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P&P Live! Chris Bohjalian — Hour of the Witch - with Amor Towles

Friday, May 7, 8:00 pm
Hour of the Witch: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385542432
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Published: Doubleday - May 4th, 2021

Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is twenty-four-years-old. Her skin is porcelain, her eyes delft blue, and in England she might have had many suitors. But here in the New World, amid this community of saints, Mary is the second wife of Thomas Deerfield, a man as cruel as he is powerful. When Thomas, prone to drunken rage, drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary's hand, she resolves that she must divorce him to save her life.

But in a world where every neighbor is watching for signs of the devil, a woman like Mary—a woman who harbors secret desires and finds it difficult to tolerate the brazen hypocrisy of so many men in the colony—soon becomes herself the object of suspicion and rumor. When tainted objects are discovered buried in Mary's garden, when a boy she has treated with herbs and simples dies, and when their servant girl runs screaming in fright from her home, Mary must fight to not only escape her marriage, but also the gallows. A twisting, tightly plotted novel of historical suspense from one of our greatest storytellers, Chris Bohjalian's Hour of the Witch is a timely and terrifying story of socially sanctioned brutality and the original American witch hunt.

Bohjalian will be in conversation with Amor Towles, author of the New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. His next novel, The Lincoln Highway, will be published in October 2021. Having worked as an investment professional for more than twenty years, Towles now devotes himself full time to writing in Manhattan.

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P&P Live! NoNieqa Ramos and Jacqueline Alcántara — Your Mama

Saturday, May 8, 11:00 am
Your Mama Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328631886
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Published: Versify - April 6th, 2021

This sweet ode to modern motherhood ingeniously spins the age-old “your mama” joke on its head, turning it into a point of pride that empowers and recognizes moms for their love and everyday hard work, with lines like: “Your mama so strong, she like a marine. Up three flights of stairs, carries the groceries. When you both had a fever, carried you to the emergency” and "Your mama dress so fine, she could have her own clothing line." This stunning tribute to moms is made even more special by its fluid mix of English and Spanish throughout the text.

NoNieqa Ramos is an educator, literary activist, and writer of picture books and young adult literature. Her books include The Truth Is, which was named one of the best YA Latinx books of 2019 by Remezcla and HipLatina, and The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary, a 2018 New York Public Library Best Book for Teens, a 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a 2019 In the Margins Award Top Ten pick. You might find NoNieqa in Virginia, salsa dancing with her soulmate and her children, Prince Lango Tango and PrincX Rainbow Cat. She is a proud member of Las Musas, a collective of Latinx children’s authors.

Jacqueline Alcántara is a freelance illustrator and artist who spends her days drawing, writing, and globetrotting with her dog, Possum. She is particularly excited about promoting inclusiveness and diversity in children’s literature and the illustration field in general. Readers may recognize her work from Baptiste Paul’s The Field, Tami Charles’ Freedom Soup, and Alicia D. Williams’ Jump at the Sun. Jacqueline lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Ages 4-7

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P&P Live! Mother's Day Weekend Wine Tasting

Saturday, May 8, 3:00 pm
The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia Cover Image
$75.00
ISBN: 9781426221415
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Published: National Geographic - October 27th, 2020

This Mother's Day weekend, show you care by gifting a virtual wine tasting—perfect for a mom, wife, grandmother, or anyone in your life who loves great wine and wants to learn more about it.

Fully updated and revised for the first time since 2011, this latest edition of The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia reflects the most recent trends in the dynamic world of wine, written by experts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 images and 100 brand-new National Geographic maps, this definitive guide is arranged geographically to highlight the regions and climates that produce the best vintages.

Your ticket includes:

  • access to the virtual event/wine tasting led by Brett H. Philpott-Freeman of Grape Intentions
  • a hardcover copy of The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia
  • tasting box with one bottle each of Champagne Canard-Duchêne, Miner Viognier, and Viña Alberdi La Rioja Alta (enough for a tasting for two)
  • wine tasting notes
  • shipping and handling fees

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P&P Live! American University Annual MFA Graduates Reading

Saturday, May 8, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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Congratulate A.U.’s most recent Master of Fine Arts graduates as these accomplished writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction present their work. 

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P&P Live! Suzanne Simard — Finding The Mother Tree - in conversation with Victoria Wilson

Sunday, May 9, 3:00 pm
Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780525656098
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Published: Knopf - May 4th, 2021

In Finding The Mother Tree, Simard writes--in inspiring, illuminating, and accessible ways--how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, and remember the past; how they have agency about the future; elicit warnings and mount defenses, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, characteristics ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies--and at the center of it all, the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround them.

Simard writes of her own life, born and raised into a logging world in the rainforests of British Columbia, of her days as a child spent cataloging the trees from the forest and how she came to love and respect them--embarking on a journey of discovery, and struggle. And as she writes of her scientific quest, she writes of her own journey--of love and loss, of observation and change, of risk and reward, making us understand how deeply human scientific inquiry exists beyond data and technology, that it is about understanding who we are and our place in the world, and, in writing of her own life, we come to see the true connectedness of the Mother Tree that nurtures the forest in the profound ways that families and human societies do, and how these inseparable bonds enable all our survival.

Suzanne Simard was born in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia and was educated at the University of British Columbia and Oregon State University. She is Professor of Forest Ecology in the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Forestry.

Simard will be in conversation with Victoria Wilson, the Executive Editor, Vice President at Knopf. Among the many authors she has worked with: Walter Abish, Alice Adams, Diane Ravitch, Laurel Ulrich, Susan Cheever, Mary Beth Norton, Laurie Colwin, William Gass, Lorrie Moore, Anne Rice, Philippe Sands, Jill Ciment, Christopher Plummer, Helen Simpson, Lisa Alther, Meryle Secrest, Ruth Gruber, Jane Alexander, Richard Mason, Frederick Brown, and Annalena McAfee. She has served on the board of PEN American Center, as Vice President of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, and was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Her book, A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940, Volume One, was published by Simon & Schuster. She is at work on Volume Two of A Life of Barbara Stanwyck, 1940-1990.

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P&P Live! Andy Weir — Project Hail Mary - with Annalee Newitz

Monday, May 10, 6:00 pm
Project Hail Mary: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593135204
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 4th, 2021

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone...Or does he?

Weir will be in conversation with Annalee Newitz, a science fiction and nonfiction writer. They are the author of the book Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, and the novels The Future of Another Timeline, and Autonomous, which won the Lambda Literary Award. As a science journalist, they are a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and have a monthly column in New Scientist. They have published in The Washington Post, Popular Science, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among others. They are also the co-host of the Hugo Award-winning podcast Our Opinions Are Correct. Previously, they were the founder of io9, and served as the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.

*The first 400 registrants will receive a special signed copy of the book, as well as a specially designed “Hail Mary" patch, so order early!

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P&P Live! Olivia Laing — Everybody: A Book About Freedom - with Sarah Schulman

Tuesday, May 11, 1:00 pm
Everybody: A Book about Freedom Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393608779
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

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The body is a source of pleasure and of pain, at once hopelessly vulnerable and radiant with power. In her ambitious, brilliant sixth book, Olivia Laing charts an electrifying course through the long struggle for bodily freedom, using the life of the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to explore gay rights and sexual liberation, feminism, and the civil rights movement.

Drawing on her own experiences in protest and alternative medicine, and traveling from Weimar Berlin to the prisons of McCarthy-era America, Laing grapples with some of the most significant and complicated figures of the past century—among them Nina Simone, Christopher Isherwood, Andrea Dworkin, Sigmund Freud, Susan Sontag, and Malcolm X. Everybody is an investigation into the forces arranged against freedom and a celebration of how ordinary human bodies can resist oppression and reshape the world.

Laing will be in conversation with Sarah Schulman, a longtime activist for queer rights and female empowerment, and serves on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace. She is the author of more than twenty works of fiction, nonfiction, and theater, and the producer and screenwriter of several feature films.

*Every ticket purchaser will be entered into a raffle to win a gold "Everybody" necklace, and the winner will be announced live before the event ends!

 

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P&P Live! Meg Bashwiner & Joseph Fink — The First Ten Years - in conversation with Dylan Marron

Tuesday, May 11, 6:00 pm
The First Ten Years: Two Sides of the Same Love Story Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780063027251
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 11th, 2021

In this candid, soul-baring memoir, Joseph and Meg recount their first ten years together, each telling their story as they remember it, without having consulted the other. We hear both sides of their first kiss, first breakup, first getting back together, the death of a father, marriage, international fame, world tours, mental illness, and discussions about having children. Sometimes, they recall things differently—neither agrees on who paid for the morning after pill on their first date. Sometimes they remember the exact same details in the same way—but still have their own narrative on just what those details mean.

Poignant, funny, and real, alternately told in Joseph and Meg’s remarkably different, yet equally compelling voices, The First Ten Years  is the story of two individuals finding their way in the world and becoming "adults" as they learn to become a couple.

Meg Bashwiner is a writer, performer, producer and tour manager. She lives in The Hudson River Valley and Los Angeles.

Joseph Fink is the creator of the Welcome to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead podcasts, and the New York Times bestselling author of Welcome to Night Vale, It Devours!, and The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home (all written with Jeffrey Cranor), and Alice Isn’t Dead. He is also the author of the middle-grade novel, The Halloween Moon. He and his wife, Meg Bashwiner, have written the memoir The First Ten Years. They live together in the Hudson River Valley.

Bashwiner and Fink will be in conversation with Dylan Marron, a Webby winning digital creator. He hosts and produces the podcast Conversations with People Who Hate Me. His forthcoming book Snowflake will be published by Atria in 2022.

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P&P Live! J. Albert Mann-Fix—with Mary Quattlebaum

Tuesday, May 11, 7:00 pm
Fix Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316493499
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

The Degenerates Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781534419360
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 16th, 2021

What Every Girl Should Know: Margaret Sanger's Journey Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781534419339
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 11th, 2020

Eve and Lidia have been friends since Kindergarten. Eve was born with severe scoliosis. Lidia was born with one hand. Everything was fine before Eve’s surgery. When Eve and Lidia could hide their physical differences inside goofy Burger Hut costumes. When Lidia shook Eve up and Eve made Lidia laugh. When Lidia was there. After a life-altering surgery, Eve is left alone to recover in a world of pain and a body she no longer recognizes. Her only companions being a bottle of Roxanol and an infuriating (but cute) neighbor, Eve strikes up a relationship—and makes a pact—with the devil. Sacrificing pieces of a place she doesn't know to return to a place she does. What will she discover when she unravels her past? And is having Lidia back worth the price? In a mix of verse and prose, an author with firsthand experience paints a riveting picture of a teen struggling to find herself and move forward with her life in a sea of opioids, regret, grief, and hope.

