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P&P Live! Toni Bentley — Serenade - with Deborah Garrison

Wednesday, May 18, 6:00 pm
Serenade: A Balanchine Story Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593316399
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Published: Pantheon - April 12th, 2022

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Bentley takes us inside the rarefied, intense, and thrilling world Balanchine created through his lifelong devotion to celebrating and expanding female beauty and strength—a world that, inevitably, passed upon his death. An intimate elegy to grace and loss and to the imprint of a towering artist and his transcendent creation on Bentley’s own life, Serenade: A Balanchine Story is a rich narrative by a dynamic artist about the nature of art itself at its most ephemeral and glorious.

Toni Bentley danced with George Balanchine's New York City Ballet for ten years. She is the author of five books, all named “Notable” by the New York Times, which include Winter Season: A Dancer's Journal, Holding On to the Air (the autobiography of Suzanne Farrell, co-authored with Farrell), Costumes by Karinska, Sisters of Salome, and The Surrender: An Erotic Memoir. Bentley is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and her work has appeared in Best American Essays, as well as in many periodicals, among them the New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Playboy, The Daily Beast, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

Bentley will be in conversation with Bentley will be in conversation with poet and editor Deborah Garrison, who earned a BA at Brown University and an MA in literature at New York University. She is the author of the poetry collections The Second Child: Poems and A Working Girl Can’t Win: And Other Poems. Garrison has edited fiction and nonfiction for the New Yorker, poetry for the Random House imprint Alfred A. Knopf, and fiction and nonfiction for the Random House imprint Pantheon. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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P&P Live! Dana Suskind, M.D.—Parent Nation - in conversation with Katherine Goldstein

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 pm
Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child's Potential, Fulfilling Society's Promise Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593185605
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Published: Dutton - April 26th, 2022

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Dr. Dana Suskind examines the neuroscience of early childhood development, finding the modern world’s departure from community parenting detrimental to kids, parents and society. Her solution is more support for parents during those key early years. With a combination of research and anecdotal data, Dr. Suskind empowers parents to seek help instead of shouldering the burden alone.

Dana Suskind, MD, is Founder and Co-Director of the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, Director of the Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program, and Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Public Policy (affiliated) at the University of Chicago. A recognized thought leader on the national stage, Dana has dedicated her research and clinical life to optimizing foundational brain development and preventing early cognitive disparities and their lifelong impact. Dr. Suskind is the author of Fulfilling Society’s Promise and Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow for the Council on Early Childhood.

The NYTimes, TIME, WashPost, Vox, The Guardian and more have published Katherine Goldstein’s articles on mothers at work, issues facing caregivers and gender equity. She’s a Harvard Nieman Journalism fellow, consultant, and public speaker. Her research and reporting has been supported by The Ford Foundation, The Better Life Lab at New America, and The Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Katherine is also the creator of The Double Shift newsletter, podcast, and member community which is a laboratory for social change work for moms. She lives in Durham, NC and is the mom of 3, including pandemic twins.

 

Washington, DC 20008

Sanaa Seif - in support of Alaa Abd el-Fattah's —You Have Not Yet Been Defeated: Selected Works 2011-2021— with Jackson Diehl at Conn Ave

Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 pm
You Have Not Yet Been Defeated: Selected Works 2011-2021 Cover Image
By Alaa Abd el-Fattah, Naomi Klein (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781644212455
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Published: Seven Stories Press - April 19th, 2022

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Sanaa Seif is an Egyptian filmmaker, producer and political activist. Imprisoned three times under the Sisi regime, she is currently touring the US promoting her imprisoned brother, Alaa Abd el Fattah's, newly published book, You Have Not Yet Been Defeated.

Alaa Abd el-Fattah is arguably the most high-profile political prisoner in Egypt, if not the Arab world, rising to international prominence during the revolution of 2011. A fiercely independent thinker who fuses politics and technology in powerful prose, an activist whose ideas represent a global generation which has only known struggle against a failing system, a public intellectual with the rare courage to offer personal, painful honesty, Alaa’s written voice came to symbolize much of what was fresh, inspiring and revolutionary about the uprisings that have defined the last decade. Collected here for the first time in English are a selection of his essays, social media posts and interviews from 2011 until the present. He has spent the majority of those years in prison, where many of these pieces were written. Together, they present not only a unique account from the frontline of a decade of global upheaval, but a catalogue of ideas about other futures those upheavals could yet reveal. From theories on technology and history to profound reflections on the meaning of prison, You Have Not Yet Been Defeated is a book about the importance of ideas, whatever their cost. 

Jackson Diehl was deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post until August 2021. In a 44-year career at The Washington Post, Diehl has been a foreign correspondent in South America, Europe and the Middle East, an assistant managing editor in charge of international coverage, and an editorial writer and columnist specializing in foreign affairs. From February 2001 until August 2021 he was deputy editorial page editor and helped to manage the Post's editorial board and Opinions staff. He continues to work with the editorial board as an editor and advisor. He has received numerous awards for his work, including from the Overseas Press Club, Inter-American Press Association, Freedom House and the Project on Middle East Democracy. In 2011 he a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing for his work on the movement for democracy in Egypt. He was again a Pulitzer finalist in 2013 for his editorials on Syria. In 2019, his editorials on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi were part of a package of work by the Post that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Gold Medal for public service.

 

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Emma Straub — This Time Tomorrow - with Jennifer Close- at Union Market

Thursday, May 19, 7:00 pm
This Time Tomorrow: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525539001
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2022

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What if you could take a vacation to your past? With her celebrated humor, insight, and heart, beloved New York Times bestseller Emma Straub offers her own twist on traditional time travel tropes, and a different kind of love story in This Time Tomorrow.

Emma Straub is the New York Times–bestselling author of four other novels—All Adults Here, The Vacationers, Modern Lovers, and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures—and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her books have been published in twenty countries. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.

Straub will be in conversation with Jennifer Close, the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Smart One, and The Hopefuls. Born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago, she is a graduate of Boston College and received her M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the New School in 2005. She now lives in Washington, DC, and teaches creative writing at Catapult.

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Ira Shapiro — The Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned America - with John Podesta - at Conn Ave

Thursday, May 19, 7:00 pm
The Betrayal: How Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans Abandoned America Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781538163979
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - May 17th, 2022

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In two previous highly regarded books on the U.S. Senate, Ira Shapiro chronicled the institution from its apogee in the 1970s through its decline in the decades since. Now, in The Betrayal, Shapiro turns his gaze to how the Senate responded to the challenges posed by the Trump administration and its prospects under President Biden. The Founding Fathers gave the US Senate many functions, but it had one fundamental responsibility--its raison d'etre: to provide the check against a dangerous president who threatened our democracy. Two hundred and thirty years later, when Donald Trump, a potential authoritarian, finally reached the White House, the Senate should have served as both America's first and last lines of defense. Instead, we had the nightmare scenario: today's Senate, reduced through a long period of decline to a hyper-partisan, gridlocked shadow of its former self, was unable to meet its fundamental responsibility. Shapiro documents the pivotal challenges facing the Senate during the Trump administration, arguing that the body's failure to provide leadership represents the most catastrophic failure of government in American history. The last section covers the Senate's performance during President Biden's first year in office and looks forward to the 2022 Senate elections and beyond.

Ira Shapiro's forty-five year Washington career has focused on American politics and international trade. Mr. Shapiro served twelve years in senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate, working for a series of distinguished senators. He served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative during the Clinton administration, first as General Counsel and then chief negotiator with Japan and Canada, with the rank of ambassador. From 2012 to 2017, he was the chairman of the National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) and received a Commendation from the Foreign Minister of Japan. He is the author of two previous critically-acclaimed books about the Senate: The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis and Broken: Can the Senate Save Itself and the Country? His articles have appeared in The New York Times, U.S. Today, cnn.com, The Hill, Bloomberg, The Daily Caller, Newsmax, and several local newspapers around the country.

Shapiro will be in conversation with  John Podesta is the founder and chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for American Progress. Podesta served as counselor to President Barack Obama, where he was responsible for coordinating the administration’s climate policy and initiatives. In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team. He was a member of the U.N. Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Podesta previously served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton. He chaired Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in 2016.

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P&P Live! Elise Broach - Duet

Friday, May 20, 1:00 pm
Duet Cover Image
By Elise Broach, Ziyue Chen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316311359
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - May 10th, 2022

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A tuneful goldfinch befriends a shy boy, unleashing his talent and helping him investigate an unsolved mystery involving composer Chopin, author George Sand and painter Eugene Delacroix.

Mirabelle the goldfinch lives in the yard of a piano teacher, dreaming of musical stardom. She notices a boy named Michael who struggles during his weekly lessons. One day Mirabelle joins him, trilling along to Chopin’s Minute Waltz, and the boy’s precocious talent starts to emerge, just in time for the prestigious Chopin Festival. But there’s more to this story – the new friends find themselves drawn into an unsolved mystery involving an old house full of treasures and a piano that might once have belonged to the great composer Frédéric Chopin himself!

Elise Broach is the bestselling author of many books for children and young adults, including Masterpiece, Shakespeare’s Secret, The Wolf Keepers, Desert Crossing, the Superstition Mountain trilogy, and the Masterpiece Adventures chapter book series.

