Detailed Event List

Katie Kitamura - A Separation

Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 pm
A Separation Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399576102
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Riverhead Books - February 7th, 2017

“…it was no small thing, dismantling the edifice of a marriage,” the protagonist of Kitamura’s taut third novel notes. It becomes yet more challenging when, six months into their informal separation, the narrator’s husband, Christopher, disappears in southern Greece. As his wife sets out after him, she’s first unsure if she wants to find him and later, as she tries to reconcile her memories with what she learns about the man she’s married to, wonders if she even knows him. The author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, Kitamura here turns a story of emotional intimacy and betrayal into a psychological thriller.

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Washington, DC 20008

Frank Sesno - Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change

Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 pm
Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change Cover Image
By Frank Sesno, Wolf Blitzer (Foreword by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780814436714
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Amacom - January 10th, 2017

Perhaps the most essential skill for solving problems, Sesno says, is simply asking questions. Questions help define parameters, gauge needs, and fuel creativity. But framing the right questions at the right time depends on things like formulating a systematic approach and listening carefully. In his accessible and illuminating manual, Sesno, a former CNN anchor, creator of Planet Forward, and currently director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, describes five types of questioning, including strategic, diagnostic, and confrontational. To fully illustrate these methods, he includes interviews with expert questioners such as Fresh Air’s Terry Gross and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

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Washington, DC 20008

Megan Marshall - Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast

Friday, February 24 at 7:00 pm
Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780544617308
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 7th, 2017

Marshall won a Pulitzer for her biography of Margaret Fuller, and garnered the Francis Parkman Award for The Peabody Sisters. Her third book intertwines biography and memoir for a compelling and fresh look at the life of Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979). Drawing on newly discovered letters from Bishop to her psychiatrist and several lovers, Marshall lays out new details of Bishop’s childhood and her relationship with Lota de Macedo Soares and others. She beautifully complements this profile with her own impressions of Bishop as she knew her when she was a student in the poet’s workshop at Harvard in the 1970s.

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Washington, DC 20008

Emily Jeanne Miller - The News from the End of the World

Saturday, February 25 at 1:00 pm
The News from the End of the World Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780547734415
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 21st, 2017

Unfolding over just four days, Miller’s accomplished and moving second novel traces the secrets, hopes, and heartbreaks of the Lake family. When forty-two year old Vance, unemployed and without prospects, returns to his childhood home, now in the hands of his twin brother, Craig, he finds Craig unaccountably moody and his second wife, Gina, unhappy and frustrated to the point of starting an affair. Gradually it emerges that Craig is deeply in debt, still guilt-ridden about his first wife’s death eleven years before, and worried about his rebellious teenage daughter, who has returned home from Chile pregnant. Miller, author of Brand New Human Being, co-editor of The River We Carry with Us, and a former journalist, lets each character tell his or her side of the story, building a rich and multi-layered narrative.

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Washington, DC 20008

Adrian Miller - The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas

Saturday, February 25 at 3:30 pm
The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781469632537
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 20th, 2017

A White House chef knows the Chief Executive in ways few others do, and many have served not only as cooks but as confidants and informal policy advisors. In his second book, Miller, the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches, winner of a James Beard Award for Soul Food, and former special assistant to President Clinton, profiles the largely African American kitchen staffs who have worked for presidents from the nation’s beginning. Many of these individuals changed history in ways overlooked until now: one cook averted a plot to poison the first president, another compelled President Johnson to do all he could to support the Civil Rights Act. Miller tells these and other stories, drawing on a wide range of oral histories, interviews, photographs, cookbooks, and more.

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Washington, DC 20008

Author Event & Movie Screening: Glenn Frankel - High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

Saturday, February 25 at 6:00 pm
High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781620409480
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 21st, 2017

Frankel’s The Searchers was an illuminating look at John Ford’s classic film and its complex role in the nation’s self-image. His new book takes another cinematic icon, the 1952 Academy Award-winning High Noon, and shows us how to see it in new ways. Frankel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former Washington Post reporter, chronicles both the actual filming and the screenwriter’s evolving conception of the story. Carl Foreman began with an idea for a Western, one that would celebrate courage and loyalty. By the time the film was released, it had become a political allegory for Foreman himself, who was forced to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee about his past affiliation with communism. Refusing to name names, he fled the country.

High Noon will be screened at the back of the store from 4.30 p.m., concluding after the author event.

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Washington, DC 20008

NERDS! Trivia Night ♦

Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 pm

How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. in The Den. Then grab a drink special, put on your thinking cap, and join us upstairs for three rounds of mind-bending trivia by 8 p.m. Prizes awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages.

Beer and wine will be available.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

A. Roger Ekirch - American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution

Sunday, February 26 at 1:00 pm
American Sanctuary: Mutiny, Martyrdom, and National Identity in the Age of Revolution Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307379900
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Pantheon Books - February 21st, 2017

Eight years after the mutiny on the Bounty, there was the mutiny on the HMS Hermione. The bloodiest shipboard rebellion in the history of the Royal Navy, the incident led to the extradition of the chief suspect, Jonathan Robbins, from the U.S. to Britain, where he was executed. In this dramatic account of events from 1797, Ekirch, a professor of history at Virginia Tech and the author of Bound for America, Birthright, and At Day’s Close, not only makes history vivid, but by detailing how the incident led to a constitutional crisis over questions of political asylum—and influenced the 1800 presidential election—presents an important early instance of issues the country still grapples with today.

