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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

In Other Worlds: Contemporary Fiction from Pakistan (18111)

Since the publication of Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist in 2007, a recent crop of Pakistan writers have been earning critical acclaim at home and around the world.  In this course, we will explore contemporary Pakistani fiction and examine how these narratives about religious fundamentalism, terrorism, class distinctions, political corruption, and love give us a compelling glimpse into the relatively young country that was carved out of a crumbling British Indian Empire in 1947. Three Tuesdays: October 16, 23, 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New Session Added: How To Write Op-Eds To Make a Political Difference (18114)

More than 800 mainstream newspapers want to hear your views. Here’s how to write your view— persuasively—prior to the November mid-term elections. One Saturday: October 20, 2 to 5 p.m.

Circe: The Sorceress (18112)

This class will be a dedicated study of Madeline Miller's daring retelling of the life of Circe, the sorceress of Homer's Odyssey.  One session: Monday, October 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings



October 17, 12:30 pm
RED AND THE BLACK, by Stendhal
The Red and the Black (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
By Stendhal, Burton Raffel (Translated by), Diane Johnson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780812972078
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Modern Library - May 11th, 2004


True Crime

October 18, 7:00 pm
After the Eclipse Cover Image
ISBN: 9781328511911
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Mariner Books - September 4th, 2018


A Seat at the Table at Union Market

October 21, 3:30 pm
MEM, by Morrow
Mem Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944700553
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Unnamed Press - May 22nd, 2018

Travel with Politics & Prose


Saturday, October 27, 8 a.m. to around 8 p.m.

This fall, Politics and Prose invites you to a perennial P&P favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy the fall foliage and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement.

A Tour of Old Town Alexandria’s Historic Breweries

Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Note new date change

Everyone knows Old Town Alexandria oozes charm and history, but did you know that the greater D.C. area’s first brewery opened in Alexandria in 1770? Join P&P and author Garrett Peck to discover the town’s brewing past, from the home of the first brewer, Andrew Wales, to the massive Tivoli Brewery, opened in 1869. We’ll walk in the steps of George Washington as we explore cobblestone alleys, repurposed brewery buildings, historic taverns, and archaeological artifacts such as a colonial-era ice well—and of course, Alexandria’s magnificent 18th-century architecture. 

World War I in Washington: A Walking Tour

Sunday, December 2, 12 p.m. to 2:30pm 

Join Politics and Prose and Garrett Peck, author of The Great War and Its Aftermath for a tour of Washington, D.C., visiting sites significant to America's involvement in World War I.