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P&P Live! "Culture and Community in the Capitol City" with Arcadia Publishing

Monday, March 1, 1:30 pm
Black Broadway in Washington, DC (American Heritage) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467139298
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: History Press - January 4th, 2021

Barry Farm-Hillsdale in Anacostia: A Historic African American Community (American Heritage) Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781467147699
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: History Press - January 4th, 2021

Washington, D.C. Housing Co-Ops: A History Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781467146234
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: History Press - February 1st, 2021

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

P&P Live! welcomes three outstanding authors from Arcadia Publishing as they discuss their new releases.

Before chain coffeeshops and luxury high-rises, before even the beginning of desegregation and the 1968 riots, Washington's Greater U Street was known as Black Broadway. From the early 1900s into the 1950s, African Americans plagued by Jim Crow laws in other parts of town were free to own businesses here and built what was often described as a city within a city. Local author and journalist Briana A. Thomas narrates U Street's rich and unique history, from the early triumph of emancipation to the days of civil rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell and music giant Duke Ellington, through the recent struggles of gentrification. Black Broadway in Washington, D.C.

Barry Farm-Hillsdale was created under the auspices of the Freedmen's Bureau in 1867 in what was then the outskirts of the nation's capital. Residents built churches and schools, and the community became successful. In the 1940s, youth from the community courageously desegregated the Anacostia Pool, and Barry Farm Dwellings was built to house war workers. In the 1950s, community parents joined the fight to desegregate schools in Washington, D.C., as local leaders fought off plans to redevelop the area. Both the women and the youth of Barry Farm Dwellings, then public housing, were at the forefront of the fight to improve their lives and those of their neighbors in the 1960s, but community identity was being subsumed into the larger Anacostia neighborhood. Curator and historian Alcione M. Amos tells these little-remembered stories. Barry Farm-Hillsdale in Anacostia

For one hundred years, housing cooperatives in various sizes and shapes have been a positive part of the urban landscape of Washington, D.C. Co-ops first arose in the city in the 1920s. Building slowed during the Great Depression, but their numbers expanded after World War II. Conversions expanded their numbers, and the model thrived and became a vital part of the city's fabric. Local historian Steve McKevitt tells the stories of the architecture and development of each District co-op with both historic and modern images. Washington, D.C. Housing Co-Ops

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Briana A. Thomas - Black Broadway in Washington, DC Briana A. Thomas has been published in Washingtonian Magazine, the historic Afro-American newspaper, and the Washington Post throughout her journalism career. Briana earned a Master of Journalism degree from the University of Maryland–College Park and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and communications from Greensboro College. She is the co-senior pastor of a Maryland-based multisite church Open Bible Ministries.

Alcione M. Amos - Barry Farm-Hillsdale in Anacostia Alcione M. Amos, currently a museum curator at the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, D.C., is originally from Brazil and has lived and worked in the United States for almost five decades. She received an MSLS from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Among other works, she has published two books: The Black Seminoles: History of a Freedom Seeking People and Os Que Voltaram: A História dos Retornados Afro-Brasileiros na África Ocidental no Século XIX (Those Who Returned: The History of the Afro-Brazilian Returnees in West Africa in the 19th Century).

Stephen McKevitt - Washington, D.C. Housing Co-ops: A History Steve McKevitt lives in a mid-size co-op in Adams Morgan. He is proud to be a native Washingtonian. Now retired, he explores the many aspects of Washington’s civic and cultural history. Steve is a board member of the D.C. Cooperative Housing Coalition and also belongs to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. Steve is a strong believer in the concept of housing cooperatives and considers them good for a city’s environment and good homes for city residents.

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P&P Live! Joe Parkinson and Drew Hinshaw — Bring Back Our Girls

Tuesday, March 2, 6:00 pm
Bring Back Our Girls: The Untold Story of the Global Search for Nigeria's Missing Schoolgirls Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062933928
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - March 2nd, 2021

Bring Back Our Girls: The Untold Story of  the Global Search for Nigeria's Missing Schoolgirls unfolds across four continents, from the remote forests of northern Nigeria to the White House; from clandestine meetings in Khartoum safe houses to century-old luxury hotels on picturesque lakes in the Swiss Alps. A twenty-first century story that plumbs the promise and peril of an era whose politics are fueled by the power of hashtag advocacy, this urgent and engrossing work of investigative journalism reveals the unpredictable interconnectedness of our butterfly-wings world, where a few days of online activism can bring years of offline consequences for people continents away.

Joe Parkinson and Drew Hinshaw are Wall Street Journal Pulitzer Prize finalists and nominees who have covered Nigeria for more than a decade. Their work has been submitted for virtually all international reporting awards. Two of the newspaper’s most seasoned foreign correspondents and regularly top the front page, at 11,000 words, their 2017 narrative on the Chibok kidnapping is one of the longest stories the newspaper has published in its 125-year history. It is cited internally as a model for digital-era longform journalism. They are both experienced public speakers and regularly appear on national television and radio shows.

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P&P Live! Tui Sutherland-Wings of Fire #14: The Dangerous Gift—with Jackson Pearce

Tuesday, March 2, 6:00 pm
The Dangerous Gift (Wings of Fire, Book 14) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338214543
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Scholastic Press - March 2nd, 2021

The Poison Jungle (Wings of Fire, Book 13) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338214512
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scholastic Press - July 30th, 2019

Attention all Wings of Fire fans! Your wait for the next book in the popular dragon civilization series is finally over! Join us for a conversation about book #14, The Dangerous Gift, and all things dragon related with creator Tui Sutherland who will be in conversation with Jackson Pearce. In this latest offering Snowfall, the young queen of the IceWings and Winter’s cousin, must keep her tribe safe from a group of strange dragons that have arrived on their shores looking for help. Can she trust them or is her tribe in terrible danger? Expect all of the amazing character-driven and world building adventure that readers have come to love in the series.

Tui Sutherland is the author of the bestselling Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling Spirit Animals and Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). In 2009, she was a two-day champion on Jeopardy! She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two awesome sons, and two very patient dogs.

Jackson Pearce lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy. She auditioned for the circus once, but didn't make it; other jobs she's had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist. Jackson is the author of a series of retold fairytales, the Ellie Engineer series, and Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures.

Ages 8-12

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Signed bookplates and other fun swag will accompany each purchase of The Dangerous Gift!

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  • Event Admission and book (Store Pickup) - $17
  • Event Admission and book (U.S. Shipping) - $24

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P&P Live! and DC Public Library Present Sharee Miller-Michelle's Garden: How the First Lady Planted the Seeds of Change

Wednesday, March 3, 4:00 pm
Michelle's Garden: How the First Lady Planted Seeds of Change Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316458573
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

When former First Lady Michelle Obama wanted to showcase the power of plants, she decided to grow the biggest kitchen garden the White House had ever seen. But because she’d never gardened before, she knew she’d need a lot of help. With a group of local students, the White House staff, and President Barack Obama, the First Lady built something beautiful and delicious. Celebrated author/illustrator Sharee Miller shares this inspiring true story with her characteristic warmth and humor.

We are excited to announce that the first 50 attendees/families to join the event and select the "free event admission + free book" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of Michelle’s Garden: How the First Lady Planted the Seeds of Change for their home library (one book per family please). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their books up at the Connecticut Ave. location beginning March 2 (books can be transferred to one of our other locations upon request). These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation.

Sharee Miller is the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of Princess Hair and Don't Touch My Hair! She lives and works in Jersey City with her husband and their two cats, Pumpkin and Spice. Her illustrations combine bright colors, patterns, and expressive characters to tell the stories she wishes she had as a kid.

Ages 4-8

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P&P Live! Kazuo Ishiguro - Klara and the Sun — in conversation with Dr. Kate Darling

Wednesday, March 3, 6:00 pm
Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318171
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

This event is presented in partnership between Politics and Prose and Harvard Bookstore.

Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. This thrilling book offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Ishiguro will be in conversation with Dr. Kate Darling , a leading expert in Robot Ethics and a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. She is the author of The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals About Our Future With Robots. Her work has been featured in VogueThe New YorkerThe Atlantic, and many others. She is the caretaker for several domestic robots, including her Pleos Yochai, Peter, and Mr. Spaghetti.

The first 250 registrants will receive a special bookplate signed by the author (book must be purchased on Eventbrite to qualify).

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P&P Live! Andrew Maraniss-Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke—with Dave Zirin

Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 pm
Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593116722
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Philomel Books - March 2nd, 2021

Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525514657
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Books - March 2nd, 2021

Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball's Color Line Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524737276
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Puffin Books - December 26th, 2017

Major League Baseball trailblazer Glenn Burke was a talented player and gregarious teammate credited with inventing the “high five”. He was also the first openly gay player in a game that is not known for supporting LGBTQ+ athletes. Not willing to compromise who he was, Burke left professional baseball at age 27 to live his truth. A compelling memoir of Burke’s life, Singled Out shares photographs and details of Burke’s childhood through his iconic days in the gay community before his tragic death from complications of AIDS at age 42. Join Andrew Maraniss and Dave Zirin as they discuss Glenn Burke’s legacy in baseball and the LGBTQ+ community.

Andrew Maraniss writes sports-and history-related nonfiction, telling stories with a larger social message. His first book, Strong Inside, received the Lillian Smith Book Award for civil rights and the RFK Book Awards' Special Recognition Prize for social justice, becoming the first sports-related book ever to win either award. His young readers adaptation of Strong Inside was named one of the Top Biographies for Youth by the American Library Association. Andrew is a contributor to ESPN's D.C.-based sports and race website, TheUndefeated.com, and is a visiting author at the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and now lives in Nashville.

Dave Zirin was named one of the "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World" by The Utne Magazine. He writes about the politics of sports for the Nation magazine (where he is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence) as well as the Progressive, and a regular op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times. Zirin is also the host of the "Edge of Sports Podcast."

