Detailed Event List

Petina Gappah - Out of Darkness, Shining Light — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Out of Darkness, Shining Light: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982110338
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2019

In her powerful new novel, Gappah, the award-winning Zimbabwean author of two short-story collections and The Book of Memory, develops a historical footnote into a sweeping view of nineteenth- century Africa. Set in 1873, the book starts with the death of Dr. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer who hoped to find the source of the Nile and to end the East Africa-Arab slave trade. As a loyal retinue carries Livingstone’s body 1,500 miles across Africa so it can be shipped back to England, Livingstone’s cook, Halima, and his former slave, Jacob, recount stories of the Doctor and of their experiences of colonialism. With support from Young African Professionals.

 

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

Azadeh Moaveni - Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS — in conversation with Haleh Esfandiari

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399179754
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House - September 10th, 2019

In this deeply reported account, Moaveni—author of Lipstick Jihad, co-author of Iran Awakening, and a Pulitzer finalist who has covered the Middle East for nearly two decades—tells the stories of thirteen of the thousands of women to have joined ISIS. Believing the caliphate’s promises of empowerment, these women ranged from Western-educated professionals to traditional housewives. Once in Raqqa, they worked to organize clinics and schools but, though their efforts were crucial to the movement, soon became trapped in a brutal society. Moaveni uses personal narratives to illuminate the larger issues of terrorism and failed cycles of peace in the Middle East. Moaveni will be in conversation with Haleh Esfandiari, author of My Prison, My Home.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Eric Foner - The Second Founding— with Eric Holder, moderated by Jamelle Bouie at Sidwell Friends

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm
The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393652574
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

One of the pre-eminent American historians of our time, Foner, whose 2011 study of Lincoln and slavery, The Fiery Trial, won the Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Lincoln Prizes, is a major authority on the Civil War and Reconstruction. His new book focuses on the Reconstruction Amendments—the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth—and his rich narrative delves into the political negotiations and citizen meetings that enshrined these provisions and follows their uneven history in bringing about the equality promised in the Declaration of Independence. Foner will be in conversation with Eric Holder, the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General, and Jamelle Bouie, journalist and columnist for The New York Times and political analyst for CBS News.

Single Ticket: $18
1 Ticket + 1 Book:  $35  ($33 for members) 
2 Tickets + 1 Book: $45 ($43 for members)

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3825 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Christopher Myers - Make Me a World imprint and Akwaeke Emezi - Pet—in Children and Teens

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm
Pet Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525647072
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

My Pen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423103714
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 10th, 2015

Firebird Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399166150
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

H.O.R.S.E. Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781606842188
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 9th, 2012

Wings Cover Image
By Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780590033770
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scholastic Press - October 2000

Politics & Prose is thrilled to host Christopher Myers, creative director of the new imprint Make Me a World and Akwaeke Emezi, making their YA debut on the inaugural list. The imprint seeks to celebrate the infinite possibilities of contemporary childhood. Myers and Emezi will discuss the imprint and their book, Pet. Monsters often hide in plain sight. The angels who live in Lucille, a town in an unspecified future, believe they’ve defeated them. But nothing is what it seems. How will she save the world from them when no one will admit they exist? This riveting novel reminds readers to look beyond simple appearances. Ages 14 and up. A conversation with creative director of the new imprint and one of its inaugural authors.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kate Black - Represent: The Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World — in conversation with Emily Cain and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal— at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523502974
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 3rd, 2019

When actress, screenwriter, producer, and activist June Diane Raphael considered running for office, she was frustrated at the lack of information on how to do it. So she decided to produce a guide herself by reaching out to Black, former chief of staff and vice president of research at EMILY's List. Together the two have compiled an engaging and informative step-by-step primer designed to help any woman running for one of the country’s roughly 500,000 elected offices, from local city council to state government to Congress. Structured around a 21-point checklist, the book cover basics of fund-raising and filing, personal issues like balancing family and public life, and includes profiles of and advice from women already in politics.

Black will be in conversation with Emily Cain,executive director of Emily's List, and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, representative from Washington's 7th congressional district.

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

Attica Locke - Heaven, My Home — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Heaven, My Home (A Highway 59 Mystery #2) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316363402
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Mulholland Books - September 17th, 2019

A fast-rising star in crime fiction, Locke won the Edgar, Anthony, and Dagger Awards for Best Novel with Bluebird, Bluebird, the first in a series featuring Darren Matthews, a Black Texas Ranger. Her follow up returns to east Texas where Matthews confronts lingering questions—both personal and professional—from his previous case and searches for a missing nine-year-old. The boy is the son of white supremacists, and when the clues lead Matthews to a small lakeside community thriving on revived nostalgia for the ante-bellum South, Matthews is plunged into a dangerous racially-charged situation, expertly depicted with Locke's characteristically textured and tense writing.

