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  • Donald Antrim - The Emerald Light in the Air: Stories

    Sep 16 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 16 2014 8:00 pm

    One of The New Yorker’s 1999 crop of “Twenty Best under Forty” writers, Antrim is the author of three novels and a memoir. His eagerly-awaited collection of stories, written over the last fifteen years, shows him at his sharp and funny best; these short fictions convey everyday life as a little absurd, a little surreal, full of longing and regret, and as hard to pin down as dreams. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

    $22.00
    ISBN-13: 9780374280932
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    Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9/2014

  • Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac - The Mayflower

    Sep 17 2014 10:30 am
    Sep 17 2014 11:30 am

    The new picture-book history from the author of The Greatest Liar on Earth and Drummer Boy of John John recounts the dangerous voyage from the Old World to the New, a long trip made vivid and fresh with Lessac’s brightly-colored pictures. Follow the time-line as the Pilgrims count down to the first Thanksgiving. Ages 6 – 9 (Holiday House)

    The Mayflower (Hardcover)

    $16.95
    ISBN-13: 9780823429431
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    Published: Holiday House, 7/2014

  • Educators' Open House For Teachers and Librarians

    Sep 17 2014 4:00 pm
    Sep 17 2014 6:00 pm

    Educators' Open House Presentations beginning at 4:30:

    • Kimberly Guise, TOON Books Marketing Director, discusses the importance of the comic format to beginning (and all!) readers, and its relevance to Common Core.
    • Sarah Pokempner, Avalon Theatre Development and Outreach Manager, introduces the theatre’s cinema classroom program.
    • Kerri Poore, Politics & Prose Children and Teens Events Coordinator, discusses upcoming events.

    Immediately following presentations:

    • Learn about new titles and get thoughtful recommendations
    • Sign up for educator email updates
    • Receive 20% off all books during the open house (with current school ID)
    • Enter raffles and enjoy free posters, books, pins, and more
    • Enjoy light refreshments
    • Receive coupons for special deals at neighboring restaurants

  • Michael Pitre - Fives and Twenty-Fives

    Sep 17 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 17 2014 8:00 pm

    This powerful debut novel about the Iraq war and its aftermath by a two-tour Marine focuses on 1st Lt. Peter Donovan, awarded the Bronze Star for heroism, Lester “Doc” Pleasant, a medic dishonorably discharged, and the Americans’ interpreter, Kateb “Dodge” el-Hariti. With each man’s distinct experiences, Pitre creates a vivid tapestry of trauma, divided loyalties, and ambiguous post-war identity. (Bloomsbury)

    $27.00
    ISBN-13: 9781620407547
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    Published: Bloomsbury USA, 8/2014

  • Philippa Gregory Cocktail Hour — at The Willard

    Sep 17 2014 6:00 pm
    Sep 17 2014 8:01 pm
     

    Willard InterContinental and Politics & Prose Literary Series

    An elegant cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres at the Willard Hotel followed by a presentation by #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory. Following The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen, Gregory will discuss her new book, The King's Curse. The novel opens in 1499 as Henry VII is on the throne, securing his position by executing potential rivals. Gregory’s vivid and dramatic retelling of the Blessed Margaret’s life brings the intrigues of British history to life. Signing to follow.

    The Willard InterContinental celebrates its literary roots partnering with famed Washington, D.C. independent bookstore, Politics & Prose on a series of teas and luncheons with notable authors and thinkers. The Series is a nod to the Willard’s literary history as the home away from home for such legendary writers as Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson and Julia Ward Howe. The Series is curated by Politics & Prose, D.C.’s premiere independent bookstore celebrating thirty years in 2014. 

    1 Book and 1 Ticket: $55; $50 for members
    Extra Book Purchase: $29
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    This event is an author talk with Q&A.
    Estimated time is 60 – 75 minutes.
    Doors and will call open at 5 p.m.
    Gregory will sign and personalize, but will not write individual messages.
    For her previous books she will sign only.
    Photographs are allowed but no posed pictures. 


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  • David Mitchell - The Bone Clocks — at Sixth & I

    Sep 17 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 17 2014 8:01 pm

     A novel in six parts, moving from the 1980s to 2043, with different narrators and recurring characters—it could only have been written by the master ventriloquist of Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell. The Bone Clocks, an intricate fantasia, traces Holly Sykes through a lifetime of rebellion, parenthood, war, and intermittent involvement in the grand conflict between the Horologists and the Radio People. 

