Detailed Event List

Wednesday, September 28, 3:30 pm

Join the Politics & Prose Children and Teens Department for an after-school event replete with discounts, giveaways, book recommendations, and light refreshments! Learn about the benefits we offer and how you can utilize our services to find the best books available for the children you teach. Bring your current school ID and receive a 20% discount off all books during the open house; you can also pick up free books, posters, book bags, and more for your classroom. We’ll see you there!

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 pm
The Babe Ruth Deception Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781496702005
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - September 27th, 2016

With The Summer of 1787, Impeached, and American Emperor, Stewart, a former lawyer, established himself as a historian. Later, with The Lincoln Deception and The Wilson Deception, he took up historical fiction, spinning credible “what if” plots out of known facts and long-standing questions. In his third mystery, Stewart vividly evokes the 1920s. Babe Ruth, now playing for the Yankees, is having a stellar season, but as revelations about the crooked games of 1919 surface, his own 1918 achievements are under suspicion as well. Looking for help, he finds himself involved in bootlegging and other nefarious activities.

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll St NW
Washington, DC 20012
Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 pm
Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was Cover Image
By Sjon, Victoria Cribb (Translator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780374212438
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 2nd, 2016

In haunting miniatures including The Blue Fox and The Whispering Muse, Sjón, the Icelandic writer, poet, and lyricist, has given folkloric whimsy a sharp modernist edge. His latest narrative draws on the magic of early noir films, tracing the life of Máni Steinn Karlsson who, as a gay man in Reykjavik in 1918, is an outsider in a place that is itself largely outside the main stream of events. While he dreams up a world for himself inside darkened theaters, war and the Spanish flu epidemic are changing the landscape outside. Only when Máni joins forces with the mesmerizing Sóla G, a double for Irma Vep, can he begin to navigate the future.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, September 29, 6:30 pm
Framed! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481436304
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Aladdin - August 23rd, 2016

When most kids learn the ropes at a new school in a new city, the FBI is not particularly interested in how they do it. Florian Bates is diferent: when his family relocates to Washington, DC, Florian uses his signature Theory of All Small Things (T.O.A.S.T.) to quickly acclimate himself to his neighborhood and to Alice Deal Middle School. He quickly makes friends with Margaret, whom he teaches how to observe all the tiny details that together make up a much larger picture. They put T.O.A.S.T. into practice at the National Gallery, where they unwittingly observe what could be the key to solving a major art heist. Enter FBI Special Agent Marcus Rivers, who’s never had a secret weapon quite like Florian before. Ages 9-13.

Alice Deal Middle School
3815 Fort Dr. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Thursday, September 29, 8:00 pm
The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385542364
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Doubleday Books - August 2nd, 2016

In his sixth novel—the latest Oprah’s Book Club pick—Whitehead recreates the brutal antebellum south, following Cora as she escapes from slavery on a Georgia cotton plantation, killing a young white man in the process, and heads for freedom somewhere up north. In this mesmerizing reimagining by the award-winning author of The Intuitionist and John Henry Days, however, the Underground Railroad is exactly that: a network of tracks and tunnels built below the ground. While parts of it seem like a true refuge, other places are rife with slave-catchers and other, more insidious threats. Part adventure, part history, and part meditation on the meaning of “freedom,” Whitehead’s novel is very much a portrait of today’s America.

Whitehead will be in conversation with WAMU reporter Jonathan Wilson.

This event is part of the WAMU in Your Bookstore Series.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, September 30, 6:00 pm
When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780544814622
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 26th, 2016

Awarded the FIFA Golden Ball and the Silver Boot in 2015, Lloyd, currently playing for Houston Dash, is one of soccer’s all-time great champions. Her list of achievements includes scoring the gold-medal goals for the U.S. women’s team in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and captaining the team to victory in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. None of this has been easy, and Lloyd’s inspiring memoir looks back to both the glory moments and the times when she felt like giving up. It’s also a testament to hard work, determination, and an equally determined trainer who helped her turn things around back in 2003.

This event is a signing only and will be located in the Politics & Prose classroom space on the corner of Connecticut and Nebraska Avenues NW, next door to Comet Ping Pong.

Books for this event will be sold in the event space. Pre-ordered books will be available to pick up in the event space as well.  

The signing line will form at 5:00 PM and the order will be first come, first served. There are no tickets or reservations for this event.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, September 30, 7:00 pm
Alton Brown: EVERYDAYCOOK: this time it's personal Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781101885710
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Ballantine Books - September 27th, 2016

Alton Brown is the writer, director, and host of the Peabody Award-winning Food Network show, Good Eats, and the author of I’m Just Here for the Food, winner of the 2004 James Beard Award for best cookbook in the reference category. His latest book, EveryDayCook, rose from a yen to do a more “personal” project after years of hosting for TV and touring his own productions, The Edible Inevitable and Eat Your Science; the result is a collection of 101 recipes, with photos shot on Brown’s own iPhone, and tips on equipment, procedures, and ingredients. “This is the food I cook and eat on a day to day basis,” Brown says, “from morning to late at night and everywhere in-between.”

To enter the signing line customers will need a ticket. 

