Detailed Event List

Lacy M. Johnson - The Reckonings: Essays — in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Reckonings: Essays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501159008
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Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2018

In her harrowing 2014 memoir, The Other Side, Johnson wrote about being raped, kidnapped, and held hostage by her ex-boyfriend. A finalist for awards including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Edgar Award in Best Fact Crime, the account prompted a reader to ask Johnson what she would like to have happen to her assailant. The short answer is that she wants him to admit his crimes and spend his life in service to others. The longer answer is this thoughtful collection of essays in which Johnson draws on art, philosophy, mythology, film, and her own life to explore notions of truth and fairness, meditate on how ideas of justice could expand to include acts of compassion and grace, and examine wrongs ranging from workplace harassment to environmental degradation to police killings.

Johnson will be in conversation with Jeannie Vanasco, author of the memoir The Glass Eye.

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

Tahereh Mafi - A Very Large Expanse of Sea *In the Children and Teens Department ** This event is for adults and teens

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm
A Very Large Expanse of Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062866561
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Published: HarperCollins - October 16th, 2018

Whichwood Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781101994801
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Published: Speak - September 18th, 2018

Furthermore Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781101994771
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Published: Puffin Books - November 14th, 2017

Unite Me (Shatter Me) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062327963
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Published: HarperCollins - February 4th, 2014

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062085542
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Published: HarperCollins - December 31st, 2013

Shatter Me Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062085504
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Published: HarperCollins - January 9th, 2018

Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062676368
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Published: HarperCollins - March 6th, 2018

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062085580
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Published: HarperCollins - December 30th, 2014

Set in an American suburb in the aftermath of 9/11, Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who wears hijab, is tired of the constant degradation and blatant racism that she faces daily. She is so overcome by this unceasing barrage that the only way she can cope is to fully withdraw from her high school world. That is, until she meets the curious and gentle Ocean James, a boy who refuses to let her hide away. Tinged with subtle fury and imbibed with hope, this story, which is so poignant, illuminating, and heartfelt, is nothing short of a gift. Ages 13 and up.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Joseph J. Ellis - American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
American Dialogue: The Founders and Us Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385353427
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Published: Knopf - October 16th, 2018

As Enlightenment thinkers, the American founders looked to the ancients for the wisdom they needed to build the future. Today, the founders’ own words and actions serve as an imperfect but important touchstone to help guide us through challenging times. Ellis, the award-winning author of books including The Quartet, Founding Brothers, and American Sphinx, uses the past to frame illuminating and thought-provoking discussions about some of our most divisive and urgent issues. Asking, “What would the founders think?” he approaches American imperialism through Washington’s ideas about diplomacy, looks at economic inequality with John Adams’s eye, analyzes racial issues by parsing Jefferson’s complicated views, and explores the idea of original intent through Madison’s perspective on the courts.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

SOLD OUT: Barbara Kingsolver - Unsheltered — in conversation with Diane Rehm at Sidwell Friends Meeting House

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm
Unsheltered: A Novel Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062684561
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Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018

Since she published The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver has been not only a bestselling novelist but a strong moral voice for our country. Her novels have won the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange (now Women’s) Prize, and consistently explore human resilience in trying times. In Unsheltered, she gives us two heroes a century apart: Willa Knox in the present, struggling to keep her family above water, and Thatcher Greenwood in the 1880s, a science teacher whose community forbids him to share Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. As Willa unearths Thatcher’s story, they learn together to find comfort in family, and in their shared hope in the future. Barbara will be in conversation with Diane Rehm, current host of the On My Mind podcast and former host of WAMU and NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show.

This event is sold out.

We are no longer able to take orders for signed copies of this book in advance of the event.

Sidwell Friends Meeting House
3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Nathaniel Philbrick - In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525426769
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Published: Viking - October 16th, 2018

The Battle of the Chesapeake took place on September 5, 1781 and assured American victory at Yorktown. While it’s rightly considered one of the most important naval engagements in world history, it’s also been one of the most misunderstood battles of the Revolutionary War. Standard accounts leave out the fact that no Americans took part in this momentous confrontation; rather, thanks to Washington’s foresight months earlier, French warships had been mobilized to fight against the British. In his new analysis, Philbrick, author of award-winning books including In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, follows Washington from his realization in the fall of 1780 that he needed the French navy’s help and details the general’s subsequent negotiations and the logistics that made his plan a triumphant reality.

 

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

Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Reading, featuring Ladee Hubbard, Peter Kimani, Sheryll Cashin, Tiya Miles, and Noliwe Rooks

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Talented Ribkins Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781612197289
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Published: Melville House - August 7th, 2018

Dance of the Jakaranda Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617754968
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Published: Akashic Books - February 7th, 2017

Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780807041017
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Published: Beacon Press - February 13th, 2018

The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781620972311
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Published: New Press - October 3rd, 2017

Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781620972489
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Published: New Press - September 26th, 2017

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. Introduced in 2001, the Legacy Award was the first national award presented to Black writers by a national organization of Black writers. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry honorees are selected in a juried competition. Join us to congratulate the 2018 nominees.

Nominees appearing in person include:

Ladee HubbardThe Talented Ribkins, nominated for fiction

Peter KimaniDance of the Jakaranda, nominated for fiction

Sheryll CashinLoving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy, nominated for nonfiction

Tiya MilesThe Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits, nominated for nonfiction

Noliwe RooksCutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education, nominated for nonfiction

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

SOLD OUT: Doris Kearns Goodwin - Leadership in Turbulent Times — in conversation with Ezra Klein — at Sixth & I Synagogue

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Leadership: In Turbulent Times Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781476795928
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

Few people have studied leadership more closely than Doris Kearns Goodwin. A world-acclaimed presidential historian, she has devoted five decades to best-selling and critically acclaimed works of history that include The Bully Pulpit, Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, and Team of Rivals, one of the main sources for Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Lincoln. In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Kearns Goodwin brings all her experience and research to bear on an unmatched exploration of leadership. It provides a vital road map for leaders in every field, and explores the traits we need most in our leaders and ourselves.