Ages 8-10

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P&P Live! Putsata Reang — Ma and Me - with Charles Yu

Friday, May 20, 6:00 pm
Ma and Me: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374279264
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Published: MCD - May 17th, 2022

 

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When Putsata Reang was eleven months old, her family fled war-torn Cambodia, spending twenty-three days on an overcrowded navy vessel before finding sanctuary at an American naval base in the Philippines. Holding what appeared to be a lifeless baby in her arms, Ma resisted the captain's orders to throw her bundle overboard. Instead, on landing, Ma rushed her baby into the arms of American military nurses and doctors, who saved the child's life. "I had hope, just a little, you were still alive," Ma would tell Put in an oft-repeated story that became family legend.

Putsata Reang is an author and a journalist whose writings have appeared in The New York TimesPoliticoThe GuardianMs, and The Seattle Times, among other publications. Born in Cambodia and raised in rural Oregon, Reang has lived and worked in more than a dozen countries, including Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Thailand. She is an alum of residencies at Hedgebrook, Kimmel Harding Nelson, and Mineral School, and she has received fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Foundation and Jack Straw Writers Program. She teaches memoir writing at the University of Washington's School of Professional & Continuing Education.

Charles Yu is the author of three books, including the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the best books of the year by Time magazine. He received the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two WGA awards for his work on the HBO series Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a number of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired.

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008

Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa — His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice - with Eugene Robinson — at Conn Ave

Friday, May 20, 6:00 pm
His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593490617
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Published: Viking - May 17th, 2022

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His Name Is George Floyd tells the story of a beloved figure from Houston's housing projects as he faced the stifling systemic pressures that come with being a Black man in America. Placing his narrative within the context of the country's enduring legacy of institutional racism, this deeply reported account examines Floyd's family roots in slavery and sharecropping, the segregation of his schools, the overpolicing of his community amid a wave of mass incarceration, and the callous disregard toward his struggle with addiction—putting today's inequality into uniquely human terms. Drawing upon hundreds of interviews with Floyd's closest friends and family, his elementary school teachers and varsity coaches, civil rights icons, and those in the highest seats of political power, Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa offer a poignant and moving exploration of George Floyd’s America, revealing how a man who simply wanted to breathe ended up touching the world.

Robert Samuels is a national political enterprise reporter for The Washington Post who focuses on the intersection of politics, policy, and people. He previously wrote stories about life in the District for the Post’s social issues team. Samuels joined the Post in 2011 after spending nearly five years working at the Miami Herald.   

Toluse Olorunnipa is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for The Washington Post. He joined the Post in 2019 and previously covered the White House. Before that, he spent five years at Bloomberg, where he reported on politics and policy from Washington and Florida.

Eugene Robinson writes a twice-a-week column on politics and culture and hosts a weekly online chat with readers. In a three-decade career at The Washington Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s Style section. He started writing a column for the Op-Ed page in 2005. In 2009, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for “his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.” Robinson is the author of “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” (2010), “Last Dance in Havana” (2004), and “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race” (1999). He lives with his wife and two sons in Arlington.

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Hasanthika Sirisena and Madhushree Ghosh — Dark Tourist: Essays & Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family — at Union Market

Friday, May 20, 7:00 pm
Dark Tourist: Essays (21st Century Essays) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780814258125
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Published: Mad Creek Books - December 10th, 2021

Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family (FoodStory) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781609388232
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Published: University Of Iowa Press - April 4th, 2022

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Dark tourism—visiting sites of war, violence, and other traumas experienced by others—takes different forms in Hasanthika Sirisena’s stunning excavation of the unexpected places (and ways) in which personal identity and the riptides of history meet. The 1961 plane crash that left a nuclear warhead buried near her North Carolina hometown, juxtaposed with reflections on her father’s stroke. A visit to Jaffna in Sri Lanka—the country of her birth, yet where she is unmistakably a foreigner—to view sites from the recent civil war, already layered over with the narratives of the victors. A fraught memory of her time as a young art student in Chicago that is uneasily foundational to her bisexual, queer identity today. The ways that life-changing impairments following a severe eye injury have shaped her thinking about disability and self-worth. 

Hasanthika Sirisena (she/they) is a writer and cartoonist and a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of the short story collection The Other One.

Khabaar is a food memoir and personal narrative that braids the global journeys of South Asian food through immigration, migration, and indenture. Focusing on chefs, home cooks, and food stall owners, the book questions what it means to belong and what does belonging in a new place look like in the foods carried over from the old country? These questions are integral to the author’s own immigrant journey to America as a daughter of Indian refugees (from what’s now Bangladesh to India during the 1947 Partition of India); as a woman of color in science; as a woman who left an abusive marriage; and as a woman who keeps her parents’ memory alive through her Bengali food.

Madhushree Ghosh works in oncology diagnostics, and is a social justice activist. Her work has been awarded a Notable Mention in Best American Essays in Food Writing and a Pushcart Prize nomination. She lives in San Diego, California.

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Victoria Pratt — The Power of Dignity - at Conn Ave

Saturday, May 21, 1:00 pm
The Power of Dignity: How Transforming Justice Can Heal Our Communities Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541674837
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Published: Seal Press - May 10th, 2022

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The Black and Latina daughter of a working-class family, Victoria Pratt learned to treat everyone with dignity, no matter their background. When she became Newark Municipal Court’s chief judge, she knew well the inequities that poor, mentally ill, Black, and brown people faced in the criminal justice system. Pratt’s reforms transformed her courtroom into a place for problem-solving and a resource for healing. She assigned essays to defendants so that the court could understand their hardships and kept people out of jail through alternative sentencing and nonprofit partnerships. She became the judge of second chances, because she knew too few get a first one. 

With a foreword from Senator Cory Booker, The Power of Dignity shows how we can transform courtrooms, neighborhoods, and our nation to support the vulnerable and heal community rifts. That’s the power of dignity. 

The Honorable Victoria Pratt served as the chief judge of the Newark Municipal Court, is a professor at the Rutgers-Newark School of Criminal Justice and has taught at the Rutgers School of Law-Newark. Her TED talk, “How Judges Can Show Respect,” has been viewed over thirty million times.

 

 

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Kathryn Miles — Trailed - with Carolyn Forché - at Conn Ave

Saturday, May 21, 3:00 pm
Trailed: One Woman's Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781616209094
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 3rd, 2022

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Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders  is a riveting, eye-opening, and heartbreaking work, offering a braided narrative about two remarkable women who were murdered doing what they most loved, the forensics of this cold case, and the surprising pervasiveness and long shadows cast by violence against women in the backcountry. 

Kathryn Miles is the author of five books. Her essays and articles have appeared in publications such as Audubon, Best American Essays, Best American Sports Writing, the BostonGlobe, the New York Times, Outside, Politico, and Time. A contributing editor at Down East magazine, Miles also serves as a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council and as a faculty member in several MFA programs. 

Miles will be in conversation with Carolyn Forché, a poet, memoirist, translator, and editor. Her most recent works include In the Lateness of the World, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and winner of the American Book Award and her memoir What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance, which won the Juan E. Mendez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America, was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction, a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and a finalist for the James Tait Black Prize in the United Kingdom. She is a University Professor in the Department of English at Georgetown University and has been a human rights activist for thirty years. 

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Francis Fukuyama — Liberalism and Its Discontents - at Conn Ave

Saturday, May 21, 5:00 pm
Liberalism and Its Discontents Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374606718
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 10th, 2022

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It's no secret that liberalism didn't always live up to its own ideals. In America, many people were denied equality before the law. Who counted as full human beings worthy of universal rights was contested for centuries, and only recently has this circle expanded to include women, African Americans, LGBTQ+ people, and others. Conservatives complain that liberalism empties the common life of meaning. As the renowned political philosopher Francis Fukuyama shows in Liberalism and Its Discontents, the principles of liberalism have also, in recent decades, been pushed to new extremes by both the right and the left: neoliberals made a cult of economic freedom, and progressives focused on identity over human universality as central to their political vision. The result, Fukuyama argues, has been a fracturing of our civil society and an increasing peril to our democracy.

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University and at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director in the State Department's policy planning staff. He is the author of Identity, Political Order and Political Decay, The Origins of Political Order, The End of History and the Last Man, Trust, and America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. He lives with his wife in California. 

 

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Reyna Grande — A Ballad of Love and Glory - with Lauren Francis-Sharma - at Conn Ave

Sunday, May 22, 3:00 pm
A Ballad of Love and Glory: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982165260
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Published: Atria Books - March 15th, 2022

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Heartbreaking and lyrical, Reyna Grande’s spellbinding saga, A Ballad Of Love and Glory, inspired by true events and historical figures, brings these two unforgettable characters to life and illuminates a largely forgotten moment in history that impacts the US-México border to this day.

Reyna Grande is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and writing teacher. As a girl, she crossed the US–México border to join her family in Los Angeles, a harrowing journey chronicled in The Distance Between Us, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her other books include the novels Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing with Butterflies, and the memoirs The Distance Between Us: Young Reader’s Editionand A Dream Called Home. Featured on Oprah's Book Club, NPR's Morning edition, the BBC, CNN, Univision, and The New York Times, among others, Reyna Grande has become a powerful voice in the Latinx community and beyond.

