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Yiyun Li — The Book of Goose: A Novel - with Maud Casey — at Conn Ave

Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 pm
The Book of Goose: A Novel By Yiyun Li Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374606343
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 20th, 2022

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Fabienne is dead. Her childhood best friend, Agnès, receives the news in America, far from the French countryside where the two girls were raised—the place that Fabienne helped Agnès escape ten years ago. Now, Agnès is free to tell her story. As children in a war-ravaged, backwater town, they’d built a private world, invisible to everyone but themselves—until Fabienne hatched the plan that would change everything, launching Agnès on an epic trajectory through fame, fortune, and terrible loss. A magnificent, beguiling tale winding from the postwar rural provinces to Paris, from an English boarding school, to the quiet Pennsylvania home where a woman can live without her past, The Book of Goose is a story of disturbing intimacy and obsession, of exploitation and strength of will.

Yiyun Li is the author of six works of fiction―Must I Go, Where Reasons End, Kinder Than Solitude, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants, and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl―and the memoir Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life. She is the recipient of many awards, including a PEN/Hemingway Award, a PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Windham-Campbell Prize, and was featured in The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 fiction issue. Her work has also appeared in A Public Space, The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories, among other publications. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Maud Casey is the author of the nonfiction book The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions and five works of fiction including, most recently, City of Incurable Women, shortlisted for the American Library in Paris Book Award. A Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the St. Francis College Literary Prize, she teaches at the University of Maryland and lives in Washington, DC.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Alan Gratz - Two Degrees

Thursday, October 6, 2:00 pm
Two Degrees By Alan Gratz Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338735673
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 4th, 2022

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Three natural disasters. Three kids in three different cities fighting to survive. Each hopes to make change for the world. California wildfires, thinning ice on the Canadian tundra, and the impact of devastating hurricanes in Miami are real for Akira, Owen, and Natalie as the effects of climate change leaves each struggling to survive. Despite their distance, these kids are more deeply connected than they realize and hope that they can make changes before it’s too late.

Alan Gratz is the bestselling author of seventeen novels for young readers, including Ground Zero, Refugee, Allies, Grenade, Prisoner B-3087, Projekt 1065, and Ban This Book. A Knoxville, Tennessee native, Alan is now a full-time writer living in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

Ages 9-13

 

Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Ambassador Andrew Young & Paula Young Shelton - Just Like Jesse Owens

Thursday, October 6, 6:00 pm
Just Like Jesse Owens By Andrew Young, Paula Young Shelton (As told by), Gordon C. James (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrew Young, Paula Young Shelton (As told by), Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545554657
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 2nd, 2022

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When a local chapter of the Nazi party exacerbates racial tensions in Andrew Young’s hometown of New Orleans in the 1930s, he doesn’t understand what is happening. To help his son understand, his father introduces young Andrew to newsreels of track star Jesse Owens racing toward Olympic gold, showing the world that the best way to promote equality is to focus on the finish line. This led to a deeper understanding and a sense of pride allowing Andrew to work, play and try harder to counter racist beliefs.

Andrew Young was a close friend and advisor of Martin Luther King, Jr., and later became the first African American congressperson to represent the deep South since Reconstruction. He promoted human rights around the world as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and continues to build global equality through the Andrew J. Young Foundation.

Paula Young Shelton is an early childhood educator with nearly thirty years of experience teaching young children. She is the author of the acclaimed children's book Child of the Civil Rights Movement, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year.

Ages 7-10

 

Washington, DC 20008

Thomas E. Ricks — Waging a Good War: A Military History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968 — at Conn Ave

Thursday, October 6, 7:00 pm
Waging a Good War: A Military History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968 By Thomas E. Ricks Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374605162
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 4th, 2022

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In Waging a Good War, bestselling author Thomas E. Ricks offers a fresh perspective on America’s greatest moral revolution—the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s—and its legacy today. While the Movement has become synonymous with Martin Luther King Jr.’s ethos of nonviolence, Ricks draws on his deep knowledge of tactics and strategy to note the surprising affinities between that ethos and the organized pursuit of success at war. The greatest victories for Black Americans of the past century, he stresses, were won not by idealism alone, but by paying attention to recruiting, training, discipline, and organization—the hallmarks of any successful military campaign.

Thomas E. Ricks is the author of multiple bestselling books, including First Principles, The Generals, and Fiasco, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A member of two Pulitzer Prize–winning teams in his years at The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, he has been called “the dean of military correspondents.” He lives in Maine and Texas.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

J.M. Hirsch — Pour Me Another: 250 Ways to Find Your Favorite Drink - at Union Market

Thursday, October 6, 7:00 pm
Pour Me Another: 250 Ways to Find Your Favorite Drink By J. M. Hirsch Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316325356
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Published: Voracious - October 4th, 2022

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This event is in partnership with the Washington Literacy Center.

Pour Me Another starts with a simple premise: you know which cocktails you like, but what's next? Expert mixologist Hirsch has your answer in this cocktail book that explores the concept of starting with what you know and discovering what you love, breaking down the possibilities of gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey, guided by your specific tastes and preferences.  It's a choose-your-own-adventure guide to the world of great drinks.  

J.M. Hirsch is a James Beard Award-winning food and travel writer. He is editorial director of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street, a Boston-based food media company with award-winning cookbooks, and public television and radio shows that reachmillions of viewers and listeners. He is the former food editor for The Associated Press and has written four previous books, including Shake Strain Done: Craft Cocktails at Home. He lives in New Hampshire with his son, husband and two cats.

1270 5th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

Maggie Haberman — Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America - with Kaitlan Collins —at Conn Ave

Friday, October 7, 7:00 pm
Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America By Maggie Haberman Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593297346
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Published: Penguin Press - October 4th, 2022

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From the Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times reporter who has defined Donald J. Trump's presidency like no other journalist: a magnificent and disturbing reckoning that chronicles his life and its meaning from his rise in New York City to his tortured post-presidency.

Maggie Haberman is a journalist who joined The New York Times in 2015 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on the investigations into Donald Trump’s, and his advisers’, connections to Russia. She has twice been a member of a team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, in 2021 for reporting on the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus, and in 2022 for coverage related to the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol. Before joining The New York Times as a campaign correspondent, she worked as a political reporter at Politico, from 2010 to 2015. She previously worked at The New York Post and The New York Daily News.

Haberman will be in conversation with Kaitlan Collins. Collins is CNN's Chief White House Correspondent based in Washington, D.C. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Collins was included in Mediaite's list of the 50 Most Influential people in News Media. She was also named to Crain's NewsPro's 12 to Watch in TV News in January of 2019, as well as one of Forbes magazine's "30 under 30: Media" in the same year.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Major Garrett and David Becker — The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of The Big Lie - with Susan Page - at Conn Ave

Saturday, October 8, 1:00 pm
The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of
$29.99
ISBN: 9781635767841
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Published: Diversion Books - September 20th, 2022

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The Big Lie--the true corruption of American democracy--has shaken our confidence in stable self-government. On the heels of voter-fraud claims, the Capitol siege, and damaging voting laws, the next midterm and presidential election will test our democracy more severely than at any time since the Civil War. How we react may well determine if we are led into another war against ourselves. The Big Truth debunks the 2020 election conspiracy myth once and for all, while celebrating those who held up our democracy under arguably the most intense scrutiny in American electoral history.

Major Garrett is the Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News and the CBSN radio host of The Takeout and The Debrief. For over 30 years, his award-winning reporting and writing has tackled the nation’s pressing issues. Garrett is the author of four books, “Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride,” “The Enduring Revolution,” “The 15 Biggest Lies in Politics,” and “Common Cents” with former Rep. Tim Penny (D-Minnesota). He lives in Washington, D.C.

David Becker is the executive director and founder of the nonpartisan nonprofit Center for Election Innovation & Research, and serves as CBS News’ election law expert. He has worked in elections for a quarter-century, previously serving as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice, and as Director of the Elections Program at The Pew Charitable Trusts. He received both his undergraduate and law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He, his wife, and his teenage son live in suburban Maryland with their two dogs, Kramer and Elaine.

Garrett and Becker will be in conversation with Susan Page, the Washington Bureau chief of USA TODAY. She's covered 11 presidential campaigns and seven White House administrations, and she's interviewed the past 10 presidents. She is the author of two best-selling books, Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power and The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty. She's now working on a biography of Barbara Walters, being published by Simon & Schuster in 2023. Susan is a native of Wichita, Kansas; a graduate of Northwestern and Columbia universities; and the proud mother of two sons. She is a former president of the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club, and she has every journalism award given specifically for coverage of the presidency. In 2020, she moderated the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris, the first print reporter ever to be the solo moderator for the Commission on Presidential Debates.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

[POSTPONED] Allison Gilbert — Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America's Most-Read Woman - with Kitty Kelley - at Conn Ave

Saturday, October 8, 3:00 pm
Listen, World!: How the Intrepid Elsie Robinson Became America’s Most-Read Woman By Julia Scheeres, Allison Gilbert Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541674356
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Published: Seal Press - September 27th, 2022

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At thirty-five, Elsie Robinson feared she’d lost it all. Reeling from a scandalous divorce in 1917, she had no means to support herself and her chronically ill son. She dreamed of becoming a writer and was willing to sacrifice everything for this goal, even swinging a pickax in a gold mine to pay the bills.

When the mine shut down, she moved to the Bay Area. Armed with moxie and samples of her work, she barged into the offices of the Oakland Tribune and was hired on the spot. She went on to become a nationally syndicated columnist and household name whose column ran for over thirty years and garnered more than twenty million readers.

Told in cinematic detail by bestselling author Julia Scheeres and award-winning journalist Allison Gilbert, Listen, World! is the inspiring story of a timeless maverick, capturing what it means to take a gamble on self-fulfillment and find freedom along the way.

Allison Gilbert is an award-winning journalist and author of numerous books including Passed and Present and Parentless Parents. She is host “Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories,” a 20-part documentary series produced in collaboration with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. She interviewed such luminaries as Savannah Guthrie, Maggie Haberman, Dana Bash, and Linda Wertheimer. Allison is the official narrator of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s historical exhibition audio tour, the only female journalist to be so honored. She writes regularly for the New York Times and other publications. On her blog, she features Q & A’s with some of the most notable names in our culture today including, Arianna Huffington, Jon Stewart, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dani Shapiro, Gretchen Rubin, and Susan Orlean. She graduated from Georgetown University and lives outside New York City.