Goodwin will be in conversation with Ezra Klein, editor-at-large and founder of Vox.

This event is sold out.

 

 

 

Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Kevin McCloskey - Snails Are Just My Speed! — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Snails Are Just My Speed! (Giggle and Learn) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781943145270
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Published: Toon Books - May 1st, 2018

Something's Fishy (Toon Books) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781943145157
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Published: Toon Books - April 4th, 2017

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

We Dig Worms! (Toon Books) Cover Image
By Kevin McCloskey (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179801
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Published: Toon Books - April 14th, 2015

Why do snails have shells? Just how small is the smallest snail? And why do snails move soooo sloooooowly? (Spoiler alert: mucus is involved!) The latest installment in the Giggle and Learn series of fact-filled and fun early graphic novels reveals all sorts of astounding gastropod facts. Skillfully combining fascinating scientific information with cartoon art and irreverent humor, this book will delight and challenge budding naturalists. Ages 3 to 7.

The author will also be appearing in-store on Friday, October 19th at 10:30 a.m. Click here for details.

 

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

Kevin McCloskey - Snails Are Just My Speed!

Friday, October 19, 10:30 am
Snails Are Just My Speed! (Giggle and Learn) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781943145270
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Toon Books - May 1st, 2018

Something's Fishy (Toon Books) Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781943145157
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Toon Books - April 4th, 2017

Why do snails have shells? Just how small is the smallest snail? And why do snails move soooo sloooooowly? (Spoiler alert: mucus is involved!) The latest installment in the Giggle and Learn series of fact-filled and fun early graphic novels reveals all sorts of astounding gastropod facts. Skillfully combining fascinating scientific information with cartoon art and irreverent humor, this book will delight and challenge budding naturalists. Ages 3 to 7.

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

The author will also be appearing at Takoma Park Library (MD) on Thursday, October 18th at 7 p.m. Click here for more information.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Philip Greene - A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, October 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143133018
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Published: TarcherPerigee - October 16th, 2018

Greene follows up his lively profile of Hemingway’s drinking habits, To Have and Have Another, with this equally spirited group portrait of the talented American ex-pats who joined him in Paris during the Prohibition era. Following figures including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Cole Porter, and, yes, Papa Hemingway, Greene, a founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail and a regular cocktail columnist for The Daily Beast, tracks what they drank, where they drank, and with whom. Along with engaging stories and photos, Greene includes the history of fifty cocktails his subjects imbibed, along with the original recipes.

 

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

Jane Sherron de Hart - Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life

Friday, October 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781400040483
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Published: Knopf - October 16th, 2018

In the first comprehensive biography of the 107th Supreme Court Justice, De Hart draws on extensive interviews with Ginsburg, her family, friends, and associates. A professor emerita of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, De Hart gives a revelatory portrait of Ginsburg at all stages of her life, from her upbringing in Brooklyn to her stellar academic career as a student and as one of the country’s few female law professors—and the first to be tenured at Columbia Law School—to her judicial work on the U.S. Court of Appeals and, since 1993, on the Supreme Court. De Hart, who devoted fifteen years to this book, identifies key ideas and experiences that shaped Ginsburg’s thinking, including her Jewish background, her mother’s courage and independence, her leadership of the ACLU women’s rights project, and much, much more.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Minh Lê - Drawn Together — Story Time at Union Market

Saturday, October 20, 10:30 am
Drawn Together Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484767603
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 5th, 2018

A young American-born boy is visiting his grandfather, who only speaks Vietnamese. Things are a little awkward since they can’t say much to each other. Then something wonderful happens; they realize they don’t need words to communicate. Instead, they share stories through their drawings. A colorful mashup of two generations springs to life through their work. Caldecott-winning illustrator Dan Santat shows the timelessness of creativity, storytelling, and dreams. His illustrations enhances a magical world that doesn't need speech to evoke powerful sentiments about love and family. Ages 4-8.

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

Kate McDermott - Home Cooking with Kate McDermott — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, October 20, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Home Cooking with Kate McDermott Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781682682418
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Published: Countryman Press - October 16th, 2018

2017 James Beard finalist McDermott’s Art of the Pie, based on her IACP award-nominated blog, was an unfussy primer to a wide-range of pies. Her new book brings her clear, can-do approach to maincourse recipes. Focusing mainly on satisfying onedish meals, such as Snowy Day Lentil Soup, Make- Ahead Layered Salad, and a Nut Buttered Sandwich Reimagined Ten Ways, McDermott supplies the foundations for every busy person’s kitchen. Emphasizing informality and common ingredients, her book is both practical and entertaining, full of stories from McDermott’s hippie-ish life and her founding of “Pie Cottage”, as well as beautiful photos by Andrew Scrivani.