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Washington, DC 20008

Teach-in on Immigration with Scott Michelman, Nithya Nathan-Pineau and Faiza Patel

Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 pm

We're pleased to announce that the next teach-in at Politics & Prose will address the urgent issue of immigration. How do we honor our history as a nation of immigrants while also ensuring security in a dangerous and uncertain world? What are the legal, political, economic and social costs to the Trump Administration's plans to build a wall along the Mexican border and restrict arrivals from majority-Muslim countries? How do we protect the rights of immigrants already in our country and strengthen our pluralistic values and traditions? The speakers are Scott Michelman, Nithya Nathan-Pineau and Faiza Patel.

Much as teach-ins provided a foundation for education and tools for action during the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, we hope that the store's teach-ins this year will offer the same opportunity for our community as we collectively navigate uncharted and uncertain political terrain. We are grateful that some of our nation's leading experts are willing to lend their time and talents to guide these discussions. We hope you will be able to participate as well. 

Scott Michelman is the senior staff attorney at the ACLU of the District of Columbia. His docket as an impact litigator has spanned a range of civil liberties issues, including immigrants' rights, and he has been quoted in national media outlets including NPR, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Mr. Michelman also teaches Civil Rights Litigation at Harvard Law School and Constitutional Law at American University Washington College of Law. Nithya Nathan-Pineau manages the Detained Immigrant Children’s Program at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, which provides legal services to detained children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Previously, she was a staff attorney at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Project, and also worked at the Tahirih Justice Center in Virginia. Faiza Patel is the Co-Director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program. A frequent media commentator on national security and counterterrorism issues, she has testified before Congress opposing dragnet surveillance of Muslims. Ms. Patel was senior policy officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Burt Solomon - The Murder of Willie Lincoln

Sunday, February 26 at 5:00 pm
The Murder of Willie Lincoln Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780765385833
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Forge - February 21st, 2017

President Lincoln, already exhausted by the Civil War, was personally devastated when his son Willie died of typhoid fever in 1862. But what if the boy’s death had another cause? In his first novel, Solomon, an award-winning reporter, author of The Washington Century and Where They Ain’t, and currently contributing editor for The Atlantic and National Journal, uses his familiarity with the period to spin a plausible and suspenseful alternative history. Casting Lincoln’s aide John Hay in the role of detective, Solomon takes us on an unparalleled tour of the capital in wartime and shows us a vulnerable, angry Lincoln we don’t see in the official records.

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Washington, DC 20008

Christina Baker Kline - A Piece of the World

Monday, February 27 at 7:00 pm
A Piece of the World Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062356260
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: William Morrow & Company - February 21st, 2017

Andrew Wyeth’s classic painting Christina’s World shows a woman on a hillside, looking up at a farmhouse that seems both close yet impossibly distant. Painted in 1948, the image is timeless and haunting, but who is the woman? What is she thinking and feeling? Does the scene’s mystery and drama radiate from her or from the wind-swept landscape? Inspired by Wyeth’s vision, Kline, author of Orphan Train, devotes her sixth novel to telling the life story of Christina Olson and her friendship with Wyeth. Deftly interweaving the real and the imagined, Kline vividly evokes the small community of Cushing, Maine, that has come to define a particular corner of American culture.

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Washington, DC 20008

Jerdine Nolen - Calico Girl

Tuesday, February 28 at 10:30 am
Calico Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481459815
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 14th, 2017

Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary Cover Image
By Jerdine Nolen, Shadra Strickland (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781481498326
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 14th, 2017

When Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860, several Southern slaveholding states began seceding from the Union and formed the Confederacy. According to abolitionists, this development meant that laws of the land, like the Fugitive Slave Law, no longer applied. Calico Girl follows twelve-year-old Callie and her family who, after the secession of their home state of Virginia, escape to a Union outpost that harbors and educates refugee slaves. Their sudden independence brings hope and new opportunity, but also poses unexpected challenges. The novel is based on true accounts during the Civil War and explores the complex relationships between enslaved peoples and their owners.Jerdine Nolen’s nuanced depiction of the enslaved peoples amid America’s upheaval highlights the power of education and self-determination. Ages 8 to 12

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Washington, DC 20008

Tyler Cowen - The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream

Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 pm
The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250108692
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 28th, 2017

If America’s history of innovation had to be summed up in one word, that might be “restlessness.” In his analysis of recent socio-economic trends, Cowen, author of the popular marginalrevolution.com blog, Holbert C. Harris chair in economics at George Mason University, and a frequent commentator and writer on economics, argues that we need to reinvigorate this appetite for new ideas or we risk becoming a comfortable, but limited, society. He attributes the recent rise in inequality and residential segregation, for instance, to our growing reliance on algorithms that steer us to what we already know, discouraging us from venturing out to make discoveries.

Cowen will be in conversation with Derek Thompson, a senior editor at The Atlantic.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sheldon Whitehouse - Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy

Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00 pm
Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781620972076
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: New Press - February 21st, 2017

A Rhode Island Senator since 2007, Whitehouse has been a leading voice in the fight to curb corporate influence in politics. His book, based on a series broadcast by Rhode Island Public Radio, tells readers what it’s like to be targeted by big spenders such as the Koch brothers, and what it takes to resist their coercion. As for what it will take truly to reform government, Whitehouse uses history and legal scholarship to put the present and future in context. Looking back to the founders, he notes that the political system has long been vulnerable to outside influence, and he proposes reforms to change that.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Acoustic Open Mic — in The Den

Wednesday, March 1 at 8:00 pm

The Den’s intimate room and supportive atmosphere distinguishes us as a unique space that appeals to musicians and audiences alike. This popular open mic night is a great opportunity for local musicians to step out and network. Performances are typically packed with some of the area's most talented and most supportive musicians—forget what you thought you knew about Open Mics and come check it out! All styles of music, poetry, and performance are welcome. Sign up is 7:30 p.m. and the show runs from 8 – 10 p.m.  Open Mic is open to all ages and is free of charge.

