Detailed Event List

Adam Rutherford - Humanimal: How Homo Sapiens Became Nature's Most Paradoxical Creature--A New Evolutionary History — in conversation with David Epstein

Friday, March 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature—A New Evolutionary History Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781615195312
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Published: The Experiment - March 19th, 2019

Of the many questions science has tackled through the centuries, one of the most difficult has been to define human nature. We’ve always seen ourselves as distinct from all other forms of life even as our investigations have steadily shown that we’re not as different as we think. We aren’t, after all, the only species that communicates, makes and uses tools, or has sex for reasons other than procreation. In this detailed exploration of our uncertain place in the animal kingdom, Rutherford, a broadcaster and the author of Creation and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, argues that the essence of being human is exactly this ability to formulate the paradox of ourselves as both like other animals and distinct from them. Rutherford will be in conversation with David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene and the forthcoming book Range.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Elizabeth McCracken - Bowlaway — in conversation with Matthew Klam — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, March 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Bowlaway: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062862853
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Published: Ecco - February 5th, 2019

This event is rescheduled from Feb. 8.

From the moment Bertha Truitt materializes in a Salford, Massachusetts, cemetery to the time she dies in a freak accident, she’s the town’s most charming—and enigmatic—character. She mystifies the community with her unexplained stash of gold and her decision to marry the doctor who found her, but keeps everyone entertained with her popular candlepin bowling alley. After she dies, her story continues with an unexpected chapter when a long-lost son shows up. Written with McCracken’s signature wit and compassion, this novel by the award-winning author of Thunderstruck & Other Stories and The Giant’s House is an insightful and endearing picture of small-town America over the course of several generations. McCracken will be in conversation with Matthew Klam, author of Who is Rich?

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

Suzannah Lessard - The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape — in conversation with Howard Norman

Saturday, March 23, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Absent Hand: Reimagining Our American Landscape Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640092211
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - March 12th, 2019

In her wide-ranging collection of essays, Lessard, a longtime New Yorker writer, founding editor of The Washington Monthly, and a self-described “collector of places,” combines sharply observed description, history, and philosophical reflection to explore the meaning of landscapes. As she guides us through places that have meant something to her personally—the Hudson River Valley, a neighborhood in Brooklyn—as well as those with larger resonance, such as preserved Civil War battlefields, whitewashed Southern plantations, the King of Prussia shopping mall, and the Columbia University campus, Lessard shows not only how different places shape the lives that inhabit them, but presents American landscape itself as a metaphor for recent shifts in national consciousness.

Lessard will be in conversation with Howard Norman, winner of the Lannan Award for literature and author of many novels, most recently the upcoming The Ghost Clause.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Xi Xu - This Fish Is Fowl: Essays of Being

Saturday, March 23, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
This Fish Is Fowl: Essays of Being (American Lives ) Cover Image
By Xi Xu
$19.95
ISBN: 9781496206824
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 2019

An Indonesian of Chinese descent with roots in Hong Kong and citizenship in the U.S., Xi rejects notions of borders, and her essays—like her life—cover wide swaths of ground. Writing from multiple centers at once, she combines the intensely personal with the analytical to reflect on the Dreamers and on Hong Kong as well as to consider what it means today to “belong”—a question she interweaves with accounts of her role as caregiver during her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, her two marriages and current partnership, and the long deliberation about career choices that took her first to the corporate world and then to literature and academia. Co-director of the international MFA program in creative writing and literary translation at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Xi has written two novels and a memoir.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Laurie Halse Anderson - Shout—in conversation with Jill Filipovic at GW Jack Morton Auditorium

Saturday, March 23, 4:00 pm
SHOUT Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670012107
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

Speak 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780374311254
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 15th, 2019

Speak 20th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250302359
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Published: Square Fish - January 15th, 2019

Speak: The Graphic Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780374300289
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 6th, 2018

The Impossible Knife of Memory Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147510723
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Published: Speak - June 2nd, 2015

The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781568588438
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Published: Bold Type Books - May 2018

Join Laurie Halse Anderson, the award-winning author of SPEAK, who presents SHOUT, a searing poetic memoir for the #MeToo era. Anderson will be joined in conversation by a special guest special guest Jill Filipovic.

Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak opened the door for a national dialogue about rape culture and consent. Now, twenty years later, she reveals her personal history as a rape survivor in SHOUT (on sale March 12, 2019).

In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, devastating and triumphant, SHOUT is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is for mature audiences only. Children under 13 will not be admitted.

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council.

Jill Filipovic is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, lawyer, and the author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness. A contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, she is also a weekly columnist for CNN and a current New America Future of War fellow. Formerly a columnist for the Guardian and Cosmopolitan.com’s senior political writer, her work on law, politics, gender and foreign affairs has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME, Vice, Foreign Policy, Marie Claire, and others.

Tickets:

1 ticket and 1 copy of SHOUT - $22 ($20 members)
1 student ticket and 1 copy of SHOUT - ($19.00) Valid student ID must be shown at Will Call
1 student ticket only - $10.00 ($8.00 GWU students) Valid student ID must be shown at Will Call

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GW Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Michael Ames - American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan

Saturday, March 23, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735221048
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Published: Penguin Press - March 12th, 2019

Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl left his post in eastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, and was held by the Taliban until May 31, 2014. He later pleaded guilty to desertion and was dishonorably discharged, but the case has been surrounded by questions and controversy ever since. In this comprehensive report of both the government’s clumsy handling of the incident—which reflects the larger problems of the conflict in general—and Bergdahl’s actions, motives, and background, Ames, a military reporter who lived in Bergdahl’s hometown for nine years, sets the record straight. Co-authored with Afghanistan War vet Matt Farwell and drawing on more than one hundred interviews with sources including cabinet-level officials, diplomats, intelligence officers, and Bergdahl’s friends, he proves that Bergdahl deliberately abandoned his post to protest the way the U.S. was conducting the war.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Josh Frank - Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, March 23, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781594749230
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Published: Quirk Books - March 19th, 2019

In the late 1930s, the great surrealist painter Salvador Dalí teamed up with the Marx Brothers, writing the script of a film to be called Giraffes on Horseback Salad. MGM rejected the project and the manuscript was believed to be lost. Then Frank, author of the Pixies oral history Fool the World, found it and, in a stroke of genius, teamed with comedian Tim Heidecker to recreate the film as a full-color graphic novel, a genre which allows perhaps more range to the original creators’ fantastic absurdity than film would have. Through mind-bending patterns, wildly shifting color schemes, and flamboyant composition, the book follows the strange attraction of an ordinary businessman—to have been played by Harpo—to a siren known as the Surrealist Woman.

