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P&P Live! Louise Penny & Hillary Rodham Clinton | STATE OF TERROR: A NOVEL

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
State of Terror: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982173678
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Published: Simon & Schuster/St. Martin’s Press - October 12th, 2021

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After a tumultuous period in American politics, a new administration has just been sworn in, and to everyone’s surprise the president chooses a political enemy for the vital position of secretary of state. There is no love lost between the president of the United States and Ellen Adams, his new secretary of state. But it’s a canny move on the part of the president. With this appointment, he silences one of his harshest critics, since taking the job means Adams must step down as head of her multinational media conglomerate.

As the new president addresses Congress for the first time, with Secretary Adams in attendance, Anahita Dahir, a young foreign service officer (FSO) on the Pakistan desk at the State Department, receives a baffling text from an anonymous source.

Too late, she realizes the message was a hastily coded warning.

What begins as a series of apparent terrorist attacks is revealed to be the beginning of an international chess game involving the volatile and Byzantine politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran; the race to develop nuclear weapons in the region; the Russian mob; a burgeoning rogue terrorist organization; and an American government set back on its heels in the international arena.

As the horrifying scale of the threat becomes clear, Secretary Adams and her team realize it has been carefully planned to take advantage of four years of an American government out of touch with international affairs, out of practice with diplomacy, and out of influence in the places where it counts the most.

To defeat such an intricate, carefully constructed conspiracy, it will take the skills of a unique team: a passionate young FSO; a dedicated journalist; and a smart, determined, but as yet untested new secretary of state.

Louise Penny is an international award winning and bestselling author whose books have hit #1 on the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Globe and Mail (Toronto) lists. Her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels have been translated into thirty-one languages. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and US Senator. She is the author of seven previous books.

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P&P Live! Michelle Coles—Black Was the Ink-with Danielle Holley-Walker

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm
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By Michelle Coles, Justin Johnson (Illustrator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781643794310
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Published: Tu Books - October 12th, 2021

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Malcolm and his family are working to save his family farm in present day Mississippi when he is suddenly looking through the eyes of his ancestor Cedric Johnson. As Cedric, Malcolm meets the real-life Black statesmen who fought for change during the Reconstruction era: Hiram Revels, Robert Smalls, and other leaders who made American history. Michelle Coles, civil rights attorney with the United States Department of Justice and New Visions Award Honor winner, writes this timely novel about 16-year-old Malcolm as he takes a fantastical journey through Reconstruction Era America. Black Was the Ink is a powerful coming-of-age story and an eye-opening exploration of an era that continues to define modern America.

Michelle Coles is a debut novelist, experienced civil rights attorney, and mother of four. She is a proud alumna of Howard University School of Law and the University of Virginia. As a 9th generation Louisianan, she is highly attuned to the struggles African Americans have faced in overcoming the legacy of slavery and the periods of government-sanctioned discrimination that followed. She lives in Maryland with her family.

Danielle Holley-Walker is the Dean and Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law.  Dean Holley-Walker earned a B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard University.  After law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She also practiced civil litigation at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining the Howard faculty, she was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina.

Ages 13 and up

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P&P Live! Louise Penny & Hillary Rodham Clinton — State of Terror: A Novel

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm
State of Terror: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982173678
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/St. Martin’s Press - October 12th, 2021

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After a tumultuous period in American politics, a new administration has just been sworn in, and to everyone’s surprise the president chooses a political enemy for the vital position of secretary of state. There is no love lost between the president of the United States and Ellen Adams, his new secretary of state. But it’s a canny move on the part of the president. With this appointment, he silences one of his harshest critics, since taking the job means Adams must step down as head of her multinational media conglomerate.

As the new president addresses Congress for the first time, with Secretary Adams in attendance, Anahita Dahir, a young foreign service officer (FSO) on the Pakistan desk at the State Department, receives a baffling text from an anonymous source.

Too late, she realizes the message was a hastily coded warning.

What begins as a series of apparent terrorist attacks is revealed to be the beginning of an international chess game involving the volatile and Byzantine politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran; the race to develop nuclear weapons in the region; the Russian mob; a burgeoning rogue terrorist organization; and an American government set back on its heels in the international arena.

As the horrifying scale of the threat becomes clear, Secretary Adams and her team realize it has been carefully planned to take advantage of four years of an American government out of touch with international affairs, out of practice with diplomacy, and out of influence in the places where it counts the most.

To defeat such an intricate, carefully constructed conspiracy, it will take the skills of a unique team: a passionate young FSO; a dedicated journalist; and a smart, determined, but as yet untested new secretary of state.

Louise Penny is an international award winning and bestselling author whose books have hit #1 on the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Globe and Mail (Toronto) lists. Her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels have been translated into thirty-one languages. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and US Senator. She is the author of seven previous books.

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P&P Live! John and Liza Marshall — Off Our Chests - with Marianne Szegedy-Maszak

Thursday, October 14, 6:00 pm
Off Our Chests: A Candid Tour Through the World of Cancer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781646870486
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Published: Ideapress Publishing - May 4th, 2021

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Off Our Chests recounts the story of Liza and John's experience with her diagnosis and treatment. Written in alternating voices, Liza details her treatment, the complex decisions she had to make throughout her course of chemotherapy and radiation, including clinical trial participation and an elective double mastectomy, the added complexity of being treated at the cancer center of which John was the chief of hematology and oncology, and the emotional impact of knowing she may die as a young woman with young children.

John Marshall is a medical oncologist and a professor at Georgetown University, and he is an internationally recognized expert in gastrointestinal cancers and the development of new treatments for cancer. He has been outspoken on controversial issues in cancer research, including his criticism of the dominance and success of breast cancer advocacy and research at the unfortunate expense of other specialties.

Liza Marshall is an attorney, who retired from the practice of law in 2005 to manage her family. She then became involved in the establishment of a cancer support organization in the Washington, D.C. area, and she remains deeply involved in their work. In 2006, when she was 43 years old, Liza was diagnosed with a high-risk Stage 3 triple negative breast cancer.

John and Liza will be in conversation with Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, he editorial operations director at the DC bureau of Mother Jones. She's a journalist, editor, book doctor, and ghost writer. She has written a family Holocaust memoir, I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls and Wars in Hungary.

