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P&P is delighted to invite you along as we explore unique histories and breathtaking sites in 2018—and meet some of our favorite authors with us along the way!  details

Featured Classes

Virginia Woolf's 'The Common Reader': A Reading Class with a writing component (1868)

In this class we will discuss a selection of essays from both the first and second series of the Common Reader, and do brief writing exercises to tease out the hidden essayist in all of us.  Three Thursdays: July 26, August 2, 9, 3:15-5:15pm

Pachinko (1882)

Min Jin Lee’s second novel, Pachinko, an epic tale about four generations of a single Korean family living in Japan, has struck a chord with American readers. This ambitious novel explores history through the perspective of those most often lost to it. Although the novel is a product of over thirty years of Lee’s labor, its urgent exploration of empathy and compassion resounds for readers in 2018 as we grapple with the pressing social and geopolitical conflicts of our moment. August 8th and 10th, 1-3PM








The Odyssey (1873)

This course will focus on Homer's Odyssey, and in particularly on Emily Wilson's new translation of the poem.  It will proceed by a mixture of lecture and discussion, always with a focus on close reading, and will cover general questions of epic composition and transmission as well as specific issues attending the poem, including its construction of heroic values and its treatment of issues of gender and sexuality. Three Wednesdays: August 15, 22, 29, 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings


Wharf Reads Washington

July 22, 6:30 pm
DC JAZZ, by Jackson
DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, DC Cover Image
By Maurice Jackson (Editor), Blair A. Ruble (Editor)
ISBN: 9781626165892
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Georgetown University Press - June 1st, 2018


Public Affairs

July 23, 7:30 pm
A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316395793
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Hachette Books - March 6th, 2018



July 24, 7:30 pm
Spain, Take This Chalice from Me and Other Poems: Parallel Text Edition (Penguin Classics) Cover Image
By Cesar Vallejo, Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator), Ilan Stavans (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143105305
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - April 1st, 2008

Travel with Politics & Prose

Revisiting George Washington's Alexandria

Saturday, August 4, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

No other city is as associated with George Washington as Alexandria, and Washington considered it his hometown. He surveyed Alexandria's streets in 1749 as a seventeen-year old, and his public memorial services were held there fifty years later after his death. This one-mile, 2.5 hour walking tour of Old Town explores historic churches, houses, taverns, breweries, the waterfront, and other sites associated with the founding father - nineteen sites in all.

The Périgord of "Bruno, Chief of Police"

August 25 to September 1

One of the many highlights of this trip is the day we spend with Martin at his home, enjoying a lavish lunch while Martin thrills us with his stories about the French Resistance in the area, plus its early history. We’ll visit the magnificent Lascaux IV cave, Josephine Baker’s chateau and much more. Of course we’ll taste Bruno’s favorite wines. Our base for the trip is the historic Sarlat-la-Canéda, plus one night in beautiful Bordeaux. Please note: this trip fills up very quickly.