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Adam Kirsch - The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century

Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 pm
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$12.99
ISBN: 9780997722901
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Published: Columbia Global Reports - April 25th, 2017

Globalization has touched almost every aspect of daily life; it makes sense, then, that literature also has a new role in this expansive new world. In his brief and thought-provoking discussion of the novel in the era of globalization, Kirsch, a poet, critic, and author of Why Trilling Matters, considers the work of some of today’s most innovative and authoritative writers, including Haruki Murakami, Elena Ferrante, Roberto Bolaño, and Margaret Atwood. The narrative of the global age, Kirsch, suggests, depends less on traditional genre than on the writer’s way of imagining the world. Kirsch will be in conversation with Heba F. El-Shazli, assistant professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and adjunct faculty at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy and Civil Society.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Susan Bordo - The Destruction of Hillary Clinton

Sunday, April 30 at 3:00 pm
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$24.99
ISBN: 9781612196633
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Published: Melville House Publishing - April 4th, 2017

As Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 and U.S. Senator from New York between 2001 and 2009, Hillary Clinton was far more experienced and qualified to be president than Trump was. Yet media coverage of the election dwelled on allegations against her political skills and even her honesty. In this close analysis of the 2016 campaign, Bordo, professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Kentucky, focuses on the political forces at work in the media’s treatment of the first woman to be nominated for president by a major party. Bordo’s nearly day-by-day account traces how the right wing, echoed by the media, raised questions about Clinton, tarnished her reputation, and ultimately brought about her defeat.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Marita Golden - The Wide Circumference of Love

Sunday, April 30 at 5:00 pm
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$24.99
ISBN: 9781628727357
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Published: Arcade Publishing - March 28th, 2017

Golden has written more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction; her many honors include the Authors Guild Award for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community and the Maryland Author Award from the Association of Maryland Librarians. Golden is also the co-founder and president emeritus of the Hurston/Wright foundation. Her new novel continues her lifelong focus on strong women and the rich experiences of African American families, chronicling the Tates’ struggle with early-onset dementia. As the adult children find new ways to connect with a father they only partly know, his wife, a family court judge, faces a shock even greater than the illness itself when her husband falls in love with another resident of his assisted living facility.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V - Abubakar Adam Ibrahim - Season of Crimson Blossoms and Sarah Ladipo Manyika - Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun

Sunday, April 30 at 6:30 pm
Season of Crimson Blossoms Cover Image
By Ibrahim
$15.95
ISBN: 9781911115007
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Published: Cassava Republic Press - April 25th, 2017

Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781911115045
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Published: Cassava Republic Press - April 11th, 2017

A Nigerian writer and journalist, Ibrahim was named in the Hay Festival Africa39 list of the most promising writers under the age of forty, a promise already borne out by the accomplished stories of The Whispering Trees, long-listed for the Etisalat Prize for Literature. His debut novel tells the story of a love affair that flouts several social taboos. Binta, a devout and lonely widow who lost her only son and never found fulfillment in her marriage, falls in love with Hassan, the young leader of a street gang. Ibrahim is as insightful about the emotions of his characters as he is about the realities of a conservative Muslim community in Northern Nigeria

Manyika grew up in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. Host of OZY’s video series, Write, and the author of In Dependence, she currently teaches literature at San Francisco State University, and San Francisco is the setting for her bittersweet second novel. The story centers on the buoyant Morayo Da Silva, a retired professor of English. Originally from Nigeria, Morayo at seventy-four delights in the views from her apartment, her drives through town, and everyone she meets. Then she falls. Though she has to face the realities of aging, her spirit is undimmed.

Ibrahim and Manyika will be in conversation with Tope Folarin, a writer based in Washington DC. His debut novel, The Proximity of Distance, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. 

This event is supported by the Young African Professionals (YAP) DC Network. YAP DC is a network of more than 10,000 young African professionals in the D.C. Metro area, which provides a forum for professionals interested in Africa to engage with contemporary leaders in business, technology, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship; to network and discover opportunities among Africans; support Arts and culture from the African Diaspora; and promote entrepreneurial activities among our members. More information about YAP DC can be found on their website at yapdc.org.

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

Richard F. Harris - Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Undermines Tomorrow's Medicine

Monday, May 1 at 7:00 pm
Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780465097906
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Published: Basic Books - April 4th, 2017

Biomedical research is expensive not just in dollars, but also in lives. In his first book, Harris, an award-winning NPR science journalist, reports that science at the country’s top research institutions is urgently in need of reform. Drawing on interviews with researchers, health-care practitioners, and others, Harris finds that many test results are unreliable due to erroneous data or poor methodology—which in turn introduces yet more unreliable information. Harris details several especially shocking cases, including one in which the wrong cells were used for hundreds of tests for a breast cancer treatment, and another in which a drug was advanced to treat ALS despite its failure with mice. Such sloppy science, Harris shows, not only delays true medical breakthroughs, but is potentially fatal.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Elizabeth Wein - The Pearl Thief — in the Children & Teens Dept. **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781484717165
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 2nd, 2017

Rose Under Fire Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423184690
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 2nd, 2014

Code Name Verity Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423152880
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 7th, 2013

Black Dove, White Raven Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423185239
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 10th, 2016

In Wein’s Prinz Honor Book, Code Name Verity, a Scottish girl spy unveils her secrets while being held captive by the Gestapo during World War II. The Pearl Thief, its prequel, provides a closer look at the backstory of the spy’s best friend and partner in crime, before she became a heroic pilot. In the year leading up to World War II, teenage Julie Beaufort-Stuart wakes up beaten and badly injured in a hospital, but cannot remember how she got there. The mystery slowly unfolds after she goes to her grandfather’s estate where one of his employees has gone missing. As she investigates the disappearance, the events surrounding her injury gradually return to memory. Ages 14 and up.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cory Doctorow - Walkaway

Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780765392763
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Published: Tor Books - April 25th, 2017

A three-time Prometheus Award winner, Doctorow, author of young adult novels including Homeland and Pirate Cinema, returns to fiction for adults with a dystopian epic. In a world of rampant consumerism, a band of renegades known as the Walkaways braves ravaged nature and the industrial wastelands to create another kind of life. Doctorow, co-editor of the Boing Boing blog and a columnist for the Guardian, vividly evokes a new kind of wilderness where the essentials—food, clothing, shelter—can be printed out from any computer, but where humans are still vulnerable to predators. Or are they? When the Walkaways discover a way to outwit death, they have the one thing their old world couldn’t buy and now vows to steal.

