Detailed Event List

Race in America Today: A Panel Discussion with April Ryan, Mary Frances Berry, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Wesley Lowery, Julianne Malveaux

Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 pm
At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White Cover Image
By April Ryan, Chris Matthews (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781442265639
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - December 15th, 2016

Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780807076408
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beacon Press - February 2nd, 2016



They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316312479
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 15th, 2016

Join April Ryan, Washington Bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks and author of At Mama’s Knee for the fourth in an ongoing series of discussions focusing on race in America.  As she has in previous presentations, Ryan will moderate a panel of leading writers and commentators to examine recent and longstanding issues. Join us for a discussion with Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, former chair of the US Commission on Civil Rights, and author most recently of Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich; Avis Jones-DeWeever, founder of the Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women, president of Incite Unlimited, and former executive director of the National Council of Negro Women and author of How Exceptional Black Women LeadWesley Lowery, one of the Washington Post's lead reporters covering the Black Lives Matter movement, part of a 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning team for reporting on Police shootings, and author of They Can't Kill Us All; and Julianne Malveaux, president emerita of Bennett College for Women, author of Are We Better Off? and a frequent speaker on economics, women’s rights, and public policy.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Leland Melvin - Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances

Wednesday, May 31 at 7:00 pm
Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062496720
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Amistad Press - May 23rd, 2017

Chasing Space Young Readers' Edition Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062665928
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Published: Amistad Press - May 23rd, 2017

After an outstanding career as a wide receiver in college, Melvin was set to continue playing football with the Detroit Lions, but injuries cut his dreams short. So he went back to school, earned an MS in engineering, and prepared to become an astronaut. Though he suffered another injury during training, he didn’t give up, and ultimately served as a mission specialist on two flights of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Later he was named the NASA Associate Administrator for Education and developed the nation’s five-year STEM education plan. Melvin recounts his life as a series of opportunities and fortuitous meetings with generous and dedicated mentors, demonstrating the spirit that made him an ICON MANN, chosen, along with Quincy Jones, Forest Whitaker, and others, as someone who has inspired people of all ages through his vision and commitment to making a positive change in the world.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Sedaris - Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 pm
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316154727
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - May 30th, 2017

Please be sure to pick up a signing line ticket the day of the event. You do not have to purchase a book in order to get a signing line ticket.

Now a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4, Sedaris has won fans on two continents with his signature blend of honesty, humor, and storytelling. His books include the now classic Holidays on Ice and Barrel Fever and, most recently, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls.  For the last forty years this master essayist, humorist, and novelist has also been a dedicated diarist, honing his skills by writing every day and assembling the raw material for his work. Full of odd sightings, overheard conversations, telling moments, and just plain strange stuff that happened, this selection from those diaries shows Sedaris as constantly focused on the world around him.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Katherine Heiny - Standard Deviation

Friday, June 2 at 7:00 pm
Standard Deviation Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385353816
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 23rd, 2017

Heiny’s debut novel is a witty and utterly realistic exploration of marriage, parenting, and the ever-changing dynamics of family life. Graham has been married to Audra for twelve years, but feels he can barely keep up with her. Vivacious and outgoing where Graham is quiet and introspective, Audra lets nothing stand in her way. But as the couple struggle to raise a child with Asperger’s, they turn for help to Graham’s first wife, Elspeth. The antithesis of Audra, Elspeth both is and is not part of the family, and her presence in Graham’s life leads him to reconsider his past and his future. Meanwhile, Audra’s charm and energy infuse every page. Author of the acclaimed collection of stories, Single, Carefree, Mellow, Heiny is as funny as she is perceptive.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Thomas Oliphant - The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign

Saturday, June 3 at 1:00 pm
The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501105562
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 9th, 2017

Working with former Boston Globe reporter Curtis Willkie, Oliphant, the Globe’s Pulitzer-winning Washington columnist and a regular commentator on PBS NewsHour, tracks Kennedy’s route to the White House, and shows how JFK and his ambitious, talented cohorts invented modern presidential politics. Drawing on fresh interviews as well as mining the 1,600-plus oral histories at the John F. Kennedy library, Oliphant starts with Kennedy’s failed effort to clinch the vice presidential nomination in 1956 and examines his innovative campaign strategies. These included hiring the pioneering pollster, Lou Harris; defying assumptions that a Catholic candidate was unelectable, and targeting a Catholic constituency; and using a Cold War Missile Gap and televised debates to his advantage.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Katherine Wilson - The Mother-In-Law Cure (Originally Published as Only in Naples): Learning to Live and Eat in an Italian Family

Saturday, June 3 at 3:30 pm
The Mother-In-Law Cure (Originally Published as Only in Naples): Learning to Live and Eat in an Italian Family Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812987652
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Published: Random House Trade - May 2nd, 2017

Wilson grew up in D.C., studied creative writing and acting at Princeton, and has lived in Italy for the past nineteen years, working in television, film, and theater. In her first book, originally published as Only in Naples, the former actress recounts how a 1996 internship in Italy turned into a new life. It started with a blind date, but the chemistry was as much between Wilson and her date’s mother, Raffaella, as it was between her and her future husband. Before she knew it, Wilson was under Raffaella’s spell and learning the cultural and culinary skills required to cultivate true carnale: the quintessentially Neapolitan sense of living with comfort and confidence in one’s body. Written with sprezzatura, Wilson’s memoir is a love letter to Naples and to an irrepressible matriarch—and master cook.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Stephen Hunter - G-Man