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  • Marla Frazee - The Farmer and the Clown — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

    Sep 18 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 18 2014 7:00 pm

    Without a word, this engaging picture book by the two-time Caldecott Honor medalist tells the story of a young clown who falls off a train. Landing in a vast and lonely field, the child meets a farmer and the two flourish in the surprise friendship of a day. Ages 4 – 8 (Beach Lane)

    $17.99
    ISBN-13: 9781442497443
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    Published: Beach Lane Books, 9/2014

  • Malcolm Brooks - Painted Horses ♦

    Sep 18 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 18 2014 8:00 pm

    Unfolding in 1950s Montana, Brooks’s debut novel chronicles a moment when the rough traditions of the Old West were on the cusp of big changes. The plot centers on the site of a proposed dam; a former cavalry solider has been living there, inhabiting his own past, and now a young archaeologist, dazzled by the canyon’s beauty, must certify that nothing vital will be lost in the coming flood. (Grove Press)

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    Painted Horses (Hardcover)

    $26.00
    ISBN-13: 9780802121646
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    Published: Grove Press, 8/2014

  • Marla Frazee - The Farmer and the Clown

    Sep 19 2014 10:30 am
    Sep 19 2014 11:30 am

    Without a word, this engaging picture book by the two-time Caldecott Honor medalist tells the story of a young clown who falls off a train. Landing in a vast and lonely field, the child meets a farmer and the two flourish in the surprise friendship of a day. Ages 4 – 8 (Beach Lane)

    $17.99
    ISBN-13: 9781442497443
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    Published: Beach Lane Books, 9/2014

  • Sarah Waters - The Paying Guests ♦

    Sep 19 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 19 2014 8:00 pm

    Set in the wake of the First World War’s many social and economic upheavals, Waters’s sixth novel is as emotionally compelling and psychologically gripping as her acclaimed Fingersmith and The Little Stranger. To keep up their estate, Frances and her mother take in boarders; Frances’s passionate involvement with one of them leads to love, but also to matters of life and death. (Riverhead)

    Waters will be in conversation with Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress.

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    The Paying Guests (Hardcover)

    $28.95
    ISBN-13: 9781594633119
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    Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 9/2014

  • Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate — at Sidwell Friends Meeting House

    Sep 19 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 19 2014 8:01 pm

     In This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, an important call to action, Klein, the syndicated columnist and author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo points to climate change as both an imperative for rethinking how we live and an opportunity for reforming social and economic inequalities. A habitable Earth demands reducing greenhouse gases, and such reductions, in turn, will help create new kinds of communities. 

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    1 Book and 1 Ticket: $35; 30 for members
    1 Book and 2 Tickets: $40; $35 for members

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  • Justin Martin - Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians

    Sep 20 2014 1:00 pm
    Sep 20 2014 2:00 pm

    The subjects of Martin’s previous biographies have ranged from Ralph Nader to Alan Greenspan to Frederick Law Olmstead. Now he profiles the regulars of Manhattan’s Pfaff’s Saloon circa 1860, whose number included Walt Whitman, Edwin Booth, and Artemus Ward. These trailblazers of performance and literary art set the bar high for America’s later avant-garde cultural figures. (Da Capo)

    $27.99
    ISBN-13: 9780306822261
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    Published: Da Capo Press, 9/2014

  • Meryl Comer - Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's ♦

    Sep 20 2014 3:30 pm
    Sep 20 2014 3:30 pm

    Comer’s account of her husband’s descent from heading NIH’s department of hematology and oncology research to a forgetful and then a helpless victim of Alzheimer’s disease is a profoundly honest story of courage and hard work. Since the 1996 diagnosis, Comer has become an outspoken advocate for greater awareness of and more research on this illness, and for the rights of caregivers and patients alike. (HarperOne)

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    $26.99
    ISBN-13: 9780062130822
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    Published: HarperOne, 9/2014

  • Lucinda Franks - Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me ♦

    Sep 20 2014 6:00 pm
    Sep 20 2014 7:00 pm

    Picture a match between a talented, slightly radical, reporter in her twenties and a widower thirty years older with five children. It might sound like it wouldn’t last, but so far Franks’s marriage with Robert Morgenthau, longtime Manhattan DA, has been going strong for more than 35 years. Her warm memoir recounts the couple’s romance, partnership, and the enduring attraction of opposites. (Sarah Crichton)

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    $28.00
    ISBN-13: 9780374280802
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    Published: Sarah Crichton Books, 8/2014

  • Mark Whitaker - Cosby: His Life and Times ♦

    Sep 20 2014 8:00 pm
    Sep 20 2014 9:00 pm

    In a period when even entertainment was outspoken and angry, Bill Cosby’s humor was genial rather than edgy, and his politics steered clear of radicalism in favor of a persistent—and effective—advocacy for education and responsibility. Whitaker, former executive vice president and managing editor for CNN Worldwide and author of My Long Trip Home, follows Cosby from his childhood in the Philadelphia projects to his stint in the Navy after dropping out of high school and on through his groundbreaking The Cosby Show, which went on the air thirty years ago. (Simon & Schuster)

