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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

Esmé Weijun Wang’s The Collected Schizophrenias (1973)

In this Spotlight discussion, readers will approach this complex, capacious essay collection with instructor Sandra Beasley. Esmé Weijun Wang draws upon firsthand experience—of being diagnosed with PTSD, late-stage Lyme Disease, and schizoaffective disorder complicated by Cotard’s Delusion—while employing her skills as an accomplished novelist and a former scientific researcher at Stanford. Monday, June 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Celebrating Suffrage (1964)

In 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment, enfranchising women as voters, passed by one vote, after a 70+ year long struggle.  There were three generations of leadership and continual conflicts follow by schisms over goals, tactics, priorities and racial inclusion.  It's remarkable that a fragile coalition of political feminists, social justice reformers, anti lynching activists and random radicals held together long enough to succeed.  One Saturday June 29, 1-3 p.m.

Jane Austen: Literary Icon (1990)

A modestly successful “lady novelist” in her time and global literary celebrity today, Jane Austen continues to inspire new readers from around the world with stories that move far beyond the “three or four families in a country village” that she famously declared to be her special purview. Our course will explore the fascinating ways that her fiction represents and responds to her time and situation as well as the continuing relevance of her writing to our lives today. Six Wednesdays: June 19, July 3, July 17, July 31, August 14, August 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings



June 25, 7:30 pm
SELECTED POETRY 1937-1990, by Cabral Melo Neto
Selected Poetry, 1937-1990 (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780819522313
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Wesleyan University Press - January 1996


International Literature

June 26, 7:00 pm
Censoring an Iranian Love Story Cover Image
By Shahriar Mandanipour, Sara Khalili (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780307390424
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - June 2010


Fascinating History

June 27, 7:30 pm
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674975651
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Belknap Press - April 19th, 2017

Travel with Politics & Prose

The Jazz History Tour

Saturday, July 20, 10:00 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.

English Homes and Gardens

September 18 through 25, 2019

Next September, join P&P and a group of like-minded travelers in exploring the castles, estates, and gardens in the Southeast of England. We’ll be touring famed gardens and historic towns, as well as several sites overseen by the National Trust, which is a charitable organization with a mission to protect many of Britain’s most culturally and historically important landmarks. Our base will be the popular Georgian spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, which has been an attraction for visitors since a mineral water spring was discovered here more than 400 years ago, bringing royal visitors looking for eternal health.