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Our flagship store on Connecticut Avenue NW has served the Washington area since 1984. It continues to offer a wide selection of books and non-book items for all ages, author talks, literary classes, trips, and a popular coffeehouse called The Den.

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5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

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(202) 364-1919

 

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Events
Friday, May 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374214968
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

Filmmaker, actor, writer, visual artist—Waters is known for many things, but especially for the startling, transgressive quality of movies like Hairspray and Pink Flamingos, spoken-word shows such as This Filthy World, and books like the sui generis travelogue, Carsick. His latest literary foray is a collection of essays that plays to his many strengths. Drawing on his experience of celebrity—a condition that for him has no downside—he writes vividly about Hollywood, including incisive profiles of stars ranging from Divine and Mink Stole to Kathleen Turner and Tracey Ullman; speaks knowledgably about music; recounts how to build an insufferably trendy house; and offers tips on broaching matters of the heart without emotional risk—all with an eye to steering clear of respectability and staying rebellious.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, May 25, 8:00 pm

Join us for a night of Route 66 trivia!

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

Beer and wine will be available.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781101980286
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Press - May 14th, 2019

Before discovering his calling as a landscape architect, Fredrick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) was a farmer, a journalist, and an abolitionist. In the late 1850s, The New York Times dispatched him to the American South to give poorly informed Northerners a truer sense of the region. Olmsted’s reports on slavery and the extremism of its defenders shocked his readers. More than a century later, Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the classic Confederates in the Attic, retraces Olmsted’s 6,000-mile journey to discover the reality of today’s South. Traveling by rail, riverboat, and on horseback whenever possible, Horwitz journeyed from Appalachia down the Ohio and Mississippi, through Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and across Texas to the Rio Grande. Venturing off the beaten paths, he discovered the latest iterations of the Old South.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780812998368
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House - May 21st, 2019

The challenge of reuniting the nation after the Civil War was as fraught as the conflict itself. As Wineapple, award-winning author of Ecstatic Nation, shows in her detailed history, Congress was divided over questions including restoring the South to its ante-bellum status, punishing former Confederates, and granting the vote to freed Blacks. President Andrew Johnson, however, felt that Reconstruction was unnecessary, opposed civil rights, and, flouting Congress, invoked executive orders to swiftly pardon the rebel soldiers. In response, the House of Representatives voted to impeach him—a decision not taken lightly. Following this unprecedented event step-by-step, Wineapple examines questions of the separation of powers and the meaning of the nation’s core values, as well as bringing to life a host of fascinating and complex figures such as William Seward, Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, and Ulysses S. Grant.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm
Girl Gone Viral Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780425289907
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 21st, 2019

Down and Across Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780425289884
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, coding is everything. She can code her world into perfection, making craters on Mars and shimmering lakes out of nothing. But the one thing she can’t code into existence is her dad, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances when she was ten. When he never returned, she tried to forget him. Until now. That’s because WAVE, the world’s biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets the chance to meet its billionaire founder, the very man who just might know what actually happened to Opal’s father. Opal, determined to win at any cost, rigs the contest. But what begins as a simple hack devolves into a deepening pit of lies, deceit, and manipulation. Just how far will Opal go for answers? Ages 12 and up.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, May 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Flight Portfolio: A novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307959409
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Orringer made a memorable literary debut with the remarkable stories in her award-winning collection, How to Breathe Underwater. Then her first novel, The Invisible Bridge, made her a star. Praised for its breadth of imagination and masterful presentation of history, the book was a bestseller and remains a favorite. In her eagerly-awaited follow-up, Orringer returns to occupied Europe, this time with a powerful and compelling narrative based on Varian Fry. An American journalist who went to France in 1940 hoping to spirit out Jewish artists and thinkers, Fry stayed for over a year, and Orringer deftly narrates his dedication to his mission, the growing threats to the Jews he befriended, and brings us closer to the real people behind well-known names like Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, André Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall.