Gilbert will be in conversation with Kitty Kelley, an internationally acclaimed writer, whose bestselling biographies focus on some of the most influential and powerful personalities of the last 50 years. Kelley’s last five biographies have been number one on the New York Times best seller list, including her most recent, Oprah: A Biography. She has been honored by her peers with such awards as the 2005 PEN Oakland Censorship Award, and the Outstanding Author Award and Founders’ Award for Career Achievement from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for her “courageous writing on popular culture.”  Kelley received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Washington Independent Review of Books.  She received the Medal of Merit from the Lotos Club of New York City and was selected by Vanity Fair magazine for its Hall of Fame as part of the “Media Decade.” Kelley has worked as a full-time freelance writer for more than 30 years. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, Ladies Home Journal, The New Republic, McCall’s, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The American Scholar.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jim Towey — To Love and be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa - with Mary Hasson — at Conn Ave

Saturday, October 8, 5:00 pm
To Love and Be Loved: A Personal Portrait of Mother Teresa By Jim Towey Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982195625
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 6th, 2022

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To Love and Be Loved is a firsthand account of Mother Teresa's last years, and the first book ever to detail her dealings with worldly matters. We see her gracefully navigate the opportunities and challenges of leadership, the perils of celebrity, and the humiliations and triumphs of aging. We also catch her indulging in chocolate ice cream, making jokes about mini-skirts, and telling the President of the United States he's wrong. Above all, we see her extraordinary devotion to God and to the very poorest of His children. Mother Teresa taught Towey to be more prayerful, less selfish, more humble, less worldly, more in love with God, and less in love with himself. Her lessons are here for all to share.

Jim Towey was a trusted advisor and personal friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta for twelve years, and did the first reading at her Mass of Canonization in Saint Peter’s Square. He headed the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under George W. Bush, and was president of two Catholic colleges, a US Senate staffer, and head of Florida’s 40,000-employee health and human services agency. In 1996, with Mother Teresa’s encouragement, he founded the nonprofit advocacy organization Aging with Dignity and created the Five Wishes advance directive, which has sold 40 million copies and is used in all fifty states. Towey met his wife, Mary, in Mother Teresa’s Washington, DC, AIDS home. He continues to provide pro bono legal services for the Missionaries of Charity.

Towey will be in conversation with Mary Hasson

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ruth M. Glenn — Everything I Never Dreamed: My Life Surviving and Standing Up to Domestic Violence - with Rosie Hidalgo — at Conn Ave

Sunday, October 9, 3:00 pm
Everything I Never Dreamed: My Life Surviving and Standing Up to Domestic Violence By Ruth M. Glenn Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982196004
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Published: Atria Books - October 4th, 2022

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With her evocative and thoughtful voice, Glenn explores the dynamics of domestic violence, why women and children are seen as lesser in our society, how to stop victim-blaming, and how to demystify domestic violence to stop it once and for all. A memoir of resilience and courage, Everything I Never Dreamed is a necessary book that proves that abuse does not have to define a survivor’s entire life.

Ruth M. Glenn is currently the CEO and president of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Previously, Glenn served in the Colorado Department of Human Services for twenty-eight years, the last nine as the director of the Domestic Violence Program. She has served on many domestic violence program and funding boards, given hundreds of presentations on domestic violence victimization and survival, testified before the Colorado State Legislature and the United States Congress, and provided consultation, training, and technical assistance at the local and national levels on domestic violence victim/survivor issues. Glenn has advocated—professionally and personally—for many policies, including reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and legislation involving the intersection of firearms and domestic violence. She lives in Denver, Colorado. You can follow her on Twitter @RuthMGlenn.

Glenn will be in conversation with Rosie Hidalgo. Hidalgo serves as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor on Gender-Based Violence at the White House Gender Policy Council. Rosie has worked in the movement to end gender-based violence for over twenty-five years as a public interest attorney and as a national policy advocate. Most recently she was the Senior Director of Public Policy for Esperanza United, a national resource center with a focus on providing training, research, and policy advocacy to prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault, and served on the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.  Rosie previously served as the Deputy Director for Policy at the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama-Biden Administration and served on a detail to the Office of the Vice President, working with the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. Rosie also served on the Biden Foundation’s Advisory Council for Ending Violence Against Women and on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Adam Hochschild — American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis - at Conn Ave

Sunday, October 9, 5:00 pm
American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis By Adam Hochschild Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780358455462
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Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2022

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In American Midnight, award-winning historian Adam Hochschild brings alive the horrifying yet inspiring four years following the U.S. entry into the First World War, spotlighting forgotten repression while celebrating an unforgettable set of Americans who strove to fix their fractured country—and showing how their struggles still guide us today.  

Adam Hochschild is the author of ten books, including King Leopold's Ghost and To End All Wars (both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award) and Bury the Chains (a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award). He lives in Berkeley, California. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Marchick — The Peaceful Transfer of Power: An Oral History of America's Presidential Transitions - with Nancy Cook — at Conn Ave

Monday, October 10, 7:00 pm
The Peaceful Transfer of Power: An Oral History of America's Presidential Transitions (Miller Center Studies on the Presidency) By David Marchick, Alexander Tippett, A. J. Wilson Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780813947761
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Published: University of Virginia Press - October 11th, 2022

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Ronald Reagan called the peaceful transfer of power from one U.S. president to the next a miracle, and it is. It is also the most delicate and hazardous period in the entire political cycle. Americans learned the stakes in 2020, when President Donald Trump’s refusal to trigger the formal start of the transition process to President-Elect Joe Biden created perhaps the worst crisis for American democracy since the Civil War. Even at the best of times, an incoming administration faces a gargantuan task, as every new president must make more than four thousand political appointments in a short period of time.Yet the day-to-day process of presidential transitions remains poorly understood, even by government specialists. This is why the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition created Transition Lab, a one-year podcast series that ran through January 2021. The Peaceful Transfer of Power now puts those distinct interviews with scholars, journalists, public servants, and—most important—participants in every transition from Ford–Carter to Trump–Biden into a narrative format that illuminates the long history, complexity, and current best practices associated with this most vital of democratic institutions.

David Marchick serves as Dean of the Kogod School of Business at American University. Marchick served as Chief Operating Officer of the United States Development Finance Corporation during the first year of the Biden Administration. Prior to joining the Biden Administration, he served for 16 months in a volunteer capacity as Director of the Center for Presidential Transition at the non-profit Partnership for Public Service. He held several positions within the Clinton Administration over a seven-year period, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Transportation Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy at the State Department, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development. He also served in the White House, where he worked on NAFTA and the WTO Agreements, and at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Marchick will be in conversation with Nancy Cook. Cook is a White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. This is her sixth year reporting on the White House, having covered all four years of the Trump administration before moving over to write about President Biden and Democrats. She's previously worked for POLITICO, National Journal and Newsweek and is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Carleton College.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Brenna Maloney — Buzzkill: A Wild Wander Through the Weird and Threatened World of Bugs - at Conn Ave in the Children & Teens Dept

Monday, October 10, 7:00 pm
Buzzkill: A Wild Wander Through the Weird and Threatened World of Bugs By Brenna Maloney, Dave Mottram (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brenna Maloney, Dave Mottram (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250801036
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 11th, 2022

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The praying mantis is the only animal on Earth with one ear―and it’s in the middle of its chest. Aphids are born pregnant. Moths can’t fly during an earthquake. If you didn’t know these things, you soon will. Packed full of jaw-dropping facts, Buzzkill presents the big picture on bugs. You might think insects are gross, or scary, or dangerous.They can be. But there’s so much more than meets the eye. Insects play a critical role on our planet, from sustenance to pollination to medicines and more. Buzzkill tackles both the wacky and weird, as well as threats to insects and their habitats, their possible extinction, and ways that everyday people can prevent their decline. Black and white illustrations combine scientific accuracy with humor and personality.

Brenna Maloney is a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post who has spent the last twelve years deeply ensconced in environmental reporting, writing, and editing for the National Geographic Society. She is the award-winning author of twelve other books—most recently earning a “silver” from the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards for science writing for young readers.  

Ages 10+

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Muhammad Najem, Nora Neus, & Julie Robine - Muhammad Najem, War Reporter

Tuesday, October 11, 6:00 pm
Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria By Muhammad Najem, Nora Neus, Julie Robine (By (artist)) Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780759556898
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2022

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Muhammad Najem had mostly known a life of war during his childhood in Syria; he was only thirteen when a bombing killed his father. Realizing that people did not know what families like his were living through, he began reporting on the war using the camera on his phone and social media. Through interviews with kids like himself, he revealed a painful truth: that ordinary Syrians were being bombed by their own government and were spending their days hiding in underground shelters. Despite strong personal losses and tremendous risk for his family, he continued reporting, and his stories began to gain notice around the world. Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria is the graphic memoir written by Muhammad Najem and Nora Neus, the CNN producer who helped bring international recognition to his reporting.

Muhammad Najem is an internationally recognized journalist from Eastern Ghouta, Syria. He began his reporting career as a child, under near-constant bombardment by the Assad regime, by taking videos on his cell phone and posting them on social media. His story went viral in 2018, putting a target on his and his family’s backs. In 2019, he and his family fled Syria and moved to Turkey.

Nora Neus is an Emmy-award nominated journalist and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She has reported from inside a maximum-security prison, from 14,000 feet above sea level in the San Juan Mountains, and from rural Puerto Rico after devastating earthquakes. Nora studied the Syrian conflict for her MA in War Studies from King’s College London.

Julie Robine is an illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn. Since graduating from RISD in 2015, she has worked as a freelance illustrator on a variety of projects, including the picture book The Day The Kids Took Over. A middle child, she has been drawing since realizing it was the only thing she was better at than her sisters.

Ages 11+

Washington, DC 20008

Becca Andrews — No Choice: The Destruction of Roe v. Wade and the Fight to Protect a Fundamental American Right - with Renee Bracey Sherman — at Conn Ave

Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 pm
No Choice: The Destruction of Roe v. Wade and the Fight to Protect a Fundamental American Right By Becca Andrews Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781541768390
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 11th, 2022

 

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No Choice begins by shining a light on the eerie ways in which life before Roe will be mirrored in life after. The wealthy and privileged will still have access, low-income people will suffer disproportionately, and pregnancy will be heavily policed. Then, Andrews takes us to the states and communities that have been hardest-hit by the erosion of abortion rights in this country, and tells the stories of those who are most at risk from this devastating reversal of settled law. There is a glimmer of faint hope, though.

Becca Andrews is an investigative journalist at Reckon News who writes about reproductive justice, religion, and inequality. Her work has appeared in Mother Jones, Wired, The New Republic, and Jezebel, among other publications.