 

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

Jamie Susskind - Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech — in conversation with Damir Marusic

Saturday, October 20, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780198825616
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 20th, 2018

Susskind’s thought-provoking analysis examines how technology will change politics, from its redefinition of basic terms like “power” and “freedom” to its role in guiding, determining, and even forcing specific behavior. Examining the present, Susskind foresees some of the implications of Big Data’s potential for gathering information and deterring or encouraging specific actions as well as for filtering our perception of the world so that the algorithms choose what we know, think, and feel. As the power of platforms continues to grow, the technology and those who control it will take charge, applying their algorithms to questions of social justice, allocating social goods, and organizing people into hierarchies. Susskind, a practicing barrister in London, will be in conversation with Damir Marusic, associate publisher of The American Interest.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

John Wray - Godsend — in conversation with Invisibilia's Alix Spiegel

Saturday, October 20, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Godsend: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374164706
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 9th, 2018

From the unforgettable evocation of schizophrenia in Lowboy to the eerie exploration of the mysteries of time in The Lost Time Chronicles and the Wild West in Canaan’s Tongue, Wray has brilliantly plumbed other worlds and other psyches. His new novel, inspired by the life of “the American Taliban,” John Walker Lindh, tells the story of eighteen-year-old Aden Sawyer, whose quest for meaning leads her into one of the world’s most dangerous places. Aden, the daughter of a professor of Islamic studies, grows up in the U.S., but dreams of studying at a madrasa. She runs away to Peshawar, Pakistan, where she transforms herself into Suleyman. While dedicated to her studies, Aden is overwhelmed by the violence she encounters, and faces decisions she’d never imagined having to make. Wray will be in conversation with Alix Spiegel, host and producer of NPR’s Invisibilia.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

A live saxophone performance from Brad Linde — presented by the Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative

Saturday, October 20, 6:00 pm

In anticipation of Nate Chinen's 7 p.m. presentation for his book Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century, Politics and Prose is proud to partner with the Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative to present renowned D.C.-based saxophonist Brad Linde, described as “the capital city’s contemporary cool king” by Capitalbop, for an exclusive solo performance. Linde, also active as a bandleader, composer, and presenter in the Washington, D.C. metro area, is the Director of Jazz and Creative Instrumental Music at Georgetown Day School and is on the faculty at Levine Music. Linde founded and began co-directing the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra in 2010, directs the Brad Linde Ensemble, and is a member of Third Wheel, Underwater Ghost, Team Players, and Gingerbred.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nate Chinen - Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century — in conversation with Lauren Onkey

Saturday, October 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101870341
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Published: Pantheon - August 14th, 2018

Taking his title from the jazz term for an improviser’s path through a chord progression, Chinen, director of editorial content at WBGO, chronicles the many ideological, technological, theoretical, and practical changes jazz musicians have charted in the last twenty years. Reflecting on the careers of musicians ranging from Wayne Shorter and Henry Threadgill to Steve Coleman, Kamasi Washington, Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, and Esperanza Spalding, Chinen, traces the influence of commercialized jazz education, considers the implications of a globalized jazz ecology, and explores the synergies between jazz and postmillennial hip-hop and R&B.  One of our finest jazz critics, Chinen covered jazz for The New York Times for twelve years and is a ten-time winner of the Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Writing, presented by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Chinen will be in conversation with Lauren Onkey, senior director of NPR Music.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Caroline Bock - Carry Her Home: Stories & Jona Colson - Said Through Glass: Poems

Sunday, October 21, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Carry Her Home: Stories Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781941551165
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Published: Washington Writers' Publishing House - September 15th, 2018

Said Through Glass: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781941551189
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Published: Washington Writers' Publishing House - July 23rd, 2018

Washington Writers Publishing House is a non-profit literary organization established in 1973 to foster the work of writers in the Washington-Baltimore area, and it sponsors annual prizes in poetry and fiction. The 2018 fiction prize goes to Caroline Bock, a lecturer at Marymount College, winner of the 2016 Writer Magazine short story prize for “Gargoyles and Stars,” and author of the young adult novels Lie and Before My Eyes. Her debut collection of short stories uses a mix flash fiction to full-length works to examine American life from the 1960s to the present day. This year’s winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize is Jona Colson, a teacher at Montgomery College whose poetry and translations have appeared in The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Tupelo Quarterly, and others. In his debut collection he uses a wide range of tones and approaches, from the whimsical to the contemplative, to make us look twice at what we consider “ordinary” reality.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

James Mustich - 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List — in conversation with Michael Dirda

Sunday, October 21, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781523504459
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 2nd, 2018

A veteran of the book business, Mustich co-founded A Common Reader and spent two decades passionately advocating books that might otherwise have been overlooked. Now Vice President for Digital Product at Barnes & Noble, Mustich devoted an equally ardent ten years to compiling the essential titles that make up this bibliophile’s dream catalog. Arranged in alphabetical order by author from Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire to Carl Zuckmayer’s A Part of Myself, the collection spans all time periods and all genres. Each entry includes a brief and eloquent essay on the book and offers suggestions for further reading, as well as recommendations for audio versions and film adaptations. Mustich will be in conversation with Michael Dirda, Washington Post book critic.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

SOLD OUT: Yotam Ottolenghi - Ottolenghi Simple — at Sixth & I

Sunday, October 21, 5:00 pm
Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781607749165
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 16th, 2018

Yotam Ottolenghi’s award-winning recipes and restaurants have introduced happy cooks, bakers, and diners all over the US and UK to delicious new ingredients and flavor combinations. In Ottolenghi Simple, he gives us 130 recipes with just as much invention as the ones in Jerusalem, Plenty, and Plenty More—but less time. Every dish in Ottolenghi Simple can be cooked in 30 minutes, made in a single pot, or prepared entirely in advance, depending on what’s easiest for the reader. And just like any Ottolenghi recipe, the end result will blow you away. Ottolenghi will be in conversation with Sally Swift, co-creator and managing producer of The Splendid Table.

This event is sold out.

