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P&P Live! and DC Public Library Present Ben Zhu — Dessert Island

Monday, August 2, 5:00 pm
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By Ben Zhu, Ben Zhu (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250763303
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 25th, 2021

Politics and Prose is delighted to partner with DC Public Library, the DC Public Library Foundation, and Pepco for an inspirational program for teens with author/illustrator Ben Zhu who will discuss his debut picture book Dessert Island and his art process.

Monkey and Fox are stuck on their own deserted islands. Monkey’s is lush, rich and tasty, while Fox’s is spare and rocky. When pieces of Monkey’s Dessert Island begin to drop off and float to Fox, readers being to see the story from two very different viewpoints. Author and illustrator Ben Zhu’s thoughtful picture book tells a story about sustainability and sharing resources in an appealing way that will speak to both kids and grown-ups alike.

The first 50 young people to join the event and select the "Free Event Admission + Free Book" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of Dessert Island for their home library (one book per family please). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their books up in the Children's Room at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, Washington, DC, beginning July 26. These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation.

This program is presented in conjunction with D.C. Public Library’s Know Your Power contest, sponsored by Pepco. Teens are invited to submit an original work of writing, photography, illustration, or music that expresses their feelings on a social issue that matters to them. More information can be found at https://www.dclibrary.org/knowyourpower

Ben Zhu is an illustrator who, after working in the video game industry, founded Gallery Nucleus in 2004, an art gallery and bookshop devoted to illustration, animation, and narrative art with locations in Los Angeles and Portland. Born in Beijing, he moved to the US at age 7 and now lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and extremely old pet Chow Chow. Dessert Island is his first picture book.

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P&P Live! Michael Bender — FRANKLY, WE DID WIN THIS ELECTION - with Peggy Noonan

Monday, August 2, 7:00 pm
Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781538734803
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Published: Twelve - July 13th, 2021

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Beginning with President Trump’s first impeachment and ending with his second, Frankly, We Did Win This Election chronicles the inside-the-room deliberations between Trump and his campaign team as they opened 2020 with a sleek political operation built to harness a surge of momentum from a bullish economy, a unified Republican Party, and a string of domestic and foreign policy successes—only to watch everything unravel when fortunes suddenly turned.

Fresh interviews with Trump, key campaign advisers, and senior administration officials are paired with an exclusive collection of internal campaign memos, emails, and text messages for scores of never-before-reported details about the campaign.

Michael Bender gives readers the inside story of how Trump lost, and the definitive account of his final year in office that draws a straight line from the president’s repeated insistence that he would never lose to the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol that imperiled one of his most loyal lieutenants—his own vice president.

Bender will be in conversation with Peggy Noonan, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and author of nine books on U.S. politics and culture, most recently The Time of Our Lives, which won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2017.

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P&P Live! Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, & L. Fury — Run: Book One - with Anthony Dixon and Jonathan Gayles

Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 pm
Run: Book One Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, L. Fury (Illustrator), Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419730696
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - August 3rd, 2021

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By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781603093002
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 13th, 2013

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By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781603094009
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - January 20th, 2015

March: Book Three Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781603094023
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 2nd, 2016

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$49.99
ISBN: 9781603093958
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - September 6th, 2016

Run: Book One is a companion graphic memoir to the award-winning trilogy March, conceived by civil rights icon John Lewis and longtime collaborator Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell and L. Fury. Run continues where March left off to tell an often-overlooked chapter of civil rights history.

Prior to his passing, John Lewis stated, “In sharing my story, it is my hope that a new generation will be inspired by Run to actively participate in the democratic process and help build a more perfect union here in America.” Run picks up after the 1965 march in Selma. Lewis and colleagues are facing arrest and the Ku Klux Klan is planning one of their largest rallies yet. Soon after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the six-day Watts Rebellion breaks out in Los Angeles. Lewis shares his experiences as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, its tensions with the NAACP and Urban League, controversial stances. Lewis shines a light on the unsung heroes who undertook the sometimes-deadly work of Black voter registration and other grassroots social justice efforts. The connection between these events and current racial tensions and protest movements provides a platform for discussion of the work that still needs to be completed.

The creators of Run will be joined in conversation with Anthony Dixon, Congressman John Lewis' nephew. Jonathan Gayles, Ph.D., will moderate the discussion.

Andrew Aydin is a bestselling and award-winning writer. He was the Digital Director and Policy Advisor and longtime collaborator to the late Georgia congressman John Lewis as well as the creator and co-author of  March. He splits his time between Washington, D.C., and Hendersonville, NC.

Nate Powell is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning graphic novelist; his work includes the March trilogy, Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, and Save It for Later. Powell is the first and only cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. Powell lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

L. Fury is a lifelong resident of Houston, Texas with a BFA in animation from Sam Houston State University. She dove into comics full time in 2015 with the humor webcomic Bastard Comics before shifting her sights to long-form comics, illustrating the unreleased Double Barrel Shogun. Run  is Fury’s first graphic novel.

Anthony Dixon has been a firefighter with the Los Angeles County Fire Department for over 30 years. He is Congressman John Lewis’ nephew.

Jonathan Gayles, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University.

Ages 12 to adult

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P&P Live! Eric Garcia — We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation - in conversation with Wesley Lowery

Tuesday, August 3, 8:00 pm
We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781328587848
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Published: Mariner Books - August 3rd, 2021

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“This book is a message from autistic people to their parents, friends, teachers, coworkers and doctors showing what life is like on the spectrum. It’s also my love letter to autistic people. For too long, we have been forced to navigate a world where all the road signs are written in another language.”

ERIC GARCIA is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was an assistant editor at the Washington Post's Outlook section and an associate editor at The Hill and a correspondent for National Journal, MarketWatch and Roll Call. He has also written for the Daily Beast, the New Republic, and Salon.com.

Garcia will be joined in conversation with Wesley Lowery, a national reporter for the Washington Post who covers law enforcement and justice. He was the paper’s lead reporter in Ferguson, Missouri and covering the Black Lives Matter protest movement, and was a member of the team awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for the paper’s coverage of police shootings. His reporting has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement.

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P&P Live! Carolina de Robertis — THE PRESIDENT & THE FROG - with Patricia Engel

Wednesday, August 4, 6:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780593318416
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 3rd, 2021

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At his modest home on the edge of town, the former president of an unnamed Latin American country receives a journalist in his famed gardens to discuss his legacy and the dire circumstances that threaten democracy around the globe. Once known as the Poorest President in the World, his reputation is the stuff of myth: a former guerilla who was jailed for inciting revolution before becoming the face of justice, human rights, and selflessness for his nation. Now, as he talks to the journalist, he wonders if he should reveal the strange secret of his imprisonment: while held in brutal solitary confinement, he survived, in part, by discussing revolution, the quest for dignity, and what it means to love a country, with the only creature who ever spoke back—a loud-mouth frog.

As engrossing as it is innovative, vivid, moving, and full of wit and humor, The President and the Frog explores the resilience of the human spirit and what is possible when danger looms. Ferrying us between a grim jail cell and the president's lush gardens, the tale reaches beyond all borders and invites us to reimagine what it means to lead, to dare, and to dream.

Carolina de Robertis is the author of five novels and her work has been translated into seventeen languages. An author of Uruguayan origins, she teaches at San Francisco State University.

Patricia Engel is the author of four books, including The Veins of the Ocean, It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris, and most recently, the bestselling novel, Infinite Country. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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P&P Live! Rupa Marya & Raj Patel — INFLAMED - with Walter Riley

Wednesday, August 4, 8:00 pm
Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374602512
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 3rd, 2021

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Raj Patel, the renowned political economist and New York Times bestselling author of The Value of Nothing, teams up with the physician Rupa Marya to offer a radical new cure: the deep medicine of decolonization.