Saturday, June 3 at 6:00 pm
G-Man Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399574603
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Published: Blue Rider Press - May 16th, 2017

The tenth volume of Hunter’s Swagger series, which includes Point of Impact, adapted for the USA Network’s Shooter series, starts with Bob Lee selling the family’s Arkansas homestead. Developers uncover a cache of 1930s memorabilia that belonged to Bob Lee’s grandfather; though Charles Swagger was once the FBI’s top gunman, and had been recruited to help capture Baby Face Nelson in 1934, Bob Lee’s father had told his son nothing about him. Now, his curiosity piqued by the old badge, gun-clip, and rusty .45, Bob Lee starts to poke around in his grandfather’s past. But as he does so, he discovers that he’s not the only one interested in the legacies Charles left.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Baron - American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

Sunday, June 4 at 1:00 pm
American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781631490163
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 6th, 2017

As we look ahead to the total solar eclipse on August 21, award-winning former NPR science journalist David Baron takes us back to the one that occurred in the summer of 1878. Baron follows three key figures of American science as they prepared for the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in ninety-nine years. At the time, James Craig Watson was the director of the Ann Arbor Observatory; Maria Mitchell, who had discovered a comet in 1847, was the country’s first professional woman astronomer; and Thomas Edison was hard at work on the light bulb. Baron traces what each of these innovators hoped to find in the eclipse, and richly evokes not just the celestial and terrestrial discoveries of the era, but Gilded Age politics, the still-wild West, and the restless nation’s ever-widening ambitions.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Ebenbach - Miss Portland and Jessie Chaffee - Florence in Ecstasy

Sunday, June 4 at 3:00 pm
Miss Portland Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780996439718
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Published: Orison Books - June 5th, 2017

Florence in Ecstasy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781944700171
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Published: Unnamed Press - May 16th, 2017

In his first novel, Ebenbach, winner of the 2016 Orison Fiction Prize and Fiction Vice President at the Washington Writers Publishing House, follows Zoe as she abruptly abandons the life she’s made in Philadelphia to start afresh in Maine. Things look promising when she meets a man planning to open a mindfulness center. But when difficulties arise—with his family, with members of the community, with the enterprise itself—Zoe feels caught in the cycle that led to similar failures in the past. As desperation fuels a kind of mania, she’s forced to wonder if the answer is to try harder or to try something else entirely.

In her powerful debut novel, Chaffee, an editor at Words without Borders, follows a troubled young American woman from Boston to Florence, where she hopes to heal after a devastating struggle with starvation. For Hannah, Florence is as severely spiritual as it is richly sensuous. She’s surrounded by images of female beauty, ranging from icons to Old Master paintings to the lithe athletic bodies of her new friends at the rowing club. Hannah’s new self-image is fragile, but holding, until she meets someone from her past life, and her balance is thrown off once again.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Brooke Gladstone - The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time

Sunday, June 4 at 5:00 pm
The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781523502387
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Workman Publishing - May 16th, 2017

With the explosion of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” not to mention a president who communicates via “diversion” tweets, “trial balloon” tweets, and “deflection” tweets, even the most basic notion of reality feels under assault in this new media landscape. In a frank and incisive discussion of both traditional and new media in the age of Trump, Gladstone, co-host and managing editor of On the Media, expands on the Peabody Award-winning radio show and podcast’s mission of demystifying the making of the news. Drawing on ideas from public intellectuals including Hannah Arendt, Walter Lippmann, and Jonathan Swift, she develops a framework for navigating the world of Trump’s tweets. Gladstone will be in conversation with Margaret Sullivan a Media Columnist for The Washington Post.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Patricia Lockwood - Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Monday, June 5 at 7:00 pm
Priestdaddy: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594633737
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

One of today’s boldest and most original poets, Lockwood gained wide attention when her poem “Rape Joke” went viral in 2013. Included in her second collection, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, it won a Pushcart Prize and a place in The Best American Poetry 2014. Now “the poet laureate of Twitter” applies her humor, candor, and startling way with language to a memoir about her family. Intertwining scenes from her unconventional childhood with her experiences as an adult returning home for an eight-month stay, Lockwood gives an unforgettable portrait of her father, a married Catholic priest who loves to play the guitar. As she documents the strange, sometimes obsessive side of the religion she grew up with, Lockwood also considers the church’s troubling recent history. c

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Zeynep Tufekci - Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest and L. A. Kauffman - Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism

Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 pm
Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780300215120
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Yale University Press - May 16th, 2017

Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781784784096
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Verso - February 21st, 2017

Kauffman is a long-time organizer, strategist, and journalist. She was deeply involved in the anti-war marches of 2003 as a mobilizing coordinator, and she’s been at work on this detailed and insightful history of protest for twenty-five of the thirty-plus years she’s been involved in organizing. The book starts with the myriad socio-political movements of the 1960s and traces activism through ACT UP to Occupy to Black Lives Matter. More than just compiling a chronology, Kauffman highlights the particular challenges presented to different groups, assesses their strategies, and traces how these initiatives have helped shape the American left and define the country’s culture of resistance.

In her groundbreaking study of 21st-century protest movements, Tufekci, a New York Times contributor and a faculty member at Harvard’s Berkman Center and the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science, looks in detail at the role of technology in three recent uprisings. Focusing on the Zapatistas in Mexico in 1994, Egypt's Tahrir Square in 2011, and the Occupy movements in the U.S., Tufekci argues that social movements are valuable for their abilities to set a narrative, disrupt the status quo, and effect systemic change. Doing all three, however, has proved difficult, and she mines these different internet-fueled protests for lessons to guide organizers of the next movements.