J. Albert Mann is the author of Scar: A Revolutionary War Tale, What Every Girl Should Know, The Degenerates, and Fix, among other books for children and young adults. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Mary Quattlebaum is an author of children’s books, reviewer for Washington Post/KidsPost, and teacher at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Ages 14 and up

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P&P Live! Ian Manuel — My Time Will Come - in conversation with Andi Bernstein

Wednesday, May 12, 6:00 pm
My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption Cover Image
By Ian Manuel, Bryan Stevenson (Foreword by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524748524
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Published: Pantheon - May 4th, 2021

Capturing the fullness of his humanity, here is Manuel’s powerful testimony of growing up homeless in Central Park Village in Tampa, Florida—a neighborhood riddled with poverty, gang violence, and drug abuse—and of his efforts to rise above his circumstances, only to find himself, partly through his own actions, imprisoned for two-thirds of his life, eighteen years of which were spent in solitary confinement. Here is the at once wrenching and inspiring story of how he endured the savagery of the United States prison system, and how his victim, an extraordinary woman, forgave him and bravely advocated for his freedom, which was achieved by a crusade on the part of the Equal Justice Initiative to address the barbarism of our judicial system and bring about “just mercy.”

Full of unexpected twists and turns as it describes a struggle to attain the glory of redemption, My Time Will Come is a paean to the capacity of the human will to transcend adversity through determination and art—in Ian Manuel’s case, through his dedication to writing poetry.

Ian Manuel is an author, poet, and activist. This is his first memoir.

Manuel will be in conversation with Andi Bernstein, the founder and CEO of Beach Walk Media. Andi met Ian in early 2017, when auditing a law school class taught by Bryan Stevenson, the social justice advocate and Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Since their introduction, Andi has worked with Ian to support him in his transition to life after prison.

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P&P Live! Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith-I Talk Like a River

Thursday, May 13, 10:00 am
I Talk Like a River Cover Image
By Jordan Scott, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823445592
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 1st, 2020

We invite you to join us for a National Stuttering Awareness Week event featuring author/poet Jordan Scott and illustrator Sydney Smith where they will discuss their book, I Talk Like a River. The story is about a boy who struggles to say the words he wants to use. Going to school and having to speak in front of teachers and classmates is painful and scary. His father understands this and one day takes Jordan to the river where he shows him that his stutter is like the powerful, unpredictable flow of the water. Bubbling, whirling, churning, crashing…and all his own. Beautifully tendered illustrations underline the emotions of the book especially when the boy steps into the river and begins to think about himself in a different way for the first time.

Signed copies are available while supplies last.

Jordan Scott is a poet whose work includes Silt, Blert, DECOMP, and Night & Ox. Blert, which explores the poetics of stuttering, is the subject of two National Film Board of Canada projects, Flub and Utter: a poetic memoir of the mouth and STUTTER. Scott was the recipient of the 2018 Latner Writers' Trust Poetry Prize for his contributions to Canadian poetry. I Talk Like a River is Scott's first book for children. He lives in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island with his wife and two sons.

Sydney Smith is an illustrator of picture books whose work includes writing and illustrating Small in the City; Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson; The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart; and Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, which was awarded the 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal and the 2018 Children's Literature Award. His accolades include two Governor General's Awards for Illustrated Children's Books and four successive New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year citations. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife and two sons.

Ages 4-8

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P&P Live! Martha Nussbaum — CITADELS OF PRIDE

Thursday, May 13, 6:00 pm
Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781324004110
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 11th, 2021

Law and ethics expert Martha Nussbaum discusses her new book, a groundbreaking exploration of sexual violence.

In this essential philosophical and practical reckoning, Martha C. Nussbaum, renowned for her eloquence and clarity of moral vision, shows how sexual abuse and harassment derive from using people as things to one’s own benefit—like other forms of exploitation, they are rooted in the ugly emotion of pride. She exposes three “Citadels of Pride” and the men who hoard power at the apex of each. In the judiciary, the arts, and sports, Nussbaum analyzes how pride perpetuates systemic sexual abuse, narcissism, and toxic masculinity. The courage of many has brought about some reforms, but justice is still elusive—warped sometimes by money, power, or inertia; sometimes by a collective desire for revenge.

Citadels of Pride offers a damning indictment of the culture of male power that insulates high-profile abusers from accountability. Yet Nussbaum offers a hopeful way forward, envisioning a future in which, as survivors mobilize to tell their stories and institutions pursue fair and nuanced reform, we might fully recognize the equal dignity of all people.

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P&P Live! Matthew Raiford and Amy Paige Condon — Bress 'n' Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes from a Sixth-Generation Farmer - with Dr. Jessica Harris

Thursday, May 13, 8:00 pm
Bress 'n' Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes from a Sixth-Generation Farmer Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781682686041
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Published: Countryman Press - May 11th, 2021

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From Hot Buttermilk Biscuits and Sweet Potato Pie to Salmon Cakes on Pepper Rice and Gullah Fish Stew, Gullah Geechee food is an essential cuisine of American history. It is the culinary representation of the ocean, rivers, and rich fertile loam in and around the coastal South. From the Carolinas to Georgia and Florida, this is where descendants of enslaved Africans came together to make extraordinary food, speaking the African Creole language called Gullah Geechee.

In this groundbreaking and beautiful cookbook, Matthew Raiford pays homage to this cuisine that nurtured his family for seven generations. In 2010, Raiford's Nana handed over the deed to the family farm to him and his sister, and Raiford rose to the occasion, nurturing the farm that his great-great-great grandfather, a freed slave, purchased in 1874. In this collection of heritage and updated recipes, he traces a history of community and family brought together by food.

Matthew Raiford was named a 2018 James Beard Award semifinalist and has been featured in the New York Times, Southern Living, and more.

Award-winning freelance writer Amy Paige Condon is the founder of the Refinery Writing Studio, where she teaches creative writing. She serves as associate editor of Beacon, a quarterly magazine devoted to solutions journalism from the Savannah Morning News. With Cheryl and Griffith Day, she co-wrote the New York Times-bestselling The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook (Artisan 2012). She followed it with the Wiley's Championship BBQ Cookbook (Gibbs Smith), which was named the best cookbook of 2014 by the National Barbecue News. She coauthored CheFarmer Matthew Raiford’s first book, Bress ‘n’ Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes from a Sixth-Generation Farmer.

Jessica B. Harris, considered by many to be one of the ranking authorities on the food of the African Diaspora, is the author, editor, or translator of eighteen books including twelve cookbooks documenting the foodways of the African Diaspora. She is a sought-after speaker and has lectured widely and written extensively for scholarly and popular publications. Harris consults internationally and conceptualized the award-winning cafeteria of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. She is currently leading the Culinary Institute of America’s new African Diaspora Foodways initiative. Dr. Harris is also lead curator for the exhibit African/American: Making the Nation’s Table to be presented by New York’s Museum of Food and Drink in 2022. Dr Harris holds numerous awards and accolades including an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Johnson & Wales University. In 2019, her food-related works were inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame and she is the 2020 James Beard Lifetime Achievement awardee. Dr. Harris taught at Queens College/CUNY, New York, for five decades and is currently professor emerita at that institution.

 

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P&P Live! Remy Lai-Pawcasso

Friday, May 14, 2:00 pm
Pawcasso Cover Image
By Remy Lai, Remy Lai (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250774491
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks - May 25th, 2021

Fly on the Wall Cover Image
By Remy Lai, Remy Lai (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250314123
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Published: Square Fish - May 11th, 2021

Pie in the Sky Cover Image
By Remy Lai, Remy Lai (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250314109
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks - May 14th, 2019

The loneliest girl in class and the coolest canine in town strike up an unexpected friendship in this uproarious, heartfelt graphic novel. Every Saturday, Pawcasso trots into town with a basket, a shopping list, and cash in paw to buy groceries for his family. When bored and lonely Jo follows him one day, a group of kids from school mistake her for Pawcasso's owner. Excited to make new friends, Jo reluctantly hides the truth and agrees to let “her” dog model for an art class the kids attend. What could go wrong? But what starts as a Chihuahua-sized lie quickly grows Great Dane-sized when animal control receives complaints about a dog roaming the streets off-leash. With Pawcasso’s freedom at stake, is Jo willing to spill the truth and risk her new friendships? Join us for an engaging, art-filled event with the creative and hilarious Remy Lai.

Remy Lai studied fine arts with a major in painting and drawing. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore, and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she writes and draws stories for kids with her two dogs by her side. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Pie in the Sky and Fly on the Wall.

Ages 8-12

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P&P Live! Nancy Sherman — Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience - with Ezekiel Emanuel

Friday, May 14, 6:00 pm
Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780197501832
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - May 11th, 2021

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This event is presented in partnership with the Washington Literacy Center.

How do we find calm in times of stress and uncertainty? How do we cope with sudden losses or find meaning in a world that can easily rob us of what we most value? Drawing on the wisdom of Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and others, Nancy Sherman's Stoic Wisdom presents a compelling, modern Stoicism that teaches grit, resilience, and the importance of close relationships in addressing life's biggest and smallest challenges.

A renowned expert in ancient and modern ethics, Sherman relates how Stoic methods of examining beliefs and perceptions can help us correct distortions in what we believe, see, and feel. Her study reveals a profound insight about the Stoics: They never believed, as Stoic popularizers often hold, that rugged self-reliance or indifference to the world around us is at the heart of living well. We are at home in the world, they insisted, when we are connected to each other in cooperative efforts. We build resilience and goodness through our deepest relationships.

Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Dr. Emanuel was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August of 2011. Until January 2011, he served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. He is a breast oncologist and author of several books, including Healthcare Guaranteed and Reinventing American Healthcare and Which Country Has the World's Best Health Care?

 

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P&P Live! Jane Goodall & Peter Wohlleben in Conversation

Sunday, May 16, 1:00 pm
The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781771646895
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Published: Greystone Books - June 1st, 2021

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Join the renowned Dr. Jane Goodall and New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben for an uplifting conversation about the natural world, in celebration of Wohlleben’s new book the Heartbeat of Trees (released by Greystone Books on June 1, 2021). The conversation will center on both guests’ deep knowledge of the natural world. Moderated by Donna Seaman.

Drawing on new scientific discoveries, The Heartbeat of Trees reveals the profound interactions humans can have with nature, exploring the language of the forest, the consciousness of plants, and the eroding boundary between flora and fauna. Wohlleben shares how to see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste your journey into the woods.

Above all, he reveals a wondrous cosmos where humans are a part of nature, and where conservation is not just about saving trees—it’s about saving ourselves, too.

Wohlleben spent over twenty years working for the forestry commission in Germany before leaving to put his ideas of ecology into practice. He now runs an environmentally friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working toward the return of primeval forests.

He is the author of numerous books about the natural world including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of TreesThe Inner Lives of Animals, and The Secret Wisdom of Nature, which together make up his bestselling "The Mysteries of Nature" Series. He has also written numerous books for children including Can You Hear the Trees Talking? and Peter and the Tree Children.

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in July 1960 in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

Dr. Goodall founded Roots & Shoots with a group of Tanzanian students in 1991.Today, Roots & Shoots is active in more than 60 countries and since its inception has greatly impacted participants of all ages in over 100 countries. All of whom take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.

For the past 30 years, Dr. Goodall has been speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises, and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

Dr. Goodall’s honors include the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003, she was named a Dame of the British Empire.

Moderator Donna Seaman is Editor for Adult Books for Booklist. She is also a member of the Content Leadership Team for the American Writers Museum, and a recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award and the Louis Shores Award for excellence in book reviewing. Her author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books, and she is the author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists.