 

 

Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Ben Macinytre - The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

Sunday, October 21, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101904190
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Published: Crown - September 18th, 2018

The son of two NKVD agents, Oleg Gordievsky (b. 1938) was all but destined to follow in his parents’ footsteps. But in 1973, shortly after the Soviets posted him to London, he became disillusioned with communism and for the next twelve years secretly worked for M16. He was so valuable in helping to end the Cold War that the British kept his identity a secret even from the CIA, which mounted a relentless hunt for the high-placed source. When Gordievsky’s cover was blown in 1985 by the KGB mole Aldrich Ames, he fled Moscow and went into hiding. Though still underground, Gordievsky met with Macintrye for extensive interviews, and Macintyre, author of acclaimed spy narratives including Double Cross and Operation Mincemeat, tells his subject’s remarkable story with his signature insight, authority, and novelistic flair for suspense.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bethan Woollvin - Hansel & Gretel

Monday, October 22, 10:30 am
Hansel & Gretel Cover Image
By Bethan Woollvin, Bethan Woollvin (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781682630730
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - October 1st, 2018

Little Red Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561459179
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - April 1st, 2016

Rapunzel Cover Image
By Bethan Woollvin, Bethan Woollvin (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781682630037
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - October 1st, 2017

If you think you know the story of Hansel and Gretel, think again. Here, the adventurous siblings are very naughty. They ransack Willow the Good Witch’s gingerbread cottage and play havoc with her spells, driving the poor witch to her wit’s end with all of their magical mischief and mayhem. They gobble all her yummy food, smash her potion bottles and even cast a spell on her cat, making her as big as the house! Told with sparse and hilarious text and paired with the illustrator’s trademark bold style, Hansel & Gretel will delight a new generation of fairy tale readers. Ages 5-8

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

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Greg Sargent - An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics — in conversation with Brian Beutler — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, October 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062698452
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Published: Custom House - October 16th, 2018

From foreign hackers to computer-generated gerrymandering, Sargent shows that our democracy is facing an unprecedented level of threats from both foreign and domestic sources. Drawing on the incisive reporting and commentary featured in his Washington Post “Plum Line” blog, Sargent analyzes the subversive activities of self-interested politicians and plutocrats, the effects of fake news and Russian election-interference, and, not least, the insidious consequences of our dysfunctional electoral process and our lack of vigilance. He also proposes ways we can restore fair play, encourage bipartisan action, and make politics more than the vicious power play it’s becoming. Sargent will be in conversation with Brian Beutler, editor in chief at Crooked Media and former senior editor at The New Republic.

 

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

B. A. Shapiro - The Collector's Apprentice

Monday, October 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Collector’s Apprentice: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616203580
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 16th, 2018

With The Art Forger and The Muralist, Shapiro claimed the art world and its sometimes deadly passions as her distinctive literary territory. Again combining mystery with historical fiction and interweaving her fictional characters’ lives with those of the great artists, Shapiro in her new novel follows the fate of collectors, con-men, and the woman who falls prey to them in 1920s Paris. As the book opens, nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens is vowing to get revenge on her former fiancé, George, who bilked her father out of millions and left Paulien to take the blame. Then she meets a rich and eccentric American collector who offers her a job in his Philadelphia museum—only to have her plans scuttled when George reappears and somehow Paulien is charged with an even more serious crime.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Stephen L. Carter - Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250121974
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 9th, 2018

When Thomas Dewey, the legendary New York City prosecutor and district attorney, went after organized crime in the 1930s, he selected twenty top-notch lawyers to help. All but one were white men. Eunice Hunton Carter (1899-1970), the team’s only black woman, turned out to be pivotal to Dewey’s eventual prosecution of underworld criminals, including Lucky Luciano. In his new book, Carter, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale and the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, tells the life of his remarkable grandmother. The granddaughter of slaves, Eunice Carter graduated from Smith College and Fordham Law School. By the 1940s she was one of the most famous African-American women in the country. Yet despite her achievements she faced persistent racial bias, and her career was complicated by her brother’s membership in the Communist Party.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

René Redzepi and David Zilber - The Noma Guide to Fermentation — at GW Lisner Auditorium

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm

You and I Eat the Same: On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connect Us to One Another (MAD Dispatches, Volume 1) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781579658403
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Artisan - October 2nd, 2018

René Redzepi is one of the most influential chefs in the world. The co-owner of two-Michelin star restaurant Noma, four times named best restaurant in the world, Redzepi has revolutionized cooking with a new Nordic cuisine that is inspired by nature and characterized by inventiveness and bold, clean flavors. The Noma Guide to Fermentation, his first-ever book for home cooks, was co-written by David Zilber, chef, photographer, and head of Noma’s acclaimed fermentation lab in Copenhagen. In it, the authors redefine the possibilities of a restaurant cookbook by sharing new techniques for fermentation—the "secret sauce" behind every dish at Noma—and offering groundbreaking knowledge and original recipes for home cooks and professional chefs alike. 

Redzepi and Silber also worked together on You and I Eat the Same: On the Countless Ways Food and Cooking Connect Us to One Another, the first in a planned series on the state of food today. Good food is the common ground shared by all of us, and immigration is fundamental to good food. In eighteen thoughtful and engaging essays and stories, You and I Eat the Same explores the ways in which cooking and eating connect us across cultural and political borders, making the case that we should think about cuisine as a collective human effort in which we all benefit from the movement of people, ingredients, and ideas.

This very special event will include a fermentation demonstration, conversation, meet and greet, and a tasty treat for audience members.

This event is presented in partnership with the Danish Embassy.

Ticket only: $25
1 Ticket and 1 Book: $48 ($46 for members)
2 Tickets and 1 Book: $60 ($58 for members)
2 Tickets and 2 Books: $72 ($68 for members)

Click here for tickets.