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

Ezekiel J. Emanuel - Prescription for the Future: The Twelve Transformational Habits of Highly Effective Medical Care

Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm
Prescription for the Future: The Twelve Transformational Practices of Highly Effective Medical Organizations Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781610397254
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: PublicAffairs - June 6th, 2017

In his primer on the future of health care, Dr. Emanuel, an oncologist, bioethicist, and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, describes a system we’re just beginning to glimpse. Emanuel finds that the best models include focusing services on the high-cost chronically ill, streamlining processes of care, providing more intense outpatient services with standardized care practices, and using rigorous data collection to provide identifiable, comparative performance data. He also identifies three “megatrends” that will shape the industry: total care, reinvention of the primary care team—including a community-based health advisor--and the end of many medical specialties. The author of Healthcare Guaranteed and Reinventing American Healthcare, Emanuel was an architect of the Affordable Care Act.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Val Emmich - The Reminders

Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30 pm
The Reminders Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316316996
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - May 30th, 2017

Emmich’s bittersweet first novel focuses on Gavin Winters, who has just lost his partner. After burning all the mementos and relics of his relationship with Sydney, he tries another way to relieve his pain: he moves from Los Angeles to New Jersey and asks his friend’s daughter Joan to use her preternatural memory to help him. If she can bring back Sydney by recalling his visits over the years, Gavin will use his musical talents to help her win a songwriting contest. But he hadn’t bargained on some of the surprises lingering in her uncanny memory, and Gavin soon has different kinds of loss to grapple with. A singer-songwriter and actor, Emmich, who appears regularly on Vinyl and Ugly Betty, has crafted a well-paced duet, letting Gavin and Joan alternate as narrators of their story. Emmich’s presentation will include an acoustic performance.

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

Jacqueline Woodson - Another Brooklyn

Wednesday, June 7 at 7:00 pm
Another Brooklyn Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062359995
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Amistad Press - May 30th, 2017

Now available in paperback, Woodson’s first adult novel in twenty years appeared to instant acclaim. Praised as much for its graceful and muscular prose as for its clear-eyed narrative of the diverse influences that shape the lives of young African-American women, this coming-of-age story by the Young People’s Poet Laureate focuses on August and her best friends. Recreating Brooklyn in the 1970s, Woodson follows her characters from their early enchantment with the world through their discoveries that men can be treacherous, mothers can disappear, and security might be an illusion. Wise and moving, Woodson’s novel was a finalist for the National Book Award, and joins this distinguished writer’s long list of beloved books.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Acoustic Open Mic — in The Den

Wednesday, June 7 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

Sarah Prager - Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World — in the Children & Teens Dept. **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm
Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062474315
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: HarperCollins - May 23rd, 2017

World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into history books, these true stories uncover a rich heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era. Ages 13 and up.

Prager will be in conversation with Candace Gingrich, Associate Director, Youth & Campus Engagement, Human Rights Campaign.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kevin Hart - I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781501155567
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2017

Pre-order a signed copy of his new memoir, I Can't Make This Up, to get a professionally taken photo with superstar comedian Kevin Hart!

Here's how it works:

Your purchase of one copy of I Can’t Make This Up from Politics and Prose equals one ticket for the photo line. Say cheese!

Pre-signed books can be ordered online, over the phone, or in-store. Order online below by clicking "Add to Cart".

Turn up on the night and pick up your ticket to get in line – you'll get your book once your photo has been taken.

Your photo with Kevin Hart will be a professional photograph that you'll receive after the event. Sorry selfie lovers, no personal snaps using cell phones or digital cameras!

Please note, we cannot accept pre-orders for those not coming to the event.

Dubbed “the king of comedy” by Forbes, Hart, a stand-up comedian and actor who has starred in Central Intelligence, Think Like a Man, and many others film, started with the odds stacked against him. Born in North Philadelphia, Hart felt unwanted by his abusive mother and drug-addicted father. He could have become a crack dealer, like his brother. Instead, he found another way, in part by finding other ways to look at life and his options. Hart’s memoir is as inspirational as it is funny, and demonstrates how crucial it is to believe in yourself. Following his achievements as a performer, Hart has become the CEO of HartBeat Productions.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Leah Henderson - One Shadow on the Wall — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 pm
One Shadow on the Wall Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481462952
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

Eleven-year-old Mor is left to take care of his two younger sisters when both parents pass away suddenly. The Danka Boys, a gang of runaways who threaten and steal to survive, offer protection and provisions if he joins them. With little money to pay for food and school tuition, Mor is forced to make a difficult decision. How can he keep his promise to protect the family without going against his morals? During moments of great need, Mor’s parents appear to guide him onto the right path. Henderson integrates Senegalese culture, Islamic traditions, and magical realism in her middle-grade debut. Ages 10 to 13.

 

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

Summer Member Sale

Friday, June 9 at 9:00 am

All weekend long, Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, we invite Politics & Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs!

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

 
Washington, DC  

John R. Bohrer - The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK

Friday, June 9 at 7:00 pm
The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781608199648
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - June 6th, 2017

In his revelatory first book, Bohrer, a reporter, historian, and producer for MSNBC’s Morning Joe, traces Robert Kennedy’s political and personal transformation in the three years following JFK’s death. After having been his brother’s closest advisor, Robert found himself an isolated figure in the Johnson administration, which he soon left. Competing with LBJ for control of the Democratic Party, RFK reversed his earlier support of the U.S. presence in Vietnam, mounted an unsuccessful campaign for the Senate, and secretly worked to secure the vice presidency in 1964. Despite failure and harsh media criticism, Robert persevered, at last emerging from his older brother’s shadow, and Bohrer closes on his defining “Ripple of Hope” speech delivered in Cape Town on June 6, 1966.