 

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P&P Live! Joshua Coombes — Do Something for Nothing - in conversation with Mark Andersen

Sunday, May 16, 3:00 pm
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$19.95
ISBN: 9781617759352
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Published: Akashic Books - May 18th, 2021

In 2015, while working at a London hair salon, Joshua Coombes took to the streets with his scissors to build relationships with people sleeping rough in the capital. This inspired him to begin posting transformative images on social media to amplify their voices. These stories resonated and thousands of people got involved in their own way. #DoSomethingForNothing was born--a movement that encourages people to connect their skills and time to those who need it. Via the simple act of a haircut, readers are taken on a geographical and emotional journey into the lives of humans experiencing homelessness in different cities across the world.

Featuring never-before-seen photographs and all-new writing,Do Something For Nothing explores themes of love, acceptance, shame, and perseverance, while inviting us to see ourselves in one another and dissolve the negative stigmas surrounding homelessness. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to organizations dedicated to assisting unsheltered people.

Joshua Coombes is a British hairstylist and founder of #DoSomethingForNothing—a movement encouraging people to connect their skills and time to those who need it. When Coombes launched the project in 2015, his intention was to positively impact people’s lives by offering free haircuts to those experiencing homelessness. By posting transformative images on Instagram, his platform continues to grow as he amplifies the stories of many that go unheard. Coombes’s mission caught the attention of media outlets in Europe and has rippled worldwide. Coverage includes appearing in National Geographic’s new series The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, released on Netflix internationally. Today, Coombes continues his efforts in new countries, humanizing this issue globally. He currently resides in London, UK. Do Something for Nothing is his latest work.

Coombes will be in conversation with Mark Andersen is the coauthor of Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation’s Capital and author of All The Power. He lives in Washington, DC. We Are The Clash is his latest work.

Thrive DC works to prevent and end homelessness in Washington, DC by providing vulnerable people with a wide range of services to help stabilize their lives.Founded in 1979 to serve dinner to homeless women, Thrive DC has grown to be a comprehensive, professionally staffed, bilingual organization serving more than 2,000 men, women, and children each year.

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P&P Live! Steven Johnson — EXTRA LIFE - with Tim Harford

Monday, May 17, 5:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525538851
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 11th, 2021

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As a species we have doubled our life expectancy in just one hundred years. All the advances of modern life—the medical breakthroughs, the public health institutions, the rising standards of living—have given us each about twenty thousand extra days on average. There are few measures of human progress more astonishing than our increased longevity.

Extra Life is Steven Johnson’s attempt to understand where that progress came from. How many of those extra twenty thousand days came from vaccines, or the decrease in famines, or seatbelts? What are the forces that now keep us alive longer? Behind each breakthrough lies an inspiring story of cooperative innovation, of brilliant thinkers bolstered by strong systems of public support and collaborative networks.

But it is not enough simply to remind ourselves that progress is possible. How do we avoid decreases in life expectancy as our public health systems face unprecedented challenges? What current technologies or interventions that could reduce the impact of future crises are we somehow ignoring?

Johnson will be in conversation with Tim Harford, “the Undercover Economist”. He is a Financial Times columnist, BBC broadcaster, the author of nine books, and the host of the podcast Cautionary Tales.

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P&P Live! Cynthia Saltzman — Plunder: Napoleon's Theft of Veronese's Feast - with Blake Gopnik

Monday, May 17, 6:00 pm
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Cynthia Saltzman's Plunder recounts the fate of Paolo Veronese's Wedding Feast at Cana, a vast, sublime canvas that the French, under the command of the young Napoleon Bonaparte, tore from a wall of the monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, on an island in Venice, in 1797. Painted in 1563 during the Renaissance, the picture was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. Veronese had filled the scene with some 130 figures, lavishing color on the canvas to build the illusion that the viewers' space opened onto a biblical banquet taking place on a terrace in sixteenth-century Venice. Once pulled from the wall, the Venetian canvas crossed the Mediterranean rolled on a cylinder; soon after, artworks commandeered from Venice and Rome were triumphantly brought into Paris. In 1801, the Veronese went on exhibition at the Louvre, the new public art museum founded during the Revolution in the former palace of the French kings.

As Saltzman tells the larger story of Napoleon's looting of Italian art and its role in the creation of the Louvre, she reveals the contradictions of his character: his thirst for greatness--to carry forward the finest aspects of civilization--and his ruthlessness in getting whatever he sought. After Napoleon's 1815 defeat at Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington and the Allies forced the French to return many of the Louvre's plundered paintings and sculptures. Nevertheless, The Wedding Feast at Cana remains in Paris to this day, hanging directly across from the Mona Lisa.

Cynthia Saltzman is the author of Portrait of Dr. Gachet: The Story of a Van Gogh Masterpiece and Old Masters, New World: America's Raid on Europe's Great Pictures. A former reporter for Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, she is the recipient of a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and has degrees in art history from Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Brooklyn, New York,

Blake Gopnik, one of North America's leading arts writers, has served as art and design critic at Newsweek, and as chief art critic at the Washington Post and Canada's Globe and Mail. In 2017, he was a Cullman Center Fellow in residence at the New York Public Library, and in 2015 he held a fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at City University of New York. He has a PhD in art history from Oxford University and is a regular contributor to the New York Times.

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P&P Live! Francisco X. Stork-On the Hook—with Meg Medina

Tuesday, May 18, 6:00 pm
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Hector has always worked hard and minded his own business. He wants to be captain of his school’s chess team, go to college, and help his family make their way to a better life someday. Until Joey, whose older brother is the project’s drug dealer, tells Hector that he’s going to kill him—maybe not today, or tomorrow, but someday. From that day forward, Hector’s death hangs over his head every time he leaves the house. He spends his days trying to fade into the shadows. But when a fight between Joey’s brother Chavo and Hector’s brother Fili escalates, Hector is left with no choice but to take a stand. Will Hector lose himself to anger and the pursuit of revenge? With Francisco X. Stork’s trademark emotional honesty, On the Hook is an intense but ultimately hopeful novel about finding the courage to dream of a better future and breaking the cycle of violence to let forgiveness and love prevail.

Francisco X. Stork is the award-winning author of Marcelo in the Real World, The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, The Memory of Light, and Disappeared. Illegal, the sequel to Disappeared, received the In the Margins Book Award and the 2020 Best Young Adult Book from the Texas Institute of Letters. He lives near Boston with his wife. You can find him on the web at franciscostork.com and @StorkFrancisco.

Meg Medina won the 2019 Newberry Medal for Merci Suárez Changes Gears. Her other works include the picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me , Tía Isa Wants a Car, and the YA novels Burn Baby Burn, The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, and the Pura Belpré Author Award-winning Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Her most recent book is Merci Suárez Can’t Dance. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her family.

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P&P Live! Carol Leonnig — Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service - with Michael Beschloss

Tuesday, May 18, 6:00 pm
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Published: Random House - May 18th, 2021

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Carol Leonnig has been reporting on the Secret Service for The Washington Post for most of the last decade, bringing to light the secrets, scandals, and shortcomings that plague the agency today--from a toxic work culture to dangerously outdated equipment to the deep resentment within the ranks at key agency leaders, who put protecting the agency's once-hallowed image before fixing its flaws. But the Secret Service wasn't always so troubled.

The Secret Service was born in 1865, in the wake of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but its story begins in earnest in 1963, with the death of John F. Kennedy. Shocked into reform by its failure to protect the president on that fateful day in Dallas, this once-sleepy agency was radically transformed into an elite, highly trained unit that would redeem itself several times, most famously in 1981 by thwarting an assassination attempt against Ronald Reagan. But this reputation for courage and excellence would not last forever. By Barack Obama's presidency, the once-proud Secret Service was running on fumes and beset by mistakes and alarming lapses in judgment: break-ins at the White House, an armed gunman firing into the windows of the residence while confused agents stood by, and a massive prostitution scandal among agents in Cartagena, to name just a few. With Donald Trump's arrival, a series of promised reforms were cast aside, as a president disdainful of public service instead abused the Secret Service to rack up political and personal gains.

Carol Leonnig is a national investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller A Very Stable Genius, Leonnig is also an on-air contributor to NBC News and MSNBC.

Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on presidential history, including the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors, as well as two volumes on Lyndon Johnson's White House tapes. He was also editor of the number-one global bestseller Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a PBS NewsHour contributor and has received an Emmy and six honorary degrees.

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P&P Live! Aminatta Forna — The Window Seat - with Rabih Alameddine

Tuesday, May 18, 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780802158581
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Published: Grove Press - May 18th, 2021

Aminatta Forna is one of our most important literary voices. In The Window Seat, an elegantly rendered and wide-ranging collection of new and previously published essays, Forna writes intimately about displacement, trauma and memory, love, and how we coexist and encroach on the non-human world.

Movement is a constant here. In the title piece, "The Window Seat," she reveals the unexpected enchantments of commercial air travel. In "Obama and the Renaissance Generation," she documents how, despite the narrative of Obama's exceptionalism, his father, like her own, was one of a generation of gifted young Africans who came to the United Kingdom and the United States for education and were expected to build their home countries anew after colonialism. In "The Last Vet," time spent shadowing Dr. Jalloh, the only veterinarian in Sierra Leone, as he works with the street dogs of Freetown, becomes a meditation on what a society's treatment of animals tells us about its principles. In "Crossroads," she examines race in America from an African perspective, and in "Power Walking" she describes what it means to walk in the world in a Black woman's body and in "The Watch" she explores the raptures of sleep and sleeplessness the world over.

Forna will be in conversation with Rabih Alameddine, author of the novels KoolaidsI, the DivineThe HakawatiAn Unnecessary Woman, the story collection, The Perv, and most recently, The Angel of History. He divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut.

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P&P Live! Hadassah Lieberman — Hadassah: An American Story - with Ambassador Norman Eisen

Wednesday, May 19, 6:00 pm
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By Hadassah Lieberman, Joe Lieberman (Foreword by), Megan McCain (Afterword by), Joe Lieberman (Introduction by), Meghan Mccain (Afterword by)
$27.95
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Published: Brandeis University Press - March 18th, 2021

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Born in Prague to Holocaust survivors, Hadassah Lieberman and her family immigrated in 1949 to the United States. She went on to earn a BA from Boston University in government and dramatics and an MA in international relations and American government from Northeastern University. She built a career devoted largely to public health that has included positions at Lehman Brothers, Pfizer, and the National Research Council. After her first marriage ended in divorce, she married Joe Lieberman, a US senator from Connecticut who was the Democratic nominee for vice president with Al Gore and would go on to run for president.

In Hadassah, Lieberman pens the compelling story of her extraordinary life: from her family's experience in Eastern Europe to their move to Gardner, Massachusetts; forging her career; experiencing divorce; and, following her remarriage, her life on the national political stage. By offering insight into her identity as an immigrant, an American Jew, a working woman, and a wife, mother, and grandmother, Lieberman's moving memoir speaks to many of the major issues of our time, from immigration to gender politics. Featuring an introduction by Joe Lieberman and an afterword by Megan McCain, it is a true American story.

Ambassador Norman Eisen (ret.) is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings and an expert on law, ethics, and anti-corruption. He most recently served as special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee from 2019 to 2020, including for the impeachment and trial of President Trump, and was a “critical force in building the case for impeachment” (Washington Post). His book about his service, A Case for the American People: The United States v. Donald J. Trump (Crown 2020), was praised as “tantalizing” (New York Times), “compelling,” (Washington Post), and as “an important piece of the historical record” (Mother Jones). Eisen is also the author of The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House (Crown 2018) and Democracy’s Defenders: U.S. Embassy Prague, The Fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia, and Its Aftermath (Brookings Institution Press 2020).