Everyone who purchases a copy of EveryDayCook at Politics & Prose will receive a signing line ticket.

To pre-order your book and ticket, purchase your copy through our website now, note in the comments field that you will attend the event, and your book and ticket will be waiting for you on September 30th.

A limited quantity of books and tickets will also be available at Politics & Prose on the day of the event. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 1, 1:00 pm
Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780872867055
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: City Lights Books - October 11th, 2016

One of The Atlantic’s hundred most influential figures in human history, Nader has been instrumental in the founding of scores of citizens groups as well as in the establishment of watchdog agencies including OSHA and the EPA. In dozens of books since his 1965 Unsafe at Any Speed, Nader has worked to educate and empower consumers. His latest call to action is an inspiring look at American citizens who have organized and waged successful fights against big business and corporate privilege; in this election year, Nader reminds readers how crucial and powerful democracy is.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 1, 3:30 pm
A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boy's Gift to Medical Science Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062438225
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: HarperOne - September 27th, 2016

When Gray’s unborn son was diagnosed with anencephaly, a terminal condition, Gray decided that the best way to give his life meaning was to donate his organs. Not viable for transplantation, they went to research, and Gray followed them through the scientific facilities at Harvard, Duke, and other institutions. Her account is a fascinating look at medical research as well as a moving chronicle of organ donation, full of doctors, counselors, technicians, and donor families. Now director of marketing and public affairs for the American Association of Tissue Banks, Gray is a frequent speaker and advocate for organ donation.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 1, 6:00 pm
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781620972250
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: New Press - September 6th, 2016

In books including The Outsourced Self and The Time Bind, Hochschild developed her influential theories of the power of emotion in social life. Now professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, Hochschild in her new book recounts her recent tour through the Louisiana bayou country. For a progressive thinker, these conservative communities might seem like alien territory. Yet while Hochschild couldn’t agree with the right-wing politics, she understood the frustration and anger behind them; her account of these hard-working believers in the American dream is compassionate and insightful.

Hochschild will be in conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, October 2, 12:00 pm
The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590179024
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: New York Review of Books - September 6th, 2016

Expanding on the essays he’s published in The New York Review of Books and The New Republic, Lilla’s seventh book is a rich history of political conservatism. Focusing on the often defining role of reactionaries, Lilla works through the legacy of Hegel and Heidegger as reflected in the thought of Franz Rosenzweig, Eric Voegelin, and Leo Strauss, then advances the theme to consider recent events, such as the January 2015 Paris attacks, tracing their effect on the reception of novels by Houellebecq, Zemmour, and others.

Lilla will be in conversation with Andrew Sullivan, former editor of The New Republic, and author of The Conservative Soul.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, October 2, 2:30 pm
The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977498
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

In her well-paced collection of essays, Boggs, author of the award-winning short-story collection Mattaponi Queen, charts the long and often agonizing process couples struggling with infertility endure as they try to have a child. She looks at the options available to would-be parents, from adoption—not as simple as most people think—to IVF and other highly technological medical procedures, all as invasive, painful, expensive, and iffy as they’re reputed to be. Even as she wonders why people sacrifice so much, Boggs admits to not fully understanding her own longing for a child, and her meditative exploration of parenthood includes considerations of a pregnant zoo gorilla, victims of forced sterilizations, and the childless lives of artists such as Virginia Woolf.

Boggs will be in conversation with Dan Kois, culture editor at Slate.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, October 4, 10:30 am
Juana and Lucas Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763672089
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2016

Juana loves her native city of Bogotá, Colombia, maybe even as much as she loves her canine “furry amigo” Lucas. He is one smart perro: he knows how to warn Juana when Mami is coming to yell at her for staying up too late, and even how to be a fútbol goalie. Lucas also knows when Juana has had a bad day, like when she learns that she has to take English lessons in school. She doesn’t see the point of trying to learn this confusing new language—until her grandparents promise her a trip to the Spaceland amusement park in Florida. It’s time to show inglés who’s boss!

Juana quiere a su ciudad natal de Bogotá, Colombia, tal vez igual que a su “furry amigo” Lucas. Él es un perro muy inteligente: sabe cómo advertir a Juana cuando Mami está viniendo para gritarle porque está trasnochando, y hasta sabe cómo jugar al portero. Lucas sabe también cuando Juana tiene un mal día, cómo cuando ella descubre que tiene que tomar lecciones de inglés en la escuela. Juana no le ve el sentido a esforzarse por aprender este idoma complicado— hasta que sus abuelos le prometen de viajar al parque de atracciones Spaceland en la Florida. Es hora de enseñar al inglés quién es la jefa! Para niños de 6 a 8 años de edad. Evento bilingüe

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 pm
The Red Bandanna: A Life. a Choice. a Legacy. Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781594206771
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Penguin Press - September 6th, 2016

