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Zachary R. Wood - Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America — in conversation with Allison Stanger

Friday, June 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524742447
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Published: Dutton Books - June 19th, 2018

Wood came to national attention as president of Uncomfortable Learning, the Williams College student group dedicated to free speech. While the group has come under fire for inviting controversial speakers, Wood, class of 2018, is uncompromising in his view that all ideas should be openly debated. In this courageous, powerful memoir, he shares his own story for the first time, recounting his difficult upbringing in a poor D.C. neighborhood. Facing poverty, racism, and bitterness, Wood, a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at The Wall Street Journal, learned that survival depends on resisting entrenched views, a lesson he hopes to bring to wider audiences as he continues to push beyond established comfort levels—including his own. Wood will be in conversation with Allison Stanger, Middlebury College professor of international politics and economics and author of One Nation Under Contract.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Weigel - The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock & Jason Heller - Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, June 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393356021
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 5th, 2018

Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781612196978
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Published: Melville House Publishing - June 5th, 2018

Weigel’s 2012 Slate series, “Prog Spring,” proudly bore the motto, “the brief rise and inevitable fall of the world’s most hated pop music.” In this dynamic history of progressive rock, now in paperback, he explains what that means. A hard-core prog fan, he draws on his exhaustive knowledge of the genre to trace its growth in the psychedelic ‘60s, track its greatest hits, profile its performers from King Crimson to ELO to Yes, and explain just what made it “progressive.” Now a Washington Post national reporter, Weigel also looks at why so many hated this music, but also tells us why not even the satirical treatment of This Is Spinal Tap could do away with it.

With David Bowie as his guide, Heller charts the history of 1970s rock as the intersection of pop music and science fiction. A Hugo Award-winning writer and editor, Heller starts with Bowie’s 1969 “Space Oddity,” inspired by Arthur Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and traces the influence of sci-fi writers including Isaac Asimov, J.G. Ballard, Phillip K. Dick, and Ursula K. Le Guin on musicians ranging from Jimi Hendrix—who got his “purplish haze” from a pulp novel—to Parliament, Devo, Hawkwind, and Kraftwerk. This cosmic geek genre reached a glorious peak in 1977, which saw the release of Star Wars, Alan Parsons Project’s Robot, and Styx’s Grand Illusion.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Ed Husain - The House of Islam: A Global History

Saturday, June 23, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781632866394
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 19th, 2018

A former Islamic radical and co-founder of the Quiliam Foundation, Britain’s first counter-extremism think tank, Husain is acutely aware of how much depends on better understanding between Islam and the West. His book is a detailed primer on Islamic history, the tenets of Islamic belief, and the events and issues that have fueled misunderstandings in recent years, from the legacy of the U.S. overthrow of Iran’s first democratically elected leader to the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office and the emergence of ISIS. Throughout, Husain draws on observations gleaned from his extensive travels in the Middle East and his work with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to further his belief that Islam and the West can be peaceable allies.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kelly DiNardo - Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat

Saturday, June 23, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781611805499
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Published: Shambhala - June 12th, 2018

Yoga is as much a spiritual practice as it is a physical one, and the core of the ancient philosophy is inscribed in the nearly 200 aphorisms that comprise the Yoga Sutras. Written some two thousand years ago by the guru Pantajali, these texts offer timeless wisdom on how to live an ethical and healthful life and how to cope with inevitable pain and loss. In this accessible, engaging handbook to the Sutras, DiNardo, a writer, yoga instructor, and owner of D.C.’s Past Tense yoga studio, groups the works thematically, offers brief commentary, and provides writing prompts for deeper and more personal reflection on this path to enlightenment.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lillian Li - Number One Chinese Restaurant

Saturday, June 23, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781250141293
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - June 19th, 2018

When a calamity suddenly halts the usual flow of daily events at the family-run Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, the owner, his family, and the staff are forced to pause and assess what they’ve done and where they go from here. For Jimmy Han, this may be the chance to open his own upscale establishment. For his brother, it might be the time to heal a festering generational rift with his daughter. Meanwhile, the Hans’ longtime employees are caught between competing loyalties when they find that their children are implicated in the restaurant’s crisis. Warm and insightful, this eagerly awaited debut novel vividly shows what happens when back-of-house and front-of-house fall apart.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Andrew Selee - Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together

Sunday, June 24, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781610398596
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Published: PublicAffairs - June 5th, 2018

Selee’s deeply reported book about the last quarter-century of Mexico-U.S. relations counters the myths of Mexico as a place overrun with drug lords and violence to show us a country that has more in common with the U.S. than ever before. Some 40% of the manufactured goods that cross the border have been assembled by joint Mexican and American firms, for instance, and more than a tenth of Americans trace their heritage to Mexico. Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, lived in a Tijuana shantytown in the 1990s and he draws on his first-hand experience with changes there as well as on the broader forces of trade, culture, and immigration to trace the larger transformation in Mexico’s relationship with the U.S.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jeffery Paine - Enlightenment Town: Finding Spiritual Awakening in a Most Improbable Place

Sunday, June 24, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781608685745
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Published: New World Library - May 20th, 2018

Crestone, Colorado, started as a small mining and ranching town after the Civil War. By 2010 it boasted a population of about 127, but was steadily becoming an internationally recognized hub of spirituality. It’s now home to more than two dozen different faiths, including Christian and Tibetan and Zen Buddhist organizations. In this lively report on his pilgrimage to Crestone, Paine, who has written about Eastern culture for Western audiences in Father India, Re-Enchantment, and Adventures with the Buddha, explores why so many religions have found this town, introduces followers of the different sects, talks to Crestone natives, and probes this marvelous diversity of faith for the bedrock values they all have in common.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Heather Abel - The Optimistic Decade & Lisa Ko - The Leavers

Sunday, June 24, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781616206307
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 1st, 2018

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By Lisa Ko
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208042
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 24th, 2018

Abel’s accomplished debut novel centers on Llamalo, a beautiful wilderness area in the Colorado Rockies. Once home to Native Americans, then to ranchers, by the late 1980s it’s a utopian camp run by the charismatic Caleb Silver, whose mission is to teach people how to live authentically and simply. His task is complicated by Llamalo’s former owners, who want the land back, and by his cousin, Rebecca. Daughter of the publisher of a radical newspaper, Rebecca sees life as a series of progressive causes, but her time at the camp introduces her to a range of new people, experiences, and ideas which, along with the political events that transpire throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, both test Rebecca’s idealism and help her to re-invent herself.

