Detailed Event List

Isaac Butler and Dan Kois - The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America — in conversation with Glen Weldon, with appearances by many more — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781635571769
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 13th, 2018

Twenty-five years ago, Angels in America made its Broadway premier. It won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play, but Tony Kushner’s landmark work was always more than just a theater piece. It changed the way gay lives are represented in popular culture and the story of its many productions is also the story of AIDS and the struggle for gay rights. In this vibrant oral history, Butler, writer and director of productions including The Trump Card and Real Enemies, and Kois, editor and writer for Slate’s culture section, bring together the voices of more than two hundred people closely associated with Angels, from Meryl Streep and Mary-Louise Parker to directors, producers, historians, critics, and Kushner himself, to reminisce, tell stories, debate, and celebrate a piece that’s as vital today as it was when it opened in San Francisco in 1991.

Butler and Kois will be in conversation with Glen Weldon, co-host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. The three of them will be joined for a staged reading of one chapter from the book, featuring: Alexandra Petri, humor writer for the Washington Post and author of A Field Guide to Awkward Silences; Mark Joseph Stern, a writer for Slate covering the law and LGBTQ issues; Jacob Brogan, host of the Slate podcast Working; and DC-based stage actors Kimberly Gilbert and Michael Kevin Darnall.

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

Brittney Cooper - Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower — in conversation with Damon Young

Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250112576
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 20th, 2018

When mainstream culture stereotypes the anger of Black women as ugly or destructive, or when it dismisses “sassy” Black women by laughing them off, it does so because it knows this Black female rage is powerful. In this passionate manifesto, Cooper, co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective and recipient of the Black Feminist Rising Award from Black Women’s Blueprint and the Newswomen’s Club of New York, draws on examples from Serena Williams to Michelle Obama to her own grandmother to show how rage can fuel both political and personal accomplishments. Reminding us that 94% of Black women did not vote for Trump, Cooper exhorts all Black women to claim the anger they have rightfully earned and speak out against injustice of all kinds. Cooper will be in conversation with Damon Young, editor-in-chief of VerySmartBrothas.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robert B. Reich - The Common Good — at Sixth & I

Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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$22.95
ISBN: 9780525520498
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 20th, 2018

Robert B. Reich has been one of America's leading political thinkers since he served as Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century. A constant voice for social change, Reich is the author of 14 books, including the best-sellers Saving Capitalism and The Work of Nations. Now, he makes the case for restoring the idea of the common good to the center of our economics, our politics, and our national identity. The Common Good argues that societies undergo both virtuous and vicious cycles, and that the vicious cycle the U.S. is now undergoing can and must be reversed. Reich challenges us to weigh what really matters, and to join forces to save America's soul.

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James L. Swanson - Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$19.99
ISBN: 9780545723336
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 2nd, 2018

Drawing heavily from memoirs, CIA and FBI reports, magazine articles, and other research, the author presents a fast-paced account of a tumultuous time in U.S. history.  Beginning with an introduction by Congressman John Lewis, the book places the events surrounding the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. into historical context. It explores the legacies of both King, a legendary civil rights activist, and James Earl Ray, the prison escapee who murdered him. Swanson’s extensive source notes will allow young historians to trace—or even continue—research. 

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

Laura Lippman - Sunburn

Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062389923
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 20th, 2018

In a departure from her usual Baltimore setting, Lippman’s latest mystery unfolds in a faded Delaware town. Polly and Adam, strangers just passing through, fall in love and decide to stick around. As the summer progresses their feelings intensify, but part of their undeniable attraction remains shadowy. What are they hiding from each other? And what role do their secrets play in the town’s sudden outburst of violence? One of the most lauded mystery writers working today, Lippman combines intricate storytelling and well-paced psychological suspense for a skillful homage to classic noir fiction.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

The Uncorked Reading Series with The Book Maven — in The Den

Thursday, February 22, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Join host Bethanne Patrick, a local book critic who tweets @The Book Maven, as she presents some of the month’s best books—and hears about your latest favorites, too. Bethanne’s February picks include: Brotopia by Emily Chang, Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro, White Houses by Amy Bloom, Endure by Alex Hutchinson, Feel Free by Zadie Smith and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. In this “no-rules book group,” avid readers can chat about all sorts of literature—without judgement, but with lots of laughter. Cozy up in The Den with an hour of lively discussion and drinks at happy-hour prices. 

The Den at Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, downstairs
Washington, DC 20008

Paul Wharton - Pulling It All Together: Essential Style Advice on Being Beautiful, Confident & (Most of All) Happy! — in conversation with Maureen Umeh at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Friday, February 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pulling It All Together: Essential Style Advice on Being Beautiful, Confident & (Most of All) Happy! Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781510722347
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - January 16th, 2018

Wharton started as a model and stylist for the Wilhelmina Modeling agency. He now hosts his own talk show, Paul Wharton Style, and is Lifestyle & Fashion Host on Fox 5’s Good Day DC morning show. In his new book, he shares the tips and secrets he’s learned from his many years of helping women look and feel their best. He starts with the basics of organizing your wardrobe efficiently, shows how to shop and dress with both your budget and your body in mind, and offers advice about makeup. But pulling it all together involves more than externals, and Wharton also tells you how to exercise, eat right, and sleep well.

Wharton will be in conversation with Maureen Umeh, Fox 5 Anchor and Good Day DC co-host.