This event is part of P&P's Film Series at Union Market, along with David Thomson with Sleeping with Strangers, Mallory O'Meara with The Lady from the Black Lagoon, and Victoria Riskin with Fay Wray and Robert Riskin.

P&P is proud to partner with Angelika Pop-up to offer attendees the chance to win a night at the movies. At each Film Series event, you can enter a raffle for five movie passes to the Angelika with two large popcorns. You can enter the raffle once at each P&P Film Series event, so the more readings you attend, the better your chances!

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

David Downie - The Gardener of Eden — in conversation with Colleen Daly

Sunday, March 24, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Gardener of Eden Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781643130040
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Published: Pegasus Books - March 5th, 2019

Best known for his guides to and celebrations of the City of Light—A Passion for Paris, Paris to the Pyrenees, and A Taste of Paris—Downie is also an accomplished fiction writer. His third novel is a haunting story of ghosts and secrets set in the fading coastal town of Carverville. James, something of a prodigal son, returns to the town after forty years. Not exactly welcomed with open arms, he finds work at a dilapidated resort. Then he makes a grisly discovery, one that forces him to confront his past and endangers his future, leaving him open to the full brunt of the town’s festering suspicions and conspiracy theories. Downie will be in conversation with Colleen Daly, an editor and writing coach who has run a library and worked at the American Academy in Rome.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mary Pipher - Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age

Sunday, March 24, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781632869609
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 15th, 2019

Pipher gained national recognition in 1994 with her now classic Reviving Ophelia, which challenged assumptions about teenage girls. Now the psychologist who earned the title “cultural therapist” to a generation examines the myriad issues people face as they age. Addressed primarily, but not exclusively, to women, Pipher focuses on cultural and developmental challenges ranging from misogyny and ageism to illness and mortality. With insightful stories drawn from her experience as a mother, daughter, and caregiver and from her long clinical practice, she illustrates how to accommodate change by cultivating new interests; how to avoid isolation by joining groups and focusing on friendships; and how to reframe even loss as a positive experience by letting go of the “false selves” that have inhibited joy and authenticity in the past.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

POSTPONED: Patricia S. Lemer - Outsmarting Autism: Build Healthy Foundations for Communication, Socialization, and Behavior at All Ages

Sunday, March 24, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Outsmarting Autism, Updated and Expanded: Build Healthy Foundations for Communication, Socialization, and Behavior at All Ages Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781623173203
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Published: North Atlantic Books - March 19th, 2019

This event has been postponed.

Now revised and updated, Lemer’s award-winning guide to autism and Asperger syndrome, first published in 2014, remains essential for patients, families, teachers, and caregivers. A licensed professional counselor with over forty years of experience as an educational diagnostician, Lemer in this comprehensive book addresses autism identification and treatment from conception through adulthood. Emphasizing that each child on the autism spectrum is unique, Lemer uses “Total Load Theory,” considering multiple possible factors in order to find the proper diagnosis and treatment for each case. She describes more than fifty approaches, ranging from modifications in diet and sleep to stress reduction and environmental adjustments.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mitchell S. Jackson - Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Sunday, March 24, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501131707
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Published: Scribner - March 5th, 2019

Jackson, a faculty member of Columbia and New York Universities, won the Ernest Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence for his debut novel, The Residue Years. His second book is a deeply compelling memoir that both recounts his unlikely route to literary success and details the larger picture of the nation’s poverty and discrimination. Taking its title from the calculations he and his family constantly made to stay safe in a dangerous neighborhood, Jackson chronicles his upbringing as part of the small African-American community in overwhelmingly white Portland, Oregon. With a novelist’s sense of craft and characterization and a journalist’s attention to the telling detail, Jackson describes a city of drugs, violence, and poverty, charting the toll these forces take on family life. Jackson will be in conversation with Marita Golden, cofounder and president emeritus of the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

 

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

Annelies Verbeke - Thirty Days & Kristien Hemmerechts - The Woman Who Fed the Dogs — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, March 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thirty Days Cover Image
By Annelies Verbeke, Liz Waters (Translator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781642860054
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Published: World Editions - November 6th, 2018

The Woman Who Fed the Dogs Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781642860078
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Published: World Editions - January 8th, 2019

A prominent Belgian writer whose work has been translated in twenty-four countries, Verbeke has published fiction, short stories, and essays and is also a noted playwright, screenwriter, and columnist. Thirty Days, awarded the prestigious F. Bordewijk Prize for Best Novel, the NRC Book Award for Best Dutch-language Novel of the Year and the Opzij Literature Prize, is the story of Alphonse, a Senegalese man who migrates to Brussels. Alphonse works as a handyman but his true skill is his effortless ability to make people confide in him. As warm and engaging as its protagonist, Verbeke’s book evokes the realities of contemporary urban life through a weave of dreams, stories, and confessions.

Hemmerechts is the author of twenty novels as well as collections of short stories and essays—an impressive body of work which has earned both the Flemish State Prize and the Frans Kellendonk Prize. Her latest novel is a fearless examination of the psyche of a killer. Odette—based on Michelle Martin, who was convicted as an accomplice in the rapes and murders committed by her ex-husband, Marc Dutroux—identities herself, not without a certain pride, as the “most hated woman in Belgium.” As she recounts her role in the horrific crimes, her testimony reveals her as an insightful, reflective, and unremorseful observer.

 

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

Albert Woodfox - Solitary — in conversation with Katherine M. Kimpel

Monday, March 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Solitary Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129086
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Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2019

Convicted of armed robbery in his twenties, Woodfox was sentenced to fifty years in Angola prison. There he learned about the Black Panther’s code of living and commitment to social justice and joined the party. Then in April 1972 he was accused of killing a white guard and, without evidence, put into solitary confinement. For more than forty years, until he was freed in February 2016, he spent 23 hours a day in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell. In this extraordinary memoir, Woodfox, who began his activismfor prisoners’ rights while still in solitary, recounts his harrowing experience as one of the Angola Three. His book is both a searing indictment of the criminal justice system and a tribute to the Black Panther Party, whose principles helped keep him hopeful and compassionate during his long ordeal.