Grande will be in conversation with Lauren Francis-Sharma, the author of Book of the Little Axe, the 2020 American Library Association’s “Libraries Transform Book Pick” and a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award in Fiction. Her first novel, 'Til the Well Runs Dry was awarded the Honor Fiction Prize by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan Law School. Her more recent work can be found at Barrelhouse, ElectricLit, The Lily, as well as the anthology, Us Against Alzheimer’s. Lauren is a book reviewer for The San Francisco Chronicle, a MacDowell Fellow, serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and is the Assistant Director of Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference at Middlebury College.

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Frederick Joseph — Patriarchy Blues - with Danté Stewart - at Conn Ave

Sunday, May 22, 5:00 pm
Patriarchy Blues: Reflections on Manhood Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063138322
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 17th, 2022

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Written in Joseph’s unique voice, with an intelligence and raw honesty that demonstrates both his vulnerability and compassion, Patriarchy Blues forces us to consider the joys, pains, and destructive nature of manhood and the stereotypes it engenders.

Frederick Joseph is the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Friend, and an award-winning marketing professional and media representation advocate recently selected for the Forbes Under 30 List. He’s also the winner of the 2018 Comic-Con Humanitarian of the Year Award and a member of the 2018 Root 100 List of Most Influential African Americans. He was the sole creator of the largest GoFundMe campaign in history, the #BlackPantherChallenge, which ultimately generated over $43 million dollars in earned advertising and media for Disney and raised over $950K and allowed more than 75,000 children worldwide to see 'Black Panther’ for free. He is also the creator of the largest individual Covid-19 support effort, the #RentRelief campaign, which has raised over $2 million dollars. In addition, Fred was a national surrogate for the Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns. Joseph consistently writes about marketing, culture, and politics for the Huffington Post, USA Today, NowThisNews, The Independent, amongst others and is a current contributor at AdWeek. 

Joseph will be in conversation with Danté Stewart is a theologian, essayist, cultural critic, and author of Shoutin’ In The Fire: An American Epistle. Named by Religion News Service as one of “Ten Up-And-Coming Faith Influencers”, his work has been featured on CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, ESPN’s The Undefeated, Sojourners, Religion News Service, and more. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Clemson University. He is currently studying at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga and TAB Digital Pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga.

 

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P&P Live!: Panel discussion - Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands

Monday, May 23, 6:00 pm
Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands Cover Image
By Dorothy Moss, Nancy Lim (Contributions by), Lucy R. Lippard (Contributions by), Elizabeth Partridge (Contributions by), Philip Tinari (Contributions by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780300257441
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Published: Yale University Press - June 29th, 2021

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This event will be held in partnership with National Portrait Gallery and USCET.

A major survey of contemporary artist Hung Liu, whose layered portraits explore history and memory through the stories of marginalized figures

Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands presents the stunning work of this contemporary Chinese American artist. Liu (1948–2021) blends painting and photography to offer new frameworks for understanding portraiture in relation to time, memory, and history. Often working from photographs, she uses portraiture to elevate overlooked subjects, amplifying the stories of those who have historically been invisible or unheard. This richly illustrated book examines six decades of Liu’s painting, photography, and drawing. Author Dorothy Moss illuminates the importance of family photographs in Liu’s work; Nancy Lim examines the origins of Liu’s artistic practice; Lucy R. Lippard explores issues of identity and multiculturalism; and Elizabeth Partridge focuses on Liu’s recent series based on Dorothea Lange’s Depression-era photographs. Philip Tinari, along with artists Amy Sherald and Carrie Mae Weems, among others, conveys Liu’s impact on contemporary art. Having lived through war, political revolution, exile, and displacement, Liu paints a complex picture of an Asian Pacific American experience. Her portraits speak powerfully to those seeking a better life, in the United States and elsewhere.

Join authors of the exhibition catalogue and close friends of Hung Liu (1948–2021) as they discuss her contributions to contemporary art and reflect on her legacy and work to advocate for women, human rights, and world peace. This conversation will be presented during the final week of Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands, on view at the National Portrait Gallery through May 30.

Panelists will include five of the book’s authors:

Dorothy Moss is curator of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery. She organized the exhibition Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands and edited the accompanying catalogue.

Jeff Kelley is an art critic and Hung Liu’s husband. He met the artist when they were attending graduate school at the University of California, San Diego.

Elizabeth Partridge is an award-winning author, who lives in Berkeley, California. Her latest book is Parks for the People: How Frederick Law Olmsted Designed America (Viking Books for Young Readers, 2022).

Enrique Chagoya is a painter, printmaker, and professor at Stanford University. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2021 and has work in several major public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.

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Washington, DC 20008

Jacinda Townsend — Mother Country - with Melissa Scholes Young — at Conn Ave

Monday, May 23, 7:00 pm
Mother Country: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781644450871
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 3rd, 2022

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A transnational feminist novel about human trafficking and motherhood from an award-winning author.

Jacinda Townsend is the author of Saint Monkey, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Melissa Scholes Young is the author of the novels The Hive and Flood and editor of Grace in Darkness and Furious Gravity, two anthologies by women writers. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Ms., Washington Post, Poets & Writers, Ploughshares, Literary Hub, and Believer Magazine. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Foundation, the Center for Mark Twain Studies, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri, she is a professor in Literature at American University.

 

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Tsering Yangzom Lama — We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies - with Maaza Mengiste

Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781635576412
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 17th, 2022

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For readers of Homegoing and The Leavers, a compelling and profound debut novel about a Tibetan family's journey through exile.

Tsering Yangzom Lama holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from the University of British Columbia in creative writing and international relations. She has received grants and residencies from the Canada Council for the Arts, Art Omi, Hedgebrook, Tin House, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, among others. Tsering was born and raised in Nepal, and has since lived in Vancouver, Toronto, and New York City. 

Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Maaza Mengiste received a 2020 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Also a Fulbright Scholar and a professor at Queens College, she is the author of The Shadow King and Beneath the Lion's Gaze, and a 2018 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives in New York City. 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Sayantani Dasgupta — Debating Darcy - with Chelsea Clinton

Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781338797695
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 19th, 2022

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A modern, South Asian American reinterpretation of Pride and Prejudice that covers issues like classism and sexism with humor and wit. Leela Bose is the woman to beat in the world of high school forensics. Firoze Darcy, a debater from an elitist private school, thinks differently. Leela plans to trounce him in the state competitions, switching to his debate category so they can face off and she can prove once and for all that, women are more powerful than men. But as she learns more about her rival, the stakes become complex and Leela must challenge her assumptions. An invigorating take on an Austen classic.

Sayantani Dasgupta is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed, Bengali folktale and string theory-inspired Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond books, the first of which -- The Serpent's Secret -- was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Best Middle Grade Novel of the 21st Century, and an E. B. White Read Aloud Honor Book. Sayantani is a pediatrician by training, but now teaches at Columbia University. She is a team member of We Need Diverse Books, and can be found online at sayantanidasgupta.com.

Chelsea Clinton is the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, working to improve lives and inspire emerging leaders across the United States and around the world. A longtime public health advocate, Chelsea also serves on the board of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and uses her platform to increase awareness around issues such as vaccine hesitancy, childhood obesity, and health equity. In addition to her Foundation work, Chelsea teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and has written several books for young readers, including the #1 New York Times bestselling She Persisted series as well as many other books. Chelsea’s podcast, In Fact with Chelsea Clinton, premiered in 2021. She is also the co-founder of HiddenLight Productions, a global entertainment studio. Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a Master of Public Health from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.

 

Ages 13+

 

Washington, DC 20008

D. Watkins - Black Boy Smile - with April Ryan - at Union Market

Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 pm
Black Boy Smile: A Memoir in Moments Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780306924002
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Published: Legacy Lit - May 17th, 2022

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Black Boy Smile lays bare Watkins’s relationship with his father and his brotherhood with the boys around him. He shares candid recollections of early assaults on his body and mind and reveals how he coped using stoic silence disguised as manhood. His harrowing pursuit of redemption, written in his signature street style, pinpoints how generational hardship, left raw and unnurtured, breeds toxic masculinity. Watkins discovers a love for books, is admitted to two graduate programs, meets with his future wife, an attorney—and finds true freedom in fatherhood.  

D. Watkins is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Beast SideThe Cook UpWhere Tomorrows Aren’t Promised and We Speak for Ourselves, which was a One Book, One Baltimore selection. He is Editor at Large for Salon. He is featured in the HBO documentary “The Slow Hustle” and is a writer on “We Own the City,” an HBO miniseries from David Simon. His work has been published in the New York TimesNew York Times MagazineThe GuardianRolling Stone, and other publications. He is a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore and holds a Master's in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. Watkins’ awards include the BMe Genius Grant for dynamic Black leaders, the City Lit Dambach Award for Service to theLiterary Arts, the Maryland Library Association’s William Wilson Maryland Author Award, and the Ford’s Men of Courage award for Black male storytellers. He was also a finalist for a 2016 Hurston Wright Legacy Award and The Cook Up was a 2017 Books for a Better Life finalist. He is lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife and daughter.