The Covid pandemic and the shocking racial disparities in its impact. The surge in inflammatory illnesses such as gastrointestinal disorders and asthma. Mass uprisings around the world in response to systemic racism and violence. Rising numbers of climate refugees. Our bodies, societies, and planet are inflamed.

Boldly original, Inflamed takes us on a medical tour through the human body. Unlike a traditional anatomy book, this groundbreaking work illuminates the hidden relationships between our biological systems and the profound injustices of our political and economic systems. Decolonizing heals what has been divided, reestablishing our relationships with the Earth and one another.

 

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P&P Live! Robert B. Zoellick — America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy - in conversation with Philip Zelikow

Thursday, August 5, 5:00 pm
America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781538712375
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Published: Twelve - August 3rd, 2021

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America has a long history of diplomacy–ranging from Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson to Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, and James Baker–now is your chance to see the impact these Americans have had on the world.

Robert B. Zoellick has served as Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Trade Representative, and President of the World Bank. Earlier in his career, Zoellick served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury and Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House and Assistant to President George W. Bush. Zoellick is now a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Zoellick will be joined in conversation with Phillip Zelikow, the White Burkett Miller Professor of History and J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, both at the University of Virginia. A former career diplomat, he was the executive director of the 9/11 Commission. He worked on international policy in each of the five administrations from Reagan through Obama. He is the author of The Road Less Traveled: The Secret Battle to End the Great War, 1916-1917.

 

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P&P Live! Richard H. Thaler & Cass Sunstein— Nudge: The Final Edition

Thursday, August 5, 7:00 pm
Nudge: The Final Edition Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143137009
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Published: Penguin Books - August 3rd, 2021

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Since the original publication of Nudge more than a decade ago, the title has entered the vocabulary of businesspeople, policy makers, engaged citizens, and consumers everywhere. The book has given rise to more than 400 "nudge units" in governments around the world and countless groups of behavioral scientists in every part of the economy. It has taught us how to use thoughtful "choice architecture"--a concept the authors invented--to help us make better decisions for ourselves, our families, and our society.

Now, the authors have rewritten the book from cover to cover, making use of their experiences in and out of government over the past dozen years as well as an explosion of new research in numerous academic disciplines. To commit themselves to never undertaking this daunting task again, they are calling this the "final edition." It offers a wealth of new insights, for both its avowed fans and newcomers to the field, about a wide variety of issues that we face in our daily lives--COVID-19, health, personal finance, retirement savings, credit card debt, home mortgages, medical care, organ donation, climate change, and "sludge" (paperwork and other nuisances we don't want, and that keep us from getting what we do want)--all while honoring one of the cardinal rules of nudging: make it fun.

Richard H. Thaler was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics. The Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, he is a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2015 he was the president of the American Economic Association. He has been published in numerous prominent journals and is the author of Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics

Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, where he is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy. He served as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration and as chair of the Technical Advisory Group for Behavioral Insights and Health at the World Health Organization. His many books include Impeachment: A Citizen's GuideToo Much Information, and, with Daniel Kahneman and Olivier Sibony, Noise. He is the recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize, awarded annually to a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to research in the arts, humanities, social sciences, law, or theology.

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P&P Live! Kenan Trebinčević, Susan Shapiro, Saadia Faruqi, & Laura Shovan — World In Between: Based on a True Refugee Story & A Place at the Table - with Kit Ballenger

Thursday, August 5, 8:00 pm
World in Between: Based on a True Refugee Story Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358439875
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Published: Clarion Books - July 27th, 2021

A Place at the Table Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358116684
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Published: Clarion Books - August 11th, 2020

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An interfaith conversation between Muslim and Jewish authors about writing middle grade fiction that helps kids navigate a multicultural world and stand up against prejudice.

Kenan Trebinčević and Susan Shapiro's novel, World In Between: Based on a True Refugee Story, introduces fifth-grader Kenan, who loves art and soccer but has trouble fitting in at school and sometimes fights with his older brother. His life in Bosnia is not perfect, but it is normal – a factor that is thrown into sharp relief when his country goes to war and he and his family are suddenly trapped in their home, surrounded by dangerous enemies. Seeking safety, they immigrate to the United States where Kenan struggles to acclimate to a new culture and language, with traumatic memories of life in war-torn Bosnia haunting his dreams. This story of community, hope, and resilience will help young readers understand the refugee experience.

Sara transfers from a small Islamic school to a large public school and has trouble finding her way. Elizabeth is hiding a painful secret: her mother is struggling with depression. Sixth-graders Sara and Elizabeth find friendship despite their differences in Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan’s A Place at the Table. They meet when their mothers sign them up for an after-school cooking class where they form an alliance based on their mutual disinterest. Over time their closeness grows, as does their affinity for cooking. The girls create a cross-cultural dish that they hope will win them a spot on a local food show, but can their friendship withstand the pressure?

Kenan Trebinčević is a Bosnian Muslim who survived the ethnic cleansing in the Bosnian War and came to the U.S. in 1993. He lives in Astoria, Queens. www.kenantrebincevic.com.

Susan Shapiro is an award-winning Jewish American journalist and best-selling author. www.susanshpiro.net.

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist, interfaith activist, and author of the Yasmin books and the upcoming Yusuf Azeem is Not a Hero. She lives with her husband and children in Houston, Texas, where she is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry, and prose.

Laura Shovan is the author of two middle grade novels, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary and Takedown. She lives with her family in Maryland, where she is a longtime poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council.

Kit Ballenger (she/her) is a youth services librarian and consultant in the Washington, D.C. area.  A former child advocacy attorney, Kit specializes in kid-centered readers advisory for young readers of all ages and interests. You can hear her reading recommendations on SiriusXM Kids Place Live, where she is the librarian in residence, or find her book lists through educational resources such as Wow in the World and National PTA. Instagram @KitonLit.

Ages 8-12

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P&P Live! Amy McGrath — HONOR BOUND: An American Story of Dreams & Service - with Jennifer Rubin

Friday, August 6, 7:00 pm
Honor Bound: An American Story of Dreams and Service Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525659105
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Published: Knopf - August 3rd, 2021

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In Honor BoundAmy McGrath writes of gaining an appointment in high school to the U.S. Naval Academy, making it through Marine Corps training, graduating from Annapolis, Maryland, becoming a Second Lieutenant, and raising her right hand to swear to defend the U.S. Constitution, honor bound.

She vividly recounts her experiences flying in the Marines, and her combat deployments to Iraq (Kuwait) and Afghanistan, her work as an Air Combat Tactics instructor—and what it was like to finally fly that fighter jet: high-speed, intense, and physically demanding.

Here is McGrath, training to do the most intense tactical flying there is (think the Navy's TOPGUN); meeting the man who would become her husband; being promoted to major and then lieutenant colonel; marrying, having three children, a career and life in Washington and then moving her family back to Kentucky to begin a whole new chapter in politics; her roller-coaster congressional campaign (she lost by three percentage points); and making the tough decision to run again, in an even bigger, higher-stakes national campaign, against the five-term leader of the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell.

McGrath will be in conversation with Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post. She covers politics and policy, foreign and domestic, and provides insight into the conservative movement, the Republican and Democratic parties, and threats to Western democracies. She is the author of Resistance: How Women Saved Democracy from Donald Trump to be released in September. Rubin is also an MSNBC contributor and frequent guest on syndicated radio programs.

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P&P Live! Rita Dove — Playlist for the Apocalypse - with Adrienne Su

Monday, August 9, 6:00 pm
Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393867770
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 2021

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This event is in partnership with the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

In her first volume of new poems in twelve years, Rita Dove investigates the vacillating moral compass guiding America’s, and the world’s, experiments in democracy. Whether depicting the first Jewish ghetto in sixteenth-century Venice or Black Lives Matter, this extraordinary poet never fails to connect history’s grand exploits to the triumphs and tragedies of individual lives—the simmering resentment of an elevator operator, an octogenarian’s exuberant mambo, the mordant humor of a philosophizing cricket.