Andrews will be in conversation with Renee Bracey Sherman. Sherman is an award-winning reproductive justice activist, abortion storyteller, and writer. She is the founder and executive director of We Testify, an executive producer of Ours to Tell, and the co-author of the forthcoming book Countering Abortionsplaining.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Shaelyn McDaniel — Hello, Opportunity: The Story of Our Friend On Mars

Wednesday, October 12, 10:00 am
Hello, Opportunity: The Story of Our Friend on Mars By Shaelyn McDaniel, Cornelia Li (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shaelyn McDaniel, Cornelia Li (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781645674696
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Published: Page Street Kids - September 20th, 2022

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If only people could visit Mars, there would be so much to learn! Since we haven’t figured out how to send humans to the Red Planet, scientists have developed a special mechanism—a rover named Opportunity—instead. Oppy worked hard to discover Mars’ secrets and its planned three-month voyage lasted for 15 years. And scientists learned lots until a storm came and changed the rover’s trajectory. Hello, Opportunity is a special story that introduces Opportunity’s groundbreaking Mars mission, lessons learned, and its unexpected ending.

Shaelyn McDaniel grew up in South Florida before moving to New York for a digital marketing career with kids' books. In college, she majored in English. As a kid she assumed humans had already been to Mars, and as an adult she remains incensed that we haven’t (yet). This is her debut picture book.

Ages 6-8

 

Washington, DC 20008

Ruha Benjamin — Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want - with Clint Smith — at Conn Ave

Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 pm
Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want By Ruha Benjamin Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691222882
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 11th, 2022

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Long before the pandemic, Ruha Benjamin was doing groundbreaking research on race, technology, and justice, focusing on big, structural changes. But the twin plagues of COVID-19 and anti-Black police violence inspired her to rethink the importance of small, individual actions. Part memoir, part manifesto, Viral Justice is a sweeping and deeply personal exploration of how we can transform society through the choices we make every day.

Ruha Benjamin is an internationally recognized writer, speaker, and professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she is the founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab. She is the award-winning author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code and editor of Captivating Technology, among many other publications. Her work has been featured widely in the media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, The Root, and The Guardian.

Beanjamin will be in conversation with Clint Smith. Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the poetry collection, Counting Descent, which won the award for best poetry collection from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award and author of How the Word Is Passed. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review and elsewhere. Clint received his B.A. in English from Davidson College and a Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Achut Deng - Don't Look Back - with Amna Nawaz in the Children & Teens Dept at Conn Ave.

Wednesday, October 12, 7:30 pm
Don't Look Back: A Memoir of War, Survival, and My Journey from Sudan to America By Achut Deng, Keely Hutton Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374389727
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 11th, 2022

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Don’t Look Back is Achut Deng’s gripping memoir of her childhood in Sudan where, as a refugee, she fought daily for survival, fleeing the country on foot and eventually escaping to a new life in America. Her account paints a picture of a world that can be both splendid and cruel. When an attack destroys her village, separating her from her entire family, Achut is forced into a refugee camp at only six-years-old.  She was there for ten years before a refugee relocation program brought her to America. But this was not the end of her trials, as life as an outsider in her new country came with its own dangers and obstacles. Through it all, Achut chose life, and continued moving forward even as the ghosts of her past still haunted her.

Achut Deng was born in South Sudan and came to America as a refugee when she was sixteen years old. She is now an American citizen and works in human resources at a meat-packing plant in South Dakota, where she also resides. She is the mother of three sons. 

Amna Nawaz is the chief correspondent and Friday White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, which she joined in 2018. She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Washington, D.C. area.  

 Ages 12+

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Maulik Pancholy - Nikhil Out Loud - with Jonathan Capehart at Conn Ave in the Children & Teens Dept.

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm
Nikhil Out Loud By Maulik Pancholy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063091924
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 11th, 2022

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13 year-old Nikhil Shah has a kid’s dream job as voice actor for the popular animated series Raj Reddy in Outer Space. When he moves from L.A. to a small town in Ohio, he meets a new group of friends who are involved in the school’s theatre club, and they encourage him to participate. Word eventually gets out about his fame and he gets cast in a lead role in the school play. He is also interviewed for the school paper, where he shares for the first time publicly that he is gay with the school newspaper. When a member of the community sends letters of complaint to the school for fear that he is pushing a gay agenda, life becomes more complicated. What is a boy to do when he learns that real life is more complicated than what he plays on television? 

Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor whose career has spanned hit television shows (Only Murders in the Building and 30 Rock), animated favorites (Phineas and Ferb, Sanjay and Craig, and Mira, Royal Detective), the Broadway stage, and films. He served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and he is the cofounder of the antibullying campaign “Act to Change”.  His debut novel, The Best at It, was a Stonewall Honor Award winner.

Jonathan Capehart is a Pulitizer Prize-winning journalist and has been a member of The Washington Post editorial board since 2007. He writes about politics and social issues, hosts the podcast "Capehart" and anchors the weekly Washington Post Live show "First Look," which is also streamed on "The Choice MSNBC" on Comcast's Peacock streaming service. Capehart was named an Associate Editor at the Washington Post in 2022. He is also a contributor to the "PBS Newshour."

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Michael Cohen — Revenge: How Donald Trump Weaponized the US Department of Justice — at Conn Ave

Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm
Revenge: How Donald Trump Weaponized the US Department of Justice Against His Critics By Michael Cohen Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781685890544
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Published: Melville House - October 11th, 2022

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In Revenge, Cohen tells the behind-the-scenes story of what can happen to you – and what really happened to him – when a President who believes himself to be above the law decides to go after his critics. 

Michael Cohen is the principal of Crisis-X, a crisis management company. He acted as personal attorney to the former President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, and before that was Executive Vice President for the Trump Organization and Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump. Since his release from the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution, he has written the New York Times number one bestselling book, Disloyal: A Memoir. He also hosts the top-rated news podcast, Mea Culpa with Michael Cohen, and has become a political commentator regularly seen on major news outlets. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cody Keenan — Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America - with Jen Psaki —at Conn Ave

Friday, October 14, 7:00 pm
Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America By Cody Keenan Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780358651895
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Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 2022

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A white supremacist shooting and an astonishing act of forgiveness. A national reckoning with race and the Confederate flag. The fate of marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act. GRACE is the propulsive story of ten days in June 2015, when Obama and his chief speechwriter Cody Keenan composed a series of high-stakes speeches to meet a succession of stunning developments.

Through behind-the-scenes moments—from Obama’s suggestion that Keenan pour a drink, listen to some Miles Davis, and “find the silences,” to the president’s late-night writing sessions in the First Family’s residence—Keenan takes us inside the craft of speechwriting at the highest level for the most demanding of bosses, the relentlessly poetic and perfectionist Barack Obama. GRACE also delivers a fascinating portrait of White House insiders like Ben Rhodes, Valerie Jarrett, Jen Psaki, and the speechwriting team responsible for pulling it all off during a furious, historic stretch of the Obama presidency—including a gifted fact-checker who took Keenan’s rhetoric to task before taking his hand in marriage. GRACE is the most intimate writing that exists on the rhetorical tightrope our first Black president had to walk, culminating with an unforgettable high point: Obama stunning everybody by taking a deep breath and leading the country in a chorus of “Amazing Grace.”

Cody Keenan rose from a campaign intern in Chicago to become chief speechwriter at the White House and Barack Obama's post-presidential collaborator. A sought-after expert on politics, messaging, and current affairs, he is a partner at leading speechwriting firm Fenway Strategies and teaches a popular course on political speechwriting at his alma mater Northwestern University. He lives in New York City with his wife Kristen and their daughter Gracie.

Keenan will be in conversation with Jen Psaki, who has been called “one of the best press secretaries ever” - a fitting accolade given that her tenure as the White House Press Secretary covered one of the most complex periods in modern presidential history. Prior to her time in the Biden White House, Psaki was a long-time advisor to President Barack Obama. She served as a traveling press secretary on his first long-shot campaign, and later served as the White House Communications Director for the final years of the Obama presidency. Psaki also served as the administration’s public face on the global stage during her tenure as the State Department Spokesperson, traveling the world with Secretary of State John Kerry. She is a former CNN political commentator and former Vice President of Communications and Strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. This fall, Psaki will join MSNBC where she will host a new streaming show that is slated to debut in early 2023.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

P&P Live! Marcie Rendon — Sinister Graves - with Angeline Boulley

Friday, October 14, 8:00 pm
Sinister Graves (A Cash Blackbear Mystery #3) By Marcie R. Rendon Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781641293839
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Published: Soho Crime - October 11th, 2022

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In Sinister Graves, a snowmelt has sent floodwaters down to the fields of the Red River Valley, dragging the body of an unidentified Native woman into the town of Ada. The only evidence the medical examiner recovers is a torn piece of paper inside her bra: a hymnal written in English and Ojibwe.

Cash Blackbear, a 19-year-old Ojibwe woman, sometimes helps Sheriff Wheaton, her guardian, on his investigations. Now she knows her search for justice for this anonymous victim will take her to the White Earth Reservation, a place she once called home.

When Cash happens upon two small graves in the yard of a rural, “speak-in-tongues kinda church,” Cash is pulled into the lives of the malevolent pastor and his troubled wife while yet another Native woman dies in a mysterious manner.

Marcie Rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, a Pinckley Prize-winning author, playwright, poet, freelance writer, and a community arts activist. Rendon was awarded the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award for 2020. She is a speaker on Native issues, leadership, and writing. Her second novel in her Cash Blackbear mystery series, Girl Gone Missing, was nominated for the Sue Grafton Memorial Award. Rendon was recognized as a 50 over 50 Change-maker by Minneapolis AARP and Pollen in 2018. She lives in Minneapolis.

Rendon will be in conversation with Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper's Daughter is her debut novel, and was an instant #1 NYT Bestseller.

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Washington, DC 20008

Maggie O'Farrell — The Marriage Portrait - with Ron Charles — at Conn Ave

Saturday, October 15, 3:00 pm
The Marriage Portrait: A novel By Maggie O'Farrell Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593320624
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Published: Knopf - September 6th, 2022

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The author of Hamnet--acclaimed New York Times best seller and National Book Award winner--brings the world of Renaissance Italy to jewel-bright life in this unforgettable portrait of the captivating young duchess Lucrezia de' Medici as she makes her way in a troubled court.

Maggie O'Farrell was born in Northern Ireland in 1972. Her novels include Hamnet (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award), After You'd GoneThe Vanishing Act of Esme LennoxThe Hand That First Held Mine (winner of the Costa Novel Award), and Instructions for a Heatwave. She has also written a memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death. She lives in Edinburgh.