Watkins will be in conversation with White House Correspondent April Ryan, who has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held for 25 years, since the Clinton era. Her position as a White House Correspondent has afforded her unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues, and attendant political struggles of our nation’s past presidents. April can be seen almost daily on CNN as a political analyst. She is also the Washington D.C Bureau Chief on TheGrio. She has been featured in Essence, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Elle magazines – to name a few. April Ryan has served on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondents Association. She is one of only three African Americans in the Association’s over 100-year history to serve on its board. She is also an esteemed member of the National Press Club.  In 2015, Ms. Ryan was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for her first book.  2016 National Council of Negro Women, Mary McCloud Bethune Trailblazer. In 2019 April Ryan became an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and was recognized as the 2019 Freedom of the Press Award Winner by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. April was nominated in 2021 with the NAACP Image Award for Social Justice Impact. April is a Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate, and she gives back to this community by serving as a mentor to aspiring journalists and assisting with developing “up and coming” broadcasters.  April considers her greatest life’s work raising her two daughters, Ryan and Grace – who are phenomenal young women. April Ryan is the author of the award-winning book, The Presidency in Black and White, and At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White, where she looks at race relations through the lessons and wisdom that mothers have given their children. Her latest book is Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.

1270 5th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

P&P Live! Alex Boersma & Nick Pyenson - The Whale Who Swam Through Time

Wednesday, May 25, 11:00 am
The Whale Who Swam Through Time: A Two-Hundred-Year Journey in the Arctic Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250803023
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 24th, 2022

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This is the story about a whale who will live for a very long time. Bowhead whales can live for over 200 years, longer than any of the other mammals in the world. Throughout their lives, they travel around the Arctic Ocean experiencing human’s imprint along the way. The Bowhead whale witnesses many changes: from an era of peace and solitude to one of oil rigs and cruise liners. The Whale Who Swam Through Time A Two-Hundred-Year Journey in the Artic pairs striking illustrations with scientific research about the world’s changing ecosystems.

Alex Boersma is a Canadian scientific illustrator living in Chicago. After studying geology and studio art at Vassar College in New York, Alex worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, conducting research on whale evolution. Articles on her research have appeared in multiple news outlets, including the New York Times, BBC News, Nature, and the Washington Post. Alex has since shifted her focus to working as an independent scientific illustrator. Her clients have included the American Museum of Natural History, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Stanford University, and Duke University Marine Lab, and her work ranges from scientific figures for research papers, to editorial illustrations and animation.

Nick Pyenson is the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. His work has taken him to every continent, and his scientific discoveries frequently appear in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Popular Mechanics, USA Today, on NPR, NBC, CBC, and the BBC. Along with the highest research awards from the Smithsonian, he has also received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Obama White House. He lives with his family in Maryland.

Ages 6-9

 

 

 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Nell Zink — Avalon - with Jonathan Franzen

Wednesday, May 25, 6:00 pm
Avalon: A novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593534892
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Published: Knopf - May 24th, 2022

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A profound and singular story about a young woman searching for her place in the world, from one of America's most original voices--the irresistible story of one teenager's reckoning with society at large and her search for a personal utopia

Nell Zink left Southern California for eastern Virginia in 1972, aged eight. After completing a B.A. in philosophy at the College of William and Mary, she worked mostly as a secretary, with stints in masonry, technical writing, and translating. In 2000, she moved to Tübingen, Germany, and now lives near Berlin. Her books include The Wallcreeper, Mislaid, Private NovelistNicotine, and Doxology, and her writing has appeared in n+1Granta, and Harper's Magazine.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of six novels, including "Crossroads," "Purity," and "Freedom," and five works of nonfiction, most recently "The End of the End of the Earth" and "The Kraus Project." He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008

Dan Chaon — Sleepwalk - with Sarah Blake - at Conn Ave

Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 pm
Sleepwalk: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250175212
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 24th, 2022

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With his signature blend of haunting emotional realism and fast-paced intrigue, Dan Chaon populates his fractured America with characters who ring all too true. Gazing both back to the past and forward to an inevitable-enough-seeming future, Sleepwalk examines where we’ve been and where we’re going and the connections that bind us, no matter how far we travel to dodge them or how cleverly we hide.

Dan Chaon is an American educator and award-winning writer, the author of the national bestseller Ill Will which was recognized as one of the top 10 books of 2017 by a number of publications, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Los Angeles Times.

Chaon will be in conversation with Sarah Blake, the author of the book of poetry, Full Turn, and  three novels; Grange House, the New York Times Bestseller, The Postmistress, and The Guestbook. She lives in Washington, D.C. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jhumpa Lahiri — Translating Myself and Others - with Nicoletta Pireddu (at Sixth & I)

Thursday, May 26, 7:00 pm
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$21.95
ISBN: 9780691231167
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Published: Princeton University Press - May 17th, 2022

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In Translating Myself and Others, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Interpreter of Maladies reflects on her emerging identity as a translator and bilingual writer in a collection of candid and disarmingly personal essays. In conversation with Nicoletta Pireddu, a professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Georgetown University, the Inaugural Director of the Georgetown Humanities Initiative, and the director of Georgetown’s Global and Comparative Literature Program.

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Sixth & I
600 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

P&P Live! Marie Myung-Ok Lee — The Evening Hero - with John Darnielle

Thursday, May 26, 7:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9781476735078
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 24th, 2022

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A sweeping, lyrical novel following a Korean immigrant pursuing the American dream who must confront the secrets of the past or risk watching the world he's worked so hard to build come crumbling down

Marie Myung-Ok Lee is an acclaimed Korean American writer and author of the young adult novel Finding my Voice, thought to be one of the first contemporary-set Asian American YA novels She is one of a handful of American journalists who have been granted a visa to North Korea since the Korean War. She was the first Fulbright Scholar to Korea in creative writing and has received many honors for her work, including an O. Henry honorable mention, the Best Book Award from the Friends of American Writers, and a New York Foundation for the Arts fiction fellowship. Her stories and essays have been published in The AtlanticThe New York TimesSlateSalonGuernicaThe Paris ReviewThe Nation, and The Guardian, among others. Marie is a founder of the Asian American Writers' Workshop and teaches creative writing at Columbia. She lives in New York City with her family.

John Darnielle's first novel, Wolf in White Van, was a New York Times bestseller, National Book Award nominee, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction, and widely hailed as one of the best novels of the year. He is the writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and sons.

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008

Priyanka Champaneri — The City of Good Death - with Rion Amilcar Scott - at Conn Ave

Friday, May 27, 7:00 pm
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$18.95
ISBN: 9781632062536
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Published: Restless Books - April 12th, 2022

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Told in lush, vivid detail and with an unforgettable cast of characters, The City of Good Death is a remarkable debut novel of family and love, memory and ritual, and the ways in which we honor the living and the dead.

Priyanka Champaneri received her MFA in creative writing from George Mason University and has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts numerous times. Her debut novel, The City of Good Death, was a finalist for the 2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, named one of NPR's Best Books of 2021, and winner of the 2018 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing.

Champaneri will be in conversation with Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collections The World Doesn’t Require You and Insurrections, which was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 and Crab Orchard Review, among other publications.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Meenakshi Ahamed — A Matter of Trust - with Edward Luce - at Conn Ave

Saturday, May 28, 3:00 pm

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From Truman's remark to now, it has been a long journey. India and the US, which share common values and should have been friends, found themselves caught in a dysfunctional cycle of resentment and mistrust for the first few decades following Indian independence. In A Matter of Trust, author Meenakshi Ahamed reveals the personal prejudices and insecurities of the leaders, and the political imperatives, that so often cast a shadow over their relationship.

Meenakshi Ahamed is a freelance journalist and has written on American foreign policy for publications such as Foreign PolicyThe Asian AgeThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post and Seminar. She was the London correspondent for NDTV from 1989-1996. Meenakshi holds a post-graduate degree from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in development economics and public health. She is based in Washington, DC and New York City.

Ahamed will be in conversation with Edward Luce, a columnist and US national editor of the Financial Times based in DC and author of several books, including In Spite of the GodsThe Rise of Modern India . He appears frequently on BBC and MSNBC. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

[Rescheduled] Kim Kelly — Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor - with Sara Nelson (at Conn Ave)

Saturday, May 28, 5:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982171056
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - April 26th, 2022

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Fight Like Hell is a revelatory and inclusive history of the American labor movement, from independent journalist and Teen Vogue labor columnist Kim Kelly.

Kim Kelly is an independent journalist, author, and organizer. She has been a regular labor columnist for Teen Vogue since 2018, and her writing on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Nation, and Esquire, among many others. Kelly has also worked as a video correspondent for More Perfect Union, The Real News Network, and Means TV. Previously, she was the heavy metal editor at “Noisey,” VICE’s music vertical, and was an original member of the VICE Union. A third-generation union member, she is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World’s Freelance Journalists Union as well as a member and elected councilperson for the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE).