Ages 12 and up

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P&P Live! Patricia Engel - Infinite Country — in conversation with Carolina de Robertis

Wednesday, March 3, 8:00 pm
Infinite Country: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781982159467
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

Talia is being held at a correctional facility for adolescent girls in the forested mountains of Colombia after committing an impulsive act of violence that may or may not have been warranted. She urgently needs to get out and get back home to Bogotá, where her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her. If she misses her flight, she might also miss her chance to finally be reunited with her family in the north.

In Infinite Country, award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Patricia Engel gives voice to all five family members as they navigate the particulars of their respective circumstances. And all the while, the metronome ticks: Will Talia make it to Bogotá in time? And if she does, can she bring herself to trade the solid facts of her father and life in Colombia for the distant vision of her mother and siblings in America?

Engel will be in conversation with Carolina de Robertis, author of the novels Cantoras and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain. She is also an award-winning translator of Latin American and Spanish literature, and editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times.

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P&P Live! Candace Fleming & Elizabeth Spires-Cubs In the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper & Kate's Light: Kate Wlker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse

Thursday, March 4, 10:00 am
Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper Cover Image
By Candace Fleming, Julie Downing (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443185
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Neal Porter Books - August 4th, 2020

Kate's Light: Kate Walker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443482
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - January 12th, 2021

Helen Martini raised orphaned big cat cubs in her home in the 1940s, which led to her become the first female zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo. In 1890, Kate Walker bravely stepped into her husband’s shoes after he died to became the first woman in charge of an offshore lighthouse in 19th century New York Harbor. Both of these extraordinary women didn’t intentionally strive to be firsts in their fields. Instead, they found jobs that they put their hearts into and nothing was going to deter them from doing what they loved. Join us for a Women’s History Month event with authors Candace Fleming and Elizabeth Spires to learn more about the remarkable lives of Helen and Kate.

Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including Ben Franklin’s Almanac, an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; as well as Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; Gabriella’s Song; and When Agnes Caws; all ALA Notable Books. She lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Elizabeth Spires is a critically acclaimed poet and has written several books for children, including The Mouse of Amherst. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches at Goucher College.

Ages 6-10

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P&P Live!: Elizabeth Becker — You Don't Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War - in conversation with Helene Cooper

Thursday, March 4, 6:00 pm
You Don't Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541768208
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: PublicAffairs - February 23rd, 2021

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Join Elizabeth Becker as she discusses her new book, YOU DO NOT BELONG HERE, with Helene Cooper on P&P Live!

The long-buried story of three extraordinary female journalists who permanently shattered the barriers to women covering war. 

Elizabeth Becker is an award-winning journalist and author who began her career as a war correspondent for the Washington Post in Cambodia. She later became the Senior Foreign Editor of the National Public Radio and a New York Times correspondent covering national security and foreign policy. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including accolades from the Overseas Press Club, DuPont Columbia's Awards and was a member of the Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in covering 9/11. She is the author of two previous books, When the War was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution, the definitive book on the event that has been in print for thirty-five years and Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, an exposé of the travel industry.

Helene Cooper is a Pentagon correspondent with The New York Times. She joined the paper in 2004 as assistant editorial page editor, before becoming diplomatic correspondent in 2006 and White House correspondent in 2009. In 2015, she was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, for her work in Liberia during the Ebola epidemic. She is also the winner of of the George Polk award for health reporting (2015) and the Overseas Press Club Award (2015). She is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood” (Simon and Schuster, 2008), a memoir of growing up in Monrovia, Liberia, as well as “Madame President: The Extraordinary Story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf” (Simon and Schuster, 2017).

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

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P&P Live! Anne Lamott - Dusk, Night, Dawn — in conversation with Bob Goff

Thursday, March 4, 7:00 pm
Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780593189696
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 2nd, 2021

In Dusk, Night, Dawn, Lamott explores the tough questions that many of us grapple with. How can we recapture the confidence we once had as we stumble through the dark times that seem increasingly bleak? As bad news piles up—from climate crises to daily assaults on civility—how can we cope? Where, she asks, “do we start to get our world and joy and hope and our faith in life itself back . . . with our sore feet, hearing loss, stiff fingers, poor digestion, stunned minds, broken hearts?”

We begin, Lamott says, by accepting our flaws and embracing our humanity.

Drawing from her own experiences, Lamott shows us the intimate and human ways we can adopt to move through life’s dark places and toward the light of hope that still burns ahead for all of us.

Lamott will be in conversation with Bob Goff, author of the New York Times bestsellers Love Does; Everybody, Always; and Dream Big. He's a lover of balloons, cake pops, and helping people pursue their big dreams. Bob's greatest ambitions in life are to love others, do stuff, and, most importantly, to hold hands with his wife, Sweet Maria Goff, and spend time with their amazing kids.

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A limited numbers of signed copies of the book are available on a first come, first served basis. This event will be pre-recorded and live-streamed to a private YouTube page. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to submit their questions for the author up to two days before the recording.

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Spring Member Sale

Friday, March 5, 12:00 am to Monday, March 8, 12:00 am

All weekend long, from Friday, March 5 to Sunday, March 7, we invite Politics and Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs!

Members' online and phone purchases will also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.

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

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P&P Live!: Harriet Washington — Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Medical Consent - in conversation with Carl Elliott

Friday, March 5, 6:00 pm
Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Medical Consent Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781734420722
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Columbia Global Reports - February 23rd, 2021

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Join Harriet A. Washington as she discusses her book, CARTE BLANCHE, with Carl Elliott on P&P Live!

Carte Blanche is the alarming tale of how the right of Americans to say "no" to risky medical research is being violated. Patients' right to give or withhold consent is supposed to be protected by law, but for decades medical research has been conducted on trauma victims--who are disproportionately people of color--without their consent or even their knowledge.

Harriet A. Washington is the author of Medical Apartheid, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award. She has been a research fellow in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School, a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University, and the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. She lectures in bioethics at Columbia University. Her books also include A Terrible Thing to Waste and Infectious Madness. Follow her at @haw95.

Carl Elliott is Professor in the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Pediatrics, and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He is the recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award. Elliott is the author or editor of seven books, including White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine (Beacon, 2010) and Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream (Norton, 2003.) His articles have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Review of Books, Mother Jones, The New York Times, The American Scholar and The New England Journal of Medicine. He is currently working on a book about whistleblowing in research on human subjects.

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P&P Live! Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes - Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency

Friday, March 5, 8:00 pm
Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525574224
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown - March 2nd, 2021

In Lucky, #1 New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes use their unparalleled access to key players inside the Democratic and Republican campaigns to unfold how Biden’s nail-biting run for the presidency vexed his own party as much as it did Trump. Having premised his path on unlocking the Black vote in South Carolina, Biden nearly imploded before he got there after a relentless string of misfires left him freefalling in polls and nearly broke.

Allen and Parnes brilliantly detail the remarkable string of chance events that saved him, from the botched Iowa caucus tally that concealed his terrible result, to the pandemic lockdown that kept him off the stump, where he was often at his worst. More powerfully, Lucky unfolds the pitched struggle within Biden’s general election campaign to downplay the very issues that many Democrats believed would drive voters to the polls, especially in the wake of Trump’s response to nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd. Even Biden’s victory did not salve his party’s wounds; instead, it revealed a surprising, complicated portrait of American voters and crushed Democrats’ belief in the inevitability of a blue wave.

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P&P Live! Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo - American Cider — with ANXO DC

Saturday, March 6, 5:00 pm
American Cider: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984820891
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Ballantine Books - March 2nd, 2021

Join Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo, authors of American Cider: A Modern Guide To A Historic Beverage, for a virtual tasting of four ciders. Beverages will include:

  • ANXO’s Cidre Blanc
  • Transcontinental
  • Grand Cru
  • Lubrication (Oliver’s Cider & Perry of Herefordshire, UK)

Cider today runs the gamut from sweet to dry, smooth to funky, made from apples and sometimes joined by other fruits—and even hopped like beer. In American Cider, aficionados Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo give a new wave of consumers the tools to taste, talk about, and choose their ciders, along with stories of the many local heroes saving apple culture and producing new varieties. Like wine made from well-known grapes, ciders differ based on the apples they’re made from and where and how those apples were grown. Combining the tasting tools of wine and beer, the authors illuminate the possibilities of this light, flavorful, naturally gluten-free beverage.

American Cider is a guide to enjoying cider, but even more so, it is a guide to being part of a community of consumers, farmers, and fermenters making the nation’s oldest beverage its newest must-try drink.

Cider purchases will be available for pick-up & delivery starting Monday, March 1.

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P&P Live! Ellen Prentiss Campbell — Known By Heart: Collected Stories - with Deborah Kalb

Sunday, March 7, 5:00 pm
Known By Heart: Collected Stories Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781627202633
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Apprentice House - May 1st, 2020

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Love is necessary but not easy in these stories of love's joys and challenges, regrets and uncertainties. Complicated people fall in and out of love, care for each other, delight each other, disappoint each other, hurt each other, yearn for each other. In Known By Heart, Ellen Prentiss Campbell tells of all sorts of love: young love, lost love, love found perhaps too late, family love, love between friends. Her writing has been praised for its realism and grace. These untraditional love stories illustrate that love is essential, but not for the faint of heart.

Ellen Prentiss Campbell's first collection of stories Contents Under Pressure was nominated for the National Book Award. Her debut novel The Bowl with Gold Seams received the Indy Excellence Award for Historical Fiction. Short fiction has been recognized by the Pushcart Press. Essays and reviews appear in journals including The Fiction Writers Review, where she is a contributing editor, and The Washington Independent Review of Books. A graduate of The Bennington Writing Seminars and the Simmons School of Social Work, for many years she practiced psychotherapy. She is at work on a novel.