Audaciously playful yet grave, alternating poignant meditations on mortality and acerbic observations of injustice, Playlist for the Apocalypse takes us from the smallest moments of redemption to apocalyptic failures of the human soul.

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate, is the only poet honored with both the National Humanities Medal and the National Medal of Arts. Her recent works include Playlist for the Apocalypse, Sonata Mulattica,  and the National Book Award–shortlisted Collected Poems: 1974-2004. In 2021 she was awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Charlottesville, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia.

Adrienne Su is the author of five books of poems, most recently Peach State, which was published in March 2021. Su's awards include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Foundation grant, and residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, among others. Since 2000, she has taught creative writing at Dickinson College where she is Poet-in-Residence.

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P&P Live! Courtney Martin — Learning in Public - in conversation with Garrett Bucks

Monday, August 9, 8:00 pm
Learning in Public: Lessons for a Racially Divided America from My Daughter's School Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316428262
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 3rd, 2021

How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580058070
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Published: Hachette Go - June 2nd, 2020

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From the time Courtney E. Martin strapped her daughter, Maya, to her chest for long walks, she was curious about Emerson Elementary, a public school down the street from her Oakland home. She learned that White families in their gentrifying neighborhood largely avoided the majority-Black, poorly-rated school. As she began asking why, a journey of a thousand moral miles began.

Learning in Public is the story, not just Courtney’s journey, but a whole country’s. Many of us are newly awakened to the continuing racial injustice all around us, but unsure of how to go beyond hashtags and yard signs to be a part of transforming the country. Courtney discovers that her public school, the foundation of our fragile democracy, is a powerful place to dig deeper.

Courtney E. Martin is a writer living with her family in a co-housing community in Oakland. She has a popular Substack newsletter, Examined Family, and speaks widely at conferences and colleges throughout the country. She is also the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network, FRESH Speakers bureau, and the Bay Area chapter of Integrated Schools. This is her fourth book.

Martin will be in conversation with Garrett Bucks, the founder of The Barnraisers Project, which trains white people who don’t think of themselves as activists on how to welcome their communities and networks into the work of justice and liberation. He is also the creator of The White Pages, a newsletter about white people’s relationship both to racism and to each other.

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P&P Live! Virginia Feito — MRS. MARCH - with Samantha Irby

Tuesday, August 10, 6:00 pm
Mrs. March: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781631498619
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Published: Liveright - August 10th, 2021

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Politics and Prose, Books & Books, and Harvard Bookstore present Virginia Feito in her only U.S. bookstore event for Mrs. March, a mesmerizing novel of psychological suspense.

George March’s latest novel is a smash. No one could be prouder than his dutiful wife, Mrs. March, who revels in his accolades. A careful creature of routine and decorum, she lives a precariously controlled existence on the Upper East Side until one morning, when the shopkeeper of her favorite patisserie suggests that her husband’s latest protagonist—a detestable character named Johanna—is based on Mrs. March herself. Clutching her ostrich leather pocketbook and mint-colored gloves, she flees the shop. What could have merited this humiliation?

That one casual remark robs Mrs. March of the belief that she knew everything about her husband—and herself—thus sending her on an increasingly paranoid journey that begins within the pages of a book. While snooping in George’s office, Mrs. March finds a newspaper clipping about a missing woman. Did George have anything to do with her disappearance? He’s been going on a lot of “hunting trips” up north with his editor lately, leaving Mrs. March all alone at night with her tormented thoughts, and the cockroaches that have suddenly started to appear, and strange breathing noises.

Virginia Feito will be in conversation with Samantha Irby, a writer whose work can be found on the Internet, in books, and on TV. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wow, No Thank You.

*Special signed bookplates are available to attendees who purchase the book with registration (while supplies last)!

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P&P Live! Cecily Strong — THIS WILL ALL BE OVER SOON - with Chanel Miller

Tuesday, August 10, 8:00 pm
This Will All Be Over Soon: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982168315
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 10th, 2021

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Cecily Strong had a special bond with her cousin Owen, and so she was devastated when, in early 2020, he passed away at age thirty from the brain cancer glioblastoma. Before Strong could attempt to process her grief, another tragedy struck: the coronavirus pandemic. Following a few harrowing weeks in the virus epicenter of New York City, Strong relocated to an isolated house in the woods upstate. Here, trying to make sense of Owen’s death and the upended world, she spent much of the ensuing months writing. The result is This Will All Be Over Soon—a raw, unflinching memoir about loss, love, laughter, and hope.

Befitting the time-warped year of 2020, the diary-like approach deftly weaves together the present and the past. Strong chronicles the challenges of beginning a relationship during the pandemic and the fear when her new boyfriend contracts COVID. She describes the pain of losing her friend and longtime Saturday Night Live staff member Hal Willner to the virus. She reflects on formative events from her life, including how her high school expulsion led to her pursuing a career in theater and, years later, landing at SNL.

Cecily Strong is an actress and comedian best known as standout Saturday Night Live cast member. She has entertained viewers with a variety of beloved SNL characters featured on “Weekend Update,” and earned rave reviews for her impressions of Jeanine Pirro, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Melania Trump. Cecily previously cohosted “Weekend Update” alongside both Seth Meyers and Colin Jost. In 2015, she headlined the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

Strong will be in conversation with Chanel Miller, a writer and artist. Her memoir, Know My Name, was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. She was named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30 and a Time Next 100 honoree, and was a Glamour Woman of the Year honoree under her pseudonym Emily Doe.

 

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P&P Live! LtC Alexander Vindman — Here, Right Matters - in conversation with Susan Glasser

Wednesday, August 11, 6:00 pm
Here, Right Matters: An American Story Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780063079427
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Published: Harper - August 3rd, 2021

 

0900, Thursday, July 25, 2019: President Trump called Ukraine’s President Zelensky, supposedly to congratulate him on his recent victory. In the months that followed, the American public would only learn what happened on that call because Alexander Vindman felt duty-bound to report it up the chain of command: that the President of the United States had extorted a foreign ally to damage a political challenger at home. Vindman’s actions and subsequent testimony before congress would lead to Trump’s impeachment and affirm Vindman's belief that he had done the right thing in the face of intense pressure to stay silent. But it would come at an enormous cost, straining relationships with colleagues, superiors, and even his own father, and eventually end his decorated career in the US Army, by a Trump administration intent on retribution.

Here, Right Matters is Vindman’s proud, passionate, and candid account of his family, his career, and the moment of truth he faced for his nation. As an immigrant, raised by a father who fled the Soviet Union in pursuit of a better life for his children, Vindman learned about respect for truth throughout his education and military service. As this memoir makes clear, his decision to speak up about the July 25th call was never a choice: it was Vindman’s duty, as a naturalized citizen and member of the armed forces. In the wake of his testimony, he would endure furious partisan attacks on his record and his loyalty. But far louder was the extraordinary chorus of support from citizens who were collectively intent on reaffirming an abiding American commitment to integrity.

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman (Retired) was most recently the director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia on the White House’s National Security Council. Prior to retiring from the U.S. Army, he served as a Foreign Area Officer with assignments in Moscow, Russia and for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a Political-Military Affairs Officer. While on the Joint Staff, he co-authored the National Military Strategy Russia Annex and was the principal author for the Global Campaign for Russia. He is currently a doctoral student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Visiting Fellow at Perry World House.

