Detailed Event List

Kevin Merida and Steve Reiss - The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World — in Childrens & Teens

Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 pm
The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328940629
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - December 24th, 2019

 

Meet 44 influential Black Americans, from the super-famous to the too-often-overlooked, in this collection of bite-sized biographies compiled by the team at ESPN’s The Undefeated. Readers will get to know figures who revolutionized every industry imaginable—like innovative artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, entrepreneur and activist Madam C.J Walker, and legendary newspaperman Robert Abbott. With luminous illustrations and accessible prose, this volume will inform and inspire young readers. Ages 10-12.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome - Overground Railroad

Wednesday, February 12, 10:30 am
Overground Railroad Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823438730
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Published: Holiday House - January 7th, 2020

Before She was Harriet Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823420476
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Published: Holiday House - November 7th, 2017

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

A girl tells the story of her train journey from North Carolina to New York City in short, perceptive poems. She and her family are part of the Great Migration. Each leg of the trip brings new revelations as she looks out the train window: folks working in fields give way to the Delaware River, the curtain that separates the colored car is removed, and glimpses of the freedom and opportunity the family hopes to find come into view. A child’s eye-view of the Great Migration from the award-winning husband and wife team behind Finding Langston, Before She was Harriet, Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson and Just a Lucky So and So. Ages 4-8.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Constance Sayers - A Witch in Time — at The Wharf

Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316493598
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Published: Redhook - February 11th, 2020

Sayers’s richly imagined debut novel starts in 1895, when sixteen-year-old Juiet LaCompte is passionately involved with an older, married painter. Her mother, a witch, casts a spell to end the affair but instead dooms her daughter to relive it in an endless series of short lives. After returning as Nora, a 1930s screen star, and Sandra, a musician in 1970s Los Angeles, Juliet begins to gain powers of her own as Helen, a Washington, D.C. magazine executive—and she may at last be able to break the curse. Sayers, a co-founder of the Thoughtful Dog literary magazine, works for Atlantic Media and has been named to Folio’s "Top Women in Media" and twice included in its "Top 100 Media People in America."

 

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

Craig Fehrman - Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote — in conversation with Kate Andersen Brower

Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781476786391
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

In this fresh and illuminating take on American presidents, Fehrman looks at the nation’s chief executives as writers. Starting with Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, the first presidential book to influence a campaign, Fehrman traces a long tradition that includes John Adams’s score-settling Autobiography, Lincoln’s Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas—strategically timed for the 1860 election—and works by Teddy Roosevelt, Reagan, and Trump’s Art of the Deal. Applying the storytelling skills of a journalist with the scholarship of a historian, Fehrman draws on newly uncovered documents, including previously unpublished letters from Andrew Jackson, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, to interpret the lives and achievements of these authorial heads of state.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Gish Jen - The Resisters — in conversation with Jane Leavy

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Resisters: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657217
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Published: Knopf - February 4th, 2020

Returning to fiction after two books of nonfiction, most recently The Girl at the Baggage Claim, Jen in her new novel gives a vividly imagined picture of the world of the near future. Known as AutoAmerica, the country is governed by AI algorithms and the unhappy society is divided between Netters, privileged and fair-skinned, and the darker-toned Surplus whose only duty is to consume. Focusing on a Surplus family, the novel follows Gwen, a gifted athlete who plays baseball for the Resisters league her parents organized. But when AutoAmerica rejoins the Olympics, Gwen is suddenly valuable to the state and her honorary Netter status complicates, but doesn’t stop, her family’s agitation for Surplus rights. Jen will be in conversation with Jane Leavy, former Washington Post sportswriter and author most recently of The Big Fella.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Madeline Levine - Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World — in Children & Teens

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm
Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062657756
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Published: Harper - February 11th, 2020

Many of today’s young people are unprepared to enter our increasingly unpredictable world, according to the author of The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well.  Instead, intense academic pressure and projected parental stress have produced a generation that is exhausted, anxious, and overwhelmed. As the respected clinician, educator, and consultant explains, parents should instead focus on cultivating “adaptability, mental agility, curiosity, collaboration, tolerance for failure, resilience, and optimism.” This compulsively readable book mines the latest in neuroscience and epigenetics—along with interviews with industry leaders and everyday people—for concrete advice and empathetic support. A Parenting Series event. For adults.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng - Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington — in conversation with Jonathan Swan at Union Market

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984878564
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Published: Viking - February 11th, 2020

Investigative and White House reporters for The Daily Beast, Markay and Suebsaeng have tirelessly covered the assorted goings-on of the Trump administration, earning angry denunciations from his followers as they’ve uncovered stories including Omarosa’s secret tapes, Giuliani’s plan to foreclose the Russia investigation, and the connections among Jeff Bezos-Lauren Sanchez-Michael Sanchez-AMI-Roger Stone. Their book continues this uncompromising work of exposing the financial and moral degradation of the capital, taking the story back to before Trump’s candidacy and tracing the unprecedented events that have followed through the lens of both key figures and bit players whose roles have not previously been examined.

