Detailed Event List

Chris Hedges - America: The Farewell Tour

Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781501152672
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 21st, 2018

A longtime foreign correspondent, Hedges has reported from more than fifty countries. His latest book is a profound exploration of one of the most troubled: today’s United States. Hedges, author of American Fascists and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, cites the opioid crisis, the increases in gambling and magical thinking, and the explosion of xenophobia as symptoms of a society that has lost hope. He traces this disillusionment to the twin ills of a de facto corporate coup d’état and a failed democracy. The anger and frustration these have spawned helped bring Trump to power and Hedges issues a passionate call to action to reverse them.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Steven R. Weisman - The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion — in conversation with Sally Quinn

Thursday, August 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781416573265
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 21st, 2018

Weisman’s compelling history argues that, in many ways, the story of American Judaism is also a story of America itself. Starting with the arrival of the first Jews in New Amsterdam, Weisman, PIIE vice president for publications and communications and award-winning author of The Great Tax Wars, traces the transformation of Old World religious traditions into today’s Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox Judaism. The process involved many disagreements: some Jews rejected a separate identity and sought full assimilation. Others wanted to retain, but modify, religious practices. Each wave of fresh immigrants brought its own set of expectations and beliefs. Weisman tracks the various debates through vivid profiles of Jewish thinkers, teachers, and activists such as Rabbi Isaac Wise, Mordecai Manuel Noah, Moses Mendelssohn, Rebecca Gratz, and Isaac Leeser. Weisman will be in conversation with Sally Quinn, founding editor and contributor, On Faith, the online religion discussion forum and author most recently of Finding Magic.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Anthony Salvanto - Where Did You Get This Number?: A Pollster's Guide to Making Sense of the World — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, August 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501174834
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 21st, 2018

A political commentator and the CBS News Director of Elections and Surveys, Salvanto is just the person to explain the mechanisms of polling, elucidate the jargon, and demystify the numbers. Responsible for conducting polling across the nation and projecting outcomes on election nights, Salvanto gives both a data-driven perspective on how Americans have viewed events from the response to terrorism to the financial crisis to the 2016 election, and reminds us of the deeper significance of the numbers. An insightful and practical analysis of polling, the book is also an engaging look behind the scenes of a major network newsroom during election season and a chance to get answers to the questions you’d like to ask a pollster, such as how do they decide what questions to ask? How can they project winners so quickly? And why haven’t they called you?

 

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

William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce - Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society: America's Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective Who Brought Them to Justice — in conversation with Dan Mihalko

Friday, August 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society: America's Original Gangsters and the U.S. Postal Detective who Brought Them to Justice Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501171208
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Published: Touchstone - August 21st, 2018

Before the Mafia, there was the Black Hand, a Sicilian-American secret society that terrorized and extorted Italian immigrants across the country. Their victims lived in fear and shame and seldom spoke out, local law enforcers were reluctant to get involved, and the FBI wasn’t yet in full force. Enter Frank Oldfield, the nation’s 156th Postal Inspector. An unlikely hero, Oldfield assumed his position in 1899 and devoted every resource at his command to fighting the Black Hand. In their fast-paced saga, Oldfield, an archivist and historical lecturer, and Bruce, author of No Apparent Danger, Hostage Nation, and Sellout, recount a case that spanned four states and two continents, at last resulting the arrest of sixteen gangsters—the nation’s first international crime conviction. Oldfield and Bruce will be in conversation with Dan Mihalko, a former Postal Inspector and now postal historian.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

William Egginton - The Splintering of the American Mind: Identity Politics, Inequality, and Community on Today's College Campuses

Monday, August 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781635571332
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 28th, 2018

In this trenchant analysis, Egginton argues that our current national crisis is the result of personal identity ideals overwhelming our sense of community. This imbalance is especially pronounced on college campuses, where identity politics is the norm. Along with turning institutions of higher learning into exclusive, expensive clubs for the cultural and economic elite, this focus on individualism is leading to a new kind of intolerance, degrading civic discourse, and distracting progressive politics from its commitment to equality. Showing that this trend, unlike the civil rights movement, feminism, and gay pride, will not result in positive social changes, Egginton, a professor and director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins, calls for a return to liberal education‘s egalitarian values.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rick Wilson - Everything Trump Touches Dies

Tuesday, August 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982103125
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Published: Free Press - August 7th, 2018

Wilson is a seasoned Republican political strategist well versed in the art of negative ads. He’s also been a leader of the Never Trump movement, and his searing analysis of the president, from the early days of Trump’s campaign through his first year in office, is a no-holds-barred critique of the damage Trump has done to the country, the Republican Party, and the conservative movement. Combining his signature dark humor with penetrating insight about today’s politics, Wilson dissects Trump’s deceptions, exposes the illusions his followers blindly follow, and calls out Trump’s enablers among politicians and media figures. Yet dire as the situation is, Wilson is hopeful that the nation can find its way back to reason.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kate Walbert - His Favorites

Wednesday, August 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
His Favorites: A Novel Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781476799391
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Published: Scribner - August 14th, 2018

