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P&P Live! Martin Indyk — Master of the Game - with Thomas Friedman

Wednesday, December 1, 6:00 pm
Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101947548
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Published: Knopf - October 26th, 2021

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In Master of the Game, Indyk's account is both that of a historian poring over the records of these events, as well as an inside player seeking to glean lessons for Middle East peacemaking. He makes clear that understanding Kissinger's design for Middle East peacemaking is key to comprehending how to—and how not to—make peace.

Martin Indyk is a distinguished fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs, and special assistant to President Clinton. Previously, Indyk was executive vice president of the Brookings Institution, where he had also served as vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program and the founding director of its Center for Middle East Policy. He served as President Obama’s special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations from July 2013 to June 2014.

Indyk will be in conversation with Thomas Friedman, author and journalist, has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at The New York Times. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflicts, international economics, environment, biodiversity and energy. Friedman is the author of seven bestselling books including From Beirut to Jerusalem; The World Is Flat; and Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.

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P&P Live! Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole & Nelda LaTeef—African Proverbs for All Ages-with Deborah Taylor

Wednesday, December 1, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781250756060
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 30th, 2021

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“What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help a child to learn.”

It has been said that a proverb is a short sentence based on a long experience. In African Proverbs for All Ages, anthropologist Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole partners with award-winning author and illustrator Nelda LaTeef to share proverbs drawn from multiple cultures in Africa. These proverbs explore complex notions about relationships, identity, society, and the human condition. Coupled with illustrations, children and adult readers are able to fully engage with the wisdom of the diverse cultures of Africa.

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole is an anthropologist and educator with master's and doctorate degrees from Northwestern University. Dr. Cole is the only person to have served as president of both Spelman and Bennett Colleges. She was also the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art from 2009 to 2016.

Nelda LaTeef is the award-winning author and illustrator of The Hunter and the Ebony Tree, Animal Village, and The Talking Baobab Tree. She holds a degree in social anthropology from Harvard University and has traveled throughout West Africa conducting field research.

Deborah D. Taylor recently retired from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD. She has chaired and served on many American Library Association committees and on the National Book Awards Jury for Young People’s Literature. She was named the 2015 recipient of the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is a reviewer and an adjunct professor teaching young adult literature at the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies.

Ages 4 and up

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P&P Live! Lidia Bastianich — LIDIA'S A POT, A PAN, AND A BOWL - with Carla Lalli Music

Wednesday, December 1, 8:00 pm
Lidia's a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl: Simple Recipes for Perfect Meals: A Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525657408
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Published: Knopf - October 19th, 2021

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Just in time for the holidays, Lidia Bastianich makes Italian cooking easy for everyone with this new, beautifully designed, easy-to-use cookbook. Here are more than 100 homey, simple-to-prepare recipes that require fewer steps and fewer ingredients (not to mention fewer dirty pots and pans!), without sacrificing any of their flavor.

These are just a few of the delectable dishes that fill Lidia's a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl: Simple Recipes for Perfect Meals:

  • Spinach, Bread, and Ricotta Frittata
  • One-Pan Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Roasted Squash and Carrot Salad with Chickpeas and Almonds
  • Penne with Cauliflower and Green Olive Pesto
  • Balsamic Chicken Stir-Fry
  • Skillet Lasagna
  • Braised Calamari with Olives and Pepper
  • Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs
  • Apple Cranberry Crumble

Bastianich will be joined by Carla Lalli Music, James Beard Award-winning author of Where Cooking Begins and the host of Carla’s Cooking Show on Patreon. The former food director at Bon Appétit, Carla is known for anchoring the hit YouTube series, “Back to Back Chef,” and has appeared in many BA test kitchen videos. Her new book, That Sounds So Good, offers recipes to match every mood, situation, and vibe.

*Signed bookplates will be available for each book with your purchase on Eventbrite!

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P&P Live! Brené Brown — Atlas of the Heart - with Priya Parker

Thursday, December 2, 8:00 pm
Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399592553
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Published: Random House - November 30th, 2021

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In Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, Brené takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.

She writes, “In a sea of constant uncertainty and change, Atlas of the Heart is a book about finding the solid ground within us, and safely navigating our way back to ourselves and each other. This book offers a collection of tools, including new language that helps us more accurately talk about our emotions and experiences and a new model for cultivating meaningful connection.”

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation–Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She is also a visiting professor in management at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead. With Tarana Burke, she co-edited the bestselling anthology You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience. She hosts the Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead podcasts, and her TEDx talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world with more than 50 million views. Her Netflix special, The Call to Courage, is the first filmed lecture by a researcher on the streaming service.

