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Wednesday, September 2, 6:30 pm
$24.00
ISBN: 9780374292089
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 16th, 2014

In his first novel, Darnielle tells an intricate and powerful story about identity, roles, and a game that can have disastrous implications if taken too far. Now in paperback, the book starts with the unraveling of Trace Italian as its creator, a withdrawn seventeen-year-old, is forced to answer for the consequences of his imaginary world for two of its players, which also means he has to work his way back to the incident that left him disfigured and alienated. Readers may recognize Darnielle as the guitarist, vocalist, and composer of the indie folk rock band, the Mountain Goats.

Darnielle will be in conversation with musician and writer Albert Mudrian, Editor-In-Chief at Decibel Magazine and author of Choosing Death.

This event is part of the Politics & Prose and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation Contemporary Fiction Reading Series at Busboys and Poets.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, September 2, 7:00 pm
$18.00
ISBN: 9780316334426
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Published: Poppy Books - September 1st, 2015

Tomorrow, Clare and Aidan will leave for different colleges. Tonight, however, Clare has a plan: a chronological “refresher course” of all the places that have meant something to their relationship. What neither teen knows is if they’ll still be together in the morning. Ages 13 – 16

Smith will be in conversation with Politics & Prose book buyer Mary Alice Garber.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, September 2, 7:00 pm
By Dina Gold, Stuart E. Eizenstadt (Foreword by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781627229708
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Published: Ankerwycke - August 7th, 2015

In her first book, Gold, co-chair of the Washington Jewish Film Festival and senior editor at Moment, the largest independent Jewish magazine in North America, applies her skills as a former BBC investigative reporter to tracking the fate of her family’s Berlin property both during the Reich and in the city’s post-war Soviet sector. Built by her great-grandfather in 1910 to house his fur company, the property was seized by the Nazi head of the Victoria Insurance company—a man also connected with German Railways, instrumental in Auschwitz transports. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, however, the dreams of reclaiming the property became a successful fight for restitution, and Gold’s chronicle is the rare story of determination and justice.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, September 3, 10:30 am
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452131566
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 25th, 2015

Leo is a friendly soul, excited to welcome a new family to his home. Unfortunately, the first meeting is less than successful: the newcomers can’t seem to get past the fact that Leo is a ghost. Expelled from his own house, the lonely phantom wanders the city. When he meets a young girl named Jane, however, his luck may be beginning to change. Ages 3 – 6

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, September 3, 6:30 pm
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374280604
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 7th, 2014

Tobar was granted exclusive access to the miners who survived sixty-nine days trapped in Chile’s San José Mine in 2010. An experienced journalist and novelist, Tobar has deftly interwoven stories of geology, unlooked-for adventure, and spiritual meaning. He follows the action both on the surface, at Camp Esperanza (Hope) with an international team of rescuers, including NASA advisors, and 2,000 feet below, where the men ration their dwindling supplies, pray, and try not to give up.

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Thursday, September 3, 7:00 pm
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062238467
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Published: Harper - September 2015

In her new book, Hirshman draws on her skills as an attorney, a former Brandeis professor of philosophy and women’s studies, and her previous work on social movements, notably Victory and Hard Bargains, for a detailed dual profile of the first two women appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Hirshman had wide access to colleagues of both Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg and she delves deeply into all phases of their careers. Opposites in many ways, O’Connor, who served on the Bench from 1981 to 2006, and Ginsburg, who was appointed in 1993, forged strong bonds; together, as Hirshman shows, the two not only influenced the course of many important issues, but set an example for what women can do.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, September 3, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781452131566
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 25th, 2015

Leo is a friendly soul, excited to welcome a new family to his home. Unfortunately, the first meeting is less than successful: the newcomers can’t seem to get past the fact that Leo is a ghost. Expelled from his own house, the lonely phantom wanders the city. When he meets a young girl named Jane, however, his luck may be beginning to change. Ages 3 – 6

Takoma Park Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Friday, September 4, 7:00 pm
$19.00
ISBN: 9780316126045
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Published: Little Brown and Company - August 25th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780545591614
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 30th, 2015

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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2015

Bray, Older, and Skovron each create a version of New York both like and completely unlike the one we know. A Diviner, a Shadowshaper, and a monster respectively serve as the reader’s guides to these darker, more magical Big Apples. Ages 15 and up

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 5, 10:00 am
 until 10 p.m.