 

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

Christopher Ingraham - If You Lived Here You'd Be Home by Now: Why We Traded the Commuting Life for a Little House on the Prairie

Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now: Why We Traded the Commuting Life for a Little House on the Prairie Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062861474
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper - September 10th, 2019

When Ingraham, data reporter for The Washington Post, wrote on a study ranking the livability of the nation’s 3,000+ counties, the article went viral—and changed his life. Coming in dead last, as Ingraham announced with a “drumroll,” was Red Lake County, Minnesota. But after Ingraham accepted the community’s invitation to see it for himself, he not only didn’t find it the “worst place to live in America,” he was charmed by its warmth, humor, and hospitality, and he soon moved there. His engaging memoir contrasts the tense, expensive life of the East Coast suburbs with the more affordable, affable pace of a Midwestern small town.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Naomi Klein - On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal—at Sidwell Friends

Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm
On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982129910
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 17th, 2019

Please note: The venue has been changed to Sidwell Friends.

#1 international and New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, makes the case for a Green New Deal, explaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society. For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet—and an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. In lucid, elegant dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, she pens surging, indispensable essays for a wide public: prescient advisories and dire warnings of what future awaits us if we refuse to act, as well as hopeful glimpses of a far better future. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of our immediate political and economic choices.

Klein will be in comversation with Betsy Reed, Editor-in-Chief of The Intercept and editor of several best selling books, including Black Water and Dirty Wars.

UDC community ticket (must show ID): $10
Single ticket (limited availability): $15 
1 ticket + 1 book: $35 ($33 for members)

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Sidwell Friends Meeting House
3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jacqueline Woodson - Red at the Bone — in conversation with Lynn Neary

Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535270
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

The 2018-‘19 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Woodson is the award-winning author of dozens of books for children, young adults, and above, including the classic Brown Girl Dreaming. Her new novel, written for adults, and infused with her signature insight and rich, poetic prose, opens in 2001 in Brooklyn. The occasion is Melody’s sixteenth birthday, but it proves bittersweet as the assembled family recalls Melody’s mother—who never reached age sixteen. Charting the course of two families from different classes, Woodson’s affecting narrative tackles identity, ambition, desire, and parenthood as well as exploring how the decisions young people make change the generations to come. Woodson will be in conversation with Lynn Neary, longtime NPR arts correspondent.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nicholas Lemann - Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374277888
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 10th, 2019

In a series of vivid profiles, Lemann, a New Yorker staff writer and the author of books including The Big Test and The Promised Land, traces today’s socio-political divisiveness and glaring income inequality to three pivotal figures. He starts with Adolf Berle, FDR’s chief economic theorist, who advocated a society anchored by corporations able to offer stable employment and generous pensions. That vision was tweaked in the 1970s when, led by Harvard Business School’s Michael Jensen, shareholders demanded that their interests come first. Finally, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs like LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman have pushed to let “networks” solve our problems. Showing how this arc has played out, Lemann tracks the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers and a family-run Chicago car dealership.

 

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

Dan Kois - How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together — in conversation with Hanna Rosin

Friday, September 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316552622
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 17th, 2019

To break the grip of the busy, distracted life he and his wife were living as East Coast professionals and the parents of two daughters, Kois did something radical: he took his family on a year-long trip around the world. In this account of their travels to New Zealand, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, and small-town Kansas, Kois, Slate editor and founding host of the podcast “Mom and Dad Are Fighting,” looks at how families live in different places, sifting the options for ways that could help his own family thrive as an integral unit rather than as a group of individuals each pursing happiness in a separate way. Kois will be in conversation with Hanna Rosin, a co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kevin Barry - Night Boat to Tangier — at Politics and Prose at Union Market, in partnership with Culture Ireland

Friday, September 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Night Boat to Tangier: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385540315
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Doubleday - September 17th, 2019

Long-listed for the 2019 Booker Prize, Irish fiction sensation Barry’s latest novel takes place in a ferry terminal on the coast of Spain, where Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, a pair of aging drug smugglers, are waiting for a woman named Dilly who may or may not be Maurice’s estranged daughter. As their wait becomes a night-long vigil, the pair look back over the course of their lives, trading stories of romance, adventure, and betrayal. Writing with the signature wry humor and irrepressible wit from his award-winning Beatlebone and City of Bohane, Barry makes each phrase sing, which becomes all the more apparent in his inimitable live readings.

 

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

Stephen Kinzer - Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control

Saturday, September 21, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250140432
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 10th, 2019

The MK-ULTRA mind control project may sound like a paranoid fantasy, but it was a top-secret program run by the CIA from 1953 to 1973. Headed by Sidney Gottlieb, the project experimented with LSD and other drugs and concocted an arsenal of deadly pills—some specifically earmarked for Castro and other world leaders. Kinzer, an award-winning foreign correspondent and author of best-selling histories and political biographies including The True Flag and The Brothers, draws on new documentary research and original interviews to reveal for the first time the full, shocking story of one of the most powerful men of the Cold War era.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tracy Chevalier - A Single Thread

Saturday, September 21, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
A Single Thread: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525558248
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Viking - September 17th, 2019

Set in Britain in 1932, the new novel by the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring follows Violet Speedwell as she struggles to make a life for herself after losing her brother and her fiancé in the First World War. One of the generation of “surplus women” left with few prospects for marriage, Violet moves from her embittered mother’s house to Winchester, where she joins a society of broderers—women who embroider kneelers for the cathedral. As part of a centuries’ long tradition, Violet and her fellows offer comfort and healing to both the parishioners and each other, but this supportive circle is tested by outside forces and the rising tensions of the next war.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jim Wallis - Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus