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P&P Live! Ian Rosenberg & Mike Cavallaro — Free Speech Handbook: A Practical Framework for Understanding Our Free Speech Protections - with Laura Wides-Muñoz

Friday, December 3, 6:00 pm
Free Speech Handbook: A Practical Framework for Understanding Our Free Speech Protections (World Citizen Comics) Cover Image
By Ian Rosenberg, Mike Cavallaro (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250619754
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Published: First Second - November 30th, 2021

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In Free Speech Handbook, a new nonfiction graphic novel from First Second’s World Citizen Comicsseries, media lawyer Ian Rosenberg and artist Mike Cavallaro create a practical framework for understanding where our free speech protections have come from and how they may develop in the future.

Author, Ian Rosenberg, has over twenty years of experience as a media lawyer, and has worked as legal counsel for ABC News since 2003. He graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and magna cum laudefrom Cornell Law School. Rosenberg is also an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, and teaches media law at Brooklyn College. He is the author of The Fight for Free Speech (NYU Press 2021), which Kirkus called in a starred review, “Essentialreading for journalists, political activists, and ordinary citizens alike."

Illustrator, Mike Cavallaro, is from New Jersey and has worked in comics and animation since the early 1990s. His comics include Eisner Award–nominated Parade (with fireworks), The Life and Times of Savior 28 (written by J.M.DeMatteis), FoiledandCurses! Foiled Again(written by Jane Yolen), Decelerate Blue (written by Adam Rapp), and the Nico Bravo series(a 2019 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids selection).

They will be joined in conversation with, Laura Wides-Muñoz, the Los Angeles Times’ deputy bureau chief in Washington. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, and The Guardian, among other outlets. Her debut book, "The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What it Means to be American” (Harper Books), was named a semifinalist for the 2018 PEN America/John Kenneth Galbraith award for nonfiction literature.

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P&P Live! Damon Galgut — The Promise: A Novel - with Colm Tóibín

Monday, December 6, 1:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781609456580
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Published: Europa Editions - April 6th, 2021

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Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize, The Promise is an epic drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of national history, sure to please current fans and attract many new ones.

Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life's unfulfilled potential; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt.

Reunited by four funerals over three decades, the dwindling family reflects the atmosphere of its country—one of resentment, renewal, and, ultimately, hope.

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P&P Live! "Say Their Names" Panel

Monday, December 6, 6:00 pm
Say Their Names: How Black Lives Came to Matter in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538737828
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 5th, 2021

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For many, the story of the weeks of protests in the summer of 2020 began with the horrific nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds when Police Officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd on camera, and it ended with the sweeping federal, state, and intrapersonal changes that followed. It is a simple story, wherein white America finally witnessed enough brutality to move their collective consciousness. The only problem is that it isn't true. George Floyd was not the first Black man to be killed by police—he wasn’t even the first to inspire nation-wide protests—yet his death came at a time when America was already at a tipping point.

In Say Their Names, five seasoned journalists probe this critical shift. With a piercing examination of how inequality has been propagated throughout history, from Black imprisonment and the Convict Leasing program to long-standing predatory medical practices to over-policing, the authors highlight the disparities that have long characterized the dangers of being Black in America. They examine the many moderate attempts to counteract these inequalities, from the modern Civil Rights movement to Ferguson, and how the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others pushed compliance with an unjust system to its breaking point. Finally, they outline the momentous changes that have resulted from this movement, while at the same time proposing necessary next steps to move forward.

Panelists include:

Curtis Bunn is an award-winning journalist at NBC News BLK who has written about race and sports and social and political issues for more than 30 years in Washington, D.C., New York, and Atlanta. Additionally, he is a best-selling author of ten novels that center on Black life in America.

Michael H. Cottman is an author and award-winning journalist. He served as Program Editor for NBCU Academy, a journalism education and training initiative with the NBCUniversal News Group Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team. He is also the former Editorial Manager of NBCBLK, a division of NBC News Digital. Cottman is a former reporter for The Washington Post and The Miami Herald, among other publications. He has authored, co-authored, and edited eight non-fiction books.

Patrice Gaines is author of the memoir Laughing in the Dark and Moments of Grace. She was a reporter at the Washington Post for 16 years where she was a member of a team nominated as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She was awarded a Soros Justice Media Fellowship to write a series of columns about the impact of incarceration on the Black community. At age 21, Gaines was found guilty of drug charges and forever labeled a “convicted felon.” In the decades since, she has spoken and taught in prisons and jails, and also lectured at colleges and conferences on the brutality and failure of America’s criminal justice system.