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P&P Live! Thoreau Panel—NOW COMES GOOD SAILING - with Celeste Headlee, Pico Iyer, A.O. Scott, Rafia Zakaria, and Andrew Blauner

Thursday, October 14, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Now Comes Good Sailing: Writers Reflect on Henry David Thoreau Cover Image
By Andrew Blauner (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780691215228
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 12th, 2021

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The world is never done catching up with Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), the author of Walden, "Civil Disobedience," and other classics. A prophet of environmentalism and vegetarianism, an abolitionist, and a critic of materialism and technology, Thoreau even seems to have anticipated a world of social distancing in his famous experiment at Walden Pond. In Now Comes Good Sailing, twenty-seven of today's leading writers offer wide-ranging original pieces exploring how Thoreau has influenced and inspired them--and why he matters more than ever in an age of climate, racial, and technological reckoning.

Here, Lauren Groff retreats from the COVID-19 pandemic to a rural house and writing hut, where, unable to write, she rereads Walden; Pico Iyer describes how Thoreau provided him with an unlikely guidebook to Japan; Gerald Early examines Walden and the Black quest for nature; Rafia Zakaria reflects on solitude, from Thoreau's Concord to her native Pakistan; Mona Simpson follows in Thoreau's footsteps at Maine's Mount Katahdin; Jennifer Finney Boylan reads Thoreau in relation to her experience of coming out as a trans woman; Adam Gopnik traces Thoreau's influence on the New Yorker editor E. B. White and his book Charlotte's Web; and there's much more.

The result is a lively and compelling collection that richly demonstrates the countless ways Thoreau continues to move, challenge, and provoke readers today.

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, professional speaker and best-selling author of We Need To Talk: How To Have Conversations That Matter. She is co-host of the new weekly series Retro Report on PBS and season three of the Scene on Radio podcast – MEN. Celeste serves as an advisory board member for Procon.org and The Listen First Project. Her most recent book, Do Nothing: How To Break Away From Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving, helps us break free of our unhealthy devotion to efficiency, and shows us how to reclaim our time and humanity with a little more leisure. Her forthcoming book, Speaking of Race, will be featured on P&P Live! in November.

Pico Iyer has published 15 books, translated into 23 languages, on subjects ranging from the Dalai Lama to globalism, from the Cuban Revolution to Islamic mysticism. They include such long-running sellers as Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the MonkThe Global SoulThe Open Road and The Art of Stillness. He has also written the introductions to more than 70 other books, and writes up to 100 articles a year for TimeThe New York TimesThe New York Review of Books, the Financial Times and more than 250 other periodicals worldwide.

A.O. Scott is a renowned critic of literature and film, and is currently a chief film critic for The New York Times. Mr. Scott has continued to dabble in literary criticism for The Book Review, and writes for The Times Magazine whenever he can. He also makes frequent appearances on radio and television, especially during Oscar season. He is also a distinguished professor of film criticism at Wesleyan University, and lectures widely on film and the importance of criticism, which is the subject of his book Better Living Through Criticism.

Rafia Zakaria is an author, attorney, and human rights activist who has worked on behalf of victims of domestic violence around the world. Her recent titles include Veil, The Upstairs Wife, and Against White Feminism. Zakaria has written for the Guardian, Boston Review, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, and is also a columnist for Dawn in Pakistan.

Andrew Blauner, editor of Now Comes Good Sailing, is a celebrated anthologist and founder of Blauner Books. His work has been published in the New York Times, and he has appeared on a wide array of media outlets, including: NPR’s “On Point,” with Tom Ashbrook, The Brian Lehrer Show, and The Leonard Lopate Show, as well as Ben Cheever’s “About Writing.” He is a member of PEN American Center, National Book Critics Circle, The Authors Guild, Association of Authors’ Representatives, and SABR (Society of American Baseball Research). https://www.blaunerbooks.com/

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P&P Live! Brendan Wenzel-Inside Cat

Friday, October 15, 10:00 am
Inside Cat Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452173191
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 12th, 2021

Hello Hello Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781797202655
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 25th, 2020

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By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452173184
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 27th, 2019

They All Saw A Cat (Cat Books for Kids, Beginning Reading Books, Preschool Prep Books) Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452150130
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 30th, 2016

New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Brendan Wenzel shares his latest story on the wonders of staying indoors. Inside Cat explores one cat’s life as he wanders, wonders, stares, and snacks in the indoors. Inside cat’s days are far from dull with dozens of exciting things happening right outside his window. Wenzel plays with observation, perception, and the imagination in this funny and wise tale.

Brendan Wenzel is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator based in upstate New York. He is the author and illustrator of many children’s stories such as A Stone Sat Still, Hello Hello, and They All Saw a Cat, which was a recipient of a Caldecott honor. When not writing, Wenzel is a proud collaborator for a number of groups working to protect and conserve wildlife.

Ages 4 to 7

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P&P Live! Sesali Bowen — Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes From A Trap Feminist

Friday, October 15, 8:00 pm
Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063028708
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Published: Amistad - October 5th, 2021

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Bad Fat Black Girl offers a new, inclusive feminism for the modern world. Weaving together searing personal essay and cultural commentary, Bowen interrogates sexism, fatphobia, and capitalism all within the context of race and hip-hop. In the process, she continues a Black feminist legacy of unmatched sheer determination and creative resilience.

Sesali Bowen is a writer who curates events, writes for film and television, and creates elevated pop culture correspondence. Bowen is the former senior entertainment editor at Nylon magazine and senior entertainment writer at Refinery29. Focusing on Black pop culture, she helped launch Unbothered, R29’s sub brand for Black women. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and Feministing. Bowen lives in New Jersey.

 

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P&P Live! Tara Laskowski & John Copenhaver — The Mother Next Door & The Savage Kind

Saturday, October 16, 5:00 pm
The Savage Kind: A Mystery Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781643138091
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Published: Pegasus Crime - October 5th, 2021

The Mother Next Door: A Novel of Suspense Cover Image
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Published: Graydon House - October 12th, 2021

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The Mother Next Door is an atmospheric novel of domestic suspense in which the strive for perfection ends in murder.

Tara Laskowski is the author of One Night Gone, which won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark, Anthony, Macavity, and Lefty Awards. She is also the author of two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders. Tara earned a BA from Susquehanna University and an MFA from George Mason University and currently lives in Virginia. Find her on Twitter and Instagram, @TaraLWrites.