After fifteen-year-old Jo Hadley is involved in a foolish stunt that kills her best friend, she’s persona non grata in her hometown and is shipped off to a boarding school. Vulnerable, if not naïve, Jo is harassed by a thirty-four-year-old teacher known as the Master. She knows she’s not the first student he has lied to and manipulated, but when she reports his behavior, her complaints are dismissed—because of that wild streak in her record?—and the abuse continues. Many years later, still feeling the malicious chill of the Master’s shadow, Jo tells her story. In this brief, taut novel, Walbert, author of books including The Sunken Cathedral and A Short History of Women, deftly explores issues of power dynamics, conformity, self-image, and truth.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Melani McAlister - The Kingdom of God Has No Borders: A Global History of American Evangelicals — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, August 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780190213428
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 1st, 2018

While most histories of American evangelicalism trace the sect’s influence on American culture and politics, the movement can’t properly be understood without also looking at its impact on the wider world. In her deeply researched and original study, McAlister, associate professor of American studies and international affairs at George Washington and author of Epic Encounters, examines the global activities of evangelicals over the last fifty years. As she shows us their engagement with both Cold War politics and anti-colonialist struggles in Congo in the 1960s, their clashes with Islam over converting non-Christians, and the mixed messages they sent in South Africa, where they worked to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS while also repressing LGBTQ communities, she complicates, and even subverts, conventional views.

 

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

Earl Swift - Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

Thursday, August 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062661395
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Published: Dey Street Books - August 7th, 2018

Swift, a longtime reporter for Norfolk’s Virginian-Pilot, spent most of two years living with the waterman of Tangier Island, the last off-shore fishing community in the Virginia waters of Chesapeake Bay. Roughly 1.3 square miles, the island has been steadily losing ground as the oceans rise, and is projected to be uninhabitable in 25 to 50 years. It would cost upwards of a billion dollars to build a protective seawall around it, and while the island’s culture, history, and wildlife all make it “unquestionably unique,” is it worth what it would cost to save it? Swift gives a detailed profile of island life, from the uncertain economics and ecology of the blue crab to the community’s staunch evangelicalism and rejection of climate change, showing how complicated this question is.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Arjun Singh Sethi - American Hate: Survivors Speak Out — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, August 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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By Arjun Singh Sethi (Editor)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781620973714
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Published: New Press - August 7th, 2018

In this important and unsettling collection of thirteen testimonials by people who have been targets of the bigotry, bullying, threats, and violence that have surged since 2016, Sethi, an activist and human rights lawyer, forces us to see the real impact of this culture of hatred. The change in the nation’s response to diversity is undeniable; Asmaa Albukaie, a migrant from Syria, found a welcoming community in Idaho in 2014, but now her adopted home is openly hostile and she fears for her safety. Here in D.C., Taylor Dumpson, an African-American woman, was greeted by nooses on her first day as American University’s student body president. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, in August 2016 Khalid Jabara was murdered by a man who had harassed and threatened him and his family because they were Arab American. Telling their stories in their own words, these survivors actively resist the forces of white supremacy that would silence them, and their courage is a call to action to all of us to combat hate.

 

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

CANCELED / RESCHEDULED: Bill Press - Trump Must Go: The Top 100 Reasons to Dump Trump (and One to Keep Him) — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, August 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Trump Must Go: The Top 100 Reasons to Dump Trump (and One to Keep Him) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250306470
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - September 11th, 2018

This event has been rescheduled and is now set for Politics and Prose at the Wharf at 7pm on Wednesday, September 19.

 

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

Sam Anderson - Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-Class Metropolis — in conversation with Kathryn Schulz

Friday, August 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Oklahoma City’s recent history has been marked by both the national tragedy of the 1995 Murrah building bombing and the inspiring near-triumph of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team in the  2012-’13 season. As Anderson shows in his lively social history, the town has been a fascinating place right from its first, chaotic moment, when thousands of people rushed to stake their claims in a “Land Run” in 1889. Writing with the wit, insight, and narrative verve that have won him legions of readers, Anderson, critic-at-large for the New York Times Magazine, chronicles Oklahoma City’s fast growth, its dreams, hopes, and occasional bad luck, and profiles the colorful figures who’ve helped make it what it is, from Sam Draper, OKC’s version of Robert Moses, to Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne and the Thunder general manager, Sam Presti. Anderson will be in conversation with Kathryn Schulz, a New Yorker staff writer.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

April Ryan - Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House

Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House Cover Image
By April Ryan, Tamron Hall (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781538113363
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - September 1st, 2018

Ryan has been a White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks since the Clinton administration, but with Trump’s arrival she has become part of the story she’s covering. Her new book is both a reporter’s inside view of the unconventional protocol in the Trump White House, with all the Tweets, policy reversals, and sudden personnel changes, and an intimate look at what it’s like to be targeted by Trump, who has repeatedly responded to Ryan’s serious questions about urgent issues with shaming and insults. Ryan is also the author of The Presidency in Black and White and At Mama’s Knee, and in 2017 she was named the National Association of Black Journalists Journalist of the Year.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Adam Sisman - Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters — in conversation with Michael Dirda — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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By Patrick Leigh Fermor, Adam Sisman (Editor), Adam Sisman (Selected by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781681371566
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Published: New York Review Books - November 14th, 2017