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

Max Boot - The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781631495670
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 9th, 2018

As a young émigré from the Soviet Union, Boot gravitated to the conservative intellectual tradition of Hayek and Kirk, becoming a renowned military historian. Though still committed to conservative fiscal and national security principles, Boot has been outraged by Trump’s disdain for democratic values and has broken away from the president and his Republican followers. In this deeply probing and personal book about how he became a man without a political party, Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of books including The Road Not Taken, traces the evolution of America’s conservative movement, analyzes the GOP’s current identity crisis, and makes an urgent plea for bipartisan cooperation.

 

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

Ali Fitzgerald - Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683961321
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Fantagraphics Books - October 23rd, 2018

Fitzgerald spent eight years in Berlin teaching her illustrating craft to centers asylum seekers from countries like Syria and Afghanistan – people who have often been targets of bigotry and hatred in both their native and adopted countries. Her powerful graphic memoir chronicles her experience with these extraordinary students, telling both their stories and her own. Fitzgerald, an artist who has exhibited extensively in Europe and the U.S., has had her comics regularly featured in The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and McSweeney’s, and her book is a compassionate and intimate look at the empowering capacities of art, capturing the highs and lows of a decade in an ever-changing European metropolis.

 

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

Amanda Lucidon - Reach Higher

Wednesday, October 24, 10:30 am
Reach Higher: An Inspiring Photo Celebration of First Lady Michelle Obama Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525644002
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2018

Meet Michelle Obama through the lens of a White House photographer. Author Amanda Lucidon served as the official White House photographer for Michelle Obama from 2013 to 2017. She had a front row seat to the First Lady’s life. Readers can explore the causes the First Lady championed, take part in the adventures she had, and learn about some of the programs she instituted. Readers will learn what a First Lady does, what a White House photographer does, and how one particular First Lady made her mark. The pictures are worth a thousand words. Ages 8 to 12.

The author will also appear at Takoma Park Library (MD) on October 24th at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

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

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

SOLD OUT: Pete Souza - Shade — at GW Lisner Auditorium

Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 pm
Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316421829
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 16th, 2018

After Pete Souza finished his eight-year run as Barack Obama’s White House photographer, he posted a string of Instagram posts that soon made him a celebrity, pairing his vivid photography with incisive captions contrasting Obama to his successor. In his first book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, he told the story of the presidency he covered so well. Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents includes hundreds more of his ground-breaking Obama photographs, but this time as a powerful historical reminder of the American values we share.

Pete Souza will not be signing at this event.

This event is SOLD OUT. Tickets are currently unavailable; however, please check in the future as additional tickets may become available prior to the event date.

 

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

Carmen Segarra - Noncompliant: A Lone Whistleblower Exposes the Giants of Wall Street

Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Noncompliant: A Lone Whistleblower Exposes the Giants of Wall Street Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781568588452
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Nation Books - October 16th, 2018

Segarra, a former Federal Reserve Bank of New York regulator at Goldman Sachs, gained national prominence in September 2014 when This American Life broadcast excerpts from recordings she’d made on the job, documenting an unhealthy relationship between the Fed and the investment bank. In this important book, Segarra, now an advocate for regulatory transparency and reform, tells the rest of the story, which includes widespread negligence on the part of both banks and regulatory agencies as well as incidents of racism and misogyny. As she exposes the extent of the industry’s corner-cutting and corruption, Segarra shows how shockingly little has changed in banking a decade after the financial crisis.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Dorie Greenspan - Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook — in conversation with Bonnie Benwick — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780544826984
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 23rd, 2018

From Sweet Times in 1991 to 2016’s Dorie’s Cookies,Greenspan has turned outrecipes that are reliably delicious, accessible, and award-winning: Greenspan has won five James Beard Awards, two IACP Cookbook of the Year Awards, and been inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. Her thirteenth book continues this stellar record with a collection of the dishes she makes most often for her family and friends. These are versatile, homey foods like cherry tomatoes stuffed into red bell peppers and oven-charred, or cannellini beans in cod en papillote. Many can double as side dishes or appetizers. All come with Greenspan’s delightful surprise ingredients and hand-holding instructions. Greenspan will be in conversation with Bonnie Benwick, The Washington Post’s recipe editor and deputy food editor.

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

Amanda Lucidon - Reach Higher — at Takoma Park Library (MD)

Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Reach Higher: An Inspiring Photo Celebration of First Lady Michelle Obama Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525644002
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2018

Meet Michelle Obama through the lens of a White House photographer. Author Amanda Lucidon served as the official White House photographer for Michelle Obama from 2013 to 2017. She had a front row seat to the First Lady’s life. Readers can explore the causes the First Lady championed, take part in the adventures she had, and learn about some of the programs she instituted. Readers will learn what a First Lady does, what a White House photographer does, and how one particular First Lady made her mark. The pictures are worth a thousand words. Ages 8 to 12.

The author will also appear in-store on Wednesday, October 24th at 10:30 a.m. Click here for more information.