In The Savage Kind, Two lonely teenage girls in 1940s Washington, DC, discover they have a penchant for solving crimes--and an even greater desire to commit them.

John Copenhaver is the author of Dodging and Burning, which won the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel and garnered Anthony, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lambda Literary Award nominations. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called "Blacklight," is a co-host on the House of Mystery Radio Show, and is the six-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the Washington, DC, Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He's a Larry Neal awardee, and his work has appeared in CrimeReads, Electric Lit, Glitterwolf, PANK, New York Journal of Books, and theWashington Independent Review of Books. He lives in Richmond, VA, with his husband, artist Jeffery Paul.

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P&P Live! Anushay Hossain—THE PAIN GAP - with Soraya Chemaly, Jill Filipovic, and Sophia A, Nelson

Sunday, October 17, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Pain Gap: How Sexism and Racism in Healthcare Kill Women Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982177775
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Published: Tiller Press - October 12th, 2021

Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501189562
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Published: Atria Books - May 21st, 2019

The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781568588438
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Published: Bold Type Books - May 1st, 2018

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ISBN: 9780757323980
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Published: Health Communications Inc - March 16th, 2021

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Explore real women’s tales of healthcare trauma and medical misogyny with this meticulously researched, in-depth examination of the women’s health crisis in America—and what we can do about it.

When Anushay Hossain became pregnant in the US, she was so relieved. Growing up in Bangladesh in the 1980s, where the concept of women’s healthcare hardly existed, she understood how lucky she was to access the best in the world. But she couldn’t have been more wrong. Things started to go awry from the minute she stepped in the hospital, and after thirty hours of labor (two of which she spent pushing), Hossain’s epidural slipped. Her pain was so severe that she ran a fever of 104 degrees, and as she shook and trembled uncontrollably, the doctors finally performed an emergency C-section.

Giving birth in the richest country on earth, Hossain never imagined she could die in labor. But she almost did. The experience put her on a journey to explore, understand, and share how women—especially women of color—are dismissed to death by systemic sexism in American healthcare.

Following in the footsteps of feminist manifestos such as The Feminine Mystique and Rage Becomes Her, The Pain Gap is an eye-opening and stirring call to arms that encourages women to flip their “hysteria complex” on its head and use it to revolutionize women’s healthcare. This book tells the story of Hossain’s experiences—from growing up in South Asia surrounded by staggering maternal mortality rates to lobbying for global health legislation on Capitol Hill to nearly becoming a statistic herself. Along the way, she realized that a little fury might be just what the doctor ordered.

Meticulously researched and deeply reported, this book explores real women’s traumatic experiences with America’s healthcare system—and empowers everyone to use their experiences to bring about the healthcare revolution women need.

Anushay Hossain is a writer and a feminist policy analyst focusing on women’s health legislation. She is a regular on-air guest at CNN, MSNBC, and PBS, and her writing on politics, gender, and race has been published in Forbes, CNN, USA TODAY, The Daily Beast, and Medium. Hossain is also the host of the Spilling Chai podcast. The Pain Gap is her first book.

Soraya Chemaly is the award-winning author of Rage Becomes Her (2018; Atria Books), writer, and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She is the Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and an advocate for women’s freedom of expression and expanded civic and political engagement. A prolific writer and speaker, her articles appear in Time, the Verge, The Guardian, The Nation, HuffPost, and The Atlantic. Follow her on Twitter at @SChemaly and learn more at SorayaChemaly.com.

Jill Filipovic is a Brooklyn-based journalist, lawyer, and author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness. A weekly columnist for CNN and a 2019 New America Future of War fellow, she is also a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times and a former columnist for The Guardian. Her work has appeared in Time, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the anthologies Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s America and Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.

Sophia A. Nelson is an award-winning American author and journalist. You can see her regularly on CNN’s Inside Politics and Newsroom as a legal and political analyst. Nelson is an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. She is a former investigative counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform, and senior counsel with the international law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP. She had the privilege of covering former First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House from 2010–2012. She is the author of The Woman Code, Black Woman Redefined, and E Pluribus ONE. www.iamsophianelson.com/

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P&P Live! Jocelyn Nicole Johnson — My Monticello: Fiction - with Morgan Jerkins

Monday, October 18, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781250807151
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 5th, 2021

 

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Tough-minded, vulnerable, and brave, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s precisely imagined debut explores burdened inheritances and extraordinary pursuits of belonging. Set in the near future, the eponymous novella, “My Monticello,” tells of a diverse group of Charlottesville neighbors fleeing violent white supremacists. Led by Da’Naisha, a young Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, they seek refuge in Jefferson’s historic plantation home in a desperate attempt to outlive the long-foretold racial and environmental unravel ling within the nation.

United by these characters’ relentless struggles against reality and fate, My Monticello is a formidable book that bears witness to this country’s legacies and announces the arrival of a wildly original new voice in American fiction.

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s writing has appeared in Guernica, The Guardian, Phoebe, Prime Number Magazine, and elsewhere. Her short story “Control Negro” was anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2018, guest edited by Roxane Gay, and read live by LeVar Burton as part of PRI’s Selected Shorts series. Johnson has been a fellow at Hedgebrook, Tin House Summer Workshops, and VCCA. A veteran public school art teacher, Johnson lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Johnson will be in conversation with Morgan Jerkins, the New York Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing, Wandering In Strange Lands, and Caul Baby: a novel. The Senior Culture Editor at ESPN's The Undefeated, Jerkins is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Leader in Media and an 2021 ASME Next Award winner for outstanding magazine journalists under the age of 30.

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P&P Live! Catherine Grace Katz — THE DAUGHTERS OF YALTA - with Andrew Roberts

Monday, October 18, 8:00 pm
The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans:  A Story of Love and War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780358627944
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Published: Mariner Books - October 19th, 2021

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Tensions at Yalta threatened to tear apart the wartime alliance of Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin just as victory was close at hand. Catherine Grace Katz uncovers the dramatic story of the three young women who were chosen by their fathers to travel with them to Yalta, each bound by fierce family loyalty, political savvy, and intertwined romances that powerfully colored these crucial days.