 

Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011), author of beloved classics of travel writing such as A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water, was knighted for his services to literature. He was so gifted a writer that just two hundred of his letters can give the full flavor of the man, his life, and his times. Spanning almost seventy years, these letters, written to correspondents including Deborah Devonshire, Nancy Mitford, Lawrence Durrell, Diana Cooper, and Fermor’s lifelong companion, Joan Rayner, tell surprising stories, recount adventures, and convey Fermor’s irrepressible exuberance. Part scrapbook, part journal, and part biography, this volume is the only extensive selection of Fermor’s letters to date. It was edited by Adam Sisman, whose work includes the authorized biography of John Le Carré and the National Book Critics Circle award-winner Boswell's Presumptuous Task.

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

Lea Carpenter - Red, White, Blue — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Red, White, Blue: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524732141
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Published: Knopf - August 21st, 2018

Carpenter’s debut novel, Eleven Days, won praise from some of the most demanding critics for its powerful depiction of families in wartime. Her second book is a complex spy story that focuses on the fallout from a life of lies and deception. At the center of this rich web is Noel, a banker, stockbroker, single father to Anna, and CIA spy. Or was he really spying for the Chinese? It never occurred to Anna to ask, but when she meets a CIA case worker shortly after her father’s sudden death, everything she thought she knew is suddenly in question. Told in brief, sharp sections that alternate between Anna’s and the anonymous agent’s perspectives, Carpenter’s thriller explores profound questions of duplicity and betrayal.

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

Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt - The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224896
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Published: Penguin Press - September 4th, 2018

In their provocative September 2015 Atlantic article, the authors identified a tendency at today’s colleges and universities “to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.” Expanding their study of this “safety culture,” Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and a First Amendment expert, and Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind and The Happiness Hypothesis, show that the protective parenting norms of the 1980s, the advent of social media, and the heightening of political polarization have led to a generation that acts from fragility rather than strength, that trusts feelings over ideas, and that’s susceptible to moralistic divisions and mutual recriminations. While this sensibility has caused a crisis on campuses and worries for democracy’s future, the authors propose ways to foster trust in a diversity of viewpoints.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sam Munson - Dog Symphony & Lara Vergnaud - Ahmed Bouanani's The Hospital — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Dog Symphony Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811227681
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - August 28th, 2018

The Hospital Cover Image
By Ahmed Bouanani, Lara Vergnaud (Translator), Anna Della Subin (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780811225762
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 26th, 2018

 

Sam Munson with Dog Symphony

Munson follows up The November Criminals, a thriller set in his hometown of D.C., with this darkly comic and surreal novel. The narrative follows the endearing Boris Leonidovich, an American academic specializing in the history of prison architecture, as he arrives in Buenos Aires for a conference. In addition to presenting a paper on Moscow's Butyrka prison, his agenda includes a reunion with his beloved, Ana. But the two miss each other. Then Boris locks himself out of his room. He gets lost, and with night coming on, feels increasingly disoriented and threatened.

And

Lara Vergnaud with Ahmed Bouanani’s The Hospital

Ahmed Bouanani (1938-2011) was a Moroccan writer, poet, illustrator, and film director, best known for the 1979 film The Mirage. He wrote this hallucinatory novel in 1989, but it lapsed into obscurity until it was republished in France in 2012. Now considered a modern Moroccan classic, the book blends history, Islamic folklore, and nightmare for a Kafkaesque portrayal of a tubercular ward. It’s available in English for the first time, translated by D.C.-based Lara Vergnaud, whose English rendition of Zahia Rahmani's France, Story of a Childhood, was nominated for the 2017 National Translation Award.

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

Martha H. Kennedy - Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781496815927
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - March 15th, 2018

 

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20008

Albert Samaha - Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, September 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781610398688
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 4th, 2018

The Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn has missed out on much of the economic and social improvement New York City has enjoyed in recent years. But though impoverished and beset by gangs, the community has the Mo Better Jaguars, the football team that continues to be a source of pride. Erstwhile regional champions, the Jaguars give Brownsville’s kids an alternative to street violence as well as a chance to bond with their peers and valuable lessons in teamwork, manhood, and handling disappointment. Samaha, an award-winning criminal justice reporter at BuzzFeed, spent several years with the team, and his compelling narrative follows the players, their parents, and coaches, showing us how football literally changes the playing field for these inner-city kids.

 

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

Eboo Patel - Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise — in conversation with Robert P. Jones, moderated by Emma Green — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, September 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise (Our Compelling Interests #4) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780691182728
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 4th, 2018

In this passionate and inspiring defense of religious pluralism, Patel, a member of Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships and founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, argues that religious diversity is part of the country’s guarantee of equal rights and dignity for all. Tracing a commitment to religious pluralism from Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington to Barack Obama, he shows how some of the nation’s enduring symbols and civic institutions have drawn on religious language, and, more importantly, demonstrates how American openness to a wide range of religious sects has fostered a society that empowers people of all creeds and ethnicities. Patel will be in conversation with Emma Green, a staff writer at ​The Atlantic, where she covers politics, policy, and religion.