Nick Charles has reported, written, and edited for various media at the local and national levels. He has been a reporter/writer and contributor to the Daily NewsPeople, NPR, the Washington PostThe Undefeated, and several other publications. He was the Editor‑in‑Chief of AOL Black Voices and the VP of Digital Content for Charles is the Managing Director of Word In Black, a collaborative of 10 Black-owned media and an editor and spokesperson for Save Journalism Project.

Keith Harriston worked for 23 years as a senior newsroom manager, department editor, investigative reporter, and beat reporter covering public safety policy at The Washington Post. As a reporter at The Post, he twice was a nominated finalist by the Pulitzer Prize Board. Since leaving The Post, Harriston has taught journalism at American University, Howard University, and George Washington University, where he currently is a professorial lecturer in journalism.

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P&P Live! Michael Stewart Foley—CITIZEN CASH - with Michael Kazin

Tuesday, December 7, 6:00 pm
Citizen Cash: The Political Life and Times of Johnny Cash Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541699571
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Published: Basic Books - December 7th, 2021

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Johnny Cash was an American icon, known for his level, bass-baritone voice and somber demeanor, and for huge hits like “Ring of Fire” and “I Walk the Line.” But he was also the most prominent political artist in the United States, even if he wasn’t recognized for it in his own lifetime, or since his death in 2003.

Then and now, people have misread Cash’s politics, usually accepting the idea of him as a “walking contradiction.” Cash didn’t fit into easy political categories—liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, hawk or dove. Like most people, Cash’s politics were remarkably consistent in that they were based not on ideology or scripts but on empathy—emotion, instinct, and identification.

Drawing on untapped archives and new research on social movements and grassroots activism, Citizen Cash offers a major reassessment of a legendary figure.

Michael Stewart Foley is a historian of American political culture. He is the author or editor of seven other books, including the prizewinning Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance During the Vietnam War, Front Porch Politics: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s, and the 33 1/3 book on punk band Dead Kennedys’ political masterpiece, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. He has served as historical advisor on a number of films and television shows, including Mad Men, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Boston Sunday Globe, and the Daily Beast, among other news outlets. He is Professor of American Civilization at Université Grenoble Alpes in France.

Michael Kazin is a Professor in the Department of History. He is an expert in U.S. politics and social movements, 19th and 20th centuries. His most recent book is War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918 which was named an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review and was awarded the Elise M. Boulding Prize for the best book in peace history by the Peace History Society. His previous books include American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation, which was named a Best Book of 2011 by The New Republic, Newsweek/Daily Beast, and The Progressive. He is currently writing a history of the Democratic Party, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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P&P Live! Michael J. Fox — No Time Like the Future - with Willie Geist

Tuesday, December 7, 7:00 pm
No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250265630
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Published: Flatiron Books - December 7th, 2021

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The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinson’s advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the world’s leading non-profit funder of PD science. His two previous bestselling memoirs, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up, dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all the while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges.

In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”

Fox will be in conversation with Willie Geist is the host of NBC News’ Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist. He is also a co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe and a regular host and contributor to TODAY. Geist is the author of three books, including the New York Times bestsellers Good Talk, Dad and American Freak Show.

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P&P Live! Michael A. Almond — The Tannery - with Jeffrey Blount

Tuesday, December 7, 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781646634873
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Published: Koehler Books - October 19th, 2021

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July 5, 1900, Wilkes County, North Carolina: The beautiful young daughter of tannery owner Jakob Schumann is found dead on the north bank of the Yadkin River, brutally beaten, a skinning knife in her chest.

Who killed Rachel Schumann? And why? Ambitious Wilkes prosecutor Vincent Taliaferro has arrested Virgil Wade, a mixed-race boy, and is convinced the case is open and shut. But local lawyer Ben Waterman is not so sure. Ben's investigation uncovers evidence that undermines the prosecutor's case and points in an entirely different direction. But can he prove it? Can he convince an all-White, all-male jury of Virgil's innocence?

The Tannery transports readers to the turbulent world of the post-Reconstruction South. Reflecting issues prominent in today's headlines, themes of Black voter suppression and intimidation, the violence and depravity of vigilante "justice," and the rise of Jim Crow drive the narrative to its dramatic and surprising conclusion.