LtC Vindman will be in conversation with Susan Glasser, a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes a weekly column on life in Washington. Glasser has served as the top editor of several Washington publications; most recently, she founded the award-winning Politico Magazine and went on to become the editor of Politico throughout the 2016 election cycle. She previously served as the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, which won three National Magazine Awards, among other honors, during her tenure. Before that, she worked for a decade at the Washington Post, where she was the editor of Outlook and national news. She edited Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, early in her career. Her books include Kremlin Rising and The Man Who Ran Washington, both of which she co-wrote with her husband, Peter Baker.

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P&P Live! Joyce Carol Oates — BREATHE - with Jonathan Santlofer

Wednesday, August 11, 8:00 pm
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Published: Ecco - August 3rd, 2021

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Amid a starkly beautiful but uncanny landscape in New Mexico, a married couple from Cambridge, MA takes residency at a distinguished academic institute. When the husband is stricken with a mysterious illness, misdiagnosed at first, their lives are uprooted and husband and wife each embarks upon a nightmare journey. At thirty-seven, Michaela faces the terrifying prospect of widowhood - and the loss of Gerard, whose identity has greatly shaped her own.

Part intimately detailed love story, part horror story rooted in real life, Breathe is an exploration of hauntedness rooted in the domesticity of marital love, as well as our determination both to be faithful to the beloved and to survive the trauma of loss.

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the MulvaneysBlonde, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Oates will be in conversation with Jonathan Santlofer. His debut novel, The Death Artist, was an international bestseller, a People Magazine “Page-Turner of the Week” and is currently in development at Fox, along with his second and third novels. Jonathan created the Crime Fiction Academy as The Center for Fiction. His new novel, The Last Mona Lisa, was named one of the Best Books of Summer by People and received two starred reviews.

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P&P Live! Alaa Al Aswany — The Republic of False Truths

Thursday, August 12, 6:00 pm
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$28.95
ISBN: 9780307957221
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Published: Knopf - August 10th, 2021

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A devastating work of fiction about the Egyptian revolution, taking us inside the battle raging between those in power and those prepared to lay down their lives in the defense of freedom—from one of the foremost writers in the Arab world. The Republic of False Truths: A novel

ALAA AL ASWANY is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels The Yacoubian Building, the best-selling novel in the Arab world for more than five years, with more than a million copies sold around the world; Chicago, named by Newsday as the best translated novel of 2006; and, most recently, The Automobile Club of Egypt. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and published in more than one hundred countries. He has received several international awards, including the Grinzane Cavour Prize, and in 2016 he was appointed a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. Originally trained as a dentist, he retains his own dental practice in Cairo. Translated by S. R. Fellowes.

Al Aswany will be joined in conversation with Jonathan Smolin, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College.

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P&P Live! L.M. Elliott — WALLS — with Debbie Levy

Thursday, August 12, 7:00 pm
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - July 27th, 2021

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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781368054553
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2019

Drew is an army brat who has to move for the sixth time in fifteen years—this time to West Berlin, where American soldiers like his dad hold an outpost of democracy against communist Russia in Hitler’s former capital. Meanwhile, his cousin Matthias lives in East Berlin, a city destroyed by World War II and lorded over by Communist secret police. Drew and Matthias initially struggle to trust one another, but they eventually become friends, bonding over their love of rock and roll music, strictly forbidden in East Berlin. Drew’s family’s loyalty to America is questioned because of the cousins’ closeness. The tension between East and West Berlin in the year leading up to the erection of the Berlin Wall is vividly portrayed, enhanced by real-life photographs and headlines from the time. Elliott’s Walls brings the Cold War to life.

This event will take place on the 60-year anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall.

L. M. Elliott is a New York Times best-selling author of historical and biographical fiction. Her twelve novels explore a variety of eras (the Italian Renaissance, the American Revolutionary War, WWII, and the Cold War), and are written for a variety of ages. Many of her works have won national awards, including being named NCSS/CBC Notables (National Council of Social Studies and Children’s Book Council), Bank Street College Best Books, Jefferson Cup Honor Books, and Grateful American Book Prize winners. Elliott holds a BA from Wake Forest University and a Masters in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a lifelong Virginia resident and history-lover.

Debbie Levy writes books—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—for people of all ages. Before starting her writing career, she was a newspaper editor with American Lawyer Media and Legal Times. She has a bachelor’s degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and a law degree and master’s degree in world politics from the University of Michigan. Debbie lives in Maryland with her husband. Besides writing, she loves to kayak, boat, and fish in the Chesapeake Bay region, swim, and play catch (with or without the dog).

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P&P Live! Tracy Swinton Bailey — Forever Free: A True Story of Hope in the Fight for Child Literacy

Thursday, August 12, 8:00 pm
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$25.99
ISBN: 9781635420807
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Published: Other Press - August 10th, 2021

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A memoir and a call to action, this intimate look at America’s long-standing struggle to adequately educate vulnerable children offers valuable insights for effecting change in families, communities, and nationwide. Forever Free: A True Story of Hope in the Fight for Child Literacy

Tracy Swinton Bailey earned a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Language and Literacy at the University of South Carolina in 2013. She began her career as a high school English instructor, and went on to found Freedom Readers, an after-school and summer literacy program that was designed and implemented to support families in low-income areas and assist children in achieving their academic goals in reading. She is married to award-winning writer, Issac J. Bailey, and is the mother of two children.

This event will be held in partnership with The Washington Literacy Center(WLC)

 

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P&P Live! Martin Walker — The Coldest Case: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel

Friday, August 13, 1:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525656678
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Published: Knopf - August 3rd, 2021

 

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In The Coldest Case, after attending an exhibit on the facial reconstruction of ancient skulls, Bruno wonders if this technology might provide an invaluable clue to a thirty-year-old cold case. But learning the identity of the murder victim is only the beginning.

The strange case is further complicated as Parisian bureaucrats get involved, hinting that essential diplomatic relations might be at stake. And to make matters even worse, the Dordogne is suffering from an intense summer drought that is sparking fires across the region. But as always, Bruno will keep a cool head through it all--and, bien sûr, takes time to enjoy a sumptuous Périgordian meal!

 

Martin Walker, after a long career of working in international journalism and for think tanks, now gardens, cooks, explores vineyards, writes, travels, and has never been more busy. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and the Dordogne.

 

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P&P Live! Julie Klam — THE ALMOST LEGENDARY MORRIS SISTERS - with Matthew Klam

Friday, August 13, 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780735216426
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 10th, 2021

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Ever since she was young, Julie Klam has been fascinated by the Morris sisters, cousins of her grandmother. According to family lore, early in the twentieth century the sisters’ parents decided to move the family from Eastern Europe to Los Angeles so their father could become a movie director. On the way, their pregnant mother went into labor in St. Louis, where the baby was born and where their mother died. The father left the children in an orphanage and promised to send for them when he settled in California—a promise he never kept. One of the Morris sisters later became a successful Wall Street trader and advised Franklin Roosevelt. The sisters lived together in New York City, none of them married or had children, and one even had an affair with J. P. Morgan.

The stories of these independent women intrigued Klam, but as she delved into them to learn more, she realized that the tales were almost completely untrue. Part memoir and part confessional, The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters is the fascinating and funny true story of one writer’s journey into her family’s past, the truths she brings to light, and what she learns about herself along the way.

Klam will be in conversation with her brother, Matthew, named one of the twenty best young fiction writers in America by The New Yorker. He is an O. Henry Award winner. His nonfiction has been featured in such places as Harper’s and The New York Times Magazine. His most recent book is Who is Rich?: A Novel.