Welles Crowther, who worked on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, was one of many who disappeared on 9/11. But when his mother read a news story eight months later about a man who had carried a woman down twenty flights of stairs shortly after the attack, she knew what had happened to her son. In this moving tribute to an ordinary man of extraordinary courage and selflessness, Rinaldi, the award-winning ESPN national correspondent, looks back over Crowther’s life, recounting his experiences as a volunteer firefighter in Upper Nyack and celebrating his close bond with his father, who, when Welles was a boy, gave him the red handkerchief witnesses saw in his back pocket when Crowther turned to go back up the stairs on September 11.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 5, 9:30 am
Juana and Lucas Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763672089
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2016

Juana loves her native city of Bogotá, Colombia, maybe even as much as she loves her canine “furry amigo” Lucas. He is one smart perro: he knows how to warn Juana when Mami is coming to yell at her for staying up too late, and even how to be a fútbol goalie. Lucas also knows when Juana has had a bad day, like when she learns that she has to take English lessons in school. She doesn’t see the point of trying to learn this confusing new language—until her grandparents promise her a trip to the Spaceland amusement park in Florida. It’s time to show inglés who’s boss! Ages 6-8.  Bilingual event.

Juana quiere a su ciudad natal de Bogotá, Colombia, tal vez igual que a su “furry amigo” Lucas. Él es un perro muy inteligente: sabe cómo advertir a Juana cuando Mami está viniendo para gritarle porque está trasnochando, y hasta sabe cómo jugar al portero. Lucas sabe también cuando Juana tiene un mal día, cómo cuando ella descubre que tiene que tomar lecciones de inglés en la escuela. Juana no le ve el sentido a esforzarse por aprender este idoma complicado— hasta que sus abuelos le prometen de viajar al parque de atracciones Spaceland en la Florida. Es hora de enseñar al inglés quién es la jefa! Para niños de 6 a 8 años de edad. Evento bilingüe

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 pm
The Summer She Was Under Water Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938466687
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Queen's Ferry Press - August 9th, 2016

Missile Paradise Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781632460097
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Ig Publishing - April 5th, 2016

Based in Baltimore, Michalski has published several collections of short fiction and the award-winning novel The Tide King, in addition to editing the anthology City Sages: Baltimore. Her second novel is a tour de force look at a complex family whose fraught past refuses to stay in the past. Unfolding over a long Fourth of July weekend, the narrative explores the Pinski family’s history of mental illness, alcoholism, and violence as understood by Sam Pinski. A novelist, Sam works her family’s ongoing trauma into her writing, and Michalski deftly shows how reality is both transformed and revealed by art. Michalski will be in conversation with Ron Tanner, award-winning author of stories, a memoir, and several novels, most recently Missile Paradise.

Tanner is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction and he teaches writing at Loyola University-Maryland. His latest novel is a sharp satire of America’s imperialist inclinations, set on one of the Marshall Islands in 2004. Still bearing the scars of the Cold War-era nuclear tests, the island is no Pacific paradise, and Tanner deftly interweaves the wildly divergent experiences of the Marshallese and the U.S. forces stationed there, as the War on Terror heats up.

Busboys and Poets 14th & V
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 pm
Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393293012
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 20th, 2016

Phillips, an award-winning poet who teaches at Drew University, grew up in Forsyth County, Georgia, a town with no black residents. Only as an adult did Phillips wonder about this, and his research led him to the 1912 murder of a white girl. The incident incited angry white mobs, who lynched one black man, cheered the hanging of two others, and went on a rampage that drove out over a thousand black members of the community. Phillips’s detailed account of this racial cleansing is as shocking as the long suppression, and he contextualizes Forsyth County’s past within the broader legacy of racial animosity that ranges from the 1830s Cherokee removals to the attacks on activists during the civil rights era.

Phillips will be in conversation with his sister, Rachel Hayden, now a Maryland social worker and therapist, who also grew up in the notorious “white county.”

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 5, 8:00 pm

Live performance is a popular feature at The Den. Our intimate room and supportive atmosphere distinguishes us as a unique space that appeals to musicians and audiences alike. All events are open to all ages and always free of charge. Usually held every first and third Wednesday night (check our online events calendar), this popular open mic night is a great opportunity for local musicians to step out and network in a comfortable, welcoming setting. Performances are typically packed with some of the areas most talented and most supportive musicians – forget what you thought you knew about Open Mics and come check it out! Hosted by John Trupp and often featuring special guest sets by local and visiting musicians. 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 FAQ

 

The Den at Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, downstairs
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, October 6, 10:30 am
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Cover Image
By Debbie Levy, Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481465595
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016

We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423119548
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Jump at the Sun - December 17th, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is known as The Notorious RBG for a reason. Throughout her life, she has defied society’s expectations of how girls and women should behave and spoken out against injustices ranging from women being paid less than men for equal work and racial and ethnic minorities’ right to vote being restricted. Levy traces the major events in and influences on Ginsburg’s life, including her mother’s belief in Ruth’s potential, her personal experience of prejudice as a Jewish woman, and her historic contributions to the American justice system. Ages 7-10

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, October 6, 7:00 pm
His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385350792
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 6th, 2016

A consummate statesman to the last, Franklin Roosevelt oversaw the D-Day invasion, the Manhattan Project, and attended the Yalta conference during his final sixteen months—a period overshadowed by his recent diagnosis of severe hypertension and congestive heart failure. In his deeply researched and compassionate account, Lelyveld, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Move Your Shadow and the former correspondent and executive editor of The New York Times, details FDR’s decisions and considers his motivations during this difficult time, masterfully interweaving the leader’s public and private concerns.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, October 6, 7:30 pm
Juana and Lucas Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763672089
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2016