Saturday, September 21, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062914767
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: HarperOne - September 24th, 2019

Focusing on faith rather than politics, Wallis, a noted public theologian, founder and editor of Sojourners, and the author of books including America’s Original Sin, offers a spiritual solution to healing the divisiveness afflicting the country. Building on “Reclaiming Jesus,” the May 2018 declaration he wrote with other church leaders, Wallis reminds us of eight questions Christ was asked, using these as a framework to help Christians reconnect with their faith and reaffirm their spiritual aspirations. Written with compassion and empathy, Wallis’s book provides both personal comfort and practical guidelines for resistance.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

SOLD OUT: Margaret Atwood - The Testaments with Rebecca Traister—At Lincoln Theatre

Saturday, September 21, 7:00 pm
The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385543781
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades with The Testaments. When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison, or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

Atwood will be in conversation with Rebeccca Traister, author of three books and writer-at-large for New York magazine and The Cut, and a contributing editor at Elle magazine.

There will not be a public signing at this event. Purchased copies will be pre-signed.

This event is sold out.

Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

CANCELLED: Nerds! Trivia Night

Saturday, September 21, 8:00 pm

Nerds! Trivia Night has been cancelled for September. We look forward to seeing you in October.

 

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

John DeDakis - Fake

Sunday, September 22, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Fake Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781939521767
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Strategic Media Press - September 2019

A mystery novelist and writing workshop coach for The Writer’s Center and Politics and Prose, and former senior copy editor for CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, DeDakis introduced the strong-willed, strong-minded Lark Chadwick in his 2013 Fast Track. Looking for purpose, Chadwick found it in journalism, and the latest volume of the series opens with her interviewing the First Lady, Rose Gannon. The story explodes, however, when Gannon suddenly—and mysteriously —dies. At the center of a media frenzy, Chadwick struggles to gather the facts and separate real news from fake.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Gina Rippon - Gender and Our Brains: How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds

Sunday, September 22, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Gender and Our Brains: How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524747022
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Pantheon - August 27th, 2019

In her important new book, Rippon, an international researcher in cognitive neuroscience, assembles the latest results from psychology and state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to prove that there is no biological distinction between male and female brains. Showing that seemingly gender-based brain differences are the products of pseudoscience rooted in social factors, Rippon cites the overwhelming evidence that indicates all brains are a flexible, adaptive, mix of “male” and “female” components. A member of the European Union Gender Equity Network, Rippon has produced measured, authoritative, and often humorous work that has immense and liberating implications for understanding identity.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Makovsky - Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny

Sunday, September 22, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541767652
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: PublicAffairs - September 3rd, 2019

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the Middle East as a policy maker, writer, and commentator, Makovsky, Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations, profiles the lives and legacies of Israel’s founding generation. Co-written with diplomat Dennis Ross and focusing on figures including David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon, Makovsky spotlights difficult moments when the country’s survival depended not only on its leaders’ courage and sound judgment, but also on their moral integrity.  A study as much of character as of politics and history, the book is a timely reminder of the lessons of principled leadership.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Imani Perry - Breathe: A Letter to My Sons — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Sunday, September 22, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Breathe: A Letter to My Sons Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780807076552
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Beacon Press - September 17th, 2019

Addressed to her two sons, Perry’s book is a profound and personal reflection on race and the challenges for both Black parents and children in a world that increasingly denies Black boys their humanity. Writing in the vein of James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton and author of books including Looking for Lorraine, is open and honest about the realities of raising Black boys; while voicing her fears and frustrations, she nonetheless exhorts the next generation to see the beauty and possibility in life, especially by looking to the Black tradition for hope, wisdom, and strength.

 

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

CANCELLED: Peter H. Reynolds - I Am Love: A Book of Compassion (Wellness series)

Monday, September 23, 10:30 am
I Am Love: A Book of Compassion Cover Image
By Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419737268
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

This event is has been cancelled.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rick Riordan - The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, Book 4)—at GW Lisner Auditorium

Monday, September 23, 7:00 pm
The Tyrant's Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, Book Four) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781484746448
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 24th, 2019

It's not easy being Apollo, especially when you've been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo's aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler...someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

This event is an author talk including PowerPoint and Q & A. Estimated time is 45-60 minutes.

Seating will be first come, first served.

Books and tickets will only be available for pick-up at will-call at the event.

All books pre-purchased with a ticket will be signed by Rick prior to the event. There will be no signing line and Rick will NOT sign or personalize individual books after the event. Additional books will be for sale at the event but these will not be signed.

Fans are welcome to take pictures during Rick's talk, but posed photographs are not allowed.

Not able to attend the event? Pre-order a signed book below for pick-up or shipping after the event.