 

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

Mark Leibovich - Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times

Thursday, September 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399185427
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Published: Penguin Press - September 4th, 2018

Best known as an uncompromising political journalist, Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, is also a fiery sports analyst, and his latest book does for “peak football” what This Town did for Washington politics. A lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, Leibovich wrote a profile of Tom Brady that led to his shadowing the team for a season and then to a more expansive look inside the NFL. He gives a full report on the scandals of the Brady/Belichick era, charts their polarizing effect, and considers the larger role of professional football in American culture, noting that even as the sport grows ever more profitable and fans flock to lavish new stadiums, concerns about players’ health have led to a creeping anxiety that this could be the moment the whole enterprise starts to lose its luster.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Yuyi Morales - Dreamers/ Soñadores (Spanish language) — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Thursday, September 6, 7:00 pm
Soñadores Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823442584
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

Dreamers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823440559
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

Little Night/Nochecita Cover Image
By Yuyi Morales, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250073242
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Published: Square Fish - June 28th, 2016

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By Yuyi Morales, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436046
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 4th, 2013

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By Yuyi Morales, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250062703
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Published: Square Fish - August 25th, 2015

Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722408
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 18th, 2016

Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781250143365
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Published: Square Fish - March 20th, 2018

Viva Frida Cover Image
By Yuyi Morales, Tim O'Meara (Photographs by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436039
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 2nd, 2014

In 1994, the award-winning author Yuyi Morales crossed a bridge with her two-month old son from Cuidad Juarez, Mexico to El Paso, Texas. They settled into a new American life where almost everything was different and strange. But one place brought them joy —the public library. Through books, Morales and her son found their paths. More than twenty years later, Morales crafts the story of their journey in a brilliantly illustrated picture book. Ages 4 and up. 

Takoma Park Public Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Fall Member Sale

Friday, September 7, 9:00 am to Sunday, September 9, 8:00 pm

All weekend long, Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10, we invite Politics & Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, 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.

 
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Steven Johnson - Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most

Friday, September 7, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594488214
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 4th, 2018

In an age more and more defined by instant responses, quick results, and short attention spans, some decisions—where to live, what business to start, how to end a war—still have long-term consequences and demand careful and sustained consideration. Writing with the engaging mix of storytelling and analysis that have characterized earlier works such as Wonderland and Where Good Ideas Come From, Johnson draws on cognitive science, military strategy, environmental planning, social psychology, and literature to demonstrate the value of deliberative decision making. Looking at examples from a wide variety of times and places, Johnson shows how important it is for individuals, companies, and nations to look beyond the immediate concerns and develop skills for considering all relevant factors.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

DeRay Mckesson - On the Other Side of Freedom — at GW Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre

Friday, September 7, 7:00 pm
On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525560326
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Published: Viking - September 4th, 2018

Join DeRay Mckesson – the internationally recognized civil rights leader and host of the podcast Pod Save the People – for a timely conversation on culture, social justice, and politics. Drawing from his own experiences as an organizer, educator, and public official, DeRay will explore the issues of the day and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact our communities. The conversation will also examine the core themes of DeRay’s upcoming first book, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement from the front lines. Mckesson will be in conversation with Taylor Branch, author At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965 - 68.

All tickets include a post-show meet and greet photo with Mckesson.

Student Ticket: $10
1 Ticket and 1 Book: $28; $26 for members

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Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st Street NW, Suite 204
Washington, DC 20052

Lisa Margonelli - Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology

Saturday, September 8, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374282073
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Published: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giro - August 21st, 2018

In the course of researching her comprehensive history of fossil fuels, Oil on the Brain, Margonelli learned of a theory that would turn the wood that termites consume into gasoline. That led not to a revolutionary biofuel, but to Margonelli’s decade-long obsession with termites. In her compelling and often astounding book, she follows researchers to Namibia, Australia, Nevada, and Arizona as they study termite behavior and investigate how these creatures—which do $20-plus billion worth of damage in the U.S. each year—can be enlisted not only as a resource for fuel but as a model for robotics. Along the way Margonelli, who writes the “Small Science” column for Zócalo Public Square, also explores what these eusocial creatures can teach us about engineering, climate change, cooperation, and cognition.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Preti Taneja - We That Are Young — in conversation with Madhulika Sikka

Saturday, September 8, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
We That Are Young: A novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525521525
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Published: Knopf - August 28th, 2018

Taneja’s masterful debut novel recasts King Lear as the story of the elite Devraj family and the far-reaching operations of their Delhi-based India Company. As the narrative opens, the aging patriarch has stepped down, his illegitimate son has returned from the U.S., and his youngest daughter, rejecting an arranged marriage, has disappeared. The two eldest daughters assume leadership of the Company, and as a bitter power struggle plays out, Taneja—a journalist who has covered human rights in Iraq, Jordan, Rwanda, and Kosovo—gives a panoramic look at contemporary India, from the destabilizing effects of climate change and the anti-corruption riots of 2011 to the clash of traditional and modern mores, especially regarding gender roles and class. Taneja will be in conversation with Madhulika Sikka, PBS public editor.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Melissa and Chris Bruntlett - Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, September 8, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781610918794
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Island Press - August 28th, 2018

A writer, marketer, and producer and an architectural designer, respectively, Melissa and Chris Bruntlett are the founders of Modacity, a communications firm dedicated to “inspiring healthier, happier, simpler forms of mobility through words, photography, and film.” Looking specifically at how bicycles can meet these objectives, the authors focus on the Netherlands, the only country where bikes outnumber people. Drawing on interviews with planners and their own experiences cycling in five Dutch cities, the authors detail the challenges involved in integrating the bike into everyday life. They also tour several North American cities to show how metropolises including Atlanta, Seattle, and Vancouver are adapting Dutch ideas into their own transportation systems.