Doctorow will be in conversation with Amie Stepanovich, the U.S. Policy Manager for Access Now, an advocacy group dedicated to an open and free Internet.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Marc Tyler Nobleman - The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra

Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30 am
The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra Cover Image
By Marc Tyler Nobleman, Ana Aranda (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399174438
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 7th, 2017

Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780449810637
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Published: Dragonfly Books - June 11th, 2013

Jayna, Bumsie, and Pep live in fear of the mysterious chupacabra, a creature who is believed to eat goats like them. They finally come face-to-face with the chupacabra, and he certainly is scary—and hungry! Not only does he eat their candelabra, but he also demands they bring more of his favorite things to eat. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before the chupacabra decides to munch on the three little goats for dinner! Can they deliver enough snacks to satisfy his appetite? Written by Marc Tyler Nobleman and playfully illustrated by Ana Aranda, this picture book turns the legend of the chupacabra upside-down. Ages 5 to 8.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Richard Ford - Between Them: Remembering My Parents — at St. Paul's Church

Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00 pm
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$25.99
ISBN: 9780062661883
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Published: Ecco Press - May 2nd, 2017

Ford has engaged readers for four decades now, most notably with his four-volume Frank Bascombe series. Now this master of fiction makes his nonfiction debut with a moving memoir of his parents. The couple met in Little Rock in the late 1930s and were living in Jackson, Mississippi, when their son was born in 1944. Painting a rich backdrop with period details of the American South, Ford evokes the lives of his parents as people he knew both intimately and not well at all. His realization that there is much he will never piece understand about his father, who died when Ford was sixteen, makes this a haunting, resonant meditation on family, memory, and abiding ties.

Ford will be in conversation with Matthew Klam, one of the New Yorker's twenty best fiction writers in America under 40 and author of Sam The Cat and Other Stories and the forthcoming Who Is Rich?.

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St. Paul's Church
4900 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Deborah Tannen - You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships

Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00 pm
You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101885802
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2017

Tannen, a professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, has written many books on public discourse and interpersonal communication, including That’s Not What I Meant and the now classic You Just Don’t Understand, published in 1990. More recently, she has looked at the complex and rich relationships between mothers and daughters and between sisters. Her twelfth book combines her early and later interests to explore how women talk to each other. Through stories and interviews, Tannen catalogs what women expect from each other in conversation, shows how they can be open together, and how they can avoid painful miscommunication.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Acoustic Open Mic — in The Den

Wednesday, May 3 at 8:00 pm

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

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

W. Kamau Bell - The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell — at Avalon Theatre

Wednesday, May 3 at 8:00 pm

Already a presence on television, radio, and podcasts, Bell makes his publishing debut with a book as humorous, smart, and timely as any episode of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell or CNN’s United Shades of America. Describing himself as a “sociopolitical comedian,” Bell, cohost of Politically Re-Active and Denzel Washington Is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period, talks about issues including law enforcement, race relations, the connections between racism and sexism, and right wing politics. He also recounts his own experiences, from growing up with race-conscious parents of sharply differing views to his own interracial marriage, and surveys his career, recounting his long and ongoing struggle to find his comedic voice and his place in the wider comedy scene.

Bell will be in conversation with Rabia Chaudry, an attorney and recent Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace, where she researched the intersection of religion and violent extremism. She is the author of the NY Times bestselling book Adnan's Story, which explores the wrongful conviction of Adnan Syed, the subject of the most popular podcast in history, Serial. She is also the co-host and co-producer of the hit podcast Undisclosed, with over 160 million downloads. 
 

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Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

Amy Goldstein - Janesville: An American Story

Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781501102233
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 18th, 2017

Driven by the question of what happens to a middle-class community when jobs disappear, Goldstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has covered national social policies for The Washington Post since 1987, tracked the effects of the Great Recession on Janesville, Wisconsin. Until 2008, the small city was home to the oldest operating U.S. auto plant in the country. When General Motors closed down its Janesville facilities, it put 3,000 people out of work immediately—and many more lost their jobs in the following months as the economic downturn spiraled through local suppliers and other small businesses. In her summation of Janesville’s experiences, Goldstein notes that the American Dream of upward mobility has become an anachronism.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Scott Westerfeld - Spill Zone — at Bethesda Library **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 pm
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By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781596439368
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Published: First Second - May 2nd, 2017

Zeroes Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481443371
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 27th, 2016

Swarm Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481443395
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 27th, 2016

Afterworlds Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481422352
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 29th, 2015

Uglies Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781442419810
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 3rd, 2011

This brand new graphic novel series begins in Poughkeepsie, where a mysterious accidental “spill” has killed most of the residents. The city is now banned from entry, and is dubbed the Spill Zone. Addie is one of the brave few who dare to venture into the decrepit city, crawling with frightening mutants. Selling high-quality photographs of these creatures is the only way she can provide for her younger sister after the spill claimed their parents. But strange happenings in her home cause Addie to wonder: is the Spill Zone really the result of a biochemical disaster, or something more supernatural? Ages 14 and up.

Westerfeld will be in conversation with Petra Mayer, Books Editor at NPR.