Juana loves her native city of Bogotá, Colombia, maybe even as much as she loves her canine “furry amigo” Lucas. He is one smart perro: he knows how to warn Juana when Mami is coming to yell at her for staying up too late, and even how to be a fútbol goalie. Lucas also knows when Juana has had a bad day, like when she learns that she has to take English lessons in school. She doesn’t see the point of trying to learn this confusing new language—until her grandparents promise her a trip to the Spaceland amusement park in Florida. It’s time to show inglés who’s boss! Ages 6-8.  Bilingual event.

Juana quiere a su ciudad natal de Bogotá, Colombia, tal vez igual que a su “furry amigo” Lucas. Él es un perro muy inteligente: sabe cómo advertir a Juana cuando Mami está viniendo para gritarle porque está trasnochando, y hasta sabe cómo jugar al portero. Lucas sabe también cuando Juana tiene un mal día, cómo cuando ella descubre que tiene que tomar lecciones de inglés en la escuela. Juana no le ve el sentido a esforzarse por aprender este idoma complicado— hasta que sus abuelos le prometen de viajar al parque de atracciones Spaceland en la Florida. Es hora de enseñar al inglés quién es la jefa! Para niños de 6 a 8 años de edad. Evento bilingüe

Takoma Park Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Friday, October 7, 7:00 pm
A Truck Full of Money: One Man's Quest to Recover from Great Success Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812995244
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Random House - September 20th, 2016

Kidder is one of the best narrative nonfiction writers around, and his eleventh book combines the biographical flair of Mountains Beyond Mountains with the technological fluency that earned The Soul of a New Machine the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The story of Paul English, who cofounded Kayak.com in 2004 and became CEO of Blade, a venture-creation company, in 2014, takes us behind the scenes of tech start-ups and into the mind of a major player in that world. Engaging and iconoclastic, English discovered his rapport with computers early, and through digital connectivity has also developed a singular talent for motivating and inspiring the people who work with the technology.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 8, 1:00 pm
Biting the Hands That Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781610916752
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Island Press - September 15th, 2016

In the U.S. today, nearly 40% of food goes to waste. Much of this is the unintended consequence of laws regulating the food industry, such as standards for appearance, blanket sell-by dates that prohibit “expired” food from being donated, and laws that ban backyard fruit and vegetable gardens. Linnekin, a lawyer, adjunct professor at George Mason and American Universities, and founder and executive director of Keep Food Legal, surveys a variety of food regulations, interviews people involved in producing, selling, and preparing food, and spotlights the regulations that have been successful in promoting a sustainable, clean, and equable food supply.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 8, 3:30 pm
Nicotine Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062441706
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco Press - October 4th, 2016

In the slightly absurdist world of Zink’s third novel, Penny Baker’s complicated coming-of-age takes her from her shamanistic father’s new age healing center to business school then to her grandparents’ house in New Jersey. Renamed “Nicotine” and part of the Community Housing Action network, the old family home has become the headquarters for smokers’ rights activists. As wild, funny, and provocative as Zink’s take on conservation in The Wallcreeper or her Shakespearian look at race and gender in Mislaid, this novel is a sharp satire of alternative lifestyles from the hippie era to today’s identity politics.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 8, 6:00 pm
The Motion of Puppets Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781250057181
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Picador USA - October 4th, 2016

Evoking the uncanny as a way to explore complicated human emotions, Donohue has used legends of changelings and other enchanted figures in books including The Boy Who Drew Monsters, The Stolen Child, and The Angels of Destruction. His fifth novel is a tale of love and magic set in the Old City of Québec. Kay, a circus acrobat married to a translator, becomes intrigued by a puppet in a shop window, a shop that is always closed. But when Kay does finally get inside, she’s unable to leave; what’s more, she’s trapped inside the body of a puppet, to be released only if her husband can recognize her in her new identity.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, October 9, 1:00 pm
Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316300674
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - September 27th, 2016

Bergner’s sixth book expands on his 2011 New York Times Magazine article, which introduced twenty-four-year old Ryan Speedo Green, one of 2,100 singers competing in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. That Green won the competition may be the least amazing part of this unforgettable story. Growing up in poverty in southeastern Virginia, Green faced violence on the streets and an overwhelmed, volatile mother at home. At age twelve he was sent to a juvenile facility of last resort and held in solitary confinement. His life seemed all but over. Yet a combination of inner strength, dedicated teachers, and a love of music helped Green not only overcome the immense challenges of privation, racism, and rage, but enabled him to become a world class bass-baritone.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, October 9, 5:00 pm
Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802125644
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - October 4th, 2016

In his new book, Price, a long-time Sports Illustrated senior writer, tells two related stories that, together, testify to American resilience. A profile of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, the narrative chronicles the community’s amazing high-school football team, which has produced NFL stars such as Mike Ditka and Darrelle Revis. The town was also noteworthy as the headquarters of the Jones & Laughlin steel mill, once the nation’s fourth largest. But the mill, which had been a crucial supplier during World War II, closed in 2000. As Aliquippa faced economic decline and social ills, its football team continued its outstanding record on the field, and served as a sustaining source of civic pride.