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

Lauren Slater - Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs That Changed Our Minds — in conversation with Olga Khazan

Friday, February 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316370646
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Published: Little Brown and Company - February 20th, 2018

Slater’s comprehensive history of psychotropic drugs starts with the groundbreaking 1948 discovery of lithium’s mood-stabilizing properties and, two years later, of Thorazine, the first antipsychotic. Seventy years later, with a psycho-pharmacopoeia that includes antidepressants, Prozac, Ecstasy, and new memory drugs, one in five Americans takes at least one psychotropic drug. As Slater shows, however, we still don’t know how these medications work, why they often don’t, or just what is happening in our brains before, during, and after treatment. Slater, an award-winning science writer, interweaves research, data, and her own personal experiences for a book as powerful and honest as her classic Prozac Diary. Slater will be in conversation with Olga Khazan, an award-winning staff writer for The Atlantic, covering health, gender, and science

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

James Hollis - Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey

Saturday, February 24, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781683640479
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Published: Sounds True - February 1st, 2018

Written with warmth, insight, and humor, Hollis’s latest book is a valuable guide to navigating some of life’s difficult transitions as well as a tool for helping all of us address recurrent questions of meaning and happiness. Executive director of the Jung Society of Washington and the author of more than a dozen books, most recently, Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives, Hollis identifies twenty-one opportunities for self-inquiry and growth. From re-examining our goals to embracing the unlovable parts of ourselves to using the past as a springboard to a more authentic future, he encourages each of us to grow into the person we were meant to be.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Cheston Knapp - Up Up, Down Down: Essays — in conversation with Timothy Denevi

Saturday, February 24, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781501161025
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Published: Scribner Book Company - February 6th, 2018

Just as linked stories have become a supple narrative mode for fiction writers, nonfiction writers are turning to linked essays to make larger connections among disparate subjects. In his first collection, Knapp, managing editor of Tin House, presents seven essays that take seven different approaches to the idea of identity. Focusing on topics including a wrestling promotion, UFO enthusiasts, skateboarding, a frat house, and a murder, Knapp turns his astute, funny, and highly articulate  cultural critiques into deeper meditations on the nature of kindness and consciousness, literary influence, familial relationships, and what we become when we become ourselves. Knapp will be in conversation with Timothy Denevi, author of Hyper.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Daniel Stone - The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

Saturday, February 24, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781101990582
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Published: Dutton Books - February 20th, 2018

A botanist with an insatiable appetite for discovery, David Fairchild (1869-1954) worked as a plant explorer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and introduced more than 200,000 plants to the United States. His imports included new varieties of cotton and Japanese cherry trees, but his focus was food. In this lively biography, Stone, a staff writer for National Geographic and a veteran traveler himself, follows Fairchild’s footsteps through Europe, Asia, and South America, recreating the adventures that brought us mangoes from India, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta, along with many other delicacies that revolutionized the American diet and that we now take for granted, such as pistachios, nectarines, and kale.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

NERDS! Trivia Night ♦

Saturday, February 24, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. in The Den. Then grab a drink special, put on your thinking cap, and join us upstairs for three rounds of mind-bending trivia by 8 p.m. Prizes awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages.

Beer and wine will be available.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

William Stixrud and Ned Johnson - The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives

Sunday, February 25, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780735222519
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Published: Viking - February 13th, 2018

A clinical neuropsychologist and a leading test-prep specialist respectively, Stixrud and Johnson have teamed up to help parents help their children reach their full potential. Blending new findings of brain science and behavioral therapy research with their own extensive experience working with kids, the authors show that the key to raising motivated young people is giving them a sense of control. Without that, even high-achieving students flounder, whether from stress and anxiety or because they lack the tools to make their own decisions when the time comes. Full of case studies and stories of a wide variety of families, Stixrud and Johnson’s book not only explains how children behave under pressure but gives parents practical ideas for empowering their kids while retaining their own authority. This event is part of the Politics and Prose Parenting Series.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jerry Z. Muller - The Tyranny of Metrics

Sunday, February 25, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780691174952
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Published: Princeton University Press - January 5th, 2018

In this critique of today’s culture of quantification, Muller argues that we’ve become so fixated on measuring itself that we’ve lost track of what we measure, and why. Examining how standardized measures and data banks are used in education, medicine, business, government, and many other public and private enterprises, Muller offers specific examples of how number-crunching can distort the true picture while strategies to game the system distract us from more usefully interpreting the figures. Muller, a history professor at Catholic University and author of The Mind and the Market, reminds us that numbers are just one part of any story and that we must balance the figures with ethical systems and judgment.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Amy Bloom - White Houses

Sunday, February 25, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812995664
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Published: Random House - February 13th, 2018

Bloom’s fourth novel is told from the point of view of Lorena Hickok and recounts her long relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt. Starting with Hickok’s unhappy childhood in Wisconsin, the narrative follows her escape from an abusive home, her struggle to finish school, and the job at the Minneapolis Tribune that turned her life around. By 1932, Hickok worked for the AP and was one of the country’s most prominent women journalists. She met Eleanor Roosevelt while covering FDR’s first presidential campaign and the two women soon became close. Bloom’s narrative, told with the mastery of period detail and skilled character development she used to powerful effect in Away and Lucky Us, gives us not just a historical novel, but an intimate glimpse of one of recent history’s most intriguing relationships.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Hilary Jacobs Hendel - It's Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self

Monday, February 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
It's Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self Cover Image
By Hilary Jacobs Hendel, Diana Fosha (Foreword by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399588143
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - February 6th, 2018

Hendel is a certified psychoanalyst with extensive training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, an emerging treatment for anxiety, the most common mental illness in America. AEDP, unlike traditional, passive, talk therapy, uses the active emotional engagement of the Change Triangle to guide people to psychological well-being. With diagrams, clear explanations, and stories from her practice, Hendel guides readers through the process of identifying defensive and inhibitory emotions, such as shame and disgust, that block us from reaching the core emotions of joy, anger, and excitement that help us reach an authentic self.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Min Jin Lee - Pachinko — in conversation with Bethanne Patrick — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, February 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$15.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

One of the most talked about books of 2017, Lee’s second novel, a finalist for the National Book Award, is the story of four generations of a Korean family in Japan. The narrative starts in the early 1900s in Japanese-occupied Korea where Sunja, discovering that the father of her unborn child is married, rejects him and weds a pastor. The two move to Japan, and Sunja opens a small shop with her sister-in-law and raises two sons. One becomes a scholar, the second runs a prosperous pachinko parlor. Meanwhile, her former lover turns up, complicating a life already made difficult by displacement and discrimination. Expertly balancing epic sweep with intimate portrayals of individual lives, Lee explores not just the ideas of immigration, exile, and family, but movingly conveys the full emotional range of these issues. Lee will be in conversation with Book Maven Bethanne Patrick.