Bethesda Library
7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

Robert M. Sapolsky - Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Friday, May 5 at 7:00 pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9781594205071
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Published: Penguin Press - May 2nd, 2017

Why do we do what we do? The question is simple. The answer is complex. In this detailed examination of all that comes into play when we initiate an action, Sapolsky, a Stanford professor of biology and neurology, a MacArthur fellow, and author of books including A Primate’s Memoir and Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, traces the immediate factors that influence behavior back to the deepest effects of our genetic inheritance. The story of why we do something starts with neurobiology, then expands outward from the mind to the senses and the surrounding environment. It embraces the specific factors that influence us, factors  rooted in individual psychology and culture—which themselves have grown from still other causes. Sapolsky’s work is both a magisterial synthesis of a wide-range of cutting edge research and a story superbly told

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Peter Eisner - MacArthur's Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II

Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 pm
MacArthur's Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525429654
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Published: Viking - May 2nd, 2017

In January, 1942 Japanese troops invaded Manila, the first step of Japan’s plan to cut Allied supply lines and gain control of Asia. While thousands of U.S. and Philippine soldiers surrendered, others mounted a resistance campaign from the Luzon hills. In his suspenseful narrative history of the Japanese occupation, Eisner, a veteran foreign correspondent and author of books including The Pope’s Last Crusade, focuses on three especially daring resistance fighters, recounting the feats of Colonel John Boone, an enlisted soldier who trained insurgent forces; “Chick” Parsons, a businessman and Naval Intelligence officer who coordinated guerilla operations; and Claire Phillips, a singer who used her nightclub as a headquarters for distributing food to the insurgents and for intelligence gathering.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mary D. Esselman and Elizabeth Ash Velez - How Did This Happen?: Poems for the Not So Young Anymore

Saturday, May 6 at 3:30 pm
How Did This Happen?: Poems for the Not So Young Anymore Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781455567003
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 4th, 2017

From You Drive Me Crazy to The Hell with Love and on to Kiss Off, these spirited anthologists have gathered new and classic poems to mark such rites of passage as love, loss, and disappointment. In their fourth collaboration, Esselman, a freelance writer and teacher currently working for the University of Virginia’s Women’s Center, and Vélez, academic coordinator of the Community Scholars Program and professor of feminist theory at Georgetown University, focus on aging, especially as women experience it. As they have in their previous anthologies, they present a wide range of perspectives, leavening the serious with the humorous.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Allan J. Lichtman - The Case for Impeachment

Saturday, May 6 at 6:00 pm
The Case for Impeachment Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062696823
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Published: Dey Street Books - April 18th, 2017

One of the most searched phrases on the Internet today is “Impeach Trump.” How realistic is this possibility? Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History at American University, believes that Trump’s impeachment isn’t a matter of if but when, and his new book details how it might work. First, he looks at President Trump’s particular vulnerabilities, including his dealings with Russia, his conflicts of interest at home and abroad, and numerous civil suits surrounding his actions.  Lichtman puts these into historical context with detailed presentations of previous presidential impeachments, including Congress’s 1868 action against President Andrew Johnson, debates about sanctioning Nixon, and the hearings into President Clinton’s behavior. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jeff VanderMeer - Borne

Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 pm
Borne Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374115241
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Published: MCD - April 25th, 2017

Best-known for his Southern Reach trilogy, VanderMeer is a three-time World Fantasy Award winner as well as a teacher, publisher, and frequent anthologist. His latest vision of the future finds a ruined city where people survive by scavenging. Once dominated by the Company, a biotech firm, the city is now menaced by a giant, flying bear, the maddened creation of the Company’s cruelty and failed experiments. But when Rachel finds a tiny green lump clinging to the bear, she falls under its spell. Naming it Borne, she nurtures it and teaches it to talk, glimpsing in its innocence an antidote to the devastation around her. But the Company may still be in operation and as Borne grows, this creature threatens the city’s precarious balance of power.

VanderMeer will be in conversation with the writer Ann VanderMeer, his wife and frequent collaborator on anthologies including Sisters of the Revolution.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Pajtim Statovci - My Cat Yugoslavia

Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 pm
My Cat Yugoslavia Cover Image
By Pajtim Statovci, David Hackston (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101871829
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Published: Pantheon Books - April 18th, 2017

Hailed as a major new voice in international fiction, Statovici was just twenty-three when he wrote this deeply original and moving book. Winner of Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize, Statovici’s assured debut novel starts in 1980s Yugoslavia with an unfortunate marriage, which, like the country, soon falls apart. Following the characters to Finland, the narrative recounts the life of the couple’s son, Bekim. As an immigrant and a gay man, Bekim is doubly alienated. His only friend is a boa constrictor—until he meets a cat at a bar. This beguiling cat can talk, and he first charms his way into Bekim’s life then changes it, persuading him to return to Kosovo and reclaim the parts of his heritage he left behind.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Journeys: The Power of Picture Books to Transport—5th Annual Picture Book Panel

Sunday, May 7 at 5:00 pm
Somos Como Las Nubes / We Are Like the Clouds Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781554988495
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Published: Groundwood Books - October 11th, 2016

A Movie In My Pillow/Una Pelicula en Mi Almohada Cover Image
By Jorge Argueta, Elizabeth Gomez (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9780892392193
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Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - April 2013

The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World Cover Image
By Katie Smith Milway, Shane Evans (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771383318
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Published: Kids Can Press - April 4th, 2017

We March Cover Image
By Shane W. Evans, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250073259
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Published: Square Fish - January 12th, 2016

The Great Migration: Journey to the North Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061259210
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Published: Amistad Press - December 21st, 2010

In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060289935
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Published: Amistad Press - December 23rd, 2003

The Book of Mistakes Cover Image
By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735227927
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Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

Journeys do many things. They refresh, they challenge, they transform, they open doors. The fifth panel on the picture book will explore the powerful way that picture books transport, inform and allow readers to experience others’ journeys: the journey of the immigrant, the migrant, the advocate, the artist and all journeys of the imagination. 