Ron Charles writes about books for The Washington Post.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Natasha Lance Rogoff — Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia - with Susan Glasser — at Conn Ave

Saturday, October 15, 5:00 pm
Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia By Natasha Lance Rogoff Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781538161289
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 17th, 2022

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In this thrilling debut, television producer and filmmaker Rogoff recounts her mission to bring Sesame Street to Russian audiences.... The resulting tale is one of perseverance and creativity that illuminates how even the most disparate cultures and perspectives can find common ground. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the timing appeared perfect to bring Sesame Street to millions of children living in the former Soviet Union. With the Muppets envisioned as ideal ambassadors of Western values, no one anticipated just how challenging and dangerous this would prove to be. In Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia, Natasha Lance Rogoff brings this gripping tale to life.

Natasha Lance Rogoff is an award-winning television director, producer and writer of more than 25 years. Her previous credits include executive producer of Ulitsa Sezam (Sesame Street in Russia) and producer of Plaza Sesamo (Sesame Street in Mexico.) After studying at the Leningrad State University, she wrote about Soviet underground culture, as well as one of the earliest exposé of Soviet government persecution of the Russian LGBTQ community in the San Francisco Chronicle. Her 1985 film, Rock Around the Kremlin, about underground rock artists, aired on ABC TV’s “20/20. Lance Rogoff embedded herself with hardline Russian communist fascists for two years, filming “Russia for Sale” which aired on ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel the night of the failed 1991 coup that ended the Soviet Union. She is now an Associate in the Art, Film and Visual Studies Department at Harvard University and lives between Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York City.

Rogoff will be in conversation with Susan Glasser. Glasser is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of its weekly "Letter from Trump's Washington," as well as a CNN global affairs analyst.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mahnaz Afkhami — The Other Side of Silence: A Memoir of Exile, Iran, and the Global Women's Movement - with Azar Nafisi — at Conn Ave

Sunday, October 16, 3:00 pm
The Other Side of Silence: A Memoir of Exile, Iran, and the Global Women's Movement By Mahnaz Afkhami Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781469669991
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 4th, 2022

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In The Other Side of Silence, a skilled storyteller who has spent her life in two worlds, Mahnaz Afkhami shares her unexpected and meteoric rise from unassuming English professor to a champion of women's rights in Iran; the clash between Western feminists and those from the Global South; and the challenges of international women's rights work during the so-called war on terror. Her journey through exile shows what it takes to launch and sustain a worldwide grassroots movement: funding, an ever-expanding network, conferences, education, and decades of hard work requiring individuals and organizations to persevere despite ongoing wars, humanitarian disasters, and climate change. Told with humor, honesty, and compassion, Afkhami's remarkable story illuminates the possibility of bringing opportunity and choice to women across the world.

Born in Kerman, Iran, Mahnaz Afkhami is the founder and president of Women's Learning Partnership, executive director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies, and former minister for women’s affairs in Iran. She lives and works in Bethesda, Maryland.

Afkhami will be in conversation with Azar Nafisi. Nafisi is the author of the multi-award-winning New York Times bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, as well as Things I’ve Been Silent About, The Republic of Imagination, and That Other World. Her most recent book Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times, is a guide to the power of literature in turbulent times, arming readers with a resistance reading list. Formerly the director of The Dialogue Project and Cultural Conversations at Johns Hopkins University’s Foreign Policy Institute, she served as a Centennial Fellow at Georgetown University and has taught at Oxford and several universities in Tehran.

 
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kristina R. Gaddy — Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History - at Conn Ave

Sunday, October 16, 5:00 pm
Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo's Hidden History By Kristina R. Gaddy, Rhiannon Giddens (Foreword by) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393866803
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2022

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Well Of Souls is an extraordinary story unfolding across two hundred years, Kristina Gaddy uncovers the banjo’s key role in Black spirituality, ritual, and rebellion. Through meticulous research in diaries, letters, archives, and art, she traces the banjo’s beginnings from the seventeenth century, when enslaved people of African descent created it from gourds or calabashes and wood. Gaddy shows how the enslaved carried this unique instrument as they were transported and sold by slaveowners throughout the Americas, to Suriname, the Caribbean, and the colonies that became U.S. states, including Louisiana, South Carolina, Maryland, and New York.

Kristina R. Gaddy is a Baltimore-based writer and fiddler. She has received the Parsons Award from the Library of Congress, Logan Nonfiction Fellowship and a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Rubys artist award. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Michael Fanone — Hold The Line: The Insurrection and One Cop's Battle for America's Soul - with Eric Swalwell — at Conn Ave

Monday, October 17, 7:00 pm
Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop's Battle for America's Soul By Michael Fanone, John Shiffman Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781668007198
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Published: Atria Books - October 11th, 2022

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In Hold The Line, when Michael Fanone self-deployed to the Capitol on January 6, 2021, he had no idea his life was about to change. When he got to the front of the line, he urged his fellow officers to hold it against the growing crowd of insurrectionists—until he found himself pulled into the mob, tased until he had a heart attack, and viciously beaten with a Blue Lives Matter flag as shouts to kill him rang out.

Now, Fanone is ready to tell the full story of that fateful day, along with exploring our country’s most critical issues as someone who has had firsthand experience with many of them. A self-described redneck who voted for Trump in 2016, Fanone’s closest friend was an informant—a Black, transgender, HIV-positive woman who has helped him mature and rethink his methods as a police officer. With his unique insight as an undercover detective and intense desire to do the right thing no matter the cost, Fanone provides a nuanced look into everything from policing to race to politics in a way that is accessible across all party lines.

Determined to make sure no one forgets what happened at the Capitol on January 6th, Fanone has written a timely call to action for anyone who wants to preserve our democracy for future generations.

Michael Fanone served as a Metropolitan Police Department Officer assigned to the First District for twenty years. Working briefly as a patrol officer and then spending the majority of his career as a vice investigator in various small mission units, Fanone participated in over 2,000 arrests for violent crimes and narcotics trafficking, served as a special task force officer for the FBI, ATF, and DEA, and earned more than three dozen commendations for his work. Fanone currently serves as an analyst for CNN, a security consultant, and a firearms instructor. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Fanone will be in conversation with Congressman Eric Swalwell. Swalwell in 2012 was elected to represent California’s Fifteenth Congressional District. Congressman Swalwell serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,  the House Judiciary Committee, and on the House Homeland Security Committee and its Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee, working to protect America against violent extremism and domestic terrorism.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rana Foroohar — Homecoming: The Path to Prosperity in a Post-Global World - with Sarah Bloom Raskin— at Conn Ave

Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Homecoming: The Path to Prosperity in a Post-Global World By Rana Foroohar Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593240533
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Published: Crown - October 18th, 2022

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Our neoliberal economic philosophy of prioritizing efficiency over resilience and profits over local prosperity has produced massive inequality, persistent economic insecurity, and distrust in our institutions. This philosophy, which underpinned the last half century of globalization, has run its course. Place-based economics and a wave of technological innovations now make it possible to keep operations, investment, and wealth closer to home, wherever that may be. With the pendulum of history swinging back, Homecoming explores both the challenges and the possibilities of this new era, and how it can usher in a more equitable and prosperous future.

Rana Foroohar is the author of Don’t Be Evil, which won a Porchlight Business Book Award, and Makers and Takers. Currently the global business columnist and associate editor for the Financial Times and the global economic analyst for CNN, she has served as the assistant managing editor and economic columnist at Time and an economic and foreign affairs editor and foreign correspondent at Newsweek. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the board of the Open Markets Institute.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Hena Khan - Zara's Rules for Finding Hidden Treasure - in partnership with Takoma Park, MD Library at Takoma Park Community Center

Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm
Zara's Rules for Finding Hidden Treasure By Hena Khan, Wastana Haikal (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Wastana Haikal (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534497627
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - October 18th, 2022

Zara's Rules for Record-Breaking Fun By Hena Khan, Wastana Haikal (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hena Khan, Wastana Haikal (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534497580
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - April 19th, 2022

This event is in-person at the Takoma Park Community Center, MD.

Politics and Prose is delighted to partner with the Takoma Park Maryland Library for an exciting program with local author Hena Khan. 

In the second book of the series, Zara has a problem: her bike is missing, and her parents are insisting she has to earn the money to replace it herself. Together with her friend Naomi, Zara begins a business, The Treasure Wagon, selling her family’s knickknacks. Clean out the clutter and make money— a win-win! But when a mix-up causes problems, will Zara be able to follow through with her plan?

Hena Khan is a Pakistani American writer. She is the author of the middle grade novels Amina’s Voice, Amina’s Song, More to the Story, and picture books Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Under My Hijab, and It’s Ramadan, Curious George, among others. Hena lives in her hometown of Rockville, Maryland, with her family.  

Ages 7-10

7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

P&P Live! Amber Tamblyn — Listening in the Dark: Women Reclaiming the Power of Intuition - with Samantha Irby, Amy Poehler, and Bonnie Tamblyn

Tuesday, October 18, 8:00 pm
Listening in the Dark: Women Reclaiming the Power of Intuition By Amber Tamblyn Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780778333333
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Park Row - October 18th, 2022

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This event is in partnership with Books & Books, Miami Book Fair, Anderson's Bookshop, Left Bank Books, Literati Bookstore, Northshire Bookstore, and Tattered Cover Book Store.

Edited by author, actress, and activist Amber Tamblyn, an anthology on women’s intuition, written by some of today’s most influential and diverse women-identifying and nonbinary voices including Amy Poehler, Samantha Irby, Jia Tolentino, Jessica Valenti, Lidia Yuknavitch, US Poet Laureate Ada Limon, America Ferrera, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and others.

In a time when women are revolutionizing politics, entertainment, healthcare, and other industries, it’s critical to reclaim intuition as a vital and sustainable tool. Listening in the Dark: Women Reclaiming the Power of Intuition is a compilation of some of the most striking women visionaries in literature, science, art, education, medicine, and politics to share their insights and reflections on learning how to follow their own gut reactions in pivotal, crossroad moments.