Now available in paperback, Ko’s first novel won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and landed on innumerable Best of the Year lists. Unfolding in New York and China, the narrative follows the experiences of a mother and son separated by brutal immigration laws. Polly came to America alone and undocumented, but her son was born in the U.S. One day she goes to work and disappears. Seemingly abandoned, her eleven-year-old son is adopted by a white couple. Renamed and relocated from the city to the country, the boy grows up confused and angry. Written with deep compassion for people caught in circumstances that offer no good choices, Ko’s novel is an invaluable contribution to the national debate on immigration.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tommy Orange - There There — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, June 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 5th, 2018

Orange’s eagerly anticipated debut novel introduces both a powerfully original literary voice and tells a story that’s long been overshadowed, distorted, and outright erased.  An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, Orange explores the complicated reality of urban Native Americans through the lives of twelve different characters of different ages, genders, and Native heritages. In a series of tour-de-force linked vignettes, Orange shows us people grappling with addiction and violence, people who struggle to remember and those who yearn to forget, people in mourning and people ready to fight. All are heading for the Big Oakland Powwow, an event that promises to be nothing like what anyone expects.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Evgenia Citkowitz - The Shades — in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison

Monday, June 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780393254129
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 19th, 2018

Citkowitz follows Ether, her accomplished debut novella and stories, with a haunting portrait of grief and the unraveling of a marriage. The narrative follows Catherine and Michael Hall, now living apart a year after the death of their sixteen-year-old-daughter. While Michael has tried to resume his London life, Catherine, who ran a gallery, has grown reclusive, retreating to an old country house in Kent, and their son has escaped to a boarding school. Then a mysterious young woman approaches Catherine, claiming to have once lived in her house.  But what initially seems friendly and straightforward soon becomes something darker. Writing with the intensity of a gothic novel, Citkowitz explores the elusiveness of the past and the unstable emotional terrain of love and loss. Citkowitz, daughter of Lady Caroline Blackwell, will be in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison, author most recently of Robert Lowell.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Abdi Nor Iftin - Call Me American: A Memoir

Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781524732196
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 19th, 2018

No two immigration experiences are the same, and Iftin’s amazing story of chance, courage, and resilience began years before he came to the U.S. Growing up in Mogadishu, he was five in 1991 when Somalia plunged into civil war. He escaped the hunger and militia attacks temporarily by watching American movies and listening to American pop music. But as he learned English, reinvented himself as "Abdi American,” and reported for NPR, he drew the enmity of the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab and was forced to take refuge in Kenya. Then, after a harrowing sequence of events that nearly stranded him in Nairobi, Iftin was granted a visa to enter this country. He now lives in Maine and works as an interpreter for newly-arrived Somalis.

This event is supported by the Young African Professionals (YAP) Network. YAP is a network of more than 10,000 young African professionals in the D.C. Metro area, which provides a forum for professionals interested in Africa to engage with contemporary leaders in business, technology, philanthropy and social entrepreneurship; to network and discover opportunities among Africans; support Arts and culture from the African Diaspora; and promote entrepreneurial activities among members. More information about YAP can be found on their website at yapdc.org

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tui Sutherland - The Lost Continent: Wings of Fire Book 11 — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 pm
The Lost Continent (Wings of Fire #11) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338214437
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 26th, 2018

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545349239
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 30th, 2013

The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire #2) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545349246
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 24th, 2013

The Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire #3) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545349253
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 25th, 2014

The Dark Secret (Wings of Fire #4) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545349260
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 30th, 2014

The Brightest Night (Wings of Fire #5) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545349277
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 28th, 2015

Moon Rising (Wings of Fire #6) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545685368
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - June 28th, 2016

Winter Turning (Wings of Fire) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545685399
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - December 27th, 2016

Escaping Peril (Wings of Fire) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545685450
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 27th, 2017

Talons of Power (Wings of Fire #9) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545685436
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - May 29th, 2018

Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire #10) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545685474
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

Darkstalker (Wings of Fire: Legends #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338053616
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 28th, 2016

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #1) Cover Image
By Tui T. Sutherland, Mike Holmes (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545942157
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Published: Graphix - January 2nd, 2018

To receive a ticket to join the signing line following this free event, purchase a copy of The Lost Continent: Wings of Fire Book 11 from Politics and Prose in-store, online, or by phone. You will need both the book and ticket to join the signing line. 

There have always been rumors: a faraway land, across a vast ocean, another continent. On that continent, a tribe of dragons very different from those we know. But those rumors are just fairy tales, just fictional stories to be dismissed. Or...are they?  What if the rumors are true, and what if the other tribe of dragons is coming? In this middle-grade adventure, readers will find out what happens when the wildest stories of exotic lands and creatures come to life. This is Book 11 of the “Wings of Fire” series. Ages 9-12

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Tara Wilson Redd - The Museum of Us — at the Tenley-Friendship Library ** For Teens and Adults

Tuesday, June 26, 7:00 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781524766870
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Wendy Lamb Books - June 26th, 2018

An intoxicating debut novel that will leave you questioning what is real and why we escape into fantasy, perfect for fans of Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer and Falling into Place by Amy Zhang.

Secrets are con artists: they trick you into letting them out.

Sadie loves her rocker boyfriend Henry and her running partner and best friend Lucie, but no one can measure up to her truest love and hero, the dazzling and passionate George. George, her secret.

When something goes wrong and Sadie is taken to the hospital calling out for George, her hidden life may be exposed. Now she must confront the truth of the past, and protect a world she is terrified to lose.

"A teen learns to use her rich interior world to fight trauma, but is this the only way out? This honest, heartfelt tale is deep and mysterious as imagination itself." --Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied and Strings Attached

"You'll inhale as you skid into the first chapter and only exhale as you cling to the last. A beautiful book about longing and loss . . . and what is real." --Teresa Toten, author of The Hero of Room 13B, winner of the Governor General Award, and Beware That Girl

 

 

Tenley-Friendship Library
4450 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Sabaa Tahir - A Reaper at the Gates — in conversation with Everdeen Mason **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 pm
A Reaper at the Gates (Ember in the Ashes #3) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780448494500
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Published: Razorbill - June 12th, 2018

An Ember in the Ashes Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781595148049
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Published: Razorbill - February 9th, 2016

An Ember in the Ashes Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781595148032
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Published: Razorbill - April 28th, 2015

A Torch Against the Night (Ember in the Ashes #2) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781101998885
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Published: Razorbill - August 29th, 2017

A Torch Against the Night (Ember in the Ashes #2) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781101998878
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Published: Razorbill - August 30th, 2016

War is coming. As Emperor Marcus grows more violent and unstable, his commandant Keris is seizing the opportunity to recklessly grow her power. Helene, Laia, and Elias are focused on overcoming looming threats, each one more dangerous than the last. Told from three distinct points of view, Tahir weaves an epic tale of each character's battle against dark forces that threaten them. This much-anticipated third installment in the New York Times bestselling “Ember Quartet” is a spectacularly harrowing adventure. Ages 14 and up

Tahir will be in conversation with Everdeen Mason, The Washington Post.