Jorge Argueta
Somos Como Las Nubes/We are Like the Clouds;
A Movie in my Pillow


Shane Evans
Banana-Leaf Ball;
We March


Eloise Greenfield
The Great Migration;
In the Land of Words


Corinna Luyken
The Book of Mistakes

Namrata Tripathi
Editorial Director Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin  (PRH)


Namrata Tripathi, panel moderator, is associate publisher and editorial director at Dial Books for Young Readers. Previously, she held editorial positions at HarperCollins, Disney-Hyperion, and Atheneum Books for Young Readers (S&S). She edited the New York Times Bestseller Circus Mirandus, Printz Award winner Where Things Come Back, and National Book Award Finalist Noggin, and has worked with Edwidge Danticat, Ian Falconer, James Howe, and Judith Viorst, among others. Namrata, truly a world citizen, grew up in Afghanistan, India, Canada, Pakistan, Germany, and Poland. She has called New York City home for the last twenty years.

Jorge Tetl Argueta is a celebrated Salvadoran poet and writer whose bi-lingual children's books have received numerous awards.  He won the Américas Award, among other awards, for his first collection of poems for children, AMovie in My Pillow. He was the Gold Medal Award winner in the 2005 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) for Moony Luna/Luna, Lunita Lunera. His latest book We Are Like the Clouds, received the 2017 Lee Bennett Hopkins Award. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his childhood in rural El Salavador.

Eloise Greenfield, the author of forty-five children's books, played a significant role in the writing and publishing of African-American Literature with her first book Bubbles  published in 1972, by  Drum and Spear Press. Recognized for the body of her work by the National Council of Teachers of English and others, she has received many honors including the Coretta Scott King Award for Africa Dream, The Association for Library Service to Children Notable Books for Honey I Love and Other Love Poems and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir,written with her mother. Childtimes is included in an exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  In 1999, she was inducted into the National Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.

Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of many picture books, including The Way a Door Closes, a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award winner; Underground, a Coretta Scott King Award winner; My Brother Charlie, a NAACP Image Award winner; We March and Lillian’s Right to Vote, Jane Addams Award winners; as well as Chocolate Me! and Mixed Me! He has exhibited his art in West Africa and Paris, as well as in Chicago, New York, and other major U.S. cities. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where he runs Dream Studio, a community art space.

Corinna Luyken, author and illustrator, grew up in different cities along the West Coast.  After studying printmaking, creative writing, and dance at Middlebury College in Vermont, she settled in Washington.  The Book of Mistakes is her debut picture book. Her beautiful and distinctive style is both an exploration and a meditation of the creative process. Some of Corinna's paintings can be seen on the set of the Universal Pictures film Baby Mama.  She lives with her husband and daughter in Olympia, Washington.

Following the discussion, the panelists will be available to sign their award-winning books.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Christopher De Bellaigue - The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times

Monday, May 8 at 6:30 pm
The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780871403735
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - April 4th, 2017

De Bellaigue’s revelatory history of nineteenth and twentieth century Cairo, Istanbul, and Tehran challenges the prevailing Western view that Islam has come late to modernity. A former Tehran correspondent for The Economist, frequent media commentator, filmmaker, and author of In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs and Rebel Land, de Bellaigue presents a wealth of examples to show that since at least 1798, the Islamic world has been open to modern Western practices in areas including medicine, politics, and opportunities for women. At the same time, Islam has fostered its own visionaries and leaders, and de Bellaigue charts the achievements of the many feminists, journalists, philosophers, and independent thinkers who have contributed to the rich and transformative culture of an enlightenment Islam.

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

James Wright - Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War

Monday, May 8 at 7:00 pm
Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250092489
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - April 4th, 2017

Adding to a historical record shaped mainly by politicians, military leaders, and anti-war activists, Wright’s fresh account of the Vietnam War puts the conflict in a new perspective by focusing on the experiences of the soldiers who actually served in country. Wright, President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth, is himself a former marine, and in his compelling profiles of young draftees, he conveys stories that include the soldiers’ views on the war and how it was fought. Wright’s vivid narrative gives special attention to 1969, when fighting was at its peak. He takes readers directly into the action at Hill 937, the notorious “Hamburger Hill” that was the sight of heavy fighting between May 10 and 20. The hard-won territory, of little strategic value, was abandoned soon after.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: D. Watkins - The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir

Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30 pm
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$14.99
ISBN: 9781455537266
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 18th, 2017


Writing with flair and candor, Watkins follows The Beast Side, his vivid account of growing up in deeply racist Baltimore, with this insider’s look at the city’s drug trade. One of the few options available to many young black men, dealing drugs usually means a short and violent life, and Watkins was looking for something else. When he was accepted to Georgetown University, he thought he’d found it. But the day the acceptance letter came, his brother was shot and killed. Watkins inherited his brother’s crack business and ran it until he met someone who caused his priorities to change once again. Now a columnist for Salon and a professor at the University of Baltimore, Watkins is the founder of BMORE Writers Project.

Watkins will be in conversation with Tony Lewis, author of Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

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

Sally Mott Freeman - The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home

Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781501104145
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 9th, 2017

Freeman’s account of what three brothers did in World War II powerfully intertwines national and military history with the particular story of one American family. The oldest Cross brother ran Washington’s first Map Room, the middle one served as gunnery and anti-aircraft officer on the USS Enterprise—one of the few ships to survive the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. The youngest son started in the Navy Supply Corps before being sent to the Philippines, where he went missing in action. Finding him then became his older siblings’ mission. Freeman, a former speechwriter and currently the Board Chair of the Bethesda Writers Center, supplements archival documents with personal letters, diaries, and interviews.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lori K. Mihalich-Levin - Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave — in the Children & Teens Dept.

Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm

When Mihalich-Levin, a partner at a global law firm, had her second child, she found the transition back into the workforce unexpectedly difficult. Part of the trouble was that no one talked about the shift from full-time parent to full-time professional as a challenge. Mihalich-Levin turned to mindfulness, and the lessons she learned became the basis for Mindful Return, an online course she founded to help other women negotiate their way between home and work. Her book shows new mothers how to balance the different parts of their lives by using the guiding principles of mindset, logistics, community, and leadership in the space of return, and she offers women practical advice and ways to connect with other new mothers.