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P&P Live! Eyal Press — Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America - with Patrick Radden Keefe

Monday, August 16, 6:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374140182
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 17th, 2021

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Drone pilots who carry out targeted assassinations. Undocumented immigrants who man the “kill floors” of industrial slaughterhouses. Guards who patrol the wards of the United States’ most violent and abusive prisons. In Dirty Work, Eyal Press offers a paradigm-shifting view of the moral landscape of contemporary America through the stories of people who perform society’s most ethically troubling jobs. As Press shows, we are increasingly shielded and distanced from an array of morally questionable activities that other, less privileged people perform in our name. Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America

Eyal Press is an author and a journalist based in New York. The recipient of the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, an Andrew Carnegie fellowship, a Cullman Center fellowship at the New York Public Library, and a Puffin Foundation fellowship at Type Media Center, he is a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. He is the author of Beautiful Souls and Absolute Convictions.

Press will be joined in conversation with Patrick Radden Keefe, an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty and Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, as well as two other books: The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream, and Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping.

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P&P Live! Simon Kuper — The Barcelona Complex: Lionel Messi and the Making--and Unmaking--of the World's Greatest Soccer Club - in conversation with Franklin Foer

Tuesday, August 17, 4:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593297711
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Published: Penguin Press - August 17th, 2021

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With rare and unrivaled access, bestselling coauthor of Soccernomics and longtime Financial Times journalist Simon Kuper tells the story of how FC Barcelona became the most successful club in the world—and how that era is now ending. The Barcelona Complex: Lionel Messi and the Making--and Unmaking--of the World's Greatest Soccer Club

Simon Kuper is a journalist who writes for the Financial Times and publishes in newspapers and magazines around the world. He is one of the world’s leading writers on soccer. His book Football Against the Enemy won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. His works are also widely read in translation. Born in Uganda, Kuper spent most of his childhood in the Netherlands and now lives in Paris.

Franklin Foer is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of World Without Mind and How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.

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P&P Live! Tina M. Campt — A Black Gaze: Artists Changing The Way We See

Tuesday, August 17, 6:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780262045872
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Published: The MIT Press - August 24th, 2021

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In A Black Gaze, Tina Campt examines Black contemporary artists who are shifting the very nature of our interactions with the visual through their creation and curation of a distinctively Black gaze. Their work--from Deana Lawson's disarmingly intimate portraits to Arthur Jafa's videos of the everyday beauty and grit of the Black experience, from Khalil Joseph's films and Dawoud Bey's photographs to the embodied and multimedia artistic practice of Okwui Okpakwasili, Simone Leigh, and Luke Willis Thompson--requires viewers to do more than simply look; it solicits visceral responses to the visualization of Black precarity.

Campt shows that this new way of seeing shifts viewers from the passive optics of looking at to the active struggle of looking with, through, and alongside the suffering--and joy--of Black life in the present. The artists whose work Campt explores challenge the fundamental disparity that defines the dominant viewing practice: the notion that Blackness is the elsewhere (or nowhere) of whiteness. These artists create images that flow, that resuscitate and revalue the historical and contemporary archive of Black life in radical ways. Writing with rigor and passion, Campt describes the creativity, ingenuity, cunning, and courage that is the modus operandi of a Black gaze.

Tina M. Campt is a Black feminist theorist of visual culture and contemporary art, is Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and a Research Associate at the VIAD (Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre) at the University of Johannesburg. She is the author of Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Disapora in Europe, Listening To Images, and other books.

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P&P Live! William Stixrud PhD & Ned Johnson-What Do You Say?: How to Talk with Kids to Build Stress Tolerance, Motivation, and a Happy Home

Tuesday, August 17, 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781984880369
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Published: Viking - August 17th, 2021

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735222526
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Published: Penguin Books - February 12th, 2019

Join us for the next chapter in our Parenting Series to learn how to more effectively and empathetically talk to your pre-teen and teen. Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, coauthors of The Self-Driven Child, have over 60 years of combined experience helping kids and parents communicate with each other. In their new book, What Do You Say?, Johnson and Stixrud show how to engage in respectful and effective dialogue, beginning with defining and demonstrating the basic principles of listening and speaking. They will discuss new ways to handle specific, thorny topics of the sort that usually end in parent/kid standoffs: delivering constructive feedback to kids; discussing boundaries around technology; explaining sleep and their brains; the anxiety of current events; and family problem-solving. What Do You Say? is a manual and map that will immediately transform parents' ability to navigate complex terrain and train their minds and hearts to communicate ever more successfully.

William Stixrud, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist and a faculty member at Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical School. He lectures widely on the adolescent brain, meditation, and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain. He is on the board of the David Lynch Foundation.

Ned Johnson is the founder of PrepMatters and the coauthor of Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed. A sought-after speaker and teen coach for study skills, parent-teen dynamics, and anxiety management, his work has been featured on NPR, NewsHour, U.S. News & World Report, Time, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

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P&P Live! Rafia Zakaria — Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption - in conversation with Wajahat Ali

Wednesday, August 18, 6:00 pm
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$23.95
ISBN: 9781324006619
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 17th, 2021

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Upper-middle-class white women have long been heralded as “experts” on feminism. They have presided over multinational feminist organizations and written much of what we consider the feminist canon, espousing sexual liberation and satisfaction, LGBTQ inclusion, and racial solidarity, all while branding the language of the movement itself in whiteness and speaking over Black and Brown women in an effort to uphold privilege and perceived cultural superiority. An American Muslim woman, attorney, and political philosopher, Rafia Zakaria champions a reconstruction of feminism in Against White Feminism, centering women of color in this transformative overview and counter-manifesto to white feminism’s global, long-standing affinity with colonial, patriarchal, and white supremacist ideals.

Rafia Zakaria is author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, Veil, and many essays for the Guardian, CNN, and the New York Times Book Review. She is a regular columnist for Dawn in Pakistan and the Baffler in the United States.

Zakaria will be joined in conversation with Wajahat Ali, a Daily Beast columnist. He is currently working on his first book Go Back To Where You Came From: And, Other Helpful Recommendations on Becoming American which will be published in January 2022 by Norton.

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P&P Live! Alice McDermott — What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on The Art of Fiction

Wednesday, August 18, 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374130626
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 17th, 2021

 

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What About The Baby?: Some Thoughts on The Art of Fiction gathers the bestselling novelist Alice McDermott’s pithiest wisdom about her chosen art, acquired over a lifetime as an acclaimed writer and teacher of writing.

From technical advice (“check that your verbs aren’t burdened by unnecessary hads and woulds”) to setting the bar (“I expect the fiction I read to carry with it the conviction that it is written with no other incentive than that it must be written”), from the demands of readers (“they’d been given a story with a baby in it, and they damn well wanted that baby accounted for”) to the foibles of public life (“I’ve never subscribed to the notion that a film adaptation is the final imprimatur for a work of fiction, despite how often I’ve been told by encouraging friends and strangers, ‘Maybe they’ll make a movie of your novel,’ as if I’d been aiming for a screenplay all along but somehow missed the mark and wrote a novel by mistake”), McDermott muses trenchantly and delightfully about the craft of fiction.

Alice McDermott is the author of several novels, including The Ninth Hour; Someone; After This; Child of My Heart; Charming Billy; winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes—all published by FSG. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere. For more than two decades she was the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University and a member of the faculty at the Sewanee Writers Conference. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.

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P&P Live! Tom Nichols — Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from Within on Modern Democracy

Thursday, August 19, 6:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780197518878
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - August 1st, 2021

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A contrarian yet highly engaging account of the spread of illiberal and anti-democratic sentiment throughout our culture that places responsibility on the citizens themselves. Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault from Within on Modern Democracy

Tom Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs, US Naval War College. He is the author of The Death of Expertise (Oxford 2017), Eve of Destruction (2008), No Use: Nuclear Weapons and US National Security (2013), He is currently a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, a Senior Fellow of the Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto, and an adjunct professor at the U.S. Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies.. He has also been a Fellow of the International Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He is a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion, and as one of the all-time top players of the game, he was invited back to play in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Nichols can be found on Twitter at @RadioFreeTom, where he has close to half a million followers.