Politics & Prose is proud to be the official bookseller for the 2015 National Book Festival.

Come to the 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. To mark this anniversary, as well as the the 200th anniversary of the Library's acquisition of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, the festival has as its theme Jefferson's quote, "I Cannot Live Without Books."

This year's festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities.

For more information and a schedule of events visit http://www.loc.gov/bookfest.

 

Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
Sunday, September 6, 1:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780545402958
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015

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Published: Scholastic Press - May 26th, 2015

Savage presents a hide-and-seek adventure in which Walrus gains a sidekick when he breaks out of the zoo. Sís, meanwhile, serves up a young boy’s vision of summer, filtered through the lens of one of the world’s favorite sweet treats. Ages 5 – 7

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, September 6, 6:30 pm
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545621847
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015

Writer and recently retired Sesame Street star Manzano remembers her journey from a thoroughfare in the Bronx to the most beloved street on television. A colorful yet complicated childhood provided both challenges and inspiration as she eventually inhabited the role of Maria, the name by which she is now known to generations of Sesame viewers. Ages 13 – 17

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 pm
$30.00
ISBN: 9781627794176
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 25th, 2015

The senior senator from Minnesota, Klobuchar was elected in 2006—the first woman to serve her state as a U.S. senator. Her forthright and often funny account of her career is as much a chronicle of politics as it is the story of an American family. Klobuchar looks back to her grandparents’ experiences as immigrants, charts her father’s struggle with alcoholism, and recounts her own fight to guarantee new mothers and infants a forty-eight-hour hospital stay. Whatever the issue at hand, Klobuchar emphasizes the need to avoid partisanship in crafting legislation—and she repeatedly shows that this is not only imperative, but possible.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 pm
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062408679
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Published: Ecco Press - September 8th, 2015

In A Widow’s Story Oates gave a powerful and moving account of her husband’s sudden death and how the loss led her to fresh perspectives on life. In her new memoir, the award-winning writer and Princeton professor of the humanities jumps farther back in time, chronicling her childhood and adolescence in rural western New York. An avid storyteller even then, Oates credits Alice in Wonderland with inspiring her to find adventures in everything, and she remains true to that spirit, bringing to life family and friends (which include a chicken) and reflecting on hard work.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, September 9, 6:30 pm
By Hana Andronikova, David Short (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780996072212
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Published: Plamen Press - May 2nd, 2015

Plamen Press, named for the Slavic word for “flame,” is dedicated to making Eastern European literature available to readers of English. Join Feingold, Plamen’s editor-in-chief, and Kostovski, a translator who is also the press’s director, for a celebration of the first English-language edition of this novel by the late Czech writer, Hana Andronikova. Winner of the Magnesia Litera Award in 2002—her country’s highest literary honor—Andronikova’s novel unfolds over the course of a day and a night, yet spans twentieth-century events from a Czech village in the 1920s to Calcutta in the 1930s, from war-torn Europe to post-war Canada and on to contemporary Denver.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 pm

In her forthright and compelling memoir, Plenty Ladylike, Missouri’s first female senator, Claire McCaskill, recounts her life in politics: from her informal stumping for JFK while trick-or-treating when she was seven to her election as homecoming queen, then state senator, county prosecutor, and U.S. Senator. In her current position, which she’s held since 2006, McCaskill has been instrumental in measures involving earmark spending reform, oversight of military contractors, and addressing sexual assault in the military.

Claire McCaskill will be in conversation with Senator Cory Booker.

This event is part of The Newsmakers Series, a partnership of Politics & Prose and George Washington University, that moves beyond the headlines to spark in-depth conversations about contemporary issues.