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

Amy Chua - Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations — in conversation with J.D. Vance — at Sixth & I

Monday, February 26, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399562853
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Published: Penguin Press - February 20th, 2018

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062300546
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016

In Political Tribes, Amy Chua, lawyer and author of the acclaimed and controversial Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, turns her attention to human tribalism. The U.S., she argues, is unusual in viewing geopolitics in terms of large-scale ideologies, which leads us to overlook divisions like that between Shia and Sunni Muslims in Iraq. And at home, identity politics on both ends of the political spectrum threaten to pull apart the consensus that has united Americans around a set of democratic principles. According to Chua, our future depends on understanding—and working past—our innate tribalism. 

Chua will be in conversation with J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy.

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SOLD OUT: Zadie Smith - Feel Free: Essays - with Michel Martin — at Sixth & I

Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781594206252
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Published: Penguin Press - February 6th, 2018

Zadie Smith is both one of the world's preeminent fiction writers and a brilliant, singular essayist. She contributes regularly to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books, and in her second essay collection, Feel Free, she gathers both previously published work and exciting new essays. Arranged into five sections—"In the World," "In the Audience," "In the Gallery," "On the Bookshelf," and "Feel Free"—it offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith's own life. As in her award-winning novels, which include NW, On Beauty, and White Teeth, Smith is by turns wry, heartfelt, indignant, and incisive—and never any less than perfect company.

Smith will be in conversation with Michel Martin, weekend host of All Things Considered.

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Russell Ginns - Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans — in the Children and Teens Dept.

Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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By Russell Ginns, Barbara Fisinger (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524720001
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Published: Delacorte Press - February 13th, 2018

Samantha’s uncle Paul has disappeared, leaving only a series of puzzling clues behind. What should Samantha make of the $2,4000,000,000 check left to her sister, or the rusty red umbrella with the strange note attached? Samantha and her brother set out to solve the disappearance. Before the book is over, they will cross the globe to fight ninjas, unearth secret passages, and traverse cross-country water slides. Readers and budding travelers are introduced to international landmarks through Samantha’s adventures, from Paris to Florence to Egypt. Through bravery and intellect, she just might solve this puzzle. (Ages 8-12)

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Passion and Prose: A Romance Panel with Lisa Kleypas - Hello Stranger, Beverly Jenkins - Tempest, Eloisa James - Wilde In Love, and Mia Sosa - Acting On Impulse

Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780062371911
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Published: Avon Books - February 27th, 2018

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ISBN: 9780062389046
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Published: Avon Books - January 30th, 2018

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ISBN: 9780062389473
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Published: Avon Books - October 31st, 2017

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ISBN: 9780062690340
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Published: Avon Books - October 31st, 2017

P&P’s first romance panel last August attracted an enthusiastic and diverse audience, and drew admiring notice from The Washington Post, which praised the “exceptionally clever writers” and the energy they and their fans bring to a genre that has often been given less than its due. Join us for another exciting evening of readings and heartfelt discussions.

Kleypas is a RITA award-winning author of more than twenty novels, both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. In the fourth installment of her Ravenals series, Garrett Gibson, England’s only woman doctor, falls for Ethan Ransom, erstwhile Scotland Yard detective and rumored assassin. The two can’t resist their mutual attraction, but they may not survive it, either, as Ransom struggles to dodge a treacherous government plot.

Jenkins has won both the 2017 Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for historical romance. A long-time advocate of multicultural romance, she’s set her latest novel in the Old West where Regan Carmichael is not the docile mail-order bride Dr. Colton Lee expected. Recently widowed, he’d only wanted a wife to help raise his daughter, but he soon finds himself falling for a woman more independent than any he’d dreamed of.

Writing as Eloisa James, Mary Bly, a professor of English literature at Fordham University, is the author of several series of Regency and Georgian romance novels. Her latest book is the opening volume in the Wildes of Lindow Castle cycle. The action begins with the return of the Byronesque Lord Alaric Wilde, whose adventures abroad have made him famous, if not notorious, at home. Miss Willa Ffynche, however, is immune from his charms, preferring books—but also bawdy jokes. Neither has met anyone quite like the other.

A D.C.-based writer, Sosa practiced First Amendment and media law for ten years before channeling her early aspirations to sing into writing romance novels. The first installment of her Love on Cue series follows fitness trainer Tori Alvarez on a trip to Aruba. She’s there to recover from an uncomfortably public breakup with a politician and has sworn off men for the near future. But no sooner is she on the plane than she agrees to help her charismatic seat-mate get into shape, only to rue her decision when paparazzi expose him as a famous actor who’s transforming himself for his next big role.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Chris Hughes - Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781250196590
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 20th, 2018

Hughes grew up in North Carolina in a family of modest means. Scholarships took him to an elite boarding school, then to Harvard, where he met Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz. The three founded Facebook and became rich nearly overnight. They couldn’t have planned this, and Hughes attributes his success in large part to good luck. He also recognizes chance as a factor in what keeps others poor. Drawing on his personal experience and his work with the Economic Security Project, which he co-founded, Hughes argues that the best tool for ending poverty and rebuilding the middle class is a guaranteed income for the working poor, paid for by the wealthiest 1%.