In conversation with Chuck Lane, columnist for The Washington Post.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, October 9, 9:00 pm

Continuing the P&P tradition of making the presidential debates a community event, we invite you to watch the broadcast in the store, where we will project the second face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on a large screen where our speakers usually stand. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch and discuss the debate with a uniquely well-informed crowd!  

Refreshments will be available before and during the broadcast, and The Den will run a special debate Happy Hour from 7 p.m.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, October 10, 6:30 pm
Folding the Red Into the Black: Developing a Viable Untopia for Human Survival in the 21st Century Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781944869069
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Or Books - October 11th, 2016

Mosley’s Easy Rawlins, Fearless Jones, and Leonid McGill mysteries represent only one side of this accomplished writer’s achievements. Best known as a novelist, Mosley, winner of PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, has also published nonfiction works on politics, economics, and race, including Workin’ on the Chain Gang and Twelve Steps toward Political Revelation. A compelling social visionary, Mosley here draws on his experiences as a Jewish African American to urge readers to reject the demands of both capitalism and socialism and instead find creative alternatives to fulfill their own and humanity’s deepest potential.

Busboys and Poets 14th & V
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Monday, October 10, 7:00 pm
Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781501126543
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 13th, 2016

Slater’s second book is an eye-opening account of Mexican drug cartels, cross-border violence, and the transformation of ordinary American teenagers into thugs. Tracing the lives of several boys growing up in Laredo, Texas, Slater recounts how poverty and limited opportunities made them easy marks for the Zetas, a gang that recruited them to steal, smuggle, and kill. In a concurrent narrative, Slater, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, follows the increasingly demoralized detective Robert Garcia, as he pursues the “lobos” and their bosses, gradually realizing that current measures to curb the drug trade are largely useless.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, October 10, 7:00 pm
Duck on a Tractor Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545619417
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Blue Sky Press - September 13th, 2016

After Duck’s legendary ride chronicled in Duck on a Bike, our hero sets his sights on a bigger, louder, and faster vehicle in his latest adventure. How could a vehicle-loving duck like him not bow to the temptation of taking Farmer O’Dell’s tractor for a spin? At first the other animals look askance at Duck’s daring caper; eventually reasoning that he already defied expectations with his bike ride, however, they join him for a drive through town. Mouse, Cat, Dog, and more pile on the tractor for what will surely be a barnyard bonding experience—but what will the humans think? Ages 4-8

Takoma Park Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Tuesday, October 11, 10:30 am
Duck on a Tractor Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545619417
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Published: Blue Sky Press - September 13th, 2016

Duck on a Bike Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780439050234
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Published: Blue Sky Press (AZ) - April 2002

A Bad Case of Stripes Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780439598385
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 2004

After Duck’s legendary ride chronicled in Duck on a Bike, our hero sets his sights on a bigger, louder, and faster vehicle in his latest adventure. How could a vehicle-loving duck like him not bow to the temptation of taking Farmer O’Dell’s tractor for a spin? At first the other animals look askance at Duck’s daring caper; eventually reasoning that he already defied expectations with his bike ride, however, they join him for a drive through town. Mouse, Cat, Dog, and more pile on the tractor for what will surely be a barnyard bonding experience—but what will the humans think? Ages 4-8

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, October 13, 10:30 am
Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781438006918
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Published: Barron's Educational Series - May 2016

With the pervasive media coverage covering this year’s campaigns, kids of all ages are talking about presidential elections more than ever. Sobel explains how they work, from rules about who can run (no one younger than 35, please!) to what, exactly, the famously confusing electoral college does. Sidebars provide fun facts about past presidents, such as which presidents were related (did you know that James Madison and Zachary Taylor were cousins?) and how many people ran in the very first presidential election (hint: George Washington didn’t have anything to worry about!). All elections through 2012 are addressed, while a glossary provides further information about important terms. Ages 8 and up

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm
A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785 Cover Image
By Matthew Olshan, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374329549
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - October 11th, 2016

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm
Time Travel: A History Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780307908797
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 27th, 2016

In his seventh book, Gleick, the author of Chaos and The Information, classics of the history of science and technology, looks at the evolution of modern ideas about time. Taking as his point of departure H.G. Wells’s 1895 novel The Time Machine, Gleick uses a range of cultural references to chart the industrial revolution’s radical break from traditional, seasonal rhythms. Showing how factories, railroads, and eventually all of daily life became synchronized to mechanical, fixed schedules, Gleick suggests that time itself has come to seem like a mechanical device, which helps explain today’s accelerating pace and the demands for ever faster connections and instant responses.

