Harden will be in conversation with Kenneth H. Rowe, formerly a lieutenant of the North Korean Air Force, known as No Kum Sok before he defected. (Viking)

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Published: Viking Books - March 17th, 2015

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Wednesday, March 18, 10:30 am

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Stanley, an industrious beagle, wakes up the members of his family one by one with his home improvements throughout the night. Every time patriarch Walter Wimbledon goes to check on the newest strange noise he reports back with a simple, if absurd, explanation for its source: Stanley is cooking, or fixing an old TV, or cleaning the drains. But alert readers will realize that there is more to Stanley’s late-night antics than Walter assumes, and the entire Wimbledon clan may soon be going for an interstellar flight. Ages 4 – 7 (Dial)

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Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm

Gifford’s extensive experience in journalism began at D.C.’s City Paper; more recently, he’s been editor-at-large for Men’s Journal, correspondent for Outside, and contributor to Wired, Slate, Bicycling, Bloomberg Businessweek, and many others, focusing on health-related matters. Author of a life of Ledyard, in his second book Gifford investigates human longevity, taking readers through the physiology of aging and into the labs where scientists are working on ways to help us live longer and healthier lives. (Grand Central)

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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 17th, 2015

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Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm

 Barney Frank, now an MSNBC commentator, represented the fourth district of Massachusetts for nearly five decades and chaired the House Financial Services Committee. In his spirited and direct memoir, Frank, he details the realities behind such landmark legislation as the Dodd-Frank Act, recounts the challenges of his career-long advocacy for personal freedom and economic fairness, and chronicles how the personal turned political when he became the first openly gay member of Congress.

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Thursday, March 19, 7:00 pm

A natural process that exacts an annual cost greater than that of all natural disasters put together, rust is also an engineering challenge and a fascinating subject. Waldman, a journalist specializing in science, culture, and politics, travels the country looking at what corrosion has done to lives and structures and how we’ve tried to stop it. (Simon & Schuster)

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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 10th, 2015

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Friday, March 20, 7:00 pm

Turning to the next chapter of the story of her father and the Kennedys, O’Donnell, who profiled the friendship between Robert Kennedy and JFK’s top political aide, Kenneth P. O’Donnell, in A Common Good, here traces the development of the ambitious young Jack Kennedy into a national leader, and the crucial role the equally driven and brilliant men around him played in that growth. (Counterpoint)

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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 17th, 2015

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Saturday, March 21, 1:00 pm

The tremendous response Bruni got to his 2014 op-ed piece, “Our Crazy College Crossroads,” showed that he’d hit a nerve regarding the pressure students face to attend top schools. Expanding on the column and its impact, Bruni, veteran New York Times critic, reporter, and columnist as well as the author of Born Round and Ambling into History, puts college into perspective as just one of many experiences over the course of a life, and helps empower students to see that college will be what they make of it, and not their making or unmaking. (Grand Central)

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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 17th, 2015

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Saturday, March 21, 3:30 pm

Join us for two powerful works of fiction that dramatize some of today’s headline issues. Lish’s first novel, sharing the frenetic pace and cultural richness of its New York City setting, is a sharp social commentary and a poignant love story. His Romeo and Juliet, an American Iraq-war vet and a recently arrived Chinese-Uighur woman, are torn apart by economics, PTSD, and the Patriot Act. McLeod, a Pushcart winner, former Steinbeck fellow, and author of American Weather and National Treasures, chronicles—and critiques—a wide swath of American life in the seven short stories of his second collection.

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Saturday, March 21, 6:00 pm

With his sixth novel, Cheuse, long-time All Things Considered book reviewer and writing teacher at George Mason, is living proof that revision is a nearly endless process. Revisiting Minnie Bloch, her friends, and her grandson Manny, a rabbi, from his second novel, The Grandmothers’ Club, Cheuse lets his spirited characters tell stories of the Blochs’ brush with transcendence and their worldly struggles. (Fig Tree)

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Published: Fig Tree - March 17th, 2015

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Saturday, March 21, 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 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.

Beer and wine will be available.

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Sunday, March 22, 1:00 pm

As much an authority on traditional kosher foods as she is an innovative cook, Shoyer, a Ritz Escoffier pastry-school graduate and contributor to many food magazines and websites, follows her popular Holiday Kosher Baker with this collection of Passover dishes. With full menus for the seder and subsequent nights of the holiday, the book makes it easy to mix and match old favorites and new classics. (Sterling)

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Sunday, March 22, 5:00 pm

 From award-wining author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go—more than a million copies in print and both well-received films—comes a new work set in a post-Arthurian Britain beset by ogres and sprites as well as a strange, collective amnesia. Kazuo Ishiguro’s eighth work of fiction, The Buried Giant, might be labeled: here be dragons. Following the journey of an elderly couple who cross wastelands and mountains to rejoin their son, the narrative gradually fills in the past as the travelers encounter dragon-slayers, marauders, mystics, and the legendary Sir Gawain.