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

Susan Orlean - The Library Book

Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Library Book Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476740188
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

At once a mystery, a cultural history, and a deeply personal love letter to reading, Orlean’s compelling new book starts with a disaster. On April 29, 1986, the Los Angeles Public Library went up in flames. The worst library fire in American history, the blaze destroyed more than 400,000 books and damaged another 700,000. It lasted for more than seven hours and temperatures reached 2,000 degrees. Over thirty years later, the cause of the fire is still unknown. Adding her own investigation to existing theories, Orlean, a New Yorker staff writer since 1992 and the author of The Orchid Thief, profiles the library’s staff and patrons, looks at the global history of libraries and the challenges these institutions face today, and irrefutably demonstrates the national and personal value of these truly public places.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah - Friday Black — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday Black Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328911247
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

In his eagerly anticipated debut collection of short stories, Adjei-Brenyah deploys a wide range of literary modes—surrealism, satire, fantasy—to show us how racism and intolerance really work in today’s society. One story presents racism as a sport, others dramatize the deep flaws of the justice system and the insidious effects of consumerism. Each piece powerfully illuminates the hypocrisies and tragedies we’ve grown used to, and demands that we take action. Adjei-Brenyah’s work has appeared in in journals including Guernica, Compose, Printer’s Row, and Gravel; he was selected by ZZ Packer as the winner of the 2nd Annual Breakwater Review Fiction Contest.

 

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

Lynsey Addario - Of Love & War — in conversation with Robert Worth

Friday, October 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Of Love & War Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780525560029
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - October 23rd, 2018

Writing about her work in It’s What I Do, Addario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, not only memorably described experiences such as being kidnapped three weeks into the Libyan uprising of 2011, but conveyed the deep passion that compels her to stay in this dangerous, “brutally competitive,” and overwhelmingly male profession. Her new book lets us see that passion in action. Presenting nearly 250 photos from across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa, with accompanying essays by Dexter Filkins, Suzy Hansen, and Christy Turlington, the album documents a range of humanitarian issues, including the daily reality of women’s lives in conflict zones. Named one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years by American Photo Magazine, Addario is noted for her ability to frame shots that are both dramatic and personal.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ellen Ruppel Shell - The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, October 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780451497253
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Currency - October 23rd, 2018

In this comprehensive analysis of the state of work in the U.S. today, Shell looks beyond issues of income disparity and technological threats to human jobs themselves, reminding us that work is more than a paycheck: it also shapes our identities and gives our lives purpose. Reporting from around the country, Shell, a correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of Cheap, shows us the changing nature of work in Appalachia, the Midwest rust belt, and New England corporations. Through interviews with people who have retrained, been downsized, or have traded in the middle-class dream for something yet to be defined, she lays out the challenges of finding good work today but also outlines the rich potential of work in the future.

 

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

Brian Noyes - Red Truck Bakery Cookbook: Gold-Standard Recipes from America's Favorite Rural Bakery — in conversation with Joe Yonan

Saturday, October 27, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Red Truck Bakery Cookbook: Gold-Standard Recipes from America's Favorite Rural Bakery Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780804189613
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Clarkson Potter - October 23rd, 2018

Soon after moving to Washington in the mid-1980s to become the art director of The Washington Post, Noyes bought a small farm fifty miles west of the city in Virginia. He soon spent weekends there making jams and baking breads, pies, and pastries, which he sold at local country stores under the name “Red Truck,” in honor of his 1954 Ford. By 2009 the brand was so popular Noyes opened a physical bakery in a renovated 1921 Esso station in Warrenton. His book features eighty-five recipes for a variety of pies, cookies, and his signature Red Truck Bakery Granola. Noyes, who studied at the Culinary Institute of America and L’Academie de Cuisine, specializes in desserts that are not only delicious, but evoke the nostalgia of small-town America. Noyes will be in conversation with Joe Yonan, the food and travel editor for The Washington Post.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Derek Leebaert - Grand Improvisation: America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957

Saturday, October 27, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Grand Improvisation: America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957 Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780374250720
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 16th, 2018

While it’s generally agreed that Britain’s Imperial Century ended definitively with the Second World War, thus ushering in the American Century, few have noted that this was not a smooth or simple changing of the guard. In this comprehensive history of the early Cold War period, Leebaert, author of books including The Fifty-Year Wound and To Dare and to Conquer, shows that the United States did not suddenly transform itself into a world leader, nor did Britain immediately step aside. Analyzing twelve years in which Britain and America uneasily, even abrasively, renegotiated their roles in the world order, Leebaert focuses in detail on the actions of leaders including Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennan, and reinterprets pivotal events such as the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Korean War, and America’s descent into Vietnam.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer - Mr. Nice Guy

Saturday, October 27, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Mr. Nice Guy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250189882
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 16th, 2018

When Lucas Callahan and Carmen Kelly hook up after meeting in a New York bar, the situation spirals farther out of control than either could have imagined. Kelly, the sex columnist for Empire magazine, uses her next column to pan Callahan’s performance, unaware that the awkward, if good-looking, man has just been hired at the magazine. He writes a rebuttal, it’s published, and soon readers want more, so Empire assigns the two to sleep together each week and file individual reports. Married in real life, Miller, author of The Year of the Gadfly and
The Heart You Carry Home, and Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine and host of the podcast Pessimists Archive, have written a novel as bold as it is astute about romance, sex, and the power dynamics of gender in both the bedroom and the workplace.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lisa McCubbin - Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer

Sunday, October 28, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer Cover Image
By Lisa McCubbin, Susan Ford Bales (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501164682
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Gallery Books - September 11th, 2018

McCubbin’s insightful biography portrays Betty Ford as a complex and fascinating figure, a woman for whom family came first, yet one who also refused to be silent about issues she felt were important. Though criticized, she continued to advocate equal rights for women, and put previously taboo topics like breast cancer, depression, and abortion on the public agenda. In 1982, after an intervention by her family, she revealed her addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs and then, not content only to talk about these problems, co-founded the Betty Ford Center. McCubbin, a former television news reporter and anchor and co-author of books including Five Presidents, draws on extensive interviews with all of Ford’s children as well as friends and colleagues, showing us Ford as a strong, independent thinker, a devoted wife, and a woman with a lively sense of humor.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Harold Hongju Koh - The Trump Administration and International Law