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P&P Live! Wesley Morgan — The Hardest Place: The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan's Pech Valley - with Martha Raddatz

Thursday, May 20, 4:00 pm
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Published: Random House - March 9th, 2021

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When we think of the war in Afghanistan, chances are we're thinking of a small, remote corner of the country where American military action has been concentrated: the Pech and its tributary valleys in Kunar and Nuristan provinces. The rugged, steep terrain and thick forests made the region a natural hiding spot for targets in the American war on terror, from Osama bin Laden to the Islamic State, and it has been the site of constant U.S. military activity for nearly two decades. Even as the U.S. presence in Afghanistan transitions to a drone war, the Pech has remained at the center of it, a testbed for a new method of remote warfare.

Wesley Morgan first visited the Pech in 2010, while he was still a college student embedding with military units as a freelancer. By then, the Pech and its infamous tributary the Korengal had become emblematic of the war, but Morgan found that few of the troops fighting there could explain why their remote outposts had been built. In The Hardest Place, he unravels the history those troops didn't know, captures the culture and reality of the war through both American and Afghan eyes, and reports on the snowballing American missteps that made each unit's job harder than the last as storied outfits like Marines, paratroopers, Rangers, Green Berets, and SEALs all took their turn.

Through reporting trips, hundreds of interviews with Americans and Afghans, and documentary research, Morgan writes vividly of large-scale missions gone awry, years-long hunts for single individuals, and the soldiers, Marines, commandos, and intelligence operatives who cycle through, along with several who return again and again to the same slowly evolving fight. As the war drags on through its fourth presidential administration, Morgan concludes that we've created a status quo that could last forever in the Pech, with the military and intelligence agencies always in search of the next target.

Martha Raddatz is ABC News chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” She has covered national security, foreign policy and politics for decades – reporting from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House and conflict zones around the world. Raddatz is the author of The Long Road Home—a Story of War and Family a highly acclaimed book about a battle in Iraq that made both The New York Times and The Washington Post bestseller lists. The Washington Post described the book as “a masterpiece of literary non-fiction that rivals any war-related classic that has preceded it.” In 2017, the book was made into an 8 part scripted miniseries that aired on the National Geographic Channel.

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P&P Live! Brain Broome — Punch Me Up To The Gods - in conversation with Jason Reynolds

Thursday, May 20, 8:00 pm
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By Brian Broome, Yona Harvey (Introduction by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358439103
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 18th, 2021

 

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Punch Me Up To The Gods introduces a powerful new talent in Brian Broome, whose early years growing up in Ohio as a dark-skinned Black boy harboring crushes on other boys propel forward this gorgeous, aching, and unforgettable debut. Brian’s recounting of his experiences—in all their cringe-worthy, hilarious, and heartbreaking glory—reveal a perpetual outsider awkwardly squirming to find his way in. Indiscriminate sex and escalating drug use help to soothe his hurt, young psyche, usually to uproarious and devastating effect. A no-nonsense mother and broken father play crucial roles in our misfit’s origin story. But it is Brian’s voice in the retelling that shows the true depth of vulnerability for young Black boys that is often quietly near to bursting at the seams.

 

Brian Broome, a poet and screenwriter, is K. Leroy Irvis Fellow and instructor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is pursuing an MFA. He has been a finalist in The Moth storytelling competition and won the grand prize in Carnegie Mellon University’s Martin Luther King Writing Awards. He also won a VANN Award from the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation for journalism in 2019. He lives in Pittsburgh.

Broome will be in conversation with Jason Reynolds, an award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author. Jason’s many books include Miles Morales: Spider Man, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Correta Scott King Honor, and Look Both Ways, which was a National Book Award Finalist. His latest book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, is a collaboration with Ibram X. Kendi. Jason is the 2020-2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and has appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and CBS This Morning. He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program and lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

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P&P Live! Nesrine Malik — We Need New Stories - in conversation with Pankaj Mishra

Friday, May 21, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781324007296
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 11th, 2021

 

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In 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump declared: "I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct." Reeling from his victory, Democrats blamed the corrosive effect of "identity politics." When banned from Twitter for inciting violence, Trump and his supporters claimed that the measure was an assault on "free speech." In We Need New Stories, Nesrine Malik explains that all of these arguments are political myths—variations on the lie that American values are under assault.

Exploring how these and other common political myths function, she breaks down how they are employed to subvert calls for equality from historically disenfranchised groups. Interweaving reportage with an incendiary analysis of American history and politics, she offers a compelling account of how calls to preserve "free speech" are used against the vulnerable; how a fixation with "wokeness," "political correctness," and "cancel culture" is in fact an organized and well-funded campaign by elites; and how the fear of racial minorities and their “identity politics” obscures the biggest threat of all—white terrorism. What emerges is a radical framework for understanding the crises roiling American contemporary politics.

Nesrine Malik is an award-winning British-Sudanese columnist and features writer for the Guardian. We Need New Stories is her first book. She lives in London.

Malik will be in conversation with Pankaj Mishra, author and essayist. His work can be found in the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, The Guardian, the New Yorker, London Review of Books, Bloomberg View, among other American, British, and Indian publications.

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P&P Live! Elizabeth Hinton — America on Fire - in conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones

Friday, May 21, 8:00 pm
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Published: Liveright - May 18th, 2021

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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

 

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What began in spring 2020 as local protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police quickly exploded into a massive nationwide movement. Millions of mostly young people defiantly flooded into the nation’s streets, demanding an end to police brutality and to the broader, systemic repression of Black people and other people of color. To many observers, the protests appeared to be without precedent in their scale and persistence. Yet, as the acclaimed historian Elizabeth Hinton demonstrates in America on Fire, the events of 2020 had clear precursors—and any attempt to understand our current crisis requires a reckoning with the recent past.

Black rebellion, America On Fire powerfully illustrates, was born in response to poverty and exclusion, but most immediately in reaction to police violence. In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson launched the “War on Crime,” sending militarized police forces into impoverished Black neighborhoods. Facing increasing surveillance and brutality, residents threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at officers, plundered local businesses, and vandalized exploitative institutions. Hinton draws on exclusive sources to uncover a previously hidden geography of violence in smaller American cities, from York, Pennsylvania, to Cairo, Illinois, to Stockton, California.

Elizabeth Hinton is associate professor of history and African American studies at Yale University and a professor of law at Yale Law School. The author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, she lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Hinton will be in conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, an elaboration on the original 1619 Project in the New York Times, will hit bookshelves this November.

 

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P&P Live! Joan Steinau Lester — Loving before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White - with Beverly Daniel Tatum

Monday, May 24, 6:00 pm
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - May 25th, 2021

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Committed to the struggle for civil rights, in the late 1950s Joan Steinau marched and protested as a white ally and young woman coming to terms with her own racism. She fell in love and married a fellow activist, the Black writer Julius Lester, establishing a partnership that was long and multifaceted but not free of the politics of race and gender. As the women's movement dawned, feminism helped Lester find her voice, her pansexuality, and the courage to be herself.

Braiding intellectual, personal, and political history, Lester tells the story of a writer and activist fighting for love and justice before, during, and after the Supreme Court's 1967 decision striking down bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia. She describes her own shifts in consciousness, from an activist climbing police barricades by day and reading and writing late into the night to a woman navigating the coming-out process in midlife, before finding the publishing success she had dreamed of. Speaking candidly about every facet of her life, Lester illuminates her journey to fulfillment and healing.

Joan Steinau Lester is an award-winning commentator, columnist, and author of critically acclaimed books, including Mama's Child and Black, White, Other. Her writing has appeared in such publications as USA TodayLos Angeles TimesSan Francisco ChronicleChicago TribuneCosmopolitan, and Huffington Post.

 

Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, is president emerita of Spelman College and in 2014 received the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology, the highest honor presented by the American Psychological Association. She is the author of
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

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P&P Live! Joy Harjo — Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry - with Deborah A. Miranda & Eric Gansworth

Monday, May 24, 8:00 pm
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By Joy Harjo (Editor), Carla D. Hayden (Foreword by), The Library of Congress (With)
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 4th, 2021

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Joy Harjo, the first Native poet to serve as U.S. Poet Laureate, has championed the voices of Native peoples past and present. Her signature laureate project gathers the work of contemporary Native poets into a national, fully digital map of story, sound, and space, celebrating their vital and unequivocal contributions to American poetry.

This companion anthology features each poem and poet from the project--including Natalie Diaz, Ray Young Bear, Craig Santos Perez, Sherwin Bitsui, and Layli Long Soldier, among others--to offer readers a chance to hold the wealth of poems in their hands. The chosen poems reflect on the theme of place and displacement and circle the touchpoints of visibility, persistence, resistance, and acknowledgment. Each poem showcases, as Joy Harjo writes in her stirring introduction, "that heritage is a living thing, and there can be no heritage without land and the relationships that outline our kinship." In this country, poetry is rooted in the more than five hundred living indigenous nations. Living Nations, Living Words is a representative offering.

Joy Harjo is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. She is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently An American Sunrise, and a memoir, Crazy Brave. Named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019, she lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow.

Deborah A. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation of California, and is also of Chumash and Jewish ancestry. The author of two poetry collections-- Indian Cartography, which won the Diane Decorah Award for First Book from the Native Writer's Circle of the Americas, and The Zen of La Llorona, nominated for the Lambda Literary Award--she also has a collection of essays, The Hidden Stories of Isabel Meadows and Other California Indian Lacunae, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press. Miranda is an associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University and says reading lists for her students include as many books by "bad Indians" as possible. 

Eric Gansworth, S˙ha-weñ na-saeˀ, is an enrolled Onondaga writer and visual artist, raised at the Tuscarora Nation. His award-winning books include If I Ever Get Out of Here, Give Me Some Truth, and Extra Indians. He is a Professor and Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College.

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P&P Live! Jewell Parker Rhodes — Magic City - in conversation with Carole Boston Weatherford

Tuesday, May 25, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780063073227
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 4th, 2021

 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. A white woman and a black man are alone in an elevator. Suddenly, the woman screams, the man flees, and the chase to capture and lynch him begins. When Joe Samuels, a young Black man with dreams of becoming the next Houdini, is accused of rape, he must perform his greatest escape by eluding a bloodthirsty mob. Meanwhile, Mary Keane, the white, motherless daughter of a farmer who wants to marry her off to the farmhand who viciously raped her, must find the courage to help exonerate the man she accused with her panicked cry.

Magic City evokes one of the darkest chapters of twentieth century, Jim Crow America, painting an intimate portrait of the heroic but doomed stand that pitted the National Guard against a small band of black men determined to defend the prosperous town they had built.

Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of six adult novels. Her adult literary awards include the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing. Jewell is the Founding Artistic Director and Piper Endowed Chair at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She currently lives in Seattle.