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P&P Live! Eve Gleichman and Laura Blackett — The Very Nice Box - with Emily Gould

Thursday, August 19, 8:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780358540113
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Published: Mariner Books - July 6th, 2021

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For fans of Elinor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Severance: an offbeat, wryly funny debut novel that follows an eccentric product engineer who works for a hip furniture company where sweeping corporate change lands her under the purview of a startlingly charismatic boss who seems determined to get close to her at all costs . . .

Ava Simon designs storage boxes for STÄDA, a slick Brooklyn-based furniture company. She’s hard-working, obsessive, and heartbroken from a tragedy that killed her girlfriend and upended her life. It’s been years since she’s let anyone in.

But when Ava’s new boss—the young and magnetic Mat Putnam—offers Ava a ride home one afternoon, an unlikely relationship blossoms. Ava remembers how rewarding it can be to open up—and, despite her instincts, she becomes enamored. But Mat isn’t who he claims to be, and the romance takes a sharp turn.

The Very Nice Box is a funny, suspenseful debut—with a shocking twist. It’s at once a send-up of male entitlement and a big-hearted account of grief, friendship, and trust.

EVE GLEICHMAN's short stories have appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Harvard Review, BOMB Daily, and elsewhere. Eve is a graduate of Brooklyn College's Fiction MFA Program and lives in Brooklyn.

LAURA BLACKETT is a woodworker and writer based in Brooklyn.

Gleichman and Blackett will be joined in conversation with Emily Gould, author of And The Heart Says Whatever, Friendship, and Perfect Tunes (now in paperback!). With Ruth Curry, she runs Emily Books, which sells and publishes books by women as an imprint of Coffee House Press. She is a contributor to Bookforum and The Cut. She teaches writing in New York City, where she lives with her family.

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P&P Live! Mike Duncan — Hero of Two Worlds - in conversation with Jamelle Bouie

Friday, August 20, 6:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781541730335
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Published: PublicAffairs - August 24th, 2021

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From the massively popular podcaster and New York Times bestselling author comes the story of the Marquis de Lafayette's lifelong quest to protect the principles of democracy, told through the lens of the three revolutions he participated in: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Revolution of 1830, in Hero of Two Worlds.

Few in history can match the breadth and depth of the revolutionary career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Over fifty incredible years at the heart of the Age of Revolution, he fought as one with righteous revolutionaries on both sides of the Atlantic.

As the saying goes, if we don't learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. Today, the values codified and practiced by Lafayette are increasingly taken for granted. His life is thus the story of where we came from-and what we stand to lose if we abandon the ideals for which he fought.

Mike Duncan is one of the most popular history podcasters in the world and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Storm Before The Storm. His award-winning series, The History of Rome, remains a legendary landmark in the history of podcasting. Duncan's ongoing series Revolutions explores the great political revolutions that have driven the course of modern history.

Duncan will be in conversation with Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. Previously, Jamelle was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine and a staff writer at The Daily Beast ; he also held fellowships at The American Prospect and The Nation magazine.

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P&P Live! Maurice Carlos Ruffin — The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You - in conversation with Deesha Philyaw

Monday, August 23, 7:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780593133408
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Published: One World - August 17th, 2021

 

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Maurice Carlos Ruffin has an uncanny ability to reveal the hidden corners of a place we thought we knew. These perspectival, character-driven stories center on the margins and are deeply rooted in New Orleanian culture in The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You.

In "Beg Borrow Steal," a boy relishes time spent helping his father find work after coming home from prison; in "Ghetto University," a couple struggling financially turns to crime after hitting rock bottom; in "Before I Let Go," a woman who's been in NOLA for generations fights to keep her home; in "Fast Hands, Fast Feet," an army vet and a runaway teen find companionship while sleeping under a bridge; in "Mercury Forges," a flash fiction piece among several in the collection, a group of men hurriedly make their way to an elderly gentleman's home, trying to reach him before the water from Hurricane Katrina does; and in the title story, a young man works the street corners of the French Quarter, trying to achieve a freedom not meant for him.

These stories are intimate invitations to hear, witness, and imagine lives at once regional but largely universal, and undeniably New Orleanian, written by a lifelong resident of New Orleans and one of our finest new writers.

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of We Cast a Shadow, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Open Book Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and International Dublin Literary Award. A recipient of an Iowa Review Award in fiction, he has been published in the Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, the Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas. A native of New Orleans, he is a graduate of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop and a member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance.

Ruffin will be in conversation with Deesha Philyaw, the author of the debut short story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies (West Virginia University Press, 2020), which won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and a 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; the collection was also a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is being developed for television by Tessa Thompson for HBO Max. She is also the author of Co-Parenting 101: Helping Your Kids Thrive in Two Households After Divorce, written in collaboration with her ex-husband.

 

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P&P Live! Robyn Doolitte — HAD IT COMING - with Daniel Dale

Tuesday, August 24, 6:00 pm
Had It Coming: Rape Culture Meets #Metoo: Now What? Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781586422899
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Published: Truth to Power - August 24th, 2021

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"As a culture we aren't very good at having nuanced, complicated discussions," Robyn Doolittle writes in the introduction to Had It Coming. "The public space is not a safe venue to talk about controversial subjects. Social media has seen to that . . . I've come to embrace the complexities and messiness that comes with those tough conversations."

Doolittle brings a personal voice to what has been a turning point for most women: the #MeToo movement and its aftermath. The world is now increasingly aware of the pervasiveness of rape culture in which powerful men got away with sexual assault and harassment for years, but Doolittle looks beyond specific cases to the big picture. The issue of consent figures largely: not only is the public confused about what it means, but an astounding number of legal authorities are too.

Doolittle will be in conversation with Daniel Dale, a reporter in CNN's Washington Bureau where he fact-checks political claims. Prior to joining CNN in 2019, Dale spent over a decade at the Toronto Star, including as Washington Bureau Chief, where he was the first journalist to fact-check every false statement from President Donald Trump.

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P&P Live! Robert Levine — The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson - in conversation with Richard Bell

Tuesday, August 24, 8:00 pm
The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781324004752
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 24th, 2021

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Robert S. Levine foregrounds the viewpoints of Black Americans on Reconstruction in his absorbing account of the struggle between the great orator Frederick Douglass and President Andrew Johnson. The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson

Robert S. Levine (Ph.D. Stanford; General Editor and Editor, 1820–1865) is Distinguished University Professor of English and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of?Conspiracy and Romance: Studies in Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Melville; Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity; Dislocating Race and Nation: Episodes in Nineteenth-Century American Literary Nationalism; The Lives of Frederick Douglas; Race, Transnationalism, and Nineteenth-Century American Literary Studies; and (upcoming from Norton) The Failed Promise: Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson. He has edited a number of books, including The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville and Norton Critical Editions of Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables and Melville’s Pierre. Levine has received fellowships from the NEH and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2014 the American Literature Section of the MLA awarded him the Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Studies.

Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland and author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home which is shortlisted for the George Washington Prize and the Harriet Tubman Prize. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award and the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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P&P Live! Jo Lloyd — Something Wonderful: Stories - in conversation with Emily Nemens

Wednesday, August 25, 12:00 pm
Something Wonderful: Stories Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781951142728
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Published: Tin House Books - August 24th, 2021

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Clear-sighted and lyrical, compassionate, and full of truth, Something Wonderful from Jo Lloyd, winner of the BBC National Short Story Award, announces a remarkable new voice with a sensibility all her own.

Jo Lloyd won the BBC National Short Story Award in 2019 and an O. Henry Prize in 2018. Her stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. Something Wonderful is her debut collection. She grew up in South Wales, where she now lives.