Ishiguro will be in conversation with Alan Cheuse, whose latest novel is Prayers for the Living. Cheuse has been reviewing books on NPR’s All Things Considered since the 1980s and is the author of five novels, four collections of short fiction, two volumes of novellas, a memoir (Fall Out of Heaven), and a collection of travel essays.

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Sunday, March 22, 5:00 pm

A long-time foreign correspondent for NPR and the BBC, Kelly has covered the Pentagon as well as a variety of hotspots throughout Europe and the Middle East. She made her transition to fiction with the thriller, Anonymous Sources; now, in her second mystery, she focuses on Caroline, a Georgetown French professor who, discovering she has a bullet lodged in her neck, learns of her parents’ shocking deaths and returns to Atlanta, her hometown, to try to solve the decades-old homicides. (Gallery)

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Monday, March 23, 6:30 pm

Following Never So Green, a work for young adults, and the stories of Irish Girl, Johnston’s first novel for adults is driven as much by its action and suspense as by its compelling descriptions of place. Johnston powerfully charts the dissolution of the Courtland family over the course of the two years following the morning that eighteen-year-old Caitlin goes running with her brother in the Rockies—and only the brother returns. (Algonquin)

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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - January 6th, 2015

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Monday, March 23, 7:00 pm

Fox, a University of Southern California history professor and author of Jesus in America, is one of legions of scholars and readers still fascinated with the sixteenth president. As the multivalent title suggests, Fox’s study considers Lincoln’s mortal remains as well as his living physical presence; delving into verbal descriptions, visual images, and film depictions, Fox explores how Lincoln’s height, manner, and overall appearance has reinforced—indeed, embodied—the abstract values and beliefs we ascribe to the man. (W.W. Norton)

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 9th, 2015

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Tuesday, March 24, 10:30 am

The final book in Blackwood’s trilogy finds Jinx trying to unite the denizens of the forest of Urwald against threatening forces on all sides: the Bonemaster still lurks in the heart of the woods, King Reven is set on conquering the land, and the harsh desert of Samara looms just on the other side of the magical pathways Jinx has created. Even as Jinx struggles to get the ornery and staunchly independent Urwalders to work together, something is sapping the sentient forest’s power, the power on which Jinx relies to work magic. Ages 9 – 13 (Katharine Tegen)

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Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 pm

Parties are part of history, too, and Abrams, journalist for Mental Floss and High Times, as well as author of And Now…an Oral History of “Late Night with David Letterman” 1982-1993, has teamed up with Mathias, an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer who has contributed to The Lowbrow Reader and publications including The Washington Post and Tablet, for a colorful look at how our Chief Executives have kicked back. Washington liked his Madeira, Grant liked liquor in general. The author has done his homework and reports on “vitamin” shots and pills; the artist has dreamt up vivid caricatures and cartoons to dramatize events he couldn’t attend. The two have also gathered forty-four cocktail recipes—try these at home. (Workman)

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Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 pm

Now in paperback, Henderson’s first novel has earned praise for its powerful portrayal of dark realities, its strong characterization, and its evocative prose. Set in the author’s home state of Montana, the narrative follows Pete Snow, a social worker, as he tries to help children variously neglected, disturbed, and abused—even as one case grows well beyond domestic proportions and Snow’s own family requires more help than he can give. (Ecco)

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Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 pm

Israel was born from the blood and ashes of the British Mandate, which lasted from 1923 to 1948, though the fight to establish a Jewish state began much earlier. Hoffman, director of Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies and author of Inside Terrorism, has drawn on British and American archives for this comprehensive history and analysis of the struggle, which served as a model for many later insurgencies. (Knopf)

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Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm

Drawing on his own heritage—which includes British, Jamaican, and African roots—Phillips has worked to fill in the gaps of English-language literature. In his latest novel, the award-winning author of Crossing the River braids fact and fictions, combining the history of the Bronte family, Wuthering Heights, and his own imagined moor-dwellers for a powerful version of Heathcliff’s story. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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Friday, March 27, 7:00 pm

Most people have a general ideal of the privations imposed on Parisians by the Nazis during World War II, but what was it really like to live under an occupying power? And did all the Germans there relish their role? Rosbottom, Amherst professor of French and European studies, vividly evokes these years, recreating the experiences of resisters, collaborators, Jews, and a wide range of public figures and private citizens. Join us for the paperback release of this illuminating narrative history. (Back Bay)