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    $29.99
    ISBN-13: 9781451697971
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    Published: Simon & Schuster, 9/2014

  • Richard Whittle - Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution

    Sep 21 2014 1:00 pm
    Sep 21 2014 2:00 pm

    The drone’s lethal capabilities came to public attention in 2001, but in the beginning few saw the full potential of this seemingly fragile technology. Whittle, a Woodrow Wilson Center Global Fellow and journalist with decades of experience covering the Pentagon and foreign policy, gives a detailed account of those few and how they developed the Predator, which has revolutionized warfare. (Henry Holt)

    $30.00
    ISBN-13: 9780805099645
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    Published: Henry Holt and Co., 9/2014

  • Charles King - Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul

    Sep 21 2014 5:00 pm
    Sep 21 2014 6:00 pm

    King, Georgetown professor of international affairs and author of Odessa, uses the eponymous hotel, built in 1892 for Orient Express passengers, as the hub for this colorful story of Istanbul between the wars. As the ancient city shed its former role in the Ottoman Empire and assumed its new place in Ataturk’s modern Turkey, Istanbul was rife with intrigue, émigrés, and fresh visions for society. (W.W. Norton)

    $27.95
    ISBN-13: 9780393089141
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    Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2014

  • Ann Aguirre - Mortal Danger, Caragh O’Brien - The Vault of Dreamers, & Marie Rutkoski - The Winner’s Curse — at Bethesda Library **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

    Sep 22 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 22 2014 8:00 pm

    Danger is not what is seems in these new novels from well-established writers of fiction for young adults. In Mortal Danger (Feiwel & Friends) Edie retaliates against her tormentors at boarding school by making a treacherous supernatural deal. Rosie, in The Vault of Dreamers (Roaring Brook), uncovers the deadly secret her prestigious arts school keeps from its students. And in The Winner’s Curse (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Kestrel is forced to confront the immoral foundation her society rests on. Ages 15 and up

           
         
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  • Caleb Scharf - The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities

    Sep 22 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 22 2014 8:00 pm

    When Copernicus overthrew the Ptolemaic model of an Earth-centered cosmos, it was revolutionary. But as science has continued to discover new truths, it’s time to revise that Copernican universe. Scharf, director of the Columbia Astrobiology Center and author of Gravity’s Engines, updates the Copernican view with cutting-edge quantum mechanics and theories of the multiverse. We’ve come a long way since 1543. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Scientific American)

    $26.00
    ISBN-13: 9780374129217
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    Published: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9/2014

  • Dylan Landis - Rainey Royal ♦

    Sep 23 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 23 2014 8:00 pm

    This novel in fourteen narratives by the widely published author of Normal People Don’t Live Like This, tells the story of a determined and vulnerable teenager trying to grow up in 1970s Greenwich Village. Rainey’s mother has left the family. Her father is a jazz musician. Rainey’s immediate influences range from the artistic to the criminal and she’s poised somewhere in between. (Soho)

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    Rainey Royal (Hardcover)

    $25.00
    ISBN-13: 9781616954529
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    Published: Soho Press, 9/2014

  • Peter Thiel - Zero to One — at Sixth & I

    Sep 23 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 23 2014 8:01 pm

     The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won't make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything Peter Thiel has learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and then an investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX.

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    1 Book and 2 Tickets: $40; $35 for members
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  • Cece Bell - El Deafo

    Sep 24 2014 10:30 am
    Sep 24 2014 11:30 am

    Bell’s graphic memoir recounts her childhood experience of hearing loss, which included struggling with an unwieldy aid that ironically allowed her to hear some things she shouldn’t have. But her disability also let her find her quasi-superhero persona, and as “El Deafo, Hearer for All,” Bell made friends and found respect. Ages 8 – 12 (Amulet)

    El Deafo (Paperback)

    $10.95
    ISBN-13: 9781419712173
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    Published: Amulet Books, 9/2014

  • Tavis Smiley - Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year ♦

    Sep 26 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 26 2014 8:00 pm

    Smiley’s seventeenth book, written with frequent collaborator David Ritz, is a detailed look at the final year of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. Smiley, the host of his own shows on PBS and PRI, takes readers through King’s struggles with a hostile press, a dismissive president, and even a cold reception from the black middle class—which make the leader’s achievements all the more heroic for being so hard-won. (Little, Brown)