This event is part of the P&P Parenting Series.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Scott Simon - My Cubs: A Love Story

Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm
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$23.00
ISBN: 9780735218031
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Published: Blue Rider Press - April 11th, 2017

Simon, the award-winning host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, is a life-long Cubs fan. His heartfelt and vivid memoir of growing up in Chicago reflects on how the team shaped the neighborhood and the city, and how it influenced the boy Simon was and the man he grew up to be. Known as “the lovable losers” for their historic run of bad luck (or was it a curse?), the Cubs nonetheless inspired devoted followers and rewarded fans’ patience with their 2016 World Series win. Simon, also the author of Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball and Windy City, a novel of Chicago, relives the championship’s unforgettable seventh game, delves into Cubs lore, cites stats, and tells stories.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Pantsuit Nation — in The Den

Wednesday, May 10 at 8:00 pm
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By Libby Chamberlain (Editor)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250153326
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Flatiron Books - May 9th, 2017

Libby Chamberlain didn’t set out to become an activist when she founded Pantsuit Nation after the final presidential debate in the fall of 2016. But when her show of support exploded overnight from an informal group of thirty friends to a national groundswell numbering some 24,000, she knew she had hit an important nerve. By election night Pantsuit Nation had reached 2.9 million members. Emblematic of both Hillary and the larger historical trajectory of women’s struggle for equal rights, the Pantsuit Nation has united women from around the world. Join local contributors of some of the hundreds of stories and photos Chamberlain has gathered for this inspiring scrapbook, as P&P hosts one of the dozens of concurrent events devoted to demonstrating the power of women who take a stand, speak out, and persevere until things change.

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

Adam Rubin - Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel

Thursday, May 11 at 10:30 am
Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525428886
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Published: Dial Books - May 2nd, 2017

Dragons Love Tacos Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803736801
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Published: Dial Books - June 14th, 2012

Dragones y Tacos Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780147515599
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Published: Puffin Books - August 25th, 2015

Those Darn Squirrels! Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547576817
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 6th, 2011

This sequel to New York Times bestseller, Dragons Love Tacos, begins with a terrible scenario: a world without tacos! Planet Earth has depleted its entire supply of taco-making materials, and all the dragons are distraught without their favorite food. The only way to make them happy again is to build a time machine, travel back to the days when delicious tacos were plentiful, and bring them back to the future. What could possibly go wrong? Join Rubin for an event that is chock-full of shredded cheese, mild salsa, and fun! Ages 3 to 7.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Adam Rubin - Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 pm
Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525428886
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Dial Books - May 2nd, 2017

Dragons Love Tacos Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803736801
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Dial Books - June 14th, 2012

Dragones y Tacos Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780147515599
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Puffin Books - August 25th, 2015

Robo-Sauce Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525428879
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Published: Dial Books - October 20th, 2015

This sequel to New York Times bestseller, Dragons Love Tacos, begins with a terrible scenario: a world without tacos! Planet Earth has depleted its entire supply of taco-making materials, and all the dragons are distraught without their favorite food. The only way to make them happy again is to build a time machine, travel back to the days when delicious tacos were plentiful, and bring them back to the future. What could possibly go wrong? Join Rubin for an event that is chock-full of shredded cheese, mild salsa, and fun! Ages 3 to 7.

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

Richard Rothstein - The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America — at Sidwell Friends

Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781631492853
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 2nd, 2017

In this rigorous examination of U.S. housing policy, Rothstein exposes a century of unconstitutional federal, state, and local laws designed to segregate American cities. He combines legal research with heartbreaking human stories to demonstrate the history and impact of this government push for segregation, including its influence on tragedies like those in Ferguson and Baltimore. The Color of Law is the first book to debunk the myth that racial segregation after Jim Crow arose from private prejudice, and it provides an entirely new perspective on our segregated neighborhoods—and new strategies to address the injustices that divide them.
 
Rothstein will be in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant winner, and the author of The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2015.

Coates will not be signing.

This event is sold out.

All books and tickets will be available at will call at 6 p.m. the evening of the event.
Politics & Prose will not have books or tickets available for pick up prior to the evening of the event.

 

Sidwell Friends
3825 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Jill Filipovic - The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness

Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781568585475
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Published: Nation Books - May 2nd, 2017

In this fresh look at what women want, Filipovic, a lawyer turned award-winning journalist, interviewed women across the country and found that the answer is simple: women want the chance to pursue happiness. While enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, this is not a right equally accorded to everyone, and Filipovic argues that we must demand public policies that guarantee women’s access to equal pay, child care, and other essentials that will allow them the same opportunity for achievement that men have. A blogger at Feministe, senior political writer for Cosmopolitan, and regular contributing writer for The New York Times, Filipovic shows how feminism needs to make the system work for women.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Garrow - Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama

Friday, May 12 at 7:00 pm
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$45.00
ISBN: 9780062641830
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 9th, 2017

In this comprehensive biography of the pre-presidential Obama, Garrow, who won the Pulitzer for Bearing the Cross, his life of Martin Luther King, looks in detail at each stage of Obama’s personal and political development. Drawing on more than a thousand interviews, Garrow, professor of law and history and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, vividly evokes his subject’s early years in Hawaii and Indonesia, follows his academic progress from primary school through law school, and charts his political education as a community organizer and state senator. Garrow profiles the people who influenced Obama and shows how Obama used these influences. Epic in scale, this profound portrait of a leader takes Obama’s story up to the moment he decides to run for president.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Holger Hoock - Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth

Saturday, May 13 at 1:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780804137287
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 9th, 2017

When we think of the American Revolution, we think first of ideals such as democracy and freedom. These abstractions, Hoock shows, can obscure the fact that such ideals were secured at the cost of bloodshed and violence. Hoock, the J. Carroll Amundson Chair of British History at the University of Pittsburgh and editor of The Journal of British Studies, details the grueling, often brutal, nature of the struggle, which ranged from Washington’s near-genocidal campaigns against the Iroquois to the harsh conscription of African Americans to mistreatment of prisoners and rape as a weapon. To fully understand ourselves as a nation, Hoock argues that we must see our tendency to violence in tandem with our high principles.