Bohrer will be in conversation with Matt Bai, national political columnist at Yahoo News and author of All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Maile Meloy - Do Not Become Alarmed

Saturday, June 10 at 3:30 pm
Do Not Become Alarmed Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735216525
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2017

Meloy’s sixth novel starts with a dream vacation and moves quickly into nightmare territory. One minute Liv and Nora are enjoying a Central American cruise with their families and new friends, the next they’re desperately searching for their children, who disappeared on a shore excursion. Meloy, the award-winning author of fiction for adults and young adults, tells the story from the points of view of the parents and children, as well as drug runners, their housekeeper, and a ten-year-old making her way north. Vividly evoking geographical and emotional landscapes, Meloy, one of Granta’s 2007 Best Young American Novelists and the author of Liars and Saints, tells a story that’s at once a taut psychological thriller and a penetrating exploration of the limits of safety and privilege. Meloy will be in conversation with Katy Waldman, Slate staff writer.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Victoria Bruce - Sellout: How Washington Gave Away America's Technological Soul, and One Man's Fight to Bring It Home

Saturday, June 10 at 6:00 pm
Sellout: How Washington Gave Away America's Technological Soul, and One Man's Fight to Bring It Home Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781632862587
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 6th, 2017

In her third book, Bruce, a geologist, award-winning filmmaker, and author of Hostage Nation, examines how China has steadily purchased the rights to mining and processing rare earth elements, to the point where the Chinese now hold a monopoly on these vital resources. This makes the U.S. dependent on China for key pieces of much of our technology, from consumer items and basic infrastructural equipment to high-tech defense systems. The heart of Bruce’s investigation, however, is Jim Kennedy, a retired securities trader who bought a bankrupt mining operation but was then prohibited from re-opening it. Bruce follows Kennedy through his ten-year campaign to return the rare earth industry to the U.S., a fight not yet won despite his indefatigable lobbying of various government agencies and the manifest urgency of his mission.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jorie Graham - Fast: Poems

Sunday, June 11 at 3:00 pm
Fast: Poems Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062663481
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Ecco Press - May 2nd, 2017

Graham’s previous book, From the New World: Poems 1976-2014, showcased this remarkable poet’s growth through eleven previous collections. In doing so, it seemed to summarize a certain phase of Graham’s career and set her on the edge of fresh artistic breakthroughs. In her first volume of new poems in five years, Graham explores technologies barely imaginable until recently, writing about 3D printing, bots, and the increasingly elusive phenomenon known as “reality.” Expanding her signature long-lined, spacious stanzas to poems that look like blocks of prose, and adapting Dickinson’s dash to a code-like arrow, Graham evokes a world of dramatic and even traumatic changes as we move into the Anthropocene where it’s unclear whether we’re “ahead of time or too late,” and where neither nature nor human nature mean what they once did.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Joseph Kanon - Defectors

Sunday, June 11 at 5:00 pm
Defectors Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501121395
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2017

In his latest literary spy thriller, Kanon, the Edgar Award-winning author of books including Leaving Berlin and The Good German, which served as the basis for the George Clooney-Cate Blanchett film, dramatizes the divided loyalties and difficult moral terrain of the Cold War. Focusing on the charismatic Frank Weeks, a wunderkind of the newly established CIA, Kanon follows Frank’s 1949 exposure as a Soviet agent and subsequent disappearance behind the Iron Curtain. Twelve years later, when Frank writes his memoirs, he summons his brother to edit the manuscript. But more than a family reunion is at stake when Simon joins Frank in Moscow, and the suspense rises as the Weeks brothers are caught between the CIA and the KGB.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Sheryll Cashin - Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy

Monday, June 12 at 6:30 pm
Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780807058275
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Beacon Press - June 6th, 2017

Cashin’s study of racism in America uses the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision as a fulcrum for her investigation of the history of the idea of whiteness and her vision of a future that’s not merely color blind, but truly diverse and celebrated as such. A professor of law at Georgetown, frequent media commentator on law and race relations, and author of books including Place, Not Race, Cashin observes that approval for interracial marriage was just 4% in 1967, while today some 87% approve. Combined with rising rates of cross-racial adoption and immigration, interracial romance heralds the social revolution of a new “culturally dexterous” population.

Cashin will be in conversation with WAMU Editorial Director Alicia Montgomery. 

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

Finn Murphy - The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

Monday, June 12 at 7:00 pm
The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608717
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2017

Murphy started working as a long-haul trucker in 1980 and since then he has covered hundreds of thousands of miles. A mover, Murphy packs, loads, and hauls people’s possessions, and his first book is an engaging and humorous look at life on the road, the appeal of manual labor, and stories of colorful characters and their stuff. Some forty million Americans move every year, and Murphy has helped many of them, including a hoarder and the widow of an archeologist whose remains and relics he drove to New Mexico for a Navajo burial ceremony. His is a rare tour of the country. Murphy will be in conversation with Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Rosa L. DeLauro - The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle for the Vulnerable

Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 pm
The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle for the Vulnerable Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620972205
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Published: New Press - June 6th, 2017

DeLauro has represented Connecticut’s Third District in Congress since 1991, and is known for her impassioned advocacy of the social safety net. The ranking member on the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, DeLauro grew up with the Roman Catholic values of hard work and compassion. Acting on her parents’ model, DeLauro has used her office to fight for programs including food stamps, housing assistance, worker protection, and more. Her book recounts both her legislative battles, including the challenge of coming into office in the wake of the Gingrich Revolution, as well as the stories of people whose lives have been changed by progressive social policies.