1 Member book and 1 ticket = $25
1 Book and 1 ticket = $27
1 Member book and 2 tickets = $32
1 Book and 2 tickets = $34.00

Pre-sale members: Monday, June 10 - noon

On-sale public: Wednesday, June 12 – noon

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

James Verini - They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate — in conversation with Ben Kesling

Monday, September 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393652475
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

Between mid-October 2016 and mid-July 2017, forces led by the Iraqi government battled ISIS for control of Mosul. Verini, an award-winning journalist and National Geographic staff writer, spent over eight months on the front lines during what the Pentagon described as “the most significant urban combat since World War II.” His first-hand account is a compelling and graphic glimpse of the reality of the conflict, an illuminating profile of those engaged in it, and a detailed history of Iraq through the lens of military conflicts dating from the Assyrians who founded Mosul to the American forces that invaded Iraq in 2003.  Verini will be in conversation with Ben Kesling, national security reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

An evening with Philip Boehm, translator of Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina, and Christine Wunnicke's The Fox and Dr. Shimamura — in conversation with Amy Stolls — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, September 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Darkness at Noon: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501161315
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner - September 17th, 2019

Malina Cover Image
By Ingeborg Bachmann, Philip Boehm (Translator), Rachel Kushner (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811228725
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 25th, 2019

The Fox and Dr. Shimamura Cover Image
By Christine Wunnicke, Philip Boehm (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811226240
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 30th, 2019

Boehm, a Texas-born playwright and director, was staging plays in Poland in 1988 when he learned that a US publisher needed someone to translate Ingeborg Bachmann’s avant-garde masterpiece Malina into English. With no special training, aside from a dramatist's sensitivity to the nuances of voice, Boehm took the assignment and now has rendered over thirty works from German and Polish into award-winning English editions, translating authors like Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, and Herta Muller. Join us for a discussion of literary translation in general and of the particular challenges behind his recently released work on Bachmann, Christine Wunnicke, and Arthur Koestler, whose long-lost complete version of Darkness at Noon was rediscovered in 2015 and now appears in English for the first time.

Boehm will discuss his work, followed by a broader conversation about translation with Amy Stolls, Director of Literary Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

Pamela Paul and Maria Russo - How to Raise a Reader

Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How to Raise a Reader Cover Image
By Pamela Paul, Maria Russo, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator), Lisk Feng (Illustrator), Vera Brosgol (Illustrator), Monica Garwood (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523505302
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 3rd, 2019

Expanding on their popular article of the same title, Paul and Russo, the Times Book Review editor and children’s books editor, respectively, draw on their deep knowledge of young people’s literature and their own cherished early experiences with books for this engaging primer on how to show children the lifelong joys of reading. Organized in five sections, the book addresses the specific needs of children at different ages, from baby through teen, and each chapter offers tips on leading a child to books through projects such as building a family library, developing book-related rituals, and making reading a family activity. The volume concludes with an invaluable annotated catalog of experts’ favorite titles.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

An Evening of Stories and Music with Patti Smith - Year of the Monkey—at GW Lisner Auditorium

Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 pm
Year of the Monkey Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780525657682
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - September 24th, 2019

An Evening of Stories and Music with Patti Smith 

Join Patti Smith for a reading, discussion, and musical performance celebrating the publication of her latest book, Year of the Monkey.

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, Patti Smith gives readers a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible: after all, it's the Year of the Monkey." For Smith, the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.

GW student ticket (ID Required): $10
1 Ticket and 1 Book: $30 ($28 for members)
2 Tickets and 1 Book (limited availability): $40 ($38 for members)

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

Educator Open House—in Children & Teens

Wednesday, September 25, 4:00 pm

Join the Politics and Prose Children and Teens Department for an after-school event replete with discounts, giveaways, book recommendations, and light refreshments! Learn about the benefits we offer and how you can utilize our services to find the best books available for the children you teach. Bring your current school ID and receive a 20% discount off all books during the open house; you can also pick up free books, posters, book bags, and more for your classroom. We’ll see you there! For Educators.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jean-Baptiste del Amo - Animalia — in conversation with Carol Volk — at Politics and Prose at Union Market, in partnership with the French Embassy

Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Animalia Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802147578
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Grove Press - September 10th, 2019

Del Amo is one of France’s most exciting young writers as well as a prominent voice for animal rights, and his first novel to appear in English is an impassioned epic in the naturalistic vein of Zola. Tracing a century of socio-cultural change through the lives of a farming family in southwestern France, the novel opens in 1898 in Puy-Larroque where Éléonore lives with her parents and cousin on a farm that lacks running water. But World War I marks the end of pastoral traditions both good and bad, and by the time Éléonore assumes the role of matriarch in the 1980s, her family is running a large efficient factory farm, with all the inhumanity that entails. In partnership with the French Embassy.

 

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

Leslie Jamison - Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays

Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316259637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 24th, 2019

With The Empathy Exams and The Recovering—her deeply considered studies of suffering and addiction—Jamison proved herself a writer as compassionate as she is fearless. In the fourteen wide-ranging essays of her new collection, she employs a mix of memoir, criticism, and journalism to examine themes of memory and connection. Writing with her signature intellectual and emotional honesty, Jamison explores the war-scarred Sri Lankan landscape, the whale known as 52 Blue, the citizens of the online world Second Life, and a museum of the ephemera of relationships, as well as reflecting on her own past romances, marriage, motherhood, and step-motherhood.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Benjamin Moser - Sontag: Her Life and Work — in conversation with Elizabeth Bruenig

Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sontag: Her Life and Work Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780062896391
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Ecco - September 17th, 2019