Signing line options include:

  1. A VIP pass for a pre-event Meet and Greet with Sabaa Tahir to the first 20 customers to pre-order A Reaper at the Gates from Politics and Prose! Pre-order in-store, online, or by phone. We will contact you if you’re in this group with details of the meet and greet. SOLD OUT!
  2. Priority access to the signing line for customers who purchase their books from Politics and Prose. Reserve your signing line ticket by purchasing your copy in-store, online, or by phone today!
  3. Just bringing Sabaa’s books from home or have something else for her to sign? No problem, you’ll be able to join the signing line after customers who have purchased through the store.
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Allison Yarrow - 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality — in conversation with Garance Franke-Ruta — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, June 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062412348
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 19th, 2018

As #MeToo goes head-to-head with a culture of anti-feminist backlash, Yarrow revisits the 1990s to show how we got here. Often perceived as a breakout period of “girl power,” the decade of Anita Hill, Marcia Clarke, Courtney Love, Roseanne Barr, and Hillary Clinton was notably hostile to women who defied social expectations. In this sharp and thorough analysis, Yarrow, an award-winning journalist, 2017 TED fellow, and producer of the Vice documentary “Misconception,” examines the historical, political, and cultural forces that caused these bold and brave women not to be treated like the trailblazers and truth-tellers they were, but to be shamed and vilified by the media.

Yarrow will be in conversation with Garance Franke-Ruta, Washington editor of Yahoo News and editor in chief of Yahoo Politics.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

David E. Sanger - The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

Thursday, June 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780451497895
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 19th, 2018

Seven years ago, cyberwarfare wasn’t even on the National Intelligence Agency’s radar. Now, it’s listed as the number one threat to American national security. In this deeply researched study, Sanger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, details the history, threat, and possible futures of a weapon even more dangerous than nuclear arms. As the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections shows, cyberwarfare can shape world events without violence. It’s also difficult to guard against, inexpensive to acquire, and can disrupt and damage crucial infrastructure. Drawing on his extensive connections, Sanger reports from war rooms, boardrooms, and military cyberdens for a comprehensive analysis of this rising threat.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Michael Bennett - Things That Make White People Uncomfortable — in conversation with Dave Zirin — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Friday, June 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781608468935
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 10th, 2018

Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion and a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end. As Senator Bernie Sanders says, he could easily “make his mark through accomplishment on the field. Instead Michael has chosen to use his voice and his platform to fight injustice.” In Things that Make White People Uncomfortable, which Naomi Klein calls “pure fire,” Bennett writes about police violence, the role of protest in history, and his own responsibility as a role model to speak out. Following in the footsteps of activist-athletes from Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick, Bennett demonstrates his exceptional leadership both on and off the field.

Bennett will be in conversation with co-author Dave Zirin, sports editor for the Nation and author of several books, most recently Brazil's Dance with the Devil.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Alissa Quart - Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America — in conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich

Friday, June 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062412256
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Ecco - June 26th, 2018

Quart’s eye-opening report on the middle-class is a troubling portrait of families sinking under the financial weight of raising children. Drawing on her years covering the challenges working parents face, Quart tells stories of people struggling to negotiate the unstable job market, high childcare costs,  limited parental leave, and the disillusioning realization that they can’t achieve the standard of living their own parents enjoyed. In these profiles Quart, the Guardian’s “Outclassed” columnist, makes the issues vivid and immediate and argues that it’s time for a cultural re-evaluation of parenthood and caregiving. Quart will be in conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of the classic Nickel and Dimed, with whom she co-founded the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, a nonprofit for reporting on inequality.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Maria Leonard Olsen - 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life

Saturday, June 30, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life Cover Image
$34.00
ISBN: 9781538109649
Availability: Backordered
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - June 8th, 2018

Olsen is an attorney, a cohost of WPFW’s "Inside Out," a women’s writing and empowerment-retreat leader, a public speaker, and a woman who turned fifty expecting to find life less satisfying. But while her children didn’t need her as acutely and many of her other relationships had also changed, by setting out to accomplish fifty specific things, she discovered that the key to a meaningful life was still within her power. Her chosen goals ranged from physical challenges and travel to lifestyle changes, and the project revitalized her life. As she recounts how she selected and pursued her fifty activities, readers will be inspired to choose their own set of objectives for the next stage of life.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kim Roberts - A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston

Saturday, June 30, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780813941172
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Published: University of Virginia Press - June 18th, 2018

Washington, D.C. isn’t only a political town—it ranked second on Highbrow’s list of top American literary cities and came in at number eight on National Geographic Traveler’s top ten literary cities of the world. There’s plenty in D.C. for the litterateur to discover, from the Library of Congress to the places Henry Adams and Zora Neale Hurston lived and wrote. In her informative walking tour and anthology, Roberts, a D.C.-based freelance literary historian, writer, and editor, maps the city chronologically, taking visitors and armchair travelers through the places that shaped the works of figures including Francis Scott Key, Charlotte Forten Grimké, James Weldon Johnson, Walt Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Langston Hughes, and many more.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Victoria Johnson - American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Saturday, June 30, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781631494192
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 5th, 2018

If Dr. David Hosack (1769-1835) is remembered today, it’s likely because he was Alexander Hamilton’s physician. While he couldn’t save his patient after the fatal duel, Hosack left a lasting legacy as a social visionary and as one of the nation’s first environmentalists. Drawing on a wide range of historical and scientific sources, Johnson, associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College, brings Hosack to life as a medical doctor and friend of the major political and artistic figures of his time, as well as an educator, botanist, and medical botanist. He founded and served as the first president of the New York Horticultural Society, and in 1801 established the Elgin Botanic Garden in New York, the first public botanical garden in the U.S., which held more than 2,000 native and introduced species.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nell Painter - Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

Sunday, July 1, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781640090613
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 19th, 2018

In her acclaimed The History of White People, Painter explored the myriad ramifications of the socio-political construction of race. In her new book she turns from history to memoir to give a similarly insightful and thought-provoking look at gender, aging, and art. This engaging narrative begins with Painter retiring from Princeton and earning BFA and MFA degrees in painting. The oldest in her classes, Painter finds her craft-centered approach to art differs from that of the DIY aesthetic of her classmates. Reflecting on other generational, racial, and gender differences in the practice and consumption of art, Painter considers wider questions of beauty, value, and difference and asks what, ultimately, it means to be an artist, and who it is that defines “artist.”