 

1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Joshua Hammer - The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird

Friday, February 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501191886
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

Hammer follows his bestselling The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu—possibly the most exciting library adventure story ever told—with a gripping account of wildlife smuggling. Set in locales ranging from Patagonia to Wales to Zimbabwe, the Arctic Circle, and Dubai, the book follows the exploits of Jeffrey Lendrum, an Irishman who for twenty years supplied members of the royal families of the United Arab Emirates with the falcons and other raptors—many of them endangered species—they used for races carrying multimillion dollar purses. Equally enthralling is the parallel saga of Andy McWilliams, the detective from Britain’s National Wildlife Crimes Unit who was determined to catch Lendrum.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lidia Yuknavitch - Verge: Stories — at Union Market

Friday, February 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525534877
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

Yuknavitch, the award-winning author of the novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, Dora: A Headcase, and the memoir The Chronology of Water—one of Esquire’s “80 Books Every Person Should Read”—is known for her visceral, passionate writing. The fierce short stories of her first collection are true to form. Focusing on the lives of the marginalized, these powerful pieces illuminate desperation and survival, brutality and beauty. In one, a traumatized eight-year-old transports frozen organs around Eastern Europe. Other tales follow a janitor who creates his own miniature metropolis from discarded objects, a wounded man who pushes through grief to an unexpected end, and a child who lashes out against a group of schoolyard bullies.

 

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

Judith Bowles - Unlocatable Source, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine - The Local World, & Kirsten Hampton - The Ocean Cannot Be Blue

Saturday, February 15, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Unlocatable Source Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781625493163
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Published: Turning Point - July 16th, 2019

The Local World Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781625493262
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Published: Wordtech Communications - September 25th, 2019

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$19.00
ISBN: 9781625492999
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Published: Turning Point - December 15th, 2018

Writing with the same elegant language, meticulous technique, and rhythmic control that characterized the poems of The Gatherer, Bowles in her second collection articulates and celebrates the fine details of everyday life. Reading Rumi, for instance, the poet finds that she needs a second bookmark “to mark what I find/When I open the book like a fruit/I have split and it spills in my hand,” turning the act of reading into a rich feast. Also an accomplished fiction writer, Bowles instills her lyrics with tantalizing narrative threads: “ I love loving him for his breath/Which is there to be found if his words/Are unlocked from the page through my hands…”

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A Maryland native and co-director of the Café Muse reading series, Delaplaine won first place awards in both the 2014 Bethesda Literary Festival Poetry Contest and the 2013 The Northern Virginia Review contest. In her acutely observed debut collection, she maintains a dual focus on geographical and temporal place, offering an intimate engagement with landscapes and waterways such as Delaware Bay, Sycamore Island, and the Potomac, where “the river buoys me like my father did /when he taught me to float.” Yet rooted in the local she also finds the wider world, as when she looks at a black coat and glimpses “your father shiver, leaving Russia.”

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Hampton, a writer and filmmaker, has published her poetry in journals including Blueline, Innisfree Poetry Journal, and Potomac Review and won a CINE Golden Eagle Award for producing Hidden Books: the Art of Kumi Korf, which considers the creative process through the lens of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. Composed of lyrics that together gain the traction of a powerful narrative, her new collection focuses on the personal and historical impact of miscegenation and the Loving v. Virginia case. As “Detail from ‘One Drop’ Rule,” in its entirety, has it: “If there is one/emerald anchovy/darting in the water/the ocean cannot be blue.”

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Donna Rifkind - The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood

Saturday, February 15, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781590517215
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Published: Other Press - January 28th, 2020

Nearly forgotten today, the Austrian émigré Salka Viertel (1889-1978) was a vital figure in Hollywood during the 1930s and ‘40s as an actress, screenwriter, and hostess. As Rifkind, a widely published film critic, recounts in this sparkling and long overdue biography, Viertel played opposite Garbo in MGM’s German-language Anna Christie and co-wrote the screenplays for five of Garbo’s major films, including Queen Christina and Anna Karenina. She also held Sunday afternoon open houses, which, attended by stars like Charlie Chaplin and Shelley Winters as well by writers and musicians who had fled Hitler’s Europe, such as Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and Arnold Schoenberg, resulted in a unique artistic ferment.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Melvin I. Urofsky - The Affirmative Action Puzzle: A Living History from Reconstruction to Today

Saturday, February 15, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Affirmative Action Puzzle: A Living History from Reconstruction to Today Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781101870877
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Published: Pantheon - January 28th, 2020