Orringer will be in conversation with Katharine Noel, author of Meantime and Halfway House.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780008340612
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Fourth Estate - May 28th, 2019

Twice rated one of the ten most influential people in social media, Temelkuran is both an award-winning novelist and Turkey’s most-read political columnist. In her new book she looks at recent political events from around the world— Britain’s Brexit movement, the election of Trump, Erdoğan’s rigged elections in Turkey—identifying the pattern of an insidious wave of populism. Arguing that people need to stop saying “it can’t happen here” and face the reality that it is happening everywhere, Temelkuran points out the warning signs we can’t afford to ignore and proposes global answers to what has become a global problem.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, June 1, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780393634723
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 28th, 2019

One of the most widely cited United States Supreme Court justices in history, Holmes (1841-1935), the source of “clear and present danger,” served on the high court from 1902 to 1932. Prior to that he was Associate and then Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as well as a pioneering legal scholar at Harvard Law School. In the first biography to draw on the complete digitization of Holmes’s papers, Budiansky, a historian, journalist, and author of books including Code Warriors, details the scope of the jurist’s thinking, traces his influence on the role of the Supreme Court in American government, and shows how his moral courage, scorn for dogmas, and intellectual curiosity were rooted in his harrowing experiences in the Civil War.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, June 1, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Drunk at the State Department: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781940423142
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Four Winds Press - May 14th, 2019

A foreign service officer from the early 1960s until his retirement over twenty years later, Newlin served in Paris, Guatemala, Brussels, and finally as Consul General in Nice, with an assignment at the State Department in Washington between each overseas posting. His memoir, however, is less a look back at the diplomatic life than it is a revelatory account of the life of a high-functioning alcoholic. Newlin grew up in high-society Philadelphia and soon adopted the habit of regular cocktail hours. He drank at boarding school, at Harvard, and throughout his career. As he reports the various subterfuges he devised to conceal the extent of his drinking, he gives an illuminating picture of alcohol’s role in the culture of white male privilege in the 1950s and ‘60’s.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, June 1, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Life of David Hockney: A Novel Cover Image
By Catherine Cusset, Teresa Fagan (Translated by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781590519837
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Other Press - May 14th, 2019

In her compelling fictional portrait of one of the giants of 20th-century art, Cusset transforms meticulous research into a vivid and moving story of a man driven to create both a body of work and a life that ran counter to notions of what was acceptable. A gay man when homosexuality was still a crime and an innovative figurative artist in an era favoring abstractions, Hockney escaped London for long periods in New York and California, where he produced his iconic swimming pool images and found new loves, but also experienced the tragedy of the AIDS crisis. Telling the stories behind Hockney’s images, the French-born Cusset, whose widely translated novels include The Story of Jane, shows us a man both indomitable and vulnerable, whose dedication to his art is matched by his unstinting devotion to friends and family.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, June 2, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Birch Bayh: Making a Difference Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780253039170
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Indiana University Press - April 12th, 2019

One of the preeminent congressmen of the twentieth century, Bayh served as U.S. Senator from 1963 to 1981. During that remarkable tenure, Bayh authored the Equal Rights Amendment, Title IX, and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Act and co-authored the Patent and Trademark Law Amendments Act, aka the Bayh-Dole Act. He also became the only non-Founding Father to write two Constitutional amendments: the 25th, on presidential succession, and the 26th, which lowered the legal voting age to eighteen. Blaemire, a member of Bayh’s staff for thirteen years, gives a close and fascinating look at a remarkable statesman and his enduring legacy as well as evoking an era when national government was a place of bipartisanship and compromise.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Emancipation of Evan Walls Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781633938106
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Koehler Books - June 15th, 2019

The Emancipation of Evan Walls Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781633939165
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Koehler Books - June 15th, 2019

In his latest novel for adults, Blount, a documentary scriptwriter and Emmy award-winning director at NBC, explores the tangled legacy of racism in the lives of one family. The narrative opens with Evan Walls and his wife, happily married for thirteen years and expecting their first child. Worried about his ability protect the baby, Evan is moved to tell his wife certain things about his own childhood that he has kept from her, and the story jumps back to 1968, when Evan was ten and lived in New Canaan, Virginia. One night he announced his ambitions, setting himself on a path that would cause him repeatedly to ask if he was “black enough,” a question he finally resolves with the help of his wife, grandmother, and a loyal mentor. Blount will be in conversation with Zachary Kiesch, a correspondent for ABC News.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, June 2, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735217508
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Avery - May 21st, 2019

In this urgent story of the race against time to develop ways to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria, McCarthy, a staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and author of The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly, gives us an inside look at the clinical trials of a new drug scientists hope will combat superbugs like MRSA and flesh-eating bacteria. Along the way McCarthy charts the complicated paperwork and approval process involved in such trials, discusses the ethical debates involved, introduces some of the patients whose lives depend on the outcome of the trials, and looks back over the history of bacteria and antibiotics.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, June 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Dawson's Fall: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374135218
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 14th, 2019