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Richard O. Prum - The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World

Sunday, July 1, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - And Us Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345804570
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Published: Anchor Books - April 3rd, 2018

If survival of the fittest explains everything, what about traits so colorful, so flamboyant, so outrageous, that they could serve no purpose beyond ornament, calling attention to themselves and possibly even endangering their holders? Reviving Darwin’s tenuous theory of sexual selection, Prum, a Yale ornithologist and head curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Yale Peabody Museum, caused a stir with his iconoclastic argument that creatures can choose a mate for purely aesthetic reasons, and that over time this has been an independent engine of evolutionary change. Now available in paperback, Prum’s revelatory natural history draws on his thirty-plus years of fieldwork to propose that female preferences, in humans as in other animals, have changed male bodies and possibly maleness, through evolutionary time.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Elaine S. Povich - John McCain: American Maverick

Sunday, July 1, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
John McCain: American Maverick Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781454930679
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Published: Sterling - May 1st, 2018

John McCain, senior senator from Arizona since 1987, is one of the country’s most distinguished elder statesmen, admired by people from both parties for his moral integrity, his lifelong dedication to serving his country, and his courage. Combining biography and more than one hundred photos, excerpts from McCain’s speeches, and memorable quotations, this volume pays tribute to all aspects of McCain’s life.  Povich, an award-winning journalist, traces McCain’s patriotism to the influence of his father and grandfather, who were both four-star admirals, and movingly recounts his service in Vietnam as a naval aviator and his nearly six years as a prisoner of war. McCain entered politics in 1982, serving first in Congress, then in the Senate, where he continues to chair the Committee on Armed Services and speak out on behalf of truth.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Stephanie Feldman, Nathaniel Popkin, Malka Older, and Diane McKinney-Whetstone - Who Will Speak for America?

Monday, July 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Who Will Speak for America? Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781439916247
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Published: Temple University Press - July 27th, 2018

With a title recalling Barbara Jordan’s question in the wake of the nation’s post-Watergate crisis, this anthology, a product of the January 2017 Writers Resist events, features the poems, stories, essays, and cartoons of forty writers grappling with the meaning of America in the Trump era. Looking back to the founders’ goals as well as assessing the present and offering diverse visions of the future, these works advance the urgent conversation about what the country can and should be. The volume’s co-editor, Nathaniel Popkin, fiction review editor at Cleaver Magazine and author of the novel Everything is Borrowed, will be joined by contributors Malka Older, humanitarian worker and author of Infomocracy and Null States; Jericho Brown, award-winning poet and the author most recently of The New Testament; and Diane McKinney-Whetstone, award-winning author of six novels including Lazaretto.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Patrick Kabanda - The Creative Wealth of Nations: Can the Arts Advance Development? — in conversation with Munit Mesfin — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf, in partnership with Young African Professionals

Monday, July 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Creative Wealth of Nations: Can the Arts Advance Development? Cover Image
By Patrick Kabanda, Amartya Sen (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781108437684
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Published: Cambridge University Press - May 17th, 2018

For Kabanda, growing up in straitened circumstances in Uganda, music was first a refuge, then a passion, and then became the seed of a groundbreaking social vision. Entranced by the organ at Kampala’s Namirembe Cathedral, Kabanda joined the choir and learned to play the piano. Later, as a Juilliard-trained musician, he performed worldwide and, observing how music can uplift and unite people, pursued a degree in international affairs with the objective of incorporating the arts into development projects. Showing how culture can both enrich people personally and be a vital engine for a nation’s economic growth, Kabanda, who has consulted for the World Bank and contributed to the World Development Report 2016, explores the valuable roles the arts can play in promoting international trade, education, sustainability, and social inclusion.

Kabanda will be in conversation with Munit Mesfin, an Ethiopian-American musician, creative director, and event consultant.

This event is in partnership with the Young African Professionals DC Network.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

John F. Ross - The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell's Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West

Thursday, July 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell's Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525429876
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Published: Viking - July 3rd, 2018

John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) is best known for leading the first successful expedition down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. But that momentous feat was not the end of Powell’s career. Ross, former editor of American Heritage and award-winning author of Enduring Courage and War on the Run, vividly recreates Powell’s historic trip, then charts the wider legacy he left to the nation as a scientist and land-management pioneer. The second director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Powell advocated irrigation, dams, and reservoirs and was a key figure in creating the infrastructure that tapped the Colorado as a water source for Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. At the same time, he was sensitive to the vulnerabilities of the West’s ecosystem; predicting both the 1930s dustbowl and today’s water scarcities, he initiated the first national discussions of sustainability.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki - We Are the Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered

Friday, July 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
We Are the Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781617752933
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Published: Akashic Books - July 3rd, 2018

The Clash was more than a typical rock band, and this comprehensive history of the group is more than a typical rock bio. Formed in London in 1976, the Clash contributed to the punk, post-punk, and new wave movements, which included pioneering the music’s radical politics. Andersen, co-author of the classic Dance of Days, and Heibutzki, author of Unfinished Business, draw on interviews with virtually all the key players throughout the group’s existence. They chronicle the iconic albums—London Calling, Combat Rock--that eventually earned the Clash the number 28 spot on Rolling Stone’s top 100 greatest artists of all time, trace the group’s changing personnel, and follow the members’ response to events of the Reagan/Thatcher years, including the nuclear arms race, the British miners’ strike, and U.S. interference in Latin America.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

John Fea - Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump

Saturday, July 7, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780802876416
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Published: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company - June 30th, 2018

As a historian and an evangelical Christian, Fea is uniquely suited to explain why some 80% of white evangelicals are Trump followers. His illuminating study argues that religion and politics have long influenced each other in this country, and he traces the rise of Trump as the logical outcome of a long-standing evangelical approach to public life defined by the politics of fear, the pursuit of worldly power, and a nostalgic longing for an American past. By understanding this perspective, Fea, professor of American history at Messiah College and author of Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? urges his fellow believers to replace fear with hope, the pursuit of power with humility, and nostalgia with history, and helps all of us see our way to a united future.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

James Robenalt - Ballots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland

Saturday, July 7, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Ballots and Bullets: Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780897337038
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Published: Chicago Review Press - July 1st, 2018