Emily Nemens’s debut novel, The Cactus League was named one of the best books of 2020 by NPR and Lit Hub. Emily spent a decade editing the literary quarterlies The Paris Review and The Southern Review. She lives in New York and is working on her second novel.

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P&P Live! Deborah Levy — Real Estate - in conversation with Andrew durbin

Wednesday, August 25, 6:00 pm
Real Estate: A Living Autobiography Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781635572216
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - August 24th, 2021

 

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Virginia Woolf wrote that in order to be a writer, a woman needs a room of one's own. Now, in Real Estate, acclaimed author Deborah Levy concludes her ground-breaking trilogy of living autobiographies with an exhilarating, boldly intimate meditation on home and the specters that haunt it.

In Real Estate, Levy employs her characteristic indelible writing, sharp wit, and acute insights to craft a searing examination of womanhood and ownership. Her inventory of possessions, real and imagined, pushes readers to question our cultural understanding of belonging and belongings and to consider the value of a woman's intellectual and personal life.

Blending personal history, gender politics, philosophy, and literary theory, Real Estate is a brilliant, compulsively readable narrative.

 

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays, and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, broadcast on the BBC, and widely translated. The author of highly praised novels, including The Man Who Saw Everything (longlisted for the Booker Prize), Hot Milk and Swimming Home (both Man Booker Prize finalists), The Unloved, and Billy and Girl, the acclaimed story collection Black Vodka, and two parts of her working autobiography, Things I Don't Want to Know and The Cost of Living, she lives in London. Levy is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

Levy will be in conversation with Andrew Durbin, the author of MacArthur Park (2017) and Skyland (2020), both from Nightboat Books. His fiction, criticism, and poetry have appeared in The Believer, BOMB, Boston Review, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, Triple Canopy, and elsewhere. He lives in London and is the editor-in-chief of frieze magazine.

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P&P Live! Peter Heller — THE GUIDE - with Diane Les Becquets

Friday, August 27, 7:00 pm
The Guide: A novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525657767
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Published: Knopf - August 24th, 2021

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Kingfisher Lodge, nestled in a canyon on a mile and a half of the most pristine river water on the planet, is known by locals as "Billionaire's Mile" and is locked behind a heavy gate. Sandwiched between barbed wire and a meadow with a sign that reads "Don't Get Shot!" the resort boasts boutique fishing at its finest. Safe from viruses that have plagued America for years, Kingfisher offers a respite for wealthy clients. Now it also promises a second chance for Jack, a return to normalcy after a young life filled with loss. When he is assigned to guide a well-known singer, his only job is to rig her line, carry her gear, and steer her to the best trout he can find.

But then a human scream pierces the night, and Jack soon realizes that this idyllic fishing lodge may be merely a cover for a far more sinister operation. A novel as gripping as it is lyrical, as frightening as it is moving, The Guide is another masterpiece from Peter Heller.

Diane Les Becquets is the author of five novels, including the national bestseller, Breaking Wild, which was the recipient of the Colorado Book Award in fiction, the New Hampshire Literary Award in fiction, an Indie Next Pick, and was shortlisted for the Reading the West Literary Award in fiction. After raising three sons in a small ranching town in northwest Colorado, she now resides in New Hampshire with her husband and rescue dog Izzy.

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Kat Chow — SEEING GHOSTS: A Memoir - with Nicole Chung

Saturday, August 28, 5:00 pm
Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538716328
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 24th, 2021

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Politics and Prose is thrilled to welcome you back to our event space at Union Market for our first in-person book discussion since March of 2020!

Kat Chow has always been unusually fixated on death. She worried constantly about her parents dying—especially her mother. A vivacious and mischievous woman, Kat's mother made a morbid joke that would haunt her for years to come: when she died, she'd like to be stuffed and displayed in Kat's future apartment in order to always watch over her.

After her mother dies unexpectedly from cancer, Kat, her sisters, and their father are plunged into a debilitating, lonely grief. With a distinct voice that is wry and heartfelt, Kat weaves together a story of the fallout of grief that follows her extended family as they emigrate from China and Hong Kong to Cuba and America. Seeing Ghosts asks what it means to reclaim and tell your family’s story: Is writing an exorcism or is it its own form of preservation? The result is an extraordinary new contribution to the literature of the American family, and a provocative and transformative meditation on who we become facing loss.

Chow will be in conversation with Nicole Chung, author of the nationally bestselling memoir All You Can Ever Know. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe GuardianGQ, TIME, Longreads, and Vulture, among others, and she also writes a weekly Care and Feeding advice column for Slate. She is the editor-in-chief of the National Magazine Award-winning Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast.

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  • The author will pre-sign books in a separate location before the event.
  • All attendees will be required to use hand sanitizer upon entering the event space.
  • All attendees will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
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Cocktail Hour with Merissa Nathan Gerson

Sunday, September 5, 6:00 pm
Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman's Guide to Grieving Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781647224196
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Published: Mandala Publishing - August 17th, 2021

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Politics and Prose Bookstore & Buck's Fishing and Camping present an evening of drinks, light bites, and (of course) cake with Merissa Nathan Gerson, a New Orleans-based writer, professor, and sex educator.

Though at times it may seem impossible, we can heal with help from our friends and community—if we know how to ask. This heartrending, relatable account of one woman’s reckoning with loss is a guide to the world of self-recovery, self-love, and the skills necessary to meeting one's own needs in these times of pain—especially when that pain is suffered alone.

Forget Prayers, Bring Cake is a book that will be a guiding light to a healthier mental state amid these troubled times.

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P&P Live! Marlowe Granados — HAPPY HOUR - with Rachel Syme

Tuesday, September 7, 5:30 pm
Happy Hour Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781839764011
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Published: Verso Fiction - September 7th, 2021

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Happy Hour follows Isa Epley, all of twenty-one years old,and already wise enough to understand that the purpose of life is the pursuit of pleasure. She arrives in New York City for a summer of adventure with her best friend, one newly blond Gala Novak. They have little money, but that's hardly going to stop them from having a good time.

By day, the girls sell clothes in a market stall, pinching pennies for their Bed-Stuy sublet and bodega lunches. By night, they weave from Brooklyn to the Upper East Side to the Hamptons among a rotating cast of celebrities, artists, Internet entrepreneurs, stuffy intellectuals, and bad-mannered grifters. Resources run ever tighter and the strain tests their friendship as they try to convert their social capital into something more lasting than precarious gigs as au pairs, nightclub hostesses, paid audience members, and aspiring foot fetish models. Through it all, Isa's bold, beguiling voice captures the precise thrill of cultivating a life of glamour and intrigue as she juggles paying her dues with skipping out on the bill.

Marlowe Granados is a writer and filmmaker. She co-hosts The Mean Reds, a podcast dedicated to women-led films, and her advice column, Designs for Living, appears in The Baffler.

Rachel Syme is a staff writer at the New Yorker where she covers fashion, celebrity, and other cultural subjects. Her reporting and criticism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New RepublicGQElleBookforumVanity Fair, and elsewhere.

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P&P Live! Kate Samworth-Grand Isle—with Lulu Miller

Wednesday, September 8, 4:00 pm
Grand Isle Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781617759765
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Published: Black Sheep - September 7th, 2021

Kate Samworth’s wordless picture book Grand Isle imagines a florid natural world full of mystery and wonder. Two sisters visiting the shore strike out in search of seashells and other beach treasures. When they encounter an enormous seed pod, they climb aboard and sail to a mystical island where everything is topsy-turvy. In this new dreamscape, vibrant vegetation pops and surreal creatures surprise. When it’s time to return, their boat is gone and the sisters have to improvise, teaming up to find their way safely home.

Kate Samworth is an artist and illustrator inspired by natural science and art history. Her art responds to the constant changes in nature and draws upon her experiences farming in Turkey and Spain and hiking in Brazil. Her books include the Kirkus Prize–winning Aviary Wonders Inc. and Liza Jane and the Dragon. Her work is held in multiple public and private collections across the US and abroad and her illustrations have been featured in World Watch and Orion magazines.