Parker Rhodes will be in conversation with Carole Boston Weatherford, an award-winning children's author. Her most recent book, Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, was published in February. She's also received the Ragan-Rubin Award from North Carolina English Teachers Association and the North Carolina Literature Award, among the state’s highest civilian honors. She holds an M.A. in publications design from University of Baltimore and an M.F.A. in creative writing from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is a Professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

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P&P Live! JoAnn Hill — Secret Washington DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure - with Andrea Peterson

Tuesday, May 25, 8:00 pm
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$22.50
ISBN: 9781681063096
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Published: Reedy Press - April 1st, 2021

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Around the world, Washington, DC, is known for its powerful government, majestic monuments, and world-renowned museums. Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure reminds us that the fabric of the city isn't solely embedded in its callous political parties, exhausting lawmaking policies, and rampant tourism. Rather, it's woven through its rich and complex history, mysterious relics, underground societies, forgotten and abandoned buildings, and controversial scandals. From the assassinations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield and Francis Scott Key's son, to crimes of passion and rage at the US Capitol, Secret Washington, DC uncovers many of the dark and untold truths of how our nation emerged. At the same time, it shines a bright light on the capital s numerous signs of creativity and innovation through the exploration of quirky art installations like Foamhenge and Barbie Pond on Avenue Q, to oddly shaped and decorated homes like the Mushroom House and the Vanadu Art House.

JoAnn Hill has lived in Washington, DC, with her husband Thalamus and dog Jackson for over 19 years. An avid traveler and foodie, JoAnn writes about their DC living and dining experiences, as well as their global travel adventures on her blog dcglobejotters.org. Her writing has been published in BELLA Magazine, Escape Artist, and Triptipedia. JoAnn served as a DC Public Schools teacher for 17 years before co-founding Capitol Teachers, a tutoring company servicing the greater DC area.

Andrea Peterson is an award-winning writer, visual artist, and musician based in Washington, DC. Peterson's technology accountability journalism has triggered congressional investigations and earned frontpage bylines during her years as a staff writer at The Washington Post. In 2019, while an investigator at the Project On Government Oversight, she was a contributing author to the award-winning whistleblower guidebook Caught Between Conscience and Career. Her byline has also appeared in Politico, Slate, The Daily Beast, and other outlets. She is currently a senior writer at the investigative non-profit American Oversight and produces creative projects under her Plain Great Productions brand. In addition to Secret Washington, DC, Peterson's artwork has been featured by DCist, FOX 5, ABC 7 WJLA, and 730DC as well as the Twitter feeds of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District Council. She can be found at www.plaingreatproductions.com or on Twitter and Instagram as Kansasalps — plus, occasionally frontwomaning her fierce folk band MidMountain.

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P&P Live! Dr. Jen Gunter — The Menopause Manifesto - with Molly Jong-Fast

Wednesday, May 26, 1:00 pm
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$18.95
ISBN: 9780806540665
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Published: Citadel - May 25th, 2021

The internationally renowned, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Vagina BibleDr. Jen Gunter is "the Internet's OB/GYN", and one of the fiercest advocates for women's health. Now, in The Menopause Manifesto, Dr. Jen Gunter brings you empowerment through knowledge by countering stubborn myths and misunderstandings about menopause with hard facts, real science, fascinating historical perspective, and expert advice.

The only thing predictable about menopause is its unpredictability. Factor in widespread misinformation, a lack of research, and the culture of shame around women's bodies, and it's no wonder women are unsure what to expect during the menopause transition and beyond.

Frank and funny, Dr. Jen debunks misogynistic attitudes and challenges the over-mystification of menopause to reveal everything you really need to know about.

Dr. Gunter will be in conversation with author and pundit Molly Jong-Fast. She is a contributor at The Bulwark, and also writes for the Daily BeastGlamour, and the Independent. She is host of The New Abnormal, a podcast about politics in the time of Covid.

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P&P Live! Annette Gordon-Reed — On Juneteenth

Wednesday, May 26, 6:00 pm
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781631498831
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Published: Liveright - May 4th, 2021

 

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The essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history, as told by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Texas native.

Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of the stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Gordon-Reed—herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s—forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all.

Combining personal anecdotes with poignant facts gleaned from the annals of American history, Gordon-Reed shows how, from the earliest presence of Black people in Texas to the day in Galveston on June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of legalized slavery in the state, African-Americans played an integral role in the Texas story.

 

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard. Gordon-Reed won sixteen book prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 and the National Book Award in 2008, for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. 

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P&P Live! Jeff Gottesfeld and Matt Tavares-Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Thursday, May 27, 6:00 pm
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By Jeff Gottesfeld, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536201482
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Published: Candlewick - February 12th, 2021

This powerful book introduces young readers to the story of the unknown soldiers who perished defending our country and the brave men and women who guard their tomb. Through the voice of the original unknown soldier, young readers are delicately introduced to the grim realities of war – that not all soldiers who fall are identified and returned to the families and friends who grieve them deeply. They learn about the founding of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington National Cemetery, and the service members who keep watch day and night, in all weather conditions, with precision and dedication. They witness the comfort the memorial provides to families struggling with great loss.

November 2021 marks the centennial anniversary of the creation of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and will be marked with ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and around the country. Through evocative images and well-researched text, this book provides a moving introduction to the story, a starting place for further discussion with parents and educators.

Jeff Gottesfeld is an acclaimed writer whose work has won awards from the American Library Association, the Writers Guild of America, and the National Council for the Social Studies. He has previously written for adult, teen, middle-grade, and picture book audiences. His books include No Steps Behind and The Tree in the Courtyard.

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaron’s Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, Becoming Babe Ruth, Growing Up Pedro, as well as Zachary’s Ball, Oliver’s Game, and Mudball. He is also the creator of the modern Christmas tales Red and Lulu and the New York Times bestseller Dasher. He has also illustrated numerous books written by other authors.

Ages 5-10

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P&P Live! Christina McDowell — THE CAVE DWELLERS - with Olivia Nuzzi

Thursday, May 27, 6:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982132781
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 25th, 2021

They are the families considered worthy of a listing in the exclusive Green Book—a discriminative diary created by the niece of Edith Roosevelt’s social secretary. Their aristocratic bloodlines are woven into the very fabric of Washington—generation after generation. Their old money and manner lurk through the cobblestone streets of Georgetown, Kalorama, and Capitol Hill. They only socialize within their inner circle, turning a blind eye to those who come and go on the political merry-go-round. These parents and their children live in gilded existences of power and privilege.

But what they have failed to understand is that the world is changing. And when the family of one of their own is held hostage and brutally murdered, everything about their legacy is called into question. And they’re called the Cave Dwellers.

McDowell will be in conversation with Olivia Nuzzi, a political reporter who serves as the Washington correspondent for New York magazine.

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P&P Live! Thomas E. Crocker — Empire's Eagles

Friday, May 28, 6:00 pm
Empire's Eagles: The Fate of the Napoleonic Elite in America Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781633886544
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Published: Prometheus Books - April 1st, 2021

 

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The never-before told story of how Napoleon's top brass escaped to America after Waterloo. Empire's Eagles is colorful, new, and an effectively unknown chapter in American history. In its center is the mystery of whether Napoleon's "Bravest of the brave," Marshal Ney, cheated a firing squad to escape under an alias and reinvent himself in America. At sunset on June 18, 1815 Napoleon Bonaparte was in desperate flight from the battlefield at Waterloo. Racing to reach Paris, he abandoned on the road his armored coach and Imperial necessaire containing a fortune in precious gems and cash. Would he stand and fight again or flee to the United States of America? On the run and with his options dwindling by the day, Napoleon came within one hour of secretly slipping to America on a Baltimore privateer with the active collusion of the United States consul in Bordeaux. Empire's Eagles tells the details of this story for the first time ever.

Thomas E. Crocker is a native Washingtonian. He is a graduate of St. Albans School, Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs) and Columbia University Law School. From 1975-81 he served as a Foreign Service Officer, specializing in Portuguese and West European politico-military matters, base negotiations and expansion of NATO. For many years he was a partner in a large national law firm, Alston & Bird LLP, where he co-headed the International Trade and Regulatory practice group. In addition to Empire's Eagles, Mr. Crocker is also the author of Braddock's March: How the Man Sent To Seize a Continent Changed American History , which received the 2011 Distinguished Book Award from both the New York and District of Columbia Societies of Colonial Wars. Mr. Crocker is currently a member of two national-level historical book prize committees.

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P&P Live! Pride Panel-The Pocket Change Collective—with Leo Baker, Adam Eli, Chella Man, Alok Vaid-Menon moderated by Deborah Taylor

Tuesday, June 1, 7:00 pm
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By Leo Baker, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593223475
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Published: Penguin Workshop - June 1st, 2021

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By Adam Eli, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593093689
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Published: Penguin Workshop - June 2nd, 2020

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By Chella Man, Chella Man (Illustrator), Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593223482
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Published: Penguin Workshop - June 1st, 2021

Beyond the Gender Binary (Pocket Change Collective) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593094655
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Published: Penguin Workshop - June 2nd, 2020

Join us for a discussion in celebration of Pride month with four young LGBTQIA+ advocates sharing their compelling, compassionate, and candid stories about bringing inclusivity to their professions and passions. Leo Baker, Adam Eli, Chella Man, and Alok Vaid-Manon will be joined in conversation with P&P moderator Deborah Taylor. This is the third in our series with the Pocket Change Collective.

The event is free to attend, however, we encourage attendees to consider purchasing the Book Donation ticket when they register for the event. Donated books will be given to the Sexual Minority Youth Assitance League (SMYAL). Based in Washington, DC, SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth ages 6-24 through leadership development, community-building programs, and wrap-around housing services.

Leo Baker (they/them) is the author of Skate for Your Life, a professional skateboarder, and activist. After being a staple at the X Games and Street League, they were featured in publications like Thrasher, ESPN, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vogue. In 2019, they founded the NYC Skate Project, a queer-centric community that gives a platform to LGBTQ+ and non-male skaters.

Adam Eli (he/him) is the author of The New Queer Conscience, a community organizer, LGBTQIA+ activist, and founder of Voices4, a nonviolent direct-action group committed to advancing global queer liberation. Eli currently serves as the Editor-in-chief of Gucci’s queer zine, The Chime Zine, created to unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for gender equality.

Chella Man (he/him) is the author of Continuum, an American YouTuber, actor, model, artist, and LGBTQ activist. He is renowned for his personal documentation as a transgender, deaf, genderqueer, and Jewish person of color. Man rose to wider prominence in 2019 for portraying mute superhero Jericho in the second season of the DC Universe series Titans. He hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world.

Alok Vaid-Menon (they/them) is the author of Beyond the Gender Binary, an internationally acclaimed gender non-conforming writer, performance artist, and public speaker. They explore themes of trauma, belonging, and the human condition in their work. They created the #DeGenderFashion movement to degender fashion and beauty industries. They believe that gender is a malleable and creative form of expression.

Deborah D. Taylor (she/her) recently retired from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD. She has chaired and served on many American Library Association committees and on the National Book Awards Jury for Young People’s Literature. She was named the 2015 recipient of the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is a reviewer and an adjunct professor teaching young adult literature at the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies.

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P&P Live! Sasha Issenberg — THE ENGAGEMENT - with Amy Walter

Tuesday, June 1, 8:00 pm
The Engagement: America's Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781524748739
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Published: Pantheon - June 1st, 2021

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state bans on gay marriage were unconstitutional, making same-sex unions legal across the United States. But the road to that momentous decision was much longer than many know. In this definitive account, Sasha Issenberg vividly guides us through same-sex marriage’s unexpected path from the unimaginable to the inevitable.