Woodfox will be in conversation with Katherine M. Kimpel, current Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and formerly one of Woodfox's legal representatives.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jennifer L. Eberhardt - Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do

Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224933
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking - March 26th, 2019

Eberhardt, a professor of psychology at Stanford, is one of the foremost experts on unconscious racial bias. Her important new book draws on research—both in the lab and in real-world contexts such as courtrooms, prisons, boardrooms, and on the street—and her own experience to show that you don’t have to be racist to be biased. Nearly all of us are biased, she argues, however much we believe in equality. Tracing bias through all level of society, Eberhardt illustrates how it affects representations and interactions in the media, education, and business. But because these inherent prejudices are in some sense a basic part of human nature, Eberhardt, named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers, believes that we can work together to eradicate them.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bryan Washington - Lot: Stories — in conversation with Nicole Chung — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Lot: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525533672
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2019

Already a noted nonfiction writer and social commentator, Washington makes his eagerly-awaited fiction debut with a fresh and dynamic portrait of Houston. Narrated by a young man growing up black, Latino, and gay, the novel captures Houston’s rich cultural diversity as well as its grittiness and poverty. Through the protagonist’s eyes we experience the effects of gentrification, watch drug dealers at work, and follow the stories of his siblings and neighbors, who include unfaithful spouses, hurricane survivors, a baseball team, and a Guatemalan teen under the protection of a drug lord. Written with deep compassion, the novel is an unflinching exploration of what it means to be part of a community. Washington will be in conversation with Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know.

 

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

Baseball Prospectus 2019, a panel with Craig Goldstein, Emma Baccellieri, Bret Sayre, and R. J. Anderson — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Baseball Prospectus 2019 Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781732355507
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Published: Baseball Prospectus - February 4th, 2019

Based on sabermetric analysis of all aspects of baseball, Baseball Prospectus, now in its 24th edition, is as eagerly awaited as opening day. Compiled by a staff of regular columnists—many of whom have gone on to work for major-league baseball teams—this is the leading resource for advance statistics, many of which were created for and are exclusive to the Prospectus, as well as performance predictions for both domestic and international players and teams, and detailed insider commentary. Join a panel of Prospectus analysts and fellow fans to discuss what’s in store for the 2019 season.

 

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

Damon Young - What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays — in conversation with Panama Jackson — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062684301
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Published: Ecco - March 26th, 2019

Co-founder and editor-in-chief of VerySmartBrothas, senior editor at The Root, columnist for GQ, and one of EBONY’s Power 100, Young is one of the most influential writers on race, class, and gender working today. His memoir is a scathing and painfully funny account of growing up Black in America. In a series of lively essays, Young enumerates the endless anxiety and second-guessing that come with the territory of a racist nation, showing how survival is a process of managing the various neuroses that make him question his competence in every situation. Employing his signature humor and insight, Young both celebrates an idiosyncratic Blackness and critiques white culture, all the while keeping his balance on the ever-shifting ground of what it means to be Black and male. Young will be in conversation with Panama Jackson, co-founder of VerySmartBrothas.com.

 

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

Janet Napolitano - How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11

Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11 Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781541762220
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 26th, 2019

Now president of the University of California, Napolitano served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013. Created in the wake of 9/11 and charged with making America safer, the department oversees some 230,000 employees in twenty-two federal agencies, including those related to intelligence and law enforcement, natural disasters, commercial aviation, border security and ICE, cybersecurity, and terrorism. Answering critics of such a large, wide-ranging, and untraditional agency, Napolitano draws on her experiences—which range from countering security threats during Obama’s inauguration to coordinating responses to Hurricane Sandy and the “Underwear Bomber”—and on the fact that the nation has not had another 9/11, to show that Homeland Security plays an effective and essential role in keeping the nation safe.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Laila Lalami - The Other Americans

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Other Americans: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524747145
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Published: Pantheon - March 26th, 2019

Lalami won multiple awards for The Moor’s Account, her breakout fictional memoir of the forgotten Moroccan slave who was the first black explorer of America. Her new novel shows this talented author equally adept at capturing the socio-political currents of contemporary life. This powerful story starts with the hit-and-run death of a Moroccan immigrant. The incident sparks a series of revelations, confessions, and unexpected connections among a diverse cast of characters including the victim’s daughter, compelled to return to a town she thought she’d left forever; an undocumented man afraid to report what he saw for fear of deportation; a detective unwittingly investigating his own son; an Iraq war vet; and more. Blending elements of a murder mystery, a love story, and a family saga, Lalami deftly explores the divisive terrain of America today.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alice Tapper - Raise Your Hand — in conversation with Jake Tapper

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm
Raise Your Hand Cover Image
By Alice Paul Tapper, Marta Kissi (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524791209
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Published: Penguin Workshop - March 26th, 2019

When Alice Tapper noticed that the girls in her class weren’t participating as much as the boys, she knew she had to do something about it. With help from her Girl Scout troop and her parents, she came up with a patch that other girls could earn if they took a pledge to be more confident in school. Alice even wrote an op-ed about the experience for the New York Times! Inspired by that piece, this picture book illustrates her determination, bravery, and unwillingness to accept the status quo. With Marta Kissi’s delightful illustrations depicting Alice’s story, young readers everywhere will want to follow Alice’s lead and raise their hand! Ages 4-8

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Gretchen Rubin - Outer Order, Inner Calm—at Sixth & I

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm
Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984822802
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harmony - March 5th, 2019

Gretchen Rubin has found that getting control of our stuff makes us feel more in control of our lives. Unfortunately, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn't work for all of us. In Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room For Happiness, Rubin helps us tailor our approach to order and organization to suit our own particular challenges and habits. By getting rid of things we don't use, don't need, or don't love, we’re able to create the order that will make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what's realistic for most people, Gretchen Rubin suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment—one that helps us to create the lives we want. This event will include an author discussion, audience Q&A, and book signing.

Single ticket: $18
1 Ticket and 1 Book: $30 ($28 for members)
2 Tickets and 1 Book: $40 ($38 for members)

Click here to purchase.