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GW Marvin Center — Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052
Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 pm
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935536505
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Published: Four Way Books - October 7th, 2014

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, the highly accomplished Pardlo is also the associate editor of the journal Callaloo, a Columbia writing teacher, and translator of the Dutch poet Niels Lyngso. His individual poems have been selected for two volumes of the Best American Poetry, while his first collection, Totem, won the APR/Honickman Prize and his second, Digest, the Pulitzer. Cited for being “clear-voiced” in its presentation of “news from 21st-century America,” Pardlo’s latest work articulates a range of public and private experience, from the uses culture makes of its icons to the fears and frustrations of parenthood to the powers of academic discourse that often mystifies as much as it illuminates.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, September 10, 7:00 pm
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812997477
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Published: Random House - August 18th, 2015

Winner of the Pulitzer and many other prizes for The Orphan Master’s Son, his second novel, Johnson teaches writing at Stanford and is also an accomplished writer of shorter fiction. The six stories of his second collection roam the world, ferreting out narratives of unexpected challenges. Two North Koreans struggle to understand how to live free lives in Seoul. A former Stasi agent compulsively denies his past even as evidence of his lies keeps turning up. A dying woman rages against the family that will survive her. This is powerful work, at once dark and illuminating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, September 10, 7:00 pm

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For the legions of fans of the #1 New York Times bestsellers "Daring Greatly" and "The Gifts of Imperfection", comes the next step in the groundbreaking research of thought leader Brené Brown, Ph.D.  A research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Brown's TED talks on shame and vulnerability have garnered over 23 million views and have changed our cultural conversation. Her new book, Rising Strong, tells us what it takes to get back up after failure and teaches us how owning our stories of disappointment and heartbreak give us the power to write a daring new ending.

This event does not include a public signing.
Each bundled ticket will include a copy of Rising Strong that has already been signed by Brené.
Rather than a personalization/meet-and-greet line following the event, Brené has asked to extend the audience discussion and Q&A.

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Thursday, September 10, 7:00 pm
$16.99
ISBN: 9781634501675
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Published: Sky Pony Press - September 2015

Macy has everything figured out. With a great family (minus her superficial mom), a best friend, a sort-of boyfriend, and a plan for college, she should be feeling better about her life—but Sebastian, a recently reappeared acquaintance and a recovering addict, prevents her from being complacent. He somehow sees through Macy’s façade and into the secrets she thought she was hiding so well. Ages 15 and up

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, September 11, 9:00 am

All weekend long, Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13, we invite Politics & Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs!

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

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

Friday, September 11, 7:00 pm
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062305251
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 8th, 2015

Drawing on her extensive experience as a correspondent for MSNBC and on her stint in 2008 as press aide for then-Senator Obama’s Florida campaign, Reid, also managing editor of TheGrio.com, profiles the Democratic Party in the age of the Clintons and Obama. Charting the complicated relationship and shifting power dynamics among these three leaders, Reid shows how the interpersonal politics, along with individual strategies, ambitions, and responses to events such as Ferguson have influenced decisions and policies—which, in turn, have shaped and reshaped the Party.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 12, 1:00 pm
$26.00
ISBN: 9780252081392
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Published: University of Illinois Press - August 30th, 2015

In this comprehensive portrait of Richard Durham (1917-1984), the indefatigable radio pioneer, ground- breaking journalist, and community organizer, Williams draws on her academic experience as a professor in Howard University’s department of media, journalism, and film, and her own achievements as the Peabody Award-winning radio producer of programs including Wade In the Water and Black Radio: Telling it Like it Was. In recounting Durham’s work and its lasting legacy, she draws on interviews with his associates, including Toni Morrison, and on both public archives and Durham family records.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 12, 3:30 pm
$27.00
ISBN: 9780544409910
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 1st, 2015

In her first novel, the author of Flower Confidential, The Drunken Botanist, and other books on plants and insects turns from nature to human nature. Stewart looks back to 1914 and the life of Constance Kopp, one of the first women to serve as a deputy sheriff.  Kopp stands out in any crowd—she’s very tall—and can more than hold her own. But when the powerful owner of a silk factory resists her enforcement of the law after a traffic infraction, she has to face her family’s past—and the secrets that make her vulnerable.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 12, 6:00 pm
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374174248
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - August 4th, 2015

With Sea of Poppies, Ghosh launched his saga of the 19th-century opium trade with the Ibis setting out across the Indian Ocean, bound for China. The sequel, River of Smoke, continued the adventures of the ship’s diverse passengers and crew, and ratcheted up the class tensions and economic stakes. As the trilogy’s concluding volume begins, it’s 1839 and the British foreign secretary is mobilizing troops to force China to rescind its embargo on opium. Thus Ghosh dramatizes the Opium Wars, bringing colonial history to vivid literary life.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, September 13, 2:00 pm
$26.00
ISBN: 9781250044631
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Published: Picador USA - September 8th, 2015