Open Mic FAQ

 

The Den at Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, downstairs
Washington, DC 20008

Cokie Roberts - Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation

Thursday, March 2 at 10:30 am
Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation Cover Image
By Cokie Roberts, Diane Goode (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060780050
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: HarperCollins - December 6th, 2016

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies Cover Image
By Cokie Roberts, Diane Goode (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060780029
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: HarperTorch - January 28th, 2014

So many women throughout history have been key drivers for our nation’s progress, but too often they go unrecognized for their contributions. Acclaimed political commentator and author, Roberts, has written an informational picture book to bring these women’s achievements to light. Gracefully illustrated by Diane Goode, Ladies of Liberty profiles female educators, explorers, writers, and other change-makers from 1776 to 1824. Meet a freed slave who wrote the first African American poem, a Native American teenager who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and a First Lady who ran her own orphanage. Even history buffs will learn something new about these fascinating women who reformed and innovated American society as we know it. Ages 7 to 10.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Frank Keating - Abraham — in the Children & Teens Dept.

Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 pm
Abraham Cover Image
By Frank Keating, Mike Wimmer (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442493193
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 3rd, 2017

George: George Washington, Our Founding Father Cover Image
By Frank Keating, Mike Wimmer (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781416954828
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 3rd, 2012

Keating, the author of children’s biographies, Theodore and George, tells the story of the 16th President of the United States in his latest picture book. Keating captures the essence of Abraham Lincoln’s character in this first-person tale by including direct quotes from Lincoln himself. Mike Wimmer illustrates the narrative with majestic oil paintings of Lincoln at various stages of his life, providing a rare glimpses into his childhood and adolescence. From his humble Kentucky beginnings to his fervent love of books, readers will get a sense of how the values of Abraham Lincoln’s youth shaped his decisions throughout his presidency. Ages 6 to 9.

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Washington, DC 20008

Kay Redfield Jamison - Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character

Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 pm
Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780307700278
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 28th, 2017

Jamison is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as an honorary professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and she combines these areas of expertise for an illuminating portrait of Robert Lowell (1917-1977). Drawing on new sources, including the poet’s medical records, unpublished drafts and notes, as well as interviews with Lowell’s daughter, Jamison, who profiled the lives and work of artists with bipolar disorder in her classic Touched with Fire, gives a compassionate account of a man who refused to give up in the face of a severe mental illness. She shows how manic-depression shaped key aspects of Lowell’s relationships, his teaching, and most of all, his writing.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Spring Member Sale

Friday, March 3 at 9:00 am

All weekend long, Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5, 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.

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 5th & K (1025 5th Street NW), and Politics & Prose @ Busboys and Poets Takoma (235 Carroll St NW).

 
Washington, DC

Jerome F. Buting - Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America's Broken System

Friday, March 3 at 7:00 pm
Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America's Broken System Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062569318
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - February 28th, 2017

In theory, a defendant in a U.S. court of law is presumed innocent until proven guilty. But in practice, the assumption is often that the accused is guilty. This is just one flaw in the criminal justice system, and Buting, a criminal defense lawyer for more than four decades, reports many more. Drawing from his early career as a public defender and his later work as defense attorney for Steven Avery, subject of the NetFlix production Making a Murderer, Buting combines reportage, reflection, and critical commentary for an urgent call to action on reforming the American legal system.

Buting will be in conversation with Carrie Johnson, former Washington Post and Legal Times reporter, now NPR’s justice correspondent.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Gene Stone - The Trump Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen

Saturday, March 4 at 6:00 pm
The Trump Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know about Living Through What You Hoped Would Never Happen Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062686480
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Dey Street Books - January 10th, 2017

Stone’s The Bush Survival Guide helped channel progressive voters’ anger and disappointment in 2004, and now he has a similarly concise and practical primer for facing the Trump presidency. Stone outlines fourteen key issues, from civil rights to environmental concerns, immigration to education, summarizing their recent history and showing how Trump could roll back the progress made under Obama—unless citizens take immediate action. Stone’s extensive list of progressive organizations, websites, and activists gives everyone a place to start.

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Washington, DC 20008

Timothy Snyder - On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 pm
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780804190114
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 28th, 2017

Snyder is the award-winning author of Bloodlands and Black Earth, and his extensive study of the Holocaust has made him one of the foremost experts on authoritarian movements. In this brief and urgent call-to-action, Snyder, the Housum Professor of history at Yale, identifies striking parallels between the political landscape of pre-war Europe and today’s United States. History’s lessons are many, however, and while democracies can fail, they can also resist and grow stronger. From the examples of the twentieth century, Snyder has distilled twenty essential points that should guide the current struggle. They are as simple as “do not obey in advance” and “beware the one-party state,” and as inspiring as “contribute to good causes” and “learn from peers in other countries.”