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

Steven Levingston - Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights

Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316267397
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Published: Hachette Books - June 6th, 2017

John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. deeply influenced not only American culture and politics, but also each other. In the first book-length treatment of the relationship between these two iconic leaders, Levingston, The Washington Post’s non-fiction book editor and author of Little Demon in the City of Light, traces how these men from very different backgrounds worked through an initially contentious relationship to further the goals of social justice. Focusing on events between 1960 and 1963, Levingston shows how Kennedy’s tentative gestures spurred King to take bolder action, while King’s courage pushed and inspired Kennedy to commit himself to the cause of equal rights.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14 & V: Peter Brannen - The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions

Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm
The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past Mass Extinctions Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062364807
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Published: Ecco Press - June 13th, 2017

As the world enters the Anthropocene, there’s a lot of talk about the sixth extinction. But what about the previous five? Brannen, an award-winning science journalist and former journalism fellow at Woods Hole, broadens our views of both climate and climate change with this vivid tour of the pivotal events of the Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, and other eras. Using fossils and myriad geological records, he shows us the globe as we’ve never seen it before, tracing the scars of asteroids, glaciers, fire, and other literally Earth-shaking calamities. By piecing together what happened in deep time, Brannen shows us what to expect in the near future.

Brannen will be in conversation with Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes.

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

Manal al-Sharif - Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening

Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781476793023
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 13th, 2017

One of the Middle East’s most prominent women’s right activists, Manal al-Sharif grew up in a modest family in Mecca. Devout in her youth, she didn’t associate with non-Muslims and destroyed her brother’s cassettes of forbidden music. But by her twenties she was working as a computer security engineer for Aramco. Her professional status didn’t exempt her from restrictive rules on women’s behavior, and she was required to have her brother chaperone her on business trips. Her frustration grew into defiance, and in 2011 she was imprisoned for driving her car. Awarded the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent in 2012 and named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” al-Sharif tells an inspiring story of rebellion and resilience and offers a rare glimpse of the lives of Saudi women today.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Naomi Klein - No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need — at Sidwell Friends

Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 pm
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 13th, 2017

Join us for a discussion of resistance in the Trump era with internationally acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Naomi Klein.

Donald Trump's takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises, Klein asserts. She argues that Trump's vision—a radical deregulation of the U.S. economy in the interest of corporations, an all-out war on "radical Islamic terrorism," and sweeping aside climate science to unleash a domestic fossil fuel frenzy—will generate wave after wave of crises and shocks to the economy, to national security, and to the environment.

In her new book, No Is Not Enough, Naomi Klein explains that Trump, extreme as he is, is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst and most dangerous trends of the past half-century. In exposing the malignant forces behind Trump's rise, she puts forward a bold vision for a mass movement to counter rising militarism, nationalism, and corporatism in the U.S. and around the world.

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3825 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Douglas Brunt - Trophy Son

Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 pm
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 30th, 2017

Part fairy tale and part cautionary tale, Brunt’s third novel follows the life of a tennis prodigy from early promise to full stardom. Driven by personal ambition and shaped by coaches, Anton Stratis lives the dream of professional tennis. But behind his pride in his spectacular athletic achievements lies the unsettling sense that something is missing. Has he sacrificed too much for his sport? Brunt, former CEO of Authentium, Inc., and the author of The Means and Ghosts of Manhattan, gives a vivid picture of life on the professional tennis tour, with its glory, drama, egos, and adoring fans. But his novel also shows the toll this takes on the players and their families. Brunt will be in conversation with his wife, Megyn Kelly, author of Settle for More.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cynthia Leonor Garza - Lucia the Luchadora — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781576878279
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Published: POW! - March 7th, 2017

Lucia is disheartened when some boys on the playground tell her that girls can’t be superheroes. That changes when her grandmother reveals that she was once a fearless superhero herself—a luchadora, one of the brave female wrestlers of the Mexican lucha libre tradition. Lucia and her grandmother hatch a plan to transform Lucía into a luchadora with her very own mask and cape. With a POW and a BAM she returns to the playground showing the boys that she can run faster and jump higher than anyone. But when another girl at recess needs her help, Lucía must learn what makes a superhero truly heroic. Ages 4 to 8.

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

Bloomsday Ulysses Reading

Friday, June 16 at 4:00 pm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780679722762
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 16th, 1990

It’s Bloomsday again! Join us for our own mini-marathon reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the famous novel that rambles around Dublin. Marathon readings of this modernist masterpiece can go on for days, but P&P’s little version will last just over an hour. Volunteer to read a short prepared portion of the novel as straight or as fulsome as you wish.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jonathan Safran Foer - Here I Am

Friday, June 16 at 7:00 pm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781250135759
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Published: Picador USA - June 6th, 2017

Now available in paperback, Foer’s expansive third novel unfolds over just four weeks in contemporary Washington. But as his title suggests, with its echoes of Abraham and the Old Testament prophets, Foer is exploring timeless and universal questions of faith, sacrifice, and intimate human relationships. Centered on the Bloch family, the narrative traces the rising tension between Jacob and Julia, and charts the effects of the parents’ unhappiness on their children. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, an earthquake is wreaking havoc in the already troubled Holy Land. Deftly interweaving the Blochs’ personal turmoil with the larger political events, Foer explores what it means to be religious in the modern world and what responsibilities American Jews have toward Israel.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Stuart H. Newberger - The Forgotten Flight: Terrorism, Diplomacy and the Pursuit of Justice