In his first book, Tweedy, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke and a practitioner at the Durham VA Medical Center, explores the significance of race in the medical world. Tracing his own experience as a medical student on a full scholarship—who at one point is mistaken for a maintenance worker—Dr. Tweedy exposes some of his profession’s outdated assumptions, while also showing the very real impact of socio-economic factors on the health of black Americans.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, September 14, 6:30 pm
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ISBN: 9780062302120
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 17th, 2015

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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 8th, 2015

Johnson’s first novel, Hold it ‘Til it Hurts, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. In his second novel, Johnson, a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he earned his MFA, deploys irony and a wicked satire to send up and take down academia and identity politics. Hailing from the eponymous Georgia town, population 712, D’aron Davenport comes to Berkeley eager to sever his Southern roots. But after he joins up with a diverse group of fellow students, he ends up leading the self-described “4 Little Indians” back to his hometown in a scheme to stage a “performative intervention” before the annual Civil War re-enactment.

Johnson will be in conversation with Ron Charles, The Washington Post book critic and an early enthusiast of Braggsville.

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30 pm
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631529399
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Published: She Writes PR - August 11th, 2015

In her first novel Bravo, a longtime activist and award-winning author of nonfiction books including Taking on the Big Boys, looks at the long-term effects of a sexual assault. Decades after her college roommate was attacked, Deborah, one of the feminist supporters of a pro-choice Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, undergoes a personal and political crisis as she realizes she knows something about this man that no one else does.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 pm
$25.00
ISBN: 9781619025707
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 15th, 2015

Bialosky is well known in the literary world as not only a poet, novelist, and author of the moving memoir, History of a Suicide, but also as an editor at Norton. Her third novel, following The Life Room and House Under Snow, is artful in theme as well as in execution, taking readers into the contemporary art world. The story follows a gallery owner who finds his integrity tested by two very different painters, and Bialosky powerfully evokes the passions involved in the creation and marketing of beautiful objects—passions that veer from idealism into manipulation and betrayal. 

Bialosky will be in conversation with Howard Norman, whose most recent novel is Next Life Might Be Kinder.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781484726037
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 15th, 2015

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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 15th, 2015

Two of the most successful writers for younger readers discuss the latest installments in their respective series. In The Forever Man, FBI agent Chevie’s mission is to help her friend Riley find his brother. Thanks to the WARP wormhole, however, the comrades are both sucked even further into the past. Now, Riley must be the one to save Chevie from being executed as a witch. The Hollow Boy, meanwhile, finds Lockwood & Co.’s intrepid staff facing off against mysterious assassins. Strained relationships surrounding the hiring of a pert new assistant, however, threaten to defeat the ghost-hunting quartet from within. Ages 10 and up

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 pm
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ISBN: 9781632862211
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 1st, 2015

In her second novel, Abulhawa, a human rights activist and the author of Mornings in Jenin, and herself the child of displaced Palestinians, chronicles the ordeal of a Palestinian family uprooted from their ancestral farm. Deposited in a refugee camp in Gaza, the family fights to remain whole as each of its members struggles to adapt, the women by nurturing, the men by resisting. As they face military attacks, separation, and illness, the characters are at last rallied by the clan’s stalwart matriarch, Nazmiyeh.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 pm

Meno, a playwright, editor of Chicago Noir, and an award-winning fiction writer whose previous books include The Boy Detective Fails and Hairstyles of the Damned, opens his new novel on an Indiana farm in the summer of 1995. In search of a stolen horse, a sixteen-year-old boy and his grandfather set off on a quest that takes them through the end of one century and places them on the cusp of the next one.

A writer known for her evocative nature writing as well as her keen observations of relationships and social tensions, Revoyr, author of Wingshooters and Southland and an avid hiker, dramatizes the rugged landscape of the Sierra Nevada in her fifth novel. Following a diverse group through the mountains to the elusive Lost Canyon, the narrative explores the characters’ motivations and their reactions to unexpected obstacles in their path.