Hoock will be in conversation with Dane Kennedy, the Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University, and author of six books, most recently Decolonization.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Hala Alyan - Salt Houses

Saturday, May 13 at 3:30 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780544912588
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 2nd, 2017

Alyan’s powerful debut novel comes from the heart of the refugee crisis. Opening in Nablus, the narrative charts the complicated history of a Palestinian family repeatedly displaced by politics. The 1967 Six-Day war scatters the members throughout the Middle East, and Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait uproots many of them once more. Alyan, a poet, performer, and clinical psychologist who has worked with immigrants, is herself descended from a large Palestinian family and has lived in several different countries. Her professional training and personal experiences make this a deeply compelling and revelatory portrayal of people scarred many times over by exile and alienation.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Rothkopf - The Great Questions of Tomorrow

Saturday, May 13 at 6:00 pm
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$16.99
ISBN: 9781501119941
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Published: Simon & Schuster/ Ted - April 18th, 2017

Drawing on a recent TED Talk, Rothkopf, CEO of the FP Group and editor of Foreign Policy, describes his global quest for the next big thinkers and their visions of the future. Moving beyond the usual sites of socio-economic innovation, Rothkopf notes that transformational thinking is as necessary to work, identity, and democracy as it is to science and technology. He also moves beyond Europe and the U.S., intellectual capitals of the past, to focus on Asia and emerging economies throughout the world, where he finds both new ways of doing things—prototypes of mobile money in Tanzania and Kenya—and new perspectives on existing things, such as several nations’ view of Internet access as a basic human right.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robert Pearl - Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care--And Why We're Usually Wrong

Sunday, May 14 at 1:00 pm
Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care--And Why We're Usually Wrong Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781610397650
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Published: PublicAffairs - May 2nd, 2017

Writing as a concerned citizen, a patient, a health industry leader, and the son of a victim of bureaucracy and medical error, Dr. Pearl, executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, gives a troubling assessment of American health care. A combination of excessive costs, poor quality, and lack of access combine to put our system in the bottom half of those of most industrialized countries, he reports, and urges us to demand better. We can start by questioning assumptions and shifting perspectives from outdated and false notions. To do this, Dr. Pearl, who writes on business and health care for Forbes.com, looks to innovative technology companies for ways to take health care into the future.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Gilles Kepel - Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West

Sunday, May 14 at 3:00 pm
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By Gilles Kepel, Gilles Kepel (Preface by), Antoine Jardin (With)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691174846
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 9th, 2017

The world was shocked when a series of ISIS attacks left scores dead throughout Paris in 2015, and again on Bastille Day in 2016 when ISIS sympathizers drove a truck into crowds at Nice. In this comprehensive study of the radicalization of young Muslims in Europe, Kepel, author of Beyond Terror and Martyrdom and other books on the Middle East and Jihad, points to the 2005 riots in the Paris suburbs—the largest riots in French history—as the start of the “French Intifada.” His detailed analysis shows that the terrorists’ goal is to provoke a backlash that leaves the European Muslim communities alienated and susceptible to further radicalization, and he cautions the West not to play into their hands by overreacting. First published in France soon after the Paris attacks, Kepel’s book appears in English with a new introduction by the author and updated to reflect recent events.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

American University Annual MFA Graduates Reading

Sunday, May 14 at 5:00 pm

Congratulate A.U.’s most recent Master of Fine Arts graduates as these accomplished poets and fiction writers present their work.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Pamela Paul - My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

Monday, May 15 at 7:00 pm
My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781627796316
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 2nd, 2017

As editor of The New York Times Book Review, Paul has a professional relationship with books. But that’s only one facet of her lifelong devotion to reading. Another is reflected in her twenty-eight years with Bob. Her constant companion, Bob is the Book of Books, a log in which Paul records what she reads. A combination life-list, diary, and philosophy of reading, Paul’s memoir uses  Bob as a prompt for her engaging narratives of a childhood of compulsive reading, her college years, her overseas adventures in Thailand, Cambodia, and France, her career as a freelance writer, and marriage. From The Trial to A Spy among Friends to Autobiography of a Face, Bob charts Paul’s changing ideas, dreams, and goals.

Paul will be in conversation with Susan Coll, author of The Stager.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Charmaine Craig - Miss Burma

Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802126450
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Published: Grove Press - May 2nd, 2017

Craig, author of The Good Men, draws on her family history for her long-awaited second novel. Unfolding in Burma between the 1940s and 1960s, the narrative follows Benny, Khin, and their daughter Louisa as they persevere through colonialism, World War II and Japanese occupation, and the ethnic divisions that have made Burma the site of the longest-running civil war in history. Like Craig’s maternal relatives, Khin is part of the repressed Karen minority, and Louisa experiences both sides of her heritage, becoming the first Burmese beauty queen and then joining a revolutionary guerilla group to fight for Karen independence. Vivid and heartfelt, Craig’s first novel in fifteen years illuminates a complicated nation many Westerners know little about.

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

Colm Tóibín - House of Names

Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 pm
House of Names Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501140211
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 9th, 2017

Tóibín brought Henry James to life in The Master and made Mary, Christ’s mother, a fresh and surprisingly rebellious woman in The Testament of Mary. In his new novel the award-winning Irish fiction writer, essayist, and biographer, lets Clytemnestra, the wife and murderer of Mycenae’s King Agamemnon, have her say. Nearly as reviled as her sister Helen—famously the “cause” of the Trojan war—Clytemnestra killed her husband out of grief and anger over his sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia, to the gods. She then ruled his kingdom for seven years until her son, Orestes, avenged his father’s murder by executing his mother. In this passionate, dramatic retelling of the classical myth, Tóibín presents Clytemnestra as a strong and strong-willed leader, not afraid to follow her heart, however harshly she might be judged.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Grace Lin - When the Sea Turned to Silver

Wednesday, May 17 at 10:30 am
When the Sea Turned to Silver Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316125925
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

Starry River of the Sky Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316125970
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 11th, 2014

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316038638
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2011