Robenalt’s account of racial violence in Cleveland could be taken from today’s headlines, but the incident he reports happened on July 23, 1968. In a clash between black nationalists and police, six people were killed and at least fifteen injured. The shootings led to heavy rioting, but what exactly set them off is still unclear. Recreating the days in question, Robenalt, a Cleveland-based trial lawyer and the author of January 1973, puts them in the context of Cleveland’s long racist history. Though the city had been the site of Malcolm X’s “The Ballot or the Bullet” speech in 1964 and had elected Carl Stokes, its first black mayor, just months earlier, these weren’t enough to mitigate decades of injustice—nor to prevent the nationalists’ leader from facing an all-white jury, who found him guilty and sentenced him to death.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Politics and Passion and Prose: A Romance Panel, DC Edition! with Aimee Agresti - Campaign Widows, Tracey Livesay - Love Will Always Remember, and Kelly Maher - The Bridesmaid and the Hurricane, moderated by Robin Covington

Saturday, July 7, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Campaign Widows Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781525804267
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Published: Graydon House - May 22nd, 2018

Love Will Always Remember Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062497833
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Published: Avon Impulse - October 17th, 2017

The Bridesmaid and the Hurricane: A Capital Kisses Novel Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780996847759
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Published: D Ink Editions - July 4th, 2017

P&P is excited to continue the popular Romance Panel series with a theme Washingtonians are sure to love—politics! Join three talented local writers as they track affairs of the heart among Capitol Hill staffers, media figures, and assorted speechwriters, consultants, and bloggers. The discussion will be moderated by Robin Covington, author of The Boys are Back in Town series and standalone novels including Playing the Part and Her Secret Lover.

 

In Campaign Widows (Graydon House, $15.99), Aimee Agresti, a widely-published entertainment journalist and author of the Gilded Wing trilogy for young adults, puts us both at the center and on the sidelines of a tumultuous campaign season. Cady has recently moved to Washington to join her fiancé, but now he’s always out on the road campaigning. But she’s not really alone, and as she connects with other bright and ambitious women in similar circumstances, the novel becomes a smart, witty look at the nexus of politics and society.

 

Tracey Livesay, a former criminal defense attorney, continues her Shades of Love series with

Love Will Always Remember (Avon, $6.99). The story centers on Leighton Clarke, a lobbyist, who comes from a prominent African-American political dynasty. She’s engaged to Thomas, a white power broker, but is increasingly attracted to his restaurateur brother, Jonathan. Then while Thomas is away in London, Leighton suffers a brain injury and goes into a coma. She comes out of it remembering nothing of the last six years, but is all too willing to believe that Jonathan is the man she’s going to marry. He humors her and falls for her…just as Thomas and her memory return.

 

A D.C. librarian and romance writer, Kelley Maher launches her Capital Kisses series with The Bridesmaid and the Hurricane (D Ink Edit, $11.99). Radhika O'Leary and Malcolm Jones, aka "Colm" and "The Hurricane Hottie," hooked up for a weekend over a year ago. They meet again when Jones, a broadcast meteorologist, is hired by the Washington TV station where Radhika works. He’s eager to pick up where they left off, and though she’s interested, she’s all too aware of how a relationship with a colleague could be perceived, spun, and used to damage her professional standing.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Martha S. Jones - Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America — in conversation with Lisa Crooms-Robinson

Sunday, July 8, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America (Studies in Legal History) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781316604724
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Published: Cambridge University Press - June 30th, 2018

In this groundbreaking history of African Americans’ struggle for citizenship, Jones, the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at Johns Hopkins, focuses on pre-Civil War Baltimore, where Black people claimed citizenship rights decades before the concept was codified in the federal constitution. While the nation debated deporting former slaves born in the U.S., Jones draws on a wide range of archives to document how free Black people fought back by studying law, securing allies, and arguing in courts, legislatures, and at conventions that birth meant citizenship. No less important, Jones argues, was that they conducted themselves like citizens, securing their rights through small and often courageous everyday acts. Jones will be in conversation with Lisa Crooms-Robinson, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Howard University.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Charles Kaiser - 1968 in America: Music, Politics, Chaos, Counterculture, and the Shaping of a Generation — in conversation with Clara Bingham

Sunday, July 8, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
1968 in America: Music, Politics, Chaos, Counterculture, and the Shaping of a Generation Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802128034
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Published: Grove Press - April 17th, 2018

1968 was the culmination and the defining point of the 1960s. That year, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, the Tet offensive was changing the course of the Vietnam War, and demonstrations disrupted the Democratic National convention—all to a soundtrack of the Beatles, Janis Joplin, Marvin Gaye, and Dylan. Kaiser, a journalist and principal contributor to the documentary 1968: The Year That Changed America, wrote this comprehensive chronicle in 1998, drawing on his experience as a Columbia student and volunteer for Eugene McCarthy’s campaign as well as on unpublished interviews with figures including McCarthy and Dylan. Now reissued in a thirtieth anniversary edition, the book remains one of the freshest and sharpest accounts of a pivotal era in U.S. history. Kaiser will be in conversation with Clara Bingham, author of Witness to the Revolution.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Margolick - The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy

Sunday, July 8, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy Cover Image
By David Margolick, Douglas Brinkley (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781948122269
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Published: Rosettabooks - April 3rd, 2018

While they came from vastly different backgrounds, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were killed just 62 days apart in 1968. Much more than their assassinations link them, and in this vivid look at one of the nation’s defining moments, Margolick, longtime Vanity Fair contributing editor and author of Elizabeth and Hazel, traces the various social and political currents that drew the two leaders together and gives a comprehensive profile of their complicated relationship. Drawing on extensive interviews with people who knew Kennedy and King, Margolick constructs a rich and vivid oral history, telling many previously untold stories from the civil rights era.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Martha C. Nussbaum - The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis

Monday, July 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781501172496
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 3rd, 2018

One of the country’s leading moral philosophers, Nussbaum cuts through the acrimony of today’s political landscape to analyze the Trump era through one simple truth: that the political is always emotional. Starting there, she shows how globalization has produced feelings of powerlessness that have in turn fed resentment and blame. These have erupted into hostility against immigrants, women, Muslims, people of color, and cultural elites. Drawing on examples from ancient Greece to Hamilton, Nussbaum shows how anger and fear inflame people on both the left and right; by illuminating the powerful role these passions play in public life, she points to ways we can avoid getting caught up in the vitriol that sustains and perpetuates divisive politics.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rae DelBianco - Rough Animals — in conversation with Devin Symons

Monday, July 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Rough Animals: An American Western Thriller Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781628729733
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Published: Arcade Publishing - June 5th, 2018

DelBianco’s powerful debut novel is a story of survival that draws on Wild West sagas and the fairy tale motif of an orphaned brother and sister. Wyatt and Lucy Smith, twins, have been scraping by on their own since inheriting their family’s isolated Utah ranch five years ago. Their precarious livelihood is threatened when a disturbed fourteen-year-old girl shoots most of their cattle. Leaving Lucy to manage on her own, Wyatt sets out after the shooter, making a perilous twelve-day journey down the mountains of Box Elder to Monument Valley and back.  Along the way he confronts not only the dangers nature throws in his way, but outlaw bikers, meth labs, and the surprises of what his own desperation can make him capable of. DelBianco will be in conversation with Devin Symons, a Washington-based writer, artist, and translator.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Caitlin Moran - How to Be Famous — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How to Be Famous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062433770
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Published: Harper - July 3rd, 2018

