Detailed Event List

Nick Laird - Modern Gods

Thursday, June 29 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780670025145
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Published: Viking - June 27th, 2017

Unfolding in Northern Ireland, New York City, and Papua New Guinea, Laird’s wide-ranging third novel follows two sisters who live very different lives, yet face similar challenges. Alison works in their father’s business in Northern Ireland and hopes to jump-start her life with a second marriage. Liz, a professor in New York, is on her way to Oceania to make a film about a newly discovered religion. Neither woman’s venture goes according to plan, and in his deft interweaving of the sisters’ experiences, Laird explores question of family, memory, and fanaticism. An award-winning poet as well as the author of the novels Utterly Monkey and Glover’s Mistake, Laird currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at New York University.

Laird will be in conversation with Nate Brown, managing editor of the Austin-based literary magazine American Short Fiction

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Yuri Herrera - Kingdom Cons

Friday, June 30 at 7:00 pm
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By Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781908276926
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Published: And Other Stories - June 13th, 2017

One of Mexico’s top fiction writers, Herrera, now teaching at Tulane, was already an international literary star when he made his English-language debut with Signs Preceding the End of the World, winner of the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. This haunting story of migration was followed by The Transmigration of Bodies, another tour de force of style that grapples with the struggle to navigate a treacherous world. Herrera’s third novel plunges yet deeper into shadowy territory, drawing on allegory and fable to trace the struggle between a ruthless drug lord and an Artist bent on telling truth to power and helping others resist.

Herrera will be in conversation with Roy Kesey, author of five books, and translator of Pola Oloixarac's debut novel, Savage Theories.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alexandra Fuller - Quiet Until the Thaw

Wednesday, July 5 at 7:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780735223349
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Published: Penguin Press - June 27th, 2017

Starting with Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and continuing with Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Fuller has kept readers riveted with stories of her unconventional family and her early years in Africa. With her first novel, the accomplished memoirist draws on the history of her adopted home, the American West, to focus on the lives of two Native American men. Cousins, the two grow up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, but then their paths diverge. While one rebels against the unjust treatment of Native Americans and ends up in prison, the other lives quietly on the Reservation, teaching his sons Lakota ways. Thirty years later, the two men meet again, with explosive results. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Acoustic Open Mic — in The Den

Wednesday, July 5 at 8:00 pm

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

Open Mic FAQ

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

John Pfordresher - The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Bronte Wrote Her Masterpiece

Thursday, July 6 at 7:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393248876
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 27th, 2017

When Jane Eyre was published in 1847, it was subtitled An Autobiography and presented as a work edited by Currer Bell. It’s long been accepted that Charlotte Brontë used a male pseudonym in order to avoid misogynist bias against her novel. As Pfordresher, a professor of English at Georgetown University, shows, her identity was only one of many things Brontë wanted to hide. In this close reading of both Jane’s and her creator’s experiences, Pfordresher finds striking parallels that illuminate Brontë’s inspirations and motivations; he shows us new ways to understand the novel and adds to what we know of Charlotte’s relationships with her father and brother, her experiences as a governess, and her passion for a married man.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Colin Harrison - You Belong to Me

Friday, July 7 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374299477
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - June 6th, 2017

Paul Reeves, the protagonist of Harrison’s eighth novel, is an immigration lawyer who collects old maps of New York. But things have started to go wrong. He loses out on a rare treasure he’s coveted and, at the same auction, a friend who accompanied him goes missing. Puzzled and frustrated, Reeves sets out on a dual quest to discover the identity of the cryptic buyer who outbid him and to find out what happened to his friend. He’d known her as the wife of an Iranian financier, but suspects there’s much more to her—and to her marriage. Harrison, the author of thrillers including The Finder, Risk, and The Havana Room, excels in suspense, cinematic effects, and sharp depictions of New York at all levels, from the high rollers to the street hustlers.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Roger D. Stone - The Lives of Dillon Ripley: Natural Scientist, Wartime Spy, and Pioneering Leader of the Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, July 8 at 1:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781611686562
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Published: Foreedge - June 6th, 2017

With its nineteen museums and galleries, nine research facilities, and the National Zoo, The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex. Much of it is the work of S. Dillon Ripley (1913-2001), who headed the institution from 1964 to 1985, overseeing the addition of eight new museums, seven research centers, and launching Smithsonian magazine. As Stone reports in this comprehensive biography, Ripley was more than a curator and a world-famous ornithologist. Posted to Ceylon in the mid-1940s, he served as an OSS spy. Stone, a former Time correspondent and bureau chief, served with Ripley on the board of the World Wildlife Fund; he adds his personal recollections to hours of interviews with Ripley and draws on both the Smithsonian archives and Ripley family documents. 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Will Bardenwerper - The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid

Saturday, July 8 at 3:30 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501117831
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Published: Scribner Book Company - June 6th, 2017

In 2006, a dozen American soldiers deployed to Iraq were assigned to guard Saddam Hussein at the former palace known as The Rock, and to transport him to court during his trial. The soldiers’ close contact with “the man without a conscience” was powerful and troubling. In his detailed account, Bardenwerper, who served as an Airborne Ranger-qualified infantry officer in Iraq and was awarded a Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Bronze Star, reveals Hussein as a complicated Jekyll-and-Hyde personality, capable of appalling brutality yet also charming and even courageous in the face of his impending execution. His guards, surprised by the former dictator’s humanity, questioned both the nature of evil and their own capacity for wrongdoing. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Melissa Scholes Young - Flood