 

Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

George Papadopoulos - Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump — in conversation with Michael Isikoff — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781635764932
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Published: Diversion Books - March 26th, 2019

Papadapoulos, a former Trump campaign advisor, was the first member of the president’s administration to plead guilty to charges brought by the Mueller investigation. Now the man Rep. Mark Meadows declared was “the whole reason for the Trump investigation” gives his side of the story. In this explosive account, Papadapoulos argues that "the Russian Collusion Hoax" was the work of a covert network that included American and allied intelligence services bent on preventing warmer relations between the U.S. and Russia, identifies a Western spy now living in a Western nation at the host country’s expense, shares firsthand knowledge that Sessions lied under oath about Russia and Putin, offers evidence that the FBI did not act in good faith, and more.

Papadopoulos will be in conversation with Michael Isikoff, co-host of Yahoo! News' Skullduggery podcast and co-author of the bestselling book Russian Roulette.

 

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

Linda Sue Park - Gondra’s Treasure—at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm
Gondra's Treasure Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544546691
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Published: Clarion Books - April 2nd, 2019

Xander's Panda Party Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547558653
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Published: Clarion Books - September 3rd, 2013

What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Maggie Smith (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781328886118
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarion Books - March 13th, 2018

Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544391017
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Published: Clarion Books - March 8th, 2016

Bee-Bim Bop! Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Ho Baek Lee (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547076713
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Published: Clarion Books - November 10th, 2008

Project Mulberry Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544935211
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Published: Clarion Books - June 6th, 2017

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547577319
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Published: Clarion Books - October 4th, 2011

Gondra is a curious little dragon. Her mom is from the West, and her dad is from the East. Their daughter is a wonderful mix of both and wholly herself. When she asks her parents questions about her ancestry, their answers reveal the beautiful similarities and differences in dragon myths from Eastern and Western cultures—Gondra’s mom breathes fire and uses her wings to fly, while her dad breathes mist and flies by magic. Captivating and richly detailed illustrations pair with quirky and sweet text to pay homage to the cultures and history that make Gondra who she is. Ages 4 to 8.

 

Takoma Park Public Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 200912

Joan Biskupic - The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts

Friday, March 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$32.00
ISBN: 9780465093274
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Published: Basic Books - March 26th, 2019

Biskupic’s authoritative portrait of Chief Justice Roberts presents a brilliant and deeply driven man whose twin goals of carrying out a conservative agenda while also protecting the Court’s image and place in history has led to divisiveness and distrust on and off the bench. Not arguing for or against Roberts’s ideas but striving simply to understand him and his legal philosophy, Biskupic, a legal analyst for CNN and the author of highly praised books on Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, and Sonia Sotomayor, delves into all facets of Roberts’ life to trace the evolution of his thinking. Her revelatory account is informed by her twenty-five years of experience covering the Court as well as by extensive interviews with Roberts’s friends, family, colleagues, and former classmates, and many off-the-record discussions with Justice Roberts himself.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Victoria Riskin - Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, March 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781524747282
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Published: Pantheon - February 26th, 2019

In her dual biography of her parents, Riskin, a TV producer and former president of the Writers Guild of America West, gives a vivid glimpse of Golden Age Hollywood. Her mother, Fay Wray (1907-2004), played the iconic “scream queen,” Ann Darrow, in the original 1933 King Kong and her father, Robert Riskin (1897-1955), won an Oscar in 1935 for writing the screenplay for Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night. Both were part of dozens of films and had independently risen from rags to riches by the time they became a couple in 1940. Describing plots that could have come from the pair’s films, Riskin recounts Wray’s first, stormy marriage to the brilliant but hard-drinking screenwriter John Monk Saunders, and looks back on her father’s long bachelorhood, when he dated stars like Carole Lombard while developing the classic screwball comedy.

This event is part of P&P's Film Series at Union Market, along with David Thomson with Sleeping with Strangers, Mallory O'Meara with The Lady from the Black Lagoon, and Josh Frank with Giraffes on Horseback Salad.

P&P is proud to partner with Angelika Pop-up to offer attendees the chance to win a night at the movies. At each Film Series event, you can enter a raffle for five movie passes to the Angelika with two large popcorns. You can enter the raffle once at each P&P Film Series event, so the more readings you attend, the better your chances!

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

Darrell M. West - Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyperconflict in the Trump Era

Saturday, March 30, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$24.99
ISBN: 9780815736912
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - March 26th, 2019

West grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family in rural Ohio, a background that may seem surprising for someone who has long been part of the liberal East Coast establishment. In this analysis of the deep divisions tearing the country apart, West, founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and editor-in-chief of TechTank and former Director of Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy, draws on his personal background as well as his professional experience to explain the views of both sides in the angry stand-off between progressives and conservatives. Warning that the divisiveness has become a tribalism that threatens to subvert democracy, he issues a call to action to people to bridge their differences and work together to make a new way forward.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cara Robertson - The Trial of Lizzie Borden

Saturday, March 30, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781501168376
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 12th, 2019

A writer and lawyer, Robertson has been researching the Lizzie Borden case since she was a senior at Harvard; she published her first paper on the trial in the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities in 1997. Separating facts from the many myths that surround the grisly 1892 axe murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, Robertson draws almost exclusively on primary sources, including trial transcripts, contemporary accounts, and recently discovered letters from Lizzie. Her meticulous examination of the case emphasizes how the social expectations and biases of the Gilded Age influenced Lizzie’s treatment and set the stage for the enduring legend Borden has become.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Julie Langsdorf - White Elephant — in conversation with Susan Coll

Saturday, March 30, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
White Elephant: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062857750
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Published: Ecco - March 26th, 2019

The residents of tony Willard Park have their own vision for their community, and when Nick, an ambitious developer, builds a flashy, outsize house in the neighborhood, they resent it. Then when Nick gives the property more visibility by cutting down the neighbors’ red maple, the simmering resentments explode. As order breaks down and people argue their competing versions of the American Dream, Langsdorf follows the chaos through its effects on the lives of three couples. Like her short fiction, Langsdorf’s debut novel is sharply observed and darkly funny, with a cast of vivid characters that include a lawyer with a pot habit, an outwardly unassuming wife compulsively drawn to trouble, a teenage girl caught up in a prank, and the complex community of Willard Park itself. Langsdorf will be in conversation with Susan Coll, author most recently of The Stager.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nerds! Trivia Night

Saturday, March 30, 8:00 pm

Join us for a night of D.C. trivia!