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Beryl Radin - Leaving South Dakota: a Memoir of a Jewish Feminist Academic

Sunday, March 5 at 5:00 pm
Leaving South Dakota: A Memoir of a Jewish Feminist Academic Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781684011087
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Mascot Books - April 4th, 2017

Currently on the faculty of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Radin also edits the Georgetown University Press series, Public Management and Change. Her extensive career includes a stint as president of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and as a senior Fulbright Lecturer in India. Her contributions to public policy have been recognized with the John Gaus Award in 2012, the 2009 H. George Frederickson Award for lifetime achievement, and many others. The author of dozens of articles, chapters, and books, Radin now tells her own story. As she traces her extraordinary path from the small Jewish community of Aberdeen, South Dakota, to the life of an academic and public policy expert in Washington, Radin surveys nearly eighty years of changes in personal and American history, offering telling observations on feminism, civil rights, and activism.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat: Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Monday, March 6 at 7:00 pm
Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374305710
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - March 7th, 2017

Although written for a middle grade audience, Survivor’s Club has the power to resonate with readers of all ages. Seven decades after Soviet soldiers liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp, Michael Bornstein accidentally encountered an online photo of himself fleeing that very camp at four years old. This discovery sparked a journey of reminiscence and journalistic investigation into his personal history. The book details the Bornstein family’s life leading up to their imprisonment, the conditions they endured while in detention, and what became of them in the aftermath of World War II. Bornstein and his daughter Debbie, a news producer, interview relatives and other Holocaust survivors in this tragic yet ultimately uplifting memoir. Ages 10 and up.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Free Minds Write Night — in The Den

Monday, March 6 at 7:00 pm

Free Minds Book Club is a nonprofit that works with D.C. youths incarcerated as adults. Using books, creative writing, and peer support, along with job readiness training and violence prevention outreach, the organization helps these young writers achieve their own education and career goals, while also making them powerful voices for change in the community. Join us for the Free Minds monthly Write Night, where community volunteers meet with Free Minds Poet Ambassadors home from prison to provide feedback on the writing of Book Club members still incarcerated. This is a simple and powerful way to support members’ evolving self-awareness as well as to read great writing and meet other volunteers! This event is open to the public—all you need to do is show up ready to write.

The Den at Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, downstairs
Washington, DC 20008

Susan Stockdale - Fantastic Flowers

Tuesday, March 7 at 10:30 am
Fantastic Flowers Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561459520
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Peachtree Publishers - March 2017

Stripes of All Types Cover Image
By Susan Stockdale, Susan Stockdale (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561456956
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Peachtree Publishers - April 2013

Fabulous Fishes Cover Image
By Susan Stockdale, Susan Stockdale (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781561454297
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Peachtree Publishers - March 2008

Author and illustrator Stockdale has crafted an entertaining and informative picture book that describes 17 different blossoms that bloom all over world, displaying a wide array of patterns and colors. Each description compares the flowers to everyday objects, animals, and even ballerinas! Children are introduced to the common and scientific names of the plants presented, as they listen to the gently rhyming poetry filled with metaphors. Bright, detailed flower paintings splashed across each page are sure to plant seeds of wonder for future botanists who will itch to explore the outdoors!! Ages 3 to 7.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sarah Nicole Lemon - Done Dirt Cheap & Renee Ahdieh - The Rose & the Dagger — in the Children & Teens Dept. **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm
Done Dirt Cheap Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419723681
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - March 7th, 2017

The Rose & the Dagger Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399171628
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2016

The Wrath & the Dawn Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147513854
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Speak - April 5th, 2016

In her YA debut, Sarah Nicole Lemon bridges biker gangs, crime dramas, and coming-of-age tales all in one thrilling novel. In Done Dirt Cheap, the teenage daughter of a local motorcycle gang leader learns that her classmate is working for a crooked lawyer who wants to take the gang down. The summer after they graduate high school, these young women band together in an attempt to take control of their lives. Lemon will be in conversation with Renee Ahdieh, whose two-part retelling of One Thousand and One Nights ends with The Rose and the Dagger. In this sequel, Shahrzad attempts to break a lethal curse that threatens her husband and the future of the empire. While caught between loyalties, Shahrzad discovers her own magic that just may fight the curse and stop an impending war. Ages 13 and up.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lisa Feldman Barrett - How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780544133310
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

Until recently, emotions were considered mere physical reflexes to experience. But research is gradually revealing that feelings are in fact complex responses to stimuli. Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, who has appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Psychiatry and Radiology, is one of the leading experts in this new science of emotions. Her book outlines the developing theory of emotion as behavior constructed in the moment it occurs by the activation of diverse sectors of the brain, in tandem with prior learning. This is a major paradigm shift, Barrett shows, and she describes the practical ramifications not only for psychology, but for parenting, law enforcement, health care, national security, and much else.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Susan Stockdale - Fantastic Flowers — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00 pm
Fantastic Flowers Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561459520
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Peachtree Publishers - March 2017

Author and illustrator Stockdale has crafted an entertaining and informative picture book that describes 17 different blossoms that bloom all over world, displaying a wide array of patterns and colors. Each description compares the flowers to everyday objects, animals, and even ballerinas! Children are introduced to the common and scientific names of the plants presented, as they listen to the gently rhyming poetry filled with metaphors. Bright, detailed flower paintings splashed across each page are sure to plant seeds of wonder for future botanists who will itch to explore the outdoors!! Ages 3 to 7.

Takoma Park Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Norman Ohler - Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00 pm
Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich Cover Image
By Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328663795
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

In his ground-breaking history of drug use in Nazi Germany, Ohler, a German journalist and novelist, shows that Hitler’s troops were compelled by more than just zeal for the Third Reich. Germany was the center of a major pharmaceutical industry before the Second World War, and it utilized this resource for its war effort. Soldiers regularly received crystal meth as part of their rations, Blitzkrieg bombers flew their missions on amphetamines, and Hitler himself grew increasingly addicted to a cocktail that included heroin. First published in Germany in 2015, Ohler’s book puts German military performance in a new light.