Saturday, July 8 at 6:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781478970781
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Published: Center Street - June 27th, 2017

Like her protagonist, Young grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, a place nearly synonymous with Mark Twain. Now a lecturer at American University and contributing editor for The Fiction Writers Review, Young has written what she describes as "the book Mark Twain would have written if Becky Thatcher had gone home for her high school reunion and found Tom Sawyer." Following Laura Brooks back to the hometown she left a decade before, the narrative recounts Laura’s complex feelings for the place and the emotional work she faces in coming to terms with a relationship that ended on an explosive Fourth of July ten years before, when the levees broke.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Aaron Hamburger, Shara McCallum, and Kyoko Mori - Soap Opera Confidential: Writers and Soap Insiders on Why We'll Tune in Tomorrow as the World Turns Restlessly by the Guiding Light of Our Lives

Sunday, July 9 at 1:00 pm
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By Elizabeth Searle (Editor), Suzanne Strempek Shea (Editor)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781476665283
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Published: McFarland & Company - March 16th, 2017

The first daily daytime TV soap opera, These Are My Children, debuted in 1949, and the genre, building on the earlier popularity of radio serials, quickly became a staple of television programming. This collection of essays by soap stars, writers, and journalists, celebrates the popular pastime with a combination of insider looks at the shows and fans’ memories and musings. Here to share their thoughts and favorite soap opera moments are Aaron Hamburger, a teacher for P&P and the author of Faith for Beginners and The View from Stalin’s Head; Shara McCallum, a Jamaican-American poet, whose collections include Song of Thieves and the award-winning The Water Between Us; and Kyoko Mori, who teaches writing at George Mason University and has published four novels and three nonfiction books.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Cole - Rules for Resistance: Advice from Around the Globe for the Age of Trump

Sunday, July 9 at 3:00 pm
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By David Cole (Editor), Melanie Wachtell Stinnett (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781620973547
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Published: New Press - May 23rd, 2017

Cole’s primer for resisting Trump is drawn from the experience and collective wisdom of people from all over the world who have lived under autocratic leaders and can tell us what to expect. With essays by noted writers, dissidents, and intellectuals including Masha Gessen, Ai Weiwei, George Soros, Ariel Dorfman, and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, this anthology offers valuable insight on issues such as the prosecution of political opponents, the use of libel laws to attack critics, the gutting of non-partisan institutions, and the selective application of the law. Cole, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the author of Enemy Aliens and Engines of Liberty, pays special attention to the crucial roles of non-governmental institutions and journalists in preserving democracy.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Stephanie Elizondo Griest - All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands

Sunday, July 9 at 5:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781469631592
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - July 10th, 2017

As an inveterate traveler and former AP political reporter, Griest, currently assistant professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has seen a lot of the world, but has seldom been as shocked as she was by recent changes in her own hometown. Her ancestral land in South Texas is now cut in two by an eighteen-foot steel wall, there to stop the influx of desperate immigrants. Visiting towns near her new home on the New York/Canada border, Griest encountered another steel wall, and Mohawks of the Akwesasne Nation report experiences strikingly similar to those of Tejanos. But in both places Griest also met legions of activists, working to tear down these walls, preserve indigenous culture, and stop the repressive legacy of colonialism. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cate Lineberry - Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero

Monday, July 10 at 7:00 pm
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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250101860
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 20th, 2017

In 1862 Robert Smalls, a twenty-three-year-old slave from Beaufort, South Carolina, seized a Confederate steamer, secreted his wife and two children on board, and sailed from Charleston Harbor to a nearby blockade of Union forces—and freedom. In her rich biography of Smalls (1839-1915), Lineberry, former National Geographic writer and editor and author of The Secret Rescue, celebrates an unjustly overlooked American hero. For Smalls, his own liberation was just the first step. He later became the first black captain of an Army ship, and his courageous example convinced Lincoln and others to let African Americans serve in the U.S. armed forces. After the War, Smalls was elected to the South Carolina State legislature and then the U.S. House. His achievements included writing the legislation that gave his state the nation’s first free and compulsory public school system.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Lawrence P. Jackson - Chester B. Himes: A Biography

Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780393063899
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 11th, 2017

Famous for his nine-volume Harlem Detective series and the1945 novel, If He Hollers Let Him Go, Chester B. Himes (1909-1984) also worked as a Hollywood screenwriter and wrote two volumes of memoirs. In all his work he confronted issues of racism, social justice, and sexuality. In this definitive biography of Himes, Jackson, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins and the author of The Indignant Generation, draws on Himes’s papers and on exclusive interviews with Himes’s friends and associates. He traces the story of an exceptional and determined thinker, following Himes from his middle-class Missouri youth to his 1928 conviction for armed robbery, from the prison time during which he started writing to his subsequent acquaintance with Langston Hughes, later friendships with Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, and on to his cultural legacy.