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Busboys and Poets Brookland
625 Monroe St NE
Washington, DC 20017
Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 pm
$27.00
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 8th, 2015

Russakoff’s first book, portions of which appeared in The New Yorker, tells the complicated story of efforts to reform Newark’s schools. A long-time Washington Post reporter, Russakoff has covered politics, economics, and education, all of which come into play in this account of the alliance formed by Newark mayor Cory Booker with New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg—and a commitment of $100 million. But clashes among reformers, teachers, parents, and administrators meant little help for students, and Russakoff’s profiles of individual schools vividly show what was really at stake.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
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Thursday, September 17, 6:30 pm
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Published: Selfmadehero - September 22nd, 2015

Peeters, the Geneva-based graphic novelist, has won world-wide acclaim for Blue Pills and Pachyderme, and was awarded the Best Series Prize at Angoul’me for the first two volumes of his four-book Aama.  Set in the distant future, the series began with Verlac, his brother Conrad, and a cigar-smoking robotic monkey named Churchill. Rejecting the technology he feels destroys old values like humanity and beauty, Verlac, with his companions, travels the galaxy in search of the scientist who’s made off with the mysterious biorobotic experiment known as aama. As the quest continues on the planet Ona(ji), which aama has repopulated with biorobotic  creatures, the expedition dwindles to a single man: can Verlac alone, and himself radically transformed, regain possession of aama?

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Thursday, September 17, 7:00 pm
$12.99
ISBN: 9780990976301
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Published: Columbia Global Reports - September 14th, 2015

Senior writer and editor at large for Fortune, McLean made her name as a young investigative reporter in 2001 with her skeptical writing on Enron, work she developed into The Smartest Guys In the Room, co-authored with Peter Elkind. In her third book, the author of All the Devils Are Here looks at the dangerous ramifications of the “conservatorship” system Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have been operating in since 2008. With their profits used to pay down the federal deficit, the agencies are low on reserves, which could cause their major investors, including China, Russia, and Japan, to lose confidence and pull out—sparking a global crisis.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, September 18, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781606997901
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - January 18th, 2015

Meet Sam, an artist selling his soul by churning out an action comic when he wants to create graphic memoirs. Or just have adventures: absorbed—perhaps literally—in a comic about Mars, Sam embarks on a far-flung fantasy involving pulp plots and anime characters. Using Sam’s colorful experiences to comment on graphic traditions, Horrocks, the New Zealand-born comics artist best known for Hicksville and the scripts of the Batgirl series, offers a vivid meditation on creativity and the moral responsibility of the artist. Look for Horrocks’s Incomplete Works, featuring a wondrous mix of daydreams, fantasies, and other distractions from work, next month.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 19, 1:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780399168680
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 15th, 2015

The Golden Hour, Moss’s first international thriller, introduced Judd Ryker, a State Department crisis manager with his hands full after a coup in Mali. In his follow-up, Moss, former deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of African Affairs, who is currently vice president and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, sends Ryker to Zimbabwe. There, amid a chaos of arms and money, military strongmen and rumors of enriched uranium, Ryker struggles to find that brief, sixty-second sweet spot that will allow him to take control of events.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 19, 3:30 pm
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385354172
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 11th, 2015

In his eighth mystery featuring Benoît “Bruno” Courrèges, Walker, senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council and former UPI foreign affairs columnist and editor in chief, infuses the sunny ambience of St. Denis with history and international intrigue. The eponymous patriarch is Jean-Marc Desaix, a World War II hero honored by both de Gaulle and Stalin; when Courrèges attends a party at his estate, the fun is cut short with a tragic accident. But—was it an accident? Looking more closely at his host’s family, Bruno finds rivalries, tensions, and evidence of possible espionage—too much to chalk up to “accident.”

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 19, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780670016730
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Published: Viking - August 25th, 2015

With its outsize budgets, players, and coaches, college football often seems to overshadow all other aspects of collegiate life. In this detailed investigation, Gaul, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with extensive experience at The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Enquirer, and other papers, looks closely at the largest of the NCAA football teams, laying out not only the statistics—profit margins of some college football programs have increased more than 600% in recent years—but showing how the sport’s disproportionate share of resources harms academics and distorts a school’s overall meaning and mission.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 19, 7:30 pm

Truly a literary force of nature, Rushdie has published fiction long and short, edited anthologies, and written four books of nonfiction. He caught readers’ attention with his 1981 novel, Midnight’s Children, which won not only that year’s Booker Prize, but the Best of Bookers Prize in 2008. With Rushdie's signature blend of myth, history, wild imagination, and exuberance, Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights depicts a world both fantastic yet recognizably our own. After a storm, New Yorkers start to notice some strange things; people develop unusual powers, both mental and physical. Investigations point back many generations to a jinn who, once upon a time, fell in love with a mortal.