Deborah Kalb is a freelance writer and editor. She spent about two decades working as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for news organizations including Gannett News Service, Congressional Quarterly, U.S. News & World Report, and The Hill, mostly covering Congress and politics. Her book blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb, which she started in 2012, features hundreds of interviews she has conducted with a wide variety of authors.

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P&P Live! Brandy Schillace | r. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul - with Lindsey Fitzharris

Monday, March 8, 6:00 pm
Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982113773
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

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Dr. Robert White was a friend to two popes and a founder of the Vatican's Commission on Bioethics. He developed lifesaving neurosurgical techniques still used in hospitals today and was nominated for the Nobel Prize. But like Dr. Jekyll before him, Dr. White had another identity. In his lab, he was waging a battle against the limits of science, and against mortality itself--working to perfect a surgery that would allow the soul to live on after the human body had died.

Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher follows his decades-long quest into tangled matters of science, global politics, and faith, revealing the complex (and often murky) ethics of experimentation and remarkable innovations that today save patients from certain death. It's an enthralling tale that offers a window into our greatest fears and our greatest hopes--and the long, strange journey from science fiction to science fact.

Brandy Schillace is a historian of medicine and the critically acclaimed author of Death's Summer Coat: What Death and Dying Teach Us About Life and Living and Clockwork Futures: The Science of Steampunk. The editor-in-chief of the journal Medical Humanities, she previously worked as a professor of literature and in research and public engagement at the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum.

Lindsey Fitzharris is the creator of the popular websites The Chirurgeon's Apprentice and Grave Matters, and the YouTube series Under the Knife. She writes for The Guardian, The Lancet, and other publications. She received a doctorate in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford and a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Wellcome Trust. The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine is her first book.

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P&P Live! Michaeleen Doucleff—Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans—with Julie Lythcott-Haims

Monday, March 8, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781250093639
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 2nd, 2016

Hunter-gatherer communities [or cultures] have had tens of thousands of years to fine-tune their parenting strategies, and although most of us live in vastly different societies today, we can learn a great deal from ancient practices – practices that, not that long ago, were common in Western culture as well. Joined by her three-year-old daughter Rosy, Dr. Michaeleen Doucleff lived with families in three of the most revered cultures in the world to find out why their children are less easily angered and more independent and thoughtful than our western offspring. It turns out that raising a child is a TEAM effort, and Doucleff breaks this down into four elements: togetherness, encouragement, autonomy, and minimal interference. With specific, easy-to-follow instructions and a wealth of resources, this book will simplify and soften interactions with the tiny humans in your household.

Michaeleen Doucleff, PhD is a reporter for NPR's Science Desk and the global health and development blog Goats and Soda. Prior to joining NPR, Doucleff was an editor at the journal Cell, where she wrote about the science behind pop culture. She has a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in viticulture and enology from the University of California, Davis. She lives with her husband, daughter, and German shepherd, Mango, in San Francisco.

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult and is a regular contributor with CBS This Morning on parenting. She has also authored the prose poetry memoir Real American, and a third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, will be out in April 2021. Julie is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, serves on the board of Common Sense Media and on the advisory board of LeanIn.Org, and is a former board member at Foundation for a College Education, Global Citizen Year, The Writers Grotto, and Challenge Success. She volunteers with the hospital program No One Dies Alone. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their young adults, and her mother.

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P&P Live! Dwayne Reed — Simon B. Rhymin'

Tuesday, March 9, 2:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780316538978
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Simon is a young boy with a head full of dreams and a heart full of lyrics he wants to rap out in to the world. Doing oral presentations for class finally gives shy Simon the opportunity to address a problem in his community. With the help of his friends and an unlikely ally, Simon finds the courage to use his magnificent voice and creativity to make a difference. The story is inspired by Dwayne Reed’s own experiences teaching 4th grade students in his hometown of Chicago.

Dwayne Reed is America's favorite rapping teacher from Chicago. In 2016, the music video for his hit song, "Welcome to the 4th Grade," went viral and has since been viewed nearly two million times on YouTube. When he's not writing, rapping, or teaching, Dwayne can be found presenting at educator conferences across the U.S., or loving on his beautiful wife, Simone.

Ages 8-11

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P&P Live! Kevin Brockmeier - The Ghost Variations — with Karen Russell

Tuesday, March 9, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781524748838
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Published: Pantheon - March 9th, 2021

Ghost stories tap into our most primal emotions as they encourage us to confront the timeless question: What comes after death? Here, in tales that are by turn scary, funny, philosophic, and touching, you’ll find that question sharpened, split, reconsidered—and met with a multitude of answers.

A spirit who is fated to spend eternity reliving the exact moment she lost her chance at love, ghostly trees that haunt the occupant of a wooden house, specters that snatch anyone who steps into the shadows, and parakeets that serve as mouthpieces for the dead: these are just a few of the characters in this extraordinary compendium of one hundred ghost stories. Kevin Brockmeier’s fiction has always explored the space between the fantastical and the everyday with profundity and poignancy. As in his previous books, The Ghost Variations discovers new ways of looking at who we are and what matters to us, exploring how mysterious, sad, strange, and comical it is to be alive—or, as it happens, not to be.

Brockmeier will be in conversation with Karen Russell, author of several works of fiction including Swamplandia!, Orange World, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and most recently, Sleep Donation.

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P&P Live!: Bruce Levine — Thaddeus Stevens: Civil War Revolutionary, Fighter for Racial Justice

Tuesday, March 9, 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781476793375
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

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The definitive biography of one of the 19th century’s greatest statesmen, encompassing his decades-long fight against slavery, his key role in the Union war effort, and his postwar struggle to bring racial justice to America. 

Bruce Levine is the bestselling author of four books on the Civil War era, including The Fall of the House of Dixie and Confederate Emancipation, which received the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship and was named one of the top ten works of nonfiction of its year by The Washington Post. He is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois.

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P&P Live! Marvin Kalb — Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War - with Ted Koppel

Wednesday, March 10, 6:00 pm
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - April 13th, 2021

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Marvin Kalb, the award-winning journalist who has written extensively about the world he reported on during his long career, now turns his eye on the young man who became that journalist. Chosen by legendary broadcaster Edward R. Murrow to become one of what came to be known as the Murrow Boys, Kalb in this newest volume of his memoirs takes readers back to his first days as a journalist, and what also were the first days of broadcast news.

Kalb captures the excitement of being present at the creation of a whole new way of bringing news immediately to the public. And what news. Cold War tensions were high between Eisenhower's America and Khrushchev's Soviet Union. Kalb is at the center, occupying a unique spot as a student of Russia tasked with explaining Moscow to Washington and the American public. He joins a cast of legendary figures along the way, from Murrow himself to Eric Severeid, Howard K. Smith, Richard Hottelet, Charles Kuralt, and Daniel Schorr among many others. He finds himself assigned as Moscow correspondent of CBS News just as the U2 incident--the downing of a US spy plane over Russian territory--is unfolding.

Kalb will be in conversation with Ted Koppel, a 42-year veteran of ABC News and author of Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

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P&P Live! Hena Khan-Amina's Song—with Aisha Saeed

Wednesday, March 10, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781534459885
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - March 9th, 2021

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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 1st, 2018

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ISBN: 9781481492102
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - September 8th, 2020

Yes No Maybe So Cover Image
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Published: Puffin Books - January 7th, 2020

Join us for the launch of Amina's Song, Hena Khan’s standalone sequel to the highly acclaimed Amina's Voice. Amina is back in Greendale after an amazing vacation to Pakistan and she’s ready to share everything with her friends—the food, the shops, and her Pakistani heroine, Malala Yousafzai. Unfortunately, her classmates are uninterested and they focus on the worst part of Malala Yousafzai’s story. Amina finds herself torn between two parts of her identity in this engaging story for middle-grade readers, sure to spark discussion.

Hena Khan is a Pakistani American writer, and the first author published under Salaam Reads. She is the author of the middle grade novels Amina’s Voice, Amina’s Song, and More to the Story. She is also the author of several picture books including Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Under My Hijab, and It’s Ramadan, Curious George. A local author, Hena lives in her hometown of Rockville, Maryland, with her basketball-loving family.

You can learn more about Hena and her books by visiting her website at HenaKhan.com or connecting with her @HenaKhanBooks.

Aisha Saeed is a Pakistani American writer, teacher, and attorney. Her books for children and teens include, among others, the bestselling Amal Unbound, Written in the Stars, Yes No Maybe So (with Becky Albertalli), and Diana and the Island of No Return. She has been featured on MTV, the Huffington Post, NBC, and the BBC. As one of the founding members of the We Need Diverse Books Campaign, she is helping change the conversation about diverse books. Aisha lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and sons.

Ages 8-12

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P&P Live! Jasmine Mans — Black Girl, Call Home

Wednesday, March 10, 8:00 pm
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780593197141
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Published: Berkley - March 9th, 2021

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From spoken word poet Jasmine Mans comes an unforgettable poetry collection about race, feminism, and queer identity.

With echoes of Gwendolyn Brooks and Sonia Sanchez, Mans writes to call herself—and us—home. Each poem explores what it means to be a daughter of Newark, and America—and the painful, joyous path to adulthood as a young, queer Black woman.

Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering Black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing.

 

Jasmine Mans is a Black American poet, artist from Newark, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison, with a B.A. in African American Studies. Her debut collection of poetry, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels, was published in 2012. Mans is the resident poet at the Newark Public Library. She was a member of The Strivers Row Collective.

 

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P&P Live!: Admiral James Stavridis & Elliot Ackerman - 2034: A Novel of the Next World War — in conversation with Martha Raddatz

Thursday, March 11, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781984881250
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Published: Penguin Press - March 9th, 2021

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From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034--and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.