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

Allegra Goodman - The Chalk Artist

Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781400069873
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Published: Dial Press - June 13th, 2017

Goodman’s eighth novel is a deft interweaving of different worlds, different realities, and different sorts of quests. The heart of the book is Nina, a young high school teacher struggling to connect with her students, especially the talented but distracted Aidan. An avid virtual reality game player, Aidan is easily manipulated by the forces of a new game called Arkadia and crosses several lines. Can Nina, the daughter of Arkadia’s founder, bring him back to the ordinary reality of high school? Meanwhile, she falls in love with an artist and introduces him to her father, who hires him to draw for the game. As she did in The Cookbook Collector and Intuition, Goodman vividly conveys the dynamics of specific workplaces, and shows how identity is deeply bound up with the work people do. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Paul Butler - Chokehold: Policing Black Men — in conversation with Kojo Nnamdi

Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781595589057
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Published: New Press - July 11th, 2017

Butler is a law professor at Georgetown University, a legal analyst for CNN and MSNBC, and frequent writer and speaker about issues related to racism and criminal justice. As a former federal prosecutor he has special insight into these matters, understanding not only how the system works, but how it can most effectively be challenged. Butler’s bold call-to-action starts with the need to abolish the principle known as The Chokehold, which is the popular assumption that all black men are dangerous, and must therefore be subject to rigorous policing. Butler has radical ideas for changing this and other racial biases, and he also looks at how black communities can use their own strengths to keep their neighborhoods safe rather than bringing in more police.

Butler will be in conversation with Kojo Nnamdi. 

The WAMU Books series features presenters and staff from the station you listen to everyday in conversation with visiting and local authors. Join us for insightful and entertaining discussions covering culture, politics, and life in D.C. You’ll find a “WAMU Corner” regularly in the weekly email, so keep checking in to see what’s coming up, and look for #WAMUBooks on social media.

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

Kevin Hearne - Besieged: Stories from the Iron Druid Chronicles

Wednesday, July 12 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780399181733
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Published: Del Rey Books - July 11th, 2017

Atticus O’Sullivan, the star of Hearne’s fast-paced and wildly imaginative Iron Druid Chronicles, is not your average superhero. He’s 2,000 years old and has as many tattoos as he does magical powers. He’s personally experienced the wrath of Thor and made pilgrimages to Mount Olympus. He’s teamed up with the Navajo trickster god and tangled with vampires and witches. He’s even tried his hand at bookselling, running an occult bookshop in Arizona. Hearne’s nine new stories continue these fantastic adventures, setting up Atticus for the concluding volume of this stupendous urban fantasy series.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Monica Hesse - American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land

Thursday, July 13 at 7:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781631490514
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 11th, 2017

Hesse, author of the Holocaust novel Girl in the Blue Coat, is a feature writer for The Washington Post and she spent two years investigating a rash of fires in Virginia’s rural Accomack County. While the acts were clearly arson and their perpetrator admitted guilt to 67 counts, Hesse was drawn to the deeper questions the case raised. What provokes someone to turn to arson? And what is the role of arson in American socio-cultural history? Hesse tells a mesmerizing story of a couple, a passionate relationship that spun out of control, and the economic pressures that can drive people to desperate measures.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Matthew Klam - Who Is Rich? — in conversation with Jake Tapper

Friday, July 14 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812997989
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Published: Random House - July 4th, 2017

Klam won awards, acclaim, and a spot on The New Yorker’s “Twenty Best Fiction Writers in America under 40” list for Sam the Cat, his nervy, ironic debut collection of seven long stories. Coming sixteen years later, his first novel is a richly evocative study of passion and family as well as a sharply satirical look at today’s mass-consumer society. Unfolding during an artists’ conference at a seaside getaway, the story focuses on Rich and Amy, a cartoonist and student of narrative painting, respectively, as they meet again after a fling the previous summer to see what happens next. In Klam’s telling, what happens is painful and funny, compelling and unsettling.

Klam will be in conversation with Jake Tapper, Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Willard Sterne Randall - Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution

Saturday, July 15 at 1:00 pm
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$29.99
ISBN: 9781250111838
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 27th, 2017

Standard reference books date the American Revolution from roughly 1765 to 1783 and the Treaty of Paris. In his revisionary history, Randall, the biographer of six of the Founding Fathers and a Distinguished Scholar in History and Professor Emeritus at Champlain College, argues that the years from 1765 to 1783 were merely an incomplete Revolutionary Period. While they encompassed the end of the armed conflict between Britain and its former colonies, they did not guarantee the new nation’s sovereignty. Free trade was still at issue, and while the British tried to control American trade waters, the Americans fought back by asserting the doctrine of neutral rights and by steadily developing the world’s second largest merchant fleet.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Siobhan Fallon - The Confusion of Languages

Saturday, July 15 at 3:30 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780399158926
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 27th, 2017

Fallon’s first book, You Know When the Men Are Gone, won the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction for its vivid look at the experiences of military families in Fort Hood, Texas. The linked stories made clear the essential roles played by spouses of soldiers, a theme Fallon develops further in her eagerly awaited first novel. Set in Jordan, where Fallon has lived, the narrative follows two American women whose husbands have been deployed. Not quite friends, Cassie and Margaret have different ideas of their host country, and, it turns out, much else. When Margaret goes missing, Cassie begins to see their relationship in new and unsettling ways.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jenny Allen - Would Everybody Please Stop?: Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas

Saturday, July 15 at 6:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780374118327
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - June 6th, 2017

Allen is a writer and performer, and her work in both veins runs to the outright hilarious. Her essays have been widely published in journals and anthologized in Andy Borowitz’s The Fifty Funniest American Writers, In the Fullness of Time, and “Disquiet, Please!” a selection of The New Yorker’s humor. In this new collection of essays, Allen considers practical questions, such as the point of fat-free half-and-half, and recounts personal experiences, like the shock of being single after twenty-five years of marriage. She makes astute observations about Sundance and L.L. Bean and imagines Martha Stewart at a Buddhist retreat. And she assures us that the anxiety of being a houseguest never fades, nor do the arts-and-crafts projects ever get easier.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

NERDS! Trivia Night ♦

Saturday, July 15 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.

This month, to celebrate the paperback release of My Bookstore, the winner of an additional book themed flash round will receive a special prize book bundle.

Beer and wine will be available.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Amitai Etzioni - Avoiding War with China: Two Nations, One World

Sunday, July 16 at 1:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780813940038
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Published: University of Virginia Press - May 2nd, 2017

As China increases its regional and global assertiveness, many believe the U.S. and China are on a collision course. In his incisive analysis of U.S.-Sino relations, Etzioni, University Professor in the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at George Washington University, argues that war between the two powers is not inevitable. Etzioni closely examines China’s strengths, details the country’s goals, and explores various proposals for defusing the rising tensions, from integrating China into the prevailing liberal, international order to containing or balancing China through alliances with various countries in the region. Ultimately, Etzioni shows there are ways the U.S. and China can maximize cooperation to minimize military conflict.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

John Bicknell - Lincoln's Pathfinder: John C. Fremont and the Violent Election of 1856

Sunday, July 16 at 5:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9781613737972
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Published: Chicago Review Press - June 2017

In 1856, John C. Frémont (1813-1890), a renowned explorer, became the first presidential candidate of the new Republican Party. The race was notable also for being the first in which a major party took an explicit stand against slavery, and, for that reason, it was the most violent election the nation had seen. In his detailed analysis of this pivotal year, Bicknell, author of America 1844 and coeditor of the 2012 edition of CQ’s Politics in America, shows how Frémont, running on a platform that opposed the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, gained the active support of African Americans and women, making a strong showing in the north. Though Frémont lost to James Buchanan, he paved the way for Lincoln’s victory four years later. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Fiona Barton - The Child

Monday, July 17 at 7:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781101990483
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Published: Berkley Books - June 27th, 2017

Kate Waters, the London journalist who made her debut as an intrepid investigator in Barton’s The Widow, senses there’s an intriguing story to pursue when an East London construction project unearths the skeleton of an infant. Angela, a former nurse, sees the discovery as a possible resolution to the kidnapping of her baby nearly thirty years before. Two other women, both struggling with lifelong depression, have deeper and more guarded reasons to be interested in the case. Barton’s second psychological thriller explores the tenacious hold of the past and the ways secrets affect lives.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon - The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas

Tuesday, July 18 at 7:00 pm
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$24.00
ISBN: 9781633882997
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Published: Prometheus Books - July 11th, 2017

Mahmoud Abbas, the last of the generation of Fatah’s founding leaders, became the head of the Palestinian National Authority in 2005. Dedicated to a two-state solution and opposed to violence, Abbas has twice been within reach of a peace agreement, only to reject it. To understand why, Rumley, research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Tibon, an Israeli journalist covering Washington for Haaretz, trace the life of this complex man from his childhood in Galilee and his family’s flight during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War to his role in the Oslo peace process and failure to stop the Second Intifada. The first political biography of Abbas in English, this book draws on interviews with pivotal figures in Ramallah, Jerusalem, and Washington to illuminate Abbas, the crisis of the Palestinian national movement, and the stalled peace process.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lynda Schuster - Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Life and Times of a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix

Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9781612196343
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Published: Melville House Publishing - July 18th, 2017

Schuster’s dynamic memoir starts with her restless early years in Detroit, a city she soon left to discover the world. And discover it she did. Starting her career with The Wall Street Journal, she soon became the paper’s Latin America correspondent and then its Mexico bureau chief, reporting from the turbulent region throughout the 1980s. This was followed by a transfer to Beirut, before she returned to South America to cover the trials of the accused in Argentina’s “Dirty War.” Her role changed when she married a diplomat and moved with him to Malawi, and the second part of her book is rich with details about the little-known “Ambassatrix School,” where diplomats’ spouses are tutored in protocol and learn the roles of couture clothing, baronial mansions, and elegant parties in the lives of State Department officials. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Andrea Beaty - Ada Twist, Scientist; Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer — in the Children & Teens Dept.

Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 pm
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By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419721373
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

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By David Roberts (Illustrator), Andrea Beaty
$17.95
ISBN: 9780810911062
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - October 2007

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By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419708459
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2013

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By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419712197
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

What do Ada, Iggy, and Rosie have in common?  Each is a creative kid with a particular interest and talent, all created by New York Times bestselling picture book author, Andrea Beaty. With artistic flair, young Iggy Peck recreates architectural masterpieces using ordinary objects. A passionate engineer named Rosie Revere refuses to lose her spark after her first invention attempt goes awry. Their classmate, Ada Marie Twist, makes brilliant observations that lead to peculiar hypotheses, and even stranger experiments. While these pint-sized geniuses drive the adults around them crazy, their wild inventions engage readers while introducing the importance of children’s curiosity and building dreams. Ages 4-8.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Angela J. Davis - Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment

Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 pm
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By Angela J. Davis (Editor)
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101871270
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Published: Pantheon Books - July 11th, 2017

This timely and important collection of essays by writers including Bryan Stevenson, Sherrilyn Ifill, and Jeremy Travis, examines the role of racism in the country’s criminal justice system and reports on the recent killings of black men and boys by police. Edited by Angela J. Davis, a long-time civil rights activist, advocate for prison inmates, professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law, and author of Arbitrary Justice, the book discusses issues such as racial profiling, implicit bias, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, mass incarceration, and the failure of the Supreme Court and other official bodies to reform the system. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

The Uncorked Reading Series with The Book Maven — in The Den

Thursday, July 20 at 8:00 pm

Join local book critic Bethanne Patrick—who Tweets @TheBookMaven—for the second installment of our new reading series in The Den. With thoughts turning to sunshine-soaked vacations and poolside lounging, what better time to explore summer reading? Bethanne will open up a discussion about the books you’ll want to throw in your carry on, including The Gypsy Moth Summer by Julia Fierro; The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti; The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs; Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam; and Other People: Takes & Mistakes by David Shields. Uncorked is open to those who have read all or none of these works, so bring only your curiosity and thirst! Patrick will give a brief introduction and then open the floor for what is sure to be a night of lively conversation.

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

Madeleine Blais - To the New Owners: A Martha's Vineyard Memoir

Friday, July 21 at 7:00 pm
To the New Owners: A Martha's Vineyard Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802126573
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 4th, 2017

From the 1970s until 2014, a rustic house on Tisbury Great Pond was virtually a member of Blais’s family. The clan spent summers there, watched children grow up, and feasted on oysters and crabs caught just steps away from the kitchen. In her fourth book, Blais, a former Miami Herald reporter and the author of In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle, delivers a moving valediction to this house and the life lived in it. She also gives an intimate tour of Martha’s Vineyard past and present, pointing out details only a native would know.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Diksha Basu - The Windfall & Estep Nagy - We Shall Not All Sleep

Saturday, July 22 at 1:00 pm
The Windfall Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780451498915
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 27th, 2017

We Shall Not All Sleep Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781632868411
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - July 3rd, 2017

Basu’s witty, sharply observed debut novel follows the Jha family as each member struggles to adjust to new circumstances. In New Delhi, Mr. and Mrs. Jha, wealthy after the sale of Mr. Jha’s website, move from a modest apartment to a mansion in an exclusive neighborhood, then try to learn the rules of the well-to-do. Meanwhile, in the U.S., their son is working on his MBA and feeling torn between his American girlfriend, who represents rebellion and independence, and the woman who would be his parents’ choice, an Indian student he’s also attracted to. Basu, originally from New Delhi and now teaching at Columbia, gives us a sparkling take on upward mobility and a vivid portrait of India’s nouveau riche.

Unfolding over three days on an island off the coast of Maine in 1964, Nagy’s rich debut novel follows the implosion of two blue-blood New England families. The weekend in question sees the anniversary of the death of Hannah Quick, one of the Island’s matriarchs, and the argument between Jim Hillsinger and his wife over sending their son to Baffin Island to spend twenty-four hours alone in fulfillment of an ancient manhood ritual. Complicating things further, Jim is a former CIA agent suspected of treason. As the personal tensions combine with the national anxiety of the McCarthy years, the Quick and Hillsinger families are changed irrevocably. Nagy, a playwright, critic, and filmmaker, is a founding member of the Editorial Board of Zoetrope: All-Story.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Philip G. Smucker - Riding with George: Sportsmanship & Chivalry in the Making of America's First President

Saturday, July 22 at 3:30 pm
Riding with George: Sportsmanship & Chivalry in the Making of America's First President Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781613736050
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Published: Chicago Review Press - July 2017

George Washington was many things, including an avid equestrian, and this made him formidable as both a hunter and a soldier. In considering this side of the Founder, Smucker, a fifth-great grandnephew of Washington and a research fellow at the National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, retraces his ancestor’s achievements as a surveyor, a sportsman, and a commander. Making the link between sports and war, Smucker also shows how Washington embodied a young gentleman’s athleticism as well as old world chivalry, a combination that set the pace for Washington’s successors.

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Washington, DC 20008

Heath Fogg Davis - Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? — in conversation with Shannon Minter

Saturday, July 22 at 6:00 pm
Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781479855407
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Published: New York University Press - June 2nd, 2017

As male and female give way to a wider spectrum of gender identities, Davis, author of The Ethics of Transracial Adoption and an associate professor of political science at Temple University, takes the conversation to its next level by questioning the need for gender categories at all. Drawing on his own experience and looking at cases of sex discrimination, Davis focuses on the need to rethink sex-marked identity documents such as birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and passports, as well as sex-segregated public restrooms and sex-segregated sports. Arguing that these conventional markers serve little purpose beyond exclusion, Davis challenges the assumption that gender matters, and points the way to a more truly inclusive society, one free of sex-based disadvantage.

