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P&P is delighted to invite you along as we explore unique histories and breathtaking sites in 2019—and meet some of our favorite authors with us along the way!  details

Featured Classes

Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" (19114)

In this course we will immerse ourselves in William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel of 1848, Vanity Fair. A door-stopper of a novel, its 666 pages are filled with delightful social sketches and a plot that takes its cast of characters to the Battle of Waterloo and back to England. Please note new date arrangement and time: Three Wednesdays: Class will start on October 16, (skip 23), 30 and (skip Nov 6), Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to Noon.

Murdoch and Banville (19149)

Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, both as a philosophical essayist and novelist. To celebrate the centenary of her birth, and the 20th anniversary of her death, this course interrogates her fourth novel, The Unicorn, and explores her influence on the extremely talented Irish writer John Banville by way of his novel, The Sea. Three Mondays Oct. 14, 21, 28 daytime, from 10 a.m. to Noon

Measure for Measure: How to Savor the Meter of Poems (19140)

Join acclaimed poet, editor, and translator and beloved poetry teacher Annie Finch in savoring the intoxicating power of poetry in meter. Three Thursdays: November 7, 14, 21 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings


Women's Biography

October 14, 7:30 pm
Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374537821
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 17th, 2018



October 16, 12:30 pm
Washington Black Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525563242
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2019


Political Philosophy

October 16, 7:00 pm
Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #97) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780192803955
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 18th, 2003

Travel with Politics & Prose

The October Jazz History Tour

Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to noon

Jazz and Prohibition collided in 1920s Washington, and one neighborhood saw it all. We will explore Shaw neighborhood, home to U Street and Washington’s “Black Broadway,” and visit historical and unusual sites that most Washingtonians never see. Led by author Garrett Peck, the walk will be capped by a prohibition-appropriate happy hour, of course.

Navy Yard and Culture House DC

Sunday, November 3, from 10:00 a.m. to noon

Join Andréa Seiger and John Dean, author and photographer of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook for a walk through the photogenic, vibrant and ever-changing Navy Yard neighborhood that lies along the Anacostia River, once intended to be part of a deep water port. It is anchored by the US Navy Yard, the oldest continuously operating Navy installation in the United States, and Nationals Park.

Art and Culture in Barcelona Spain

March 22 through 29, 2020

Politics and Prose invites you to join us for a week of Art and Culture in Barcelona, Spain.