Saturday, June 17 at 1:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781786070920
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Published: ONEWorld Publications - June 13th, 2017

In his first book, Newberger, a senior partner at the international law firm Crowell & Moring, draws on his work representing the families of the seven Americans killed in UTA Flight 772, which was blown up by a suitcase bomb on September 19, 1989. Like the explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, just ten months earlier, the bombing of Flight 722 was a terrorist attack ordered by Qaddafi and undertaken by Libyan agents. Unlike the Lockerbie tragedy, however, this one received little attention, and Newberger fills out the record with a detailed analysis of the crime’s planning and execution, shows how the French investigators traced the attack to Qaddafi, and offers insight into the prosecution of international crimes. Newberger will be in conversation with Kai Bird, a Pulitzer-winning journalist and historian and author of books including The Good Spy.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cynthia Leonor Garza - Lucia the Luchadora — at Petworth Library

Saturday, June 17 at 2:00 pm
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$16.99
ISBN: 9781576878279
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Published: POW! - March 7th, 2017

Lucia is disheartened when some boys on the playground tell her that girls can’t be superheroes. That changes when her grandmother reveals that she was once a fearless superhero herself—a luchadora, one of the brave female wrestlers of the Mexican lucha libre tradition. Lucia and her grandmother hatch a plan to transform Lucía into a luchadora with her very own mask and cape. With a POW and a BAM she returns to the playground showing the boys that she can run faster and jump higher than anyone. But when another girl at recess needs her help, Lucía must learn what makes a superhero truly heroic. Ages 4 to 8.

Petworth Library
4200 Kansas Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011

Thomas Wright - All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the Twenty-First Century and the Future of American Power

Saturday, June 17 at 3:30 pm
All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the Twenty-First Century and the Future of American Power Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9780300223286
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Published: Yale University Press - May 23rd, 2017

Formulating a new American foreign policy for the globalized world, Wright, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, traces the strategies of the past several decades. Starting from the major powers’ post-Cold War convergence in a liberal world order, Wright examines why this balance has foundered, and how seriously it’s threatened by newly resurgent powers such as China and Russia. To answer the host of questions today’s uncertain situation raises about America’s leadership role, Wright proposes a strategy he calls “responsible competition,” which will stabilize power dynamics and preserve the liberal order.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Gail Godwin - Grief Cottage

Saturday, June 17 at 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781632867049
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 6th, 2017

The eponymous structure at the heart of Godwin’s seventeenth novel stands, barely, on a small South Carolina Island. Abandoned for fifty years after a hurricane swept away the family that lived there, the cottage has become a muse of sorts for Charlotte, a painter who feels it mirrors her own ruined life. When Charlotte becomes the caretaker of her orphaned nephew, the lonely eleven-year-old is also drawn to the cottage, where he finds a companion in the ghost of the boy who once lived there. Exploring various kinds of haunting, Godwin, whose distinguished career began with The Perfectionists in 1970 and has included acclaimed books such as A Mother and Two Daughters, Flora, Father Melancholy’s Daughter and the memoir Making a Writer, delves into the ways memory, place, and art can shape lives.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Martin Walker - The Templars' Last Secret: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel

Sunday, June 18 at 1:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781101946800
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 13th, 2017

To find out who killed a young archeologist, Bruno Courrèges, the St. Denis chief of police, has to brush up fast on his knowledge of Dordogne’s labyrinthine caves, as well as on the region’s role in a mystery dating from the days of the Knights Templar. Complicating things further, it emerges that the victim had ties to a terrorist group, and that the religious artifact she’d been searching for was of world-changing significance. But as the investigation intensifies, Bruno is distracted by an old flame and takes time to enjoy the finer things of life. In his tenth Bruno mystery, Walker, senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council and former editor in chief at United Press International, delivers a compelling story steeped in the ambiance of France’s Périgord region.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jennifer R. Farmer - Extraordinary PR, Ordinary Budget: A Strategy Guide

Sunday, June 18 at 5:00 pm
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$17.95
ISBN: 9781626569935
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - June 26th, 2017

As managing director for communications at PICO National Network, the largest network of faith-based groups in the nation, Farmer knows how crucial public relations is to socially conscious organizations. Her book is designed to help smaller organizations, particularly NGOs and social justice groups, get the most from even limited communications budgets. With anecdotes, data, and profiles, she emphasizes that successful media relations depends on just a few basics, including being credible, creative, responsive, and relentless.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Danny Goldberg - In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea

Monday, June 19 at 6:30 pm
In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781617756153
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Published: Akashic Books - June 6th, 2017

In his magical mystery tour of a book, Goldberg, president of Gold Village Entertainment, and former head of Atlantic Records, looks back over 1967, a year that included the release of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and debut albums from the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. Then there was the Summer of Love, LSD, Muhammad Ali’s draft-dodging conviction, Stokely Carmichael and Black Power, the murder of Che Guevara, and much more. Goldberg gives us 1967 as he experienced it and draws on interviews with some of its stars, including Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Tom Hayden, and Gil Scott-Heron, showing the year’s lasting cultural and political significance. Goldberg will be in conversation with Sidney Blumenthal, author of A Self-Made Man and Wrestling with His Angel.