Elliot Ackerman is the author of several novels, most recently Red Dress In Black and White. His books have been nominated for the National Book Award, the Andrew Carnegie Medal in both fiction and non-fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize among others. His writing often appears in Esquire, The New Yorker, and The New York Times where he is a contributing opinion writer, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C. Website: www. ElliotAckerman.com; Twitter: @elliotackerman

Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) spent more than thirty years in the U.S. Navy, rising to the rank of four-star Admiral. He was the Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and previously commanded U.S. Southern Command, overseeing military operations in Latin America. At sea, he commanded a Navy destroyer, a destroyer squadron, and an aircraft carrier battle group in combat. He holds a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he recently served five years as dean. He has published nine previous books and hundreds of articles and is a frequent national and international television commentator as well as a Bloomberg Opinion weekly columnist, and a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine. He is chairman of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates, an international consulting firm, and an operating executive of the Carlyle Group, an international private equity firm. Website: www.AdmiralStav.com ; Twitter: @stavridisJ

Ackerman and Admiral Stavridis will be in conversation with ABC News' Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, Martha Raddatz.

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P&P Live! Viet Thanh Nguyen - The Committed — with Tommy Orange

Thursday, March 11, 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157065
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Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

The long-awaited new novel from one of America's most highly regarded contemporary writers, The Committed follows the unnamed Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing.

Traumatized by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, Man, and struggling to assimilate into French culture, the Sympathizer finds Paris both seductive and disturbing. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals whom he meets at dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese "aunt," he finds stimulation for his mind but also customers for his narcotic merchandise. But the new life he is making has perils he has not foreseen, whether the self-torture of addiction, the authoritarianism of a state locked in a colonial mindset, or the seeming paradox of how to reunite his two closest friends whose world views put them in absolute opposition. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail.

Nguyen will be in conversation with Tommy Orange, author of the national bestseller There There. Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts and an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

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P&P Live! Susan Stockdale — Bird Show

Friday, March 12, 10:00 am
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By Susan Stockdale, Susan Stockdale (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781682631287
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2021

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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2019

With their decorative plumage patterns and rich hues, birds are truly the fashionistas of the natural world. From suits and gowns to headdresses and tailcoats, bird watchers enjoy spying the “clothes” of both the familiar and exotic birds around them. In lyrical prose, Susan Stockdale’s new picture book, Bird Show, introduces a new generation of children to 18 amazing birds including the magnificent Grey Crown Crane from Africa and the Marvellous Spatuletail of Peru. Rich backmatter outlines details about each bird, including where they are from and courtship rituals.

Susan Stockdale, a former textile designer for the apparel industry, is the author-illustrator of critically acclaimed picture books that celebrate nature, including Fabulous Fishes, Stripes of All Types, and Fantastic Flowers. Her books have appeared on various lists including the ALSC Notable Children’s Books, NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12, and the Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year. Susan lives in Maryland with her husband.

Ages 4-7

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P&P Live! Véronique Tadjo - In the Company of Men — with Sarah Davies Cordova

Monday, March 15, 4:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781635420951
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Published: Other Press - February 23rd, 2021

Two boys venture from their village to hunt in a nearby forest, where they shoot down bats with glee and cook their prey over an open fire. Within a month, they are dead, bodies ravaged by an insidious disease that neither the local healer’s potions nor the medical team’s treatments could cure. Compounding the family’s grief, experts warn against touching the sick. But this caution comes too late: the virus spreads rapidly, and the boys’ father is barely able to send his eldest daughter away for a chance at survival.

Véronique Tadjo illustrates the terrible extent of the Ebola epidemic through the eyes of those affected: the doctor who tirelessly treats patients day after day in a sweltering tent, protected from the virus only by a plastic suit; the student who volunteers to work as a gravedigger while universities are closed, helping the teams overwhelmed by the sheer number of bodies; the grandmother who agrees to take in an orphaned boy cast out of his village for fear of infection.

Acutely relevant to our times in light of the coronavirus pandemic, In the Company of Men explores critical questions about how we cope with a global crisis and how we can combat fear and prejudice.

Tadjo will be in conversation with Sarah Davies Cordova, former Resident Director of Marquette University’s South Africa Service Learning programme centered at the Desmond Tutu Peace Center in Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape. She worked with Dr. Désiré Wa Kabwe Segatti first on a series of interviews with Véronique Tadjo and later to organize a conference examining Tadjo’s oeuvre which culminated in a special volume of the journal Présence africaine. Since joining the faculty in French at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she attends to questions of human rights and hospitality in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.

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P&P Live! Nicholas Freudenberg, Abdul El-Sayed, and Micah Johnson — American Healthcare: What's Broken and How We Can Fix It

Monday, March 15, 8:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780190078621
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 16th, 2021

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ISBN: 9780190056629
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - February 1st, 2021

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There are few issues as consequential in the lives of Americans as healthcare--and few issues more politically vexing. Every single American will interact with the healthcare system at some point in their lives, and most people will find that interaction less than satisfactory. And yet for every dollar spent in our economy, 18 cents go to healthcare. What are we paying for, exactly?

Healthcare policy is notoriously complex, but what Americans want is simple: good healthcare that's easy to use and doesn't break the bank. Polls show that a majority of Americans want the government to provide universal health coverage to all Americans. Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide is the roadmap to America's most debated policy-in-waiting

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At What Cost confronts how globalization, financial speculation, monopolies, and control of science and technology have enhanced the ability of corporations and their allies to overwhelm influences of government, family, community, and faith. As corporations manipulate demand through skillful marketing and veto the choices that undermine their bottom line, free consumer choice has all but disappeared, and with it, the personal protections guarding our collective health. At What Cost argues that the world created by 21st-century capitalism is simply not fit to solve our most serious public health problems, from climate change to opioid addiction. However, author and public health expert Nicholas Freudenberg also shows that though the road is steep, human and planetary well-being constitute a powerful mobilizing idea for a new social movement, one that will restore the power of individual voice to our democracy.

 

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P&P Live! Lita Judge-The Wisdom of Trees

Tuesday, March 16, 11:00 am
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$19.99
ISBN: 9781250237071
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 2nd, 2021

Trees have their own secret language. Ecologists have learned how to listen to their stories, and we can, too. Joining science with poetry, The Wisdom of Trees imagines what trees would say if they could speak our language. Readers learn how trees protect themselves from predators by releasing chemicals that warn other trees and make their leaves less tasty. Like wizards, they clean and cool the air, filter greenhouse gasses, and establish a climate for other plants and animals. When one tree is hungry or sick, other trees can send nutrients through an intricate system of roots. Poetry on each page represents the voice of the trees, calling out to us in language both familiar and strange, asking us to protect them as they protect those in their forest family and teaching us to be better stewards of our planet.

Lita Judge is the author and illustrator of several award-winning picture books for young readers, including When You Need Wings, How Big Were Dinosaurs?, Bird Talk, Flight School, Red Sled, and the nonfiction In the Wild series. She also wrote and illustrated an acclaimed young adult free-verse biography of Mary Shelley, titled Mary’s Monster. She lives in the New Hampshire woods with her husband, two cats, and a parrot.

Ages 5-8

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P&P Live! Amanda L. Tyler and Clara Spera | The Life and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg - with Matt Ford

Tuesday, March 16, 6:00 pm
Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life's Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union (Law in the Public Square #2) Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780520381926
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Published: University of California Press - March 16th, 2021

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This event is proudly presented in partnership with The New Republic.

Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue, Volume 2 compiles previously unpublished speeches, briefs, oral arguments, dissenting opinions of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and traces the long history of her work for gender equality and a "more perfect Union".

The collection is the result of a period of collaboration between Ginsburg and Amanda L. Tyler, a Berkeley Law professor and former Ginsburg law clerk. During Justice Ginsburg's visit to Berkeley, she told her life story in conversation with Tyler. Here, the two bring together that conversation and other materials--many previously unpublished--that share details from Justice Ginsburg's family life and long career. These include notable briefs and oral arguments, some of Ginsburg's last speeches, and her favorite opinions that she wrote as a Supreme Court Justice (many in dissent), along with the statements that she read from the bench in those important cases. Each document was chosen by Ginsburg and Tyler to tell the story of the litigation strategy and optimistic vision that were at the heart of Ginsburg's unwavering commitment to the achievement of justice.

Tyler will be joined in conversation by Clara Spera. She is an Equal Justice Works fellowship attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union's Reproductive Freedom Project. Prior to her fellowship, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert A Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Hon. Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She is a 2017 graduate of Harvard Law School, where her law school class of over 500 hundred students was evenly split among men and women (for the first time in the institution's history), a far cry from 1956, when her grandmother, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was one among nine women entering her Harvard Law School class.

Matt Ford is a staff writer at The New Republic. His work focuses on law, the courts, and democracy. Originally from Nevada, Matt previously wrote for The Atlantic.

 

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P&P Live!: Michael Slaby — For ALL the People: Redeeming the Broken Promises of Modern Media and Reclaiming Our Civic Life - with Sophia Bush

Tuesday, March 16, 8:00 pm
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By Deval Patrick (Foreword by), Michael Slaby
$18.99
ISBN: 9781633310513
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Published: Disruption Books - February 23rd, 2021

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A leader in digital communication and grassroots political campaigns explains how the internet and modern media have undermined America and how we can reclaim our voices for the good of civic life.

Michael Slaby helped lead Obama for America as chief integration and innovation officer in 2012 where he oversaw all of technology and analytics, and as deputy digital director and chief technology officer in 2008. As a world leader in digital strategy and technology, Slaby has devoted his career to repairing our broken information systems. He currently serves as community director at the media research nonprofit Harmony Labs. Slaby is a graduate of Brown University.

Slaby will be in conversation with actress and activist, Sophia Bush.