Kathleen Harriman, daughter of U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Averell Harriman, was a war correspondent and champion skier. Sarah Churchill, an actress-turned-RAF officer, was devoted to her brilliant father, who depended on her astute political mind. Roosevelt’s only daughter, Anna, chosen instead of her mother, Eleanor, to accompany the president to Yalta, arrived there as keeper of her father’s most damaging secrets. Situated in the political maelstrom that marked the transition to the postwar world, The Daughters of Yalta is a remarkable story of fathers and daughters whose relationships were tested and strengthened by the history they witnessed and the future they crafted together.

Andrew Roberts is a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department of King’s College, London, the Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, and the author of 13 books, including Hitler and ChurchillThe Storm of War: A History of the Second World War, and Napoleon: A Life. He is also the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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P&P Live! John Rocco—Hurricane

Tuesday, October 19, 10:00 am
Hurricane Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780759554931
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

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A young boy and his family barricade their home against an encroaching Hurricane. The winds roar while the boy sleeps, dreaming of the dock where he spends lazy summer days swimming and playing. When dawn arrives, he is distressed to find his beloved dock in disrepair, but develops a more hopeful outlook by joining other community members in rebuilding. In almost photo-realistic artwork, Rocco uses color to transport the reader through the darkness of the hurricane and into the light of renewed hope. Fans of Rocco’s Blackout and Blizzard will delight in his newest picture book.

John Rocco is a New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including Wolf! Wolf!, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book; Moonpowder; Blizzard; and Blackout, a winner of the Caldecott Honor. Rocco also illustrated Whoopi Goldberg's Alice and the covers for Rick Riordan's internationally bestselling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, among others. Most recently, Rocco’s first book of nonfiction, How We Got To The Moon, was longlisted for the National Book Award.

Ages 4 to 8

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P&P Live! Farah Stockman—AMERICAN MADE - with Connie Schultz

Tuesday, October 19, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984801159
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Published: Random House - October 12th, 2021

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What happens when Americans lose their jobs? In this illuminating story of ruin and reinvention, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Farah Stockman gives an up-close look at the profound role work plays in our sense of identity and belonging, as she follows three workers whose lives unravel when the factory they have dedicated so much to closes down.

Shannon, Wally, and John built their lives around their place of work. Shannon, a white single mother, became the first woman to run the dangerous furnaces at the Rexnord manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was proud of producing one of the world’s top brands of steel bearings. Wally, a black man known for his initiative and kindness, was promoted to chairman of efficiency, one of the most coveted posts on the factory floor, and dreamed of starting his own barbecue business one day. John, a white machine operator, came from a multigenerational union family and clashed with a work environment that was increasingly hostile to organized labor. The Rexnord factory had served as one of the economic engines for the surrounding community. When it closed, hundreds of people lost their jobs. What had life been like for Shannon, Wally, and John, before the plant shut down? And what became of them after the jobs moved to Mexico and Texas?

American Made is the story of a community struggling to reinvent itself. It is also a story about race, class, and American values, and how jobs serve as a bedrock of people’s lives and drive powerful social justice movements. This revealing book shines a light on this political moment, when joblessness and uncertainty about the future of work have made themselves heard at a national level. Most of all, it is a story about people: who we consider to be one of us and how the dignity of work lies at the heart of who we are.

Farah Stockman joined the New York Times editorial board in 2020 after covering politics, social movements, and race for the national desk. She previously spent sixteen years at the Boston Globe, nearly half of that time as the paper’s foreign policy reporter in Washington, D.C. She has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Guantánamo Bay. She also served as a columnist and an editorial board member at the Globe. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of columns about the efforts to desegregate Boston’s schools.

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and a professional-in-residence in the journalism school at Kent State University, her alma mater. She is the author of two memoirs, Life Happens, ...And His Lovely Wife, and most recently, the novel The Daughters of Erietown.

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P&P Live! Amor Towles — THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY - with Ken Burns

Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 pm
The Lincoln Highway: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735222359
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Published: Viking - October 5th, 2021

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In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction—to the City of New York.

Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, The Lincoln Highway will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes.

Amor Towles is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. The two novels have collectively sold more than four million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Towles is in conversation with Ken Burns, a documentary filmmaker for over 40 years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil WarBaseballJazzThe War; The National Parks: America’s Best IdeaThe Roosevelts: An Intimate History; Jackie RobinsonThe Vietnam War; and Country Music.

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P&P Live! Sarah Ruhl — Smile: The Story of a Face - with Kathryn Schulz

Wednesday, October 20, 6:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781982150945
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 5th, 2021

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With a play opening on Broadway, and every reason to smile, Sarah Ruhl has just survived a high-risk pregnancy when she discovers the left side of her face is completely paralyzed. She is assured that 90 percent of Bell's palsy patients see spontaneous improvement and experience a full recovery. Like Ruhl's own mother. But Sarah is in the unlucky ten percent. And for a woman, wife, mother, and artist working in theater, the paralysis and the disconnect between the interior and exterior brings significant and specific challenges. So Ruhl begins an intense decade-long search for a cure while simultaneously grappling with the reality of her new face--one that, while recognizably her own--is incapable of accurately communicating feelings or intentions.

In a series of piercing, witty, and lucid meditations, Ruhl chronicles her journey as a patient, wife, mother, and artist. She explores the struggle of a body yearning to match its inner landscape, the pain of postpartum depression, the story of a marriage, being a playwright and working mom to three small children, and the desire for a resilient spiritual life in the face of illness.

Sarah Ruhl is a playwright and writer of other things. Her fifteen plays include In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), The Clean House, and Eurydice. She has been a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Tony Award nominee, and the recipient of the MacArthur "genius" Fellowship. Her plays have been produced on- and off-Broadway, around the country, internationally, and have been translated into many languages. Her book 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write was a New York Times Notable Book. Her other books include Letters from Max, with Max Ritvo, and 44 Poems for You. You can read more about her work at SarahRuhlPlaywright.com.

Kathryn Schulz joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing and a National Magazine Award for “The Really Big One,” her story on seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest. Previously, she was the book critic for New York, the editor of the environmental magazine Grist, and a reporter and editor at the Santiago Times. She is the author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, and her new book, Lost & Found, will be published in 2022.