This richly detailed narrative follows the coast-to-coast conflict through courtrooms and war rooms, bedrooms and boardrooms, to shed light on every aspect of a political and legal controversy that divided Americans like no other. Following a cast of characters that includes those who sought their own right to wed, those who fought to protect the traditional definition of marriage, and those who changed their minds about it, The Engagement is certain to become a seminal book on the modern culture wars.

Amy Walter is the National Editor of The Cook Political Report where she provides weekly analysis of the issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. She is also the Host of WNYC’s The Takeaway: Politics with Amy Walter, and a political analyst for the PBS NewsHour.

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P&P Live! Sharice Davids & Joshua M. Pawis-Steckley-Sharice's Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman

Wednesday, June 2, 6:00 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062979667
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Published: HarperCollins - June 1st, 2021

When Sharice Davids was young, she never thought she’d be in Congress. And she never thought she’d be one of two Native American women to break barriers and become the first to serve in Congress. During her campaign, she heard from a lot of doubters. People who said she couldn’t win because of how she looked, who she loved, and where she came from. But here’s the thing: Everyone has obstacles. Everyone’s path looks different. And everyone can learn from the remarkable story of Sharice Davids’ path to Congress. Beautifully illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, an Ojibwe Woodland artist, this powerful autobiographical picture book teaches readers to use their big voice and that everyone deserves to be seen—and heard! Co-written with Kansas City-based author Nancy K. Mays, Sharice’s Big Voice is an empowering and beautifully illustrated celebration of one woman’s journey.

Sharice Davids made history in 2018 when she became one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress -- and the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Kansas in Washington. A former mixed martial artist and first-generation college student, Sharice worked her way through Johnson County Community College in the district she now represents, before eventually earning a law degree from Cornell Law School. She went on to work in economic and community development on tribal reservations, including Pine Ridge. Sharice was later selected to the prestigious White House Fellowship program under President Barack Obama. Sharice was inspired to public service by her single mom, who served as an Army drill sergeant. She is a resident of Roeland Park, Kansas.

Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley is an Ojibwe Woodland artist from Barrie, Ontario, and a member of Wasauksing, First Nation. He is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Skwachay's Lodge in Vancouver, British Columbia, practicing his acrylic painting and illustration techniques. His fine art focuses on promoting and reclaiming Ojibwe stories and teachings, in a modern interpretation of the Woodland tradition. Sharice’s Big Voice is Joshua’s second picture book. Visit him online at www.joshuamangeshig.com and on Instagram at @mangeshig.

Ages 4-8

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P&P Live! Alice Waters — We Are What We Eat: A Slow Food Manifesto - with Kim Severson

Wednesday, June 2, 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525561538
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Published: Penguin Press - June 1st, 2021

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In We Are What We Eat, Alice Waters urges us to take up the mantle of slow food culture, the philosophy at the core of her life's work. When Waters first opened Chez Panisse in 1971, she did so with the intention of feeding people good food during a time of political turmoil. Customers responded to the locally sourced organic ingredients, to the dishes made by hand, and to the welcoming hospitality that infused the small space--human qualities that were disappearing from a country increasingly seduced by takeout, frozen dinners, and prepackaged ingredients. Waters came to see that the phenomenon of fast food culture, which prioritized cheapness, availability, and speed, was not only ruining our health, but also dehumanizing the ways we live and relate to one another.

Alice Waters is the executive chef, founder, and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. The vice president of Slow Food International, she founded the Edible Schoolyard and has received the French Legion of Honor, the WSJ Magazine Humanitarian Innovator Award, and three James Beard Awards.

Kim Severson is a national food correspondent for the New York Times covering food trends and news across the United States. She was previously the New York Times Atlanta bureau chief and, before that, a staff writer for the Dining section of the Times. Severson won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for her contributions to the team that investigated sexual harassment and abuse against women. She has also won four James Beard awards and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for her work on childhood obesity. She has written four books, The Trans Fat Solution, The New Alaska Cookbook, a memoir called Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, and, in 2012, Cook Fight! a collaborative cookbook with fellow New York Times food writer Julia Moskin.

 

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P&P Live! Francis Fukuyama & Mathilde Fasting — After The End of History

Thursday, June 3, 1:00 pm
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By Mathilde Fasting (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781647120863
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Published: Georgetown University Press - May 3rd, 2021

 

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A series of in-depth interviews between Francis Fukuyama and editor Mathilde Fasting, After the End of History grants unprecedented access to one of the greatest political minds of our time. Drawing on his work on identity, biotechnology, and political order, Fukuyama provides essential insight into the threats our world faces today.

Mathilde Fasting is a project manager and fellow at Civita, one of Norway's most influential think tanks, where she regularly hosts its weekly podcast. Her published works include Freedom of Choice, The Citizen and the Community, and Torkel Aschehoug and Norwegian Historical Economic Thought: Reconsidering a Forgotten Norwegian Pioneer Economist. Fasting earned her MA in economics from the Norwegian School of Economics, her BA and MA in the history of ideas from the University of Oslo, and her PhD in the economic history of ideas from the University of Erfurt.

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), the director of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy, and the Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. He has written widely on issues related to democratization and international political economy, including his seminal work The End of History and the Last Man. His most recent book is Identity: The Demand for dignity and the Politics of Resentment

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P&P Live! Body Diversity Panel-Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories About Living Fabulously Fat—with Cassandra Newbould, Alex Gino, Francina Simon, and Renée Watson

Thursday, June 3, 7:00 pm
Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories About Living Fabulously Fat Cover Image
By Cassandra Newbould (Editor)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547606078
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 8th, 2021

Sixteen authors unite their voices in celebration of body positivity. Stories from diverse perspectives in a variety of genres will appeal to a broad range of readers. The defining feature of the short stories are all the strong and vibrant girls, boys, and nonbinary young adults experiencing life in a larger body. In each, fat characters – no longer relegated to the sidelines – take the lead, expressing themselves creatively, falling in love, overcoming fear, and standing up for friends and for themselves. While many stories are joyful, some also explore the challenges of living in a fatphobic world. Readers who are not used to seeing themselves represented in literature will find camaraderie amongst these pages. Join us for a powerful discussion with four of the writer- contributors to this anthology.

Cassandra Newbould is the creator and host of the Fat Like Me podcast and community. Fat Like Me is a show where Cass chats all things fat with authors, entertainers, and activists about life, the arts, and why we desperately need more body diversity in children’s literature today. As a writer of middle grade and young adult fiction, Cassandra creates stories where kids of all sizes can see themselves featured as the main character and not just the funny fat friend.

Alex Gino is the author of middle grade novels Rick, You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P!, and the Stonewall Award-winning George. They love glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive.

Francina Simone is a conscious being trying to uplift the world one conversation at a time. She is a storyteller, comic illustrator, and author of The Guardians Trilogy and Smash It. Her books focus on stories about girls throwing caution to the wind to discover exactly who they are and what it means to love.

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and community activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her children's picture books and novels for teens have received several awards and international recognition. She has given readings and lectures at many renowned places including the United Nations, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Embassy in Japan and New Zealand. Her poetry and fiction centers around the experiences of Black girls and women, and explores themes of home, identity, and the intersections of race, class, and gender.

Ages 12 and up

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P&P Live! Sebastian Junger — FREEDOM - with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Friday, June 4, 8:00 pm
Freedom Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781982153410
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 18th, 2021

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Throughout history, humans have been driven by the quest for two cherished ideals: community and freedom. The two don’t coexist easily. We value individuality and self-reliance, yet are utterly dependent on community for our most basic needs. In this intricately crafted and thought-provoking book, Sebastian Junger examines the tension that lies at the heart of what it means to be human.

For much of a year, Junger and three friends—a conflict photographer and two Afghan War vets—walked the railroad lines of the East Coast. It was an experiment in personal autonomy, but also in interdependence. Dodging railroad cops, sleeping under bridges, cooking over fires, and drinking from creeks and rivers, the four men forged a unique reliance on one another.

In Freedom, Junger weaves his account of this journey together with primatology and boxing strategy, the history of labor strikes and Apache raiders, the role of women in resistance movements, and the brutal reality of life on the Pennsylvania frontier. Written in exquisite, razor-sharp prose, the result is a powerful examination of the primary desire that defines us.

Junger will be in conversation with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of Ashley's WarThe Dressmaker of Khair Khana, and most recently, The Daughters of Kobani. She is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and she regularly appears on CNN, PBS, MSNBC, and NPR, and she has spoken on national security topics at the Aspen Security Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, and TED. A graduate of Harvard Business School, she serves on the board of Mercy Corps and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.

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P&P Live! Casey McQuiston — One Last Stop - in conversation with Taila Hibbert

Saturday, June 5, 1:00 pm
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$16.99
ISBN: 9781250244499
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 1st, 2021

Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941206
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Published: Avon - November 5th, 2019

Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062941237
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Published: Avon - June 23rd, 2020

Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #3) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941275
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Published: Avon - March 9th, 2021

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For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.

Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.

Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.

Casey McQuiston is the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White, and Royal Blue as well as a pie enthusiast. She writes books about smart people with bad manners falling in love. Born and raised in southern Louisiana, she now lives in New York City with her poodle mix and personal assistant, Pepper.

McQuiston will be in conversation with Talia Hibbert, New York Times & USA Today bestselling Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

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P&P Live! Kristen Arnett — WITH TEETH - with Alissa Nutting

Saturday, June 5, 7:00 pm
With Teeth Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593191507
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 1st, 2021

From the author of the New York Times-bestselling sensation Mostly Dead Things comes a surprising and moving story of two mothers, one difficult son, and the limitations of marriage, parenthood, and love. With Teeth is a thought-provoking portrait of the delicate fabric of family—and the many ways it can be torn apart.

If she's being honest, Sammie Lucas is scared of her son. Working from home in the close quarters of their Florida house, she lives with one wary eye peeled on Samson, a sullen, unknowable boy who resists her every attempt to bond with him. Uncertain in her own feelings about motherhood, she tries her best--driving, cleaning, cooking, prodding him to finish projects for school--while growing increasingly resentful of Monika, her confident but absent wife. As Samson grows from feral toddler to surly teenager, Sammie's life begins to deteriorate into a mess of unruly behavior, and her struggle to create a picture-perfect queer family unravels. When her son's hostility finally spills over into physical aggression, Sammie must confront her role in the mess--and the possibility that it will never be clean again.

Arnett will be in conversation with Alissa Nutting, an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. She is the author of the story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, as well as the novels Tampa and Made for Love.

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P&P Live! Eley Williams — ATTRIB. AND OTHER STORIES - with Mary Norris

Sunday, June 6, 4:00 pm
Attrib. and Other Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593312353
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Published: Anchor - May 18th, 2021

Eley Williams has been a literary sensation ever since this collection of experimental short fiction was published in the UK. Lauded as "elegant" and "exhilarating", Attrib. and Other Stories won the James Tait Black Prize, was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, and was named a best book of the year by The Guardian.

Attrib. presents a cast of unforgettable characters standing at the precipice of emotional events (a disastrous breakup, a successful date, an unexpected arrival) and finding it fiendishly impossible to express themselves. With intimate, irreverent, and playful prose, Eley Williams rejoices in both the possibilities and limitations of language, as well as the very human need to be known and understood--despite our own best efforts.

Williams will be in conversation with Mary Norris, who joined the editorial staff of The New Yorker in 1978 and has been a copy editor and proofreader there for more than thirty years. She is the author of two books, Between You & Me and Greek to Me.