Ohler will be in conversation with Petra Mayer, an editor at NPR Books.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Alia Malek - The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria

Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 pm
The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781568585321
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Nation Books - February 28th, 2017

A Syrian-American civil rights lawyer and journalist, now with Al Jazeera America, Malek combines family and national history for this vivid account of Syria from its rule by the Ottomans through the period of French colonization and on to the rise of the Assad regime. As adept at storytelling as she is at reporting and political analysis, Malek, awarded the Marie Colvin Award for Foreign Correspondence for her coverage of Syria for The New York Times, charts the devastating effects of Syria’s repressive rule by showing how individuals have been affected by sectarian rifts, censorship, disappearances, and the refugee crisis.

Busboys and Poets 14th & V
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Will Englund - March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution

Thursday, March 9 at 7:00 pm
March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393292084
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2017

Englund’s detailed history of one of the twentieth century’s most eventful months opens with the twin bangs of President Wilson’s second inauguration and America’s entry into World War I, and the abdication of Tsar Nicholas and the end of the Romanov imperial dynasty. Englund, an award-winning journalist who has covered Russia for over twelve years, most recently for The Washington Post, uses a wide range of period newspapers, personal journals, correspondence, and other documents for this richly textured account of a period teeming with intrigue, uncertainty, and hope on all sides of an exploding political spectrum.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Drew Magary - The Hike — in The Den

Friday, March 10 at 6:00 pm
The Hike Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399563850
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Viking - August 2nd, 2016

From the memoir Someone Could Get Hurt to the humorous sports book, Men with Balls, to the compelling dystopian satire, The Postmortal, Margary has tested the waters of several genres. In his widely-acclaimed second novel, the author, also a correspondent for GQ and a columnist for Deadspin, follows Ben, an ordinary man on a business trip. Taking a walk, Ben finds himself in a fantastic, dreamlike world, a place that could be straight out of either a folk tale or a video game. As Ben struggles to imagine what the treacherous creator of this landscape has in store for him next, his adventure becomes an ingenious commentary on modern means of escape from the daily grind.

Grab a drink and join the author for a friendly chat and a book signing.

The Den at Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, downstairs
Washington, DC 20008

Mac Barnett and Brian Biggs - Noisy Night — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Friday, March 10 at 7:00 pm
Noisy Night Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596439672
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 7th, 2017

How can you fall asleep in an apartment building filled with night owls who just won’t be quiet? Acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, Barnett and Biggs, present a book about all the loud and wacky sounds that can keep you up at bedtime. Join them for an exciting pajama party to celebrate the release of this clever picture book. You will meet all kinds of noisy neighbors, from opera singers to crying babies. So come in your comfiest PJs and get ready to laugh out loud at this hilarious bedtime read-aloud. Ages 4 to 8.

Attendees are welcome to wear pajamas at both P&P and Library Noisy Night Pajama Parties.

 

Takoma Park Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Mohsin Hamid - Exit West

Friday, March 10 at 7:00 pm
Exit West Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735212176
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

Recounting events “back then,” when “the news … was full of war, and migrants, and nativists,” Hamid’s fourth novel uses the compressed power and spare language of allegory to tell an urgent story about today. Tracking the fallout of broken countries through the love story of Nadia and Saaed, Hamid, the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and a frequent contributor to journals including The New York Review of Books, follows the couple from their unnamed South Asian nation to a refugee camp near a Greek island resort, then to London, where uneven power outages give the city “dark” and “light” sides. While the world is in such turmoil that special doors magically appear and whisk people from one place to another, Hamid’s protagonists encounter empathy as well as hostility.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mac Barnett and Brian Biggs - Noisy Night

Saturday, March 11 at 10:00 am
Noisy Night Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781596439672
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 7th, 2017

Gets to Work! (a Tinyville Town Book) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419721335
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Abrams Appleseed - September 6th, 2016

Everything Goes by Sea Cover Image
By Brian Biggs, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061958113
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - October 22nd, 2013

Everything Goes on Land Cover Image
By Brian Biggs, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061958090
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - September 13th, 2011

The Skunk Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596439665
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 14th, 2015

Extra Yarn Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061953385
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - January 17th, 2012

Leo: A Ghost Story Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452131566
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Chronicle Books - August 25th, 2015

How can you fall asleep in an apartment building filled with night owls who just won’t be quiet? Acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, Barnett and Biggs, present a book about all the loud and wacky sounds that can keep you up at bedtime. Join them for an exciting pajama party to celebrate the release of this clever picture book. You will meet all kinds of noisy neighbors, from opera singers to crying babies. So come in your comfiest PJs and get ready to laugh out loud at this hilarious bedtime read-aloud. Ages 4 to 8.

Attendees are welcome to wear pajamas at both P&P and Library Noisy Night Pajama Parties.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mark Kurlansky - Havana: A Subtropical Delirium

Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 pm
Havana: A Subtropical Delirium Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781632863911
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - March 7th, 2017

Kurlansky spent ten years as The Chicago Tribune’s Caribbean correspondent and started his prolific narrative nonfiction book career with A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny. After forays into the histories of Cod, Salt, Paper, and Dominican baseball, the award-winning writer returns to his early beat with a sparkling tour of the region’s most populous city. A frequent visitor to Havana, Kurlansky covers five decades of Habanero history and culture, tracing the capital’s diverse ethnic heritage, its politics, and its signature brands of architecture, music, food, literature, and baseball.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

J. Morris - When I Snap My Fingers You Will Remember Everything

Saturday, March 11 at 3:30 pm
When I Snap My Fingers You Will Remember Everything Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780983586098
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: No Record - September 27th, 2016