From 1961, when Kennedy created the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, mandating federal contractors to take “affirmative action” to ensure no discrimination by “race, creed, color, or national origin,” to today, affirmative action has remained a flashpoint in American life. In this comprehensive history, Urofsky, a professor emeritus of history at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of Dissent and the Supreme Court and Louis D. Brandeis, illuminates the key Supreme Court cases related to affirmative action, looks in detail at how the measure has functioned in education, assesses how well it has benefited those it was intended to help, and details its wider social effects.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Erica Armstrong Dunbar - She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman — in conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez — at Union Market

Saturday, February 15, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781982139599
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Published: 37 Ink - November 5th, 2019

Nearly synonymous with the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman (c. 1820-1913) helped bring hundreds of slaves to freedom. She also spied for the Union Army and led an armed expedition during the Civil War, then worked for women’s suffrage and advocated for the elderly. In this vivid and fresh biography, Dunbar, Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers and author of the Frederick Douglass Book Award-winner Never Caught, celebrates the life and achievements of one of the nation’s extraordinary women through a combination of scholarship and dynamic graphics ranging from sidebars and illuminating timelines to illustrations and photos—many of them new. Dunbar will be in conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench.

 

1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Alexander Herbert - What about Tomorrow?: An Oral History of Russian Punk from the Soviet Era to Pussy Riot — at Union Market

Sunday, February 16, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
What about Tomorrow?: An Oral History of Russian Punk from the Soviet Era to Pussy Riot (Punx) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781621064046
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Published: Microcosm Publishing - September 10th, 2019

While many Westerners knew little of Russia’s punk scene until Pussy Riot’s arrival on the global stage in 2012, as Herbert reports in this dynamic oral history, punk first gained a foothold in the Soviet Union in 1978. Arriving with black market vinyl and fanzines, the music soon fostered a youth movement that managed to stay one step ahead of the secret police. Profiling the key figures involved, Herbert, a research fellow at Brandeis, follows the music from early bands like Avtomaticheskie Udovletvoriteli and Naïve to later ones such as Distress, Ricochet, and the anti-fascist Proverochnaia Lineika and chronicles punk’s spread from Moscow and St. Petersburg to provincial cities.

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

Arie W. Kruglanski and David Webber - The Radical's Journey: How German Neo-Nazis Voyaged to the Edge and Back

Sunday, February 16, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Radical's Journey: How German Neo-Nazis Voyaged to the Edge and Back Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780190851095
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 1st, 2019

This groundbreaking study draws on the authors’ extensive research into radicalization and de-radicalization to present a groundbreaking study of German right-wing extremists. Kruglanski, University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and co-founder and senior investigator at the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism, and Webber, assistant professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, combine analysis based on their psychological theory of radicalization with forty-three rare interviews with present and former Neo Nazis to illuminate the needs and motivations that draw people to extremist groups, the relations within these organizations, and the factors that can compel people to leave.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jeffrey Wasserstrom - Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink — in conversation with Ishaan Tharoor

Sunday, February 16, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$15.99
ISBN: 9781733623742
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Published: Columbia Global Reports - February 11th, 2020

Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at U.C., Irvine, where he specializes in the history of protests against authoritarianism and former editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, is perfectly situated to analyze Hong Kong’s ongoing turmoil. One strand of his analysis tracks China’s concerted efforts since 1997 to strip the city of its freedoms and remake it as another Canton or Shenzhen. The second narrative chronicles the equally determined actions by Hong Kong’s residents to resist China’s repressive moves and keep the judicial and press independence that has characterized the city in the past. While the protestors have scored some victories, Wasserstrom believes China will ultimately succeed in imposing its iron law. Wasserstrom will be in conversation with Ishaan Tharoor, a Washington Post reporter covering foreign affairs, geopolitics, and history.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mark Stein - The Presidential Fringe: Questing and Jesting for the Oval Office

Sunday, February 16, 5:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9781640120327
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Published: Potomac Books - February 1st, 2020

An author, screenwriter, and playwright, Stein is best known for his bestselling How the States Got Their Shapes, the basis for the History Channel series of the same name. In his new book he casts his eye for the odd but telling corners of history with a look at fringe candidates running for the U.S. presidency. Canvassing the last two centuries, he presents thirty brief profiles of figures ranging from Victoria Woodhull and George E. Taylor, the first woman and the first African American to run, respectively, to the first openly gay cross-dressing candidate, Joan Jett Blakk. Far from negligible, these candidates have called awareness to overlooked constituencies and have had a measurable impact on the nation’s political landscape, influencing mainstream candidates and laying the ground for future elections.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jerry Mitchell - Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights

Monday, February 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781451645132
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 4th, 2020

A multi-award-winning reporter and founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, Mitchell has spent much of his thirty-four-year career working to reopen four cold cases from the civil rights era. In this powerful memoir, he chronicles how his unstinting search for long-lost documents, witnesses, and suspects led to the reopening of legal proceedings concerning the assassination of Medgar Evans, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, and the 1964 Mississippi Burning case. Especially pivotal to the last, Mitchell succeeded in having the crime’s mastermind brought to trial and convicted forty-one years after Klansmen killed three civil rights workers.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Anne Kim - Abandoned: America's Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection — at The Wharf

