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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

Ahdaf Soueif’s The Map of Love (19139)

Two stories mingle in the novel, one that begins in 1897, the other a hundred years later. The narratives of two eras echo each other as Ahdaf Soueif explores old and new social problems and personal relations affected by Britain’s unwanted presence in Egypt. Three sections of a single 2-hour course offered: September 24th (19139-1), 25th (19139-2), 26th (19139-3), 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Shakespeare Behind the Scenes at Union Market (19146)

When Shakespeare wrote his plays, it is unlikely he had any clue that hundreds of years later some people might view them the way a child views brussel sprouts: good for you, but no fun at all. Join actress, Kate Eastwood Norris for this class in partnership with Folger Theatre at P&P 's Union Market Bookstore location on Friday, October 4th, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

This class, with actress Kate Eastwood Norris offered in partnership with Folger Theatre, will give students a backstage pass into Shakespeare’s plays and the inner workings of an art that we often elevate right out of our grasp. Using Shakespeare’s 1 Henry IV (on stage at Folger Theatre from September 3 – October 13, with Kate in the role of Mistress Quickly) as a map for performance rather than as strictly literature, more than themes and characters will be revealed. Through discussion, anecdotes, and a taste (or two) of on-your-feet script exploration, we will gain a recognition of details vital to the performer, audience member, or reader. This coursework will ignite your imagination and deepen your theatergoing experience for years to come – whether the performances you attend are written by Shakespeare, Sondheim, or Shaw.

Classes in partnership with Folger Theatre. One date of a single 1-hour class offered: Friday, October 4th (19146-2), from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. that will take place at Politics and Prose Union Market Bookstore location.

Murdoch and Banville (19149) - new class just added

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

Next Book Group Meetings



September 18, 12:30 pm
GO, WENT, GONE, by Erpenbeck
Go, Went, Gone Cover Image
By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
ISBN: 9780811225946
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2017


International Literature

September 18, 7:00 pm
The Dinner Guest Cover Image
By Gabriela Ybarra, Natasha Wimmer (Translator)
ISBN: 9781945492242
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Transit Books - May 28th, 2019


True Crime

September 19, 7:00 pm
BAD BLOOD, by Carreyrou
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524731656
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - May 21st, 2018

Travel with Politics & Prose

English Homes and Gardens

September 18 through 25, 2019

This 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.


The Jazz History Tour *SOLD OUT*

Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 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. *SOLD OUT* To be added to the waitlist email

Autumn with the Georgetown Set *SOLD OUT*

Sunday, September 29, 1 p.m. to around 3 p.m.


Join Rick Massimo, author of A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set, for a tour of the neighborhood that was home to the bureaucratic, journalistic, and spy elites of Washington during the Cold War. Discover the house where a tea set was knocked over to stave off an international incident, the restaurant where a Soviet defector escaped through a bathroom, the house Kennedy made his last stop on Inauguration Night, and a whole lot more. *SOLD OUT* To be added to the waitlist email