Amber Tamblyn is an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominated actress, writer, and director, and the author of seven books across genres, including the acclaimed, Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution and the best seller, Dark Sparkler, a poetry collection on the lives and deaths of child star actresses, as well as the breakthrough novel, Any Man about a female serial rapist who attacks men. In 2016 she directed and co-wrote the 2016 film Paint it Black starring Alia Shawkat and Janet Mcteer based on the acclaimed novel by Janet Fitch which can be seen on Amazon. Tamblyn was a founder of the Times Up Organization and reviews books of poetry by women for Bust Magazine. She is a contributing writer for The New York Times and The Cut on issues pertaining to gender inequality and women's rage. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Samantha Irby is an American comedian, essayist, blogger and television writer. She is the creator and author of the blog Bitches Gotta Eat, where she writes humorous observations on her personal life and modern society at large. She is the New York Times bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life (2017), New Year, Same Trash (2017), Meaty (2018) and Wow, No Thank You (2020).

Amy Poehler is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer and director. She is best known for her Golden Globe Award–winning role as Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

Bonnie Tamblyn is an actress and composer, known for Time Wars (1993), Chatty Catties (2015) and The Both: Volunteers of America (2014). (She is also Amber’s mom!)

 

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Robert Draper — Weapons of Mass Delusion: When the Republican Party Lost Its Mind - at Conn Ave

Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 pm
Weapons of Mass Delusion: When the Republican Party Lost Its Mind By Robert Draper Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593300145
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Published: Penguin Press - October 18th, 2022

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The disturbing eyewitness account of how a new breed of Republicans—led by Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, and Madison Cawthorn—far from moving on from Trump, have taken the politics of hysteria to even greater extremes and brought American democracy to the edge.

Robert Draper is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and National Geographic Magazine. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller, Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush. He lives in Washington D.C. with his fiancée, Kirsten Powers.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Orhan Pamuk — Nights of Plague with Angie Kim — at Sixth & I

Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 pm
Nights of Plague: A novel By Orhan Pamuk, Ekin Oklap (Translated by) Cover Image
By Orhan Pamuk, Ekin Oklap (Translated by)
$34.00
ISBN: 9780525656890
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - October 4th, 2022

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From Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature, comes Nights of Plague—a bold and brilliant novel, part detective story and part historical epic that chronicles a plague ravaging a fictional island in the Ottoman Empire.

Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. His novel My Name Is Red won the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His work has been translated into more than sixty languages. He lives in Istanbul.

Pamuk will be in conversation with Angie Kim. Kim is a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and debut author of the international bestseller and Edgar winner Miracle Creek. Kim has written for VogueThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Washington PostGlamour, and numerous literary journals.

with Politics and Prose

This program will run approximately 1 hour.

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600 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Femi Fadugba - Upper World - at Conn Ave in the Children & Teens Dept

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 pm
The Upper World By Femi Fadugba Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063078598
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: HarperTeen - December 7th, 2021

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Contemporary sci-fi thriller from physicist turned author, Femi Fadugba. Soon to be a major Netflix movie starring Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya.

First described in Socrates’ “The Cave,” the Upper World is a place beyond our everyday experiences. It is a world where time and energy intersect in a way that we never even imagined and Esso has just been accidentally knocked into it. He sees glimpses of the past and future before returning to the real world. But if what he saw there is true, he might not have much longer to live, unless he can use his new gift to change the course of history. Fifteen years later, Rhia realizes that her new physics teacher might have the answers to the questions she’s been asking her whole life. But Dr. Esso’s not here to help Rhia. He’s here because he needs her help—to unravel a tragedy that happened fifteen years ago. One that holds the key not only to Rhia’s past, but to a future worth fighting for.

Femi Fadugba has a Master's degree from Oxford University, where he published in Quantum Physics and subsequently studied as a Thouron Scholar at University of Pennsylvania. Femi has worked as a science tutor as well as in solar energy and consulting. The Upper World is his first book.

Ages 13+

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

John Gallagher - Max Meow #4: Taco Time Machine - at Conn Ave

Friday, October 21, 10:30 am
Max Meow Book 4: Taco Time Machine By John Gallagher Cover Image
$10.39
ISBN: 9780593479667
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2022

Max Meow Book 1: Cat Crusader By John Gallagher Cover Image
$10.39
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Max Meow Book 2: Donuts and Danger By John Gallagher Cover Image
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

Max Meow Book 3: Pugs from Planet X By John Gallagher Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593121115
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 2021

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It's a cat! It's a superhero! It's a . . .  Taco Time Machine? When Mindy's dad, Professor Microbe, is lost in the time space continuum it's up to Max and Mindy to save him. But when Max starts playing with time travel, he causes problems as he may have accidentally undone his very first meeting with Mindy.  This time it's not just Kittyopolis that's in trouble, it's Max and Mindy's entire friendship.  

John Gallagher is a DC native who has been working with comics since 1990. When not working on Max Meow, John works as the art director for the Ranger Rick magazine published by the National Wildlife Federation. He leads workshops teaching kids how to create their own comics and he’s co-founded the organization Kids Love Comics. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Margarent Sullivan — Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life - with Elahe Izadi — at Conn Ave

Friday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Newsroom Confidential: Lessons (and Worries) from an Ink-Stained Life By Margaret Sullivan Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250281906
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 18th, 2022

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In Newsroom Confidential, Margaret Sullivan chronicles her years in the trenches battling sexism and throwing elbows in a highly competitive newsroom. With her celebrated mixture of charm, sharp-eyed observation, and nuanced criticism, Sullivan takes us behind the scenes of the nation's most influential news outlets to explore how Americans lost trust in the news and what it will take to regain it.

Margaret Sullivan is currently the media columnist for The Washington Post and has been a journalist for over four decades. She has served on four Pulitzer Prize juries, including as a chairwoman for the Commentary jury, and was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 2011 to 2012. A faculty member of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, she has also taught journalism in the graduate schools at Columbia University and City University of New York. She was the first woman editor of her hometown paper, The Buffalo News, and she was also the first woman public editor of The New York Times. She won the 2021 Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism for her Washington Post columns, with the judges saying her work “sets the standard” for American media criticism. She is the author of Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy. She lives in New York City.

Sullivan will be in conversation with Elahe Izadi, a staff writer covering the media industry for The Washington Post. She also regularly guest hosts Post Reports, the daily news podcast from The Washington Post. She got her start in community journalism in Maryland, and since then has covered policing, Congress, race and culture. She has appeared on NPR, MSNBC and HBO, and is also a stand-up comedian who has performed at the DC Improv, Sixth & I and Warner Theatre.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rachel Bade & Karoun Demirjian — Unchecked: The Untold Story Behind Congress's Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump - with Kasie Hunt — at Conn Ave

Saturday, October 22, 1:00 pm
Unchecked: The Untold Story Behind Congress's Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump By Rachael Bade, Karoun Demirjian Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780063040793
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Published: William Morrow - October 18th, 2022

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In Unchecked: The Untold Story Behind Congress’s Botched Impeachments of Donald Trump, a riveting account that flips the script on what readers think they know about the two impeachments of Donald Trump, Rachael Bade and Karoun Demirjian reveal how—and why—congressional oversight failed when it was needed most

Rachael Bade is coauthor of POLITICO Playbook, the most renowned political newsletter tracking power and influence in Washington, D.C. Before that, she spent a decade covering Congress for both the Washington Post, where she regularly broke news on House Democrats’ oversight of the Trump administration, and POLITICO, where she chronicled Donald Trump’s takeover of the GOP. Bade is also a CNN political analyst and a frequent guest on the Sunday show circuit, with appearances on CBS’s Face the Nation, ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and Fox News’ Fox News Sunday.

Karoun Demirjian is on the national security team at the Washington Post, where she covered intelligence, defense, and foreign policy on Capitol Hill before becoming a Pentagon correspondent. Her award-winning career has spanned three continents, including postings in the Post’s Moscow bureau, a stint in the Middle East working for the Associated Press, and over a decade covering Congress. She was a member of the Washington Post teams that won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, and individually won or came in as runner-up for the David Lynch Memorial Reporting Award for three years running as a Washington correspondent for the Las Vegas Sun. She has frequently been featured as an expert on television and radio outlets, including as a CNN political analyst.

Bade and Demirjian will be in conversation with Kasie Hunt. Hunt is a CNN anchor and chief national affairs analyst. She appears on and reports for CNN US, covering national and breaking news. Hunt joins CNN after more than eight years at NBC News where she was most recently anchor of Way Too Early and a regular contributor to Morning Joe after anchoring KasieDC on Sunday nights In 2018, Hunt led the NBC News investigative team that was awarded the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for its reporting on sexual harassment allegations on Capitol Hill. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Linda Pastan — Almost an Elegy: New and Later Selected Poems - at Conn Ave

Saturday, October 22, 3:00 pm
Almost an Elegy: New and Later Selected Poems By Linda Pastan Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781324021490
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2022

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In poems of graceful lyricism and penetrating observation, award-winning poet Linda Pastan sheds new light on the complexities of ordinary life and the rising tide of mortality. Drawing from Pastan’s five most recent volumes and including over thirty new poems, Almost an Elegy reflects on beauty, old age, and the probability of loss.

Linda Pastan grew up in New York City, graduated from Radcliffe College in 1954, received an MA from Brandeis University and an honorary doctorate from Kenyon College. She has published 15 volumes of poetry, most recently Insomnia which won the Towson University Literary Award and A Dog Runs Through It. Two of her books have been finalists for the National Book Award, one for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She taught for several years at American University and was on the staff of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference for 20 years. She is a past Poet Laureate of Maryland. Pastan has won numerous awards, including The Radcliffe Distinguished Alumni Award and The Maurice English Award. In 2003 she won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Dani Shapiro — Signal Fires: A Novel - with Jacki Lyden - at Conn Ave

Saturday, October 22, 5:00 pm
Signal Fires: A novel By Dani Shapiro Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593534724
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Published: Knopf - October 18th, 2022

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Signal Fires opens on a summer night in 1985. Three teenagers have been drinking. One of them gets behind the wheel of a car, and, in an instant, everything on Division Street changes. For the Wilf family, the circumstances of that fatal accident will become the deepest kind of secret, one so dangerous it can never be spoken. On Division Street, time has moved on. But when Waldo, the Shenkmans’ brilliant, lonely son who marvels at the beauty of the world and has a native ability to find connections in everything, befriends Dr. Wilf, past events come hurtling back in ways no one could ever have foreseen. Signal Fires is a work of haunting beauty by a masterly storyteller.