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P&P Live! Emma Brown —To Raise A Boy - in conversation with Samantha Schmidt

Wednesday, March 17, 6:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982128081
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - March 2nd, 2021

How will I raise my son to be different? This question gripped Washington Post investigative reporter Emma Brown, who was at home nursing her six-week-old son when the #MeToo movement erupted. In search of an answer, Brown traveled around the country, through towns urban and rural, affluent and distressed. In the course of her reporting, she interviewed hundreds of people—educators, parents, coaches, researchers, men, and boys—to understand the challenges boys face and how to address them in To Raise a Boy: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms, and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood. 

Emma Brown is an investigative reporter at The Washington Post. In her life before journalism, she worked as a wilderness ranger in Wyoming and a middle school math teacher in Alaska. She lives with her husband and two children in Washington, D.C.

Brown will be in conversation with Samantha Schmidt, a reporter focused on gender and family issues for The Washington Post. She previously worked on The Post's Morning Mix team and as a reporting fellow for the New York Times.

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P&P Live! Masuma Ahuja-Girlhood: Teens Around the World In Their Own Voices—with Neema Roshania Patel

Wednesday, March 17, 7:00 pm
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781643750118
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - February 9th, 2021

“How would the story of girlhood be told if girls were the ones to write it?”. This simple premise drives an intimate collection of diary entries and photos from a surfer living in the South Pacific to a chess champion in Haiti to a fan girl in Ireland. 30 young women from 27 countries share their dreams, fears and realities that go beyond what many of us only read in headlines of disparity and doom. These girls care about similar things—family, education, secret crushes and so much more. And while girls cannot be defined by one thing, what is evident from reading their narratives is that what they have in common is much stronger than what separates them. Join Masuma Ahuja and Neema Roshania Patel from The Washington Post’s The Lily along with several of the contributors to the book for an evening of engagement and empowerment.

Masuma Ahuja is a journalist reporting on gender, migration, and human rights around the world. She was previously a producer at CNN and national digital editor at The Washington Post. She uses words, photos, and emerging media to report and tell stories about gender, migration, and the impact of politics on people. Her projects have ranged from longform stories to sending disposable cameras to women around the world to document their days to crowdsourcing voicemails from Americans about the impact of the 2016 election on their lives. She was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014.

Neema Roshania Patel is the editor of The Lily, a publication of The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2016 as a digital editor and went on to help launch The Lily in 2017. Before that, she worked at NPR member station WHYY as a community editor. Neema graduated from Rutgers University with a dual degree in journalism and economics.

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P&P Live!: W. Ralph Eubanks — A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape - with Natasha Trethewey

Wednesday, March 17, 8:00 pm
A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781604699586
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Published: Timber Press - March 16th, 2021

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“This is the book all of us Mississippi writers, dead and alive, need to read. It is indeed a strange but glorious sensation to see your literary and geographic lineage so beautifully and rigorously explored and valued as it's still being created.” —Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir 

W. Ralph Eubanks is author of Ever Is a Long Time and The House at the End of the Road. He has also contributed articles and reviews to the Chicago Tribune, Preservation, The Hedgehog Review, The American Scholar, Time, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, The New Yorker, and NPR. He is a recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship and has been a fellow at the New America Foundation. Eubanks lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and three children, and is currently visiting professor of Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Natasha Trethewey is a former US poet laureate and the author of five collections of poetry, as well as a book of creative nonfiction. She is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. In 2007 she won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection Native Guard.

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P&P Live! Cass R. Sunstein — Liars - in conversation with Samantha Power

Thursday, March 18, 6:00 pm
Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780197545119
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 1st, 2021

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In Liars: Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception, Sunstein shows why free societies must generally allow falsehoods and lies, which cannot and should not be excised from democratic debate. A main reason is that we cannot trust governments to make unbiased judgments about what counts as "fake news." However, governments should have the power to regulate specific kinds of falsehoods: those that genuinely endanger health, safety, and the capacity of the public to govern itself. Sunstein also suggests that private institutions, such as Facebook and Twitter, have a great deal of room to stop the spread of falsehoods, and they should be exercising their authority far more than they are now doing. As Sunstein contends, we are allowing far too many lies, including those that both threaten public health and undermine the foundations of democracy itself.

Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. In 2018, he received the Holberg Prize from the Government of Norway, often described as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for law and humanities. Founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School, he has been involved in law reform activities in nations all over the world. He is the author of many articles and books, including Nudge, How Change Happens, and Too Much Information.

Sunstein will be in conversation with Samantha Power, a Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. From 2013-2017, Power served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s cabinet. Previously, Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. Her book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003. She is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Chasing the Flame: One Man’s Fight to Save the World (2008) and The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir, which was named one of the best books of 2019 by the New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, NPR, and TIME.

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P&P Live! Ann McCallum Staats-Thrill Seekers: 15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports

Thursday, March 18, 6:00 pm
Thrill Seekers: 15 Remarkable Women in Extreme Sports (Women of Power) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781641604802
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Published: Chicago Review Press - March 2nd, 2021

Women Heroes of the US Army: Remarkable Soldiers from the American Revolution to Today (Women of Action) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780914091240
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Published: Chicago Review Press - July 9th, 2019

Calling all brave and bold adventurers! Thrill Seekers introduces 15 unconventional female athletes who compete in extreme sports including cave diving, wingsuit flying, and Formula 1 racing. Each profile explores pivotal moments in the athlete’s career, examining the risks and rewards of pushing past fear to achieve greatness. The profiles also include a brief history of each sport. These modern role models perform unthinkable feats but are not superhuman. Many come from humble beginnings. Their passion for adventure and drive to succeed against all odds will inspire a new generation of young women to boldly pursue the unthinkable.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring athletes profiled in the book including Angela Hawse, Jill Heinerth, Melanie Curtis, Ann Marie Stephens, Sara Mudallal, Elladee Brown, and Sneha Sharma.

Ann McCallum Staats holds a BA in Education from the University of Victoria, BC, and an MA in Education from the University of Maryland. She is the author Women Heroes of the US Army as well as six children's books, including The Secret Life of Math, which won ForeWord's Gold Book of the Year, and the Eat Your Homework series. She is an ESOL high school teacher and a member of SCBWI as well as the Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC.

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P&P Live! Panel Discussion — Do We Need a Cultural New Deal?

Thursday, March 18, 8:00 pm
California in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the Golden State Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780520275409
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Published: University of California Press - April 23rd, 2013

Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018 Cover Image
By David Kipen (Editor)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993981
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Published: Modern Library - December 4th, 2018

Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange Cover Image
By Dorothea Lange (Photographer), Tess Taylor
$12.95
ISBN: 9781633451094
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Published: Museum of Modern Art - February 25th, 2020

The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781935928911
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Published: OR Books - July 9th, 2020

Blue in Green (Phoenix Poets) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780226783888
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Published: University of Chicago Press - August 22nd, 2021

Rift Zone Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781597097765
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Published: Red Hen Press - April 7th, 2020

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In this conversation, our panelists will discuss the legacy of the New Deal and their hopes for a New New Deal, with questions like: Can the literary and arts community muster a similar sense of solidarity in the 21st Century? What new forms might a cultural new deal take now? How could we create a more just and inclusive project for artists in the 21st century?

Chiyuma Elliott is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current scholarly work focuses on poetry and the Harlem Renaissance, including the creative and economic impacts of New Deal policies on rural Black people. A former Stegner Fellow, Chiyuma’s poems have appeared in the African American Review, Callaloo, the Notre Dame Review, the PN Review, and other journals. She has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, Cave Canem, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is the author of three books of poetry: At Most (2020), Vigil (2017), and California Winter League (2015). Her fourth poetry collection, Blue in Green, is forthcoming in fall of 2021 from the University of Chicago Press.

Jason Boog is a journalist and the author of The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today. His writing has appeared at LitHub, The Believer, Salon, NPR Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Publishers Weekly. He is part of the editorial team at the social reading app, Fable.

For five years the NEA’s Director of Literature, David Kipen has introduced reissues of WPA Guides to California, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. His other books include Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542-2018 and, soon, Dear California. A frequent contributor to public radio, he teaches writing full-time at UCLA. In 2010, he founded the nonprofit bilingual storefront lending library Libros Schmibros. His work has appeared in the New York Times, World Policy Journal, Alta, and the Los Angeles Times, where his May 20 feature helped gin up interest in reviving the Federal Writers’ Project.

Tess Taylor is the author of five collections of poetry, including The Misremembered World, selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship, and The Forage House, called “stunning” by The San Francisco Chronicle. Work & Days was named one of The New York Times best books of poetry of 2016. In spring 2020 she published two books of poems. Last West was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art as a part of the Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures exhibition; Rift Zone, from Red Hen Press, was hailed as “brilliant” in the LA Times and named one of the best books of 2020 by The Boston Globe. She is currently on the faculty of Ashland University’s Low-Res MFA Creative Writing Program.

Matthew-Lee Erlbach is a writer, actor, and labor activist from Chicago and New York. He has written for We Are the Champions and Gypsy (Netflix), Masters of Sex (Showtime), and for WWE, Nickelodeon, and MTV. As a playwright, his work has appeared Off-Bway, regionally, and at Steppenwolf, where his play The Doppelgänger (An International Farce) premiered, starring Rainn Wilson. He has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, Puffin Foundation, was a member of Ars Nova's Play Group, MVMNT Theatre’s Play Group, and is a HUMANITAS New Voices recipient. Beyond his work with Habitat for Humanity and individuals who are homeless, he is a proponent of ethical AI and ethical transhumanism.