Gleick will be in conversation with Franklin Foer, former editor of The New Republic.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, October 14, 7:00 pm
The Most Famous Writer Who Ever Lived: A True Story of My Family Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399174599
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 4th, 2016

The eponymous figure of Shroder’s third book is his grandfather, MacKinlay Kantor (1904-1977). Well known in his time, Kantor counted as friends Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandberg, Gregory Peck, and James Cagney. He won the 1956 Pulitzer Prize for Andersonville—one of over thirty novels he wrote, in addition to children’s books, screenplays, and nonfiction, including a collaboration with Curtis LeMay. But Kantor ended his life as he started it, in poverty, and Shroder, a former Washington Post Magazine editor and author of the compelling analysis of PTSD and psychedelic drugs, Acid Test, turns his subject’s life into a moving meditation on the nature of fame and lasting legacies.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 15, 1:00 pm
ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501105913
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 6th, 2016

Today more than one in seven children is diagnosed with ADHD, and the number is steadily rising. Many experts believe this rate is already higher than is statistically probable, and Schwarz’s investigation is as much a socio-cultural analysis as it is a medical one. Tracing the history of the disorder and its treatments, Schwarz profiles many key figures in the debate, including the Ritalin pioneer Dr. Keith Conners, who now has second thoughts about the ubiquitous prescriptions, as well as pharmacists, drug manufacturers, and ADHD patients who struggle as much with the effects of medication as they do with their condition. Schwarz’s comprehensive study does for ADHD what his award-winning New York Times series did for raising awareness of concussions among football players.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 15, 3:30 pm
Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781451660494
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Published: Scribner Book Company - September 20th, 2016

Nelson’s comprehensive account of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is both a dramatic retelling of the incident from the perspective of many who were on the scene and an illuminating examination of the politics involved, for both the Americans and the Japanese. The author of Rocket Men, The First Heroes, and other narrative histories, Nelson has consulted fresh documents and conducted extensive interviews to show how this event from seventy-five years ago, which killed 2,400 men and sank or damaged sixteen ships, continues to define our sense of national security today.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 15, 6:00 pm
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780871403131
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 27th, 2016

In print for nearly sixty years, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle are recognized as classics, and their author, Franklin argues in her comprehensive biography of Shirley Jackson (1916-1965), deserves to be seen as a major American writer. Drawing on extensive interviews and previously unknown correspondence, Franklin, a book critic and former Guggenheim fellow, traces Jackson’s life through a troubled childhood and difficult marriage. Franklin reads Jackson’s fiction as a response to these personal demons as well as a reflection of the repressive post-war years, showing how Jackson took the American Gothic she inherited from Poe and Hawthorne and transformed it to her own brand of “domestic horror.”

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, October 16, 12:00 pm
Each Day: A Veteran Educator's Guide to Raising Children Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781475827767
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 2016

Headmaster of St. Albans School since 1999, Wilson has many years of experience as a teacher and school administrator, yet his guide to helping educators and parents steer children to success does not focus on test scores or college admission. Rather, Wilson considers larger notions of meaning and fulfillment, striving to instill an idealism that will sustain children throughout their lives. His vibrant narrative combines his own memories of growing up in the South, illuminating episodes from history, and wide-ranging literary selections.

This event is part of the Politics and Prose Parenting Series.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, October 16, 2:30 pm
Berlin for Jews: A Twenty-First-Century Companion Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9780226010663
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 14th, 2016

Long before the Nazis rose to power, Barkan reminds us, Berlin had a thriving community of assimilated Jews, leaders in business and the arts who were essential to building and shaping the city’s rich culture. In this sparkling tour of a city he loves, Barkan, who teaches in Princeton’s Department of Comparative Literature, presents Berlin through the lens of its Jewish history, taking readers through sites including the elegant Bayerisches Viertel, designed by a Jew and known as “Jewish Switzerland,” and profiling prominent Jewish Berliners such as Rahel Varnhagan, known for the elevated discussion at her salons, and the philanthropist and art collector James Simon.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, October 16, 5:00 pm
American Justice 2016: The Political Supreme Court Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780812248906
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Published: University of Pennsylvania Press - October 10th, 2016

Caplan’s latest book looks at the Supreme Court’s work during the term that ended in June 2016, which he analyzes for signs of what he argues is the growing politicization of recent High Court decisions. While in theory the judiciary should be free of politics, Caplan argues that decisions including those on the 2000 presidential election, abortion, campaign finance law, and other issues reflect national political divisions. Caplan, currently the Truman Capote Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, considers, first, whether the ideal of an objective judiciary is realistic and, second, what politicization could mean for future cases involving divisive social and political questions.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, October 17, 10:30 am
Ashes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781416961468
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 4th, 2016

Chains Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781416905868
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Published: Atheneum Books - January 5th, 2010

Forge Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781416961451
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 24th, 2012

In the conclusion to the Seeds of America trilogy, it’s 1781 and Isabel and Curzon are five years into their search for Isabel’s younger sister, Ruth. Making their way south from Valley Forge has been a long and treacherous journey, one that finally ends in South Carolina when the two find Ruth on a desolate plantation. Isabel shortly discovers, however, that her quest for peace and belonging is far from over. As Ruth rebels against her forced separation from the home she grew to love and Curzon longs to fight alongside the Patriots, the three young people are once again caught up in major historical events as they struggle to find themselves. Ages 10 to 14

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, October 17, 6:30 pm
Studio Stories: Illuminating Our Lives Through Art Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781941830895
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Published: Shanti Arts LLC - September 15th, 2016

An artist and art educator, Rader has worked in media ranging from clay and stone to oils and pastels. She is equally open and innovative in her thinking about the creative process, and her new book is both a meditation on creativity and a guide to activating the imagination in daily life. With powerful stories gleaned from both her own experience and from that of her students, she shows readers the surprising places self-expression may take them and the differences it can make.