Sara Nelson has served as the International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO since 2014, and she is currently serving her second four year term. She first became a union member in 1996 when she was hired as a Flight Attendant at United Airlines and today she represents 50,000 of aviation’s first responders at 17 airlines. The New York Times called her "America's most powerful flight attendant" for her role in helping to end the 35-day Government Shutdown and InStyle Magazine placed her on their Top 50 Badass Women list.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Lyla Lee—Flip the Script - with Amélie Wen Zhao

Tuesday, May 31, 7:00 pm
Flip the Script Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062936936
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 31st, 2022

I’ll Be the One Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062936912
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 4th, 2022

Blood Heir Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525707820
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Published: Ember - December 1st, 2020

Red Tigress (Blood Heir #2) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525707868
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Published: Ember - February 1st, 2022

Crimson Reign (Blood Heir #3) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525707875
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 1st, 2022

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"The first rule of watching K-dramas: Never fall in love with the second lead."

Hana loves K-dramas and has finally landed a starring role in a buzzy new series. To boost their ratings, showrunners set her up to fake date her co-star boyfriend, heartthrob Bryan Yoon, who happens to also be an internationally famous K-pop star. But, after negative reactions from the audience, the producers decide to bring on a new lead actress to challenge Hana’s role as main love interest. Now she must fight for her position on the show while trying not to fall for her new on-screen rival in real life. Flip the Script combines a swoony sapphic romance with all the fan-favorite k-drama tropes.

Registrations that include the purchase of Flip the Script will come with exclusive promotional items, including two art cards, bookmark, sticker, and a signed bookplate, while supplies last! These items are provided by Lyla Lee and require proof of purchase.

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Books are available for store pickup, U.S. shipping, and shipping to Canada or Mexico. If you would like your book shipped outside North America, please email PoliticsProseKids@gmail.com for an international shipping quote.

Lyla Lee is the author of the young adult novel I’ll Be the One and the Mindy Kim Series for young readers. Originally from South Korea, she’s lived in various cities throughout the United States and worked various jobs in Hollywood. She now lives in Dallas, Texas.

Amélie Wen Zhao, author of the Blood Heir trilogy, has been writing since she was in kindergarten. Born in Paris and raised in a multicultural community in Beijing, Amélie has a bone-deep love for traveling and immersing herself in new worlds and cultures. She lives in New York City, working as a full-time financial professional by day, and writer at night.

Washington, DC 20008

Nandana Dev Sen — Acrobat — at Conn Ave

Tuesday, May 31, 7:00 pm
Acrobat Cover Image
By Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Nandana Sen (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781939810809
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Published: Archipelago - May 11th, 2021

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Acrobat is a radiant collection of poetry about womanhood, intimacy, and the body politic that together evokes the arc of an ordinary life. Nabaneeta Dev Sen's rhythmic lines explore the joys and agonies of first love, childbirth, and decay with a restless, tactile imagination, both picking apart and celebrating the rituals that make us human. When she warns, "know that blood can be easily drawn by lips," her words tune to the fierce and biting depths of language, to the "treachery that lingers on tongue tips." At once compassionate and unsparing, conversational and symphonic, these poems tell of a rope shivering beneath an acrobat's nimble feet or of a twisted, blood-soaked umbilical cord -- they pluck the invisible threads that bind us together.

Nabaneeta Dev Sen (1938 – 2019) remains one of the most beloved, versatile and prolific Bengali writers of all time. She published her first book of poems at the age of 21, and grew to be immensely popular in every genre. Equally expressive in poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, she has over one hundred books to her credit, including compilations of poems, novels, plays, stories, memoirs, academic essays, children's literature, political columns, literary translations, and multiple volumes of her collected works.

A writer, child-rights activist, and an award-winning actor, Nandana Dev Sen is the author of six children’s books, translated into more than 15 languages globally. She grew up in India, England and America, and has starred in 20 feature films from four continents (and in multiple languages). Nandana’s first book Kangaroo Kisses was selected by 320 UK schools as a “Book of Excellence,” and her interactive workshops have been loved, in person, by more than 30,000 young people across the world.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Gabriela Alemán — Family Album - with Dick Cluster

Wednesday, June 1, 6:00 pm
Family Album: Stories Cover Image
By Gabriela Alemán, Dick Cluster (Translator), Mary Ellen Fieweger (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780872868823
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Published: City Lights Books - May 17th, 2022

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Alemán is known for her spirited and sardonic take on the fatefully interconnected--and often highly compromised--forces at work in present-day South America, and particularly in Ecuador. In Family Album: Stories, a collection of eight hugely entertaining short stories, she teases tropes of hardboiled detective fiction, satire, and adventure narratives to recast the discussion of national identity. A muddy brew of pop-culture and pop-folklore yields intriguing, lesser-known episodes of contemporary Ecuadorian history, along with a rich cast of unforgettable characters whose intimate stories open up onto a vista of Ecuador's place on the world stage.

Gabriela Alemán was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received a PhD at Tulane University and holds a Master's degree in Latin American Literature from Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. She currently resides in Quito, Ecuador. Her literary honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006; member of Bogotá 39, a 2007 selection of the most important up-and-coming writers in Latin America in the post-Boom generation; one of five finalists for the 2015 Premio Hispanoamericano de Cuento Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia) for her short story collection La muerte silba un blues; and winner of several prizes for critical essays on literature and film. Her novel Poso Wells was published in English translation by City Lights in 2018.

She will be joined by Dick Cluster, who has translated four books for City Lights including In the Cold of the Malecón and Other Stories (2000) by Antonio José Ponte, Frigid Tales (2002) by Pedro de Jesus, A Corner of the World (2014) by Mylene Fernández-Pintado, and Poso Wells (2018) by Gabriela Alemán. His own novels include Return to Sender (1988), Repulse Monkey (1989), and Obligations of the Bone (1992). Cluster lives in Oakland, California.

 

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P&P Live! Eliot Schrefer — Queer Ducks (And Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality with Sy Montgomery

Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality Cover Image
By Eliot Schrefer, Jules Zuckerberg (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063069497
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 24th, 2022

The Hawk's Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781668001967
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Published: Atria Books - May 3rd, 2022

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Study after study is revealing substantial same-sex sexual behavior in animals. In Queer Ducks, author Eliot Schrefer presents a well-researched and teen-friendly exploration of queer behavior in the animal world—from albatrosses to bonobos, from clownfish to doodlebugs. Using science, history, anthropology, and sociology—and enhanced by humorous comics from artist Jules Zuckerberg—Queer Ducks illustrates the diversity of sexual behavior in the animal world.

Eliot Schrefer is a bestselling author, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. His non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times and Discover magazine, and his novels include The Darkness Outside Us, Endangered, and the Lost Rainforest series. He is on the faculty of the Hamline University and Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA programs in creative writing, is getting a MA in Animal Studies at NYU, and reviews books for USA Today.

Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, author and scriptwriter who writes for children as well as adults. She is author of 28 books, including The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was on The New York Times Best Seller list. Her most popular book is The Good Good Pig, the bestselling memoir of life with her pig, Christopher Hogwood. Her latest, The Hawk's Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty published in May 2022.

Ages 12+

 

Washington, DC 20008

Devon W. Carbado — Unreasonable - with Paul Butler — at Conn Ave

Thursday, June 2, 7:00 pm
Unreasonable: Black Lives, Police Power, and the Fourth Amendment Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781620974247
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Published: New Press - April 5th, 2022

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In Unreasonable: Black Lives, Police Power, and the Fourth Amendment, celebrated legal scholar Devon W. Carbado explains how the Fourth Amendment became ground zero for regulating police conduct--more important than Miranda warnings, the right to counsel, equal protection and due process. Fourth Amendment law determines when and how the police can make arrests, and it determines the precarious line between stopping Black people and killing Black people.

Devon Carbado is the Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. The author of numerous articles and edited volumes, he is also the co-author of Acting White? Rethinking Race in "Post-Racial" America. He lives in Los Angeles.

Devon will be joined in conversation with Paul Butler, an American lawyer, former prosecutor, and current law professor of Georgetown University Law Center.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Beppe Severgnini — Italian Lessons - with Daniel Franklin

Saturday, June 4, 1:00 pm
Italian Lessons: Fifty Things We Know About Life Now Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593315637
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2022

 

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Italian Lessons: Fifty Things We Know About Life Know discusses how Italy often arouses in Americans a unique mix of attraction and bafflement, moderate disapproval and incredible allure. From the Italians' love of poetry to an innate desire to socialize to the regional differences between the north and the south, Beppe Severgnini, who has dedicated his career to the meticulous observation of his compatriots, embarks on an enthralling quest to identify a core Italian identity and explore how that identity has evolved since the global pandemic.

Beppe Severgnini is an acclaimed columnist and an editor for Italy’s largest circulation daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera. A longtime Italian correspondent for The Economist and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, he traveled all over the world. Among his books are the New York Times bestseller La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian MindOff the Rails: a Train Trip Through Life, and the international bestseller Ciao, America!: An Italian Discovers the U.SHe lives with his family outside Milan.

Beppe will be joined in conversation by Daniel Franklin, the Executive Editor and acting US editor of The Economist. Daniel joined The Economist in 1983 to write about the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. His roles since then have included Europe editor, Britain editor, Washington bureau chief, editorial director of The Economist Intelligence Unit, editor-in-chief of Economist.com and business affairs editor. For 17 years until 2019 he was editor of “The World in...”, The Economist’s annual publication on the year ahead. He is the editor of two books on the long-term future: “Megachange: The World in 2050” and “Megatech: Technology in 2050”. He also chairs The Economist Educational Foundation, which works to spread news literacy and help young people find their voice on issues that affect them.