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Sunday, September 20, 9:30 am
By Sandra Moore, Kazumi Wilds (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9784805313473
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Published: Tuttle Publishing - July 14th, 2015

For over 300 years, a certain Japanese white pine flourished in the care of the Yamaki family, who passed down the art of bonsai from generation to generation. Then, in 1945, war came to the doorstep of the Yamakis’ home with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the United States. Miraculously, both the family and this special white pine survived. This is the little tree’s story of its life, and how it found a new home in the very country that threatened its survival.  Ages 8 – 12

Busboys and Poets Takoma
235 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Sunday, September 20, 1:00 pm
$27.99
ISBN: 9781451693591
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 4th, 2015

In more than thirty works of fiction for both adults and young adults, Hoffman has perfected a compelling blend of realism and exoticism. Her latest novel is set on the lush island of St. Thomas. But for Rachel, who has grown up there among a small community of Jews who fled from the Inquisition, the truly exotic place is Paris, and she dreams of a life there—especially after she’s married off to a widower and becomes stepmother to three sons. Fate has more surprises in store, however.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, September 20, 5:00 pm
$32.50
ISBN: 9780307957191
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 15th, 2015

A veteran journalist for The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, Haygood has become one of the premier biographers of African American leaders. To his lives of important figures in politics, sports, and the arts, including Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, Sammy Davis Jr., and others, Haygood now adds this groundbreaking study of Thurgood Marshall. Focusing on the jurist’s extraordinary forty-year career, Haygood chronicles the legal issues and major cases of the day, showing how the High Court Justice left his country a more equitable and better place.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, September 21, 10:30 am
By Eleanor Davis, Eleanor Davis (Illustrator), Drew Weing (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179894
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Published: Toon Books - September 8th, 2015

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By Eleanor Davis, Eleanor Davis (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780979923845
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Published: Toon Books - September 2008

Wanda knows she’s going to be a star someday, so why not start acting like one right now? Her siblings and her dog, Wilbur, languish on the sidelines as Wanda demands more than her fair share of attention.  When the tables turn and another member of the family experiences a taste of fame, Wanda must decide how to handle being outside of the spotlight. Ages 5 – 8

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, September 21, 6:30 pm
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594634475
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

Author of the story collection Delicate Edible Birds and two best-selling novels, Monsters of Templeton and Arcadia, Groff has already won the Paul Bowles Prize for Fiction, the Medici Book Club Prize, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. She’s been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and her work has been included in several Best American Short Stories collections. Her third novel is a rich and multilayered look at marriage. A golden couple in every way, Lotto and Mathilde team up at age twenty-two; twenty-four years later, their union is more solid than ever. But where friends and colleagues see obvious affection and a mutually creative partnership, the couple’s strongest foundation rests on secrets.

Groff will be in conversation with Lynn Neary, an NPR arts correspondent and a frequent guest host often heard on Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

This event is part of the Politics & Prose and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation Contemporary Fiction Reading Series at Busboys and Poets.

Busboys and Poets 14 & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Monday, September 21, 7:00 pm
$28.99
ISBN: 9780804178778
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 8th, 2015

On his twentieth case and still going strong, Jack Reacher, the former U.S. Army Major with a penchant for roaming, arrives at a small town called Mother’s Rest, where he finds a cryptic message about a series of deaths, townsfolk acting oddly, and, most unnerving, a private investigator gone missing. Child, who was awarded the Crime Writers Association Diamond Dagger in 2013, writes with such vivid energy that every book in the series has been optioned for film adaptation.

Child will be in conversation with Laura Lippman, award-winning author of many mysteries, including the Tess Monaghan series.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, September 21, 7:30 pm
By Eleanor Davis, Eleanor Davis (Illustrator), Drew Weing (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179894
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Published: Toon Books - September 8th, 2015

Wanda knows she’s going to be a star someday, so why not start acting like one right now? Her siblings and her dog, Wilbur, languish on the sidelines as Wanda demands more than her fair share of attention.  When the tables turn and another member of the family experiences a taste of fame, Wanda must decide how to handle being outside of the spotlight. Ages 5 – 8

Takoma Park Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 pm
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250048073
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - August 4th, 2015