This National Book Award finalist begins when Pinmei witnesses the Tiger Emperor kidnapping her grandmother, Amah. The cruel emperor believes that Amah, the village storyteller, can use her stories to retrieve the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Without knowing what the Luminous Stone’s power entails, Pinmei and her friend Yishan embark on a quest to find the mysterious treasure and save her grandmother. Along the way, Pinmei learns to break from her shyness and find her voice, using Amah’s stories as clues to guide her on this journey. Illuminated with Chinese folk art-inspired illustrations, Lin’s latest novel is a dreamlike homage to the power and magic of storytelling. Ages 8 to 12.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Hugh B. Price - This African-American Life: A Memoir

Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 pm
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$28.95
ISBN: 9780895876911
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Published: John F. Blair, Publisher - May 2nd, 2017

Price’s memoir recounts his distinguished achievements as an activist, journalist, and educator, and traces key episodes of American history through the lives of his ancestors, including one who fought under Washington and another who was a fugitive slave and drew support from Frederick Douglass. Price himself started his career in New Haven and served as the first executive director of the city’s Black Coalition. In 1978 he joined the editorial board of The New York Times. Ten years later, he was appointed vice-president of the Rockefeller Foundation, and from 1994 to 2003 he served as president of the National Urban League, before moving on to Brookings and then to the faculty of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.

Price will be in conversation with Charlene Drew Jarvis, former president of Southeastern University and former DC Council representative from Ward 4.

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

China Mieville - October: The Story of the Russian Revolution

Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm
October: The Story of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781784782771
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Verso - May 9th, 2017

Presenting the Russian Revolution as both a landmark political event and as a breathtaking story, Miéville, author of London’s Overthrow and Between Equal Rights, along with fiction that has won the Hugo, World Fantasy, and Arthur C. Clarke awards, gives a detailed and vivid rundown of how an autocratic monarchy became the world’s first socialist state in just nine months. It happened in two stages, starting with the February Revolution, which rid the country of the Tsar and installed a Provisional Government. Consisting largely of members of the former imperialist Duma, this Provisional Government was itself overturned in October, after Socialists consolidated power via the Soviets, or workers’ councils. Miéville captures the era’s chaos as well as its exhilaration.

Miéville will be in conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of several books including Nickel and Dimed.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nathan Hill - The Nix

Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781101970348
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Now available in paperback, Hill’s accomplished debut novel is the story of Samuel Andresen-Anderson, a would-be writer and lackluster English professor who, in a subtle nod to the title’s mythic creature—a  being said to spirit loved ones away—prefers to spend his time playing Elfquest. Then one day the mother who abandoned him when he was a child turns up in a front-page headline. Dubbed the “Packer Attacker” for her assault on the right-wing Governor Packer, she turns her son’s life upside down once again, this time by becoming irresistible material for a book. Sam investigates her life and tells its stories, which range from her surprising family background to her participation in the 1968 Chicago protests and repeated brushes with cultural icons including Allen Ginsberg and Walter Cronkite.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sidney Blumenthal - Wrestling with His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. II, 1849-1856

Friday, May 19 at 7:00 pm
Wrestling with His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2, 1849-1856 Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781501153785
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 16th, 2017

Blumenthal, a former Washington Post reporter, opened his magisterial Political Life of Abraham Lincoln with A Self-Made Man, a detailed portrait of the future president as a young lawyer. In the second volume of his projected three-part study he focuses on the years between 1849 and 1856, a period when Lincoln was tested personally and politically. A member of the Whig Party, Lincoln was without a political home when the Whigs dissolved in 1852. Galvanized by his differences with Stephen Douglas, he ran for the Senate in 1855 and spoke out so forcefully against his rival’s alliance with Southern slave-owners that though Lincoln lost the race, his eloquence and courage gained him supporters. During his brief exile in Illinois, Lincoln helped form the new Republican Party and developed the convictions that would win him the White House.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Gaithersburg Book Festival — at Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds

Saturday, May 20 at 12:00 am
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Click here to read more about the festival and the dazzling line-up of authors.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival has grown into one of the premier literary events in the Mid-Atlantic, and has been broadcast by C-Span’s Book TV. More than 20,000 attended this past May to see one-hundred-plus authors speak, take part in writing workshops, meet lots of literary-themed exhibitors, and have the kids spend the day at the Children’s Village where they met some of the most beloved authors in children’s publishing.


Admission is free and the festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds
31 S. Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Yascha Mounk - The Age of Responsibility: Luck, Choice, and the Welfare State

Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780674545465
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Published: Harvard University Press - May 9th, 2017

A Slate columnist, Harvard lecturer on government, and fellow in the New America political reform program, Mounk has questioned a number of revered assumptions about democracy. In his second book, the author of Stranger in My Own Country looks closely at what we mean by “responsibility.” Tracing today’s emphasis on personal responsibility as self-sufficiency to mid-twentieth century conservative values, Mounk shows that this masks the larger socio-economic forces at work, and he reminds us that “responsibility” once implied the moral duty to help and support others. He argues that a return to this approach will empower individuals to support others regardless of their decisions and will help to create a society of equals.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Garrett M. Graff - Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die

Saturday, May 20 at 3:30 pm
Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476735405
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 2nd, 2017

The nuclear era spawned survival strategies including duck-and-cover in schools and fallout shelters in backyards. But for government officials, Graff reports in this startling history of doomsday plans, the scenario was, and is, quite different. Established some sixty years ago and now available in case of terrorist attacks, the multibillion-dollar Continuity of Government (COG) program involves the daily flight of a helicopter squadron, poised to whisk the president and other top officials to one of a network of secret bunkers throughout the country. Ordinary citizens, however, will have to fend for themselves, dissidents and foreigners will be rounded up, and industries will be nationalized. Graff, the author of The Threat Matrix and The First Campaign, is a former editor of Washingtonian and POLITICO and a veteran reporter covering politics, technology, and national security.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Dennis Lehane - Since We Fell

Saturday, May 20 at 6:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062129383
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco Press - May 9th, 2017