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P&P Live! Kai Bird — THE OUTLIER - in conversation with David Ignatius

Monday, June 7, 6:00 pm
The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9780451495235
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Published: Crown - June 15th, 2021

In these remarkable pages, Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Bird traces the arc of Carter’s administration, from his aggressive domestic agenda to his controversial foreign policy record, taking readers inside the Oval Office and through Carter’s battles with both a political establishment and a Washington press corps that proved as adversarial as any foreign power. Bird shows how issues still hotly debated today—from national health care to growing inequality and racism to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—burned at the heart of Carter’s America, and consumed a president who found a moral duty in solving them.

Drawing on interviews with Carter and members of his administration and recently declassified documents, Bird delivers a profound, clear-eyed evaluation of a leader whose legacy has been deeply misunderstood. The Outlier is the definitive account of an enigmatic presidency—both as it really happened and as it is remembered in the American consciousness.

Kai Bird is a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and journalist. He is the acclaimed author of biographies of John J. McCloy and of McGeorge and William Bundy. He won the Pulitzer Prize for biography for American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (co-authored with Martin J. Sherwin). His work includes critical writings on the Vietnam War, Hiroshima, nuclear weapons, the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the CIA. He lives in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Kai will be in conversation with David Ignatius, the Associate Editor and Columnist at The Washington Post and has numerous publications in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly and others. His coverage of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi won 2018 George Polk Special Award and was also a member of finalist team for 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He's the author of eleven novels and a fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and has taught as an adjunct lecturer at HKS.

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P&P Live! Black Women & Romance Panel - with The AntiRacist Table and The Ripped Bodice

Monday, June 7, 8:00 pm
Wild Rain: Women Who Dare Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062861719
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Published: Avon - February 9th, 2021

An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler: A Remarkable and Groundbreaking Multi-Cultural Regency Romance Novel (Rogues and Remarkable Women #2) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781420152258
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Published: Zebra - April 27th, 2021

How to Find a Princess: Runaway Royals Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062934000
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Published: Avon - May 25th, 2021

Real Men Knit (Real Men Knit series #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806505
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Published: Berkley - May 19th, 2020

Island Queen: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063002845
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Published: William Morrow - July 6th, 2021

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This event is in partnership with The Ripped Bodice.

Moderated by The AntiRacist Table, tonight's panel will consist of discussing each author's latest novel, the evolution of romance as literature, and its intersections with antiracism.

Beverly Jenkins is the nation’s premier writer of African – American historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She’s the 2018 Michigan Library Association Author of the Year, a USA TODAY best-selling author, an NAACP Image Award nominee, and the 2017 recipient of Romance Writers of America’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. She has over forty nine published works, and been named to many Best Book of the Year lists, including NPR and the American Library Association. She speaks widely on romance, writing, and African-American history. Her books were recently optioned for film by Sony Pictures and Al Roker Entertainment.

Kwana Jackson aka K.M Jackson always knew she wanted to be either (A) a fashion designer or (B) a writer. After spending ten years designing women’s sportswear, Kwana took a leap of faith and decided to pursue her dream of being a writer. Now a USA Today Bestseller Kwana’s self-published novel, BOUNCE won the Golden Leaf for best novel with strong romance elements from the New Jersey chapter of Romance Writers of America. She was also named Author of the Year by the New York Chapter of Romance Writers of America and has been tapped by Oprah Magazine, ShondaLand and NPR for their Best Romance lists.

Alyssa Cole is an award-winning, NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author of historical, contemporary, and sci-fi romance. Her contemporary rom-com A Princess in Theory was one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018, and her books have received critical acclaim from Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, Booklist, Jezebel, Vulture, Book Riot, Entertainment Weekly, and various other outlets.

Vanessa Riley writes Historical Fiction and Historical Romance (Georgian, Regency, & Victorian) featuring hidden histories, dazzling multi-culture communities, and strong sisterhoods. She promises to pull heart strings, offer a few laughs, and share tidbits of tantalizing history. She holds doctorate in mechanical engineering and a MS in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. Yet, her love of history and lattes have overwhelmed her passion for math, leading to the publication of over 20+ titles.

 

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P&P Live! Melissa Scholes Young — The Hive - in conversation with Jared Yates Sexton

Tuesday, June 8, 6:00 pm
The Hive Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781684426430
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Published: Keylight Books - June 8th, 2021

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This event is in partnership with The Washington Literacy Center.

The Hive is a story of class in America and the fates of four sisters and their family business in a politically divided Midwestern town. After the sudden death of their patriarch, the surprising details of succession in his will are revealed and the mother’s long-term affair surfaces as her apocalypse prepper training intensifies. Facing an economic recession and new civil war amidst the backdrop of growing fear and resentment, the sisters unite in their struggle to save the family foundation they’ve built.

Facing an economic recession amidst the backdrop of growing Midwestern fear and resentment, the Fehler sisters unite in their struggle to save the company's finances and the family's future. To survive, they must overcome a political chasm that threatens a new civil war as the values that once united them now divide the very foundation they've built. Through alternating point-of-views, grief and regret gracefully give way to the enduring strength of the hive.

Melissa Scholes Young is the author of the novels Flood and The Hive. She’s a Contributing Editor for Fiction Writers Review and Editor of two volumes of D.C. Women Writers: Grace in Darkness (2018) and Furious Gravity (2020). Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Ploughshares,Narrative, Lit Hub, Poet Lore, and Poets & Writers Magazine. Scholes Young was named a Bread Loaf Camargo Fellow and a Quarry Farm Fellow at the Center for Mark Twain Studies. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C.

Young will be in conversation with Jared Yates Sexton, a political analyst, co-host of The Muckrake Podcast, and author of American Rule: How A Nation Conquered The World But Failed Its People.

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P&P Live! Bill Konigsberg-The Bridge—with David Levithan

Wednesday, June 9, 7:00 pm
The Bridge Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338325034
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2020

The Music of What Happens Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338215519
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 5th, 2020

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984848598
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

Aaron and Tillie don’t know each other, but they are both feeling suicidal, and arrive at the George Washington Bridge at the same time, intending to jump. Aaron is a gay misfit struggling with depression and loneliness. Tillie isn’t sure what her problem is — only that she will never be good enough.

On the bridge, there are four things that could happen:

  1. Aaron jumps and Tillie doesn’t.
  2. Tillie jumps and Aaron doesn’t.
  3. They both jump.
  4. Neither of them jumps.

Or maybe all four things happen, in this astonishing and insightful novel from Bill Konigsberg.

Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning author of six young adult novels, including The Porcupine of Truth, which won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award in 2016, and Openly Straight, which won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014. In 2019, The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) established the Bill Konigsberg Award for Acts and Activism for Equity and Inclusion through Young Adult Literature. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.

David Levithan is the author of many acclaimed YA novels, including Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, and Two Boys Kissing. His most recent novel is The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother). By day, he is a publisher and editorial director at Scholastic.

Ages 14 and up

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P&P Live! Sheba Karim-The Marvelous Mirza Girls—with Piyali Bhattacharya

Thursday, June 10, 7:00 pm
The Marvelous Mirza Girls Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062845481
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 18th, 2021

Mariam Sharma Hits the Road Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062445742
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Published: Quill Tree Books - November 10th, 2020

To cure her post-senior year slump, made worse by the loss of her aunt Sonia, Noreen decides to follow her mom on a gap year trip to New Delhi, hoping India can lessen her grief and bring her voice back. In the world’s most polluted city, Noreen soon meets kind, handsome Kabir, who introduces her to the wonders of this magical, complicated place. With the help of Kabir—plus Bollywood celebrities, fourteenth-century ruins, karaoke parties, and Sufi saints—Noreen discovers new meanings for home. But when a family scandal erupts, Noreen and Kabir must face complex questions in their own relationship: What does it mean to truly stand by someone—and what are the boundaries of love? Gilmore Girls meets vibrant New Delhi in this thoughtful and hilarious new novel about a teen facing family expectations, relationship complications, and hidden secrets in a new country—sprinkled with Sheba Karim’s signature wit and steamy romance.

Sheba Karim is the author of Mariam Sharma Hits the Road, That Thing We Call a Heart, and Skunk Girl. Her writing has appeared in Asia Literary Review, Literary Hub, Shenandoah, Time Out Delhi, and in several anthologies in the United States and India. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU School of Law, and currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University. You can visit her online at www.shebakarim.com.

Piyali Bhattacharya is a writer, editor, and professor of Creative Writing. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Literary Hub, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She is editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion. The book was awarded gold medals from the Independent Publisher Book Award and the Next Generation Indie Book Award, in addition to receiving a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and being named an "Asian American Literary Achievement of 2016" by NBC.

Ages 14 and up

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Summer Member Sale

Friday, June 11, 12:00 am to Sunday, June 13, 11:30 pm

All weekend long, from Friday, June 11 to Sunday, June 13, we invite Politics and Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, gift items, DVDs, and CDs!

Members' online and phone purchases will also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.

Enjoy the benefits of your membership at any of our locations. Store hours vary by location, and you can place online orders at any time. 

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P&P Live! Lisa Taddeo and Raven Leilani in Conversation

Friday, June 11, 6:00 pm
Animal: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982122126
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 8th, 2021

Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250798671
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Published: Picador - June 8th, 2021

Bestselling authors Lisa Taddeo and Raven Leilani celebrate the launch of their novels, Animal and Luster, with a virtual discussion.

Lisa Taddeo illustrates one woman's exhilarating transformation from prey into predator in Animal, the “ferociously beautiful” debut novel from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Three Women, named to more than thirty best-of-the-year lists.

This book is a depiction of female rage at its rawest, and a visceral exploration of the fallout from a male-dominated society. Joan has spent a lifetime enduring the cruelties of men. But when one of them commits a shocking act of violence in front of her, she flees New York City in search of Alice, the only person alive who can help her make sense of her past. In the sweltering hills above Los Angeles, Joan unravels the horrific event she witnessed as a child—that has haunted her every waking moment—while forging the power to finally strike back.

Raven Leilani celebrates the paperback release of Luster, a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life—her hunger, her anger—in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent, and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.

Edie is stumbling her way through her twenties—sharing a subpar apartment in Bushwick, clocking in and out of her admin job, making a series of inappropriate sexual choices. And then she meets Eric, a digital archivist with a family in New Jersey, including an autopsist wife who has agreed to an open marriage—with rules. Edie finds herself unemployed and invited into Eric’s home—though not by Eric. She becomes a hesitant ally to his wife and a de facto role model to his adopted daughter. Edie may be the only Black woman young Akila knows.

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P&P Live! & DC Public Library Present Ambreen Tariq-Fatima's Great Outdoors with Tara Thomas

Tuesday, June 15, 4:00 pm
Fatima's Great Outdoors Cover Image
By Ambreen Tariq, Stevie Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984816955
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Kokila - March 30th, 2021

When Ambreen Tariq was eight years old her family moved from India to Minnesota in the depths of winter. When Spring came around her family saved up for a tent and ventured into the great outdoors, an experience that would shape Ambreen’s future path and lead to a life-long love of nature. In Fatima’s Great Outdoors we get a peek into that first camping trip that Ambreen and her family took with all of its joyful and difficult moments. Join us for a conversation with Ambreen and the DC Public Library to discuss her book, her initiative to encourage more people of color to hike and camp, and the importance of environmental advocacy.