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P&P Live! Myisha Cherry — The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle - with Kate Manne

Thursday, October 21, 6:00 pm
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$19.95
ISBN: 9780197557341
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 19th, 2021

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Anger has a bad reputation. Many people think that it is counterproductive, distracting, and destructive. It is a negative emotion, many believe, because it can lead so quickly to violence or an overwhelming fury. And coming from people of color, it takes on connotations that are even more sinister, stirring up stereotypes, making white people fear what an angry other might be capable of doing, when angry, and leading them to turn to hatred or violence in turn, to squelch an anger that might upset the racial status quo.

According to philosopher Myisha Cherry, anger does not deserve its bad reputation. It is powerful, but its power can be a force for good. And not only is it something we don't have to discourage, it's something we ought to cultivate actively. There is a form of anger that in fact is crucial in the anti-racist struggle today. This anti-racist anger can use its mighty force to challenge racism: it aims for change, motivates productive action, builds resistance, and is informed by an inclusive and liberating perspective. Above all, this book is a resource for the activist coming to grips with a seemingly everyday emotion that she may feel rising up within her and not know what to do with. It shows how to make sure anger doesn't go to waste, but instead leads to lasting, long-awaited change.

Myisha Cherry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. Her books include UnMuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2018) and, co-edited with Owen Flanagan, The Moral Psychology of Anger (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). Her work on emotions and race has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Huffington Post, WomanKind, and New Philosopher. She has also offered social commentary on race for BBC Radio, BET, and other outlets. Cherry is also the host of the UnMute Podcast, where she interviews philosophers about the social and political issues of our day.

Kate Manne is an associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University, where she has taught since 2013. Before that, she did her graduate work at MIT and was a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. The author of Down Girl, she has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, and Politico, among other publications. She was recently named one of the world's top ten thinkers by Prospect (UK).

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P&P Live! Daniel de Visé — King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King - in conversation with Diane Williams

Thursday, October 21, 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780802158055
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Published: Grove Press - October 4th, 2021

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Riley "Blues Boy" King (1925-2015) was born into deep poverty in Jim Crow Mississippi. Wrenched away from his sharecropper father, B.B. lost his mother at age ten, leaving him more or less alone. Music became his emancipation from exhausting toil in the fields. Inspired by a local minister's guitar and by the records of Blind Lemon Jefferson and T-Bone Walker, encouraged by his cousin, the established blues man Bukka White, B.B. taught his guitar to sing in the unique solo style that, along with his relentless work ethic and humanity, became his trademark. In turn, generations of artists claimed him as inspiration, from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to Carlos Santana and the Edge.

King of the Blues presents the vibrant life and times of a trailblazing giant. Witness to dark prejudice and lynching in his youth, B.B. performed incessantly (some 15,000 concerts in 90 countries over nearly 60 years)--in some real way his means of escaping his past. Several of his concerts, including his landmark gig at Chicago's Cook County Jail, endure in legend to this day. His career roller-coasted between adulation and relegation, but he always rose back up. At the same time, his story reveals the many ways record companies took advantage of artists, especially those of color.

Daniel de Vis has interviewed almost every surviving member of B.B. King's inner circle--family, band members, retainers, managers, and more--and their voices and memories enrich and enliven the life of this Mississippi blues titan, whom his contemporary Bobby "Blue" Bland simply called "the man."

Daniel de Visé is the author of the critically acclaimed Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show and The Comeback: Greg LeMond, The True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France, and coauthor of I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia. He shared a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his journalism and has worked at the Washington Post and Miami Herald, among other newspapers. He lives in Maryland.

Daniel de Visé will be in conversation with, Diane Williams, the author of The Life and Legacy of B.B. King: A Mississippi Blues Icon. She has authored, edited, and been included in numerous publications and anthologies. She is also a professional storyteller, public speaker, and mixed media fiber artists. Diane retired from state government as a grant administrator for the Mississippi Arts Commission.

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P&P Live! Mags DeRoma—Awake

Friday, October 22, 11:00 am
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By Mags DeRoma, Mags DeRoma (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250753199
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 19th, 2021

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A sleepy little girl in striped pajamas and her canine companion are about to curl up in bed when an unwanted visitor appears – a spider! The offending arachnid watches innocently as the girl – now wide awake – works herself into a frenzy plotting its demise. The spider is scary, but the girl perseveres and finds a way to scoop up her tiny visitor without harming him. DeRoma’s papercut art forms a cozy bedroom space that emphasizes the spider’s petiteness, reminding us that we need not fear something just because it is ‘different’.

Mags DeRoma is an artist and storyteller. She makes, writes, designs, draws, paints, and builds thoughtful works, many of them for a young (but discerning) audience. Awake is her debut picture book.

Ages 4-8

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P&P Live! Marita Golden — The Strong Black Woman - with Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Friday, October 22, 7:00 pm
The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781642506839
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Published: Mango - October 12th, 2021

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Meet Black women who have learned though hard lessons the importance of self-care and how to break through the cultural and sometimes family resistance to seeking therapy and professional mental health care.

In The Strong Black Womn, hear the stories of African American women who:

Asked for help when they needed it

Built lives that offer healing every day

Learned to accept that healing

Marita Golden is the author of 17 works of fiction and nonfiction. She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets and Writers, just to name a few. Co-founder and President Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation, Marita Golden is a veteran teacher of writing.

Golden will be in conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the New York Times bestselling author of Wench and Balm. Her forthcoming novel Take My Hand will be published by Berkley Books/Penguin Random House in April 2022. Dolen is the current Chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is Associate Professor in the Literature Department at American University in Washington, DC.

 

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P&P Live! Bruce A. Ragsdale — Washington at the Plow: The Founding Farmer and the Question of Slavery - with Cynthia A. Kierner

Sunday, October 24, 3:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780674246386
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Published: Belknap Press - October 12th, 2021

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Washington at the Plow depicts the "first farmer of America" as a leading practitioner of the New Husbandry, a transatlantic movement that spearheaded advancements in crop rotation. A tireless experimentalist, Washington pulled up his tobacco and switched to wheat production, leading the way for the rest of the country. He filled his library with the latest agricultural treatises and pioneered land-management techniques that he hoped would guide small farmers, strengthen agrarian society, and ensure the prosperity of the nation.