Lulu Miller is a science journalist who makes stories for NPR’s Invisibilia, Radiolab, The New Yorker, and beyond and the author of Why Fish Don't Exist.

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Fall Member Sale

Friday, September 10, 12:00 am to Sunday, September 12, 11:30 pm

All weekend long, from Friday, September 10 to Sunday, September 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 also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.

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

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Vera Kurian — NEVER SAW ME COMING - with Everdeen Mason

Saturday, September 11, 5:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780778311553
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Published: Park Row - September 7th, 2021

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Never Saw Me Coming follows Chloe Sevre, a freshman honor student and legging-wearing hot girl next door, who also happens to be a psychopath. She spends her time on yogalates, frat parties, and plotting to kill Will Bachman, a childhood friend who grievously wronged her.

Chloe is one of seven students at her DC-based college who are part of an unusual clinical study of psychopaths. The study, led by a renowned psychologist, requires them to wear smart watches that track their moods and movements. When one of the students in the study is found murdered in the psychology building, a dangerous game of cat and mouse begins, and Chloe goes from hunter to prey. As she races to identify the killer and put her own plan for revenge into action, she'll be forced to decide if she can trust any of her fellow psychopaths--and everybody knows you should never trust a psychopath.

Kurian is in conversation with Everdeen Mason, an audience editor at the Washington Post, as well as the science fiction and fantasy columnist, reviewing three books per month. Her journalism has been published at WaPoWall Street Journal, and Refinery29.

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P&P Live! Jewell Parker Rhodes-Paradise on Fire—with Jason Reynolds

Wednesday, September 15, 7:00 pm
Paradise on Fire Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316493833
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

Black Brother, Black Brother Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316493796
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 30th, 2021

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316167581
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

Addy is raised by her grandparents after her parents are lost in a fire. Her grandmother signs Addy up for a wilderness program for city kids in Paradise, California. Vigilant about safety since the fire, Addy learns to rely on the other kids in the program as they master skills like camping, hiking, and building campfires. When a wildfire strikes the area, Addy must face her fears and lead her friends to safety, using her ability to think strategically, newfound wilderness skills, and her intuition to survive. Jewell Parker Rhodes inspires with a story of bravery and resiliency in Paradise on Fire.

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Ninth Ward, winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor; Sugar, winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award; the New York Times-bestselling Ghost Boys; as well as Bayou Magic, Towers Falling, and Black Brother, Black Brother. She has written many award-winning novels for adults, including Magic City, a novel about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Jewell is the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Jason Reynolds is currently the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and the number-one New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Stamped (For Kids), Long Way Down, Look Both Ways, All American Boys, As Brave As You, and many others. He is a two-time National Book Award finalist and the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor and multiple Coretta Scott King Honors. He also received a Kirkus Prize, two Walter Dean Myers Awards, and an NAACP Image Award and Carnegie medal.

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P&P Live! Yiyun Li, Garth Greenwell, & Idra Novey — TOLSTOY TOGETHER

Sunday, September 19, 5:00 pm
Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace with Yiyun Li Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781734590760
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Published: Public Space Books - September 14th, 2021

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This event is presented in partnership with our friends at A Public Space.

For the writer Yiyun Li, whenever life has felt uncertain, War and Peace has been the novel she turns to. In March 2020, as the pandemic tightened its grip, Li and A Public Space launched #TolstoyTogether, a War and Peace book club, on Twitter and Instagram, gathering a community (that came to include writers such as Joyce Carol Oates, Garth Greenwell, and Carl Phillips) for 85 days of prompts and conversation. It was an experience shaped not only by the time in which they read but also the slow, consistent rhythm of the reading. And the extraordinary community that gathered for a moment each day to discuss Tolstoy, history, and the role of art in a time like this.

Tolstoy Together captures that moment, and offers a guided, communal experience for past and new readers, lovers of Russian literature, and all those looking for what Li identifies as "his level-headedness and clear-sightedness offer ing] a solidity during a time of duress.

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was long-listed for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards. A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by more than fifty publications in nine countries, and is being translated into a dozen languages. He is also the co-editor of the story collection Kink, alongside R.O. Kwon.

Idra Novey is the author of the novels Those Who Knew, a finalist for the 2019 Clark Fiction Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice; and Ways to Disappear, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her works as a translator include Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. and a co-translation with Ahmad Nadalizadeh of Iranian poet Garous Abdolmalekian, Lean Against This Late Hour. She teaches fiction in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

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P&P Live! Steve Sheinkin-Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown

Monday, September 20, 1:00 pm
Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250149015
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 7th, 2021

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250050649
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Published: Square Fish - January 9th, 2018

Steve Sheinkin takes readers on another electrifying journey through history with Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown, telling the story of the Cold War and the world’s closest call with a third World War. The conclusion of the Second World War left the United States and the Soviet Union as world super powers on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Focusing on the ensuing competition between the two nations, Sheinkin’s fast-paced retelling deep dives into destructive bombs, the space race, and undercover spies.

Steve Sheinkin is a New York Times bestselling author most known for his many fast-paced non-fiction works adapted for young readers. Some of his latest works are Bomb, The Port Chicago 50, and Undefeated. Sheinkin’s work has received numerous awards including a Newbery Honor, three Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, a Sibert Medal, and three National Book Award finalist honors. Sheinkin currently resides in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two children.

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P&P Live! Ben Hatke-Julia's House Goes Home

Tuesday, September 28, 6:00 pm
Julia's House Goes Home Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250769329
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Published: First Second - September 28th, 2021

Julia's House Moves On Cover Image
By Ben Hatke, Ben Hatke (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250191373
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Published: First Second - September 29th, 2020

Julia's House for Lost Creatures Cover Image
By Ben Hatke, Ben Hatke (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596438668
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Published: First Second - September 2nd, 2014

Julia’s enchanted flying house has grown legs and is traversing the land, looking for its new home. Just as they spot the perfect location, the house trips and falls down a rocky hillside. Julia and her found family of magical creatures manage to escape as the house continues to tumble. Will they ever find their perfect home? Ben Hatke’s charming Julia’s House picture book series continues in this third and final installment. With new whimsical creatures and Julia’s trademark perseverance, the book provides a heartwarming conclusion to a beloved series.

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times–bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia's House for Lost Creatures, Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

Ages 4 to 8

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Anthony Doerr — CLOUD CUCKOO LAND: A Novel

Thursday, October 7, 7:00 pm
Cloud Cuckoo Land: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

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Politics and Prose & George Washington University proudly present this in-person event for Pulitzer Prize–winning author Anthony Doerr!

The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are trying to figure out the world around them: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for an exoplanet, decades from now. Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.

An ancient text—the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky—provides solace and mystery to these unforgettable characters. Doerr has created a tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness—with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us and those who will be here after we’re gone.

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P&P Live! Rick Riordan-Daughter of the Deep

Monday, October 11, 6:00 pm
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$19.99
ISBN: 9781368077927
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 5th, 2021

Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that the cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time. Rick Riordan's trademark humor, fast-paced action, and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure.

Purchase of Daughter of the Deep from Politics and Prose is required to attend the event. Attendees will receive one signed copy of Daughter of the Deep and an exclusive Daughter of the Deep tour T-shirt. Ticket packages are available for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. For other countries, please contact the store directly for options by emailing: PoliticsProseKids@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rick Riordan, dubbed “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, the Kane Chronicles, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Rick collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two collections of Greek myths for the whole family: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes. Rick is also the publisher of an imprint at Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents, dedicated to finding other authors of highly entertaining fiction based on world cultures and mythologies. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @camphalfblood.

Ages 11-14

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