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

Gabrielle Balkan - Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals

Wednesday, February 28, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
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By Gabrielle Balkan, Sam Brewster (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780714875125
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 18th, 2017

Do you know which animal has a thousand bones; which has a bone that grows an inch every single day; or which animal has the heaviest bone? Discover answers to these and other bony questions in the Book of Bones: 10 Record Breaking Animals. Amazing animal facts and a built-in guessing game offer fascinating bone trivia from around the globe. Unique, detailed, and textured illustrations create a scientific compendium sure to intrigue readers whether in school or at home. (Ages 7-11)

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Vegas Tenold - Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781568589947
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Published: Nation Books - February 20th, 2018

For the last six years, Tenold, an award-winning journalist, has closely followed the KKK, the National Socialist Movement, and the Traditionalist Workers Party. His chilling report documents the growth of these and other far-right groups from small and ineffective outliers to increasingly large and powerful organizations with a national presence. Tenold profiles a wide range of these extremists, discussing their goals and beliefs. His account centers on the Traditional Workers Party’s Matthew Heimbach. Dubbed “Little Fuhrer” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Heimbach has moved beyond the more sensational and violent tactics, using traditional political strategies to form a coalition of white supremacists that can more effectively advance the supremacist agenda through local, state, and national governments.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Howard Blum - In the Enemy's House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies

Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$29.99
ISBN: 9780062458247
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Published: Harper - February 20th, 2018

Blum’s acclaimed American Lightning and Dark Invasion were histories doubling as thrillers. His new book tells the riveting and timely story of Verona, the top-secret Cold War mission to uncover Soviet spies in the U.S. Launched in 1946, Verona was run by the unlikely pair of Meredith Gardner, a linguist and codebreaker, and Bob Lamphere, a young FBI supervisor. The two were nothing alike, but made a perfect team, tracking down key Soviet agents including Klaus Fuchs and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Drawing on recently declassified files, Blum, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, details Gardner and Lamphere’s ten-year-long operation; compares Verona with its Soviet counterpart, Operation Enormoz; explains what motivated some Americans to work for the Soviets; and reveals new information about the execution of the Rosenbergs.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tom Sleigh - The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees & House of Fact, House of Ruin: Poems — in conversation with Joshua Weiner — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977962
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 6th, 2018

House of Fact, House of Ruin: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977979
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 6th, 2018

In The Land Between Two Rivers, his second collection of essays, Sleigh trades his poet’s hat for the flak jacket of a journalist, reporting from war zones and refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kenya, Somalia, and Iraq. Striving for “an art in which bodily reality isn’t slighted,” Sleigh focuses on the lives of individuals and details their experiences of war, displacement, illness, and hope. He complements this reportage with probing, personal meditations on the role and responsibilities of art in divisive times, questions he refines further in the poems of House of Fact, House of Ruin. Sleigh’s tenth collection shows the poet as both socially engaged and self-aware, struggling “to see the filthiness / that keeps making me filthy” and to do something about it. Sleigh will be in conversation with Joshua Weiner, author of three collections of poetry and Berlin Notebook, prose about the refugee crisis.

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

Spring Member Sale

Friday, March 2, 9:00 am to Sunday, March 4, 8:00 pm

All weekend long, Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4, we invite Politics & 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.

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Washington, DC

Peter Carey - A Long Way From Home — in conversation with Elliot Ackerman

Friday, March 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A Long Way from Home Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525520177
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - February 27th, 2018

Two-time Man Booker winner Peter Carey starts his latest novel with a real-life car race— the Redex Trial, a 10,000-mile circumnavigation of Australia. In 1953, the year of the first rally, the roads were rough to nonexistent and the cars barely adequate. To the two-hundred-plus vehicles participating in the 1954 event, Carey has added one driven by the fictional Irene Bobs, who sets out for the sheer reckless joy of it. Joining her are her car-salesman husband and their navigator, Willie Bachuber. Told by Irene and Willie in alternating chapters, Carey’s suitably fast-paced novel gives an insightful, humorous, and often unsettling view of a country on the cusp of having to grapple with its brutal treatment of its indigenous people. Carey will be in conversations with Elliot Ackerman, author of Dark at the Crossing, a finalist for the National Book Award.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Benn Steil - The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War

Saturday, March 3, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781501102370
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 13th, 2018

Combining economic and political history, Steil gives a detailed account of the Marshall Plan from its conception to its afterlife in global geopolitics. A senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, Steil focuses on the years 1947 to 1949, when the chill that would become the Cold War set into U.S.-Soviet relations. Drawing on new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil traces Stalin’s desperate efforts to frustrate the U.S. by fomenting the Prague coup and dividing Germany. Rather than pulling out of Europe, Marshall stayed the course, rebuilding America’s European allies as a bulwark against communism and laying the groundwork for NATO and the European Union.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Leslie Pietrzyk - Silver Girl

Saturday, March 3, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781944700515
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Published: Unnamed Press - February 27th, 2018

Pietrzyk’s third novel is the haunting coming-of-age story of a woman who leaves her small, working-class Iowa town for the bright promise of a Chicago university. But rather than reveling in the academic and social opportunities, she grows reclusive. Fittingly unnamed, she possesses a capacity for empathy so strong that she reflects back to other people their desired versions of themselves, and she herself disappears in the process. As it happens, she has a lot to hide, but despite her efforts to discourage intimacy, at last one friendship forces her to face herself. Pietrzyk, author most recently of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize-winning story collection This Angel on My Chest, has written a suspenseful and mesmerizing character study that dramatizes questions of identity and class.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

John A. Lawrence - The Class of '74: Congress After Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship

Saturday, March 3, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9781421424699
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Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - April 1st, 2018

Also known as the “Watergate class,” the freshmen legislators elected to Congress in 1974 in the wake of Nixon’s resignation were overwhelmingly Democratic. While Majority Leader Tip O’Neill recalled them as “a highly sophisticated and talented group” that arrived with “a million grievances,” they’ve been largely remembered as naïve and idealistic. Lawrence, who worked in the House for nearly forty years, eight of them as chief of staff to former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, draws on his deep experience of the institution to show that these seventy-six Democratic freshman were serious reformers. Including skilled politicians such as Norman Mineta, Les AuCoin, Harold Ford, and Gladys Noon Spellman, the class initiated changes that empowered progressive Democrats but also fomented increasingly bitter battles between liberals and conservatives, laying the ground for today’s deeply divisive partisan politics.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Molly McCloskey - Straying — in conversation with Alexandra Zapruder