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P&P Live! Terry Catasús Jennings-The Knight of the Cape and Captain Dom's Treasure

Friday, March 19, 10:00 am
Knight of the Cape (Definitely Dominguita #1) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534465022
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Published: Aladdin - March 2nd, 2021

Captain Dom's Treasure (Definitely Dominguita #2) Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781534465053
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Published: Aladdin - March 2nd, 2021

Dominguita misses her Abuela who had to move away, but she still has the books in Spanish that Abuela brought from Cuba. When her constant reading riles the class bully, Dominguita proves that she has many friends eager to share her reading adventures. In this new early chapter book series, Dominguita has escapades inspired by plots from classic literature including Don Quijote, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, and The Hounds of Baskervilles. The author will share her tips and tricks for creating a series including the maps she made to build Dominguita’s world.

Terry Catasús Jennings immigrated to the US on September 11, 1961, and was enrolled in an American school the next day. Twelve-year-old Terry could count in English and recite the days of the week and the months of the year, but not much more. She was often the only Cuban in her school and has used her experiences to portray Dominguita for this new series. She is a graduate of the University of Richmond, an essayist and humorist, and a writer of nonfiction for children. A local author, Terry lives in Reston, Virginia and is a member of the SCBWI, Las Musas Latinx Collective and the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC.

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P&P Live! Philip Zelikow — The Road Less Traveled: The Secret Battle to End the Great War, 1916-1917

Friday, March 19, 6:00 pm
The Road Less Traveled: The Secret Battle to End the Great War, 1916-1917 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541750951
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 16th, 2021

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During a pivotal few months in the middle of the First World War all sides-Germany, Britain, and America-believed the war could be concluded. Peace at the end of 1916 would have saved millions of lives and changed the course of history utterly.

Two years into the most terrible conflict the world had ever known, the warring powers faced a crisis. There were no good military options. Money, men, and supplies were running short on all sides. The German chancellor secretly sought President Woodrow Wilson's mediation to end the war, just as British ministers and France's president also concluded that the time was right. The Road Less Traveled describes how tantalizingly close these far-sighted statesmen came to ending the war, saving millions of lives, and avoiding the total war that dimmed hopes for a better world.Theirs was a secret battle that is only now becoming fully understood, a story of civic courage, awful responsibility, and how some leaders rose to the occasion while others shrank from it or chased other ambitions. Peace is on the floor waiting to be picked up! pleaded the German ambassador to the United States. This book explains both the strategies and fumbles of people facing a great crossroads of history. The Road Less Traveled reveals one of the last great mysteries of the Great War: that it simply never should have lasted so long or cost so much.

Phillip Zelikow is is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History and J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, both at the University of Virginia. A former career diplomat, he was the executive director of the 9/11 Commission. He worked on international policy in each of the five administrations from Reagan through Obama.

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P&P Live! Angeline Boulley-Firekeeper's Daughter—with Courtney Summers

Friday, March 19, 7:00 pm
Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

The Project: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250105738
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Published: Wednesday Books - February 2nd, 2021

Eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but puts her future on hold to care for her mother after a health emergency. The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, a charming new recruit on her brother’s hockey team—but she senses he might be hiding something. When Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, she’s thrust into the FBI investigation of a lethal new drug. She reluctantly agrees to go undercover, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source. As the search for truth becomes more complicated, she grows concerned with an investigation that seems more focused on punishing the offenders than protecting the victims. Now, as the deceptions—and deaths—keep growing, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go for her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

Angeline Boulley will be in conversation with YA author Courtney Summers.

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.

Courtney Summers is a New York Times bestselling author of several novels including Sadie, This Is Not a Test, and The Project. Her work has been released to critical acclaim and multiple starred reviews, receiving numerous awards and honors—including the Edgar Award, the John Spray Mystery Award, the Cybils Award, the White Pine award, the Odyssey Award and the Audie Award—and has enjoyed recognition on many library, state, 'Best Of', and Readers' Choice lists. Courtney has reviewed for The New York Times, is the founder of #ToTheGirls, and was named one of Flare Magazine's 60 under 30. She lives and writes in Canada.

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P&P Live! Julia Sweig — LADY BIRD JOHNSON - with Lissa Muscatine

Sunday, March 21, 3:00 pm
Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780812995909
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Published: Random House - March 16th, 2021

In the spring of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson had a decision to make. Just months after moving into the White House under the worst of circumstances—following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy—he had to decide whether to run to win the presidency in his own right. He turned to his most reliable, trusted political strategist: his wife, Lady Bird Johnson.

Perhaps the most underestimated First Lady of the twentieth century, Lady Bird Johnson was also one of the most accomplished and often her husband's secret weapon. As the first First Lady to run the East Wing like a professional office, she took on her own policy initiatives, including the most ambitious national environmental effort since Teddy Roosevelt.

Where no presidential biographer has understood the full impact of Lady Bird Johnson’s work in the White House, Sweig is the first to draw substantially on Lady Bird’s own voice in her White House diaries to place Claudia Alta "Lady Bird” Johnson center stage and to reveal a woman ahead of her time—and an accomplished politician in her own right.

Sweig will be in conversation with Lissa Muscatine, co-owner of Politics and Prose Bookstore. She is currently working on a book to be published by Penguin Press entitled Hillaryland.

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P&P Live! Glenn Frankel — Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic - with David Maraniss

Monday, March 22, 6:00 pm
Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374209018
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 16th, 2021

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Glenn Frankel's Shooting Midnight Cowboy tells the story of a modern classic that, by all accounts, should never have become one in the first place. The film's boundary-pushing subject matter--homosexuality, prostitution, sexual assault--earned it an X rating when it first appeared in cinemas in 1969. For Midnight Cowboy, Schlesinger--who had never made a film in the United States--enlisted Jerome Hellman, a producer coming off his own recent flop and smarting from a failed marriage, and Waldo Salt, a formerly blacklisted screenwriter with a tortured past. The decision to shoot on location in New York, at a time when the city was approaching its gritty nadir, backfired when a sanitation strike filled Manhattan with garbage fires and fears of dysentery.

Much more than a history of Schlesinger's film, Shooting Midnight Cowboy is an arresting glimpse into the world from which it emerged: a troubled city that nurtured the talents and ambitions of the pioneering Polish cinematographer Adam Holender and legendary casting director Marion Dougherty, who discovered both Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight and supported them for the roles of "Ratso" Rizzo and Joe Buck--leading to one of the most intensely moving joint performances ever to appear on screen. We follow Herlihy himself as he moves from the experimental confines of Black Mountain College to the theatres of Broadway, influenced by close relationships with Tennessee Williams and Anaïs Nin, and yet unable to find lasting literary success.

Frankel will be in conversation with David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author.

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P&P Live! Jeff Chang and Dave Cook-Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Hip-Hop History—with Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Monday, March 22, 7:00 pm
Can't Stop Won't Stop (Young Adult Edition): A Hip-Hop History Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250790514
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Published: Wednesday Books - March 16th, 2021

Join three bona fide music and pop culture experts as they present the young adult edition of a groundbreaking hip-hop history. Giving a voice to up-and-comers since its inception, hip-hop is one of the most influential cultures in America. Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, founders, mavericks, and present-day icons, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop chronicles the epic rise of the music and the movement that transformed American politics and culture forever. In this new edition, Jeff Chang and Dave ‘Davey D’ Cook provide a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation has created.

Jeff Chang has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, he is a graduate of ‘Iolani School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dave 'Davey D' Cook was born and raised in the Bronx and is now a long-time resident of Oakland. He is a graduate of Cal Berkeley and a nationally recognized journalist, adjunct professor at San Francisco State, Hip Hop historian, political commentator, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, media justice, and community activist.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a 2017 TED Global Fellow, an inaugural recipient of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative, and an honoree of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship. While engaging in a deeply fulfilling and successful artistic career, Bamuthi also proudly serves as Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Bamuthi is the founding Program Director of the non-profit Youth Speaks, and is a co-founder of Life is Living, a national series of one-day festivals which activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life.

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P&P Live!: John Archibald — Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution - with Michael Harriot

Monday, March 22, 8:00 pm
Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525658115
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Published: Knopf - March 9th, 2021

Shaking the Gates of Hell: A Search for Family and Truth in the Wake of the Civil Rights Revolution sheds light on Archibald's childhood in the American South of the 1960s—an all-American white boy—son of a long line of Methodist preachers, in the midst of the civil rights revolution, and discovering the culpability of silence within the church.

John Archibald is a columnist for the Alabama Media Group, with his work appearing in the Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times, Mobile's Press-Register, AL.com and its probing social brand, Reckon. Before he began his column in 2004, he worked on the News' investigative team and has covered everything from crime and punishment to Birmingham City Hall, which is not always the same thing. He grew up in North Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1986.

Michael Harriot is a critically acclaimed poet, journalist, and broadcaster. He's a senior writer for TheRoot.com, and his work is often cited by outlets and individuals from the New York Times and the Washington Post. Harriot holds a degree in mass communications and history from Auburn University and an MA in macroeconomics from Florida State University.

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P&P Live! Janice Johnson Dias | Parent Like It Matters: How to Raise Joyful, Change-Making Girls—with Jacqueline Woodson

Tuesday, March 23, 6:00 pm
Parent Like It Matters: How to Raise Joyful, Change-Making Girls Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984819628
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 2nd, 2021

Before the Ever After Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399545436
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525535287
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 1st, 2020

A Parenting Series Event

How do we teach girls to change the world? Janice Johnson Dias encourages parents to begin within, seeking their own fulfillment and in turn becoming self-realized role models for young women. Drawing on her knowledge as a leading sociologist and experiences raising her own change-agent daughter, Marley, she offers strategies for discussing racism and sexism, finding appropriate mentors and inspiring girls to pursue their passions. Dias emboldens girls to “lift as they climb” – boosting other young women as they move through their life journey. Mixing personal experience with research from the field, Dias has created the ultimate guide for inspiring a generation of girls to take charge and make change.