Monday, February 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Abandoned: America's Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781620975008
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Published: New Press - February 11th, 2020

Some 4.5 million young people in this country between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four are living without the grounding of a family, school, or work. In the first study of this underreported crisis, Kim, a lawyer, public policy expert, and contributing editor at Washington Monthly, combines analysis with powerful, often wrenching stories of young people with few resources struggling to find their way. More prevalent in rural areas than urban ones, disconnection affects kids aging out of foster care and young adults tangled in the justice system. But with the growing recognition of emerging adulthood as a crucial developmental period, Kim foresees the advent of much needed programs to foster self-sufficiency in this overlooked population.

 

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

Race in America Today: A Panel Discussion — Moderated by April Ryan

Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join April Ryan, Washington Bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks and author of Under Fire, At Mama’s Knee, and The Presidency in Black and White for the seventh in an ongoing series of discussions focusing on race in America.  As in previous presentations, Ryan will moderate a panel of leading writers and commentators to examine recent and longstanding issues.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

RESCHEDULED: Neal Shusterman - The Toll (The Arc of a Scythe series #3) — at Connie Morella Library

Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 pm
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481497060
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 5th, 2019

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442472464
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781481481977
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

In the highly anticipated finale to the bestselling Arc of a Scythe trilogy, tensions rise as do dictators and prophets. Rowan and Citra have disappeared. Endura is gone. Through this turmoil, the Thunderhead remains silent to all except Greyson Tolliver; everywhere, the reverberations of the Great Resonance can still be felt. Suddenly, it seems that nothing stands between the evil Scythe Goddard and absolute power of the scythedom. Is there anyone left who can stop him? Or will humanity be ripped apart by the immortal beings it created? The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder. Dripping with intrigue and suspense, fans will devour this epic ending to one of this contemporary dystopian series. Ages 12 and up.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Connie Morella Library
7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

David Enrich - Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062878816
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Published: Custom House - February 18th, 2020

Finance editor at The New York Times, Enrich follows his acclaimed The Spider Network with the never-before-told story of Deutsche Bank. Drawing on extensive interviews with more than 100 past and present Bank officials, Enrich traces a long history of dubious practices, from the Bank’s collaboration with the Nazis to build Auschwitz to a recent string of market manipulations, investor scams, sanctions violations, money laundering for Russian oligarchs—and, over the last 20 years, loans of billions of dollars to Trump, the Kushners, and others, including Jeffrey Epstein. Putting a human face on the story of corporate greed, Enrich leavens the exposé with reports from the investigations of the 2014 suicide of senior Deutsch Bank executive Bill Broeksmit.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jeff Sharlet - This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers

Thursday, February 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781324003205
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 11th, 2020

An award-winning author of books including Radiant Truths, Sweet Heaven When I Die, and The Family, Sharlet has explored the shadowy boundaries of faith and skepticism, with particular attention to American fundamentalism. His new book, however, turns to images to convey the kinds of truth he’s previously relied on words to deliver. Drawing from his Instagram project, The Darkness Show, Sharlet uses a combination of snapshots and brief reflections to document the two years between his father’s heart attack and his own. Combining photography, storytelling, and sociology in the mode of innovative writers such as Teju Cole and W.G. Sebald, Sharlet makes a powerful statement about empathy and alienation in today’s world.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

#DCReadsToni Book Group meeting, discussing Toni Morrison's novel Love — at Union Market

Thursday, February 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Love: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781400078479
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Published: Vintage - January 4th, 2005

P&P is proud to participate in this bimonthly book club organized by Jamise Harper, founder of Spines & Vines. Since October, Harper has been rotating among area bookstores to host discussions focusing on the life and legacy of Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison. Please join us for a conversation about her 2003 novel, Love.

 

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

Fred Kaplan - The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War

Friday, February 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982107291
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 28th, 2020

In his compelling and important new study, Kaplan, the national-security columnist for Slate and the author of books including Dark Territory and The Insurgents, applies his deep reporting skills and impeccable historical research to a definitive history of American policy on nuclear war. Drawing on exclusive interviews and previously classified documents that reveal new details of key decisions and events, Kaplan examines how presidents from Truman to Trump have handled moments of nuclear crisis. His analysis of various doomsday scenarios illuminates the reality of the unthinkable in terms of mass destruction—and also demonstrates why nuclear arms are here to stay.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Martin Tolchin - Politics, Journalism, and the Way Things Were: My Life at the Times, the Hill, and Politico

Saturday, February 22, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Politics, Journalism, and the Way Things Were: My Life at the Times, the Hill, and Politico (Media and Power) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780367366124
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Routledge - December 5th, 2019