Lehane’s eleventh novel is a tightly plotted and deft psychological thriller, full of the crisp dialogue and cinematic precision that made Mystic River and Shutter Island not just powerful narratives but memorable screen adaptations. The story centers on Rachel, a TV journalist who has recently gotten her life and career back on track after a traumatic assignment that led to a public breakdown, reclusiveness, and drinking. But when she sees something she can’t quite make sense of, she begins to doubt her senses, her memory, and even her marriage, and is shocked to feel herself spiraling out of control once again.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

NERDS! Trivia Night ♦

Saturday, May 20 at 8:00 pm

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

Beer and wine will be available.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mary V. Dearborn - Ernest Hemingway: A Biography

Sunday, May 21 at 1:00 pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780307594679
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 16th, 2017

In the first full biography of Hemingway (1899-1961) in fifteen years, and the first one to be written by a woman, Dearborn draws on fresh resources, including the writer’s complete FBI file, KGB archives, and papers left by his sister, mother, and Key West mistress. Dearborn’s acclaimed biographies of Normal Mailer, Peggy Guggenheim, Henry Miller, and Louise Bryant have illuminated the lives of some of the most complex and influential figures of modern culture. Here, she traces Hemingway through his youth, his early work in journalism, his adventures, wives, and personal demons, including in the latter alcohol, manic depression, and brain injuries, all of which she believes eventually led to his suicide. Despite the challenges, Dearborn says, Hemingway changed the way we use language and even the way we think.

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J. Courtney Sullivan - Saints for All Occasions

Sunday, May 21 at 3:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780307959577
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 9th, 2017

Sullivan’s first three novels, Commencement, Maine, and The Engagements, deftly mapped the terrains of women’s friendship, family, and marriage. Her latest work of fiction focuses on the lives of two very different sisters. Long estranged when the book opens, Nora and Theresa were twenty-one and seventeen when they left Ireland for America. Nora, responsible and serious, was engaged to a good man. Theresa, outgoing and adventurous, got pregnant. Fifty years later, Nora has four grown children and Theresa is a cloistered nun. But a family emergency forces the women to re-establish contact and break their mutual silence about the past.

Sullivan will be in conversation with Tayla Burney, WAMU events manager.

This is part of our WAMU Books series.

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Andrea Petersen - On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety

Sunday, May 21 at 5:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780553418576
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 16th, 2017

Some 18% of American adults suffer from anxiety disorder; without counting the many who experience anxiety at less than a clinical level, this is still more people than suffer from all other mood disorders combined. Peterson, a longtime healthcare reporter for The Wall Street Journal, was diagnosed with anxiety disorder in college. She’d suffered the symptoms since early childhood, and her detailed account of this mental illness is both an intimate look at how the disorder works and a report of what recent research has revealed about it. Peterson uses her own family to trace anxiety’s genetic path and, noting that women are twice as likely as men to get a diagnosis of anxiety disorder, looks at the socio-cultural associations between gender and mental illness.

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@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Andrew Evans - The Black Penguin

Monday, May 22 at 6:30 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780299311407
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - April 25th, 2017

Growing up gay in a tradition-bound Midwest Mormon community, Evans took solace in the wider world National Geographic showed him. Now a professional journalist, Evans has reported from all seven continents for the magazine and is also the author of Bradt travel guides to Iceland and Ukraine. His book recounts the adventures, conversations, surprises, and more from his 12,000-mile journey through every landscape imaginable on his long quest to balance identity and family, love and faith.

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William Hogeland - Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West

Monday, May 22 at 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374107345
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 16th, 2017

In his fifth book, Hogeland, an independent historian whose works include The Whiskey Rebellion and Declaration, looks back to 1791, when a seemingly inconsequential encounter between a ragtag band of militiamen and a skilled group of Native American warriors moved President Washington to call for the formation of a standing army. Hogeland presents the political arguments for and against a national armed force, profiles the leaders involved, and follows the early accomplishments of the Legion of the United States, which was led by General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Wayne’s prowess was so admired by Native Americans that they gave him the honorary name, “Black Snake.” He later went on crush many of these tribes, opening the way to westward expansion.

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Chris Van Dusen - Hattie & Hudson

Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30 am
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By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763665456
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 9th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780763655921
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 10th, 2015

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By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763687748
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 22nd, 2016

Hattie McFadden loves to admire all the wildlife she sees while paddling out on the lake by her house. One day, Hattie’s love of nature causes her to burst into song and draws the attention of a mysterious creature living at the bottom of the lake. Even though she knows the sea monster is harmless, the townspeople fear that he may be dangerous. Hattie has to come up with a masterful plan to change everyone’s mind. Chris Van Dusen’s endearing tale of friendship and distinctive illustrations put charming twist on the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. Ages 4 to 7.

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@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Miranda Pennington - A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontes Taught Me about Life, Love, and Women's Work

Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 pm
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ISBN: 9781580056571
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - May 16th, 2017

In this tour-de-force hybrid of memoir and literary criticism, Pennington tells two striking coming-of-age stories, charting the course of both her research into the Brontës and the sisters’ development as women and as artists. A writer and teacher of creative nonfiction, Pennington has been reading and rereading Jane Eyre since she was ten. Introverted and bisexual, she found her truest companions in books, and the Brontës and their creations have served not just as friends but as models of the strong, defiant woman Pennington needed to become.

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Thomas E. Ricks - Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom

Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781594206139
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Published: Penguin Press - May 23rd, 2017

In this inspiring dual biography, Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on defense issues who now writes the “Best Defense” blog for Foreign Policy, presents Winston Churchill and George Orwell as two of the twentieth century’s great freedom fighters. Focusing on the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s, a period when democracy was losing ground to the deceptive idealisms of communism and fascism, Ricks, whose previous books include Fiasco and The Generals, charts Churchill’s rise from the failure of Gallipoli and Orwell’s climb from obscurity, seeing both men as compelled to act, speak, and write in defense of human liberty and against all forms of authoritarianism.

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