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

Kurt Newman - Healing Children: A Surgeon's Stories from the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine

Monday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525428831
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Published: Viking - June 13th, 2017

Dr. Newman has been a pediatric surgeon for nearly forty years, and since 2011 has been president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center. During his practice he’s seen and helped launch revolutionary changes in how children are treated. These include both his work at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, which he helped create to make children’s surgery less invasive and painful, but also the general approach to giving children care designed for them—not merely scaled-down adult treatment. In looking back over his career, Newman tells the stories of some of his patients and offers practical advice for parents about how to get the best care for their children.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

@ Busboys and Poets 14th & V: Jamie Bartlett - Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World

Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 pm
Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781568589862
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Published: Nation Books - June 13th, 2017

The number of radical groups worldwide has surged in recent years, and ranges from ISIS to followers of Bernie Sanders to the citizens of Liberland, the world's first libertarian nation. However extreme some of these subcultures are, Bartlett, author of The Dark Net and one of today’s leading thinkers on radical politics, argues that all must be taken seriously. Each makes an important contribution to social change, whether by being symptomatic of society’s deeper malaise or by offering a viable vision for the future. Bartlett, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos and a technology columnist for the Telegraph, reports in detail on a variety of underground and radical sub-cultures, exploring their members’ motivations, goals, and overall critique of the status quo.

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

David King - The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany

Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393241693
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2017

Hitler was thirty-four when he fired a pistol in a Munich beer hall one November night in 1923 and declared a revolution. Known as the beer hall putsch, this was Hitler’s dramatic entry onto the world stage. During the four weeks he and nine co-conspirators were on trial for high treason, Hitler turned the spotlight to his advantage, proclaiming the whole episode a triumph for the Nazi Party. Sentenced to five years in prison, he served nine months, using the time to write Mein Kampf. King, author of Death in the City of Light and Vienna 1814, weaves a riveting story from trial transcripts, police files, and a cache of documents that recently surfaced in a Nuremburg flea market.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sherman Alexie - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir — at Sixth & I

Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316270755
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

Sherman Alexie is an award-winning novelist, poet, and performer. His honors include both the PEN/Hemingway and PEN/Faulkner Awards and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. His latest work is a family memoir  prompted by the death of his mother at age 78. His commemoration includes 78 poems and 78 essays in which Alexie recounts stories of growing up impoverished on the Spokane Indian Reservation, one of four children of parents struggling with alcoholism. He portrays his mother as a strong woman, both loving and abusive, and writes vividly about a complicated family and about the socioeconomic constraints that made life for Native Americans so difficult.

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600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

@Busboys and Poets 5th & K - Reproductive Justice: A Panel Discussion with Dr. Willie Parker

Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 pm
Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501151125
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Published: Atria Books - April 4th, 2017

As access to legal abortion becomes more restricted and organizations providing the service face cuts in federal funding, the fate of Roe v. Wade is in peril. To understand what the Trump era means for reproductive rights, join us for a discussion of the issues with a panel of distinguished writers and public figures headed by Dr. Willie Parker, winner of the 2015 Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Award, and whose Pink House is the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi. Parker will be in conversation with Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America and Reverend Dr. Christine Wiley and Reverend Dr. Dennis Wiley, co-pastors of the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ. The discussion will be moderated by Jamila Taylor, a senior fellow at American Progress who specializes in domestic and international women’s health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice.

Busboys and Poets 5th & K
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Souad Mekhennet - I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad

Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781627798976
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - June 13th, 2017

The daughter of Turkish and Moroccan parents, Mekhennet grew up in Germany and now covers radical Islamic sects for The Washington Post. Her memoir interweaves her experience on the edge of two cultures, a position which has both compelled her to discover “what is in the minds of these young jihadists, and how can we understand and defuse it?” and given her unparalleled access to terrorist operatives. Mekhennet, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, broke the story of the ISIS executioner, Jihadi John. Her account crackles with tense border crossings, encounters with intelligence agents, and secretive meetings with members of the inner circles of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Arundhati Roy - The Ministry of Utmost Happiness — at St. Paul's Church

Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781524733155
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 6th, 2017

Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel, The God of Small Things. She then turned to activism and nonfiction, writing books including Capitalism: A Ghost Story and Power Politics, becoming one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in the process. In her long-awaited second novel, Roy follows two very different protagonists. Anjum is born intersex and lives as a woman, cobbling together a home in a cemetery. The beguiling Tilo, meanwhile, is courted by several men, and loves a Kashmiri activist. When concern over an abandoned infant brings Anjum and Tilo together, Roy deftly weaves her characters' fates with India's social and political tensions, using multiple points of view as well as "found" documents.

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

David Weigel - The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780393242256
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 13th, 2017

Weigel’s 2012 Slate series, “Prog Spring,” proudly bore the motto, “the brief rise and inevitable fall of the world’s most hated pop music.” In this dynamic history of progressive rock, he explains what that means. A hard-core prog fan, he draws on his exhaustive knowledge of the genre to trace its growth from psychedelia and heavy metal, track its greatest hits, profile its performers, and explain just what made it “progressive.” Now a Washington Post national reporter, Weigel also looks at why so many hated this music, but also tells us why not even the satirical treatment of This is Spinal Tap could do away with it. Bands including Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Jethro Tull, along with Rush, Styx, and Asia are enjoying a resurgence of popularity. Weigel will be in conversation with Politico’s Jack Shafer.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

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

Thursday, June 22 at 8:00 pm

Join local book critic Bethanne Patrick—who Tweets @TheBookMaven—for the first installment of our new reading series in The Den. Patrick will lead a spirited discussion of the works of Richard Russo, including his new book of stories, Trajectory. Whether you loved Nobody’s Fool or are a devoted fan of Straight Man, come discuss this acclaimed author’s work with other avid readers. 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