Sunday, March 4, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$24.00
ISBN: 9781501172465
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Published: Scribner Book Company - February 20th, 2018

For her latest novel, McCloskey, the 2013 Jenny McKean Moore Fellow at George Washington University, draws on her experience as a citizen of both Ireland and the U.S. to tell the story of Alice, a young American who travels to Ireland in the late 1980s and unexpectedly falls in love, marries, and settles there. Then just as unexpectedly, Alice has an affair that ends her marriage and sets her life on a new course. After spending years working in war zones, Alice returns to Ireland, and as she looks back over her earlier actions, McCloskey delivers an insightful meditation on love, marriage, and the deeper compulsions that drive people. McCloskey will be in conversation with Alexandra Zapruder, author of Twenty-Six Seconds.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Giles Milton - Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler's Defeat

Sunday, March 4, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781250119032
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Published: Picador USA - February 6th, 2018

Churchill was a believer in unconventional warfare and in 1939 he formed a top-secret organization within the Special Operations Executive to devise new ways to destroy the Axis powers. Known unofficially as the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, this group was responsible for spectacular acts of sabotage involving innovative weapons such as the limpet mine, L-Delay fuse, and the anti-U-boat Hedgehog mortar. Active for six years, the outfit had agents all over the continent, and their work was essential to Britain’s eventual victory. Drawing on memoirs by SOE’s leaders, Milton, host of the Unknown History podcast and author of bestselling narrative nonfiction books including Nathaniel’s Nutmeg and Samurai William, recreates many of the Ministry’s most daring operations, profiles six of its brilliant and eccentric operatives, and turns this previously overlooked chapter of the war into a riveting adventure story.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Akbar Ahmed - Journey Into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity

Sunday, March 4, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
$34.99
SKU: 9780815727583

In the latest of his studies examining relations between the West and the Muslim world, Ambassador Ahmed, author of Journey into Islam and Journey into America, draws on extensive discussions with people throughout Europe. Traveling with a team of researchers, Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland, met with archbishops, chief rabbis, grand muftis, heads of right-wing parties, and ordinary people. His rich ethnographic approach to the increasingly tense relations between European and Muslim communities across the continent illuminates issues ranging from the refugee crisis and terrorism to controversies about veiling and general cultural misunderstandings.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Terese Marie Mailhot - Heart Berries: A Memoir — in conversation with Nicole Chung

Monday, March 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Heart Berries: A Memoir Cover Image
By Terese Marie Mailhot, Sherman Alexie (Introduction by), Joan Naviyuk Kane (Afterword by)
$23.00
ISBN: 9781619023345
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - February 6th, 2018

“My story was maltreated. The words were too wrong and ugly to speak.” So begins Mailhot’s memoir of her upbringing on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation. In words too harrowing and beautiful to be repressed, Mailhot, whose work has appeared in publications including The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Times, and The Offing, recounts her experiences with her father, who was both a talented artist and an abusive alcoholic; recalls her mother, a social worker and activist with a weakness for prisoners; and relives her struggle with both PTSD and bipolar II disorder. Above all, Mailhot’s story is a testament to the sheer life-sustaining power of storytelling itself; she credits writing with having saved her life. Mailhot will be in conversation with Nicole Chung, managing web editor of Catapult and former managing editor of The Toast.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robin Lloyd - Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana & Ambassador Vicki Huddleston - Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat's Chronicle of America's Long Struggle with Castro's Cuba — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, March 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781493032266
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Published: Lyons Press - March 1st, 2018

Our Woman in Havana: A Diplomat's Chronicle of America's Long Struggle with Castro's Cuba Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781468315790
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Published: Overlook Press - April 13th, 2018

Set during the American Civil War, Lloyd’s intricately plotted second novel unfolds largely in Havana. The narrative follows Everett Townsend, an American sea captain who falls afoul of Spanish authorities and is forced to become a blockade runner for a corrupt merchant. Trafficking in contraband war material is dangerous enough, but the stakes rise precipitously when Townsend gets involved in the messy aftermath of the murder of an English diplomat. Drawing on the life of an ancestor who was a sea captain as well as on his own intimate experience with the region during his years as an NBC foreign correspondent, Lloyd vividly evokes the details of 1860s sea-faring, Cuban slave plantations, and international intrigues.

As a career Senior Foreign Service Officer, Huddleston served in the United States Interests Section in Havana under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush as Deputy, then Coordinator of the Office of Cuban Affairs, and, finally, as the Section’s Chief from 1999 to 2002. During her tenure she met many times with Fidel Castro, notably on matters such as the Elián González custody battle, and her memoir is a fascinating inside look at a government few Americans were privy to. While recounting a history of myths, misconceptions, and missed opportunities for détente, Ambassador Huddleston was also on hand as relations between the U.S. and Cuba thawed. Her report on normalization was adapted by the Obama administration in 2014.  Now she looks ahead to a future when someone other than a Castro will lead Cuba.

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

Veera Hiranandani - The Night Diary

Tuesday, March 6, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
The Night Diary Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780735228511
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Published: Dial Books - March 6th, 2018

The Whole Story of Half a Girl Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375871672
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Published: Yearling Books - February 12th, 2013

Twelve-year old Nisha keeps a diary as she and her family relocate after the 1947 Partition, creating a primarily Hindu India and a Muslim Pakistan.  To a young person, the complexities of refugees in war can feel abstract. This story humanizes the refugee crisis through Nisha’s eyes. While her circumstances may be unfamiliar, readers will relate to her search for meaning and identity in a chaotic world. The backdrop of Partition-era India provides a rich context that allows us to realize that there is more that unites us than divides us. Ages 10-13.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno - There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781568585796
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Published: Nation Books - February 27th, 2018

The brutal conflict between the Colombian government and the left-wing guerilla FARC movement has been raging for decades, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians and terrorizing the entire nation. While the violence is usually attributed to FARC, as Sánchez-Moreno shows, the government, involved in the drug trade, has used its army and paramilitary forces to perpetrate its own atrocities. Sánchez-Moreno, who investigated Colombia for Human Rights Watch between 2004 and 2010, frames this disturbing account through the stories of three men who were determined to expose the truth. Her vivid narrative follows Jesús María Valle, a human rights activist who was murdered for his work; Iván Velásquez, a prosecutor who took up Valle’s mission; and Ricardo Calderón, a journalist who is still being targeted for his revelations. So far, these groundbreaking investigations have put a third of the country’s Congress in prison.