Davis will be in conversation with Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Melvin A. Goodman - Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence

Sunday, July 23 at 1:00 pm
Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780872867307
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Published: City Lights Books - May 16th, 2017

Now the Director of the National Security Project at the Center of International Policy, Goodman spent nearly thirty years at the CIA. He joined the Agency in the 1960s and worked as an analyst and division chief until leaving in 1986. His resignation was the culmination of years of growing frustration and outrage at the CIA’s corruption, intimidation, and deliberate dissemination of misinformation to officials and the public. The root of these problems, Goodman shows, is the politicization of national security intelligence gathering, which he argues has led to foreign policy crises including the Iran-Contra scandal, infiltration by the Soviet mole Aldrich Ames, and incidents related to the Patriot Act.

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Washington, DC 20008

Daniel R. Green - In the Warlords' Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and Their Fight Against the Taliban

Sunday, July 23 at 3:00 pm
In the Warlords' Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and Their Fight Against the Taliban Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781612518152
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Published: US Naval Institute Press - July 15th, 2017

Green is a Defense Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and, as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. His experiences in Anbar Province served as the basis for Fallujah Redux, and his new book also blends memoir, reportage, and analysis for a rare insider’s account of how U.S. Army Special Operations Forces (SOF) defeated the Taliban in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan. The site of a Pashtun uprising against the Taliban in 2001, Uruzgan became the proving-ground for the U.S. forces’ innovative Village Stability/Afghan Local Police initiative in 2010. In a dynamic narrative history, Green recounts the development, implementation, and success of this program, which depended on SOF and Navy SEAL teams embedding with villagers to fight both the political and military segments of the Taliban. 

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Washington, DC 20008

Joshua Green - Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency

Sunday, July 23 at 5:00 pm
Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735225022
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - July 18th, 2017

The key to understanding Trump’s election, Green argues, is Steve Bannon. Green, a long-time political commentator who is currently a senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, profiled Bannon in 2015, citing him as the mastermind behind a “vast right-wing conspiracy” poised to take down Hillary Clinton and many others. Green traces the rise of the populist movement and Bannon’s role in it over the past six years, and points to Trump’s selection of Bannon—who had no experience running a national political campaign—to lead what looked, in August 2016, like a failing effort to win the presidency, as the decision that turned the election in Trump’s favor.

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Washington, DC 20008

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

Monday, July 24 at 7:00 pm
Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics Cover Image
$33.00
ISBN: 9781632863140
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 28th, 2017

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

Please note, our original event for this title was canceled due to weather back in March. We are happy to have been able to reschedule to this new date.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jesse Eisinger - The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm
The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501121364
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

In the 1970s prosecutors began to go after top corporate executives who had committed crimes, even sending some to jail. Yet by 2008, the CEOs of the top banks and Wall Street firms responsible for the Financial Crisis were left alone. What had changed? Eisinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning senior reporter at ProPublica, finds the answer mainly in the Justice Department, particularly, as his title suggests, with prosecutors too daunted by legal complexities or frightened of failure to do their jobs. He traces this lack of will to a constellation of shifts in both attitudes and power that have made corporate lobbying stronger and weakened government resolve to prosecute big businesses.

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Washington, DC 20008

Mitch Albom - Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson — at Sixth & I

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780767905923
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Published: Broadway Books - October 8th, 2002

Join us to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the treasured classic Tuesdays with Morrie, which was born when Albom, a sports columnist for The Detroit Free Press, saw a piece on Nightline about Morrie Schwartz, a 78-year-old Brandeis sociology professor recently diagnosed with ALS. Albom had studied with Schwartz sixteen years earlier and contacted him. Schwartz remembered his former student and Albom made weekly pilgrimages to see him in Massachusetts. Albom’s moving, wise book chronicles his fourteen conversations with Schwartz before his teacher passed away in 1995.  Supplemented with Albom’s memories and Schwartz’s lectures, this book of clear-eyed thoughts on love, regret, and death is truly inspirational.

Albom will be in conversation with Ted Koppel, Nightline anchor from 1980 to 2005.

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600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Edward Luce - The Retreat of Western Liberalism

Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm
The Retreat of Western Liberalism Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780802127396
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - June 6th, 2017

In Time to Start Thinking, Luce described the decline of Western values, a trajectory now confirmed with Brexit and the rise of Trump and European populism. In this trenchant and closely argued follow-up, Luce, the chief U.S. columnist for The Financial Times, expands on the crisis facing liberal democracy. Putting today’s political and economic challenges in a broad historical context, Luce looks back to the rise of the industrial west, showing that since the end of the Cold War we’ve grown into a dangerously destabilizing complacency. We can’t take democracy for granted, he believes, and democracy in turn depends on a firm economic foundation that produces gains for the majority of its citizens.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mario Livio - Why?: What Makes Us Curious

Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm
Why?: What Makes Us Curious Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476792095
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 11th, 2017

An astrophysicist by training, Livio has also explored math, biology, chemistry, and other topics. In his sixth book, the author of Brilliant Blunders and The Golden Ratio uses psychology and neuroscience to delve into the nature of curiosity itself. While curiosity drives activities ranging from casual conversations to disciplined scientific experiments to artistic creativity, there is no definitive consensus about what it is. By profiling two legendary inquiring minds, da Vinci and Richard Feynman, and by interviewing irrepressible thinkers including Noam Chomsky and Marilyn vos Savant, Livio assembles a fascinating template of the components of curiosity, from how it manifests itself and how it changes over a person’s lifetime to how it compares to other basic drives.