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

John Kerry - Every Day Is Extra — at Sixth & I

Saturday, September 8, 7:30 pm
Every Day Is Extra Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781501178955
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 4th, 2018

John Kerry has devoted his life to public service. Since he testified in front of Congress as a decorated young Vietnam veteran disillusioned with the war, he’s placed himself at the heart of American political life, serving as a five-term Senator and as Barack Obama’s second Secretary of State. Every Day Is Extra is a moving, candid account of his time in politics, and a forceful testimony about the importance of diplomacy, leadership, and collaboration in the face of the myriad challenges the United States faces today.

 

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Sixth and I
Washington, DC 20001

Norman Eisen - The Last Palace: Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House

Sunday, September 9, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Last Palace: Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780451495785
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Published: Crown - September 4th, 2018

Eisen’s rich profile of Prague’s Petschek Villa, now the residence of the U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic, combines political history and memoir for an illuminating look at Europe in the last century. The house was built in the late 1920s during the brief flourishing of the first republic of Czechoslovakia by Otto Petschek, scion of a wealthy German-Jewish family. During World War II it was occupied by Rudolph Toussaint, a German general who was later charged  with murdering civilians during the Prague uprising. He helped save the building, however, and Eisen chronicles its role in the Cold War through the tenures of ambassadors Lawrence Steinhardt and Shirley Temple Black, who witnessed the Prague Spring and Havel’s Velvet Revolution. Finally, Eisen, senior fellow at Brookings, recounts his own stay at the villa from 2011 to 2014, which includes the story of his mother, an Auschwitz survivor.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

George Pelecanos - The Man Who Came Uptown

Sunday, September 9, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Man Who Came Uptown Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316479820
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Published: Mulholland Books - September 4th, 2018

In some twenty mystery-thrillers, Pelecanos has created unforgettable and utterly human characters, placed them in situations offering no obvious right choices, and has illuminated the life of D.C. neighborhoods better than any sociology text could. In his latest novel, he follows Michael Hudson from prison, where he read voraciously, to his sudden release into a gentrified Washington. As Michael struggles to pay his debt to the man who helped free him and to find his place in this new city, he finds that the one thing that hasn’t changed is the allure of crime. Washington’s favorite mystery writer, Pelecanos is also an independent film producer, and a producer and Emmy-nominated writer on the HBO series The Wire, Treme, and The Deuce.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Somaiya Daud - Mirage — in conversation with Jessica Spotswood ** In the Children & Teens Department

Monday, September 10, 7:00 pm
Mirage: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250126429
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 28th, 2018

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335016270
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Published: Harlequin Teen - August 28th, 2018

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls Cover Image
By Jessica Spotswood (Editor)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781536200256
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Candlewick - March 13th, 2018

The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls Cover Image
By Jessica Spotswood (Editor)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763694258
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Candlewick - March 13th, 2018

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781492622192
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - June 1st, 2018

Sixteen-year old Amani dreams of life beyond her moon. Her dreams of travel and exploration are realized suddenly when she is kidnapped by the brutal Vathek Empire. It turns out that Amani is nearly identical to the loathed Vathek Princess Maram. Amani is ordered to serve as body-double for the princess, making appearances and serving as a target for public vitriol. The court is glamorous, but Amani can't slip up for even a moment. This debut novel by a former P&P staffer explores a star system occupied by a brutal regime. Ages 14 and up.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Anand Giridharadas - Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World — in conversation with David Leonhardt

Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493248
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Published: Knopf - August 28th, 2018

Giriharadas’s bracing call to action starts with a plea to the global elite to practice “followership” rather than leadership and simply stay out of the way of those trying to resolve the problems the wealthy have in many cases caused and are likely  to perpetuate. Exposing philanthropical efforts to “change the world” as hypocritical schemes that often reframe social problems as market problems, Giridharadas, a former McKinsey analyst, an Aspen Institute fellow, and author of The True American, argues that we shouldn’t entrust the common good to unelected elites, but need to look to our public institutions. True change can’t rely on charity with strings attached but must come through democracy and people working together.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Brian Murphy - Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell about It — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell about It Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780306902000
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Published: Da Capo Press - September 4th, 2018

Early in 1856, a small ship carrying some hundred people from Liverpool to New York was torn apart by an iceberg four hundred miles off Newfoundland. Four of the five lifeboats disappeared into the cold and fog without a trace. The remaining vessel, with thirteen people aboard, spent nine days adrift, but ultimately just a single passenger, Thomas W. Nye, a crewman from Bedford, Massachusetts, was saved. In this deft reconstruction of the harrowing days at sea, Murphy, a Washington Post journalist and author of books including 81 Days Below Zero, draws on Nye’s journal, ship’s logs, and newspaper accounts to chart the toll taken by exposure, hunger, and panic.

