Introducing P&P Live!

The threat of covid-19 has meant the end, for now, of in-person author talks at Politics and Prose, along with many other public gatherings. But this doesn’t mean our bookstore’s longstanding mission as a community hub and forum for discussion needs to cease. We’re going to try another way to keep the conversation going between authors and readers and reinforce our bonds as a community. 

Starting today with Michael Signer, you’ll be able to watch P&P author talks live from your own house. While the rest of our March schedule of in-store events has been cancelled, we now plan to stream a number of author apperances online using the platform Crowdcast. These virtual events will follow the same format as the in-store ones did—that is, the author will speak first, then take questions from those watching. One benefit of this internet set-up is that you won’t have to be in the DC area to participate. Anyone with access to the internet will be able to join in.

Here are the initial scheduled programs:

• March 17 at 7 p.m.:  Michael Signer discussing Cry Havoc: Charlottesville and American Democracy Under Siege;
• March 18 at 7 p.m.: Jessi Jezewska Stevens in conversation with Emily Mitchell discussing The Exhibition of Persephone Q;
• March 19 at 7 p.m.: Jesse Wegman in conversation with Adam Liptak discussing Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College

Please keep checking the events calendar on P&P’s website for information about additional webcasts, and we’ll do our best to provide updates in our weekly email newsletter. To watch, you’ll need only an internet connection and the event link. For more information on getting started, click here:

All of us, of course, are struggling with the uncertainty and change brought on by the rapid, relentless spread of covid-19. It’s our hope that you’ll support the new series of live-streamed events—and P&P generally—by purchasing a book during each author conversation. A buy button will appear at the bottom of the webcasts. In some cases, the featured book will be signed by the author or will have personalized bookplates. 

In other developments, we’re also pleased to announce that P&P now is offering curbside pick-up for orders placed over the phone. Just let us know what you’d like to buy, and we’ll not only tell you when the items will be ready, but also run them out to your car when you pull into the parking lot behind the Connecticut Avenue store. 

Adapting to life with a global pandemic is testing and stressing everyone. Like many other bookstores and businesses around the country, P&P has been compelled to find new ways of serving you. Please let us know your thoughts about the online author events and the curbside pick-up service. Remember, too, that P&P now also is offering free shipping on domestic web orders through at least March 31. And, if you’d still like to shop in person, all three of our locations remain open, although with shorter hours, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m in The Den).

Many, many thanks for your continued support.

— Brad and Lissa