Almond will be in conversation with Jeffrey Blount, award-winning author of three novels: Almost Snow White, winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Awards; Hating Heidi Foster; and The Emancipation of Evan Walls, winner of the 2020 National Indie Excellence Award for African American fiction. He is also an Emmy award-winning television director and a 2016 inductee to the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. During a 34-year career at NBC News, Jeffrey directed a decade of Meet The Press, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and major special events.

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P&P Live! Barbara Ascher — Ghosting - with Elaine Pagels

Wednesday, December 8, 6:00 pm
Ghosting: A Widow's Voyage Out Cover Image
ISBN: 9780960097760
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Published: Pushcart Press - December 7th, 2021

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In Ghosting, Ascher writes passionately about her unlikely marriage, her husband’s illness and death and her ensuing sorrow. A witness to the insanity that grief visits upon its victims with a seeming determination to destroy, she gazes straight into the eye of grief and does not blink. In time she moves beyond that grief - her voyage out.

Barbara Ascher is the author of four nonfiction books: Playing After Dark , The Habit of Loving, Landscape Without Gravity, and most recently Dancing in the Dark: Romance, Yearning and The Search for The Sublime. She has been a columnist for The New York Times and Elle Magazine; and a book reviewer and contributor to NPR, The Yale Review, The Washington Post and many other newspapers and journals.

Ascher will be in conversation with Elaine Pagels, a preeminent academic whose impressive scholarship has earned her international respect. The Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University, Pagels was awarded the Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Fellowships in three consecutive years.

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P&P Live! John Feinstein — Raise a Fist, Take a Knee: Race and the Illusion of Progress in Modern Sports - in conversation with David Maraniss

Wednesday, December 8, 8:00 pm
Raise a Fist, Take a Knee: Race and the Illusion of Progress in Modern Sports Cover Image
By John Feinstein, Doug Williams (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780316540933
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 16th, 2021

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Based on dozens of shocking interviews with some of the most influential names in sports, this is the urgent and revelatory examination of racial inequality in professional athletics America has been waiting for.

John Feinstein is the author of 45 books, including two #1 New York Times bestsellers, A Season on the Brink, and A Good Walk Spoiled. Fourteen of his books are Young Adult mysteries. One of them, Last Shot, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for mystery writing in the Young Adult category. He is a member of five Halls of Fame and currently contributes to The Washington Post; Golf Digest, Golf World and the Black News Channel. He is also the TV color analyst for UMBC basketball.

Feinstein will be joined in conversation with, David Maraniss, associate editor at The Washington Post and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times. Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi, and a trilogy about the 1960s—Rome 1960; Once in a Great City (winner of the RFK Book Prize); and They Marched into Sunlight (winner of the J. Anthony Lucas Prize and Pulitzer Finalist in History). A Good American Family is his twelfth book.

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P&P Live! Peter Staley—NEVER SILENT - with Garance Franke-Ruta

Thursday, December 9, 6:00 pm
Never Silent: ACT UP and My Life in Activism Cover Image
By Peter Staley, Anderson Cooper (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781641601429
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Published: Chicago Review Press - October 12th, 2021

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In 1987, somebody shoved a flyer into the hand of Peter Staley: massive AIDS demonstration, it announced. After four years on Wall Street as a closeted gay man, Staley was familiar with the homophobia common on trading floors. He also knew that he was not beyond the reach of HIV, having recently been diagnosed with AIDS-Related Complex.

A week after the protest, Staley found his way to a packed meeting of the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power—ACT UP—in the West Village. It would prove to be the best decision he ever made. ACT UP would change the course of AIDS, pressuring the National Institutes of Health, the FDA, and three administrations to finally respond with research that ultimately saved millions of lives.

Staley, a shrewd strategist with nerves of steel, organized some of the group’s most spectacular actions, from shutting down trading on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to putting a giant condom over the house of Senator Jesse Helms. Never Silent is the inside story of what brought Staley to ACT UP and the explosive and sometimes painful years to follow—years filled with triumph, humiliation, joy, loss, and persistence.

Peter Staley has been a long-term AIDS and gay rights activist, first as a member of ACT UP New York, then as the founding director of TAG, the Treatment Action Group. He was a 2016 Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics and is a leading subject in the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague. More recently, Staley co-founded the PrEP4All Collaboration and the COVID-19 Working Group—New York, and is the lead named plaintiff in Staley v Gilead, a major federal antitrust case against big pharma set for trial next year. 