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20008

Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl - Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women — In conversation with Mary Beth Tinker ** In the Children & Teens Department

Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 pm
Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women (Rad Women) Cover Image
By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399581106
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 17th, 2018

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History Cover Image
By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780399578861
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 27th, 2016

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit) Cover Image
By Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780872866836
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Published: City Lights Books - April 7th, 2015

What do the young women in this book have in common? Quite simply, they're amazing. The real-life heroines profiled are making it happen in a range of fields: from skateboarding to rock climbing, from writing to music to advocacy. Meet Trisha Prabhu, who invented an anti-cyberbullying app at age 13; Yusra Mardini, a Sryian refugee who swam a sinking boat to shore, saved 20 people, and went on to compete as an Olympic swimmer. Featuring both contemporary and historic sketches, Rad Girls Can serves as inspiration for all. Another “rad girl,” Mary Beth Tinker, the 13-year old whose Vietnam War protest influenced a landmark Supreme Court Case, will be in conversation with the authors at this event. Ages 10 and up

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Small - Home After Dark — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Home After Dark Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780871403155
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 11th, 2018

Small, an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, won legions of new fans with his stunning graphic memoir, Stitches. This eagerly-awaited graphic novel is a book of few words, powerful emotions, and spliced images that speak volumes. The narrative is set in the 1950s and follows thirteen-year-old Russell Pruitt as he struggles to survive a harrowing adolescence. Abandoned by his mother, he sets out on his own to find his father, who is somewhere in California. He ends up in Marshfield, a derelict town menaced by a sadistic animal killer where he fends off his alcoholic father at home and dodges a gang of bullies at school. By the time he’s finally rescued by a Chinese immigrant couple, Russel can no longer tell who he can trust.

 

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

Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano (illustrator) - Illegal — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Tuesday, September 11, 7:30 pm
Illegal Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781492662143
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - August 7th, 2018

Illegal Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781492665823
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - August 7th, 2018

In their newest venture, the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels depicts the journey of Ebo, a 21st-century child refugee. While Ebo's story is a work of fiction, he represents the thousands of people who cross the sea between Northern Africa and Italy each year. Mysterious drawings that viscerally reveal the dangers enable readers to put a face to the refugee crisis. Ebo's hopes, dreams, and fears are the vehicle for an urgent message—that families belong together. Ages 12 and up.

 

Takoma Park Public Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma, MD 20912

Patrick Winn - Hello, Shadowlands: Inside the Meth Fiefdoms, Rebel Hideouts and Bomb-Scarred Party Towns of Southeast Asia — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Hello, Shadowlands: Inside the Meth Fiefdoms, Rebel Hideouts and Bomb-Scarred Party Towns of Southeast Asia Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781785783470
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Icon Books - August 9th, 2018

Southeast Asia’s tremendous economic growth has spawned an equally large boom in the region’s criminal underworld. In this prodigious work of investigative reporting, Winn, since 2008 a Bangkok-based journalist focusing on crime, introduces some of the major figures of this $100 billion trade that deals in narcotics, animals, and people. Writing with the immediacy of a thriller, Winn follows the activities of both large and small criminal rings, tracking the peddling of fake birth control pills in Manila, the brutal fate of drug-addicted meat thieves in Vietnam, the cut-throat $31 billion methamphetamine traffic that runs throughout the area, and more. As he conveys the vast human suffering these activities incur, Winn persistently questions why the West has failed to take action.

 

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

Sarah Weinman - The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World — in conversation with Laura Lippman

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062661920
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Published: Ecco - September 11th, 2018

Nabokov’s Lolita, the story of a middle-aged man obsessed with a twelve-year-old girl, has fascinated and troubled readers since its publication in 1955. As Weinman shows in her revelatory history of a 1948 kidnapping case, the novel owed as much to actual events as it did to Nabokov’s imagination. The real-life “Lolita” was Sally Horner, eleven-years-old when she was caught stealing by a fifty-year-old man who told her he was an FBI agent. He abducted her and drove her from New Jersey across the country. After twenty-one months, Sally escaped; her kidnapper was arrested in 1950. Acting as both a true-crime reporter and literary sleuth, Weinman tells Horner’s story in detail and shows what Nabokov knew of the case when he wrote his novel and how he disguised that knowledge. Weinman will be in conversation with Laura Lippman, author most recently of Sunburn.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kyle Dargan - Anagnorisis: Poems — in conversation with Tess Taylor — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Anagnorisis: Poems Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780810137844
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Published: Triquarterly - September 15th, 2018

Anagnorisis: the point in the plot, especially of a tragedy, at which the protagonist…discovers the true nature of his or her own situation. For Dargan, the truth of being a Black man in today’s United States involves an ongoing stream of black deaths, climate change, gentrification, and a government that cares little about social justice. In his fifth collection of poems, Dargan, winner of both the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and an associate professor of literature and director of creative writing at American University, powerfully articulates the nature of the tragedy underway, even as he stays determined to survive and write. Dargan will be in conversation with Tess Taylor, NPR’s All Things Considered poetry critic and the author of two books of poetry.