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Jordan Calhoun — Piccolo is Black - at Conn Ave

Saturday, June 4, 3:00 pm
Piccolo Is Black: A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Pop Culture Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781735145815
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Lit Riot Press, LLC - April 26th, 2022

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Piccolo Is Black: A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Pop Culture chronicles Calhoun's journey from his childhood in Detroit, Michigan as a Seventh-day Adventist to being transferred to private, predominantly white, deeply religious, Seventh-day Adventist schools. He tells his story through the lens of the pop culture he loved and the common adaptations he made while navigating his religious, non-religious, and racial identities.

Jordan Calhoun is a culture writer living in New York City. He is the Editor-in-Chief at Lifehacker, publishes a weekly newsletter about ethics and culture on The Atlantic called Humans Being, and he is a regular contributor as a culture writer for Black Nerd Problems. Calhoun’s writing appears in The Atlantic, Black Nerd Problems, Huffington Post, Vulture, and more. Piccolo Is Black: A Memoir of Race, Religion, and Pop Culture is his debut memoir.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

RESCHEDULED: Jeff Nussbaum — Undelivered - with Jonathan Karl - at Conn Ave

Sunday, June 5, 5:00 pm
Undelivered: The Never-Heard Speeches That Would Have Rewritten History Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250240705
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Flatiron Books - May 10th, 2022

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This is the new date for the May 10th event, originally scheduled at Sixth & I. This event will now happen on June 5 at 5pm at our Conn Ave location.

In Undelivered: The Never-Heard Speeches that Would Have Rewritten History, Jeff Nussbaum—who most recently served as a special assistant and senior speechwriter to President Biden—presents the most notable speeches that were never delivered, from Dwight Eisenhower’s apology for a D-Day failure to Richard Nixon’s refusal to resign the presidency, and even Hillary Clinton’s acceptance for a 2016 victory—the latter never seen until now. In conversation with Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent and New York Times bestselling author of Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ann Leary — The Foundling - with Mary Jordan - at Conn Ave

Monday, June 6, 7:00 pm
The Foundling: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982120382
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Published: Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books - May 31st, 2022

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Inspired by a true story about the author’s grandmother, The Foundling offers a rare look at a shocking chapter of American history. This gripping page-turner will have readers on the edge of their seats right up to the stunning last page…asking themselves, “Did this really happen here?”

Ann Leary is the New York Times bestselling author of a memoir and four novels including The Good House. Her work has been translated into eighteen languages, and she has written for The New York Times, Ploughshares, NPR, Redbook, and Real Simple, among other publications. Her essay, “Rallying to Keep the Game Alive,” was adapted for Prime Video’s television series, Modern Love. She lives with her husband in New York.

Leary will be in conversation with Mary Jordan, a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for The Washington Post and a bestselling author. Her latest book, Trump's Trials, coauthored with her husband and Washington Post colleague Kevin Sullivan, is a behind-the-scenes investigative look of what lead to Donald Trump being impeached twice, as well as the backstory of the trials. Jordan’s New York Times bestselling book, The Art of Her Deal, an unauthorized biography of Melania Trump, was published in June 2020. Jordan and Sullivan are also authors of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, the story of Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who were kidnapped in Cleveland and held for a decade. They previously wrote The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia’s Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail. They were the Washington Post’s co-bureau chiefs in Tokyo, Mexico City, and London for fourteen years.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lindsey Fitzharris — The Facemaker - at Conn Ave

Tuesday, June 7, 7:00 pm
The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374282301
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 7th, 2022

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The Facemaker places Gillies’s ingenious surgical innovations alongside the dramatic stories of soldiers whose lives were wrecked and repaired. The result is a vivid account of how medicine can be an art, and of what courage and imagination can accomplish in the presence of relentless horror.

Lindsey Fitzharris is the author of The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine, which won the PEN/E. O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing and has been translated into multiple languages. Her TV series The Curious Life and Death of . . . aired on the Smithsonian Channel. She contributes regularly to The Wall Street JournalScientific American, and other notable publications, and holds a doctorate in the History of Science and Medicine from the University of Oxford.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Keith Gessen — Raising Raffi - with Megan K. Stack

Tuesday, June 7, 8:00 pm
Raising Raffi: The First Five Years Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593300442
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Published: Viking - June 7th, 2022

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Written over the first five years of Raffi’s life, Raising Raffi examines the profound, overwhelming, often maddening experience of being a dad. Gessen traces how the practical decisions one must make each day intersect with some of the weightiest concerns of our age: What does it mean to choose a school in a segregated city? How do you instill in your child a sense of his heritage without passing on that history’s darker sides? Is parental anger normal, possibly useful, or is it inevitably authoritarian and destructive? How do you get your kid to play sports? And what do you do, in a pandemic, when the whole world seems to fall apart? By turns hilarious and poignant, Raising Raffi is a story of what it means to invent the world anew.

Keith Gessen is the author of A Terrible Country and All the Sad Young Literary Men, and is a founding editor of n+1. He has translated or co-translated, from Russian, the work of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Kirill Medvedev, and Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich's Voices from Chernobyl. A regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and New York magazine, Gessen teaches journalism at Columbia and lives in New York with his wife, the novelist Emily Gould, and their two sons.

Gessen will be in conversation with Megan K. Stack, a former war correspondent and the author of Women's Work: A Personal Reckoning with Motherhood, Labor, and Privilege, as well as Every Man in this Village is a Liar, a finalist for the National Book Award in 2010. She has written for the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker and is currently a contributing writer for the Times.

 

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Dan Pfeiffer — In Battling The Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook, and the MAGA Media Are Destroying America (at Sixth & I)

Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 pm
Battling the Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook, and the MAGA Media Are Destroying America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781538707975
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Twelve - June 7th, 2022

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In Battling The Big Lie: How Fox, Facebook, and the MAGA Media Are Destroying America, the “Pod Save America” co-host dissects how the right-wing built a massive, billionaire-funded disinformation machine powerful enough to bend reality and nearly steal the 2020 election.\

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Sloane Crosley — Cult Classic - at Conn Ave

Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 pm
Cult Classic: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374603397
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Published: MCD - June 7th, 2022

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Hilariously insightful and delightfully suspenseful, Cult Classic is an original: a masterfully crafted tale of love, memory, morality, and mind control, as well as a fresh foray into the philosophy of romance.

Sloane Crosley is the author of the novel The Clasp and three essay collections: Look Alive Out There and the New York Times bestsellers I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number. A two-time finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, she lives in New York City. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bo Seo — Good Arguments — at Conn Ave

Thursday, June 9, 7:00 pm
Good Arguments: How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard Cover Image
By Bo Seo
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593299517
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Published: Penguin Press - June 7th, 2022

 

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In Good Arguments, Seo shows how the skills of debating--information gathering, truth finding, lucidity, organization, and persuasion--are often the cornerstone of successful careers and happy lives.Drawing insights from its strategies, structure, and history, Seo teaches readers the skills of competitive debate, and in doing so shows how they can improve their communication with friends, family, and colleagues alike. He takes readers on a thrilling intellectual adventure into the eccentric and brilliant subculture of competitive debate, touching on everything from the radical politics of Malcom X to Artificial Intelligence. Seo proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that, far from being a source of conflict, good-faith debate can enrich our daily lives. Indeed, these good arguments are essential to a flourishing democracy, and are more important than ever at time when bad faith is all around, and our democracy seems so imperiled.

Bo Seo is a two-time world champion debater and a former coach of the Australian national debating team and the Harvard College Debating Union. One of the most recognized figures in the global debate community, he has won both the World Schools Debating Championship and the World Universities Debating Championship. Bo has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, CNN, and many other publications. He has worked as a national reporter for the Australian Financial Review and has been a regular panelist on the prime time Australian debate program, The Drum. Bo graduated from Harvard University and received a master’s degree in public policy from Tsinghua University. He is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at Harvard Law School.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Eric Holder — Our Unfinished March — with Michele Norris (at Sixth & I)

Thursday, June 9, 7:00 pm
Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote-A History, a Crisis, a Plan Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593445747
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Published: One World - May 10th, 2022

 

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In Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote—A History, a Crisis, a Plan, Eric Holder--former U.S. Attorney General, civil rights leader, and chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee—presents a chronicle of the brutal, bloody, and at times hopeful history of the vote; a frontlines account of how opponents are fighting to take it away; and a powerful playbook for how we can save our democracy before it’s too late.

Eric Holder is a civil rights leader who is chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. He served as the eighty-second attorney general of the United States, the first African American to hold that office. Now a senior counsel at Covington & Burling, he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, and they have three children. 

Eric will be in conversation with Michele Norris, an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Washington Post Opinion columnist and former host of NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

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Washington, DC 20001

Summer Member Sale

Friday, June 10, 12:00 am to Sunday, June 12, 11:45 pm

All weekend long, from Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12, we invite Politics and Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, gift items, DVDs, and CDs! Members' online and phone purchases will receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.