Sunday, October 28, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Trump Administration and International Law Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780190912185
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 15th, 2018

In this comprehensive analysis of U.S. foreign policy during the first two years of Trump’s presidency, Koh examines a range of issues to argue that while Trump claims to be moving the nation out of global leadership, in fact his initiatives are failing. Considering matters including immigration and refugees, human rights, climate change, denuclearization, trade diplomacy, ISIS, and relations with North Korea, Syria, Russia, and Ukraine, Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law and former legal advisor to the State Department under Obama, shows that resistance to Trump is successfully triggering the transnational legal process that operates beyond Trump’s reach.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alice Stephens - Famous Adopted People

Sunday, October 28, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Famous Adopted People Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781944700744
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Unnamed Press - October 16th, 2018

Stephens’s debut novel follows Lisa and Mindy, South Koreans and best friends since their childhood adoption by American parents. In their twenties as the novel opens, the two meet in Seoul at Mindy’s insistence to track down their birth parents. But Lisa has just lost her job teaching English in Japan and, rather than establish the truth about her past, goes on a drinking spree that somehow lands her in North Korea. Held captive by the mysterious Honey, she joins an international band of misfits and finally must grapple with the truth of who she is and why she is there. Stephens, born in Korea and herself one of the first generation of interracial adoptees, writes the “Alice in Wordland” column for the Washington Independent Review of Books.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore - Sketchtasy and Sarah Schulman - Maggie Terry — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Sunday, October 28, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sketchtasy Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781551527291
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 9th, 2018

Maggie Terry Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781936932399
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Feminist Press - September 11th, 2018

Sycamore’s searing third novel evokes Boston’s gay culture in 1995 with a complexity and gritty realism that challenge any easy nostalgia for the 1990s. The story follows Alexa, a twenty-one-year-old queen recently relocated from San Francisco. She’d hoped to elude the traumas of her past, including the virus ravaging the gay community. Instead, she finds her life consumed in a dizzying cycle of prostitution and drugs. While chillingly evoking a time when desire and death were intertwined, Sycamore, awardwinning author of The End of San Francisco, also makes trenchant criticisms of today’s world, when, “our cities are…more homogenized, and gay culture is arguably even more deadening.”

Schulman’s new novel is a rich psychological portrait of the eponymous Maggie, a police detective and recovering addict, trying to put her life back together after a series of personal disasters and a stint in rehab. Though her main goal is to repair her relationship with her daughter, she’s thrown off balance first by the surreal, menacing new world of the Trump era, then by a sensational murder case that forces her to come to grips with pieces of her own past. Schulman, who has chronicled the lives of the marginalized in a stream of award-winning plays, essays, fiction, and screenplays, returns to her signature early themes of downtown New York, no-nonsense female characters, and complicated queer relationships.

 

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

Ryder Carroll - The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future — in conversation with Leah Trouwborst — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, October 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525533337
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Portfolio - October 23rd, 2018

Like many creative people, Carroll, a digital product designer, had repeatedly vowed to take charge of his life only to become a frustrated list-maker and a frazzled multi-tasker. After trying many different systems to keep himself organized, he developed the Bullet Journal—and it works. Now a global movement, the bullet system is based on “intentional living,” which is a way of filtering distractions and focusing your time and energy on what you feel is truly meaningful. In this primer, Carroll offers clear and simple instructions in tracking the past, ordering the present, and designing the future, the three exercises that together will clarify your thoughts, keep you productively mindful, and break your larger goals into manageable smaller steps.

Carroll will be in conversation with his editor, Leah Trouwborst.

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

YA Panel with Scott Westerfeld, Kody Keplinger, Eliot Schrefer, and Sarah Littman — at Connie Morella Library (Previously Bethesda Library)

Monday, October 29, 7:00 pm
Impostors Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338151510
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 11th, 2018

That's Not What Happened Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338186529
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 28th, 2018

Orphaned (Ape Quartet #4) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545655057
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scholastic Press - September 25th, 2018

Anything But Okay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338177480
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - October 9th, 2018

Uglies Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442419810
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon Pulse - May 3rd, 2011

Spill Zone Book 1 Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250158727
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: First Second - July 10th, 2018

Spill Zone Book 2: The Broken Vow Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781626721500
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: First Second - July 10th, 2018

Run Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545831147
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - September 12th, 2017

Endangered Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545165778
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 7th, 2014

Threatened (Ape Quartet #2) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545835640
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - August 25th, 2015

Rescued (Ape Quartet #3) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338196382
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scholastic Inc. - December 26th, 2017

Foreboding dystopian futures, gun violence in an American high school, apes’ encounters with early humans, and the pervasive and increasingly negative effect of social media: the books by young adult authors Scott Westerfeld, Kody Keplinger, Eliot Schrefer, and Sarah Littman truly run the gamut. These authors’ interests diverge in very different directions, ensuring a conversation that is sure to excite and surprise. Join these authors as part of Scholastic’s I Read YA Tour, as they discuss their respective new novels and delve into their unique writing processes.