 

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

Linda Ryden - Henry Is Kind: A Story of Mindfulness — in the Children and Teens Department

Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 pm
Henry Is Kind: A Story of Mindfulness Cover Image
By Linda Ryden, Shearry Malone (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780884486619
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - September 4th, 2018

Henry’s class is embarking on a kindness project to perform acts of kindness throughout the week. Everyone is excited and brimming with ideas. Everyone, that is, except Henry. He can't think of a single way to help anyone. Is Henry kind, after all? His classmates think so, and they help him out of his rut. This story is a simple exploration of kindness and mindfulness, and the many ways to practice it. Ages 5-10.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Franklin Foer - World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, September 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101981122
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Published: Penguin Books - September 11th, 2018

Widely hailed when it appeared a year ago, Foer’s critique of big tech looks closely at four Silicon Valley giants, scrutinizing the gap between what they promise and what they are actually doing. While Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon claim to be champions of individuality and pluralism, their extensive data collection capabilities and use of algorithms threaten privacy and promote conformity. If allowed to proceed, Foer warns, they will hollow out our inner lives, imperil liberal democracy, and turn us into an automated, homogenized society. Foer, national correspondent for The Atlantic, puts these new monopolists in the context of the history of technology and also draws on his own experience at the New Republic, which was acquired by a Facebook cofounder and targeted for rebranding as a “digital media company.”

 

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

Katherine Marsh - Nowhere Boy ** In the Children & Teens Department

Thursday, September 13, 7:00 pm
Nowhere Boy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250307576
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 7th, 2018

The Door by the Staircase Cover Image
By Katherine Marsh, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781423137856
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 3rd, 2017

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars Cover Image
ISBN: 9781423137863
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Disney-Hyperion - November 12th, 2013

Two boys, under wildly different circumstances, find themselves adjusting to new lives in Brussels, Belgium. Ahmed, a refugee, fled there to escape the Syrian war at home. Although only 13, he’s seen more than his fair share of heartbreak and tragedy. Max, also 13, has relocated to Brussels from America with his family and similarly feels lost. When the boys’ lives intersect, they quickly form a strong bond. From each other, these two friends learn about resilience and self-discovery. Ages 10-14.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lucia Kay McBath - Standing Our Ground: The Triumph of Faith Over Gun Violence: A Mother's Story — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, September 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Standing Our Ground: The Triumph of Faith Over Gun Violence: A Mother's Story Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501187780
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Published: Atria / 37 INK - September 11th, 2018

McBath’s son, seventeen-year-old Jordan Davis, was shot and killed in November 2012 at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida. The man who shot him thought Davis and his friends had their car stereo turned up too loud. In this courageous memoir, McBath remembers the son she lost and also chronicles how she turned her pain into action. As she recounts her work as the national spokesperson and faith and outreach leader for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, McBath talks not only about her loss and her mission, but also describes the political evolution of America’s gun violence. Vowing to change the nation’s attitude about guns, McBath is running for Congress in Georgia’s 6th District race.

 

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

Wendy R. Sherman - Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence

Thursday, September 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781568588162
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: PublicAffairs - September 4th, 2018

Sherman joined the State Department in 1993 and served as the United States' lead negotiator on the multilateral Iran Nuclear Deal in 2015. In her new book, she looks back over twenty years of diplomatic experience, giving a rich insider’s account of her years as a key aide to secretary of state Madeleine Albright and a special advisor to President Clinton, which included coordinating policy on North Korea. Through these stories, Sherman, a regular media commentator on world affairs, gives a rare woman’s perspective on international diplomacy and shares key lessons about negotiating from positions of authenticity, avoiding manipulations and stratagems, and cultivating skills like courage, persistence, and empathy.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jérémie Royer - Audubon: On the Wings of the World — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Thursday, September 13, 7:30 pm
Audubon, On The Wings Of The World [Graphic Novel] Cover Image
By Fabien Grolleau, Jeremie Royer (Illustrator), Etienne Gilfillan (Translated by), David Sutton (Translated by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781910620151
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Nobrow - April 4th, 2017

He was a man of many names and many lives, some invented and some embellished. But one thread followed John James Audubon through his life: a love of nature and an unquenchable thirst for adventure. This graphic novel depicts an eccentric character who became one of the fathers of modern-day ornithology, revered even today for his paintings of the birds of North America. Paging through the chapters of Audubon’s storied life, illustrator Royer gives a sense of the American wild, as well as Audubon’s wild desire to document it.  Ages 13 and up.