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Washington, DC 20008

Jason Zinoman - Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night

Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm
Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062377210
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Published: Harper - April 11th, 2017

Over the course of his thirty-three years as host of Late Night with David Letterman, Letterman single-handedly redefined the talk show. Zinoman’s biography, focusing on both the man and his work, takes readers behind the scenes to show us how that happened. The New York Times’s first comedy critic, Zinoman parses Letterman’s unique mix of absurdist, conceptual, and silly humor and traces it to his first stint, at an Indiana university radio station, where Letterman supplemented the script with invented stories. Zinoman spoke with hundreds of people who worked with Letterman throughout his career, including Late Night’s co-creator, Merrill Markoe, Jay Leno, Martin Short, and Letterman himself. The book is as much a work of cultural criticism as it is the profile of an inimitable performer.

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Washington, DC 20008

David Williams - When the English Fall

Saturday, July 29 at 1:00 pm
When the English Fall Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616205225
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Published: Algonquin Books - July 11th, 2017

Wlliams’s debut novel unfolds in the wake of massive solar flares that virtually destroyed electricity and everything that depends on it. While most of modern civilization is in chaos, Amish communities are relatively stable. But as the increasingly desperate “English”—non-Amish—mobs flee the ruined cities, they stop asking the Amish for help and just take what they need. Williams tells this post-apocalyptic story from the point of view of an Amish husband and father, and Jacob’s journal is a compelling account of an unimaginable situation as well as an urgent meditation on how a man devoted to peace can defend his family and stay true to his principles in an increasingly violent situation.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ann Hornaday - Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies

Saturday, July 29 at 3:30 pm
Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780465094233
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Published: Basic Books - June 13th, 2017

To get the most out of a film, Hornaday argues, viewers need to be as actively engaged in watching it as the filmmakers were in creating it. Film critic for The Washington Post, Hornaday guides us through the movie-making process and shows how to break down a film into its seven fundamental parts. For each component—screenplay, acting, production design, cinematography, editing, sound and music, and direction—she suggests key questions to ask and draws examples from a wide range of classic and recent films in all genres.

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Washington, DC 20008

Mark Stein - Vice Capades: Sex, Drugs, and Bowling from the Pilgrims to the Present

Saturday, July 29 at 6:00 pm
Vice Capades: Sex, Drugs, and Bowling from the Pilgrims to the Present Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781612348940
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Published: Potomac Books - July 2017

Stein’s engaging and informative How the States Got Their Shapes (the basis for the History Channel series) told the stories behind the development of our weird jigsaw-puzzle of a nation. Now he looks at the equally quirky, yet serious, history of how Americans have defined and regulated vices. While we think of bowling as a harmless pastime, it was outlawed in colonial America. Today, we place more and more restrictions on where people can light up cigarettes, yet simultaneously ease regulations on smoking pot. Morality seems to shift with the prevailing cultural and political winds and Stein, a screenwriter and playwright, has a keen eye for the inherent humor and significance of our struggles to tell right from wrong. 

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Washington, DC 20008

Karin Tanabe - The Diplomat's Daughter

Sunday, July 30 at 1:00 pm
The Diplomat's Daughter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501110474
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 11th, 2017

Set during the Second World War, Tanabe’s fourth novel richly dramatizes the period’s turmoil and clashing allegiances. The narrative focuses on Emi Kato, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a Japanese diplomat. Briefly held in a Texas internment camp after Pearl Harbor, she falls in love with Christian, a fellow prisoner of German descent. But once released and sent back to Japan, Emi realizes she still loves Leo, a Jewish refugee in Shanghai. Intercutting scenes of the three characters’ different experiences of the war, Tanabe, a former Politico reporter and the author most recently of The Gilded Years, tells a story of how love can survive—and enable survival—in even the harshest circumstances.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alvin S. Felzenberg - A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.

Sunday, July 30 at 3:00 pm
A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300163841
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Published: Yale University Press - May 2nd, 2017

William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008) founded National Review, hosted Firing Line for over thirty years, and by means of his charm, argumentativeness, avid views, and extensive networking, was a major force in the rise of conservatism. Felzenberg, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School, traces Buckley’s rise to national prominence from his upbringing in a large Catholic family similar in some ways to the Kennedys. The focus of his study, however, is Buckley’s relationships with politicians, especially presidents. Buckley was a harsh critic of Eisenhower, a close friend of Reagan, and Felzenberg delves into Buckley’s roles as advisor, provocateur, and relentless advocate of conservative ideology.