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

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Clare Pooley — Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting

Friday, June 10, 12:00 pm
Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984878649
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Pamela Dorman Books - June 7th, 2022

 

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In Iona Iverson's Rulse for Commuting, every day Iona, a larger-than-life magazine advice columnist, travels the ten stops from Hampton Court to Waterloo Station by train, accompanied by her dog, Lulu. Every day she sees the same people, whom she knows only by nickname: Impossibly-Pretty-Bookworm and Terribly-Lonely-Teenager. Of course, they never speak. Seasoned commuters never do.

Then one morning, the man she calls Smart-But-Sexist-Manspreader chokes on a grape right in front of her. He’d have died were it not for the timely intervention of Sanjay, a nurse, who gives him the Heimlich maneuver.

This single event starts a chain reaction, and an eclectic group of people with almost nothing in common except their commute discover that a chance encounter can blossom into much more. It turns out that talking to strangers can teach you about the world around you--and even more about yourself.

 

Clare Pooley graduated from Cambridge University, and then spent twenty years in the heady world of advertising before becoming a full-time writer. Her debut novel, The Authenticity Project, was a New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into twenty-nine languages. Pooley lives in Fulham, London, with her husband, three children, and two border terriers. Iona Iverson’s Rules for Commuting is her second novel.

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Leila Mottley — Nightcrawling - with Kristin Henning - at Union Market

Friday, June 10, 7:00 pm
Nightcrawling: A novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318935
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Published: Knopf - June 7th, 2022

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Rich with raw beauty, electrifying intensity, and piercing vulnerability, Nightcrawling marks the stunning arrival of a voice unlike any we have heard before. 

Leila Mottley is the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate. Her work has been featured in The New York Times and Oprah Daily. She was born and raised in Oakland, where she continues to live. Nightcrawling is her first novel.

Mottley will be in conversation with Kristin Henning, a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on the intersection of race, adolescence, and policing. She is the Blume Professor of Law and director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at the Georgetown University Law Center; from 1998 to 2001 she was the lead attorney of the Juvenile Unit at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Awards she has received include the 2021 Leadership Prize from the Juvenile Law Center and the 2013 Robert E. Shepherd, Jr. Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense from the National Juvenile Defender Center.

 

1270 5th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

Michael Hill — Funny Business - with Evan Thomas - at Conn Ave

Saturday, June 11, 3:00 pm
Funny Business: The Legendary Life and Political Satire of Art Buchwald Cover Image
By Michael Hill, Christopher Buckley (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593229514
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - June 7th, 2022

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Entertaining and absorbing, Funny Business looks back on Buchwald’s brilliant gift for humor and satire, which will once again bring readers a comedic respite from troublesome times.

 

Michael Hill is a historical researcher who has assisted acclaimed authors including David McCullough, Jon Meacham, Senator John McCain, and Michael Beschloss. He won an Emmy Award for his work as a co-producer on Ken Burns’s PBS series The Civil War and served as a historical consultant on the HBO miniseries John Adams. A graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Hill also served as a press assistant to former vice president Walter F. Mondale.

Hill will be in conversation with Evan Thomas, the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers John Paul Jones, Sea of Thunder, and First: Sandra Day O'Connor. Thomas was a writer, correspondent, and editor for thirty-three years at Time and Newsweek, including ten years as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where, at the time of his retirement in 2010, he was editor at large. He wrote more than one hundred cover stories and in 1999 won a National Magazine Award. He wrote Newsweek’s election specials in 1996, 2000, 2004 (winner for Newsweek of the National Magazine Award), and 2008. He appeared on many TV and radio talk shows, including Meet the Press and Morning Joe. Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton, where, from 2007 to 2014, he was Ferris Professor of Journalism. He is currently at work on a book about the end of World War II to be published by Random House in 2023.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Sedaris — Happy-Go-Lucky

Sunday, June 12, 3:00 pm
Happy-Go-Lucky Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316392457
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022

David Sedaris, the “champion storyteller,” (Los Angeles Times) returns with his first new collection of personal essays since the bestselling Calypso.

David Sedaris is the author of twelve previous books, including, most recently, A Carnival of Snackery, The Best of Me, and Calypso. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4. In 2019, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, the Jonathan Swift International Literature Prize for Satire and Humor, and the Terry Southern Prize for Humor.

Cindy House is an essayist, short story writer, artist, and a regular opener for David Sedaris on his tours across the country. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and earned an MFA from Lesley University in 2017. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband and son.

 

- Sedaris will give a short reading and then sign books.

- Backlist (all now in paperback and available for purchase!) will be signed along with the purchase of Happy-Go-Lucky.

- No posed photos please.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jefferson Morley — Scorpion's Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate

Monday, June 13, 7:00 pm
Scorpions' Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250275837
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 7th, 2022

Rigorously researched and dramatically told, Scorpions' Dance uses long-neglected evidence to reveal a new perspective on one of America's most notorious presidential scandals.

Jefferson Morley is a journalist and editor who has worked in Washington journalism for over thirty years, fifteen of which were spent as an editor and reporter at The Washington Post. The author of The Ghost, Our Man in Mexico, and Snow Storm in August, Morley has written about intelligence, military, and political subjects for Salon, The Atlantic, and The Intercept, among others. He is the editor of JFK Facts, a blog. He lives in Washington, DC.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Tracy Dawson — Let Me Be Frank: A Book About Women Who Dressed Like Men To Do Shit They Weren't Supposed to Do - with Amber Tamblyn

Monday, June 13, 8:00 pm
Let Me Be Frank: A Book About Women Who Dressed Like Men to Do Shit They Weren't Supposed to Do Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063061064
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Published: Harper Design - May 10th, 2022

 

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Let Me Be Frank: A Book About Women Who Dressed Like Men To Do Shit They Weren't Supposed to Do illuminates with a wry warmth the incredible stories of a diverse group of women from different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds who have defied the patriarchy, refusing to allow men or the status quo to define their lives or break their spirit. An often sardonic and thoroughly impassioned homage to female ingenuity and tenacity, the women profiled in this inspiring anthology broke the rules to reach their goals and refused to take “no” for an answer. These women took matters into their own hands, dressing — sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively — as men to do what they wanted to do.

Tracy Dawson, actress and writer, began on the mainstage of the world renowned Second City in Toronto. In 2009 Tracy won an emerging TV writer award at the Banff World Television Festival and was soon staffed as a writer (and later cast as a lead actor) on the Canadian comedy series, Call Me Fitz. Tracy went on to win the Gemini Award and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Lead Comedic Actress for her work opposite Jason Priestley on Fitz. Tracy's play, them & us, was produced in 2009 by the prestigious Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.  Fans of Disney Channel Halloween movies know Tracy as the evil Deimata from Girl vs Monster.

Dawson will be in conversation with Amber Tamblyn, an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award-nominated actress, writer, and director. She is the author of six books, including the critically acclaimed Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution. Her seventh book, Listening in the Dark , is an anthology reclaiming the power of women's intuition. Tamblyn reviews books of poetry by women for Bust, and is a contributing writer for the New York Times and The Cut, writing on themes of gender inequality and women's rage.

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P&P Live! Mark Kurlansky — The Importance of Not Being Ernest

Monday, June 13, 8:00 pm
The Importance of Not Being Ernest: My Life with the Uninvited Hemingway (a Unique Ernest Hemingway Biography, Gift for Writers) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781642504637
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Books & Books - May 31st, 2022

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This event is produced in partnership with Books and BooksBookPassageElliot Bay Book CompanyGibson's BookstoreHarvard Book StoreLeft Bank BooksThe King's English, and Village Books and Paper Dreams.

By a series of coincidences, Mark Kurlansky's life has always been intertwined with Ernest Hemingway's legend, starting with being in Idaho the day of Hemingway's death. The Importance of Not Being Ernest explores the intersections between Hemingway's and Kurlansky's lives, resulting in creative accounts of two inspiring writing careers. Travel the world with Mark Kurlansky and Ernest Hemingway in this personal memoir, where Kurlansky details his ten years in Paris and his time as a journalist in Spain--both cities important to Hemingway's adventurous life and prolific writing.

Mark Kurlansky was born in Hartford, Connecticut. After receiving a BA in Theater from Butler University in 1970, and refusing to serve in the military, Kurlansky worked in New York as a playwright, having a number of off-off Broadway productions, and as a playwright-in-residence at Brooklyn College. In the mid 1970s, he turned to journalism. From 1976 to 1991 he worked as a foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Based in Paris and then Mexico, he reported on Europe, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The International Herald Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Partisan Review, Harper’s, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Bon Apetit and Parade.

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Linda Holmes — Flying Solo - with Audie Cornish (at Sixth & I)

Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 pm
Flying Solo: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525619277
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 14th, 2022

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Linda Holmes, the New York Times bestselling author of Evvie Drake Starts Over and host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour returns with Flying Solo, a novel about growing up, coming home, and learning to make a life for yourself on your own terms.

Audie Cornish is an anchor and correspondent for CNN+. She will host weekly show 20 Questions with Audie Cornish. She will also host a podcast for CNN Audio and will appear on CNN covering national, political and breaking news.