Moser’s comprehensive biography of Susan Sontag (1933-2004), one of the most formidable thinkers of the twentieth century, draws on special access to Sontag’s restricted archive—full of unpublished journals, medical files, personal papers, and computer files—as well as on interviews with Sontag’s wide circle, including people key to her life who haven’t spoken publically about her, such as Salman Rushdie and Annie Leibovitz. Synthesizing this amazing trove of material into a fascinating narrative, Moser, tapped for the job by Sontag’s son, agent, and publisher on the strength of his outstanding life of Clarice Lispector, Why This World, gives new insight into Sontag’s personal life and illuminates her many public sides. Moser will be in conversation with Elizabeth Bruenig, Washington Post opinion columnist.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

SOLD OUT: Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Water Dancer—in conversation with Michele Norris at Lincoln Theatre

Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm
The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

The Water Dancer is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by Coates’ bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, this is the story of America's oldest struggle—the struggle to tell the truth—from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage—and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child—but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known.

Coates will be in conversation with Michele Norris, former host of the National Public Radio evening news program All Things Considered, and the first African-American female host for National Public Radio.

This event does not include a signing.

This event is sold out. Tickets are still available for the second night.

Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Liana Finck - Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Excuse Me: Cartoons, Complaints, and Notes to Self Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781984801517
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 24th, 2019

Finck, a cartoonist and illustrator equally at home on Instagram and in the pages of The New Yorker, follows her acclaimed graphic memoir, Passing for Human, with this wide-ranging collection of more than 500 drawings and cartoons. Representing the best of her published work from the last few years along with brand-new pieces, the book is divided into chapters including Love & Dating, Gender & Other Politics, Animals, and Strangeness, Shyness, Sadness. Moving, funny, and always relatable, Finck’s unfussy graphics explore big questions like identity, otherness, and creativity as well as everyday annoyances.

 

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

Gabby Rivera - Juliet Takes a Breath — in converstaion with Elizabeth Acevedo — at The Wharf

Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm
Juliet Takes a Breath Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108178
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

The Poet X Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662804
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: HarperTeen - March 6th, 2018

With the Fire on High Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662835
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Published: HarperTeen - May 7th, 2019

Juliet Milagros Palante just earned the internship of her dreams, and is leaving the Bronx for Portland, Oregon to work for her favorite feminist writer. The night before she leaves, she decides to come out to her family—something she never planned on doing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go well. Her only hope is that Harlowe Brisbane, a feminist savant, expert on women’s bodies and queer culture, will help her figure out how to be an out and proud Latinx lesbian. But Brisbane is white, she’s not from the Bronx, and she doesn’t actually have all the answers. In a story bursting with queer kinship, summer flings and unabashed examinations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out—to friends, to family, and to herself. Ages 15 and up.

 

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

Lara Prescott - The Secrets We Kept & Jennifer Croft - Homesick — in conversation with Lisa Page

Friday, September 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Secrets We Kept: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656159
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

Homesick Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781944700942
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Published: Unnamed Press - September 10th, 2019

Prescott won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for the first chapter of her gripping debut novel, which uses historical details to tell the story of Sally and Irina, two well-educated women who are sprung from the CIA’s typing pool to smuggle the manuscript of Dr. Zhivago out of the Soviet Union so it can be published. Intercutting Sally and Irina’s adventures—one is already an accomplished spy and the other is learning fast—with scenes from the lives of Pasternak and his beloved muse, Olga Ivinskaya, Prescott gives a vivid picture of Cold War-era politics and social mores.

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A widely published writer and translator, Croft won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her English rendering of Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk's Flights. Her musical and nuanced debut fiction/memoir hybrid chronicles the coming-of-age of two sisters being homeschooled in Oklahoma. One suffers from a mysterious illness that often keeps her confined to hospitals, while the other, with the help of a cherished Russian tutor, shows a prodigious talent for languages that leads her away from home at age fifteen. Showing as much as telling, with full-color photographs dotting the story, Croft explores myriad kinds of language and demonstrates how words can heal and create lasting connections between people.

Prescott and Croft will be in conversation with Lisa Page, Director of Creative Writing at George Washington University and former president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

CANCELED: James Reston, Jr. - The Impeachment Diary: Eyewitness to the Removal of a President — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, September 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Impeachment Diary: Eyewitness to the Removal of a President Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781950691180
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Arcade - October 15th, 2019

This event has been canceled and is now rescheduled for our Wharf store on Monday, October 28: https://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/james-reston-jr-impeachment-diary-eyewitness-to-removal-of-president-politics-and-prose-0

 

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

Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Water Dancer—in conversation with Ibram X. Kendi at Lincoln Theatre (Second Night Added!)

Friday, September 27, 7:00 pm
The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

The Water Dancer is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by Coates’ bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, this is the story of America's oldest struggle—the struggle to tell the truth—from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage—and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child—but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known.

Coates will be in conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, author, historian, and the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. He is the recipient of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his book Stamped from the Beginning.

This event does not include a signing.