A distinctive presence on several D.C. arts scenes, Morris is a musician and songwriter, currently working with Mulberry Coach. He’s also a long-time teacher at the Writer’s Center, and has published poetry, criticism, and fiction in the U.S. and Britain. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism and Anatomy of a Short Story. His new collection of short stories explores questions of chance and fate, locating characters on the ambiguous border between control and the illusion of control.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Melissa Clark - Dinner: Changing the Game

Saturday, March 11 at 6:00 pm
Dinner: Changing the Game Cover Image
By Melissa Clark, Eric Wolfinger (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780553448238
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - March 7th, 2017

A writer for The New York Times “Dining” section since 2007, Clark reports on food trends and appears in the biweekly video that complements her “A Good Appetite” column. In the latest of her many cookbooks, the IACP and Beard Award-winning food writer presents 245 brand new recipes designed to make weeknight dinners appealing, tasty, and easy. Clark focuses on flavor, and her practical, user-friendly guide offers insight and tips on combinations, textures, and substitutions. Get ready for crispy chicken skin croutons in a roasted chicken salad, escarole salad with crispy pimentón chickpeas, green pea guacamole, and many other dishes that will change the way you think about dinner.

Clark will be in conversation with Bonnie Benwick, deputy food editor at The Washington Post.

Look out for specials from Melissa Clark’s Dinner in The Den this month.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ruy Teixeira - The Optimistic Leftist: Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think

Sunday, March 12 at 1:00 pm
The Optimistic Leftist: Why the 21st Century Will Be Better Than You Think Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250089663
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 7th, 2017

Democracy, freedom, and many other principles held dear by the left remain strong despite the results of recent elections, Teixeira reminds us. Co-author with John Judis of The Emerging Democratic Majority and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Teixeira believes that not all is lost for progressives; more damaging to the left than the political gains of the right, he argues, is the pessimism that leads to resignation. A call to action when one is most needed, his book envisions a future of social justice, economic growth, and environmental sustainability made possible by both technological innovation and by the left’s rededication to its goals.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Domenico Starnone and Jhumpa Lahiri (Translator) - Ties

Sunday, March 12 at 5:00 pm
Ties Cover Image
By Domenico Starnone, Jhumpa Lahiri (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781609453855
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Published: Europa Editions - March 7th, 2017

One of Italy’s premier contemporary writers, Starnone is a journalist, screenwriter, and winner of the prestigious Strega Award for fiction. His thirteenth novel, and second to appear in English, traces a long on-off-on again marriage. As passionate about each other as they are about their separate versions of the relationship, Starnone’s couple dramatically relive the events of their lives together. Starnone will be in conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri, who here makes her debut as an Italian-to-English translator. The award-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies, Lahiri now lives in Italy and writes in Italian and has found that, after never feeling at home in either her native Bengali or her adopted English, Italian has made her “a tougher, freer writer.”

The discussion will be moderated by Michael Reynolds, editor-in-chief of Europa Editions.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Tressie McMillan Cottom - Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy

Sunday, March 12 at 6:30 pm
Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781620970607
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - February 28th, 2017

For-profit colleges have existed for as long as their non-profit cousins, but today this sector of higher education is experiencing an unprecedented growth. In her disturbing exposé, Cottom, a former admissions counselor at two for-profit schools and now an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University as well as a frequent media commentator on education, inequality, and pop culture, links this surge in popularity to America’s growing disparities. Drawing on interviews with instructors, executives, activists and, most revealingly, some of the two million-plus students enrolled in these schools, Cottom shows how the focus on profit undermines the quality of education, leads to manipulative marketing, and results in high costs for students.

Busboys and Poets 14th & V
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Angie Thomas - The Hate U Give **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Monday, March 13 at 6:30 pm
The Hate U Give Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

Thomas’ debut novel begins when a police officer shoots a black teenager at a traffic stop. The subsequent public outrage and media attention raises questions about police brutality in the neighborhood. At the center of it all is Starr, the sole witness to her friend’s murder, and the only one who can testify what really happened. The incident forces her to reconcile her grief with a burning resentment towards her apathetic classmates and local law enforcement. Starr and her peers represent a generation of young people learning to navigate conversations about race. Thomas strives to unpack subtle and overt forms of racism in America, the complexities of social mobility, and acts of resistance that attempt to combat inequality. Ages 14 and up.

Thomas will be in conversation with Rose Dawson, Executive Director of the Alexandria Library.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Marjorie J. Spruill - Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics

Monday, March 13 at 7:00 pm
Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics Cover Image
$33.00
ISBN: 9781632863140
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 28th, 2017

Following the United Nations declaration of 1975 as International Women’s Year, American feminists, including icons like Bella Abzug and Gloria Steinem, gathered in Houston for the 1977 National Women’s Conference. There they established plans of action for abortion rights, gay rights, and the ERA. Meanwhile, a group of conservative women, led by Phyllis Schlafly and Lottie Beth Hobbs, rallied in favor of a pro-family agenda. In her dual narrative of these two opposing movements, Spruill, author of New Women of the New South and a member of the history faculty at the University of South Carolina, illuminates an overlooked chapter in the country’s deepening left-right divide.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Camille Paglia - Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism — Halcyon Stage Book Party

Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm
Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780375424779
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 14th, 2017

With her 1990 book, Sexual Personae, Paglia burst onto several scenes at once. An edgy cultural critic, provocative feminist, and established academic, Paglia is the University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a regular contributor to Salon.com.  Amounting to a retrospective of Paglia’s career, this collection includes some of her most insightful and well-argued essays. Whether covering literature, film, music, or the visual arts, considering the nature of fame, football, or the goals of NOW, Paglia draws from a breathtaking range of cultural reference points.