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

Amy Hempel - Sing to It: New Stories

Sunday, March 31, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781982109110
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Published: Scribner - March 26th, 2019

Hempel published her first collection of short fiction, Reasons to Live, in 1985 and was instantly recognized as a master of the short story form. Since then she’s honed her suggestive, minimalist art through several additional award-winning collections, culminating in The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel in 2006. Coming a dozen years later, her new collection is a literary event. Showcasing Hempel’s command of the form, the book ranges from the one-page title story that conveys an entire narrative with just a few bits of dialogue, a proverb, and a gesture, to a novella-length piece about a Florida caregiver haunted by memories of the child she gave up years before. Written with Hempel’s signature compressed prose and expansive emotional power, each story stands out for its spirit, compassion, and technical virtuosity.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Eric O'Neill - Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America's First Cyber Spy

Sunday, March 31, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525573524
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Published: Crown - March 26th, 2019

A frequent speaker on espionage, national security, cybersecurity, corporate defense, hacking, and Russia, O’Neill got his experience early: at age twenty-six, he was assigned to investigate an FBI agent suspected of funneling nuclear and other secrets to Russia for two decades. Working undercover as a computer security specialist, O’Neill gathered sufficient information for the government to successfully prosecute Robert Hanssen, who was sentenced to fifteen consecutive life sentences for spying. Using the case as a lens through which to view Russia’s post-Cold War cyberespionage activities, O’Neill also gives a fascinating inside view of spy craft and tells a true story with all the drama and psychological suspense of a thriller.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nathan Englander - kaddish.com — in conversation with Glen Welden — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Sunday, March 31, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781524732752
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Published: Knopf - March 26th, 2019

Englander burst on the literary scene in 1999 with the breathtaking stories of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges. Through a second collection and two novels, The Ministry of Special Cases and Dinner at the Center of the Earth, he’s honed his wit to an even finer, more excruciating edge. His latest novel combines his signature themes—religion, family, irreverence—for an insightful and very funny look at Larry, a secular Jew living in Brooklyn. When his father dies, Larry refuses to recite the Kaddish each night for eleven months, instead hiring someone through a web site to do it for him. Then, guilt-stricken, Larry undergoes a spiritual transformation, changes his name to Shuli, and becomes a teacher of Hebrew studies. A sly parable for the digital era, Englander’s work is also a serious exploration of traditional Jewish ideas of the soul and afterlife.

Englander will be in conversation with NPR's Glen Weldon

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

David Rowell - Wherever the Sound Takes You: Heroics and Heartbreak in Music Making — with accompaniment by Bob Funck

Sunday, March 31, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$22.50
ISBN: 9780226477558
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 22nd, 2019

Rowell is best known as deputy editor of the Washington Post Magazine and author of The Train of Small Mercies, but he’s also a devoted amateur drummer, and his new book chronicles his passionate quest to understand what lies behind the tremendous emotions music evokes in those who make it. Traveling across the country, Rowell visited a wide range of musicians—from Peter Frampton to death metal bands to a reclusive Christian drummer—asking each about their relationship to their instrument and their music. The result is a combination love letter to the art, lively tour of clubs, concert halls, and street corners, and a philosophical meditation on our most profound feelings. Rowell will be accompanied by Bob Funck, a singer-songwriter based in Durham, N.C., and cofounder of NC Songsmiths, a collective of North Carolina songwriters.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nyasha Chikowore - Giraffe Asks for Help—in Children and Teens

Monday, April 1, 7:00 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781433829468
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Published: Magination Press - April 2nd, 2019

Gary Giraffe is so excited for his sixth birthday because that is when he’ll finally be able to reach the acacia leaves on his own. But then the day comes, and he’s still not tall enough to reach the yummy, distant leaves. Gary gets frustrated. If all the other giraffes can do it, why can’t he? He doesn’t want to ask for help, but his friends convince him that everyone needs a helping hand now and then. Punchy and emphatic text complements sweet illustrations of safari animals and demonstrate that it’s always okay to ask for help. Ages 4-8. In Conversation with Panama Jackson, Senior Editor of Very Smart Brothas.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jacqueline Winspear - The American Agent: A Maisie Dobbs Novel — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, April 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062436665
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Published: Harper - March 26th, 2019

Winspear introduced Maisie Dobbs in 2003 and since then has followed the intrepid psychologist/investigator through an engaging set of mysteries stemming from events in both World Wars, the Great Depression, and the Spanish Civil War. The fifteenth book in the series opens just as the Germans are unleashing the blitzkrieg on England. When an American journalist covering the war is found dead, Maisie is called in to help find out what happened. She’s working for both British officials and the American agent, Mark Scott, who helped her escape Hitler’s Germany in 1938, and her attention is split between the case, the man, and a young evacuee she wants to adopt. Writing with her signature attention to detail, Winspear vividly evokes the era and tells a story that’s as moving as it is compelling.

 

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

Anuradha Bhagwati - Unbecoming: A Memoir of Disobedience — in conversation with Soraya Chemaly

Monday, April 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781501162541
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Published: Atria Books - March 26th, 2019

It wasn’t until she was in graduate school that Bhagwati, now a writer and activist, rebelled against the expectations her family had imposed on her and left the Ivy League to join the Marines. She deliberately chose the toughest branch of the military, determined to prove herself in new ways. The experience turned out to be harder than she’d expected, and her memoir recounts her battles against racism, misogyny, and abuse of power. When she left the service she vowed to change the system, and by founding the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), she did. Working to call attention to sexual violence in the military, SWAN has helped initiate substantial policy reforms with the Departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs, including overturning the ban on women in combat. Bhagwati will be in conversation with Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Evan Thomas - First: Sandra Day O'Connor

Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$32.00
ISBN: 9780399589287
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Published: Random House - March 19th, 2019

Writing with the same narrative flair, sense of history and politics, and deep insight into people and institutions that made his Being Nixon, Ike’s Bluff, and Wise Men essential Washington reading, Thomas now delivers an authoritative, compelling, and intimate portrait of Sandra Day O’Connor. Drawing on exclusive access to Justice O’Connor, her papers, and internal Supreme Court documents, along with interviews with the Justice’s family, friends, law clerks, and colleagues, Thomas chronicles in detail the life of the first woman Supreme Court Justice from her upbringing on an Arizona cattle ranch, her stellar academic career, and her shattering of glass ceilings in law, academia, and state government, to her tenure on the High Court from 1981 to 2006 and her resignation due to ill health. As Thomas masterfully shows, O’Connor left a powerful legacy in both jurisprudence and the popular imagination.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nita Contreras and Andrea R. Flores - YES SHE CAN: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House—in Children and Teens

Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm
Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House Cover Image
By Molly Dillon (Compiled by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984848451
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - March 5th, 2019

When Barack Obama was elected as President of the United States, one of his many priorities was to ensure that his staff reflected the population of his country. That meant hiring women—women of all ages and colors—to be part of his White House. Yes She Can is a collection of essays written by those very women. They came of age in the Obama era and dedicated their lives to public service. In poignant and inspiring essays, these women recall what it was like to be part of a team changing the world. Join Politics & Prose as we welcome Nita Contreras, former Assistant Staff Secretary, and Andrea R. Flores, former Policy Assistant for Immigration and Rural Affairs for an evening discussing their experiences in the Obama administration.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Melanie S. Hatter - Malawi's Sisters & David Ebenbach - Some Unimaginable Animal — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$19.95
ISBN: 9781945588303
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Published: Four Way Books - March 15th, 2019

$16.00
SKU: 9781949039238

In awarding Hatter’s novel the inaugural Kimbilio National Fiction Prize, Edwidge Danticat noted that it is “both timely and well executed,” and called it “the kind of book that might encourage and inspire in-depth conversations and … help readers think more deeply about a subject they might have mistakenly thought they knew all about." That subject is the murder of Black people and the effect the violence has on those left behind. Hatter, also the author of Let No One Weep for Me, Stories of Love and Loss and The Color of My Soul, winner of the 2011 Washington Writers Publishing House Fiction Prize, explores old and new questions about race and civil rights in 21st-century America through a compelling examination of a D.C. family dealing with the killing of one of its members.

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A versatile and prolific author, Ebenbach is the author of both a chapbook and a full-length book of poetry, three collections of short stories, an award-winning novel, and a guide to the creative process. His latest work is a collection of poems that explores the vast sweep of human history—from myth to archeological remains to the legacy we today will leave for the future. In lines that are often as playful as they are richly observed, Ebenbach envisions how things might have been different “if Eden had been a city” rather than a garden, and reminds us that however dire our particular circumstances seem, “the snow / follows us just to say, get over yourselves, / we all have our problems.”

 

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

POSTPONED: Julie Falatko and Ruth Chan - The Great Indoors

Wednesday, April 3, 10:30 am
The Great Indoors Cover Image
By Julie Falatko, Ruth Chan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368000833
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 9th, 2019

No Boring Stories! Cover Image
By Julie Falatko, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451476821
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

Georgie's Best Bad Day (Georgie and Friends) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722705
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 18th, 2017

This event has been postponed until May 16.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rachel Cusk - The Outline Trilogy (Outline; Transit; Kudos)

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Outline: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250081544
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Published: Picador - February 9th, 2016

Transit: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250151797
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Published: Picador - December 19th, 2017

Kudos: A Novel (Outline Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250207395
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Published: Picador - April 2nd, 2019

When Outline appeared in 2015 it was hailed at once as a departure not only from Cusk’s realist fiction, but as a truly revolutionary step in the evolution of the novel form itself. The book introduced Faye, a writer going through a traumatic divorce that changes her relationship to her sons, her work, and herself. The opening volume finds her teaching in Greece and tracks her through nine conversations in which she mostly listens. She remains, yes, an outline. In the second volume Faye is back in England, renovating a house, just as she’s renovating her life. Again, Cusk reveals her through her shadowy role in conversations. Finally, in Kudos, Faye, remarried, travels through an uneasy Europe to a literary conference. In a series of penetrating monologues, Cusk suggests a frustrating elusiveness at the center of these lives focused on language and representation.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Max Blumenthal - The Management of Savagery: How America's National Security State Feuled the Rise of Al Queda, ISIS, and Donald Trump—at The Wharf

Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Management of Savagery: How America's National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and  Donald Trump Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781788732291
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Published: Verso - April 2nd, 2019

In his new book, Blumenthal, award-winning journalist and author of geo-political studies including Goliath and The 51 Day War, charts the history of American involvement in the Middle East from the Reagan administration to today. His account follows two deeply intertwined strands: the simultaneous rise of international jihadism and Western ultra-nationalism. Starting with Washington’s secret funding of the mujahideen after the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, and moving to the flow of arms that today is more likely to end up with Syrian extremists than with the anti-Assad forces they’re meant for,  Blumenthal charts how the same groups Washington has supported eventually turn their anger against us. Meanwhile, the nation’s domestic politics have become more extreme in their own way, leading to today’s deeply polarized and unsettled society under Trump. 

 

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

Sloane Crosley - Look Alive Out There: Essays — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Look Alive Out There: Essays Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250310415
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Published: Picador - April 2nd, 2019

Now available in paperback, Crosley’s third collection of essays continues the series of witty and engaging takes on her daily misadventures that captivated readers of I Was Told There'd Be Cake, a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor, and How Did You Get This Number. Crosley, also a novelist and contributing editor and books columnist for Vanity Fair, takes us with her as she scales volcanoes, crashes shivas, and plays herself on Gossip Girl. She continues to wield a mean one-liner, but also delves into more serious reflections on her life, delivering thought-provoking observations along with the laughs.

 

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

Barry Lopez - Horizon

Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Horizon Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780394585826
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Published: Knopf - March 19th, 2019

One of our finest nature writers, Lopez has produced distinguished work in several genres and is best known for his classic Arctic Dreams, winner of the 1986 National Book Award. Much of his writing focuses on environmental and humanitarian issues, exploring the complex relationship between human cultures and physical landscapes. His research has taken him through some seventy countries, and in this new collection of essays he combines memoir, history, travel writing, and philosophy to give us an indelible portrait of the current state of the planet. Ranging pole to pole with stops in Oregon, the Galápagos, Africa, and Australia, Lopez explores both geography and the history of exploration itself, from movements of the earliest peoples across Skraeling Island to today’s eco-tourists. Talking with scientists, artists, and local residents, Lopez offers a deeply considered vision of how to live in a broken world.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

A.S. King - Dig—in conversation with Petra Mayer in Children and Teens

Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm
Dig Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994917
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

Still Life with Tornado Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781101994900
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Published: Penguin Books - October 3rd, 2017

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780425290576
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Published: Speak - October 3rd, 2017