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Monday, October 17, 7:00 pm
The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781594204845
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Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

Mallaby, a former Washington Post columnist, is currently a senior fellow at The Council on Foreign Relations. He follows his definitive history of the hedge fund industry, More Money than God, with this magisterial biography of Alan Greenspan, who headed the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. Starting with Greenspan’s early years as a math prodigy and the son of a single mother, Mallaby charts the development of the economist’s Ayn Rand-inflected libertarianism, his work under Nixon as a member of the White House council of Economic Advisors, and, at the Fed, his gradual shift to more pragmatic views. He also shows that Greenspan was not as reflexively anti-regulation as his post-2008 reputation has it; rather, he was unsuccessful in pushing through reforms, and Mallaby speculates whether anyone in Greenspan’s position could have done better.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, October 17, 7:00 pm
Ashes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781416961468
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 4th, 2016

In the conclusion to the Seeds of America trilogy, it’s 1781 and Isabel and Curzon are five years into their search for Isabel’s younger sister, Ruth. Making their way south from Valley Forge has been a long and treacherous journey, one that finally ends in South Carolina when the two find Ruth on a desolate plantation. Isabel shortly discovers, however, that her quest for peace and belonging is far from over. As Ruth rebels against her forced separation from the home she grew to love and Curzon longs to fight alongside the Patriots, the three young people are once again caught up in major historical events as they struggle to find themselves. Ages 10 to 14

Bethesda Library
7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tuesday, October 18, 10:30 am
Hotel Bruce Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484743621
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 18th, 2016

Bruce the bear and the four ducklings he adopted in Mother Bruce return from their yearly migration south to discover that their home has been overrun by mice. This isn’t a typical rodent invasion, however—these mice have converted Bruce’s house into a woodland hotel! Perennially grumpy Bruce insists that these small trespassers take their leave, but he and his ducklings continue to find guests of all shapes and sizes in the oddest places (including the toilet). Can Bruce find room in his heart for the latest creatures to turn his life upside down? Ages 4-8

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, October 18, 4:00 pm
The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385540575
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 11th, 2016

When the Chinese entered the Korean War in November 1950 on the side of North Korea, they precipitated not only a geo-strategic crisis but sparked a showdown between two of America’s most powerful leaders. Starting with this decisive moment, Brands, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and author of a wide range of narrative histories, including American Colossus and American Dreams, traces the battle between the popular General MacArthur—who had predicted the Chinese would not enter the war—and the underestimated President Truman over how America should conduct its foreign policy. Drawing on correspondence and transcripts of official hearings, Brands conveys the full tension and drama of the period, which ended with Truman firing MacArthur in April 1951

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 pm
Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good Cover Image
By Chuck Collins, Morris Pearl (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781603586832
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - September 23rd, 2016

An heir of the meatpacker Oscar Mayer, Collins was born into the one percent. He donated his wealth when he was in his twenties and took up the fight against inequality. An activist ever since, Collins has spoken out in numerous journals and in books including 99 to 1 and, with Bill Gates, Wealth and Our Commonwealth. Currently co-editor of Inequality.org for the Institute for Policy Studies, Collins is an example of how the rich can be part of the solution, not part of the problem, and his latest book discusses the work of initiatives like United for a Fair Economy that help bridge both sides of the income divide, channeling the energy to change and community building.

Busboys and Poets 5th & K
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Hotel Bruce Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484743621
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 18th, 2016

Bruce the bear and the four ducklings he adopted in Mother Bruce return from their yearly migration south to discover that their home has been overrun by mice. This isn’t a typical rodent invasion, however—these mice have converted Bruce’s house into a woodland hotel! Perennially grumpy Bruce insists that these small trespassers take their leave, but he and his ducklings continue to find guests of all shapes and sizes in the oddest places (including the toilet). Can Bruce find room in his heart for the latest creatures to turn his life upside down? Ages 4-8

Takoma Park Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316337540
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 18th, 2016

Macy, a longtime Roanoke Times reporter, won national recognition with Factory Man, her award-winning profile of Virginia’s Bassett Furniture Company, which starkly portrayed the local effects of globalization. Her second book focuses on the rural tobacco town of Truevine, Virginia, where in 1899 two sons of a black sharecropper were kidnapped for the circus. On tour, George and Willie Muse, both under ten, became Eko and Ito. They traveled the world and performed for royalty, but were forced into demeaning roles as freaks and even Martians. Reunited with their family nearly thirty years later, the brothers continued to work in side shows. Macy’s account is both a fast-paced narrative and a deeply disturbing picture of racist exploitation.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 pm
Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781568589756
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Published: Nation Books - October 4th, 2016

Statistics predict that on any given day, seven people under age nineteen will be shot in the United States. Choosing a day at random, Younge, an award-winning British columnist currently writing for The Nation, and the author of No Place Like Home and Who Are We, investigates the premature ends of ten young people killed by guns on November 23, 2013. The victims ranged from age nine to eighteen. They died in New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio, and Chicago, victims of domestic violence, rage, and gangs. In telling the particular stories of these lost lives, Younge excoriates a culture that values its guns more than it does its children.