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Washington, DC 20008

Jacques Berlinerblau - Campus Confidential: How College Works, or Doesn't, for Professors, Parents, and Students

Sunday, July 30 at 5:00 pm
Campus Confidential: How College Works, or Doesn't, for Professors, Parents, and Students Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781612196428
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Published: Melville House Publishing - June 13th, 2017

Berlinerblau, director of the Center for Jewish Civilization at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, started his academic career at a community college. In working his way up from adjunct faculty member to assistant professor and on to administrator, he has closely observed how higher education both meets and fails to meet its highest goals. His book, expanding on the critiques he published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other journals, is a vigorous defense of liberal education and of the engaged teaching it demands. Berlinerblau’s careful scrutiny of academia gives parents and students insight into the most crucial part of a college experience: the teachers, who, for undergraduates, are likely to be graduate students and adjuncts, more focused on the exigencies of “publish or perish” than on the quality of their classroom performance.

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Washington, DC 20008

Sarah Menkedick - Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm

Monday, July 31 at 7:00 pm
Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101871416
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 2nd, 2017

Growing up in the Midwest, Menkedick believed her real life would start once she got away. She spent her twenties traveling alone around the world, supporting herself by teaching English or taking seasonal jobs. When she was thirty-one, she returned to Ohio and embarked on another kind of journey—a journey into motherhood. Along the way, Menkedick, the founder of Vela, earned degrees in the history of science and creative nonfiction, and her meditative essays blend evocative nature writing with introspection on questions of identity, motherhood, and creativity, drawing insight out of stories and stories out of insight.

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Washington, DC 20008

Where's Waldo? Party

Monday, July 31 at 7:00 pm
Where's Waldo? 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763695798
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 16th, 2017

Where's Waldo? the Coloring Collection Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763695774
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 16th, 2017

Where's Waldo? the Totally Essential Travel Collection Cover Image
By Martin Handford, Martin Handford (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763695804
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 16th, 2017

 


Waldo has been hiding—in books—for 30 years! Celebrate Waldo’s anniversary in a month-long scavenger hunt to find the beloved character hiding in twenty-five businesses around D.C.
 
Beginning July 1, 2017, stop by the Children and Teens department at Politics and Prose to pick up your Find Waldo passport. The passport lists the 25 locations where Waldo is hiding. Take your passport with you as you travel to the different locations. You can start at any one of them. When you spot the hidden Waldo, tell an employee and they’ll stamp or sign your passport. Observational skills are needed as Waldo is only six-inches tall and he might be hiding in any public part of the establishment.
 
Once you’ve collected 10 stamps, stop by P&P to receive a small prize. When you’ve collected 20 or more stamps, come to P&P to be entered into a grand prize raffle featuring Waldo and all of his friends! On July 31, plan to attend a rockin’ Waldo party at 7 p.m. at P&P. The party features trivia, games, activities, a costume contest, and, of course, the announcement of raffle winners!
 
Help Politics and Prose spread the “shop local” word by finding Waldo at participating indie businesses! If you spot him, snap a pic and share it on Twitter or Instagram using #WheresWaldoDC, and be sure to tag the business too.

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Washington, DC 20008

Jack Gilbert - Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System — in the Children & Teens Dept.

Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm
Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250132604
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - June 6th, 2017

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Sam Kean - Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us

Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm
Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316381642
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 18th, 2017

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Gareth Hinds - Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30 pm
Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds Cover Image
By Gareth Hinds, Gareth Hinds (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780763681128
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 1st, 2017

Poe: Stories and Poems: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780763695095
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 1st, 2017

 

 

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Tracy Crow and Jerri Bell - It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 2 at 7:00 pm
It's My Country Too: Women's Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan Cover Image
By Tracy Crow (Editor), Jerri Bell (Editor), Kayla Williams (Foreword by)
$32.95
ISBN: 9781612348315
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Published: Potomac Books - July 2017

 

 

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Heather Harpham - Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After

Thursday, August 3 at 7:00 pm
Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250131560
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 1st, 2017

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Romance Panel: Sarah MacLean - The Day of the Duchess: Scandal & Scoundrel, Book III, Alisha Rai - Hate to Want You: Forbidden Hearts, Mary Burton - The Hangman and Tracey Livesay - Love on My Mind

Friday, August 4 at 7:00 pm
The Day of the Duchess Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062379436
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Published: Avon Books - June 27th, 2017

Hate to Want You Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062566737
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Published: Avon Books - July 25th, 2017

The Hangman Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781503943698
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Published: Montlake Romance - April 25th, 2017

Love on My Mind Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062497819
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Published: Avon Books - August 23rd, 2016

 

 

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Trita Parsi - Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

Monday, August 7 at 7:00 pm
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$32.50
ISBN: 9780300218169
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Published: Yale University Press - August 2017

 

 

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@ Busboys and Poets Takoma: Hurston Wright Foundation Summer Workshop Reading featuring Kyle Dargan, Tiphanie Yanique, and Sheri Booker

Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30 pm
Honest Engine: Poems Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780820347288
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Published: University of Georgia Press - April 2015

Wife Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781845232948
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Published: Peepal Tree Press - November 2015

Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781592407620
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Published: Gotham Books - July 1st, 2014

 

 

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