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Louis Bayard — Jackie & Me — at Conn Ave

Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 pm
Jackie & Me Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781643750354
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 14th, 2022

 

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Taking place mostly during the spring and summer before Jack and Jackie’s wedding, and narrated by an older Lem as he looks back at his own relationship with the Kennedys and his role in this complicated marriage, Jackie & Me is a searching story about a young woman of a certain class with narrow options, two people who loved each other, and two people who realized too late that they devoted their lives to Jack at their own expense.

Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book author and has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed Courting Mr. Lincoln. He lives in Washington, DC, and teaches at George Washington University.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Dr. Ibram X Kendi — How to Raise an Antiracist (at Sixth & I)

Wednesday, June 15, 7:00 pm
How to Raise an Antiracist Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593242537
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Published: One World - June 14th, 2022

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From the MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist comes How to Raise an Antiracist, the book that every parent, caregiver, and teacher needs to raise the next generation of antiracist thinkers amidst the tragedies and reckonings around racism that are rocking the country.

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Sixth & I
600 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Bloomsday "Ulysses" Reading with Politics & Prose

Thursday, June 16, 1:00 pm
 

Join us for a whirlwind reading of James Joyce's masterpiece, lead by our own, Shane Cagney!

Instead of a marathon reading of the entire work - the ultimate experience; our event sees volunteers read short 2-minute episodes from each of the 18 famous chapters. It all takes just a little over an hour. The emphasis is on having fun.

Newcomers to Ulysses are especially welcome. Don't worry about having to accurately pronounce names or placenames - we provide a helpful guide. Small spot prizes for all participants.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Daniel Mulhall — Ulysses: A Reader's Odyssey - at Conn Ave

Thursday, June 16, 3:00 pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781848408296
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Island Books - January 14th, 2022

 

One hundred years on from that novel's first publication, Ulysses: A Reader's Odyssey takes us on a journey through one of the twentieth century's greatest works of fiction. Exploring the eighteen chapters of the novel and using the famous structuring principle of Homer's Odyssey as our guide, Daniel Mulhall releases Ulysses from its reputation of impenetrability, and shows us the pleasure it can offer us as readers.

Daniel Mulhall took up duty as Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the United States in August 2017. He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and had his early diplomatic assignments in New Delhi, Vienna (OSCE), Brussels (European Union) and Edinburgh where he was Ireland's first Consul General, 1998-2001. He served as Ireland's Ambassador to Malaysia (2001-05), where he was also accredited to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. From 2009 to 2013, he was Ireland's Ambassador to Germany. Before arriving in Washington, he served as Ireland's Ambassador in London (2013). During his diplomatic career, Ambassador Mulhall has also held a number of positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including as Director-General for European Affairs, 2005- 2009. He also served as a member of the Secretariat of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation (1994- 95). From 1995-98, he was the Department's Press Counsellor and in that capacity was part of the Irish Government's delegation at the time of the Good Friday Agreement 1998. Ambassador Mulhall brings his deep interest in Irish history and literature to the work of diplomatic service in the U.S., describing the strong, historic ties and kinship between the countries as the basis for a vibrant economic and cultural relationship. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Senator Raphael Warnock — A Way Out Of No Way - with Jonathan Capehart - GW Betts Theatre

Thursday, June 16, 7:00 pm
A Way Out of No Way: A Memoir of Truth, Transformation, and the New American Story Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593491546
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - June 14th, 2022

 

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**Proof of vaccination and mask-wearing during the event is required for this venue

A powerful preacher and a leading voice for voting rights and health care access, U.S. Senator Reverend Warnock has a once-in-a-generation gift to inspire and lead us forward. A Way Out of No Way tells his remarkable story for the first time.

Senator Reverend Raphael G. Warnock serves as the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta. He also has served at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church of Birmingham, the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem, and the Douglas Memorial Community Church of Baltimore. Senator Warnock holds degrees from Morehouse College and Union Theological Seminary. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a lifetime member of the NAACP, and the former chairman of the board of the New Georgia Project. He is the author of The Divided Mind of the Black Church. In January 2021, Warnock became Georgia’s first Black senator.

Senator Warnock will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart, a member of The Washington Post editorial board since 2007. He writes about politics and social issues, hosts the podcast “Capehart” and anchors the weekly Washington Post Live show “First Look,” which is also streamed on “The Choice MSNBC” on Comcast’s Peacock streaming service. Capehart was named an Associate Editor at the Washington Post in 2022. He is also a commentator on “The PBS Newshour.” Capehart was deputy editorial page editor of the New York Daily News (2002 - 2004) and served on its editorial board from 1993 to 2000. In 1999, his editorial campaign to save the Apollo Theater earned him and the board the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His MSNBC special “A Promised Land: A Conversation with Barack Obama” was nominated for an Emmy in 2021.

800 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

James Patterson — James Patterson: The Stories of My Life (at GW Betts Theatre)

Friday, June 17, 7:00 pm
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$29.00
ISBN: 9780316397537
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 6th, 2022

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How did a kid whose dad lived in the poorhouse become the most successful storyteller in the world?

  • On the morning he was born, he nearly died.
  • Growing up, he didn’t love to read. That changed.
  • He worked at a mental hospital in Massachusetts, where he met the singer James Taylor and the poet Robert Lowell.
  • While he toiled in advertising hell, James wrote the ad jingle line “I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid.”
  • He once watched James Baldwin and Norman Mailer square off to trade punches at a party.
  • He’s only been in love twice. Both times are amazing.
  • Dolly Parton once sang “Happy Birthday” to James over the phone. She calls him J.J., for Jimmy James.
  • Three American presidents have invited him to golf with them.

How did a boy from small-town New York become the world’s most successful writer? How does he do it? He has always wanted to write the kind of novel that would be read and reread so many times that the binding breaks and the book literally falls apart. As he says, “I’m still working on that one.”

Note: Mask and vaccine requirements will depend on guidance from the DC Mayor's office an GWU's venue policy at the time of the event. P&P always encourages the use of masks when inside a public space for safety.

GWU Betts Theatre
800 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Shelly Oria — I Know What's Best For You: Stories on Reproductive Freedom - Panel Discussion - at Conn Ave

Saturday, June 18, 3:00 pm
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By Shelly Oria (Editor), Tommy Orange (Contribution by), R. O. Kwon (Contribution by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781952119217
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: McSweeney's - June 7th, 2022

Panelists TBA

Edited by Shelly Oria--author and editor of Indelible in the Hippocampus--this explosive, intersectional collection of essays, fiction, poems, plays, and more, explores the universality of human reproductive experiences, as well as their distinct individuality

Shelly Oria is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 , and the editor of Indelible in the Hippocampus, Writings from the MeToo Movement, as well as the forthcoming I Know What's Best for You: Stories on Reproductive Freedom. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and on Selected Shorts at Symphony Space, received a number of awards, and been translated to several languages.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

James Kirchick — Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington - with Thomas Mallon - at Conn Ave

Monday, June 20, 7:00 pm
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$38.00
ISBN: 9781627792325
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 31st, 2022

 

Washington, D.C., has always been a city of secrets. Few have been more dramatic than the ones revealed in James Kirchick’s Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington.

James Kirchick has written about human rights, politics, and culture from around the world. A columnist for Tablet magazine, a writer at large for Air Mail, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, he is the author of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age. Kirchick’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement. A graduate of Yale with degrees in history and political science, he resides in Washington, DC.

Kirchick will be in conversation with Thomas Mallon, whose eleventh novel, Up With the Sun, will be published by Knopf in February.  His previous books of fiction include Henry and Clara, Fellow Travelers, Watergate (a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award) and Landfall.  He has also written volumes of nonfiction about plagiarism (Stolen Words), diaries (A Book of One’s Own), letters (Yours Ever) and the Kennedy assassination (Mrs. Paine’s Garage), as well as two books of essays (Rockets and Rodeos and In Fact).  His work appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review and other publications.  His honors include Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships, the National Book Critics Circle citation for reviewing, and the Vursell prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, for distinguished prose style.  He has been literary editor of Gentlemen’s Quarterly and deputy chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He is Professor Emeritus of English at The George Washington University and lives in Washington, D. C.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Colleen McKeegan — The Wild One - with Vera Kurian

Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780063061804
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - June 14th, 2022

In this dark and twisted coming-of-age thriller, a deadly childhood secret that binds three young women threatens to destroy their lives.

Amanda Brooks is a born-and-bred New Yorker with an envious life: she’s in a great graduate school program, lives in a cozy Tribeca apartment, and is head-over-heels for her handsome, committed boyfriend. But Amanda’s life isn’t as picture perfect as it seems. For over a decade she’s been hiding a dark secret—a secret that goes back to that summer at Camp Catalpa when a man died in the woods. Fellow campers Catherine and Meg were there too, and in the years since, not one of them has ever spoken about what happened that day.

Until Amanda slips—and the truth threatens to explode the tightly controlled façade of her life.

Colleen McKeegan is a writer and editor whose work at Marie Claire was nominated for a National Magazine Award. She has also held staff and freelance roles at various publications, including The CutFast CompanyBloomberg, and Fortune.

Moderating the conversation is writer and scientist Vera Kurian. Her debut novel, Never Saw Me Coming, was named a New York Times Best Thriller of 2021.

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Washington, DC 20008

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