Julia Fierro - The Gypsy Moth Summer

Friday, June 23 at 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781250087515
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 6th, 2017

Fierro, widely published in journals ranging from Glamour to Psychology Today, founded Sackett Street Writers, named the “Best MFA-alternative” by Poets & Writers, and made her fiction debut with Cutting Teeth. Her second novel unfolds in 1992 on Avalon Island. A small homogenous community, Avalon was until recently divided only along entrenched class lines. That changes when Leslie Day Marshall, who grew up there in one of the town’s WASPiest families, moves back from New York City with her black husband and their children. Leslie hadn’t foreseen how her return would spark tension, and no one in her hometown is prepared for how the situation will spin out of control. Fierro will be in conversation with the Book Maven, Bethanne Patrick.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Emily Paster - The Joys of Jewish Preserving: Modern Recipes with Traditional Roots, for Jams, Pickles, Fruit Butters, and More--For Holidays and Every Day

Saturday, June 24 at 1:00 pm
The Joys of Jewish Preserving: Modern Recipes with Traditional Roots, for Jams, Pickles, Fruit Butters, and More--For Holidays and Every Day Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781558328754
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Published: Harvard Common Press - July 2017

Throughout Jewish history, preserved foods have served both practical and spiritual needs, keeping alive a people and their faith through sojourns in deserts and isolation in ghettoes. In her second book, Paster, a D.C. native now based in Chicago where she writes the West of the Loop blog, presents seventy-five recipes. Both traditional and brand new, these cover jams and fruit preserves, pickles, and holiday dishes. Each is illustrated with beautiful color photographs and accompanied by stories contextualizing it within Jewish tradition.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Don Winslow - The Force

Saturday, June 24 at 3:30 pm
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 20th, 2017

After eighteen years in the NYPD, Denny Malone is the star of its elite force. He has an outstanding record and seems to have risen above the city’s ever-present corruption. In fact, he’s far from clean. He and his partners made off with millions in drugs and cash after a recent bust—and federal investigators are suspicious. Malone can’t confess without bringing down half the force, and now isn’t the time to do that. A rash of racial incidents is threatening to explode, and every cop is crucial to keeping the situation under control. A story of good men gone not completely bad, of ethics complicated by real-life situations, Winslow’s latest thriller is a masterpiece of psychological suspense in the vein of his earlier The Cartel, The Power of the Dog, and Savages.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Michael Frank - The Mighty Franks: A Memoir

Saturday, June 24 at 6:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374210120
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 16th, 2017

Growing up in Laurel Canyon, Frank was all but adopted by his glamorous, childless aunt and uncle. Harriet “Hank” Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch were the successful screenwriting team behind films including The Long, Hot Summer, HUD, and Norma Rae, but having them for surrogate parents wasn’t the dream life it might seem. Frank’s insightful memoir recounts his shock as his aunt, who’d been a loving mentor, guiding the boy’s interests in art and culture, became possessive and angry, at last driving Frank away. Now a journalist, fiction writer, and former Los Angeles Times book critic, Frank looks back and sees his aunt in ways his younger, frightened self could not. Frank will be in conversation with Sarah Boxer, a contributing writer at The Atlantic and author of In the Floyd Archives.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

NERDS! Trivia Night ♦

Saturday, June 24 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

Mugambi Jouet - Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other

Sunday, June 25 at 1:00 pm
Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780520293298
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Published: University of California Press - April 3rd, 2017

A modern de Tocqueville, Jouet analyses today’s polarized United States from the perspective of a scholar who was raised in Paris by a Kenyan father and a French mother. Now teaching at Stanford Law School, Jouet examines Americans’ clashing views on criminal justice, gay rights, gun control, and other issues, finding that American society is more deeply divided than those of most Western countries. As he investigates the contradictions in a nation that elected a black president yet erupts in racial violence, that excels in science yet still argues about the truth of evolution and climate change, he proposes that this divisiveness is now the quality that makes America exceptional.

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Mary Gordon - There Your Heart Lies

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ISBN: 9780307907943
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 9th, 2017

Gordon’s eighth novel focuses on Marian, who as a young woman flouted the wishes of her wealthy conservative Catholic family to volunteer in the Spanish Civil War. Now in her nineties and diagnosed with cancer, she’s haunted by her wartime experiences, which included falling in love, but also witnessing brutality. To ease her torment, she turns to Amelia, her granddaughter, and tells her things she’s never divulged before. Amelia, in turn, sets off for Spain herself, seeking closure on her grandmother’s behalf and looking for direction in her own life. Gordon, whose short stories, essays, and memoirs have explored family, relationships, and religion, raises questions about how to live a moral life in a confusing world, and shows how one generation both inherits and builds from the legacy of the previous ones.

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David Goodrich - A Hole in the Wind: A Climate Scientist's Bicycle Journey Across the United States

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ISBN: 9781681774312
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Published: Pegasus Books - June 6th, 2017

Goodrich, former Director of the United Nations Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, retired as head of NOAA's Climate Observations and Monitoring Program. But his work was not finished. Puzzled by Americans’ dismissive attitudes to climate change, he set off on a cross-country bicycle trip to try to understand and rectify the denial. Over the course of 4,200 miles, from Delaware to Oregon, Goodrich discussed environmental issues with everyone from schoolchildren to scientists to ordinary citizens. If he left people more informed about climate change, he also came away enlightened himself, discovering why the issue is so complicated for many of us.

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