Dani Shapiro is a best-selling novelist and memoirist and host of the podcast Family Secrets (now in its sixth season). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue, and Time. She has taught at Columbia and New York University and is the co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference. She lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Shapiro will be in conversation with memoirist Jacki Lyden, an  award-winning NPR  host correspondent for over three decades, hosting flagship NPR shows and thousands of interviews in multiple countries, especially the Middle East.  She is the author of Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, a look at living with her mother’s mental illness, a memoir  the New York Times called “a classic.”  (She is now her mother’s caregiver.)  She is the  American Psychiatric Assn. "Patient Advocate of the Year” for 2021 and a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health journalism fellow and a frequent public speaker. She a member of the National Steering Committee for Writers for Democratic Action and its Wisconsin State chair. She is a board member of the Cheuse International Writing center at George Mason University. Since 2017, she’s led  writing workshops  in the US and Ireland. Her new memoir is called Tell Me Something Good, and still in progress.  She lives in Silver Spring, MD and Delafield, WI.  She is married to  Bill O’Leary,  a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer for the Washington Post.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Anna Badkhen — Bright Unbearable Reality — at Conn Ave

Sunday, October 23, 3:00 pm
Bright Unbearable Reality: Essays By Anna Badkhen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681377063
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Published: New York Review Books - October 18th, 2022

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Called a “chronicler of a world on the move” by The New York Review of Books, Anna Badkhen seeks what separates and binds us at a time when one in seven people has left their birthplace, while a pandemic dictates the direst season of rupture in humankind’s remembering. Her new essay collection, Bright Unbearable Reality, comprises eleven essays set on four continents—roving everywhere from Oklahoma to Azerbaijan—and united by a common thread of communion and longing.

Anna Badkhen was born in the Soviet Union and is now an American citizen. She is the author of six previous books of nonfiction. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship, and a Joel R. Seldin Award from Psychologists for Social Responsibility for writing about civilians in war zones.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Emily Tamkin — Bad Jews: A History of American Jewish Politics and Identities — at Conn Ave

Sunday, October 23, 5:00 pm
Bad Jews: A History of American Jewish Politics and Identities By Emily Tamkin Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063074019
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Published: Harper - October 18th, 2022

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In Bad Jews, author and journalist Emily Tamkin dives into the roughly 100-year history of Jewish American politics, culture, identities, and arguments. Drawing on over 150 interviews, Tamkin tracks the evolution of Jewishness throughout American history, and extricates the evolving and conflicting Jewish positions on assimilation; race; Zionism and Israel; affluence, philanthropy, finance, and poverty; politics; and social justice. From this complex and nuanced history, Tamkin is able to pinpoint perhaps the one truth of American Jewish identity: It is always changing.


Emily Tamkin is the US editor at the New Statesman, in which capacity she covers US politics, foreign policy, and culture. A former staff writer at BuzzFeed News and Foreign Policy Magazine, she has reported on the policies and personalities that make up foreign relations from the United States and across Eastern Europe, including on a Heinrich Böll scholarship. Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Columbia Journalism Review, Politico, the New Republic, the Washington Post, and Slate, among other publications. Emily received B.A. in Russian literature from Columbia University and a Masters in Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University. She has also completed research on Soviet dissidence from Moscow; Tbilisi, Georgia; and, on a Fulbright fellowship, in Bremen, Germany, and, most recently, was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in India.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nicholas Dawidoff — The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City — at Conn Ave

Monday, October 24, 7:00 pm
The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City By Nicholas Dawidoff Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9781324002024
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 18th, 2022

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The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City, the immersive story of a 2006 murder in New Haven, just blocks away from Yale University, and the innocent sixteen-year-old boy named Bobby who’s coerced into confession and sentenced to prison for thirty-eight years. A lawyer who discovered his case miraculously helped win his release in 2015, only for Bobby to face heartbreaking challenges on reentry into society. Through Bobby’s experience, Dawidoff, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and New Haven native, tells a wider story of the tangled legacy of the Great Migration, the hardships of severe deindustrialization in American cities, gun violence, incarceration, and inequality in America.

Nicholas Dawidoff is the critically acclaimed author of five books, including The Catcher Was a Spy and In the Country of a Country. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and has also been a Guggenheim, Berlin Prize, and Art for Justice Fellow.  

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Timothy Shenk — Realigners: Partisan Hacks, Political Visionaries, and the Struggle to Rule American Democracy — at Conn Ave

Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 pm
Realigners: Partisan Hacks, Political Visionaries, and the Struggle to Rule American Democracy By Timothy Shenk Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374138004
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 18th, 2022

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In Realigners, the historian Timothy Shenk offers an eye-opening new biography of the American political tradition. In a history that runs from the drafting of the Constitution to the storming of the Capitol, Shenk offers sharp pen portraits of signal characters from James Madison and Charles Sumner to Phyllis Schlafly and Barack Obama. The result is an entertaining and provocative reassessment of the people who built the electoral coalitions that defined American democracy—and a guide for a time when figures ranging from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to MAGA-minded nationalists seek to turn radical dreams into political realities.

Timothy Shenk is an assistant professor of history at George Washington University. The coeditor of Dissent magazine, he has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, the London Review of Books, The Nation, The New Republic, and Jacobin, among other publications. He has been a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and New America. He lives outside Washington, D.C.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Emily Flitter — The White Wall: How Big Finance Bankrupts Black America - with Kimberly Latrice Jones - at Conn Ave

Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 pm
The White Wall: How Big Finance Bankrupts Black America By Emily Flitter Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982183240
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - October 25th, 2022

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Examining local insurance agencies and corporate titans like JPMorgan Chase, BlackRock, and Wells Fargo, The White Wall reveals the practices that have kept the racial wealth gap practically as wide as it was during the Jim Crow era. Flitter exposes hiring and layoff policies designed to keep Black employees from advancing to high levels; racial profiling of customers in internal emails between bank tellers; major insurers refusing to pay Black policyholders’ claims; and the systematic denial of funding to Black entrepreneurs. She also gives a voice to victims, from single mothers to professional athletes to employees themselves: people who were scammed, lied to, and defrauded by the systems they trusted with their money, and silenced when they attempted to speak out and seek reform.

Flitter connects the dots between data, history, legal scholarship, and powerful personal stories to provide an assiduously reported, eye-opening look at what it means to bank while Black. As America continues to confront systemic racism and pave a path forward, The White Wall is an essential examination of one of its most caustic contributors.

Emily Flitter covers banking and Wall Street for The New York Times. Before this, she spent eight years at Reuters, writing about politics, financial crimes, and the environment. Flitter holds an MA in Near Eastern studies and journalism from New York University and a BA from Wellesley College. She began her journalism career as a freelance reporter in Cairo. The White Wall is her first book.

Flitter will be in conversation with Kimberly Latrice Jones, an American author and filmmaker, known for the New York Times bestselling young adult novel, I'm Not Dying With You Tonight and for the viral video How Can We Win published during the George Floyd protest. The book was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award in 2020. That same year, a seven-minute video featuring Kim using a Monopoly analogy to explain the history of racism and its impact on Black Americans went viral, being shared by Trevor Noah, LeBron James, Madonna, and more. The viral video was featured on shows like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. She has subsequently signed an overall deal with Warner Brothers via her production company Push Films with her partner DeWayne “Duprano” Martin. Kim's literary roots run deep. She served on the Selection Committee for Library of Congress' 2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, the 2015 Children’s Choice Illustrator Committee for The Children's Book Council, and the advisory board that created the Creative and Innovative Education Master’s Degree program at Georgia State University. She received one of the inaugural James Patterson Holiday Bookseller Bonus grants while working at the famous children’s bookstore, Little Shop of Stories.She resides in Atlanta and is the proud mother of a gifted boy.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Andrew Maraniss - Inaugural Ballers: The True Story of the First US Women's Olympic Basketball Team - at Conn Ave in the Children & Teens dept - with David Maraniss

Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 pm
Inaugural Ballers: The True Story of the First US Women's Olympic Basketball Team By Andrew Maraniss Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593351246
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2022

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Twenty years before the WNBA, the 1976 U.S. women’s basketball team competed at the first-ever Olympic women’s basketball tournament. Given the strength of the competition, the U.S. team was not even expected to qualify. With the brilliance of coach Billie Moore, and the tenacity of the team members, they won the silver medal. Public interest in the competition opened America’s eyes to the viability of women’s basketball, paving the way for the WNBA today. The compelling story of the team’s path to victory is told with thoroughly researched detail and historical photos.  

Andrew Maraniss is a New York Times-bestselling author of narrative nonfiction for teens and adults at the intersection of sports and social justice.  His books include Strong Inside (Lillian Smith Book Award winner and RFK Book Award Special Recognition); Games of Deception (Sydney Taylor Honor Award and ALA Notable Book 2019); and Singled Out (Esquire’s “Top 100 Baseball Books Ever Written” and ALA Rainbow Book List).  Andrew is Director of Special Projects at Vanderbilt University.  

 David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times. Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi, and a trilogy about the 1960s—Rome 1960; Once in a Great City (winner of the RFK Book Prize); and They Marched into Sunlight (winner of the J. Anthony Lucas Prize and Pulitzer Finalist in History). His most recent book is Path Lit by Lightning: The Life of Jim Thorpe. 

Ages 12+

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nomi Prins — Permanent Distortion: How the Financial Markets Abandoned the Real Economy Forever - at Conn Ave

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm
Permanent Distortion: How the Financial Markets Abandoned the Real Economy Forever By Nomi Prins Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541789067
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 11th, 2022

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A riveting exposé of a permanent financial dystopia, its causes, and real-world consequences   It is abundantly clear that our world is divided into two very different economies. The real one, for the average worker, is based on productivity and results. It behaves according to traditional rules of money and economics. The other doesn’t. It is the product of years of loose money, poured by central banks into a system dominated by financial titans. It is powerful enough to send stock markets higher even in the face of a global pandemic and threats of nuclear war.

Dr. Nomi Prins is an international economist, investigative journalist, geopolitical financial expert, and outspoken advocate for economic reform. She has published seven books, with her most recent bestseller being Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World. She is a regular TV commentator and has appeared on the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, MSNBC, CSPAN, Fox Business, and PBS. She has appeared in numerous documentaries featured in the US, Korea, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and more. Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, the Guardian, the Nation, and other major publications. Her insights on financial and economic issues are sought by governments, policymakers, and investors worldwide. She’s delivered keynote speeches to a variety of outlets including the Federal Reserve, IMF, World Bank, UK Parliament, Mexican Senate, US Senate, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Google, Colombia University, and the London School of Economics. She was a global Wall Street executive for a decade-and-a-half. Nomi was once a managing director at Goldman Sachs. She ran the international analytics group as a senior managing director at Bear Stearns in London and worked as a senior strategist at Lehman Brothers and Chase Manhattan Bank. You can learn more about Nomi here: nomiprins.com

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jon Meacham — And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle - with Clint Smith — at Sixth & I

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm
And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle By Jon Meacham Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780553393965
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Published: Random House - October 18th, 2022

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In And There Was Light, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and #1 New York Times bestselling author chronicles the life of Abraham Lincoln, charting how—and why—he confronted secession, threats to democracy, and the tragedy of slavery to expand the possibilities of America.