Slavery was a key part of Washington's pursuits. He saw enslaved field workers and artisans as means of agricultural development and tried repeatedly to adapt slave labor to new kinds of farming. To this end, he devised an original and exacting system of slave supervision. But Washington eventually found that forced labor could not achieve the productivity he desired. His inability to reconcile ideals of scientific farming and rural order with race-based slavery led him to reconsider the traditional foundations of the Virginia plantation. As Bruce Ragsdale shows, it was the inefficacy of chattel slavery, as much as moral revulsion at the practice, that informed Washington's famous decision to free his slaves after his death.

Bruce A. Ragsdale served for twenty years as director of the Federal Judicial History Office at the Federal Judicial Center. The author of A Planters' Republic: The Search for Economic Independence in Revolutionary Virginia, he has been a fellow at the Washington Library at Mount Vernon and the International Center for Jefferson Studies.

Cynthia Kierner is a professor of history at George Mason University and author of multiple books on Virginia during the founding era.

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P&P Live! Chris Hedges — Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison

Sunday, October 24, 5:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781982154431
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 19th, 2021

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges has taught courses in drama, literature, philosophy, and history since 2013 in the college degree program offered by Rutgers University at East Jersey State Prison and other New Jersey prisons. In his first class at East Jersey State Prison, where students read and discussed plays by Amiri Baraka and August Wilson, among others, his class set out to write a play of their own. In writing the play, Caged, which would run for a month in 2018 to sold-out audiences at The Passage Theatre in Trenton, New Jersey, and later be published, students gave words to the grief and suffering they and their families have endured, as well as to their hopes and dreams. The class's artistic and personal discovery, as well as transformation, is chronicled in heart-breaking detail in Our Class. This book gives a human face and a voice to those our society too often demonizes and abandons. It exposes the terrible crucible and injustice of America's penal system and the struggle by those trapped within its embrace to live lives of dignity, meaning, and purpose.

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief in the Middle East and the Balkans for fifteen years for The New York Times. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is host of the Emmy Award­-nominated RT America show On Contact. Hedges, who holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, is the author of numerous books and was a National Book Critics Circle finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto. He has taught college credit courses through Rutgers University since 2013 in the New Jersey prison system.

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P&P Live! Mary Beard — Twelve Caesars - with Daniel Mendelsohn

Monday, October 25, 6:00 pm
Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780691222363
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 12th, 2021

 

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From Beard's reconstruction of Titian's extraordinary lost Room of the Emperors to her reinterpretation of Henry VIII's famous Caesarian tapestries, Tweleve Caesrs includes fascinating detective work and offers a gripping story of some of the most challenging and disturbing portraits of power ever created.

Mary Beard is one of the world’s leading classicists and cultural commentators. A specialist in Roman history and art, she is professor of classics at the University of Cambridge and the author of bestselling and award-winning books, including SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome and Women and Poer: A Manifesto. She has also written and presented many television programs, from Civilisations and Meet the Romans to The Shock of the Nude.

Beard will be in conversation with Daniel Mendelsohn, is an internationally bestselling author, critic, essayist, and translator. He has also been a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and a columnist for The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, and New York magazine, where he was the weekly book critic. In February 2019, he was named Editor-at-Large of the New York Review of Books and the Director of the Robert B. Silvers Foundation.

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P&P Live! Saru Jayaraman—ONE FAIR WAGE

Monday, October 25, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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$24.99
ISBN: 9781620975336
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Published: New Press - November 2nd, 2021

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the country, more than six million people earned their living as tipped workers in the service industry. They served us in cafes and restaurants, they delivered food to our homes, they drove us wherever we wanted to go, and they worked in nail salons for as little as $2.13 an hour—the federal tipped minimum wage since 1991—leaving them with next to nothing to get by.

These workers, unsurprisingly, were among the most vulnerable workers during the pandemic. As businesses across the country closed or drastically scaled back their services, hundreds of thousands lost their jobs. As in many other areas, the pandemic exposed the inadequacies of the nation’s social safety net and minimum-wage standards.

One Fair Wage shines a light on these workers, illustrating how the people left out of the fight for a fair minimum wage are society’s most marginalized: people of color, many of them immigrants; women, who form the majority of tipped workers; disabled workers; incarcerated workers; and youth workers. They epitomize the direction of our whole economy, reflecting the precariousness and instability that is increasingly the lot of American labor.

Saru Jayaraman is the President of One Fair Wage, a national organization working to raise wages for service workers nationwide, and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. She was listed in CNN’s 'Top 10 Visionary Women' and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s ‘Visionary of the Year’ in 2019. She is the author of Behind the Kitchen Door, Forked: A New Standard for American Dining, and co-editor of Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning.

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P&P Live! Scott D. Seligman — A Second Reckoning: Race, Injustice, and the Last Hanging in Annapolis

Tuesday, October 26, 6:00 pm
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$32.95
ISBN: 9781640124653
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Published: Potomac Books - October 1st, 2021

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A Second Reckoning tells the story of John Snowden, a Black man accused of the murder of a pregnant white woman in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1917. He refused to confess despite undergoing torture, was tried--through legal shenanigans--by an all-white jury, and was found guilty on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to death. Despite hair-raising, last-minute appeals to spare his life, Snowden was hanged for the crime. But decades after his death, thanks to tireless efforts by interested citizens and family members who believed him a victim of a "legal lynching," Snowden was pardoned posthumously by the governor of Maryland in 2001.

Scott D. Seligman uses Snowden's case to bring posthumous pardons into the national conversation about amends for past racial injustices. Seligman argues that the repeal of racist laws and policies must be augmented by reckoning with America's judicial past, especially in cases in which prejudice may have tainted procedures or perverted verdicts, evidence of bias survives, and a constituency exists for a second look. Seligman illustrates the profound effects such acts of clemency have on the living and ends with a siren call for a reexamination of such cases on the national level by the Department of Justice, which officially refuses to consider them.

Scott D. Seligman is a writer and historian. He is the author of numerous books, including The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots That Shook New York City (Potomac Books, 2020), the award-winning The Third Degree: The Triple Murder That Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice (Potomac Books, 2018), and The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo.