Tolchin’s forty-year career at The New York Times was split almost evenly between New York, where he served as City Hall Bureau Chief, and Washington, where he covered Congress and the White House. In this candid and upbeat memoir, Tolchin, who in 1994 co-founded The Hill, recounts stories of the major events and figures he covered as well as giving an illuminating insider’s account of the evolution of political journalism from mostly all-male, smoke-filled newsrooms to the high-tech world of the 24/7 news cycle. Emphasizing journalism’s impact on history and politics, Tolchin counters today’s negativity over fake news with an inspiring portrait of the role of free speech to guide a free nation.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Susan Fowler - Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber — in conversation with Liz Bruenig

Saturday, February 22, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525560128
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Published: Viking - February 18th, 2020

One of the first women to speak out in what became the #MeToo movement, Fowler came to national attention in 2017 when she posted an account of the sexual harassment she’d endured as an entry-level engineer at Uber. The story went viral, led to extensive shake ups at the company, and put Fowler on the cover of Time as one of the year’s “Silence Breakers.” In this powerful memoir, Fowler, now technology op-ed editor at The New York Times, reveals additional details about her time at Uber as well as reporting on the company’s response to her charges. She also puts these recent experiences into the larger context of her life, recounting the determination that took her from an impoverished childhood in rural Arizona to an Ivy League education and on to her brave public stand. Fowler will be in conversation with Liz Bruenig, New York Times opinion writer.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jonathan Horn - Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle

Saturday, February 22, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501154232
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Published: Scribner - February 11th, 2020

Horn, a former White House presidential speechwriter, follows his acclaimed biography of Robert E. Lee, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington, with a revelatory look at the nation’s first president. Starting as Washington withdrew from public life after two terms—a virtually unprecedented move in a world of life-long monarchs—the book charts his efforts to define the life of a national leader in retirement. Telling the story from the perspectives of Washington, his family, friends, and enemies, Horn recounts how Washington found it harder to give up power than he’d expected, returning to military command as well as engaging in feuds with his successors as president.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tim Bakken - The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military

Sunday, February 23, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781632868985
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 18th, 2020

In addition to being the first civilian promoted to professor of law in West Point’s history, Bakken is also one of the few federal employees ever to win a whistleblowing case against the U.S. military. In his new book he shows how civilian leaders’ veneration for the armed forces, along with a popular approval that generally stands near 70%, has left the military isolated, a factor that contributes to the academies’ culture of outdated curricula and helps foster rampant corruption, arrogance, and sexual assault. These problems, in turn, have affected the military’s performance, and Bakken correlates the high rate of failure in the nation’s armed conflicts since Korea with the largely unchecked toxic environment of the country’s military institutions such as West Point.

 

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Robert H. Frank - Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work — in conversation with Jonathan Chait

Sunday, February 23, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780691193083
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Published: Princeton University Press - January 28th, 2020

Frank’s book explores social contagion—the phenomenon in which the presence of a particular behavior can influence the actions of others—and argues that it should play a larger role in the formation of public policy. Laws regulating smoking, for example, limit where it can occur, but do nothing about the fact that people often take it up when they see others doing it. Discussing the fall of communism, the sexual revolution, and the #MeToo movement, Frank shows how the government could foster greater benefits if it targeted social rather than individual responsibility. Frank, a long-time Economic View columnist for The New York Times and author of books including the International best-selling The Economic Naturalist, will be in conversation with Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine .

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Dorothy Moss and Taina Caragol - The Obama Portraits

Sunday, February 23, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780691203287
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Published: Princeton University Press - February 11th, 2020

The first commissioned presidential portraits by African American artists, the paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama, by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, reside in the National Portrait Gallery, where they drew an additional million visitors in their first year on exhibit.  In this comprehensive study compiled by Gallery staff including Moss, curator of painting and sculpture, and Caragol, the first curator for Latino art, history, painting and sculpture, a diverse group of historians assesses the paintings and their impact on American and African American history and culture; the volume also includes interviews with the artists, transcripts of the Obamas’ remarks at the February 12, 2018 unveiling, and photos from the sittings by Pete Souza.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Conor Dougherty - Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America — at The Wharf

Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525560210
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Published: Penguin Press - February 18th, 2020

In this deeply reported book, Dougherty, a Bay Area-native based in Oakland, draws on his decade covering economics and housing for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to give a detailed look at how unaffordable rents and exorbitant real estate prices are fueling displacement and homelessness. Focusing on San Francisco as a harbinger for the rest of the country, Dougherty combines national statistics and research with stories of individuals at the center of the crisis. He offers vivid accounts of the political debates, shows the increasingly tenuous position of struggling families, and follows the innovative examples of activists such as a developer who manufactures homeless housing on an assembly line, a math teacher advocating the end of single-family-house neighborhoods, and many others.