Garance Franke-Ruta is the executive editor of GEN by Medium. In addition to writing for countless periodicals, she has worked as Washington editor of Yahoo News and editor in chief of Yahoo Politics, Voices columnist and politics editor of The Atlantic Online, national web politics editor for the Washington Post, senior editor at the American Prospect and senior writer at the Washington City Paper, D.C.'s alternative weekly newspaper.

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P&P Live! Anne Helen Petersen and Charlie Warzel—OUT OF OFFICE - with Gretchen Gavett

Thursday, December 9, 8:00 pm
Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593320099
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Published: Knopf - December 7th, 2021

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If you think you’ve been working from home recently, Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen are here to tell you otherwise. What we’ve been doing is something else entirely, a jury-rigged compromise made under the duress of a national crisis that’s satisfactory for neither the worker nor the employer. For Warzel and Petersen, the past year has revealed that there may be another path forward for work, one that doesn’t involve hellish daily commutes and the demands of jam-packed work schedules that no longer make sense. As a society, we have talked for decades about flexible work arrangements. In this book, the authors make clear that we are at an inflection point where this becomes possible for many companies and their employees.

Out of Office combines groundbreaking reporting and the couple’s own experiences after they made the decision to leave their desk jobs in New York City for Montana. They describe how workers and employers across America, and around the world, are finding new ways of working that make people happier and more productive, and make companies more profitable. This is a book that aims to reshape our entire relationship to the office.

Charlie Warzel recently started writing a newsletter, Galaxy Brain, on Substack. Before that he was a writer-at-large for the New York Times Opinion page, and a senior technology writer at BuzzFeed News. He was the lead writer of the Times' Privacy Project and co-author of 'One Nation Tracked,' a seven-part investigative series on smartphone location tracking, for which he was named a finalist for the 2020 Livingston Award for National Reporting. Before the Times, Warzel was a senior technology writer at BuzzFeed News, covering technology's biggest platforms, disinformation, and information warfare. He was the recipient of a 2019 Mirror Award for his reporting on Facebook's privacy struggles. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

Anne Helen Petersen is former senior writer at BuzzFeed News, and now writes her newsletter, Culture Study, as a full time venture on Substack. She is the author of three books: Scandals of Classic Hollywood; Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman; and Can't Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, based on the viral article of the same name. She received her Ph.D. in media studies from the University of Texas. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

Gretchen Gavett is a senior editor at the Harvard Business Review, a CrossFit coach, and a cat parent.

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P&P Live! Governor Gavin Newsom and Ruby Shamir-Ben & Emma's Big Hit—with Jill Santopolo

Friday, December 10, 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780593204115
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Published: Philomel Books - December 7th, 2021

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Ben is confident on the baseball field but struggles when it is time to read. He has trouble remembering all of the squiggles and sounds. Meanwhile, his classmate Emma is already reading big chapter books. When a reading group leaves Ben in tears, Emma and teacher Ms. Kim confess their own struggles. Emma is only pretending to read big books, and Ms. Kim loved baseball as a child but could never hit the ball. At recess Ben and Emma coach Ms. Kim to success on the baseball field, demonstrating that if you just keep trying, what feels impossible can be achieved.

Gavin Newsom called on his own experiences as a child with dyslexia to develop this story with writer Ruby Shamir. The book is written in Open Dyslexic font to help people with dyslexia read more easily; backmatter provides resources for more information.

Purchase of Ben and Emma’s Big Hit from Politics and Prose is required to attend the event. Each copy of Ben and Emma's Big Hit comes with a signed book plate, while supplies last.

Questions can be submitted during registration that may be answered by our authors during the event. There will not be an opportunity to ask questions during the event.

Governor Newsom will be donating all proceeds of Ben and Emma’s Big Hit to the International Dyslexia Association to help create a future for all kids who struggle with dyslexia so they have access to the tools and resources they need to thrive.

Gavin Newsom is the 40th Governor of California. He previously served as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of California and as the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco. Newsom attended Santa Clara University, where he majored in political science and was a left-handed pitcher for Santa Clara's baseball team.

Ruby Shamir is a writer and literary researcher living in the Bronx, New York. She is the author of What’s the Big Deal About First Ladies, What’s the Big Deal About Freedom, What’s the Big Deal About Elections, and To the Moon. Shamir previously worked at the White House in the Clinton administration for three and a half years, two of which she served in the First Lady’s office. She also led Hillary Rodham Clinton’s New York Senate office.

Our moderator for this event is Jill Santopolo, Vice President and Associate Publisher at Philomel Books, and editor of Ben and Emma’s Big Hit.