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    $27.00
    ISBN-13: 9780316332767
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    Published: Little, Brown and Company, 9/2014

  • Steve Almond - Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto & Gregg Easterbrook - The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America

    Sep 27 2014 1:00 pm
    Sep 27 2014 2:00 pm

    With the conviction of the converted—along with statistics, stories, and cultural critique—Almond, a longtime football fan who now can barely watch a game, explores the connections between violence and racism in sports and in other sectors of society and asks how an activity associated with brain damage became the iconic collegiate sport. (Melville House)

    Easterbrook, ESPN.com’s “Tuesday Morning Quarterback” columnist, hails football as the #1 sport in the country, noting that the top twenty of the most watched broadcasts worldwide were all football games. But he also sees the sport’s downside, from its toll on health to its outsize chunk of college budgets. (St. Martin’s)

         
      
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  • Ramita Navai - City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

    Sep 27 2014 3:30 pm
    Sep 27 2014 4:30 pm

    Navai brings her award-winning journalistic skills to the city where she was born, paying tribute to Tehran with a series of engaging portraits. From troubled marriages to a woman who is sold by her parents and then by her husband, from opium addiction to complicated religious and ethnic identities, Navai gives a wide-ranging look at a fascinating, complicated place. (PublicAffairs)

    $26.99
    ISBN-13: 9781610395199
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    Published: PublicAffairs, 9/2014

  • Jeff VanderMeer - Acceptance ♦

    Sep 27 2014 6:00 pm
    Sep 27 2014 7:00 pm

    Introduced in Annihilation, Area X is an enigmatic, deadly region beyond the bounds of civilization, though the powers of the Southern Reach, as Authority recounted, persist in sending expeditions to investigate what may lurk there. Now, in the trilogy’s final installment, a team sets out to Area X not to explore it but to rescue a straggler—and to try to control the place’s nefarious impact on the rest of the world. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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    Acceptance (Paperback)

    $15.00
    ISBN-13: 9780374104115
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    Published: FSG Originals, 9/2014

  • Scott Westerfeld - Afterworlds **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS — in the Children & Teens Department

    Sep 27 2014 7:00 pm
    Sep 27 2014 8:00 pm
    Imagine finding literary fame at age 17. On the other hand, imagine surviving a terrorist homicide and gaining a supernatural ability as a result. Westerfeld, the author of Leviathan, offers readers both in a perfect blend of fluff, sarcastic realism, and bone-chilling suspense. Darcy arrives in New York City with a $100,000 book deal, nowhere to live, and all the wrong clothes. In alternating chapters, readers get to know Darcy’s protagonist Lizzie, a girl well known for surviving a terrorist attack, and less recognized for her ability to consciously slip between the world of the living and the ghostly Afterworlds. Ages 15 and up
    (Simon Pulse)

    Afterworlds (Hardcover)

    $19.99
    ISBN-13: 9781481422345
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    Published: Simon Pulse, 9/2014

  • Paul M. Barrett - Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win

    Sep 28 2014 1:00 pm
    Sep 28 2014 2:00 pm

    Barrett’s detailed chronicle of the long battle between Chevron and lawyer Steven Donziger raises many complex questions about ends and means, rights and wrongs. The case began as an environmental damages suit on behalf of Ecuadorean peasants; refusing to comply with a record-setting judgment against it, the oil giant successfully filed against Donziger for fraud, extortion, and criminal conspiracy. (Crown)

    $26.00
    ISBN-13: 9780770436346
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    Published: Crown, 9/2014

  • Lawrence Wright - Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David ♦

    Sep 28 2014 5:00 pm
    Sep 28 2014 6:00 pm

    The eponymous September of the latest history from the award-winning author of Going Clear and The Looming Tower was in 1978; the days in question were those during which President Carter met with Israeli Prime Minister Begin and Egyptian leader Sadat at Camp David. Wright reconstructs the discussions, the tensions, the hopes, and hard work that at last resulted in a peace treaty. (Knopf)

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    $27.95
    ISBN-13: 9780385352031
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    Published: Knopf, 9/2014

  • Bob Shea - Dinosaur vs. School

    Sep 29 2014 10:30 am
    Sep 29 2014 11:30 am

    The fifth book of this energetic series sets the roaring red Dinosaur against the rules of pre-K. Dinosaur is ready to take over the classroom—until clean-up time, when he learns that working together not only gets a job done, but is nothing to be afraid of—and can even be fun. Ages 3 – 6 (Disney Hyperion)

    Dinosaur vs. School (Hardcover)

    $16.99
    ISBN-13: 9781423160878
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    Published: Disney-Hyperion, 6/2014