 

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Philip Kennicott - Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning

Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393635362
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 18th, 2020

During and after his mother’s death, Kennicott, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning art and architecture critic, turned to Bach for the solace he couldn’t find anywhere else, first listening exclusively to Bach’s works, and then, over the course of five years, struggling to master both the Goldberg Variations and his complicated grief. In his profound and moving memoir, he combines his personal experience with his professional expertise to explore questions about the role of art in a life. Focusing closely on one complex work, Kennicott asks both what it means to know a piece of music and what it means to know a person.

 

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Steven Levy - Facebook: The Inside Story — at The Wharf

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780735213159
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Published: Blue Rider Press - February 25th, 2020

Wired’s editor at large, Levy is the award-winning author of Hackers, Crypto, and In the Plex, a history of Google. His new book draws on his three decades covering the tech sector for a deeply reported history of Facebook. Given exclusive access to Mark Zuckerberg, his colleagues—including Sheryl Sandberg—and the company’s employees, Levy traces the growth of the media platform from its inception as a campus social network to one of the largest businesses in the world, with nearly three billion users. More importantly, he examines Facebook’s culture for insight into its role as a purveyor of fake news and its influence in U.S. elections.

 

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

Fergus M. Bordewich - Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780451494443
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Published: Knopf - February 18th, 2020

One of the leading independent historians of the Civil War, Bordewich, author of books including The First Congress and America’s Great Debate, takes exception to the common assumption that Lincoln alone was the driving force behind the outcome of the War Between the States. Focusing on Congress, and in particular four influential members—Thaddeus Stevens, Pitt Fessenden, Ben Wade, and Clement Vallandigham—Bordewich tells the overlooked story of a dynamic legislature, one which, in addition to pushing the president to act on emancipation before he was ready to, created the forerunner of the IRS, laid the ground for the Federal Reserve, enacted the Homestead Act, passed the Pacific Railway Act, and created the Land Grant Colleges Act.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig - A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781984877499
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Published: Penguin Press - January 21st, 2020

From their respective roles as White House Bureau chief and Pulitzer Prize-winning national investigative reporter for The Washington Post, Rucker and Leonnig have covered the Trump administration extensively. As they show in this detailed account, when examined carefully, the apparent chaos of Trump’s presidency reveals certain patterns. Drawing on extensive original reporting and dozens of new interviews with key figures, the authors illuminate the larger meaning of Trump’s unprecedented use of his office by plunging us directly into the West Wing as he faces the impeachment inquiry, retracing the Mueller investigation, following aides as they control the damage from Trump’s interactions with world leaders, and more.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Charles Finch - The Last Passenger & Susan Elia MacNeal - The King's Justice — at The Wharf

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250312204
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 18th, 2020

The King's Justice: A Maggie Hope Mystery Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399593840
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Published: Bantam - February 25th, 2020

Finch’s new book joins The Woman in the Water and The Vanishing Man as the third in a trilogy of prequels to his bestselling Charles Lenox series, which introduced the Victorian gentleman and amateur sleuth with 2007’s A Beautiful Blue Death. Set in London in 1855, the novel opens with Lenox facing what may be a nearly perfect crime: a man found dead in a first-class car at Paddington Station, who has no luggage, nothing in his pockets, and bears no outward signs of violence. Yet even without any clues Lenox is sure there’s been foul play, and though Scotland Yard discourages him, he launches an investigation.

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Since launching her Maggie Hope series in 2012, MacNeal, winner of the Barry award, has taken the eponymous British-born, American-reared, math whiz from a job as Winston Churchill’s secretary to a career solving mysteries of national importance as a spy and secret agent. The ninth installment opens in London in December 1942 where Maggie, though intending to take a much needed break from Special Operations, is inveigled into helping with a case involving a stolen Stradivarius. She’s no sooner gotten started, however, than she’s called upon to assist in the investigation of a serial killer—and eventually finds a connection between the seemingly unrelated crimes.

 

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

Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac - The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$23.00
ISBN: 9780525658351
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Published: Knopf - February 25th, 2020

An internationally recognized leader in the climate emergency, Figueres was executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016. Her new book, co-authored with Rivett-Carnac, who worked with her on negotiations for the Paris Agreement, looks ahead to the year 2050, laying out two possible scenarios for the future of our imperiled planet. Should we fail to meet the goals of the Paris Convention, the outlook is bleak. If we work to curb fossil fuels, unsustainable farming, and other practices, we can create a carbon-neutral world in which everyone can thrive. The authors propose ten steps we can take to make the differences that will not just see us through the crisis but result in a more just and equitable society.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Gabriel Bump - Everywhere You Don't Belong & Brandon Taylor - Real Life — at Union Market

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Everywhere You Don't Belong Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616208790
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 4th, 2020

Real Life: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525538882
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 18th, 2020

Awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction, Bump has contributed both fiction and nonfiction to venues including Slam magazine, the Huffington Post, and Springhouse Journal. Writing with style and bravado, in his first novel he explores issues of race, identity, social injustice, and family through the story of Claude McKay Love. A young Black man from the South Side of Chicago, Love was raised by his grandmother, who hoped to see him carry on the struggle for civil rights. But after a riot tears apart his community, Love escapes for college and a new life—only to discover that the place and people who shaped him are not so easily left behind.