Four years after their first meeting at a warehouse under Seattle’s Ballard Bridge, the members of Alice in Chains became the first of grunge’s big four—ahead of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden—to earn a gold record and achieve national recognition. De Sola, a Georgetown graduate and now a Los Angeles-based journalist who has contributed to The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, and other journals, has interviewed the musicians, their colleagues, friends, family, and others in the music industry for this comprehensive history that interweaves the art, the business, and the personal lives of those involved in the 1990s grunge scene.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 am
By Marco Politi, William McCuaig (Translator)
$27.95
ISBN: 9780231174145
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Published: Columbia University Press - September 15th, 2015

Now with il Fatto Quotidiano, Politi is the former Vatican correspondent for La Repubblica and has gained international recognition over the last four decades as an expert on the Papacy with his journalism and his book-length studies of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. His new book illuminates the complex power dynamics among the Roman Curia that led to the surprise election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, surveys the scandals rocking the Church in recent years, and outlines the pressing issues facing Pope Francis.

Busboys and Poets Brookland
625 Monroe St NE
Washington, DC 20017
Thursday, September 24, 7:00 pm

In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today, Chelsea Clinton combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them—and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small—in their families, their communities, in our country and across the world—this book will inspire readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place.

In addition to informing and inspiring readers about topics including Poverty, Homelessness, Food Insecurity, Access to Education, Gender Equality, Epidemics, Non-Communicable Diseases, Climate Change, and Endangered Species, this book encourages everyone to get going! With suggestions and ideas for action, Chelsea Clinton shows readers that the world belongs to every single one of us, and every one of us counts.

You can make a difference. You can make a change. It’s your world.

Space is limited. Pre-order your copy of It's Your World now to secure a spot!

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ABOUT CHELSEA CLINTON
Chelsea Clinton has always been interested in making the world a better place. When she was a child in Little Rock, Arkansas, one of her favorite books was 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, and as a teenager in Washington, D.C., she led her school’s service club. While at Stanford, Chelsea worked as a reading and writing tutor and volunteered at the Children’s Hospital. Today, she is Vice Chair of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation where she helps lead the work of the Foundation across its various initiatives, with a particular focus on work related to health, women and girls, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders. Chelsea holds a BA from Stanford University, an MPH from Columbia University, and an MPhil and doctorate degree in international relations from Oxford University. She lives in New York City with her husband Marc, their daughter Charlotte, and their dog Soren. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chelseaclinton.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, September 25, 10:30 am
$19.99
ISBN: 9781596439528
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 22nd, 2015

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By Steve Sheinkin, Tim Robinson (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781596435186
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Published: Flash Point - July 7th, 2009

Was he a hero or a traitor? Daniel Ellsberg is one of history’s prime examples of how a whistleblower can be seen as both the best and worst of people. Working at the Pentagon, Ellsberg was involved in the American government’s attempt to justify its involvement in the Vietnam War; seven years later, he leaked documents that did the exact opposite. Sheinkin examines what changed Ellsberg from an instrument of the government into a crusader for the antiwar movement. Ages 11 – 14

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, September 25, 7:00 pm
$19.99
ISBN: 9781596439528
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 22nd, 2015

Was he a hero or a traitor? Daniel Ellsberg is one of history’s prime examples of how a whistleblower can be seen as both the best and worst of people. Working at the Pentagon, Ellsberg was involved in the American government’s attempt to justify its involvement in the Vietnam War; seven years later, he leaked documents that did the exact opposite. Sheinkin examines what changed Ellsberg from an instrument of the government into a crusader for the antiwar movement. Ages 11 – 14

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, September 25, 7:00 pm
$29.95
ISBN: 9780393246407
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2015

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$19.95
ISBN: 9780393351651
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 21st, 2015

The only critic ever to win a Tony Award, Lahr reviewed plays and profiled playwrights for some two decades at The New Yorker. His nineteenth book, Joy Ride, is a selection of this work, and ranges from interviews with timeless American dramatists such as Arthur Miller and August Wilson to intimate looks at international figures of the stature of Harold Pinter and Ingmar Bergman. Lahr is also the author of the book-length study Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, which was nominated for the National Book Award and is now available in paperback.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 26, 1:00 pm
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250020796
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Published: Minotaur Books - September 8th, 2015