Student Ticket (ID requred, limited availability): $10
1 Ticket + 1 Book: $45 ($43 for members)

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Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach - The Many Names for Mother & Jose Padua - A Short History of Monsters

Saturday, September 28, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Many Names for Mother (Wick First Book) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781606353738
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Published: Kent State University Press - September 3rd, 2019

A Short History of Monsters: Poems (Miller Williams Poetry Prize) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781682260944
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Published: University of Arkansas Press - March 27th, 2019

Author of the chapbook The Bear Who Ate the Stars, Dasbach won the 2018 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for her first full-length collection, which contest judge Ellen Bass called "a compelling book about origins.” One strand of Dasbach’s work explores ancestral histories, and she writes powerfully about being the descendant of Holocaust survivors. A piece on traveling to the death camps in Poland while pregnant segues into a series of poems titled “Other women don’t tell you”—named after Dasbach’s blog on motherhood—in which she explores unspoken or taboo aspects of bearing children.

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Padua, now living in D.C., is a veteran of the New York spoken-word scene, and every line of his brash and bold debut collection is alive with the rhythms of poetry slams. Awarded the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, judged by Billy Collins, the book rides the poles of both anguish and hope, chronicling Padua’s uncertain progress toward the American Dream. Gifted with a wry dark wit and a sharp sense of the absurd, Padua plumbs the depths of nightmare and excess as well as he scales the heady heights of epiphany.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kate DiCamillo - Beverly Right Here—at St. Paul's Church

Saturday, September 28, 2:00 pm
Beverly, Right Here Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763694647
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2019

Louisiana's Way Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763694630
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Published: Candlewick - October 2nd, 2018

Raymie Nightingale Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763696917
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Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2018

Politics and Prose presents two-time Newbery Medalist and beloved children’s book author Kate DiCamillo in an event featuring her newest book, Beverly, Right Here. With this book, DiCamillo returns to the world first explored in Raymie Nightingale and Louisiana’s Way to focus on the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly.

Prompted by the loss of her dog, Buddy, and tired of her mother’s lack of concern for her, Beverly Tapinski hitches a ride to Tamaray Beach. Life hasn’t been fair to Beverly, but fortunately, opportunities fall into place with a job in a fish restaurant and a place to stay with the elderly, quirky and kind Iola Jenkins.  Gradually, Beverly’s empty feelings of insurmountable loss are replaced with hope discovered through unexpected friendships. Beverly’s story is revealed through Kate DiCamillo’s observant and tender voice in a touching, funny, and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels about the Three Rancheros. 

This event is an author talk including Q & A. Estimated time is 45-60 minutes. It will be followed by a signing.

Kate will sign and personalize an unlimited number of Beverly, Right Here, and ONE additional backlist title per person. 

Seating will be first come, first served.

Books and tickets will only be available for pick-up at will-call at the event. Will call opens at 1 pm. Additional DiCamillo books will be for sale at the event.

1 Book and 1 ticket: $23 ($21 for Members)
1 Book and 2 tickets: $29 ($27 for Members)

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St Paul's Lutheran Church
4900 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Susan Neiman - Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil — in conversation with Diane McWhorter

Saturday, September 28, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374184469
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 27th, 2019

Author of the classic study, Evil in Modern Thought, Neiman in her new book looks to the past for lessons in how we can mitigate today’s resurgence of hatred and divisiveness. Combining philosophy, stories—including her own experiences as a Southern white raised in the civil rights-era and a Jew who has lived for extended periods in Berlin—and interviews with American and German activists such as James Meredith, Bryan Stevenson, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, and Friedrich Schorlemmer, Neiman considers how we can recognize and defuse evil. Neiman will be in conversation with Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ian Brennan - Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth — with a performance by The Good Ones, and in conversation with a special guest to be announced!

Saturday, September 28, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth Cover Image
By Ian Brennan, Tunde Adebimpe (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781629637037
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Published: PM Press - September 16th, 2019

Brennan is a Grammy-award winning record producer, but his multi-track career also includes writing, lecturing on violence prevention, and promoting voices from underheard regions and persecuted populations. He follows How Music Dies (or Lives), his penetrating examination of questions of authenticity in an age of technological glibness, with this discussion of the challenges of access and distribution facing art, music, and media today. Appealing to the engaged listener, Brennan gives a trenchant critique of the music industry’s inequities, but also shows that popular culture offers fresh ground as a forum for social change. Brennan will be in conversation with a special guest; the talk will also feature a performance by Rwandan band The Good Ones, on their first US tour.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Fatima Bhutto - New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop

Sunday, September 29, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781733623704
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Columbia Global Reports - September 24th, 2019

In groundbreaking work exploring the global mass culture that’s rapidly displacing US exports, Bhutto, a novelist and author of the acclaimed memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword, offers a lively, inside look at Bollywood, Turkish soap operas, and the South Korean music sensation known as  K-Pop. Showing how these have created a new and easily consumed global popular culture challenging American "soft power", Bhutto profiles Shah Rukh Khan, the world’s most popular movie star; visits the set of Turkey's biggest TV show, watched by 200 million people in 43 countries; and traces how “Gangnam Style” became the first YouTube video to hit one billion views.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Steve Vogel - Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation

Sunday, September 29, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062449627
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Custom House - September 24th, 2019