Moran was named Columnist of the Year by the British Press Awards in 2010 and Critic and Interviewer of the Year in 2011 for her work in the Times of London. As she proved with How to Build a Girl, she’s equally skilled as a novelist. Her second work of fiction follows Johanna Morrigan, aka Dolly Wilde, already a successful music writer at age eighteen. But John, her best friend and crush, is even more successful. To one-up him—and ultimately to win him—she launches a monthly column analyzing fame. Filled with Moran’s hilarious and pointed social critiques, the venture puts Johanna in the public eye, but once there, she’s vulnerable to the downside of fame when an unfortunate moment of her own is exposed.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Jeff Biggers - Resistance: Reclaiming an American Tradition

Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Resistance: Reclaiming an American Tradition Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640090477
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 3rd, 2018

As Biggers shows in this people’s history of social justice activism in America, the nation was founded on resistance. Using Thomas Paine’s rousing Common Sense as his model and point of departure, Biggers chronicles centuries of freedom movements from the Revolution to the defeat of fascism during World War II, from early Native American and immigrant struggles to the Abolitionists and women’s suffrage advocates and on to the civil rights movement, LGBTQ activism, Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and more.  Putting the anti-Trump struggle on this longer continuum, Biggers, the award-winning author of The United States of Appalachia, reminds us how essential—and successful—resistance has been in overcoming threats to our freedom, a tradition he charges us to continue.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Suzan Johnson Cook - Soul Sisters: Devotions for and from African American, Latina, and Asian Women — in conversation with Rob Schenck

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Soul Sisters: Devotions for and from African American, Latina, and Asian Women Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781585429479
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Published: Tarcherperigee - April 26th, 2016

An accomplished author, activist, analyst, commentator, educator, entrepreneur, and faith leader, Cook is proof that difficulties can be overcome and that women can become stronger through the challenges of raising a family, holding down a job, and just getting through the long days. In this inspiring devotional, Cook draws on her own experiences and the stories of woman of many different backgrounds who have faced and triumphed over life’s adversities. The U.S. Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom under President Obama and a White House Fellow under President Clinton, Cook continues her work of building solidarity among oppressed women and women of color. Cook will be in conversation with Rob Schenck, author of Costly Grace.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Dan Kaufman - The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics — introduction by Seymour M. Hersh

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393635201
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 10th, 2018

Originally from Wisconsin, Kaufman has covered the state’s dramatic political transformation for years, notably in a 2015 cover story for the New York Times Magazine. For more than a century Wisconsin had been a bastion of progressivism, a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and home of the Wisconsin Idea, which promoted expertise for the public good. Then in 2010, Republicans, led by Governor Scott Walker, took control of state government, rolling back laws protecting labor rights, the environment, voting rights, and public education. And in 2016, Wisconsin went for Trump. Yet even as the state became a national laboratory for conservatives bent on remaking the country, many of its citizens fought back, and continue to do so. These include Randy Bryce, an ironworker hailed as "the new star of the Democratic party” whose long-shot challenge to Paul Ryan helped galvanize progressives nationwide and drive Ryan into retirement. Bryce, and many others portrayed in Kaufman's searing account, have shown that the state's progressive spirit persists.

Kaufman will be introduced by Seymour M. Hersh, multiple-award-winning investigative journalist and author, most recently, of the memoir Reporter.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Annie Lowrey - Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World

Thursday, July 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781524758769
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - July 10th, 2018

A system of unconditional, regular income given by the government to every citizen, universal basic income (UBI) has been praised as the cure for increasing inequality and persistent poverty as well as condemned as a give-away that would discourage people from working. In her comprehensive report on this hotly-debated idea, Lowrey, the economy columnist for New York, considers the potential of UBI and assesses its challenges in a variety of contexts, including Kenya, where a UBI is helping to stabilize the lives of the very poorest; India, where a UBI could balance the inefficient programs now failing the poor; and Silicon Valley, where the heads of big technology are financing UBI pilots in anticipation of AI replacing human workers.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bruce Arena - What's Wrong with Us?: A Coach's Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, July 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
What's Wrong with US?: A Coach’s Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062803948
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper - May 1st, 2018

With more than four billion fans, soccer is easily the most popular sport in the world. Yet it didn’t start to take hold in the U.S. until the 1970s, and Major League Soccer wasn’t organized until 1996. But the U.S. has caught up fast—soccer is now the #1 sport for American children—and Arena, the most successful soccer coach in American history, is a major reason. Inspiring, exciting, and full of tips for coaches, his memoir recaps his outstanding career at the University of Virginia, where he led the school to five national titles; his two DC United championships; and his brilliant work with United States Men’s National Team and the historic upset of Portugal at the 2002 World Cup.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Emma Brockes - An Excellent Choice: Panic and Joy on My Solo Path to Motherhood — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, July 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
An Excellent Choice: Panic and Joy on My Solo Path to Motherhood Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594206634
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Published: Penguin Press - June 26th, 2018

The choice Brockes recounts in her engaging, honest, and funny memoir is her decision at age 37 to conceive a child on her own via assisted reproduction. Taking the reader through every step of the process, Brockes details her initial questions about the technology and the “packages” available, shares her friends’ advice on the wisdom of knowing the sperm donor, endures delays, false hopes, and the persistent “who’s the father?” then, at last, celebrates the birth of twin girls. A British journalist now living in New York, Brockes, the award-winning author of She Left Me the Gun, adds a wry English humor to all her observations, catching the quirks of both American society and its idiosyncratic health-care system.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Beck Dorey-Stein - From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir

Friday, July 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
From the Corner of the Oval: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525509127
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 10th, 2018

A self-described political outsider, Dorey-Stein came to the Obama White House via Wesleyan, teaching high school English in Hightstown, New Jersey, and Craigslist. She worked as a White House stenographer from 2012 to 2017, and her memoir engagingly captures her many trips with the presidential entourage, recorder mics in hand. Dorey-Stein also introduces her colleagues, among them the dedicated political insider she fell in love with. Conversational and witty, this compulsively readable memoir evokes the glamour, intrigue, and drama of a Washington gone all too soon.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Andrew Martin - Early Work & Randall Klein - Little Disasters

Saturday, July 14, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Early Work Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374146122
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - July 10th, 2018

Little Disasters Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735221680
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Viking - May 22nd, 2018

Smart, funny, and full of lively, well-drawn characters, Martin’s first novel follows an ambitious young writer as he struggles to breathe life into his fiction. Though Peter has the trappings of a successful hipster writer—irony, connections, the right taste in books, a teaching job at a women’s prison—he can’t quite live up to his own self-image or match his medical-student girlfriend’s drive and direction. Then he meets Leslie, a more confident and daring writer than he is, and has his complacencies shaken up over the course of a summer in Virginia. Martin’s short stories have appeared in publications including The Paris Review, his nonfiction in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and others.