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

Elliot Ackerman - Dark at the Crossing & Omar El Akkad - American War

Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Dark at the Crossing Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101971550
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Published: Vintage - November 21st, 2017

American War Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101973134
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Published: Vintage - January 30th, 2018

Ackerman served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, experiences that lent urgency and power to his debut novel, Green on Blue. His second novel, a National Book Award finalist, now in paperback, draws on his years of reporting about the Syrian civil war. The story focuses on Haris Abadi, an Iraqi who became an American citizen after serving as an interpreter for American troops in his home country. Dissatisfied with his new life and looking for purpose, he decides to join the fight against the al-Assad regime. The border between Turkey and Syria is closed, and as Haris searches for a way to cross, he relives the brutal interrogations he participated in with the Americans and meets a Syrian refugee determined to return to Aleppo to find the daughter she’s sure has survived.

El Akkad’s powerful debut novel, just released in paperback, opens in the U.S. of 2074, a nation once again at war with itself. Against the backdrop of a government in crisis, a crippling shortage of fuels, and a plague that has half the country in quarantine, El Akkad tells the life story of Sarat. Sent to a refugee camp at age six, she’s trained as a guerilla fighter by agents of the Middle Eastern Bouazizi Empire. She carries out assassinations, is captured, tortured, and survives to continue the struggle. El Akkad, a Cairo-born Canadian journalist, has taken the stuff of recent events—suicide bombers, drone strikes, Guantánamo, hate crimes—and turned it into a chilling dystopian fable.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Steven Pinker - Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress — at Sixth & I

Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780525427575
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Published: Viking - February 13th, 2018

One of today’s boldest thinkers, experimental psychologist Steven Pinker prompted hope and debate with The Better Angels of Our Nature, in which he argued that over the course of human history, we’ve grown steadily less violent. In Enlightenment Now, he expands that claim to say that, in fact, human life today is better than it’s ever been. This may seem counter-intuitive in an age of demagoguery and conflict, but according to Pinker, the advances we’ve made in material and emotional well-being are unprecedented. As long as we hold to Enlightenment values of reason, science, and humanism, Pinker writes, we will keep building a better, safer, and happier world.

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John Copenhaver - Dodging and Burning: A Mystery — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9781681776590
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Published: Pegasus Books - March 6th, 2018

Copenhaver’s deftly plotted debut novel centers on a murder, a photograph, and a missing body, but the mysteries it’s really probing involve larger questions of identity and truth. The story begins in convention-bound Royal Oak, Virginia, in 1945. Ceola is mourning the loss of her brother in the war when she and her friend Bunny turn into amateur detectives to make sense of the appearance, then the disappearance, of a corpse Ceola’s brother’s friend discovers in the woods. Bunny, a future mystery writer, senses holes in the theory the three contrive, and her suspicions lead to the revelation of secrets that take the characters’ lives in unexpected directions and continue to haunt them fifty-five years later. Copenhaver, a recipient of four consecutive Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, maintains a crime fiction column for the Lambda Literary website.

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

Carl Hoffman - The Last Wild Men of Borneo: A True Story of Death and Treasure

Wednesday, March 7, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062439024
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 6th, 2018

Hoffman’s tale of two Westerners in Borneo encapsulates radically different Western responses to relatively untouched native lands. Some want to exploit them, and Hoffman explores this impulse in the story of Michael Palmieri, an American art dealer who made his fortune trading in artifacts, including sacred objects, from Borneo. By contrast, Bruno Manser, a Swiss environmentalist, was captivated by Borneo’s forests. He lived with the Penan tribe in Sarawak for fifteen years, helping them organize against the multinational logging corporations. In 2000, with a bounty on his head, Manser disappeared. Hoffman, who draws on interviews and his own extensive experience as a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler, combines adventure, mystery, and crime for this troubling study of the clash of modernity and tradition.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Abby Hanlon - Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds

Thursday, March 8, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Dory Fantasmagory: Head in the Clouds Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780735230460
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Published: Dial Books - March 6th, 2018

Dory Fantasmagory Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780147510679
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Published: Puffin Books - July 7th, 2015

Dory Fantasmagory: The Real True Friend Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780147510686
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Published: Puffin Books - June 7th, 2016

Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black Sheep Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101994276
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Published: Puffin Books - September 5th, 2017

Losing baby teeth is a milestone for all young readers. Dory has her first loose tooth, and she can’t stop talking about the tooth fairy. In typical Dory fashion, she’s excited—really excited. She’s so excited that she accidentally catches the attention of her nemesis, Mrs. Gobble Cracker. Now, Dory must save the tooth fairy from Mrs. Gobble Cracker’s devious plans. Through her sense of adventure and fearlessness, Dory shows that growing up can be lots of fun. For readers with baby teeth or adult teeth, the fourth installment of the Dory Fantasmagory series delivers no shortage of laughs. Ages 6-8.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Brigid Kemmerer - More Than We Can Tell — at Chevy Chase Library (MD) **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Thursday, March 8, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781681190143
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - March 6th, 2018

Rev and Emma are both carrying painful secrets when they first meet. Perhaps that’s why they bond so instantly, and why they promise to always help each other. Their pact turns serious when Rev hears from his abusive father, and Emma faces escalating harassment from an online bully. Through this absorbing tale of abuse, cruelty, and family trauma, two young people help each other to rebuild. In the process, they test the limits of their own strength and determination. A stand-alone companion to Letters to the Lost. Ages 14 and up.