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P&P Live! Caroline Williams—MOVE! - with Dr. Wendy Suzuki

Monday, January 3, 12:00 pm
Move: How the New Science of Body Movement Can Set Your Mind Free Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335914040
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Published: Hanover Square Press - January 4th, 2022

Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982170738
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

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Did you know that walking can improve your cognitive skills? That strengthening your muscular core reduces anxiety? That light stretching can combat a whole host of mental and bodily ailments, from stress to inflammation? We all know that exercise changes the way you think and feel. But scientists are just starting to discover exactly how it works.

In Move!, Caroline Williams explores the emerging science of how movement opens up a hotline to our minds. Interviewing researchers and practitioners around the world, she reveals how you can work your body to improve your mind. As lockdown throws us back on our own mental and physical resources, there is no better time to take control of how you think and feel.

Caroline Williams is a science journalist and editor. A consultant for, and regular contributor to, New Scientist, she has also written for the Guardian, BBC Future and BBC Earth, among others. She has worked as a radio producer and reporter for BBC Radio and holds a BSc in biological sciences from Exeter University and an MSc (Distinction) in science communication from Imperial College London. She is the author of one previous book, My Plastic Brain: One Woman’s Yearlong Journey to Discover if Science Can Improve Her Mind.

Dr. Wendy Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University and a celebrated international authority on neuroplasticity. She was recently named one of the top ten women changing the way we see the world by Good Housekeeping and regularly serves as a sought-after expert for publications including The Wall Street JournalShape, and Health. Her TED talk has more than 31 million views on Facebook and was the 2nd most viewed TED talk of 2018. She is the author of Good Anxiety and Healthy Brain, Happy Life.

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P&P Live! Gina Apostol — Bibliolepsy - with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Tuesday, January 4, 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781641292511
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Published: Soho Press - January 4th, 2022

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Moving, sexy, and archly funny, Gina Apostol's Philippine National Book Award-winning Bibliolepsy is a love letter to the written word and a brilliantly unorthodox look at the rebellion that brought down a dictatorship.

It is the mid-eighties, two decades into the kleptocratic, brutal rule of Ferdinand Marcos. The Philippine economy is in deep recession, and civil unrest is growing by the day. But Primi Peregrino has her own priorities: tracking down books and pursuing romantic connections with their authors. For Primi, the nascent revolution means that writers are gathering more often, and with greater urgency, so that every poetry reading she attends presents a veritable "Justice League" of authors for her to choose among. As the Marcos dictatorship stands poised to topple, Primi remains true to her fantasy: that she, "a vagabond from history, a runaway from time," can be saved by sex, love, and books.

Gina Apostol is the author of the novels Insurrecto, Gun Dealers' Daughter, and The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata. She is the recipient of a PEN/Open Book Award and two Philippine National Book Awards. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, and Massachusetts Review. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Leyte, in the Philippines. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.

Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. His most recent book is The Committed. He is the author of The Sympathizer, which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction alongside seven other prizes. He is also the author of the short story collection The Refugees, the nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies, a finalist for the National Book Award, and is the editor of an anthology of refugee writing, The Displaced. He is the Aerol Arnold Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations.

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P&P Live! Thrity Umrigar — Honor

Wednesday, January 5, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781616209957
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 4th, 2022

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In this tender and evocative novel about love, hope, familial devotion, betrayal, and sacrifice, Honor shows us two courageous women trying to navigate how to be true to their homelands and themselves at the same time.

Thrity Umrigar is the bestselling author of eight novels, including The Space Between Us, which was a finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, as well as a memoir and three picture books. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in more than fifteen countries. She is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award and a Seth Rosenberg Award and is Distinguished Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. A former prize-winning journalist, she has contributed to the Boston Globe , the Washington Post, the New York Times and Huffington Post.


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P&P Live! Dr. Emily Levesque—THE LAST STARGAZERS - with Prof. Mario Livio

Saturday, January 8, 3:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781728234458
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 4th, 2022

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Humans from the earliest civilizations through today have craned their necks each night, using the stars to orient themselves in the large, strange world around them. Stargazing is a pursuit that continues to fascinate us: from Copernicus to Carl Sagan, astronomers throughout history have spent their lives trying to answer the biggest questions in the universe. Now, award-winning astronomer Emily Levesque shares the stories of modern-day stargazers in this new nonfiction release, the people willing to adventure across high mountaintops and to some of the most remote corners of the planet, all in the name of science.

From the lonely quiet of midnight stargazing to tall tales of wild bears loose in the observatory, The Last Stargazers is a love letter to astronomy and an affirmation of the crucial role that humans can and must play in the future of scientific discovery.

