See Where We're Headed Next!

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

World Building: Making Settings Matter (1858)

In this three-session course, we'll consider a variety of strategies to create a vivid sense of setting that goes beyond info-dump or set decoration and brings the world to life, adding a vibrant, essential element to your storytelling in both fiction and non-fiction. Three Mondays: June 11, 18, 25, 6pm – 8pm.

Writing with Chekhov (1862)

In this class, we will read a generous heaping of Chekhov’s short stories in translation, and also some of his letters focused on craft, in order to write pieces of 100 lines (Chekhov’s own publishing limit). This class will be part-discussion and part-workshop, with exercises and fiction of your own making. Four Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Right Brain Writing: The Art of Losing (1859)

Explore your creative side with this session of guided writing exercises loosely focused on absence and the things that go missing along the way. No experience necessary! Wednesday, June 13, 6:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings



May 20, 6:00 pm
THE LAST MOVE, by Burton
The Last Move Cover Image
ISBN: 9781542046923
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Montlake Romance - September 19th, 2017


Wharf Reads Washington

May 20, 6:30 pm
Most of 14th Street Is Gone: The Washington, DC Riots of 1968 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190844790
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 2nd, 2018


Graphic Novels

May 21, 7:30 pm
Golden Kamuy, Volume 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781421594880
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Viz Media - June 20th, 2017

Travel with Politics & Prose

A Paris Adventure with Mystery Writer Mark Pryor

July 15 through 22, 2018

Politics and Prose invites you to join a group of fellow readers and fans of mystery writer Mark Pryor for an exclusive and affordable week in Paris. You’ll spend time with Mark exploring some of the most memorable scenes associated with Hugo Marston, fictional head of security at the American Embassy. And you’ll also have time to explore some of the small gems of Paris—the lesser-known museums, the spectacular parks, the off-the-beaten-track cafés, the hidden passages that are home to specialty boutiques and other treasures.


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.