Klein’s suspenseful debut novel charts a year in the intertwined lives of two couples. Michael and Paul meet outside a Brooklyn hospital where their wives are both giving birth and strike up a friendship. Later, Michael is attracted to Paul’s wife, Jenny, and the two embark on an affair. The novel opens with that affair a year old and at a turning point. Told from the alternating points of view of the two men, the narrative recounts the evolution of the four characters’ relationships, doing so on a hot summer day when a catastrophe has shut down the New York subway system and neither Michael nor Paul can get to Jenny in Brooklyn.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Paul Greenberg - The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet

Saturday, July 14, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594206344
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

Found in fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to reduce risk factors for heart disease as well as to sharpen cognitive abilities. But this miracle for human health and longevity is a looming disaster for marine life. In his comprehensive history of the science, business, and environmental impact of our growing exploitation of this compound, Greenberg, James Beard-Award winning author of Four Fish and American Catch, looks back to the biological evolution of omega-3s, the prehistoric human discovery of seafood, modern eating habits, and the multi-billion dollar omega-3 industry that may endanger larger marine mammals and fish that also feed on the sources of omega-3.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Stéphane Hénaut and Jeni Mitchell - A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, July 14, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781620972519
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Published: New Press - July 10th, 2018

From Marie Antoinette’s possibly apocryphal “let them eat cake” to Napoleon’s “an army marches on its stomach,” French history and cuisine have deeply informed each other. In this sparkling cultural survey, the Berlin-based authors—Hénaut, a Frenchman who’s sold cheese at Harrods and cooked for the Lord Mayor in London, and Mitchell, an American who’s held a teaching fellowship at King's College London—trace the larger socio-economic roles of iconic French foods and wines. Considering croissants, oysters, cognac, champagne, and many others, Hénaut and Mitchell show how French eating habits from the Roman era to modern times have reflected the nation’s economic and political shifts, how foods vary between urban and rural regions and what it has meant, and how food is linked to many of France’s most distinctive achievements.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Keith Law - Smart Baseball & Jay Jaffe - The Cooperstown Casebook

Saturday, July 14, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062490230
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 13th, 2018

The Cooperstown Casebook: Who's in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250071217
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - July 25th, 2017

In this thorough and accessible primer on sabermetrics, Law, a senior baseball writer for ESPN Insider and an analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight, uses a winning combination of anecdotes, logic, clear explanations, and examples from games throughout the sport’s history to expose the flaws in the old orthodoxies that have hindered America’s pastime for too long. Replacing the inefficient save rule, clutch performers, and RBIs with W stats— WOBA (weighted on-base average), WRC (weighted runs created), WPA (win probability added), and WAR (wins above replacement)—Law shows how big data is helping teams win and changing how players are valued. Law will be in conversation with Jay Jaffe, a contributing baseball writer for SI.com and the author of the upcoming The Cooperstown Casebook.

 

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James Crabtree - The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age — in conversation with Rachel Martin

Sunday, July 15, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524760069
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - July 3rd, 2018

Today India’s economy is expanding faster than China’s, but the bulk of the new wealth—some 60% of it—has gone to just 1% of the population. In this eye-opening look at India’s radically unequal society and what it could mean for the country’s future, Crabtree, former Mumbai bureau chief for the Financial Times, shows us the lives of the “Bollygarchs,” whose wealth, conspicuous consumption, and political connections suggest an Indian Gilded Age. He also tours impoverished villages and attends mass political rallies, charting the social consequences of a new boom-and-bust cycle, and asking whether India can sustain its democracy given the pressures pulling it apart.

 

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Ruby Lal - Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan — in conversation with Sarada Peri

Sunday, July 15, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393239348
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 3rd, 2018

Perhaps the most powerful woman in Muslim history, Nur Jahan (1577-1645), was the twentieth wife of Jahangir, the fourth Mughal emperor. A strong, fearless, and smart woman who was a noted hunter, accomplished architect, and canny diplomat, Nur Jahan didn’t just support her husband, but actively ruled along with him and even acted for him when he was indisposed. Many historians believe she was more decisive than her husband and consider her to have been the power behind the throne for fifteen years. In her vivid recreation of Nur Jahan’s life and times, Lal, professor of South Asian history at Emory University and author of Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World, celebrates a woman who deserves to be as well known to Westerners as her near contemporary, Elizabeth I. Lal will be in conversation with speechwriter and communications analyst Sarada Peri.

 

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Paul French - City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai

Sunday, July 15, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781250170583
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Published: Picador USA - July 3rd, 2018

1930s Shanghai was less the “Paris of the Orient” than it was a shadowy badlands. It attracted outlaws from all over the world, including Jack Riley, an ex-U.S. Navy boxer and prison escapee who became “Lucky” Jack, king of the slot machines, and Joe Farren, a Jew who fled Vienna’s ghetto and recreated himself as “Dapper” Joe, a dancehall impresario. Writing with journalistic precision and novelistic intensity, French, a long-time resident of Shanghai and author of the award-winning Midnight in Peking, captures all the glamor, decadence, and intrigue of the period, giving us social history that reads like true-crime noir.

 

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Terrance Hayes - American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

Monday, July 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$18.00
ISBN: 9780143133186
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Published: Penguin Books - June 19th, 2018

Written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency, these charged sonnets mark “the umpteenth slump / In our humming democracy, a bumble bureaucracy.” Angry, sarcastic, and playful, Hayes explores, reinterprets, and riffs on the meanings of “American,” “assassin,” and “future.” Notable Americans he turns to include James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, and Toni Morrison, but he also has to reckon with “James Earl Ray Dylann Roof... /…George Zimmerman John Wilkes Booth.”  The author of acclaimed books including Hip Logic, How to Be Drawn, and the National Book Award-winning Lighthead, Hayes has consistently been one of the most innovative and technically accomplished poets, and here he brilliantly reinvents the Renaissance sonnet as a specifically “American sonnet that is part prison,/part panic closet …/that is part music box, part meat/grinder,” because, as he says, “when the wound/ is deep, the healing is heroic.”