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Published: Little Brown and Company - August 5th, 2014

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Saturday, March 28, 1:00 pm

In his latest study of the ancient world, O’Donnell, former Georgetown University Provost, and currently the University Librarian at Arizona State University, balances history’s tendency to speak only for the victors. Looking back to the earliest days of Christianity, O’Donnell takes the perspective of the devout Greeks, Romans, Syrians, Gauls, and other followers of polytheisms and tells the story of barbarism vs. faith in a new way. (Ecco)

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Saturday, March 28, 3:30 pm

When the War of 1812 ended, Americans went on a traveling binge. Chronicling roughly twenty-five years, and drawing on a range of letters, journals, and newspaper accounts, Oliver, a lecturer and writer on arts and the ancient world, and frequent Mediterranean traveler, follows Ivy League grads through Biblical landscapes, sees Rome through the eyes of aspiring artists, and explores Cairo and the Kalahari. (American University in Cairo)

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Saturday, March 28, 6:00 pm

In a direct line of literary influence, Hallman—author of The Chess Artist, and editor of the “creative criticism” anthologies, The Story about the Story, volumes one and two—references Nicholson Baker’s 1991 tribute to John Updike, U and I in this homage to reading in general and reading Baker in particular. This is bibliomania at its wittiest and most compelling, as Hallman charts the process of discovering and savoring a new writer while also learning unexpected things about himself. (Simon & Schuster)

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Sunday, March 29, 1:00 pm

As technology makes new weaponry available to armed forces, these devices become accessible to ordinary people. In their study of the challenges presented by drones, robotics, bioengineering, and cyber warfare, Wittes and Blum, a Brookings senior fellow in governance studies and Harvard Law School professor of human rights and international humanitarian law, respectively, look to the past and the future, showing that security and freedom can be mutually supportive. (Basic Books)

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Sunday, March 29, 5:00 pm

From Bedlam’s raving inmates to lobotomized “difficult” patients to the Freudian couch and on to psychopharmacology and fMRIs, the treatment of mental illness has changed radically over the years. In this history of psychiatry, Dr. Lieberman, chair of psychiatry at Columbia, and past president of the American Psychiatric Association, charts the evolution of a science and also calls for an end to stigmatizing mental illness. (Little, Brown)

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Monday, March 30, 7:00 pm

Ten years after he co-authored the internationally bestselling The Rule of Four, Caldwell again combines historical figures and events into a compelling intellectual mystery/thriller. Set in Rome, the story begins with the murder of a Vatican Museum curator about to unveil an exhibit involving the Diatessaron—an obscure fifth Christian gospel. Frustrated when police abandon the case, the victim’s partner, Father Alex, undertakes his own investigation, pursuing not just forensic leads but delving into what the dead man knew about scriptures and holy relics. (Simon & Schuster)

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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 3rd, 2015

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Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 pm

A former IT consultant, Simsion has turned to novels that explore the very non-technological side of life—romance and all the delicate emotions that go with it. The Rosie Project introduced Don Tillman, a brilliant, but socially maladroit, genetics professor. When Tillman gets serious about looking for love, his systematic search somehow leads him to wild, impulsive Rosie. In his new novel, Simsion looks in on the relationship. It’s been ten months and the unlikely couple is living in New York and expecting a child. The father-to-be is doing research to prepare for his imminent role, and trying to be supportive of needy friends—not the least of whom is Rosie, who is feeling a little neglected. (Simon & Schuster)

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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 30th, 2014

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Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 pm

Starting with reports of flashing lights and a mysterious dark-eyed figure in a Santa Fe mansion-turned-hotel, Nordhaus, a journalist and author of The Beekeeper’s Lament, tells the real-life ghost story of her great-great grandmother. Julia Schuster Staab was born in Germany and relocated to New Mexico, where she had eight children and died in 1896, perhaps of depression. Nordhaus’s account of her family is also the story of the American West and immigration, of 19th-century women’s lives and psychics, of legends and truth. (HarperCollins)

Nordhaus will be in conversation with Florence Williams, author of Breasts.

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Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 pm
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Published: Princeton University Press - February 22nd, 2015

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Monday, April 6, 7:00 pm
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 31st, 2015

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Monday, April 6, 7:00 pm
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 7th, 2014

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Tuesday, April 7, 10:30 am
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Wednesday, April 8, 10:30 am
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Published: Melville House Publishing - February 24th, 2015

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Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm
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Saturday, April 11, 1:00 pm
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Saturday, April 11, 6:00 pm
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Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 pm
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Friday, April 17, 7:00 pm
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Saturday, April 18, 1:00 pm
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - December 31st, 2014

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