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P&P Live! Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel-Tiny Dancer

Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 pm
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By Siena Cherson Siegel, Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481486675
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 26th, 2021

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By Siena Cherson Siegel, Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481486644
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

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Teenage Siena lives and breathes ballet. Her dedication earns her a spot at the School of American Ballet; her long-term plan is New York City Ballet or bust. In spite of her talent, Siena struggles with self-doubt and injury, leading her to question her dream. But what else could she do, when ballet is all she knows? This loving ode to ballet also questions its sometimes grueling practices. Siena Cherson Siegel’s graphic memoir of her own experiences as a young ballet dancer will engage readers of all ages who love dance. Illustrations by Mark Siegel exquisitely capture the dancers’ graceful movements.

Siena Cherson Siegel is an author and former dancer who trained at the School of American Ballet. To Dance  and Tiny Dancer  are stories from her life.

Mark Siegel is known both as an author, illustrator, and as the editorial director of First Second Books, a Macmillan imprint that publishes graphic novels for all ages.

Ages 12 to adult

Each purchase of Tiny Dancer will come with a signed bookplate, while supplies last.

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P&P Live! Jayne Allen, Mia McKenzie, and LaTanya McQueen In Conversation

Tuesday, October 26, 8:00 pm
Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063142992
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Published: Harper - September 28th, 2021

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ISBN: 9781984801609
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Published: Random House - June 22nd, 2021

When the Reckoning Comes: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063035041
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 3rd, 2021

 

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Jayne Allen is the pen name of Jaunique Sealey, a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.Black Girls Must Die Exausted is her first novel which she calls “the epitaph of my 30s.”

Mia McKenzie is the award-winning author of The Summer We Got Free and the creator of Black Girl Dangerous Media, an independent media and education project that centers queer Black women and girls. Skye Falling is her second novel.

LaTanya McQueen has an MFA from Emerson College, a PhD from the University of Missouri, and was the 2017-2018 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Coe College. She published an essay collection, titled, And It Begins Like This and has been featured in Best American Essays, Carve Magazine, and Bennington Review. When the Reckoning Comes is her first novel.

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P&P Live! Thriller Panel with Wiley Cash and Kimi Cunningham Grant

Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 pm
These Silent Woods: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250793393
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Published: Minotaur Books - October 26th, 2021

When Ghosts Come Home: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062312662
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Published: William Morrow - September 21st, 2021

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Vividly atmospheric and masterfully tense, These Silent Woods is a poignant story of survival, sacrifice, and how far a father will go when faced with losing it all.

Kimi Cunningham Grant is the author of Fallen Mountains, Silver Like Dust, and These Silent Woods. Kimi is a two-time winner of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize in Poetry and a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in creative nonfiction. Her poems and essays have appeared in Fathom, Literary Mama, RATTLE, Poet Lore, and Whitefish Review.

As the suspense builds and this compelling mystery unfolds, in When Ghosts Come Home, Wiley Cash delves deep into the hearts of these richly drawn, achingly sympathetic characters to reveal the nobility of an ordinary man struggling amidst terrifying, extraordinary circumstances.

Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, the acclaimed This Dark Road to Mercy, and most recently The Last Ballad. He won the SIBA Book Award and the Conroy Legacy Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel, and has been nominated for many more. A native of North Carolina, he is the Alumni Author-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

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P&P Live! Jo Nesbø — The Jealousy Man and Other Stories

Saturday, October 30, 3:00 pm
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By Jo Nesbo, Robert Ferguson (Translated by)
$28.95
ISBN: 9780593321003
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Published: Knopf - October 5th, 2021

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A veritable crime lover’s delight from a true master of mystery and suspense. Experience the #1 New York Times best-selling author as never before in this dark and thrilling short story collection that takes us on a journey of twisted minds and vengeful hearts. The Jealousy Man and Other Stories

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, economist, and #1 New York Times best-selling author. He has won the Raymond Chandler Award for Lifetime Achievement as well as many other awards. His books have sold 45 million copies worldwide and have been translated into fifty languages. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, Phantom, and most recently Knife, and he is also the author of The Son, Headhunters, Macbeth, and several children's books. He lives in Oslo.

 

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P&P Live! Terence Smith—FOUR WARS, FIVE PRESIDENTS

Sunday, October 31, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Four Wars, Five Presidents: A Reporter's Journey from Jerusalem to Saigon to the White House Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781538160619
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 15th, 2021

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Four Wars, Five Presidents recounts Terence Smith’s extraordinary journalistic career with The New York Times, CBS News and PBS, covering everything from the inner workings of the White House, four wars, and stories drawn from the daily lives of people in 44 countries. He also provides a first-hand account of the evolution of journalism from print to digital.

Terence Smith is an award-winning journalist who has been a political reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and television analyst over the course of an almost five-decade career that included The New York Times, CBS News, and the Newshour on PBS. In 2013 Smith was inducted into the Professional Journalists Hall of Fame. He resides in Annapolis, Maryland.

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P&P Live! Pamela Paul — 100 THINGS WE'VE LOST TO THE INTERNET - with Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Monday, November 1, 6:00 pm
100 Things We've Lost to the Internet Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593136775
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 26th, 2021

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It is hard to think of a single aspect of modern life that hasn't been altered by the Internet. Today we exist, for the most part, in filtered, isolated corners of cyberspace--a place that has slowly subsumed our physical habitats and all at once become our local library, office, bar, movie theater, and concert hall. But as we've gained the ability to gather without leaving our bedrooms or looking another person in the eye, many of the fundamentally human experiences that sustained us have silently disappeared.

In 100 short, never-before-published essays, enlivened with illustrations by Nishant Choksi, Pamela Paul presents a record of all the things we long for without realizing that they're gone as well as the things we're all too happy to let slip into the pre-Internet past—from voicemails to punctuation to civility. There are the small losses: postcards, the blessings of an adolescence largely spared of documentation, and the genuine surprises at high school reunions. But there are larger repercussions, too: weaker memories, the inability to entertain oneself, and the utter demolition of privacy.

Paul will be in conversation with Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. She has also written for GQ, ESPN the Magazine, and many other publications. Fleishman Is in Trouble is her first novel.

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P&P Live! Sam Quinones—THE LEAST OF US

Sunday, November 7, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781635574357
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - November 2nd, 2021

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Weaving analysis of the drug trade into stories of humble communities, The Least of Us delivers an unexpected and awe-inspiring response to the call that shocked the nation in Sam Quinones's award-winning Dreamland.