A thousand secrets linger beneath the surface of the Hemmings family. Marla and Gottfried Hemmings, only a generation removed from Pennsylvania potato farmers who traded digging potatoes for developing subdivisions, now live happily with their fortune. They don’t share this wealth with their numerous children, instead wanting them to build lives for themselves. But their children and grandchildren’s resentment about this slowly, steadily grows. The far-flung Hemmings descendants gradually find their ways back to each other, just in time to learn a tragic truth about their family. Overflowing with engrossing surrealism, this winding story is a deeply meditative insight into the teenage experience. Ages 14 and up. In conversation with Petra Mayer, NPR Books Editor.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin - How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance

Friday, April 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781568588490
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 26th, 2019

With civil rights, privacy, and basic decency under attack as seldom before, it’s crucial that everyone who cares about democracy resist repressive forces. In this primer on political engagement Colorlines editors Solomon, also an NABJ Award-winning journalist and editor, and Rankin, award-winning author, journalist, and consultant, have gathered essential texts from a wide range of today’s leading organizers, artists, journalists, comedians, and filmmakers including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Reverend Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, Kiese Laymon, Imani Perry, and many more. Urgent and inspirational, this anthology offers wisdom for making resistance a part of daily life for both new and experienced activists.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Author Panel from Kwame Alexander's Versify Imprint - with Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson, Raúl the Third, Lamar Giles, and Kip Wilson

Saturday, April 6, 1:00 pm
The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328557261
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer Cover Image
By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328460837
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

White Rose Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328594433
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Politics & Prose is thrilled to welcome authors from Versify, Kwame Alexander’s new imprint, for an exciting panel event. Versify’s mission is to publish books that celebrate the varied experiences, hopes, and dreams of all children. Focusing on new and established writers, Versify books seek to empower and engage readers of all ages with stories that explore the beauty of the world, and all of its challenges and hope. This event reflects that mission and will entertain the whole family.This is a family event.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robert Alter - The Art of Bible Translation

Saturday, April 6, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780691181493
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Published: Princeton University Press - March 19th, 2019

Alter, emeritus professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at the University of California, Berkeley, has lectured and written on the Bible extensively, but the heart of his scholarship is translation. Over the last several decades he has published acclaimed English versions of various portions of the Hebrew Bible, at last completing his monumental rendering of the entire work in 2018. His new book is a deeply personal account of this long immersion in translating scripture. Among the first of his lessons was the crucial importance of reproducing Biblical Hebrew’s rhythm and cadences. The Bible’s literary style, he believes, “is not some sort of aesthetic embellishment of the ‘message’ of Scripture but the vital medium through which the biblical vision of God, human nature, history, politics, society, and moral value is conveyed.”

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Susan Page - The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty — in conversation with Diane Rehm

Saturday, April 6, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781538713648
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Published: Twelve - April 2nd, 2019

In the first new biography of Barbara Bush (1925-2018) in a decade, Page, the award-winning Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, shows that Bush was far more than just a wife and mother of two different American presidents—unprecedented though that is. Always supportive of the leaders even when in disagreement with their ideas, Bush not only became an astute strategist in their campaigns, she also worked for many years to expand literacy programs and to combat homelessness.

Drawing on her experience covering the White House under six different presidents and on interviews with her subject, Page shows that Barbara Bush, like Eleanor Roosevelt before her, made her own valuable contributions, independent of those of the presidents she was related to. Page will be in conversation with Diane Rehm, host of the On My Mind podcast and formerly The Diane Rehm Show.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Atinuke and Angela Brooksbank - Baby Goes to Market and B Is for Baby—at Union Market

Sunday, April 7, 11:00 am
B is for Baby Cover Image
By Atinuke, Angela Brooksbank (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536201666
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Published: Candlewick - March 12th, 2019

Baby Goes to Market Cover Image
By Atinuke, Angela Brooksbank (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536205527
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Published: Candlewick - March 12th, 2019

Baby Goes to Market Cover Image
By Atinuke, Angela Brooksbank (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763695705
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Published: Candlewick - September 5th, 2017

Atinuke

Angela Brooksbank

Renowned storyteller Atinuke and illustrator Angela Brooksbank share two engaging stories that offer readers a glimpse of what childhood is like in West Africa. In Baby Goes to Market, Mama takes Baby to a bustling Nigerian marketplace, where he collects a bounty of delicious foods. Baby’s big brother travels to Baba’s bungalow to deliver a basket of bananas in B is for Baby. Little does he know that Baby has stowed away on his bicycle. Both stories gently introduce little readers to first concepts, while captivating them with visual humor and rhythmic language.

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

Greg Grandin - The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America — in conversation with Dara Lind

Sunday, April 7, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250179821
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Published: Metropolitan Books - March 5th, 2019

As Grandin shows in his detailed exploration of the meaning of the frontier in American history, the idea of endless expansion has been part of the nation’s identity since the Revolution, and it has played key parts in landmark events including the War of 1898, the New Deal, and the 2016 election. While the country has looked to distant territories to relieve social and economic pressure, however, such distancing has been at best a distraction—allowing us to push problems away rather than to resolve them. Now, as the nation draws inward, we’re walling ourselves up with the fallout of the financial crisis, the ongoing conflicts overseas, and an angry and divided citizenry. The author of books including Fordlandia and Kissinger's Shadow, Grandin has written an important and thought-provoking analysis that both explodes cherished myths and helps explain the rise of Trump. 