Connie Morella Library (formerly Bethesday Library)
7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

David W. Blight - Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Monday, October 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9781416590316
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

Blight, the award-winning author of histories including American Oracle and Race and Reunion, is perhaps the foremost Frederick Douglass scholar at work today. He’s edited the annotated editions of Douglass’s first two autobiographies, and he draws on this close work and on newly discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers and other documents for this definitive biography. An escaped slave, Douglass (1818-1895) became a leading abolitionist, an outstanding orator, and one of the most prominent literary figures of his time. Blight looks in detail at Douglass’s speeches and examines his complicated views of a country he both loved and severely criticized. He follows Douglass on his overseas lecture tours and illuminates the complicated thinking behind the three versions of Douglass’s autobiography. He also discusses Douglass’s two marriages, his relationships with members of his extended family, and parses his religious beliefs.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

T.R. Simon - Zora & Me: The Cursed Ground

Tuesday, October 30, 10:30 am
Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763643010
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2018

Zora and Me Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763658144
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Candlewick - December 27th, 2011

Zora Neale Hurston and her best friend Carrie have a big secret. Through their adventures, they stumble deeper into a mystery that takes them back half a century, where an enslaved girl named Lucia struggled for freedom.
Zora, Carrie, and Lucia’s voices tell a powerful story. This sequel to Zora & Me pays homage to legendary writer Hurston, weaving in details of her life and the social and cultural themes she depicted, from slavery to Jim Crow. Zora’s story is a rich exploration of the unfinished business of empathy and togetherness. Ages 10 to 14.

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

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Albert Lukas and Jerome Grant - Sweet Home Cafe Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking Cover Image
By NMAAHC, Jessica B. Harris (Contributions by), Albert Lukas (Contributions by), Jerome Grant (Contributions by), Lonnie G. Bunch III (Preface by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781588346407
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Smithsonian Books - October 23rd, 2018

Named for the café at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, this book presents over one hundred classic and contemporary dishes inspired by African-American foods. Contributed by Lukas and Grant, the café’s supervising chef and executive chef, respectively, these recipes range from potato salad to Louis Armstrong’s red beans and rice to hoppin’ john, shrimp and grits, and buttermilk fried chicken. Each entry comes with details on the food’s historical and social context, its regional influences, and local significance. There are also sample menus, sidebars on ingredients, and photos not just of prepared dishes, but of related objects and places—delivering a book that’s as much a cultural celebration and culinary history as it is a practical home cookbook regime, one that, despite facing a host of challenges, may also offer the best hope of reshaping the nation.

 

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

Timothy DeNevi - Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism

Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541767942
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 30th, 2018

Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) is nearly synonymous with Gonzo journalism, “fear and loathing,” and, as Denevi reminds us, the fight against authoritarianism in America. Thompson began as a fairly conventional journalist but was galvanized by the rise of Nixon, whom he viewed as a potential dictator, to take a more decisive stand. This resulted in classic books such as Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, but it also took a toll on Thompson’s health. For a decade, he pushed himself to meet deadlines and to alert voters to the dangers Nixon and his ilk posed, living a frenetic, drug-fueled life. In this revelatory and timely reconsideration, Denevi, author of Hyper and the nonfiction editor of Literary Hub, shows us how high the stakes were for this cultural icon.

 

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Éric Vuillard - The Order of the Day — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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By Eric Vuillard, Mark Polizzotti (Translated by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781590519691
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Published: Other Press - September 25th, 2018

Vuillard, a novelist and filmmaker, won the prestigious Prix Goncourt, France’s highest literary honor, for this haunting and unconventional history. Focusing on the early years of the Third Reich, he recreates several seemingly minor events that were actually pivotal moments in which the future hung in the balance.One narrative revisits a February 1933 meeting between Hitler and two dozen business leaders he needed to persuade to support him. Another follows Germany’s March 1938 annexation of Austria through a series of carefully planned social and diplomatic occasions that laid the ground for it. Highlighting these backstage machinations, Vuillard shows that events that history presents as ineluctable were the result of manipulation and threats, and they could have gone otherwise.

 

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Joseph Fink - Alice Isn't Dead — in conversation with Petra Mayer

Wednesday, October 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780062844132
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 30th, 2018

In his first solo novel, the creator of Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours! continues his singular blend of the supernatural and the humane. Based on Fink’s wildly successful and endlessly intriguing Alice Isn’t Dead podcast, this book follows Keisha Taylor’s search for the wife she buried and mourned—only to then glimpse in televised news reports from all over the country. Sure that Alice is out there somewhere, Keisha goes on the road. Driving a long-haul truck, she follows clues that lead her into an otherworldly conflict, one whose vast implications extend beyond just the disappearance of one woman. But myriad questions gnaw at Keisha: How did Alice get involved in this secret war? And where is Alice?

Fink will be in conversation with Petra Mayer, editor for NPR Books.

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Marion Nestle - Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat

Thursday, November 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781541697119
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Published: Basic Books - October 30th, 2018

 

 

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Phakchok Rinpoche and Erric Solomon - Radically Happy: A User's Guide to the Mind — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, November 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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By Phakchok Rinpoche, Erric Solomon, Julian Pang (Illustrator), Daniel Goleman (Foreword by), Tara Bennett-Goleman (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781611805277
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Published: Shambhala - October 16th, 2018

 

 

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Therese Anne Fowler - A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts — in conversation with Bethanne Patrick — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, November 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250095473
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 16th, 2018

 

 

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Kiese Laymon - Heavy: An American Memoir

Friday, November 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501125652
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Published: Scribner - October 16th, 2018

 

 

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Joseph Kelly - Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin

Saturday, November 3, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$32.00
ISBN: 9781632867773
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 30th, 2018

 

 

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Mary Jo Binker - If You Ask Me: Essential Advice from Eleanor Roosevelt

Saturday, November 3, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781501179792
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Published: Atria Books - October 9th, 2018

 

 

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Jeff Speck - Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, November 3, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781610918985
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Published: Island Press - October 15th, 2018

 

 

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Stanley McChrystal - Leaders: Myth and Reality

Saturday, November 3, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780525534372
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Published: Portfolio - October 23rd, 2018

 

 

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