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Nathaniel Philbrick - Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together

Thursday, March 8, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143132097
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Published: Penguin Books - March 6th, 2018

Originally published in 1999, Philbrick’s warm and engaging memoir is a personal odyssey of sorts, charting the author’s adjustment to midlife changes. The narrative unfolds during the spring of 1992, when Philbrick was transitioning from a journalist into a historian and a stay-at-home-dad. He found himself craving the excitement he’d experienced when he was twenty-two and had won a national sailing championship. Why not try it again? In vividly evocative prose, Philbrick describes the lush natural beauty of the inlets, bays, and tidal creeks where he sailed his Sunfish and reflects on his own life, making the commitment to writing that would lead to books including Mayflower, Why Read Moby-Dick?, and the National Book Award-winning In the Heart of the Sea.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Chessy Prout and Jenn Abelson - I Have the Right to: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Thursday, March 8, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
I Have the Right to: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534414433
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 6th, 2018

Chessy Prout was a happy freshman at a prestigious New England boarding school. That changed when her life was suddenly disrupted by a violent sexual assault. In the aftermath of the horrific attack, Chessy faced a backlash from her school’s community. Written in partnership with a Boston Globe Spotlight reporter, this memoir analyzes how institutions respond to sexual assault, and why there is a tendency to blame victims over perpetrators. Chessy aims to help other survivors of assault find their voice. Her story advocates for trauma victims, offering real solutions to overturn contemporary rape culture.  Ages 14 and up. In Partnership with PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment)

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
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Thomas McGuane - Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories

Friday, March 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385350211
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 6th, 2018

McGuane’s first book was published in 1969, and in the ten novels, three essay collections, and three books of short stories since, he’s become the indispensable literary voice of the American West. Gathering all the stories from To Skin a Cat (1986), Gallatin Canyon (2006), and Crow Fair (2015), along with seven new works, three published here for the first time, this volume shows the range and development of McGuane’s artistry. Often focusing on outsiders, McGuane cuts to the heart of lives shaped by disappointment and loneliness, yet tells these characters’ stories with an often startling humor. He is always compassionate, always insightful, and always as attuned to the natural world as he is to human needs and desires. Theses talents have earned him prizes including the Los Angeles Times’s 2017 Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement and the 2017 Heritage Award from The American Museum of Fly Fishing.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o - Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Friday, March 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$25.99
ISBN: 9781620973332
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Published: New Press - March 6th, 2018

Ngũgĩ, one of Africa’s leading writers whose internationally renowned novels include Weep Not, Child and Wizard of the Crow, spent the year from December 1977 to December 1978 in Kenya’s Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. Not charged with any specific crime, he was held with eighteen others in a block reserved for political prisoners. In this detailed memoir of his incarceration, first published as Detained in London in the 1980s and now revised, Ngũgĩ speaks out against the repressive Kenyatta regime, noting the irony that Kenyatta himself had once been a political prisoner; chronicles the lonely, painful days of confinement; and pays tribute to the liberating power of the imagination in an account of how he eluded the twenty-four-hour surveillance to write what became Devil on the Cross, using the only paper available, scraps of toilet paper.

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

Rachel Hartman - Tess of the Road & Scott Reintgen - Nyxia — in the Children & Teens Dept. **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Friday, March 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781101931288
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 27th, 2018

Nyxia Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399556791
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

When dreamers become writers, they create fantastic worlds. For authors Hartman and Reintgen, danger lurks for their characters as they face tests of courage on mysterious journeys. Tess is the younger human half-sister of Seraphina (of Seraphina and Shadow Scale). Tess flees home to cross the medieval kingdom, Goredd, in search of purpose and prophecy. Along the road, she faces inner demons in a vast world where plenty of trouble awaits her. In Nyxia, Emmett must also reckon with his troubled past as he leaves Earth for the planet Eden. Far from home, Emmett embarks on a high-speed mission on the Babel Corporation’s lightship where failure isn’t an option. Ages 12 and up.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Matthew Kroenig - The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters — in conversation with James Goldgeier

Saturday, March 10, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy: Why Strategic Superiority Matters Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780190849184
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - February 22nd, 2018

Conventional wisdom about nuclear weapons holds that the country needs to be able to absorb an enemy nuclear attack and still be able to respond with a devastating nuclear counterattack, with no additional weapons needed beyond those required for an effective second-strike. Kroenig, a Senior Fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at The Atlantic Council and author of books including Exporting the Bomb, takes exception to the second half of this doctrine. He points out that the U.S. has always been armed at more than second-strike capability and argues that this is not an irrational move but smart strategy in that it reduces expected costs in a war, provides bargaining leverage, and enhances nuclear deterrence. Kroenig will be in conversation with James Goldgeier, visiting senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-director of Bridging the Gap, which has partnered with Oxford University Press for a series of books directed to both academic and policy audiences.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Daniel Borzutsky - Lake Michigan & Ilan Stavans - The Wall

Saturday, March 10, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$15.95
ISBN: 9780822965220
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - March 12th, 2018

The Wall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780822965282
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - March 12th, 2018

Borzutzky won the 2016 National Book Award for his angry, surreal collection of poems about borders and bodies, The Performance of Becoming Human. His new collection focuses on the history of police violence against the non-white population of Chicago. The documentary of a nightmare, the book unfolds in two acts in an imaginary prison modeled on the history of Homan Square, a secret interrogation center on the west side of Chicago.