Grandin will be in conversation with Dara Lind, senior correspondant at Vox covering immigration.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Michael Dobbs - The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between

Sunday, April 7, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught In Between Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781524733193
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Published: Knopf - April 2nd, 2019

In October 1940 the Nazis expelled 6,504 Jews from southwest Germany to concentration camps in Vichy France. After a long and agonizing struggle, one in four deportees got visas to the U.S. or other countries; the rest died in the French camps or in Auschwitz. This harrowing chapter of the Holocaust is the focus of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s major seven-year exhibition, The Americans and the Holocaust, for which this book is the official publication. Written by Michael Dobbs, a former Washington Post reporter now on the Holocaust Museum staff, the book tells the story of the “unwanted” Jews, many of whom came from the village of Kippenheim. With unprecedented access to letters, journals, and rare photographic evidence of the expulsion, Dobbs vividly recreates the deportees’ experience, juxtaposing it with accounts of the policy debates going on at the same time in the American government.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Dave Barry - Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

Sunday, April 7, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501161155
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 2nd, 2019

Looking for ways to enter middle age with a healthy, upbeat attitude, Barry, the Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist, turned to Lucy, his rescue dog. Embodying the cheerfulness he strove to emulate, Lucy taught Barry seven essential life lessons, including making new friends and staying in touch with old ones, living in the present, letting go of anger and daily grievances, and taking an open, trustful approach to life. Playful yet sincere, this primer for aging well includes wry accounts of Barry’s as well as Lucy’s experiences, along with a healthy dose of Barry’s signature sarcasm and wit.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cherríe Moraga - Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir

Monday, April 8, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374219666
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2019

In this powerful portrait of intergenerational trauma, Moraga interweaves the story of her own coming-of-age as a gender-queer Mexican-American activist with that of her mother, Elvira. In a moving act of preservation, Moraga records the memories Elvira is losing due to Alzheimer’s, chronicling how Elvira’s father hired out his daughter as a child to pick cotton in California’s Imperial Valley, and following the older Elvira as she moved to 1920s Tijuana, where a relationship with a rich white man taught her further lessons in the realities of power. Absorbing these and other truths, Moraga—editor of This Bridge Called My Back and cofounder with Barbara Smith and Audre Lorde of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press—set out on her own path, even as her devotion to activism and the history of her pueblo led her to work to uncover the experience of the Mexican-American diaspora.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Valerie Jarrett - Finding My Voice—at Sixth & I

Monday, April 8, 7:00 pm
Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525558132
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Published: Viking - April 2nd, 2019

In Finding My VoiceValerie Jarrett recounts her work ensuring equality for women and girls, advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving the lives of working families. From a single mother stagnating in corporate law, to finding her voice in Harold Washington's historic administration, to ultimately becoming one of the most visible and influential African-American women of the twenty-first century, Jarrett shares her forthright, optimistic perspective on the importance of leadership and the responsibilities of citizenship in the twenty-first century, inspiring readers to lift their own voices. Jarrett will be in conversation with Anita Dunn, White House communications director and senior adviser to President Obama’s presidential campaigns. This event will include a public book signing.

Ticket Only: $20
1 Ticket + 1 Book: $35 ($33 members)
2 Tickets + 1 Book: $50 ($48 members)

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Susan Kuklin - We Are Here to Stay and Rosa and Erminia - Voces Sin Fronteras—at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Monday, April 8, 7:30 pm
We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults Cover Image
By Susan Kuklin, Susan Kuklin (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763678845
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Published: Candlewick - January 8th, 2019

Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781945434662
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Published: Shout Mouse Press, Inc. - May 10th, 2018

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763673680
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Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2015

Join Politics & Prose at Takoma Park Library for a panel discussion featuring Susan Kuklin, author of We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults, and Rosa and Ermina, young people who contributed to a collection of immigrant stories told in comic form entitled, Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth. This discussion will center on the immigrant experience in America, and will highlight stories of the challenges specifically young people face in their pursuit of new lives. The authors will be joined by Ambar Martin, Ayuda Immigration and Project END Legal Assistant, and the conversation will be moderated by Maritza Solano, Director of Education, CASA.

 

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

Nell Freudenberg - Lost and Wanted — in conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Lost and Wanted: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385352680
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Published: Knopf - April 2nd, 2019

Told from the perspective of a brilliant physicist unmoored by things her science can’t explain, Freudenberg’s eagerly-awaited third novel is as intellectually compelling as it is emotionally powerful. Helen is a tenured professor of physics at MIT, revered by her peers for her work on black holes and beloved by the public for her popular science books. Then one morning her college roommate, Charlie, a talented scholar who left academia for a career as a TV script writer, calls. Charlie has just died, and her call plunges Helen into a tangle of memories and feelings she can’t entirely sort out. Freudenberger, the award-winning author of The Newlyweds and The Dissident, writes with stunning insight about relationships of all kinds, from romance to friendship to parenthood. Freudenberger will be in conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez, novelist and member of the Board of Directors at the PEN/Faulkner Foundation..

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

SOLD OUT: Stacey Abrams - Lead from the Outside—at UDC Theatre of the Arts

Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 pm
Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214805
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Published: Picador - March 26th, 2019

Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and yourself—that you're capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage. Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by political leader, entrepreneur, and nonprofit CEO Stacey Abrams is the handbook for outsiders, written with an eye toward the challenges that hinder women, people of color, the working class, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and millennials ready to make change. Abrams uses her hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, and she includes practical exercises to help you realize your own ambition and hone your skills. Lead from the Outside discusses candidly what Abrams has learned over the course of her impressive career in politics, business, and the nonprofit world: that differences in race, gender, and class provide vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and create real and lasting change.

This event is sold out.

UDC Theater of the Arts
4200 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ronald L. Smith - The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away

Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 am
The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328841605
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Published: Clarion Books - February 19th, 2019

Hoodoo Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544935617
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Published: Clarion Books - July 18th, 2017

Black Panther The Young Prince Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781368008495
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Published: Marvel Press - January 8th, 2019

Simon is obsessed with aliens—the types of extraterrestrials that abduct humans and perform experiments on them. His pragmatic parents don’t pay much attention to Simon’s alien interest, but then something strange happens to him on a camping trip and he can no longer remain silent. Is what happened to Simon real? Or is it just the imagination of a bookish kid who loves video games? Whether or not readers believe in UFOs and aliens, they are sure to enjoy the suspenseful plot and relate to the feeling of not being taken seriously by the adults in their lives. Ages 10-12.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

T. C. Boyle - Outside Looking In: A Novel — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Outside Looking In: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062882981
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Published: Ecco - April 9th, 2019

Boyle has been a central figure in American fiction since the 1970s, publishing more than two dozen novels and collections of short stories, a body of work which has been recognized with the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times. His new work combines fiction, history, and philosophical speculation for a heady look at the 1960s’ encounter with LSD. The story centers on Fitzhugh Loney, a Harvard PhD student, and his wife, who are introduced to the amazing new drug by Timothy Leary. They soon leave clinical research behind, establishing a commune in a sixty-four room mansion where they indulge in a wide range of free-wheeling experiments. Boyle’s energetic and insightful depictions of the group are both entertaining and a provocative exploration of questions of reality, identity, and creativity.

 

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

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