 

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Story Time — at Union Market

Tuesday, July 17, 10:30 am

In partnership with Keegan Theatre, Politics and Prose at Union Market will host Story Hour at 10:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. Designed for all children under age six, the program will be led by professional teaching artists and will include dramatic readings of favorite children’s books along with creative movement activities that explore the themes of storytelling, bravery, understanding emotions, and diversity.

 

July 17th: Hooray For Hat by Brian Won

Elephant wakes up grumpy—until ding, dong! What’s in the surprise box at the front door? A hat! HOORAY FOR HAT! Elephant marches off to show Zebra, but Zebra is having a grumpy day, too—until Elephant shares his new hat and cheers up his friend. Off they march to show Turtle! The parade continues as every animal brightens the day of a grumpy friend. An irresistible celebration of friendship, sharing, and fabulous hats.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

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Kyle Dargan, celeste doaks, and Denise Low, moderated by Christian Teresi - Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump's America — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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By Maria Isabel Alvarez (Editor), Dante Di Stefano (Editor)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781630450519
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Published: NYQ Books - February 2nd, 2018

The voices raised against Trump and his ideology of hatred are diverse, powerful, engaged, and empathetic. Their individual experiences and social consciousness resonate through this important collection of poems written in resistance to xenophobia, racism, misogyny, homophobia, and authoritarianism. Join contributors Kyle Dargan, Cave Canem and Hurston/Wright Legacy award winner, the author of books including Honest Engine, and associate professor of literature at American; celeste doaks, a journalist, author of the poetry collection Cornrows and Cornfields, and contributor to Not Without our Laughter; and Denise Low, former Kansas poet laureate and author of two dozen books of prose and poetry, including The Turtle’s Beating Heart and A Casino Bestiary, for a reading and discussion of poetry in the era of Trump, moderated by Christian Teresi, Director of Conferences at Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

 

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Washington, DC 20024

Megan Abbott - Give Me Your Hand

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316547185
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 17th, 2018

Abbott’s You Will Know Me appeared on many of 2016’s Best Of lists, and now the Edgar Award-winning writer follows it with a taut psychological thriller that explores the nexus of friendship and competition, passion and science. The story follows Kit Owens and Diane Fleming, who bond in a high school chemistry class. Brilliant, but always slightly off, Diane inspires Kit to pursue a scientific career, then reveals a secret that shatters their friendship. Ten years later, post-docs, the two meet again when they vie for a spot on a team researching a PMS-like disorder that leads women to destructive acts. As the emotions from the women’s youth come flooding back, so does the terrible secret, and Abbot expertly charts the rising tensions to their surprising end.

 

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Ben Hecht - Reclaiming the American Dream: Proven Solutions for Creating Economic Opportunity for All

Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9780815734888
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - May 29th, 2018

As president and CEO of Living Cities, Hecht has seen how economic disparity wreaks havoc with lives and communities. He’s also seen how local leaders can take action to address the root causes of inequality themselves, rather than waiting for policiy changes from above. Drawing on his decades of working directly with low-income neighborhoods, Hecht presents a series of case studies from throughout the country that focus on real problems and real solutions. From improving educational opportunites to strengthenging civic engagement to enfranchising women and people of color and supporting start-up businesses, Hecht shows that we know how to create conditions where everyone can prosper, we just need to implement these proven strategies.

 

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Christian Kracht - The Dead

Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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By Christian Kracht, Daniel Bowles (Translator)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374139674
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Published: Farrar Straus and Giroux - July 17th, 2018

Kracht is a Swiss novelist whose work has electrified Europe, earned comparisons with Thomas Mann and Joseph Conrad, and been translated into more than two dozen languages. He won the 2012 Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize for Imperium, which the judges’ citation noted "balances on the border between humor and horror.” Kracht’s follow-up is an equally deft blend of history, film history, and Gothic elements. Set in the early 1930s, it follows Swiss film director Emil Nageli as he travels to Japan, ostensibly to make a film celebrating Hitler. In fact, Nageli intends to make an allegorical spectacle that will alert the world to the danger Hitler poses. Arriving in Japan, however, he finds his hosts have other plans for him.

There will be a small reception provided by the Swiss Embassy.

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Cara Black - Murder on the Left Bank — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, July 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781616959272
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Published: Soho Crime - June 19th, 2018

Black has been a confirmed Francophile since high school and is now a member of the Paris Société Historique in the Marais and the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Aimée Leduc.  The eighteenth Leduc novel finds the no-nonsense private investigator facing a case that may tell her more than she can bear to know. She’s hired to find a notebook full of incriminating evidence against a syndicate of corrupt cops. Leduc’s father was a cop, and he was killed by the gang in question—but could he have been part of it too? Almost not wanting to find the truth, Leduc sets out on a quest that takes her across the Left Bank, and Black richly evokes the sights and sounds of Paris from historic tapestry factories to museums to immigrant neighborhoods.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
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Washington, DC 20002

John Lingan - Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk — in conversation with Maxwell George

Friday, July 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780544932531
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - July 17th, 2018

Lingan’s first book focuses on a honky-tonk in Winchester, Virginia, using the experience of one town to tell a national story of tradition and change. Originally attracted to Winchester as the home of Jim McCoy, the DJ who first gave air time to Patsy Cline and helped propel her to fame, Lingan found a deeper subject in McCoy’s honky-tonk—perhaps the last of its kind in the region—and how it has registered the many socio-cultural shifts of recent decades. As old folkways give way to social media and other new ways of connecting, LIngan’s narrative asks if the rapidly evolving future has room for the past, and if so, which parts of our heritage will we remember, which consign to oblivion? Lingan will be in conversation with Maxwell George, deputy editor of the Oxford American.

 

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Bryan W. Marshall and Bruce C. Wolpe - The Committee: A Study of Policy, Power, Politics and Obama's Historic Legislative Agenda on Capitol Hill — in conversation with Tamera Luzzatto

Saturday, July 21, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780472053834
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Published: University of Michigan Press - July 2nd, 2018

Wolpe served as senior advisor to Representative Henry A. Waxman, Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and from 2009 to 2012 he kept a detailed political journal, capturing the daily business attending a major congressional committee. Working with Bryan W. Marshall, professor and chair of the department of political science at Miami University, Wolpe has turned his diary into an illuminating inside look at the 111th Congress. Framed by a political theorist’s questions about committee power, partisanship, and coalition building, the book follows the actual course of policy-making related to cap-and-trade, healthcare reform, tobacco, oversight of the BP oil spill crisis, and the debt ceiling agreement. Marshall and Wolpe will be in conversation with Tamera Luzzatto, senior vice president at The Pew Charitable Trusts and former chief of staff to Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jay Rockefeller.

 

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