Janice Johnson Dias, Ph.D. is a tenured associate professor of sociology at John Jay College in New York City. Johnson Dias is co-founder and president of the public health and social action organization GrassROOTS Community Foundation and its SuperCamp for girls. Johnson Dias holds a PhD in sociology from Temple University. Her collaborative work on black girls' mental, sexual, and physical health issues earned her a special Congressional recognition and grants from the Robert Wood Johnson and Annie E. Casey Foundations. Born in Jamaica, Johnson Dias moved to the United States at age twelve and now lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott; daughter, Marley; and dog, Philly.

Jaqueline Woodson is a writer of books for children, adolescents, and adults, perhaps best known for Miracle’s Boys and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. She served as the Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2015-2017 and was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2018-2019. In 2020 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She is the 2021 winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award for Before the Ever After. Woodson lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her partner Juliet and two children, Toshi and Jackson.

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P&P Live! "Lolita in the Afterlife" Author Panel

Tuesday, March 23, 8:00 pm
Lolita in the Afterlife: On Beauty, Risk, and Reckoning with the Most Indelible and Shocking Novel of the Twentieth Century Cover Image
By Jenny Minton Quigley (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984898838
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Published: Vintage - March 16th, 2021

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In 1958, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was published in the United States to immediate controversy and bestsellerdom. More than sixty years later, this phenomenal novel generates as much buzz as it did when originally published. Central to countless issues at the forefront of our national discourse— art and politics, race and whiteness, gender and power, sexual trauma—Lolita lives on, in an afterlife as blinding as a supernova. With original contributions from a stellar cast of prominent 21st century writers and edited by the daughter of Lolita’s original publisher in America, Lolita in the Afterlife is a vibrant collection of sharp and essential modern pieces on this perennially provocative book.

Panelists include:

Jenny Minton Quigley is the series editor for The Best Short Stories of The Year: The O. Henry Prize Winners, and the author of a memoir, The Early Birds. She is the daughter of Walter J. Minton, the storied former president and publisher of G. P. Putnam's Sons, who first dared to publish Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov in the United States in 1958.

Alexander Chee is a novelist and essayist, most recently the author of the essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. He is a winner of the Whiting Award, the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, and a NEA Literature Fellowship in prose. He is an editor at large for VQR, and a critic at large for the Los Angeles Times. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College.

Roxane Gay is the author of the books AyitiAn Untamed StateNew York Times bestseller Bad Feminist, national bestseller Difficult Women, and New York Times bestseller Hunger. She is also the author of Black Panther: World of Wakanda for Marvel. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects.

Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction and one comic book. His most recent novel is The Changeling. His comic book, Destroyer, won the Bram Stoker Award. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and The Paris Review, among many others. He teaches creative writing at Columbia University.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of number one New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, the New York Times bestsellers Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Reese Witherspoon. She’s the host of the New York Times podcast Sugar Calling, and she cohosted the Dear Sugars podcast with Steve Almond.

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P&P Live! Alec MacGillis — Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America - with Franklin Foer

Wednesday, March 24, 6:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374159276
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 16th, 2021

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In 1937, the famed writer and activist Upton Sinclair published a novel bearing the subtitle A Story of Ford-America. He blasted the callousness of a company worth "a billion dollars" that underpaid its workers while forcing them to engage in repetitive and sometimes dangerous assembly line labor. Eighty-three years later, the market capitalization of Amazon.com has exceeded one trillion dollars, while the value of the Ford Motor Company hovers around thirty billion. We have, it seems, entered the age of one-click America--and as the coronavirus makes Americans more dependent on online shopping, its sway will only intensify.

Alec MacGillis's Fulfillment is not another inside account or exposé of our most conspicuously dominant company. Rather, it is a literary investigation of the America that falls within that company's growing shadow. As MacGillis shows, Amazon's sprawling network of delivery hubs, data centers, and corporate campuses epitomizes a land where winner and loser cities and regions are drifting steadily apart, the civic fabric is unraveling, and work has become increasingly rudimentary and isolated.

Franklin Foer is a staff writer at The Atlantic and former editor of The New Republic. He is the author, most recently, of World Without Mind.

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P&P Live! Shakespearean Comedy Panel-That Way Madness Lies: 15 of Shakespeare's Most Notable Works Reimagined

Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250753861
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 16th, 2021

Undead Girl Gang Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780451478245
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Published: Razorbill - May 14th, 2019

Each of Us a Desert Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250169211
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Published: Tor Teen - September 15th, 2020

Time of Our Lives Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984835857
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Published: Penguin Books - February 2nd, 2021

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ISBN: 9781250624123
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 16th, 2021

In That Way Madness Lies: 15 of Shakespeare's Most Notable Works Reimagined, fifteen of YA’s most celebrated writers reimagine Shakespeare’s works for a new generation, exploring his haunting and hilarious stories with new genres, settings, and points of view. Join us for a lively Shakespearian comedy panel with the authors who retold All’s Well that Ends Well, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest.

Lily Anderson fell in love with the Bard when she was ten and never looked back. In the twenty years since, she has performed, adapted, and directed Shakespeare plays, as well as retelling Much Ado About Nothing as her debut novel, The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You. Her other works include Not Now Not Ever and Undead Girl Gang.

Mark Oshiro is the young adult author of Anger is a Gift , winner of the 2019 Schneider Family Book Award and nominated for a 2019 Lammy Award, as well as Each of Us a Desert and their middle grade debut, The Insiders. When they are not writing, crying on camera about fictional characters for their online Mark Does Stuff universe, or traveling, Mark is busy trying to fulfill their lifelong goal: to pet every dog in the world.

Austin Siegemund-Broka and Emily Wibberley are the authors of Always Never Yours, If I'm Being Honest, Time of Our Lives, and What’s Not to Love. They met in high school, where they fell in love over a shared passion for Shakespeare. Austin went on to study English at Harvard so he could continue to impress Emily with his literary analysis, while Emily studied adolescent psychology at Princeton. They live in Los Angeles, where they've combined their interests and decided to write stories of high school, literature, and first love.

Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them) is the queer, Latinx, nonbinary author of The Weight of Feathers, a William C. Morris Debut Award finalist; Stonewall Honor book When the Moon Was Ours; Wild Beauty, a Kirkus, SLJ, and Booklist best book of 2017; Blanca & Roja, one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Novels of All Time; Dark and Deepest Red, a Winter 2020 Indie Next List title; and The Mirror Season.

Ages 14 and up

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P&P Live!: Henry Louis Gates Jr. — The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song - in conversation with Eddie S. Glaude

Thursday, March 25, 4:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781984880338
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Published: Penguin Press - February 16th, 2021

This event will be in partnership with the Historically Black Churches, St Luke's Episcopal Church, Calvary Episcopal Church, and St. George's Episcopal Church.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Stony the Road and one of our most important voices on the African American experience comes The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, a powerful new history of the Black church as a foundation of Black life and a driving force in the larger freedom struggle in America.

This is the companion book to the upcoming PBS series.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. An award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or coauthored twenty-five books and created twenty-one documentary films, including Finding Your Roots. His PBS documentary series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross earned an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, and an NAACP Image Award. This series and his most recent PBS documentary series, Reconstruction: America after the Civil War, were both honored with the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and author of Begin Again, Democracy in Black, and An Uncommon Faith.

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P&P Live! Alexander Nemerov — Fierce Poise - in conversation with Lise Motherwell

Thursday, March 25, 6:00 pm
Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525560180
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Published: Penguin Press - March 23rd, 2021

 

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Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York is an exhilarating ride through New York's 1950s art scene and a brilliant portrait of a young artist through the moments that shaped her.

Brought to vivid life by acclaimed art historian Alexander Nemerov, these defining moments--from her first awed encounter with Jackson Pollock's drip paintings to her first solo gallery show to her tumultuous breakup with eminent art critic Clement Greenberg--comprise a portrait as bold and distinctive as the painter herself. Inspired by Pollock and the other male titans of abstract expressionism but committed to charting her own course, Frankenthaler was an artist whose talent was matched only by her unapologetic determination to distinguish herself in a man's world.

Alexander Nemerov is the Carl and Marilyn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities and the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. In 2019, he received the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History from the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. He is the author of several books, most recently Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine.

Nermerov will be in conversation with Dr. Lise Motherwell, a licensed psychologist, is a stepdaughter of Helen Frankenthaler and the Vice President of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Board. She is also President of the Board of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, where she recently co-curated with Elizabeth Smith a show of Helen Frankenthaler's work titled Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown. She has written articles and essays on various artists, including Helen Frankenthaler, Anne-Marie Levine, Robert Motherwell, and Tabitha Vevers.

 

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P&P Live! Constance Sayers —The Ladies of the Secret Circus - with Greer Macallister

Friday, March 26, 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316493673
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Published: Redhook - March 23rd, 2021

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Paris, 1925: To enter the Secret Circus is to enter a world of wonder--a world where women weave illusions of magnificent beasts, carousels take you back in time, and trapeze artists float across the sky. Bound to her family's circus, it's the only world Cecile Cabot knows until she meets a charismatic young painter and embarks on a passionate affair that could cost her everything.

Virginia, 2004: Lara Barnes is on top of the world, until her fiancé disappears on their wedding day. When her desperate search for answers unexpectedly leads to her great-grandmother's journals, Lara is swept into a story of a dark circus and ill-fated love.

Soon secrets about Lara's family history begin to come to light, revealing a curse that has been claiming payment from the women in her family for generations. A curse that might be tied to her fiancé's mysterious disappearance

Constance Sayers is the author of A Witch in Time. A finalist for Alternating Current's 2016 Luminaire Award for Best Prose, her short stories have appeared in Souvenir and Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection of Fiction by Washington Area Women as well as The Sky is a Free Country. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Like her character in The Ladies of the Secret Circus, for many years, she was the host of a radio show from midnight to six.

Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister earned her MFA in creative writing from American University. Her debut novel THE MAGICIAN'S LIE was a USA Today bestseller, an Indie Next pick, and a Target Book Club selection. Her novels GIRL IN DISGUISE (“a rip-roaring, fast-paced treat to read” - Booklist) and WOMAN 99 (“a nail biter that makes you want to stand up and cheer” - Kate Quinn) were inspired by pioneering 19th-century private detective Kate Warne and fearless journalist Nellie Bly, respectively. Her new book, THE ARCTIC FURY, was named an Indie Next and Library Reads pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a spotlighted new release at PopSugar, Libro.fm, and Goodreads. A regular contributor to Writer Unboxed and the Chicago Review of Books, she lives with her family in Washington, DC.

 

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P&P Live! Anthea Butler — White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America - with Jeff Sharlet

Monday, March 29, 6:00 pm
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$24.00
ISBN: 9781469661179
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - March 22nd, 2021

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The American political scene today is poisonously divided, and the vast majority of white evangelicals play a strikingly unified, powerful role in the disunion. These evangelicals raise a starkly consequential question for electoral politics: Why do they claim morality while supporting politicians who act immorally by most Christian measures? In this clear-eyed, hard-hitting chronicle of American religion and politics, Anthea Butler answers that racism is at the core of conservative evangelical activism and power.

Anthea Butler reveals how evangelical racism, propelled by the benefits of whiteness, has since the nation's founding played a provocative role in severely fracturing the electorate. During the buildup to the Civil War, white evangelicals used scripture to defend slavery and nurture the Confederacy. During Reconstruction, they used it to deny the vote to newly emancipated blacks. In the twentieth century, they sided with segregationists in avidly opposing movements for racial equality and civil rights. Most recently, evangelicals supported the Tea Party, a Muslim ban, and border policies allowing family separation. White evangelicals today, cloaked in a vision of Christian patriarchy and nationhood, form a staunch voting bloc in support of white leadership. Evangelicalism's racial history festers, splits America, and needs a reckoning now.

Jeff Sharlet is associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth, and the best-selling author of The Family (made into a Netflix documentary series), This Brilliant Darkness, C Street, and Sweet Heaven When I Die.

 

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P&P Live!: Ty Mccormick — Beyond the Sand and Sea: One Family's Quest for a Country to Call Home - in conversation with Nanjala Nyabola

Tuesday, March 30, 6:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9781250240606
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 30th, 2021

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series.

Beyond the Sand and Sea is an extraordinary and inspiring book for anyone searching for pinpricks of light in the darkness. Meticulously reported over three years, it reveals the strength of a family of Somali refugees who never lost faith in America—and exposes the broken refugee resettlement system that kept that family trapped for more than two decades and has turned millions into permanent exiles.

Ty McCormick is an editor at Foreign Affairs, the magazine published by the Council on Foreign Relations. A former foreign correspondent in Nairobi and before that in Cairo, he has reported from more than a dozen countries in Africa and the Middle East. He has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, New Republic, and National Geographic, among others. From 2015-2018, he served as Africa editor of Foreign Policy magazine, where he led a team of journalists that won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for a series on African migration. He is a graduate of Stanford and Oxford.

Nanjala Nyabola is a writer and political analyst based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work focuses on the intersection between technology and politics, as well as migration and human mobility. A constant traveller, she has visited over seventy countries across four continents. She has published numerous articles in both academic and non-academic platforms, and is the author of Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired By a Life on the Move and Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Politics in Kenya.

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Arianna Huffington and Marina Khidekel - Your Time to Thrive — with Ann Shoket

Tuesday, March 30, 8:00 pm
Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780306875137
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Published: Hachette Go - March 23rd, 2021

Arianna Huffington founded her company Thrive Global with the mission of changing the way we work and live. Now, Your Time to Thrive brings together science, storytelling, ancient wisdom, and advice from inspiring people from all walks of life to help people improve their health, happiness, and sense of purpose—and see immediate results.

Ms. Huffington and the book’s author, Marina Khidekel, will join us to offer practical and inspiring advice on how to improve every aspect of your life — starting with your focus and prioritization. And they’ll share plenty of “too small to fail” Microsteps that will help you make focus a priority no matter where you are in your journey or what you want to accomplish.

Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company helping individuals, corporations and communities improve their well-being and performance through its behavior change platform, storytelling and corporate services. She is also the founder of The Huffington Post and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution.

Marina Khidekel is Thrive Global's Head of Content Development. She has also been a top editor for national media outlets including Women's HealthGlamour, and Cosmopolitan.

This virtual event will feature:

  • A moderated conversation with Arianna and Marina
  • Q&A with Arianna and Marina
  • A workshop on how to build focus Microsteps into your everyday

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P&P Live! Gene Stone and Kathy Freston - 72 Reasons to Be Vegan

Wednesday, March 31, 6:00 pm
72 Reasons to Be Vegan: Why Plant-Based. Why Now. Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781523510313
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - March 30th, 2021

Did you know that if you adopt a vegan diet you can enjoy better sex? Save money? Have glowing skin? You can ward off Alzheimer’s, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other metabolic diseases. You can eat delicious burgers. Help save the planet. Join the cool kids, like Gandhi, Tolstoy, Leonardo—and Kyrie Irving, Kat Von D, and Joaquin Phoenix. Oh, and did we mention have better sex? (It’s about blood flow.)

Those are just some of the 72 reasons we should all be vegan, as compiled and persuasively argued by Gene Stone and Kathy Freston, two of the leading voices in the ever-growing movement to eat a plant-based diet. While plenty of books tell you how to go vegan, 72 Reasons to Be Vegan is the book that tells you why. And it does so in a way that emphasizes not what you’d be giving up, but what you’d be gaining. The tone is upbeat, passionate, and direct, and the facts are plentiful and annotated.

*Anyone who purchases a copy of 72 Reasons to be Vegan from Politics and Prose by the time of the event will be entered to win an exclusive one-on-one Zoom with the authors where they will talk to the lucky winner about how to go vegan, from favorite recipes to grocery shopping tips to how to talk to friends and family about it and how to fit into your life—essentially, how to make it work! Additionally, all book purchasers will receive beautifully designed seed packets so you can start your very own vegan-friendly herb & vegetable garden (while supplies last).

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P&P Live!: Dorothy Brown — The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans--and How We Can Fix It

Wednesday, March 31, 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525577324
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Published: Crown - March 23rd, 2021

A groundbreaking exposé of racism in the American taxation system from a law professor and expert on tax policy. The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans--and How We Can Fix It

Dorothy A. Brown is an Asa Griggs Candler Professor at Emory University School of Law. A graduate of Fordham University and Georgetown Law, she received her LLM in Taxation from New York University. A nationally recognized scholar in the areas of race, class, and tax policy, she has published dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters on the topic. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and NPR, and her opinion pieces have been published in CNN Opinion, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Born and raised in the South Bronx in New York City, Dorothy Brown currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

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P&P Live! Mazie K. Hirono — Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter's Story

Tuesday, April 20, 6:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781984881601
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Published: Viking - April 20th, 2021

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Mazie Hirono is one of the most fiercely outspoken Democrats in Congress, but her journey to the U.S. Senate was far from likely. Raised on a rice farm in rural Japan, she was seven years old when her mother, Laura, left her abusive husband and sailed with her two elder children to Hawaii, crossing the Pacific in steerage in search of a better life. Though the girl then known as Keiko did not speak or read English when she entered first grade, she would go on to serve as a state representative and as Hawaii's lieutenant governor before winning election to Congress in 2006.

In HEART OF FIRE, a deeply personal memoir, Hirono traces her remarkable life from her earliest days in Hawaii, when the family lived in a single room in a Honolulu boarding house while her mother worked two jobs to keep them afloat, to her emergence as a highly effective legislator whose determination to help the most vulnerable was grounded in her own experiences of economic insecurity, lack of healthcare access, and family separation. Finally, it chronicles Hirono's recent transformation from dogged yet soft-spoken public servant into the frank and fiery advocate we know her as today.

 

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P&P Live! Melissa Scholes Young — The Hive - in conversation with Jared Yates Sexton

Tuesday, June 8, 6:00 pm
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$29.99
ISBN: 9781684426430
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Published: Keylight Books - June 8th, 2021

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In The Hive, The Fehler sisters wanted to be more than bug girls but growing up in a fourth- generation family pest control business in rural Missouri, their path was fixed. The family talked about Fehler Family Exterminating at every meal, even when their mom said to separate the business from the family, an impossible task. They tried to escape work with trips to their trailer camp on the Mississippi River, but the sisters did more fighting than fishing. If only there was a son to lead rural Missouri insect control and guide the way through a crumbling patriarchy.

Facing an economic recession amidst the backdrop of growing Midwestern fear and resentment, the Fehler sisters unite in their struggle to save the company's finances and the family's future. To survive, they must overcome a political chasm that threatens a new civil war as the values that once united them now divide the very foundation they've built. Through alternating point-of-views, grief and regret gracefully give way to the enduring strength of the hive.

Melissa Scholes Young is the author of the novels Flood and The Hive. She’s a Contributing Editor for Fiction Writers Review and Editor of two volumes of D.C. Women Writers: Grace in Darkness (2018) and Furious Gravity (2020). Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Ploughshares,Narrative, Lit Hub, Poet Lore, and Poets & Writers Magazine. Scholes Young was named a Bread Loaf Camargo Fellow and a Quarry Farm Fellow at the Center for Mark Twain Studies. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C.

Young will be in conversation with Jared Yates Sexton, a political analyst, co-host of The Muckrake Podcast, and author of American Rule: How A Nation Conquered The World But Failed Its People.

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