Ambreen will be in conversation with Tara Thomas, Children's Librarian with the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial branch of DC Public Library.

We are excited to announce that the first 50 attendees/families to join the event and select the "Free Event Admission + Free Book" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of Fatima’s Great Outdoors for their home library (one book per family please). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their books up at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, Washington, DC, beginning June 14. These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation.

Ambreen Tariq is the founder of @BrownPeopleCamping, a social media campaign that promotes greater diversity in public lands and outdoors community. Ambreen uses storytelling to share how her life experiences as a Muslim, South-Asian American immigrant woman have shaped her love for the outdoors. Ambreen is a full-time federal employee and ambassador for REI in the Washington, DC area. She is also the co-founder of Outdoor Muslims, sits on the board of Directors of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and is an advisor council member of the Sierra Club’s Outdoors for All campaign. Fatima’s Great Outdoors is her debut picture book.

Ages 4-8

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P&P Live! Hilary Mantel — THE MIRROR AND THE LIGHT - with Barrie Hardymon

Tuesday, June 15, 6:00 pm
The Mirror & the Light: A Novel (Wolf Hall Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250182494
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Picador - May 4th, 2021

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With the paperback release of The Mirror & the LightHilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with her peerless, Booker Prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

The story begins in May 1536: Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith’s son from Putney emerges from the spring’s bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour.

Cromwell, a man with only his wits to rely on, has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry’s regime to the breaking point, Cromwell’s robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. All of England lies at his feet, ripe for innovation and religious reform. But as fortune’s wheel turns, Cromwell’s enemies are gathering in the shadows. The inevitable question remains: how long can anyone survive under Henry’s cruel and capricious gaze?

Mantel will be in conversation with Barrie Hardymon, the Senior Editor at NPR's Weekend Edition, and the lead editor for books. You can hear her on the radio talking everything from Middlemarch to middle grade novels, and she's also a frequent panelist on NPR's podcasts It's Been A Minute and Pop Culture Happy Hour. She went to Juilliard to study viola, ended up a cashier at the Strand, and finally got a degree from Johns Hopkins' Writing Seminars which qualified her solely for work in public radio.

 

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P&P Live! Alyson Gerber-Taking Up Space—with Lisa Fipps

Thursday, June 17, 7:00 pm
Taking Up Space Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338186000
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 18th, 2021

Focused Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338185980
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - January 5th, 2021

Starfish Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984814500
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 9th, 2021

Twelve-year-old Sarah loves playing basketball. But lately, her game is off and she isn’t sure why. After a health class presentation on nutritious foods, Sarah wonders if she should be more cautious about what she eats. At home her mother sends mixed messages about nutrition, making rules about what foods are allowed in the house, hiding candy and sometimes forgetting to feed Sarah entirely. Meanwhile, there’s trouble in her friend group after she agrees to participate in a cooking competition with her best friend’s crush. When Sarah collapses on the court, a trustworthy coach connects her with a school counselor who encourages her to listen to her body’s needs and rid her mind of the negative thoughts that are “taking up space”. Sarah’s story is one that many young people will relate to, and as it is author Gerber’s own story, it rings with the honesty of lived experience. Dialogue in the story may help young readers experiencing similar concerns better articulate their thoughts and can guide parents of young adults in addressing this sensitive but important topic.

Alyson will be in conversation with Lisa Fipps, whose middle grade verse novel Starfish is inspired by her own experience with body image as an adolescent.

Alyson Gerber is the author of the critically-acclaimed own-voices novels Braced and Focused. She has an MFA from The New School in Writing for Children and lives in New York City with her family.

Lisa Fipps is the author of middle grade books, an award-winning journalist and the Director of Marketing for a public library, where she won the Sara Laughlin Marketing Award. Starfish is her debut novel.

Ages 8 and up

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P&P Live! Ashley Molesso & Chess Needham — THE GAY AGENDA

Wednesday, June 23, 6:00 pm
The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History & Handbook Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062944559
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Morrow Gift - April 28th, 2020

Celebrate Pride month with The Gay Agenda, a joyful celebration of the LGBTQ+ community’s development, history, and culture.

Compiled and designed by queer power couple and illustrators extraordinaire, Ashley Molesso and Chess Needham, founders of the popular stationery company Ash + ChessThe Gay Agenda is an inviting and entertaining guide that pays tribute to the LGBTQ+ community. Filled with engaging descriptions, interesting facts, helpful features—such as historical queer icons and events and LGBTQ+ acronym definitions—this fabulous compendium illuminates the transformation of the community, highlighting its struggles, achievements, landmarks, and contributions. It also salutes iconic members of the LGBTQ+ community—the celebrities, politicians, entrepreneurs and ordinary citizens who have made a notable impact on gay life and society itself.

The Gay Agenda is a nostalgic look back for older generations, an archive for younger people, and a helpful introduction for those interested in learning more about the community and its contributions. From James Baldwin and Emma Goldman to Marsha P. Johnson and Jodie Foster; the Pink Triangle and the Rainbow Flag to Stonewall and the AIDS crisis; Matthew Shepard and Pulse Nightclub to Sodomy Laws and Obergefell; Drag and Transitioning to The L Word and The Kinsey Scale, Freddie Mercury and Ellen Degeneres to Laverne Cox and David Bowie, this magnificent digest is a keepsake honoring all LGBTQ+, and the ongoing fight to gain—and maintain—equality for all.

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P&P Live! A Conversation with Brandon Fleming & Kiese Laymon

Wednesday, June 23, 8:00 pm
Miseducated: A Memoir Cover Image
By Brandon P. Fleming, Cornel West (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780306925139
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Published: Hachette Books - June 15th, 2021

Long Division: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982174828
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Published: Scribner - June 1st, 2021

 

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Brandon P. Fleming grew up in an abusive home and was shuffled through school, his passing grades a nod to his skill on the basketball court, not his presence in the classroom. He turned to the streets and drug deals by fourteen, saved only by the dream of basketball stardom. When he suffered a career-ending injury during his first semester at a Division I school, he dropped out of college, toiling on an assembly line, until depression drove him to the edge. Miraculously, his life was spared.

Returning to college, Fleming was determined to reinvent himself as a scholar—to replace illiteracy with mastery over language, to go from being ignored and unseen to commanding attention.

Through his personal narrative, readers witness Fleming’s transformation, self-education, and how he takes what he learns about words and power to help others like himself. Miseducated is an honest memoir about resilience, visibility, role models, and overcoming all expectations.

Written in a voice that’s alternately humorous, lacerating, and wise, Long Division features two interwoven stories. In the first, it’s 2013: after an on-stage meltdown during a nationally televised quiz contest, fourteen-year-old Citoyen “City” Coldson becomes an overnight YouTube celebrity. The next day, he’s sent to stay with his grandmother in the small coastal community of Melahatchie, where a young girl named Baize Shephard has recently disappeared.

Before leaving, City is given a strange book without an author called Long Division. He learns that one of the book’s main characters is also named City Coldson—but Long Division is set in 1985. This 1985-version of City, along with his friend and love interest, Shalaya Crump, discovers a way to travel into the future, and steals a laptop and cellphone from an orphaned teenage rapper called...Baize Shephard. They ultimately take these items with them all the way back to 1964, to help another time-traveler they meet to protect his family from the Ku Klux Klan.

Brandon P. Fleming is the assistant coach of debate at Harvard University and founder of the nationally acclaimed Harvard Diversity Project. In 2020, Fleming was recognized by Forbes on their 30 Under 30 list and by The Root as one of the The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2020.

Kiese Laymon born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Division, the memoir Heavy, and the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourselves and Others in America, and the recipient of 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard.

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P&P Live! Jonathan Rauch — The Constitution of Knowledge - in conversation with Nadine Strossen

Thursday, June 24, 6:00 pm
The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780815738862
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Brookings Institution Press - June 22nd, 2021

 

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In 2016 Russian trolls and bots nearly drowned the truth in a flood of fake news and conspiracy theories, and Donald Trump and his troll armies continued to do the same. Social media companies struggled to keep up with a flood of falsehoods, and too often didn't even seem to try. Experts and some public officials began wondering if society was losing its grip on truth itself. Meanwhile, another new phenomenon appeared: "cancel culture." At the push of a button, those armed with a cellphone could gang up by the thousands on anyone who ran afoul of their sanctimony.

In this pathbreaking book, The Constitiution of Knowledge, Jonathan Rauch reaches back to the parallel eighteenth-century developments of liberal democracy and science to explain what he calls the "Constitution of Knowledge"--our social system for turning disagreement into truth.

By explicating the Constitution of Knowledge and probing the war on reality, Rauch arms defenders of truth with a clearer understanding of what they must protect, why they must do--and how they can do it. His book is a sweeping and readable description of how every American can help defend objective truth and free inquiry from threats as far away as Russia and as close as the cellphone.

Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution and a contributing writer of The Atlantic. Rauch is previously author of Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought (1993).

Rauch will be in conversation with Nadine Strossen, who has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties. From 1991 to 2008, she served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union, the first woman to head the nation’s largest and oldest civil liberties organization. Professor Strossen is currently a member of the ACLU’s National Advisory Council, as well as the Advisory Boards of Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Heterodox Academy, and the National Coalition Against Censorship. When she stepped down as ACLU President in 2008, three Supreme Court Justices (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and David Souter) participated in her farewell and tribute luncheon.

 

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P&P Live! "Work, Inequality, Gender, and Capitalism in Modern America" Panel

Tuesday, July 6, 6:00 pm
Porn Work: Sex, Labor, and Late Capitalism Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781469661926
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - April 12th, 2021

Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781568589398
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Published: Bold Type Books - January 26th, 2021

The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780674238091
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 23rd, 2021

This event is presented in partnership with our friends at The New Republic.

Join this panel of authors to discuss their latest books, all centered around the theme of work, inequality, gender, and modern capitalism. Panelists include:

Heather Berg writes about sex, work, and social struggle. Her book Porn Work: Sex, Labor, and Late Capitalism takes readers behind the scenes to explore what porn performers think of their work and how they intervene to hack it. It tells a story of crafty workers, faltering managers, and shifting solidarities. Her second project, "Sex Workers Against Work," is an intellectual history of the sex worker left. It engages anti-capitalist sex workers' critiques of straight work, unpaid sex, and state violence and explores their experiments with alternatives. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University.

Sarah Jaffe is a Type Media Center Fellow and an independent journalist covering the politics of power, from the workplace to the streets. She is also the cohost, with Michelle Chen, of Dissent magazine's Belabored podcast, as well as a columnist at The Progressive and New Labor Forum. Her latest book, Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone, is a deeply-reported examination of why "doing what you love" is a recipe for exploitation, creating a new tyranny of work in which we cheerily acquiesce to doing jobs that take over our lives.

Gabriel Winant is a historian of the social structures of inequality in modern American capitalism and an Assistant Professor of US History and the College at the University of Chicago. His book, The Next Shift: The Fall of Manufacturing and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America investigates the rise of the “service economy” in the aftermath of manufacturing and locates the origins of today’s social inequality in America’s postwar political economy. Using Pittsburgh as a case study, the book shows how deindustrialization triggered the ascent of the care economy and stamped it with the inequalities produced by the New Deal state’s hierarchies of race and gender.

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