In this sweeping work of narrative science, Levesque shows how astronomers in this scrappy and evolving field are going beyond the machines to infuse creativity and passion into the stars and space and inspires us all to peer skyward in pursuit of the universe's secrets.

Dr. Emily Levesque is an astronomy professor at the University of Washington. She has observed for upward of fifty nights on many of the planet’s largest telescopes and flown over the Antarctic stratosphere in an experimental aircraft for her research. Her academic accolades include the 2014 Annie Jump Cannon Prize, a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, and the 2020 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize. The Last Stargazers is her first popular science book.

Professor Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, a best-selling author, and a popular speaker. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published more than 500 scientific papers on topics ranging from Dark Energy and cosmology to black holes and extrasolar planets. Dr Livio is also the author of seven popular science books, including The Golden Ratio, Brilliant Blunders, and his most recent book, Galileo and the Science Deniers, which was selected by The Washington Post and Science News as one of the "Best Books of 2020."

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P&P Live! Stephanie Grant — Disgust - with Jacqueline Woodson

Wednesday, January 12, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781732932852
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Published: Scuppernong Editions - November 15th, 2021

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Disgust: A Memoir is funny, tender, and rigorous in its exploration of how the most difficult emotion functions both in our private lives and our collective imaginations.

Stephanie Grant is the author of the novels The Passion of Alice and Map of Ireland. She writes about female embodiment, which is another way of saying she writes about women’s and girls’ bodies, including their sexuality, genders, and race, and how their bodies are frequently the site where struggles personal and political, existential and social get expressed in American culture.

Grant will be in conversation with Jacqueline Woodson, the recipient of a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and she was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, as well as the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. She's also written two adult novels along with dozens of children's books during her career.

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P&P Live! Candice Marie Benbow — Red Lip Theology

Thursday, January 13, 10:00 am
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ISBN: 9780593238462
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Published: Convergent Books - January 11th, 2022

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Blurring the boundaries of righteous and irreverent, Red Lip Theology invites us to discover freedom in a progressive Christian faith that incorporates activism, feminism, and radical authenticity. Essayist and theologian Candice Marie Benbow’s essays explore universal themes like heartache, loss, forgiveness, and sexuality, and she unflinchingly empowers women who struggle with feeling loved and nurtured by church culture.

Candice Marie Benbow is a theologian, essayist, columnist, baker, and educator whose work gives voice to Black women’s shared experiences of faith, healing, and wholeness. Named by Sojourners as one of “10 Christian Women Shaping the Church in 2020,” she has written for Essence, Glamour, The Root, VICE, Shondaland, Madame Noire, and the Me Too Movement. Candice created the “Lemonade Syllabus” social media campaign, founded the media boutique Zion Hill Media Group, and, in memory of her mother, established The LouiseMarie Foundation to support HBCU nursing students and community mental health projects. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Candice holds degrees from Tennessee State University, North Carolina Central University, and Duke Divinity School.


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Maggy Krell — Taking Down Backpage - with Yiota Souras

Sunday, January 16, 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781479803040
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Published: New York University Press - January 11th, 2022

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  • In-person attendees must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask during the event.
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This event is presented in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
For almost a decade, was the world's largest sex trafficking operation. Seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, in 800 cities throughout the world, Backpage ran thousands of listings advertising the sale of vulnerable young people for sex. Reaping a cut off every transaction, the owners of the website raked in millions of dollars. But many of the people in the advertisements were children, as young as 12, and forced into the commercial sex trade through fear, violence and coercion.
In Taking Down Backpage: Fighting the World's Largest Sex Trafficker, veteran California prosecutor Maggy Krell tells the story of how she and her team prevailed against this sex trafficking monolith. Beginning with her early career as a young DA, she shares the evolution of the anti-human trafficking movement. Through a fascinating combination of memoir and legal insight, Krell reveals how she and her team started with the prosecution of street pimps and ultimately ended with the takedown of the largest purveyor of human trafficking in the world. She shares powerful stories of interviews with victims, sting operations, court cases, and the personal struggles that were necessary to bring Backpage executives to justice. Finally, Krell examines the state of sex trafficking after Backpage and the crucial work that still remains.
Krell will be in conversation with Yiota Souras, Senior Vice President, General Counsel for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). As General Counsel, Ms. Souras manages and provides legal guidance on all legal matters relating to NCMEC’s unique non-profit mission to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. She also oversees legislative and policy-related matters for the organization.
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P&P Live! Chantal James — None But the Righteous - with Deesha Philyaw

Monday, January 17, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781640094598
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Published: Counterpoint - January 11th, 2022

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Lyrical, riveting, and haunting from its opening lines, None But the Righteous is an extraordinary debut that signals the arrival of an unforgettable new voice in contemporary fiction.