As Vogel recounts in this vivid recreation of “Operation Gold,” what began as an ambitious CIA/MI6 project to tap into Soviet telecommunication lines via a 1,500 foot tunnel into East Berlin soon turned into a hunt for a dangerous spy. Known as Agent Diamond by his handlers, George Blake was more cryptic and did more damage than other British traitors such as Kim Philby and Guy Burgess. Vogel, a Washington Post reporter and the author of Through the Perilous Fight, draws on previously secret documents and interviews with key participants—including Blake himself. Now 96, Blake was sentenced in 1961 to 42 years in prison; he escaped and has lived in Russia since 1966.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Maaza Mengiste - The Shadow King — in conversation with Helon Habila

Sunday, September 29, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Shadow King Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393083569
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 24th, 2019

Ethiopian novelist Mengiste’s debut, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, was named one of The Guardian’s Ten Best Contemporary African Books. Her eagerly awaited second novel is set in mid-1930s Ethiopia, and recreates Mussolini’s invasion through the experiences of Hirut, an orphaned servant. First compelled to nurse the wounded, Hirut soon takes on an ever larger role in the conflict, eventually disguising a peasant as Haile Selassie to keep hope alive when the emperor goes into exile. Facing rape and imprisonment, Hirut not only survives but inspires other women to actively resist the forces that threaten their homeland. Mengiste will be in conversation with Helon Habila, author of Travelers. With support from Young African Professionals.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm - The Evil Princess vs. The Brave Knight

Tuesday, October 1, 10:30 am
The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight (Book 1) Cover Image
By Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771348
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 6th, 2019

Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375832291
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 27th, 2005

Squish #1: Super Amoeba Cover Image
By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jennifer L. Holm (Illustrator), Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375843891
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2011

This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, reservations are required for school groups interested in attending. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

The Evil Princess and her brother, the Brave Knight, simply do not get along. She casts villainous spells, while he spends his days fighting dragons. He rescues kittens while she stirs up mischief. The kingdom is in complete chaos due to their constant bickering, so the Magic Mirror is forced to intervene. But when catastrophe strikes, the royal rivals must band together. They start to realize they aren’t so different after all. Comic-style art paired with laugh-out-loud text will delight parents and quarreling siblings alike! Ages 4-8.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly - The Education of Brett Kavanaugh — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593084397
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Portfolio - September 17th, 2019

 

 

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

Lauren Duca - How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How to Start a Revolution: Young People and the Future of American Politics Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501181634
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 24th, 2019

 

 

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

Paul Hendrickson - Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385353656
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - October 2019

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm - The Evil Princess vs. The Brave Knight—at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm
The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight (Book 1) Cover Image
By Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771348
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 6th, 2019

Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375832291
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 27th, 2005

Squish #1: Super Amoeba Cover Image
By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jennifer L. Holm (Illustrator), Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375843891
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2011

The Evil Princess and her brother, the Brave Knight, simply do not get along. She casts villainous spells, while he spends his days fighting dragons. He rescues kittens while she stirs up mischief. The kingdom is in complete chaos due to their constant bickering, so the Magic Mirror is forced to intervene. But when catastrophe strikes, the royal rivals must band together. They start to realize they aren’t so different after all. Comic-style art paired with laugh-out-loud text will delight parents and quarreling siblings alike! Ages 4-8.

 

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

SOLD OUT: David Cameron - For the Record

Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm
For the Record Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780062687845
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

David Cameron was elected Conservative leader in 2005, promising to modernize the party following its three successive electoral defeats. He became Prime Minister in 2010 at a moment of economic crisis, and went on to win the first outright Conservative majority for 23 years at the 2015 general election. In For the Record, he will explain how the governments he led transformed the UK economy while implementing a modern, compassionate agenda that included reforming education and welfare, legalizing gay marriage, honoring the UK's commitment to overseas aid and spearheading environmental policies. He will shed light on the seminal world events of his premiership--the Arab Spring; the rise of ISIS; the invasion of Ukraine; the conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Syria--as well as events at home, from the Olympic Games in 2012 to the Scottish referendum. He will provide, for the first time, his perspective on the EU referendum and his views on the future of Britain's place in the world following Brexit.

This event is sold out.

Washington, DC

Corey Robin - The Enigma of Clarence Thomas

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Enigma of Clarence Thomas Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781627793834
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Metropolitan Books - September 24th, 2019

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Susan Schneider - Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind & Flynn Coleman - A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780691180144
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Princeton University Press - October 2019

A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640092365
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 2019

 

 

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

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey - She Said—in conversation with Bob Woodward at Sixth & I

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 pm
She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525560340
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Press - September 10th, 2019

From the Pulitzer-prize winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse, She Said is the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement. On October 5, 2017, the New York Times published an article by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey—and then the world changed. For months Kantor and Twohey had been having confidential discussions with top actresses, former Weinstein employees and other sources, learning of disturbing long-buried allegations, some of which had been covered up by onerous legal settlements. However, nothing could have prepared them for what followed the publication of their Weinstein story. With superlative detail, insight, and journalistic expertise, Kantor and Twohey take us for the first time into the very heart of this social shift, reliving in real-time what it took to get the story and giving an up-close portrait of the forces that hindered and spurred change. They describe the surprising journeys of those who spoke up—for the sake of other women, for future generations, and for themselves—and so changed us all.