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A senior editor of Electric Literature and a staff writer at Literary Hub, Taylor is known as a powerful essayist for the pieces he’s published in The New Yorker online, Catapult, Out magazine, and Roxane Gay’s anthology, Not That Bad. In his eagerly awaited debut novel, he turns his acute understanding of human emotions to the story of Wallace, an introverted young Black Southern man in a Midwest college. Though Wallace has friends, he keeps his distance, navigating a deep loneliness that’s tied to his sense of self-preservation. Then a series of confrontations with colleagues and an unsettling encounter with a young straight man threaten to overturn his precarious stability.

 

 

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

Rahm Emanuel - The Nation City— in conversation with Jonathan Karl at Sidwell Friends

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm
The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656388
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Published: Knopf - February 25th, 2020

At a time of anxiety about the effectiveness of our national government, Rahm Emanuel provides a clear vision, for both progressives and centrists, of how to get things done in America today--a bracing, optimistic vision of America's future from one of our most experienced and original political minds. In The Nation City, Rahm Emanuel, former two-term mayor of Chicago and White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama, offers a firsthand account of how cities, rather than the federal government, stand at the center of innovation and effective governance. He makes clear how mayors are accountable to their voters to a greater degree than any other elected officials and illuminates how progressives and centrists alike can best accomplish their goals by focusing their energies on local politics. The Nation City maps out a new, energizing, and hopeful way forward. Emanuel will be in conversation with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl.

Single Ticket: $15
1 Ticket & 1 Book: $35

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Sidwell Friends Meeting House
3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sarah Albee - North America: A Fold-Out Graphic History

Friday, February 28, 10:30 am
North America: A Fold-Out Graphic History Cover Image
By Sarah Albee, William Exley (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781999967925
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Published: What on Earth Books - October 1st, 2019

Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101932230
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

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

This thorough and unique illustrated timeline traces the history of Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the islands of the Caribbean beginning around 13,000 BCE. Concise blurbs put important events in a continent-wide context, providing readers with a valuable sense of perspective. Accessible text presents the horrors of this continent’s history—the genocide, slavery, and discrimination perpetrated by European colonizers and their descendants—and the survival of the very people those in power sought to erase and subjugate. Young historians can read this book page-by-page, or spread the timeline out for a bird’s-eye view. Source notes raise crucial questions about how and why history is presented. The author provides a list of resources for those who want to look further. Ages 9-12

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Washington, DC 20008

Jill Wine-Banks - The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President

Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250244321
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 25th, 2020

Wine-Banks, an MSNBC legal analyst, completed law school in 1968 and started her career as one of the first female attorneys in the DOJ’s organized crime section. This was soon followed by a post as an assistant Watergate special prosecutor under Leon Jaworski, which earned Wine-Banks the nickname “the mini-skirted lawyer.” As she recalls in this vivid and timely memoir, such sexism was par for the course in 1970s Washington—as was harassment that included having her phone tapped and her house burgled. But Wine-Banks persevered, showing her professional skill by cross-examining Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, about the famous gap in the Watergate tapes, and by becoming the first woman to serve as general counsel of the U.S. Army (1977-1980) and, later, chief operating officer of the American Bar Association.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Rachel Vorona Cote - Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today — in conversation with Caitlin Gibson — at Union Market

Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$19.99
ISBN: 9781538729700
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 25th, 2020

In her first book, Cote draws on her academic interest in Victorian literature and her professional experience as a former contributing writer at Jezebel to explore how patriarchal culture from the nineteenth century to the present has stifled and cramped women’s lives. Looking at how women have been demonized for “excessive” behavior—whether talking too much, laughing too loud, taking up too much space, or expressing too much desire—Cote profiles transgressive figures ranging from Jane Eyre and Lizzie Bennet to Lana Del Ray and Britney Spears. As she did in her Los Angeles Review of Books web site essay on Taylor Swift and Victorian female friendship, Cote offers a truly revelatory account of female intensity. Cote will be in conversation with Caitlin Gibson, a Washington Post feature writer.