This event is part of the Halcyon Stage Book Party with Politics & Prose series, inviting celebrated authors to discuss their work in an intimate social setting.

All tickets include valet parking. For accessible access, please contact events@politics-prose.com

1 Book and 1 Ticket: $35; $33 for members
1 Book and 2 Tickets: $45; $43 for members
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All books and tickets will be available at will call at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the event.
Politics & Prose will not have books or tickets available for pick up prior to the evening of the event.

 

Halcyon House
3400 Prospect Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Jami Attenberg - All Grown Up

Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm
All Grown Up Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780544824249
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

With the comic flair and deft storytelling that made The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie so engaging, Attenberg in her sixth novel recounts the life of Andrea Bern, a woman who wants to go her own way, but finds many bumps in the road. Age thirty-nine, single, and no longer driven by artistic aspirations, Andrea puts a brave face on things, but she also drinks and finds her life wanting in comparison to those of her friends. Then her niece is born with a severe health condition, and Andrea is drawn into her family’s re-evaluation of what really matters.

Attenberg will be in conversation with Jennifer Close, author of The Hopefuls and Girls in White Dresses.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick - What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators Rationalize What They Do

Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 pm
What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators Rationalize What They Do Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780231181822
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Columbia University Press - March 7th, 2017

Choi-Fitzpatrick, co-editor of From Human Trafficking to Human Rights, has worked in the anti-slavery movement for fifteen years. During that time he’s been frustrated at why the practice continues despite the millions of dollars spent to stop it. But while arguments against slavery seem self-evident, he noticed that the case in favor of it is largely unvoiced. To rectify that, Choi-Fitzpatrick, who teaches political sociology at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies, talked to those who use slave labor to get their perspective on the issue. His groundbreaking book unveils both slaveholders’ moral blindness and the intricate power relationship that can make it difficult to emancipate enslaved workers.

This event is supported by Free the Slaves and Anti-Slavery International.

Busboys and Poets 14th & V
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Howard W. French - Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power

Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00 pm
Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385353328
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 14th, 2017

In recent years China has markedly increased its naval powers, asserted its claims to areas including the South China Sea, and stepped up aggressive diplomatic pressure on smaller regional powers. These actions, French argues, are part of the nation’s goal of regaining the glory of its dynastic past. A veteran journalist, two-time winner of the Overseas Press Club Award, former China bureau chief for The New York Times, and author of China’s Second Continent, French shows how we can prepare for the future of a regionally dominant China by interpreting its present actions in light of its past.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ganesh Sitaraman - The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic

Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 pm
The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780451493910
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 14th, 2017

As America’s economic disparity has grown, political power has become increasingly concentrated in the hands of wealthier Americans. When the U.S. Constitution was framed, Sitaraman shows, it grew from a society of economic equality with a solid middle class, and so made few provisions to prevent the richest from taking control. Sitaraman, a long-time advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren, an associate professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School, and author of The Counterinsurgent’s Constitution, argues that citizens today need to decide whether to change the Constitution to reflect the loss of a viable middle class or, as we’ve done before, find ways to restore a more equable society.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr - Everywhere, Wonder — in the Children & Teens Dept.

Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 pm
Everywhere, Wonder Cover Image
By Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250087959
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Imprint - February 7th, 2017

Babies Ruin Everything Cover Image
By Matthew Swanson, Robbi Behr (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250080578
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Imprint - July 19th, 2016

Have you ever used your imagination to create a magical world in your own backyard? Swanson’s picture book demonstrates how a creative mind can take you places as far as the moon, as vast as the Grand Canyon, or as secret as a storm on the Coral Sea. Everywhere, Wonder urges readers to gather inspiration from their surroundings so they can tell stories of their own. After all, “You never know what you might see—or where your mind might take you.” Bright illustrations by Behr display a diverse range of landscapes, people, and creatures in this tale about a child’s curiosity. Ages 3 to 7.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Noah Isenberg - We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie

Friday, March 17 at 7:00 pm
We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393243123
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 14th, 2017

To mark the 75th anniversary of the timeless film Casablanca, Isenberg, Film Quarterly book review editor and director of screen studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, delves into the making of this triple Academy Award-winner and charts its long and rich cultural legacy. While recognized as a masterpiece from the first, the film grew from an unproduced stage play. Its makers faced criticism for controversial casting and struggled with Production Code censors. Through interviews with members of the cast and crew, Isenberg vividly recreates key behind-the-scenes moments, while his talks with fans and critics put the work in the larger contexts of history and cinematography.