Ticket only: $22 ticket only
1 ticket + 1 book: $40 ($38 for members)
2 tickets + 1 book: $50 2 tickets ($48 for members)

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Brian Allen Carr - Opioid, Indiana — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Opioid, Indiana Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781641290784
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Soho Press - September 17th, 2019

 

 

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

Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant - The Gift Inside the Box—in conversation with Daniel H. Pink at Sidwell Friends

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 pm
The Gift Inside the Box Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984815460
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Dial Books - October 2019

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World Cover Image
By Adam Grant, Sheryl Sandberg (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143128854
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - February 7th, 2017

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143124986
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2014

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524732684
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Published: Knopf - April 24th, 2017

On Generosity with Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant: Generosity is a value that we often preach but struggle to practice.  How can we show up for others without sacrificing ourselves?  How can we bring more kindness into our homes, schools, and communities?  After being asked for years to write a children’s book on giving, organizational psychologist and Wharton top professor Adam Grant and writer Allison Sweet Grant have finally produced it: THE GIFT INSIDE THE BOX. In a conversational chat, Adam and Allison will share why and how they wrote the book, and what they’ve learned from psychology evidence and personal experience about how we can care for others and ourselves—and teach that value to our children.

Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant will be in conversation with Daniel H. Pink.  

Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist at Wharton, and the bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals. He is considered a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. Allison Sweet Grant is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with dual masters degrees and a writer. Together, they're parents to three children.

Daniel H. Pink is the author of six provocative books — including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and was named a best book of 2018 by Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads, and several more outlets. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. His books have won multiple awards, have been translated into 39 languages, and have sold three million copies worldwide. He lives in Washington, DC with his family.

 This is a ticketed event for adults. 

1 ticket and 1 book: $26; $24 for members
2 tickets and 1 book: $33; $31 for members

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Sidwell Friends Meeting House
3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Hena Khan - More to the Story—at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 pm
More to the Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481492096
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - September 3rd, 2019

Amina's Voice Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481492072
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 2018

Power Forward (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream #1) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534411999
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 8th, 2018

On Point (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream #2) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534412019
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 29th, 2018

Bounce Back (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream #3) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534412040
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - October 2nd, 2018

The story of four Muslim Pakistani sisters reimagines the classic Little Women. Jameela, “Jam” for short, wants nothing more than to be a star reporter like her grandfather. Her older sister, Maryam, is beautiful—that’s what people notice first – but also studious and determined. Aleeza drives Jam crazy, while Bisma sparks her protective instincts. When their father leaves the U.S. for a 6-month-long work assignment, Jam decides to write an epic article to make him proud. She doesn’t expect the arrival of Ali, a British Pakistani boy, who is interested in Jam, or the sudden deterioration of Bisma’s health. As her world turns upside down, Jam begins to question what matters most. This contemporary take on a beloved story will delight both new and deep-rooted fans. Ages 8-12.

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

Kevin McCloskey - Ants Don’t Wear Pants

Thursday, October 3, 10:30 am
Ants Don't Wear Pants (Giggle and Learn) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781943145454
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Published: Toon Books - September 10th, 2019

Snails Are Just My Speed! (Giggle and Learn) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781943145270
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Published: Toon Books - May 2018

This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, reservations are required for school groups interested in attending. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

When two children in a playground suddenly shrink, they come face-to-face with ants and their habitats. Their anthill tour takes them on an exploration of ant anatomy, an ant life cycle, and ant senses. They discover that ants hear with their legs and smell with their antennae, and that some even explode! Young readers learn all about ants and ant colonies in this accessible and hilarious book, which is part of the Giggle and Learn series. Ages 5-8.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kevin McCloskey - Ants Don’t Wear Pants—at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm
Ants Don't Wear Pants (Giggle and Learn) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781943145454
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Published: Toon Books - September 10th, 2019

Snails Are Just My Speed! (Giggle and Learn) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781943145270
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Published: Toon Books - May 2018

We Dig Worms! (Giggle and Learn) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781943145416
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Published: Toon Books - April 2nd, 2019

Something's Fishy (Toon Books) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781943145157
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Published: Toon Books - April 4th, 2017

The Real Poop on Pigeons (Giggle and Learn) Cover Image
By Kevin McCloskey (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179931
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Published: Toon Books - April 19th, 2016

When two children in a playground suddenly shrink, they come face-to-face with ants and their habitats. Their anthill tour takes them on an exploration of ant anatomy, an ant life cycle, and ant senses. They discover that ants hear with their legs and smell with their antennae, and that some even explode! Young readers learn all about ants and ant colonies in this accessible and hilarious book, which is part of the Giggle and Learn series. Ages 5-8.

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

James A. Robinson - The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780735224384
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - September 24th, 2019

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Marc Favreau - Spies: The Secret Showdown between America and Russia—in Children and Teens

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm
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$19.99
ISBN: 9780316545921
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 2019

Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316545860
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

The Cold War spanned decades, with the US and the USSR engaged in a constant ideological battle. The ever-present threat of nuclear destruction loomed, and the two nations devoted billions of dollars and thousands of lives to the art and practice of spying. Rife with intrigue and teeming with the journeys and experiences of real-life spies, this work of narrative nonfiction illuminates the turbulence of the Cold War. By exploring the fraught conflict through the stories of the men and women who secretly fought, this book explains the role that clandestine operations have played in America’s history. Ages 12 and up.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

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