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer. The Rogers Chair in the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University, he is the author of the New York Times bestsellers His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston. A fellow of the Society of American Historians, Meacham lives in Nashville.

Jon Meacham will be in conversation with Clint Smith, a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller How the Word Is Passed.

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600 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

P&P Live! Andrea L. Rogers - Man Made Monsters - With Nick Thomas

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 pm
Man Made Monsters By Andrea Rogers, Jeff Edwards (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Andrea Rogers, Jeff Edwards (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781646141791
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Published: Levine Querido - October 4th, 2022

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Supernatural terrors are pitted against the real-life horrors faced by indigenous people during the colonization of America and beyond in this fresh take on classic monster stories from a debut author. The book is grounded in the author’s Cherokee heritage and draws on ancestral stories passed through her family. The tales link together like branches in a tree, featuring viewpoints from members of one Cherokee family beginning in 1839 when forced from their tribal lands in Georgia through the 20th century, even sneaking a look into the near future.  Each story could easily stand on its own, but the familial connections between them posit deeper thinking about the horror of colonialism and cultural destruction. 

Andrea L. Rogers is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She grew up in Tulsa and graduated with an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Her stories have appeared in several literary journals as well as You Too? 25 Voices Share Their #METoo Stories, Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, and in the anthology Allies. In 2020, she released elementary fiction novel Mary and the Trail of Tears. A picture book called When We Gather is forthcoming.

Nick Thomas is a Senior Editor with Levine Querido. Previously, he was Senior Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, where he started as an Editorial Assistant. He has also held positions with Bloomsbury, Chicken House, and David Fickling Books before returning to his Arthur A Levine Books roots. He edits middle grade and young adult books, and looks for stories that change something about you by the time you’re finished.

Ages 14+

Washington, DC 20008

Jemele Hill — Uphill: A Memoir - with Tiffany D. Cross - at Conn Ave

Friday, October 28, 7:00 pm
Uphill: A Memoir By Jemele Hill Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250624376
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 25th, 2022

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Jemele Hill’s world came crashing down when she called President Trump a “white supremacist”; the White House wanted her fired from ESPN, and she was deluged with death threats. But Hill had faced tougher adversaries growing up in Detroit than a tweeting president. Beneath the exterior of one of the most recognizable journalists in America was a need—a calling—to break her family’s cycle of intergenerational trauma.

In Jemele Hill’s journey Uphill, she shares the whole story of her work, the women of her family, and her complicated relationship with God in an unapologetic, character-rich, and eloquent memoir.

Jemele Hill is the Emmy Award–winning former cohost of ESPN’s SportsCenter and 2018 NABJ Journalist of the Year. Hill is a contributing writer for the Atlantic, where she covers the intersection of sports, race, politics, and culture. She is also the producer of a Disney/ESPN documentary with Colin Kaepernick. She grew up in Detroit, graduated from Michigan State University, and now lives in Los Angeles.

Hill will be in conversation with Tiffany Cross, the host of MSNBC’s The Cross Connection airing Saturdays from 10A-12PEST. She is the author of Say It Louder: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy, and most recently served as a Resident Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (Spring 2020). Her broad experience across media, politics and policy includes more than two decades of navigating newsrooms and campaigns while engaging different constituencies on the ground.She previously served as the DC Bureau Chief of BET News and the Liaison to the Obama Administration for BET Networks where she covered Capitol Hill, produced political specials,and oversaw the daily operations of the news department. Tiffany also transitioned from the control room to the green room when she co-founded The Beat DC, a national platform intersecting politics, policy, business, media, and people of color.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

John A. Lawrence — Arc of Power: Inside Nancy Pelosi's Speakership, 2005-2010 — at Conn Ave

Saturday, October 29, 1:00 pm
Arc of Power: Inside Nancy Pelosi's Speakership, 2005-2010 By John A. Lawrence Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780700633791
Availability: Backordered
Published: University Press of Kansas - September 27th, 2022

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Arc of Power provides a valuable account of the strategies, machinations, and challenges of congressional leaders as they gain, exercise, and lose power. Utilizing the voices of the men and women involved in the often—but not always—partisan clashes, this book examines the role of personalities, factions, parties, and political institutions in the formulation of national policy on key issues. Lawrence artfully demonstrates the challenges presented by intraparty factional disagreements when writing complex legislation and illustrates the institutional tensions between the House and Senate, and Congress and the White House, when the government is unified under one party or divided.

John A. Lawrence is visiting professor at the University of California, Washington Center.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Christian Gregory — The Essential Dick Gregory - at Conn Ave

Saturday, October 29, 3:00 pm
The Essential Dick Gregory By Dick Gregory, Christian Gregory (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Dick Gregory, Christian Gregory (Introduction by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062879202
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Published: Amistad - October 11th, 2022

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This carefully curated anthology of selected writings reflects and celebrates Dick Gregory’s wisdom and his vision. Divided into three sections—Body, Mind, and Spirit—it includes previously unavailable transcriptions and excerpts taken from his sixteen books, fifteen albums and audio compilations, and more than 1,200 hours of archival video, including lectures, interviews, and comedic performances. It is a breathtaking tour through the life of one of America’s most prophetic and relevant cultural icons. The Essential Dick Gregory is a pointillistic portrait of a man who gave up a lucrative entertainment career to fight injustice on the front line of battle—leading protests and hunger strikes to end the Vietnam War and apartheid in South Africa; supporting civil rights, feminism, and Native Americans,; and addressing hunger, poverty, and police brutality.

Richard “Dick” Claxton Gregory was an African American comedian, civil rights activist, and cultural icon who first performed in public in the 1950s. He is on Comedy Central's list of "100 Greatest Standups" and was the author of sixteen books. While an entertainer, he was more known for being outspoken about social change and starting a health clean-eating campaign.

Christian Gregory is the eighth child of Dick and Lillian Gregory. Afte r graduating from Morgan State University, he earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta. Dr. Gregory practiced in Washington for twenty-five years, caring for DC natives, leading entertainment figures, and friends in the movement including Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz, Dorothy Height, Cicely Tyson, and Stevie Wonder. When Dick Gregory decided to resume an active speaking and entertainment schedule, he became his father’s manager. Together they formed Dick Gregory Media, Inc. in 2015. Dr. Gregory’s unique combined experiences in patient care and entertainment management fostered the desire to develop the linkages between activism, communication, the performing arts, and physical well-being. To that end, he established Tower Hill Farm Health & Wellness and Tower Hill Farm Entertainment. Since his passing in 2017, Christian Gregory has managed his father’s estate and intellectual property, and has successfully guided the development of other projects on his father’s life.

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Bárbara Mujica — Miss del Río: A Novel of Dolores del Río, the First Major Latina Star in Hollywood - with Domnica Radulescu— at Conn Ave

Saturday, October 29, 5:00 pm
Miss del Río: A Novel of Dolores del Río, the First Major Latina Star in Hollywood By Bárbara Mujica Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781525804991
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Published: Graydon House - October 4th, 2022

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1910, Mexico. As the country's revolution spreads, Dolores, the daughter of a wealthy banker, must flee her comfortable life in Durango or risk death. Her family settles in Mexico City, where, at sixteen, she marries the worldly Jaime del Río. But in a twist of fate, at a party she meets an influential American director who recognizes in her a natural performer. But as her career soars to new heights, her personal life becomes increasingly complicated, with family tragedy, painful divorce, and real heartache. Spanning half a century and narrated by Dolores's fictional hairdresser and longtime friend, Miss del Río traces the life of a trailblazing woman whose legacy in Hollywood and in Mexico still shines bright today.

Bárbara Mujica is the bestselling author of four novels, including Frida, which was translated into 17 languages. She is also an award-winning short story writer and essayist whose work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Miami Herald, among others. A professor emerita of Spanish at Georgetown University, she grew up in Los Angeles and now lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Mujica will be in conversation with Domnica Radulescu, the Edwin A. Morris Professor of Comparative Literature at Washington and Lee University. She is the author of three nationally and internationally acclaimed novels, a playwright, and a Fulbright scholar. She is currently working on her fourth novel, My Father's Orchards, and two new plays.

 

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Andrew Meier — Morgenthau: Power, Privilege, and the Rise of American Dynasty

Sunday, October 30, 3:00 pm
Morgenthau: Power, Privilege, and the Rise of an American Dynasty By Andrew Meier Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781400068852
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Published: Random House - October 11th, 2022

 

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Lazarus Morgenthau arrived in America dreaming of rebuilding the fortune he had lost in his homeland. He ultimately died destitute, but the family would rise again with the ascendance of Henry, who became a wealthy and powerful real estate baron. From there, the Morgenthaus went on to influence the most consequential presidency of the twentieth century, as Henry’s son Henry Jr. became FDR’s longest-serving aide, his Treasury secretary during the war, and his confidant of thirty years. Finally, there was Robert Morgenthau, a decorated World War II hero who would become the longest-tenured district attorney in the history of New York City. Known as the “DA for life,” he oversaw the most consequential and controversial prosecutions in New York of the last fifty years, from the war on the Mafia to the infamous Central Park Jogger case. 

The saga of the Morgenthaus has lain half hidden in the shadows for too long. At heart a family history, Morgenthau is also an American epic, as sprawling and surprising as the country itself.

Andrew Meier is the author of Black Earth: A Journey Through Russia After the Fall and The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin’s Secret Service. A contributor to The New York Times Magazine, he has also written for numerous other publications for more than two decades. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two daughters.

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Joanna Margaret — The Bequest - with Melissa Scholes Young — at Conn Ave

Sunday, October 30, 5:00 pm
The Bequest By Joanna Margaret Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781613163443
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Published: Scarlet - October 18th, 2022

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After her professor’s suspicious death, a PhD student uncovers dark machinations among her academic associates in this "richly atmospheric and irresistibly readable" (Joyce Carol Oates) Gothic mystery set between Scotland, Italy, and France. Combining epistolary elements, Gothic suspense, and an atmospheric “dark academia” setting, The Bequest is a gripping literary thriller that will appeal to fans of Alex Michaelides’ The Maidens and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

Joanna Margaret is an art historian whose previous writing and scholarly work has focused on Florentine aristocrats in sixteenth-century France. She holds a PhD from the University of St. Andrews and an MFA from NYU, where Joyce Carol Oates served as her thesis advisor. The Bequest is her first novel.