 

Takoma Park Public Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Jules Feiffer - The Ghost Script: A Graphic Novel

Friday, September 14, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Ghost Script: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631493133
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - July 31st, 2018

The finale to Feiffer’s inimitable noir trilogy is grand indeed. Told with Feiffer’s subtly-toned yet irrepressible graphics, this homage to noir that began with Kill My Mother and continued with Cousin Joseph unfolds against a Hollywood backdrop rich with politics, back-stabbers, femme fatales, and more. As this final volume opens, it’s 1953. Tinseltown is haunted by spooks of all sorts, both supernatural and political. The witch hunts are in high gear and Archie Goldman, of Goldman and Mother, Confidential Investigators, is searching for a screenplay that reveals a real-world conspiracy behind the Hollywood blacklist. But is the film itself truth or a fake? And in a town where almost everyone has something to hide, is there reason for the paranoia or is it all another con?

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

José Andrés - We Fed an Island — at GW Lisner Auditorium

Friday, September 14, 7:00 pm
We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062864482
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Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - September 11th, 2018

Four days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, José Andrés arrived on the island and started to cook. Andrés, whose 29 restaurants have earned him Michelin Stars and two James Beard “Outstanding Chef” awards, dropped everything to feed the people of Puerto Rico as they scrambled to rebuild their infrastructure and economy. Andrés cooked paella in parking lots and served sancocho at a friend’s destroyed restaurant, ultimately feeding hundreds of thousands of people. At the same time, he confronted the broken, wasteful crisis-management systems that made his cooking so necessary. We Fed an Island movingly describes his experiences in Puerto Rico, and introduces readers to the networks of community activists feeding the island to this day. A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the Chef Relief Network of World Central Kitchen for efforts in Puerto Rico and beyond.

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GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Carol Anderson - One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy

Friday, September 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy Cover Image
By Carol Anderson, Dick Durbin (Foreword by), Dick Durbin (Introduction by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635571370
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 11th, 2018

Anderson won the National Book Critics Circle Award for White Rage, her revelatory analysis of the nation’s systematic repression of African-American social and political gains. Her new book is an equally astute history of voter suppression in America. Focusing on the 2013 Shelby ruling that effectively eviscerated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by invalidating two key provisions regarding federal preclearance, Anderson, professor and chair of African American studies at Emory, puts the ruling in the larger context of U.S. racism, traces the ruling’s immediate practical effects on voters, especially black voters in the South, and proposes ways to redress this harmful decision.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

R. O. Kwon - The Incendiaries — in conversation with Nicole Chung — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, September 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Incendiaries: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213890
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Riverhead Books - July 31st, 2018

Kwon’s eagerly-awaited debut novel has the intensity of a thriller and the emotional power of a complicated love story. The narrative focuses on Will and Phoebe, two students who fall for each other during their first weeks at Edwards University. Will has transferred from a Bible college and is struggling to leave behind his fundamentalist background. Phoebe is guilt-ridden over the death of her mother and increasingly drawn to an extremist cult—and to its charismatic leader, who has ties to North Korea and to Phoebe’s family. Will can only watch as her attraction becomes obsession, and when she disappears in the wake of the group’s shocking act of violence, he is left to confront his own guilt. Kwon will be in conversation with Nicole Chung, editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine, former managing editor of The Toast, and author of the forthcoming memoir All You Can Ever Know.

 

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

Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell - Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy

Saturday, September 15, 10:30 am
Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Scott Campbell (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484789698
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 11th, 2018

Roderick hates going to bed so much that he’ll say anything to delay the dreaded nighttime ritual. His parents, frustrated with their son’s antics, give him Sleepy, a stuffed animal to cuddle at bedtime. To Roderick’s surprise, Sleepy turns out to be a rather chatty companion. Will Sleepy’s endless pestering become too exhausting for even Roderick to bear? Told entirely in witty dialogue and with expressive illustrations that bring the humor to life, this is a story for good and bad sleepers alike. Ages 3-7.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg - Leading Colleges and Universities: Lessons from Higher Education Leaders

Saturday, September 15, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Leading Colleges and Universities: Lessons from Higher Education Leaders Cover Image
By Stephen Joel Trachtenberg (Editor), Gerald B. Kauvar (Editor), E. Gordon Gee (Editor)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781421424927
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - April 22nd, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Arnold A. Offner - Hubert Humphrey: The Conscience of the Country

Saturday, September 15, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Hubert Humphrey: The Conscience of the Country Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780300222395
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Yale University Press - August 21st, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Michele Gelfand - Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World — in conversation with Todd Kliman

Saturday, September 15, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501152931
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - September 11th, 2018

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Malka Older - State Tectonics — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, September 15, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
State Tectonics (The Centenal Cycle #3) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780765399472
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor.com - September 11th, 2018

 

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20008

Nerds! Trivia Night

Saturday, September 15, 8:00 pm

How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest
building in D.C.? Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. in The Den. Then grab a drink special, put on your thinking cap, and join us
upstairs for three rounds of mind-bending trivia by 8 p.m. Prizes awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages. Beer and wine will be available.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lo Dagerman - Stig Dagerman's Wedding Worries — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Sunday, September 16, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Wedding Worries Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781567926156
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Verba Mundi - March 29th, 2018

 

 

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

Elizabeth Spires - A Memory of the Future: Poems & Michael Collier - My Bishop and Other Poems

Sunday, September 16, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
A Memory of the Future: Poems Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393651058
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 24th, 2018

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