Isenberg will be in conversation with Glenn Frankel, author of High Noon and The Searchers. There will be a screening of Casablanca at 6 p.m. Beer and wine sales will be available at the event from 6 to 7 p.m.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Erica Armstrong Dunbar - Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 pm
Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501126390
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Atria Books - February 7th, 2017

In her revelatory story of George Washington as a slaveholder, Dunbar, Blue and Gold Professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware and author of A Fragile Freedom, tells the story of a truly exceptional woman. Ona Judge (c. 1773-1848), a personal servant to Martha Washington, escaped during the First Family’s sojourn in Philadelphia in the 1790s—one of the rare female fugitives in a time when 90% of escaped slaves were men. Though the Washingtons never stopped trying to get her back, Judge lived out her life as a free woman in New Hampshire--which didn’t outlaw slavery until 1857—supported by the wider community of African Americans.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Dan Chaon - Ill Will

Saturday, March 18 at 3:30 pm
Ill Will Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345476043
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Ballantine Books - March 7th, 2017

As a practicing psychologist, Dustin should be able to spot self-deception, but sometimes the lines between truth and lies are too blurred—especially when memory distorts the facts. In his suspenseful third novel, Chaon, author of You Remind Me of Me, Await Your Reply, and three collections of short stories, follows Dustin back into a hysteria-fueled mass murder. Partly on the basis of Dustin’s testimony, his adopted brother Rusty was sentenced to life in prison. But many years later, new information surfaces, Rusty is released, and Dustin starts treating a man who believes a serial killer is preying on college students. A case of paranoia? Dustin crosses more than one professional boundary to find out what’s really going on.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nicholas Reynolds - Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961

Saturday, March 18 at 6:00 pm
Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961 Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062440136
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow & Company - March 14th, 2017

In this deeply researched portrait of Hemingway as a spy, Reynolds, a former CIA officer, curator of the CIA Museum, and author of Treason Was No Crime, traces the writer’s involvement in espionage back to the days of the OSS and the NKVD. Valued for his reporting skills and wide range of connections, Hemingway was seen as valuable to the Allied efforts against Hitler, including their struggle to liberate Paris from the Nazis, and he was recruited before and during the Second World War by both the Americans and the Soviets. Later, working undercover in Cuba, Hemingway grew skeptical of Communism, and Reynolds explores how Hemingway’s intelligence work affected his fiction, especially the late masterpiece, The Old Man and the Sea.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

NERDS! Trivia Night ♦

Saturday, March 18 at 8:00 pm

How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. in The Den. Then grab a drink special, put on your thinking cap, and join us upstairs for three rounds of mind-bending trivia by 8 p.m. Prizes awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages.

Beer and wine will be available.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Amy Dickinson - Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home

Sunday, March 19 at 1:00 pm
Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316352642
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Hachette Books - March 14th, 2017

Dickinson’s “Ask Amy” replaced “Ask Ann Landers” in 2003, and now the syndicated column appears in more than 150 publications. Picking up where The Mighty Queens of Freeville left off, Dickinson’s second memoir recounts the experiences that have made her such a successful advice columnist. With her signature humor and high spirits, Dickinson tells stories of her home town and her close-knit family, which was bound by both love and eating disorders. She also talks about finding romance in middle age, becoming a step-parent, and losing her own mother, treating each as a rite of passage in which she discovered new things about herself.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rachel Braun - Embroidery and Sacred Text: New Designs in Judaic Needlework

Sunday, March 19 at 5:00 pm
Embroidery and Sacred Text: New Designs in Judaic Needlework Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781483585000
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Bookbaby - December 4th, 2016

Twenty years ago, Braun, a high school math teacher as well as a synagogue service leader, Torah chanter, and Jewish educator, combined these areas of expertise to design Judaic text-based canvases for embroidery. The results have been elegant and inspiring, and have graced the walls of many libraries and places of worship. For her first book, Braun presents color photographs of nineteen new designs, forty embroidery motifs, and ten new embroidery alphabets, in Hebrew and English, accompanied with illuminating commentary on the designs’ spiritual lessons, needlework techniques, and the underlying mathematical structures.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 5th & K: Ulrich Boser - Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, Or, How to Become an Expert in Just about Anything

Monday, March 20 at 6:30 pm
Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, Or, How to Become an Expert in Just about Anything Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781623365264
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Rodale Books - March 7th, 2017

A former contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report, Boser is currently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he serves as the founding director of the Center’s science of learning initiative and writes extensively on education. In his third book he argues that how we learn is as important as what we learn. Further, he shows that learning itself is a skill anyone can master, one that doesn’t depend on innate ability, but on six key steps. The author of The Gardner Heist and The Leap, Boser conveys these steps in engaging and witty prose, telling stories to help make the lessons stick.

Boser will be in conversation with Greg Toppo, USA Today’s national K-12 education writer. This event is supported by the Dartmouth Club of Washington, D.C.

Busboys and Poets 5th & K
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions — at Sixth & I

Monday, March 20 at 7:00 pm
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781524733131
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

The award-winning author of Americanah, Adichie is also one of today's premier commentators on political and social issues.  In addition to her bestselling We Should All Be Feminists, she has written on Michelle Obama for The New York Times' T Magazine and on post-election activism in The New Yorker. In October 2016, her Facebook post in response to a friend's inquiry about how to raise her daughter as a feminist went viral immediately. Now available in print, Dear Ijeawele is an incisive and witty list of fifteen ways to empower a young woman. Ranging from the choice of toys—why not a helicopter as well as a doll?—to makeup, clothes, and sexuality, Adichie's suggestions foster strength and independence by opening possibilities and shattering conventions.

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Sharon Weinberger - The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of Darpa, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World

Monday, March 20 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780385351799
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 14th, 2017

Weinberger’s third book is a comprehensive history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Better known as DARPA, the Pentagon agency was founded in 1958 in response to the perceived threat of Sputnik and was charged with the mission of designing innovative technological solutions to the challenges facing the U.S. military. Weinberger, national security editor at The Intercept, author of Imaginary Weapons, and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center, has conducted extensive archival research and interviews with DARPA and Pentagon officials. Her book recounts both DARPA’s successes, which include the Internet, self-driving cars, and the Vietnam era’s armed drones, and its failures, such as the plan to drain the Great Lakes to fuel a missile-seeking particle beam.

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