Margaret will be in conversation with Melissa Scholes Young. Young is the author of the novels The Hive and Flood and editor of the anthologies Grace in Darkness and Furious Gravity. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Poets & Writers, The Believer, Ploughshares, Lit Hub and elsewhere. Born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri, she is currently an associate professor in Literature at American University.

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Greg Melville — Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America's Cemeteries - with AJ Orlikoff — at Conn Ave

Monday, October 31, 7:00 pm
Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries By Greg Melville Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781419754852
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Published: Abrams Press - October 4th, 2022

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This event is in partnership with the Historic Congressional Cemetery and Tombs and Tomes Book Club

Melville’s Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries is a lively (pun intended) and wide-ranging history of cemeteries, places that havemirrored the pasteras of history but have also shaped them. The book explores how cemeteries have given birth to landscape architecture and famous parks, as well as influenced architectural styles; how they’ve inspired and motivated some of our greatest poets and authors—Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson; and howthey’ve been used as political tools to shift the country’s discourse and as important symbols of the United States’ambition and reach.

Greg Melville is an adventure writer and former editor at Men’s Journal and Hearst Magazines. His work has appeared in many national publications, including Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Health, and The Boston Globe Magazine and has been listed in The Best American Sports Writing 2017. He is a decorated navy veteran who served in Afghanistan and teaches writing and literature at the United States Naval Academy, where he was the recipient of the school’s award for excellence in teaching in 2019. He lives with his wife and two kids in Delaware.

Melville will be in conversation with AJ Orlikoff. Orlikoff is a historian, educator, and writer. He worked at Hampton Roads Naval Museum as an Educator and at the National Museum of the United States Army as an Education Specialist- Lead before joining the staff at Historic Congressional Cemetery in his current position as Director of Public Engagement. He is the author of The Navy’s City: Norfolk’s Military History in A History Lover’s Guide to Norfolk and is a contributor to Washington History Magazine. A.J. is an avid book lover and is always looking for new members of the Tombs and Tomes Book Club at Congressional Cemetery.

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P&P Live! David Downie — Roman Roulette: A Daria Vinci Investigation - with E.A. Aymar

Tuesday, November 1, 6:00 pm
Roman Roulette: A Daria Vinci Investigation (Daria Vinci Investigations) By David Downie Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781942892328
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Published: Alan Squire Press - November 1st, 2022

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In Roman Roulette, the second Daria Vinci investigation, the glamorous and high-principled police commissioner of DIGOS, Italy's FBI, must investigate what at first seems a simple case of suicide. In doing so, she attracts the attention of her boss, the Questor of the Province of Rome, who has his own reasons for wanting her off the case. Now, Daria Vinci must solve the murder in 36 hours, while risking her career and, possibly, her life.

David Downie is the author of four previous mysteries and over a dozen renowned travel books. A keen observer of international politics, particularly the corrupt kind, Italian-American Downie brings razor-sharp insights into the dark side of government and policing in his two native countries. Born in San Francisco, he now divides his time between France, Italy, and California with his wife, photographer Alison Harris. Find out more at davidddownie.com.

Downie will be in conversation with E.A. Aymar. Anthony Award-nominated E.A. Aymar’s most recent thriller, They’re Gone, was published to rave reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus (starred), and was named one of the best books of the year by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. His next novel, No Home for Killers, is coming out in 2023 from Thomas and Mercer. He is a former member of the national board of the International Thriller Writers and an active member of Crime Writers of Color, the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. He also runs the Noir at the Bar series for Washington, DC, and has hosted and spoken at a variety of crime fiction, writing, and publishing events nationwide.

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Matthew F. Delmont — Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad - with Tom Guglielmo — at Conn Ave

Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 pm
Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad By Matthew F. Delmont Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984880390
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Published: Viking - October 18th, 2022

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Over one million Black men and women served in World War II. Without their crucial contributions to the war effort, the United States could not have won the war. And yet the stories of these Black veterans have long been ignored, cast aside in favor of the myth of the “Good War” fought by the “Greatest Generation.” Half American is American history as you’ve likely never read it before. Their bravery and patriotism in the face of unfathomable racism is both inspiring and galvanizing. In a time when the questions World War II raised regarding race and democracy in America remain troublingly relevant and still unanswered, this meticulously researched retelling makes for urgently necessary reading.

Matthew Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth College. A Guggenheim Fellow and expert on African American history and the history of civil rights, he is the author of four books: Black Quotidian, Why Busing Failed, Making Roots, and The Nicest Kids in Town. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, NPR, and several academic journals. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Delmont earned his B.A from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University.

Delmont will be in conversation with Thomas A. Guglielmo. Guglielmo is Associate Professor of American Studies at George Washington University. His most recent book is Divisions: A New History of Racism and Resistance in America's World War II Military (Oxford, 2021). It won the Society for Military History's Distinguished Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Gilder-Lehrman Prize for Military History and the Museum of African American History Stone Book Award.

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April Ryan — Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem - at Conn Ave

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 pm
Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem By April Ryan Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063210196
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Published: Amistad - October 18th, 2022

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“I am keenly aware that everyone and everything has a story,” April D. Ryan acknowledges. “Also, I have always marveled at Black women and how we work to move mountains and are never really thanked or recognized.” In Black Women Will Save the Worldshe melds these two truths, creating an inspiring and heart-tugging portrait of one of the momentous years in America, 2020—when America elected its first Black woman Vice President—and celebrates the tenacity, power, and impact of Black women across America.

It is time for everyone to acknowledge Black women’s unrivaled contributions to America. Yet our democracy remains in peril, and their work is far from done. Black Women Will Save the World presents a vital kaleidoscopic look at women of different ages and from diverse backgrounds who devote their lives to making the world a better place—even if that means stepping out of their “place.”

White House Correspondent April Ryan, has a unique vantage point as the only Black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House—a position she has held since the Clinton era. April can be seen almost daily on CNN as a political analyst and is the Washington, DC, Bureau Chief for The Grio. She has been featured in Essence, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle magazine, and other top publications, has served on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondents Association, and is an esteemed member of the National Press Club. April is the author of the award-winning book, The Presidency in Black and White, and At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White. She lives in Baltimore County, Maryland.

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P&P Live! Susan Azim Boyer - Jasmine Zumideh Needs a Win - with Naseem Jamnia

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 pm
Jasmine Zumideh Needs a Win: A Novel By Susan Azim Boyer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250833686
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Published: Wednesday Books - November 1st, 2022

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It is 1979 and Jasmine Zumideh is a high school senior on a mission—escape her Southern California hometown to major in journalism at her dream school, NYU. When she realizes she needs a more impressive application, Jasmine stretches the truth and says that she is Senior Class President-Elect, even though the election hasn’t taken place yet. As she is running against Gerald Thomas, whose platform includes reinstating a dress code, she is sure that winning is a foregone conclusion. Then the Iranian hostage crisis gets in the way. Soon, Gerald uses the opportunity to stir up anti-Iranian hysteria at school and turn the electorate against her. Now, Jasmine is unsure if she should keep her heritage under the radar as she wonders if winning the election is worth the pain she is causing for family and for herself. 

Susan Azim Boyer got her start as a screenwriter, writing and directing the independent feature All You Need. Recently, she began writing young adult fiction featuring Iranian American heroines who make messy, complicated choices that rapidly snowball into avalanches. Jasmine Zumideh Needs a Win is her young adult fiction debut. She currently lives in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area with her husband and dog.  

Naseem Jamnia was born in Chicago and raised by Iranian immigrants. Their writing has appeared in many places, including The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Rumpus, The Writer's Chronicle. They were a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction, a 2022 Otherwise Fellow, and were named the inaugural Samuel R. Delany Fellow from CatStone Books. Their debut novella, The Bruising of Qilwa, was released in August 2022. 

 

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Anand Giridharadas — The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy — with David Leonhardt - at Conn Ave

Thursday, November 3, 7:00 pm
The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy By Anand Giridharadas Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593318997
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Published: Knopf - October 18th, 2022

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An insider account of activists, politicians, educators, and everyday citizens working to change minds, bridge divisions, and fight for democracy—from disinformation fighters to a leader of Black Lives Matter to Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and more—by the best-selling author of Winners Take All and award-winning former New York Times columnist.

Anand Giridharadas is the author of the international best-seller Winners Take All, The True American, and India Calling. A former foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times for more than a decade, he has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Time, and is the publisher of the newsletter The.Ink. He is an on-air political analyst for MSNBC. He has received the Radcliffe Fellowship, the Porchlight Business Book of the Year Award, Harvard University’s Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism in Culture, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Giridharadas will be joined in conversation with David Leonhardt, a senior writer for The New York Times. He writes The Morning, The Times’s flagship daily newsletter. He has worked at The Times since 1999 and has previously been an Op-Ed columnist, Washington bureau chief, co-host of The Argument podcast, founding editor of The Upshot section and a staff writer for The Times Magazine. In 2011, David received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He considers Politics & Prose his local bookstore.

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Lyle Jeremy Rubin — Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body: A Marine's Unbecoming - with Stephen Wertheim — at Conn Ave

Friday, November 4, 7:00 pm
Pain Is Weakness Leaving the Body: A Marine's Unbecoming By Lyle Jeremy Rubin Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781645037095
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Published: Bold Type Books - November 1st, 2022

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Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body is a story of profound personal and political change. Rubin, a supervisor of men ordered to kill, shares his experiences on training bases in North Carolina, California, and Afghanistan, tracking his increasing disaffection with military culture, and his evolution into an activist for peace. Rubin brings us face to face in this argument-driven memoir with the U.S.’s presence in the Middle East, all while analyzing the racism, class divides, and culture of conquest that oil the machinery of American empire.

Lyle Jeremy Rubin is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who writes about capitalism and U.S. empire. He has a doctorate in history from the University of Rochester and has contributed to a variety of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, The Nation, Raritan, and n+1. When he is not working or reading, he likes to pay attention to the birds.

Rubin will be in conversation with Stephen Wertheim, a historian of U.S. foreign policy and an analyst of contemporary problems in American grand strategy. He is a Senior Fellow in the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as well as a Distinguished Lecturer in History at Catholic University and a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Wertheim is the author of Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of U.S. Global Supremacy, which reveals how the United States decided to pursue global military dominance as an effectively perpetual project. He was named one of “the world’s 50 top thinkers for the Covid-19 age” by Prospect magazine. His essays have appeared in the Atlantic, Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, the Guardian, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. Wertheim was previously Director of Grand Strategy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, a think-tank he co-founded in 2019. He received a PhD in History from Columbia University in 2015.

 

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