In his detailed reconstruction of the outlaw George “Machine Gun” Kelly’s (1895-1954) most flamboyant crime, the kidnapping of a Texas oilman in 1933, Urschel, an award-winning journalist and former USAToday managing editor who is now executive director of the National Law Enforcement Museum, charts the 20,000-mile chase that made J. Edgar Hoover a household name and gave the country what amounted to a national police force, with FBI agents permitted to cross state lines in pursuit of suspects.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 26, 3:30 pm
By Ira Chaleff, Philip Zimbardo (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781626564275
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - July 7th, 2015

Doing one’s duty is generally a point of honor—but there are some directives it’s more honorable to refuse to follow. To tell one from another, Chaloff, founder and president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates, and the author of The Courageous Follower, The Limits of Violence, and other books in the field of followership studies he has pioneered, uses the model of guide dog training. Service dogs are conditioned not merely to obey, but to recognize when obedience poses a risk, and to figure out an alternative method to achieve the goal.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 26, 6:00 pm
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804140294
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - September 15th, 2015

Shane is a veteran New York Times national security reporter and the story he tells defines the technology, politics, and moral challenge of the war on terrorism. His book chronicles dual transformations, charting how the American imam Anwar al-Awlaki first called for moderation after 9/11, then for jihad, even as Obama, after initially rejecting Bush’s policies, embraced the use of drones in targeted killings. The two narratives meet when both feed into the country’s intensive hunt for al-Awlaki and his eventual assassination. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 26, 7:30 pm

From her early work in journalism to her bestselling memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, to acclaimed novel The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert has developed a deep understanding and respect for the powers of creativity. With her signature blend of spirituality and pragmatism, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear demystifies the creative process, showing how everyone—not just writers and artists—has access to a deep well of inspiration, one that can be tapped to enrich daily life as well as to produce meaningful art.

There is no public signing at this event. All books will be pre-signed by the author.

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Sunday, September 27, 1:00 pm
$29.00
ISBN: 9780815726647
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - September 21st, 2015

In his tenth book, Kalb, an award-winning journalist, founding director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Foreign Policy, and currently a guest scholar in foreign policy at Brookings and James Clark Welling fellow at George Washington, carefully examines Putin’s recent actions in Ukraine. Arguing that Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea is directly related to Putin’s fear that the 2013 Maidan Square demonstrations signaled an anti-Russian/pro-West sentiment, Kalb examines Putin’s recent actions, and Russians’ tolerance of them, in light of the longer history of Russian nationalism.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, September 27, 2:00 pm
By Liz Pichon, Liz Pichon (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763674731
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 8th, 2015

Tom Gates’s journal is full of doodles and drawings. He illustrates the ups (annoying his sister Delia) and downs (math class) of his daily life, as well as the mystery of why his list of desired birthday presents appears to be invisible as far as his family is concerned. Some of the other problems that are keeping everything from being amazing: the prospect of Granny Mavis making his birthday cake and his dad DJing the next school dance. What’s a mischievous boy to do? Ages 8 – 12

Takoma Park Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Sunday, September 27, 5:00 pm
$27.95
ISBN: 9780307907929
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 15th, 2015

Famously called the “Teflon President,” Reagan may be less elusive to historical fiction than he was to the day’s headlines. If anyone can pin him down, it’s Mallon, author of nine novels, most recently Watergate, and seven books of nonfiction. Focusing closely on the months between August 1986 and January 1987, Mallon recreates the Cold War’s final, treacherous days, recreating the Soviet-American negotiations in Iceland as well as the rising panic and anger surrounding AIDS, events he reimagines from the perspectives of the Reagans, Nancy’s astrologer, Margaret Thatcher, Christopher Hitchens, and a host of others.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, September 27, 6:30 pm

A teacher at Hollins University’s Jackson Center for Creative Writing, Poliner has published stories and poems in many literary journals, in addition to Mutual Life & Casualty, a novel in interlinked stories, and Sudden Fog, a collection of poetry. Poliner’s second gathering of poems looks back to her prose, recording her characters’ valediction to their creator at the end of the writing.

Editor of the on-line journal Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Roberts has published her own poems throughout the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and France. Her work has been included in American Poetry: The Next Generation and she is the author of The Wishbone Galaxy and The Kimnama, based on travels through northern India. Always drawn to the exotic, in her third book Roberts reimagines Scott’s second, tragic expedition to the South Pole.

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

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