Sam Quinones traveled from Mexico to main streets across the U.S. to create Dreamland, a groundbreaking portrait of the opioid epidemic that awakened the nation. As the nation struggled to put back the pieces, Quinones was among the first to see the dangers that lay ahead: synthetic drugs and a new generation of kingpins whose product could be made in Magic Bullet blenders. In fentanyl, traffickers landed a painkiller a hundred times more powerful than morphine. They laced it into cocaine, meth, and counterfeit pills to cause tens of thousands of deaths-at the same time as Mexican traffickers made methamphetamine cheaper and more potent than ever, creating, Sam argues, swaths of mental illness and a surge in homelessness across the United States.

Quinones hit the road to investigate these new threats, discovering how addiction is exacerbated by consumer-product corporations. “In a time when drug traffickers act like corporations and corporations like traffickers,” he writes, “our best defense, perhaps our only defense, lies in bolstering community.” Amid a landscape of despair, Quinones found hope in those embracing the forgotten and ignored, illuminating the striking truth that we are only as strong as our most vulnerable.

Sam Quinones is a journalist, author and storyteller whose two acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction about Mexico and Mexican immigration made him, according to the SF Chronicle Book Review, "the most original writer on Mexico and the border." His book, Dreamland, won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction.

 

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P&P Live! Chloe Gong—Our Violent Ends-with Roshani Chokshi & Aiden Thomas

Tuesday, November 16, 8:00 pm
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Join us for the US-stop on the epic international launch of OUR VIOLENT ENDS!

The highly-anticipated sequel to the critically-acclaimed instant New York Times bestseller These Violent Delights is coming this November! With action-packed gang rivalry, searing forbidden romance, and a new monstrous threat, Our Violent Ends is the page-turning conclusion to Chloe’s heart-stopping Romeo and Juliet-inspired YA historical fantasy duology set in atmospheric 1920s Shanghai.

Purchase of either Our Violent Ends or These Violent Delights (or both!) from Politics and Prose is required to attend the virtual event. Both books are available for purchase during registration.

Early purchases will also include a specially-designed bookplate signed by Chloe as well as EXCLUSIVE swag, while supplies last.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution.

After sacrificing her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, Juliette has been a girl on the warpath. One wrong move, and her cousin will step in to usurp her place as the Scarlet Gang’s heir. The only way to save the boy she loves from the wrath of the Scarlets is to have him want her dead for murdering his best friend in cold blood. If Juliette were actually guilty of the crime Roma believes she committed, his rejection might sting less.

Roma is still reeling from Marshall’s death, and his cousin Benedikt will barely speak to him. Roma knows it’s his fault for letting the ruthless Juliette back into his life, and he’s determined to set things right—even if that means killing the girl he hates and loves with equal measure.

Then a new monstrous danger emerges in the city, and though secrets keep them apart, Juliette must secure Roma’s cooperation if they are to end this threat once and for all. Shanghai is already at a boiling point: The Nationalists are marching in, whispers of civil war brew louder every day, and gangster rule faces complete annihilation. Roma and Juliette must put aside their differences to combat monsters and politics, but they aren’t prepared for the biggest threat of all: protecting their hearts from each other.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Chloe Gong is the New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and its sequel, Our Violent Ends. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she double-majored in English and international relations. Born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Chloe is now located in New York pretending to be a real adult. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok under @TheChloeGong or check out her website at TheChloeGong.com.

Aiden Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys and Lost in the Never Woods, received their MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. Born in Oakland, California, Aiden currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where they get most of their inspiration from the lush wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Aiden is notorious among their friends for always being surprised by twist endings to books/movies and organizing their bookshelves by color. When not writing, Aiden enjoys exploring the outdoors with their dog, Ronan. Their cat, Figaro, prefers to support their indoor hobbies, like reading and drinking too much coffee.

Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draws on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.

 

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P&P Live! Ann Patchett — These Precious Days: Essays

Tuesday, November 23, 6:30 pm
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Published: Harper - November 23rd, 2021

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“Any story that starts will also end.” As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this truth in these wise essays that afford a fresh and intimate look into her mind and heart.

At the center of These Precious Days is the title essay, a surprising and moving meditation on an unexpected friendship that explores “what it means to be seen, to find someone with whom you can be your best and most complete self.” When Patchett chose an early galley of actor and producer Tom Hanks’ short story collection to read one night before bed, she had no idea that this single choice would be life changing. It would introduce her to a remarkable woman—Tom’s brilliant assistant Sooki—with whom she would form a profound bond that held monumental consequences for them both.

A literary alchemist, Patchett plumbs the depths of her experiences to create gold: engaging and moving pieces that are both self-portrait and landscape, each vibrant with emotion and rich in insight. Turning her writer’s eye on her own experiences, she transforms the private into the universal, providing us all a way to look at our own worlds anew, and reminds how fleeting and enigmatic life can be.

Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.

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P&P LIve! Thomas Forster and Shari Siadat—My Daddy Can Fly!

Tuesday, November 30, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780593180976
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Published: Random House Studio - November 23rd, 2021

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Ben and his friends are day-dreaming about what they want to be when they grow up. John wants to be a teacher, Rachel wants to be a Taekwondo master, and Dixie wants to be a doctor. Ben says he wants to fly just like his father and everyone is sure he means his dad is a pilot. Ben says his daddy is strong, gentle, fierce, and fast. To Ben, his father is more than just a dancer—he can fly! Written by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Thomas Forster and Shari Siadat, My Daddy Can Fly! is a heartwarming story enhanced by spirited illustrations by Jami Gigot.

Thomas Forster is a principal ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre. He trained at the Elmhurst School of Dance and the prestigious Royal Ballet Upper School in England, before building his career with American Ballet Theatre. Tom lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.

Shari Siadat is an author, dancer, model, and activist, whose work focuses on identity, beauty standards, and movement as a mechanism for self-discovery.

American Ballet Theatre is headquartered in New York City and revered as a cultural institution and national treasure. Founded in 1940, its mission is to create, present, and extend the great repertoire of classical dancing for the widest possible audience. ABT’s repertoire includes full-length classics from the nineteenth century, the finest works from the early twentieth century, and diverse and dynamic contemporary work by the leading choreographers of today.

Ages 4-8

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