In Stavans’s wide-ranging lyrical account, walls exist to be written on, escaped from, excavated, broken, studied, and ultimately used not to divide people but to bridge them. Interweaving political, cultural, and physical walls from Beijing and Berlin to Jerusalem and Nogales with his own personal, internal boundaries, Stavans, a prolific essayist, lexicographer, anthologist, and publisher of Restless Books, revises received notions of inclusion and exclusion.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jonny Sun - Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too — in conversation with Linda Holmes

Saturday, March 10, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062569028
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 27th, 2017

Based on the Twitter account @jonnysun, Sun’s book tells the winsome story of a lonely alien named Jonny, sent on a mission to observe Earth. As he encounters different sorts of Earthlings, Jonny experiences a range of emotions from anxiety to love. He comes to feel at home among his new companions, and his genuine interest encourages animals to open up to him. Writing from within his character’s persona, Sun, who is also an architect, a designer, an engineer, an artist, a playwright, and a comedy writer, explores ideas of identity, friendship, and belonging. With charm, humor, and endearing typos he demonstrates the empathy and imagination that are perhaps humanity’s most telling and valuable feature. Sun will be in conversation with Linda Holmes, writer and editor for NPR’s entertainment blog, Monkey See, and co-host of the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Adam Winkler - We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights — in conversation with Jess Bravin

Sunday, March 11, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$28.95
ISBN: 9780871407122
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - February 27th, 2018

The 2010 Citizens United decision, which held that political spending by corporations is a form of protected speech, struck many as a turning point for business. As Winkler shows in his history of “corporate civil rights,” corporations have been successfully fighting for the same rights as ordinary people since the colonial era. Drawing on original court records and news coverage as well as other historians’ analyses and interpretations, Winkler, a UCLA law professor and the author of Gunfight, starts with the Virginia and Massachusetts Bay Companies, then presents pivotal Supreme Court decisions such as Bank of the United States v. Deveaux, an 1809 case concerning the corporate right to sue, and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the 2014 case over religious rights. Winkler will be in conversation with Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

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Yascha Mounk - The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It — in conversation with E. J. Dionne

Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780674976825
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Published: Harvard University Press - March 5th, 2018

As Mounk shows in this closely-reasoned history and analysis of liberal democracy, recent years have seen a widening split between the system’s two components. As liberalism and democracy come apart, they tend toward the extremes of either an illiberal democracy under the sway of populist demagogues or an undemocratic liberalism, run by technocratic elites. Using data, social science research, and evidence drawn from voting behavior, economic inequality, and global political trends, Mounk, author of The Age of Responsibility and a senior fellow in the New America Political Reform Program, charts the forces that have pulled liberal democracy apart and proposes ways to bring popular will and individual rights back together again. Mounk will be in conversation with E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist and co-author of One Nation after Trump.

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Aminatta Forna - Happiness in conversation with Sharon Gelman

Sunday, March 11, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802127556
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 6th, 2018

Forna’s deftly constructed and affecting fourth novel unfolds in London, where a fox is the unlikely catalyst for a chance meeting between two visiting strangers. Jean, in town to study urban foxes, catches sight of one and collides with Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver an address on trauma. He’s also looking for the son of a friend who was swept up in an immigration crackdown. As his relationship with Jean develops, she mobilizes her team of fox spotters—largely West African security guards, doormen, and traffic wardens—to search for the boy. Meanwhile, Attila’s recent experiences cause him to question the premises of his theories and the values of the society he happens to be part of. Forna, the Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics at Georgetown University, will be in conversation with Sharon Gelman, a writer, editor, media producer, and human rights activist.

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Sebastian Abbot - The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars

Monday, March 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393292206
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 6th, 2018

Aspire Football Dreams, an international program designed to identify and train talented soccer players in undeveloped countries, went into action in seven African nations in 2007. By 2014, it had screened more than three million young athletes across the continent.  But numbers can only partly convey the real meaning of this project. Following five thirteen-year-old boys from throughout Africa as they win places in this highly competitive program, Abbot chronicles the physical training at the academy in Doha, charts the boys’ psychological adjustments as their dreams come true, and tracks the enormous pressure these young players face. At the same time, Abbot, former Islamabad bureau chief for the Associated Press, shows what’s involved in identifying future soccer stars and puts Football Dreams, funded by Qatar, in the larger geopolitical context.

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Ashley Woodfolk - The Beauty That Remains ** FOR TEENS AND ADULTS

Monday, March 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781524715878
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 6th, 2018

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death might pull them apart. Autumn always knew exactly who she was: a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan has always turned to writing love songs when his real love life was a little less than perfect.But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan is a guy who can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger who’s struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered. Despite the odds, one band’s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.

 

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Roseann Lake - Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, March 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780393254631
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 13th, 2018

Roughly equivalent to what spinsters once were in American culture, unmarried women in China today are known as “leftovers.” But these women, thanks to the one-child policy, are highly educated and have assumed the professional roles that used to be open only to men. As Lake shows in her detailed and eye-opening narrative of this new demographic, what’s really “leftover” is the conventional notion that women have to focus on marriage. Yet many struggle to fulfill the traditional expectations even as they’re serving as the base for China’s powerhouse economy. Lake, who worked in Beijing for five years as a TV journalist, closely follows the lives of four women, rounding out these particular profiles with interviews, stories, and data.

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Patricia Valdez - Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

Tuesday, March 13, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
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By Patricia Valdez, Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399557255
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2018

While other young girls read stories about dragons and princesses, Joan Procter had other interests—specifically, those of a reptilian variety. Based on the life of celebrated zoologist Joan Beauchamp Procter, this book chronicles the woman who pioneered her way through the natural sciences in the early 1900s. Through Joan’s work with Komodo dragons, she became an international sensation. Scientists read about her research, bravery, clinical skills, and her Reptile House at the London Zoo. Joan’s story exemplifies the fact that having peculiar interests can yield many gifts—an interesting life, an expertise, and in some cases, a legacy. Ages 4-8.

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Joseph A. Califano, Jr. - Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act

Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781501144615
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Published: Touchstone Books - February 13th, 2018

Califano, an attorney and statesman whose long and distinguished career includes representing The Washington Post during Watergate and serving as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under Carter, draws on his breadth of experience with Washington for this analysis of what is going wrong in government today. Working systematically through the three branches of government, Califano combines history and civics lessons to show how far out of touch our institutions have become, warning that without civility and trust we risk losing the safeguards of democracy and freedom.

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