Chantal James lives in Washington, D.C., and has been published across genres—as a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and book reviewer—in such venues as Catapult, Paste, Harvard’s Transition, The Bitter Southerner, and more. James’s honors include a Fulbright Fellowship in creative writing to Morocco and a finalist position for the Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize from the North Carolina Literary Review in 2019.

James will be in conversation with Deesha Philyaw, whose debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and a 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction; the collection was also a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Her work has been listed as Notable in the Best American Essays series, and her writing has appeared in neumerous publications such as the The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, just to name a few. Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and will be the 2022-2023 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

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P&P Live! Jonathan Katz — Gangsters of Capitalism - with Mike Duncan

Tuesday, January 18, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781250135582
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 18th, 2022

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Tracing a path from the first wave of U.S. overseas expansionism to the rise of fascism in the 1930s to the crises of democracy in our own time, Gangsters of Capitlism tells an urgent story about a formative era most Americans have never learned about, but that the rest of the world cannot forget.

Jonathan Katz received the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for reporting from Haiti. His first book, The Big Truck That Went By, was shortlisted for the PEN/Galbraith Award and won the Overseas Press Club’s Cornelius Ryan award, the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, and the WOLA/Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. His work appears in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere. Katz has received fellowships from New America and the Logan nonfiction Program.

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

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P&P Live! Peter S. Goodman — Davos Man - with Alex Gibney

Thursday, January 20, 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780063078307
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Published: Custom House - January 18th, 2022

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Peter S. Goodman is the Global Economics Correspondent at the New York Times. He is a two-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. As the New York Times’s National Economic Correspondent, he played a leading role in the paper's award-winning coverage of the Great Recession, including a series that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Previously, he covered the Internet bubble and bust as the Washington Post’s telecommunications reporter and served as that paper’s China-based Asian economics correspondent.

Goodman will be in conversation with Alex Gibney, is an American documentary film director and producer. Esquire Magazine called him “the most important documentarian of our time.” His work has been the recipient of an Academy Award, multiple Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, several Peabody Awards, the DuPont-Columbia Award, The Independent Spirit Award and The Writers Guild Awards.Most recently he directed the HBO and HBO Max two-part documentary, The Crime of the Century, which explored the origins, extent, and fallout of one of the most devastating public health tragedies of our time, the opioid crises.

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P&P Live! Kathryn Paige Harden — The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality - with Angela Duckworth

Monday, January 24, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780691190808
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 21st, 2021

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In recent years, scientists like Kathryn Paige Harden have shown that DNA makes us different, in our personalities and in our health—and in ways that matter for educational and economic success in our current society.

In The Genetic Lottery, Harden introduces readers to the latest genetic science, dismantling dangerous ideas about racial superiority and challenging us to grapple with what equality really means in a world where people are born different. Weaving together personal stories with scientific evidence, Harden shows why our refusal to recognize the power of DNA perpetuates the myth of meritocracy, and argues that we must acknowledge the role of genetic luck if we are ever to create a fair society.

Reclaiming genetic science from the legacy of eugenics, this groundbreaking book offers a bold new vision of society where everyone thrives, regardless of how one fares in the genetic lottery.

Kathryn Paige Harden is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is director of the Developmental Behavior Genetics Lab and co-director of the Texas Twin Project. She lives in Austin.

Harden will be in conversation with Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. She is also a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and in 2013 was named a MacArthur Fellow. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is her first book and an instant New York Times bestseller.

This event was originally scheduled for October 1, 2020.


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"Go Back to Where You Came From": With Wajahat Ali and Spencer Ackerman

Thursday, January 27, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780393867978
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 25th, 2022

Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984879776
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Published: Viking - August 10th, 2021

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Journalist Wajahat Ali’s memoir, Go Back to Where You Came From, offers indispensable lessons and strategies to help cultivate a more compassionate America, and national security correspondent Spencer Ackerman’s Reign of Terror examines the profound impact the War on Terror had in pushing American politics and society in an authoritarian direction. In a conversation moderated by Jenn White, host of WAMU’s “1A”, Ali and Ackerman will speak about their personal experiences and reporting, and how Millennial activists are pushing back on a rising tide of xenophobia.

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