 

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

Thomas Travisano - Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop

Saturday, February 29, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780525428817
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Published: Viking - November 5th, 2019

Travisano, emeritus professor of English at Hartwick College, principal editor of Words in Air, and founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society, draws on extensive scholarship as well as on new material and interviews for an insightful and compelling look at one of the greatest and best-loved American poets. Charting Bishop’s famous “art of losing,” Travisano recounts her early losses of her parents to death and mental breakdown, her complicated love affairs, and her depression and alcoholism. He also illuminates her “art of finding,” reflected in deep friendships with Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell, her love of travel, and the perfectionism that resulted in a slim published output—just 100 poems—but accolades including the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Tracy Walder - The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists — in conversation with Peter Bergen

Saturday, February 29, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250230980
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 25th, 2020

Walder’s first job after college was with the CIA, where she worked as a staff operations officer at the agency’s Counterterrorism Center. In this engaging account, she describes monitoring al-Qaeda cells with drones, tracking chemical terrorists, debriefing prisoners who had vowed never to talk to a woman, and following terrorist trails through North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to stop chemical attacks. She also saw a terror chart she’d compiled manipulated by White House staff to convey misleading information, and in her second position, as special agent at the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, she both helped capture one of the most notorious foreign spies ever caught in the U.S. and experienced  rampant sexism. Walder will be in conversation with Peter Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst and Vice President for Global Studies and Fellows at New America.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Adam Cohen - Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America — in conversation with Peter Edelman

Saturday, February 29, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735221505
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Published: Penguin Press - February 25th, 2020

Starting in 1968—the year Nixon was elected and Chief Justice Earl Warren retired—Cohen’s groundbreaking history examines the Supreme Court’s steadily conservative bent over the last fifty years. While Warren had overseen an expansion of civil rights, class action suits, and decisions including Brown v Board of Education, after him the court pursued a pro-corporate agenda that restricted unions and limited access to voting. Drawing on his extensive experience as both a veteran New York Times and Time journalist and a one-time lawyer for the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU, Cohen traces this shift directly to Nixon, who, during his six years in office, appointed four justices, whose legacy continues. Cohen will be in conversation with Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Jaclyn Friedman - Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World — in conversation with Soraya Chemaly and Tahir Duckett

Sunday, March 1, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World Cover Image
By Jessica Valenti (Editor), Jaclyn Friedman (Editor)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781580058797
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Published: Seal Press - January 28th, 2020

 

 

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Tevi Troy - Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump

Sunday, March 1, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$29.99
ISBN: 9781621578369
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Published: Regnery History - February 11th, 2020

 

 

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Jenny Offill - Weather

Sunday, March 1, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Weather: A novel Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780385351102
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Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020

 

 

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John Feinstein - The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season

Monday, March 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.95
ISBN: 9780385544481
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Published: Doubleday - March 3rd, 2020

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Daniel Mallory Ortberg - Something That May Shock and Discredit You — at The Wharf

Monday, March 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Something That May Shock and Discredit You Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982105211
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Published: Atria Books - February 11th, 2020

 

 

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Ally Carter - Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor

Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 am
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780358003199
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

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Washington, DC 20008

Judith Heumann - Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780807019290
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Published: Beacon Press - February 25th, 2020

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Poupeh Missaghi - trans(re)lating house one — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Trans(re)Lating House One Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781566895651
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Published: Coffee House Press - February 4th, 2020

 

 

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

Ally Carter - Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor — at Takoma Park Library

Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 pm
Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358003199
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

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Louise Erdrich - The Night Watchman

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Night Watchman Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062671189
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Published: Harper - March 3rd, 2020

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Kathy Gunst and Katherine Alford - Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury, and Women's Voices — at Union Market

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm
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$24.99
ISBN: 9781982132675
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Published: Tiller Press - February 4th, 2020

 

 

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

Adam Hochschild - Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781328866745
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 3rd, 2020

 

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Michelle P. King - The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers That Are Holding Women Back at Work — at The Wharf

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers That Are Holding Women Back at Work Cover Image
By Michelle P. King, Gillian Anderson (Foreword by), Jennifer Nadel (Foreword by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982110925
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Published: Atria Books - March 3rd, 2020

 

 

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70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

David Plouffe - A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump—GW Betts Theatre

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781984879493
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Published: Viking - March 3rd, 2020

A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump is a voter's playbook on making a difference in the 2020 election and beyond from the most recognized and most successful political strategist in the country. If you've asked yourself the question, what more can I do to make sure Donald Trump does not continue to occupy the Oval Office on January 20, 2021?—then this book is for you. A playbook for the common citizen, Plouffe addresses the many things individuals can do in 2020 every day, without having to leave their jobs, move to Iowa, or spend every waking moment on the election. The message is simple: the only way change happens, especially on scale, is one human being talking to another. It won't happen magically, it won't happen because of debates and conventions, it won't happen because of ads. It will happen because citizens take action. Plouffe lays out why different activities the average citizen can take can make a difference to getting to 270 electoral votes, how people can go about doing them, and examples of where it's worked in the past.

GW Student Ticket (must have GW ID): $10
Single Ticket: $15
1 Ticket & 1 Book: $32

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GW Betts Theatre
800 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

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