Busboys and Poets 5th & K
1025 5th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 pm
The Mothers Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399184512
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 11th, 2016

Unfolding with crackling, ongoing commentary from the eponymous chorus—the elderly ladies of the Upper Room Chapel—Bennett’s eagerly awaited debut is a richly plotted and sharply observed novel of three young people growing up in a small African American community in California. Seventeen, rebellious, and reeling from her mother’s suicide, Nadia gets involved with Luke, a former high school football star and son of the local preacher. The relationship is brief, but its consequences—which Nadia keeps secret from Aubrey, her best friend—haunt her through college, law school, and her return to her hometown, where the trio’s relationships are reconfigured in startling ways. Winner of the University of Michigan’s Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, Bennett has published work in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and other literary journals.

Bennett will be in conversation with Tayla Burney, a producer for The Kojo Nnamdi Show.

This event is part of the P&P WAMU in Your Bookstore series.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 pm

Live performance is a popular feature at The Den. Our intimate room and supportive atmosphere distinguishes us as a unique space that appeals to musicians and audiences alike. All events are open to all ages and always free of charge. Usually held every first and third Wednesday night (check our online events calendar), this popular open mic night is a great opportunity for local musicians to step out and network in a comfortable, welcoming setting. Performances are typically packed with some of the areas most talented and most supportive musicians – forget what you thought you knew about Open Mics and come check it out! Hosted by John Trupp and often featuring special guest sets by local and visiting musicians. 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 FAQ

The Den at Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, downstairs
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 19, 9:00 pm

Continuing the P&P tradition of making the presidential debates a community event, we invite you to watch the broadcast in the store, where we will project the final face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on a large screen where our speakers usually stand. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch and discuss the debate with a uniquely well-informed crowd!

Refreshments will be available before and during the broadcast, and The Den will run a special debate Happy Hour from 7 p.m.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, October 20, 6:30 pm
Mourner's Bench Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781557286789
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Arkansas Press - September 2015

Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781583675625
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Monthly Review Press - October 22nd, 2015

Forest Primeval: Poems Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780810132436
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Published: Triquarterly Books - November 30th, 2015

Under the Udala Trees Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544811799
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Mariner Books - September 20th, 2016

The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation was founded in 1990 and is dedicated to discovering, mentoring and honoring Black writers. Through workshops for adult writers and teens, master classes, and readings, the organization preserves the voices of Black writers in the world literary canon, serves as a community for writers, and continues a tradition of literary excellence in storytelling established by its namesakes. The Legacy Awards honors the best in Black literature in America and around the globe. Join us for a reading by 2016 nominees

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll St NW
Washington, DC 20012
Thursday, October 20, 6:30 pm
Delicious Foods Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316284936
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 19th, 2016

Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316277815
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 4th, 2016

Where Everybody Looks Like Me: Life, Death and Resurrection at the Black College Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062323231
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Published: Amistad Press - September 22nd, 2015

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780062201027
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Published: Amistad Press - September 6th, 2016

Honest Engine: Poems Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780820347288
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: University of Georgia Press - April 2015

The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation was founded in 1990 and is dedicated to discovering, mentoring and honoring Black writers. Through workshops for adult writers and teens, master classes, and readings, the organization preserves the voices of Black writers in the world literary canon, serves as a community for writers, and continues a tradition of literary excellence in storytelling established by its namesakes. The Legacy Awards honors the best in Black literature in America and around the globe. Join us for a reading by 2016 nominees

Busboys and Poets 14th & V
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Thursday, October 20, 7:00 pm
Enough Said: What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250059574
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 6th, 2016

President and CEO of The New York Times Company since 2012 and former Director-General of the BBC, Thompson considers both the needs of readers and the objectives of speakers in his investigation of how political language is used, transmitted, and perceived. His detailed analysis of classic rhetorical skills, political doublespeak, and both traditional and social media exposes a paradox: more opportunities for speech exist than ever before, yet with all the information available, Thompson finds there’s less actual communication between politicians and the public. Citing language misused and/or misunderstood, he warns of the dangers of too little accountability in speech.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, October 21, 7:00 pm
The Angel of History Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125767
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - October 4th, 2016

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 22, 1:00 pm
Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780307271204
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 16th, 2016

Amid the chaos of the Civil War, hundreds of thousands of slaves escaped on their own. Known as “contraband,” these men, women, and children settled in camps alongside those of the Union troops. In her second book, Manning, an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University and the author of What This Cruel War Was Over, shows the important role these “contraband camps” played in helping fugitive slaves not only elude recapture but also form mutually beneficial alliances with Union soldiers. While the camps themselves were makeshift, disease ridden, and often short of supplies, they offered newly independent blacks a measure of security that extended to their getting support from federal officials later when the former Confederate states refused to recognize their freedom.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

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