Robinson’s new novel is set in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1889, where Frank Dawson, an outspoken Englishman, has settled after his belief in states’ rights led him to fight for the Confederacy. Frank also believes in civil rights, and as editor of the Charleston News and Courier, he hopes to bring humanity and justice to the New South. But due to a series of family scandals and political events beyond his control, Frank’s paper loses readership and despite writing diligently about questions of freedom, equality, and rights, he’s unable to shape reality to his dreams. Robinson, the author of novels including Sparta and Cost, draws on the lives of her great-grandparents for this moving and thought-provoking evocation of Reconstruction-era America.  

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, June 4, 10:30 am
I'm Worried (The I'm Books) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534415867
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

I'm Sad (The I'm Books) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481476270
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

I'm Bored (The I'm Books) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442414037
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

It’s hard to live in the moment when you can’t stop worrying! Potato and Flamingo worry about everything that could possibly go wrong. Flamingo is afraid of getting his beak stuck in a peanut butter jar, and Potato is terrified of rolling off the table, but Little Girl assures them that even though bad things can happen, everything usually turns out okay. Punchy, funny text, paired with bold illustrations bring this poignant and necessary story to life. Ages 4-8.

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.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, June 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780062668387
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - May 21st, 2019

Andrés, the Michelin-starred, James Beard Award-winning chef, follows up We Fed an Island, his inspiring account of serving meals to the survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, with a transformative book on cooking with vegetables. Drawing on a wide range of culinary traditions, Andrés stays vegetable-focused while featuring dishes that include a variety of ingredients. Ranging from a simple lentil stew to the classic Spanish gazpacho to potatoes baked in fresh compost, Andrés serves up a rich selection of recipes along with tips and suggestions that will change both how we eat vegetables and how we think about them.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm
Naturally Tan: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250208668
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - June 4th, 2019

From one of the stars of Netflix's Queer Eye, Tan France's memoir Naturally Tan has his signature wit, style, and tells the origin story of the one of the few openly gay, South Asian men on television. In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, he reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and how he finally came out to his family at the age of 34, revealing that he was happily married to the love of his life—a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City.

This event is sold out.

 

 

 

GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052
Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735214484
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 28th, 2019

In The Sports Gene, Epstein explored what goes into the making of top athletes. His new book builds on that research, revealing the factors that enable people to excel not only in sports but in the arts, business, and science. Many of Epstein’s findings counter prevailing assumptions—achievement does not depend on early specialization, for instance. Rather, generalists are often the most creative, flexible, and innovative thinkers; when they find their calling late, they bring to it a wealth of useful experience, as well as the ability to make connections others don’t see. This is especially true in the digital age, when computers are mastering skills once reserved for humans. In such an atmosphere, specialists silo themselves but those who think broadly can thrive. Epstein will be in conversation with Daniel H. Pink, author most recently of When.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, June 6, 10:30 am
Truth or Lie: Sharks! (Step into Reading) Cover Image
By Erica S. Perl, Michael Slack (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780525578796
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 28th, 2019

The Great Louweezie #1 (Arnold and Louise #1) Cover Image
By Erica S. Perl, Chris Chatterton (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781524790394
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Workshop - January 22nd, 2019

Lost and Found #2 (Arnold and Louise #2) Cover Image
By Erica S. Perl, Chris Chatterton (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781524790424
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Workshop - January 22nd, 2019

Shark lovers will revel in finding out the truth about their favorite ocean predators. This engaging early reader is chock full of fun facts, but 25% of them are false! Using a question-and-answer format, this book’s mascot, the Truth Sleuth, challenges shark fans to separate the truth about these marine creatures from the lies. This funny and fact-packed book is filled with photos of sharks in action and kid-appealing humor. Ages 5-8.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Like the stunning poems of his collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Vuong’s kaleidoscopic first novel speaks from the heart of multi-generational PTSD, charting the fate of a Vietnamese-American family struggling to settle into life in Hartford, Connecticut. Vuong frames his novel as a letter from Little Dog, a young gay writer, to his mother. The only one of his family fluent in English, Little Dog sees language as the key to belonging in America, and his determination to record all he knows of his relatives’ lives infuses his every word with life-or-death urgency. Along with stories of his mother and grandmother, he recounts his own coming-of-age as a gay man, becoming a moving elegy to his first lover—dead of an overdose at 22. Vuong will be in conversation with Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Curator of Asian Pacific American Studies at the Smithsonian.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm
City of Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634734
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2019

Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, returns to fiction with a story about love, life, and desire. City of Girls is set in the theater world of the 1940s and is told from the perspective of Vivian Morris as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret, exploring themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. Ultimately, the story leads Vivian to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

1 Ticket (Balcony) + 1 Book: $40 ($38 for members)
1 Ticket (Orchestra) + 1 Book: $55 ($53 for members)

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Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Friday, June 7, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
This Storm: A novel Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780307957009
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - June 4th, 2019

Ellroy, one of the top crime fiction writers working today, excels at telling large stories on an expansive canvas. He won renown first with his Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy–which included the classic American Tabloid—and cemented his reputation with his unparalleled L.A. Quartet. In his new novel, which follows Perfidia as the second volume of a projected four, Ellroy returns to Los Angeles. The time is 1942. The city is inflamed with war fever and racism, and many in the LAPD are less concerned with fighting crime than with profiteering, tracking down fifth column elements, or, when a body washes up in a mudslide, with claiming a share of the loot from an unsolved gold heist a decade earlier. Masterfully paced, richly plotted, and dripping with noir, this is historical crime fiction at its best—and vintage Ellroy.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Events at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Friday, May 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Filmmaker, actor, writer, visual artist—Waters is known for many things, but especially for the startling, transgressive quality of movies like Hairspray and Pink Flamingos, spoken-word shows such as This Filthy World, and books like the sui generis travelogue, Carsick. His latest literary foray is a collection of essays that plays to his many strengths. Drawing on his experience of celebrity—a condition that for him has no downside—he writes vividly about Hollywood, including incisive profiles of stars ranging from Divine and Mink Stole to Kathleen Turner and Tracey Ullman; speaks knowledgably about music; recounts how to build an insufferably trendy house; and offers tips on broaching matters of the heart without emotional risk—all with an eye to steering clear of respectability and staying rebellious.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374214968
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

Saturday, May 25, 8:00 pm

Join us for a night of Route 66 trivia!

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

Beer and wine will be available.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Before discovering his calling as a landscape architect, Fredrick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) was a farmer, a journalist, and an abolitionist. In the late 1850s, The New York Times dispatched him to the American South to give poorly informed Northerners a truer sense of the region. Olmsted’s reports on slavery and the extremism of its defenders shocked his readers. More than a century later, Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the classic Confederates in the Attic, retraces Olmsted’s 6,000-mile journey to discover the reality of today’s South. Traveling by rail, riverboat, and on horseback whenever possible, Horwitz journeyed from Appalachia down the Ohio and Mississippi, through Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and across Texas to the Rio Grande. Venturing off the beaten paths, he discovered the latest iterations of the Old South.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781101980286
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Press - May 14th, 2019

Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm

For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, coding is everything. She can code her world into perfection, making craters on Mars and shimmering lakes out of nothing. But the one thing she can’t code into existence is her dad, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances when she was ten. When he never returned, she tried to forget him. Until now. That’s because WAVE, the world’s biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets the chance to meet its billionaire founder, the very man who just might know what actually happened to Opal’s father. Opal, determined to win at any cost, rigs the contest. But what begins as a simple hack devolves into a deepening pit of lies, deceit, and manipulation. Just how far will Opal go for answers? Ages 12 and up.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Girl Gone Viral Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780425289907
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 21st, 2019

Down and Across Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780425289884
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The challenge of reuniting the nation after the Civil War was as fraught as the conflict itself. As Wineapple, award-winning author of Ecstatic Nation, shows in her detailed history, Congress was divided over questions including restoring the South to its ante-bellum status, punishing former Confederates, and granting the vote to freed Blacks. President Andrew Johnson, however, felt that Reconstruction was unnecessary, opposed civil rights, and, flouting Congress, invoked executive orders to swiftly pardon the rebel soldiers. In response, the House of Representatives voted to impeach him—a decision not taken lightly. Following this unprecedented event step-by-step, Wineapple examines questions of the separation of powers and the meaning of the nation’s core values, as well as bringing to life a host of fascinating and complex figures such as William Seward, Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, and Ulysses S. Grant.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780812998368
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House - May 21st, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Orringer made a memorable literary debut with the remarkable stories in her award-winning collection, How to Breathe Underwater. Then her first novel, The Invisible Bridge, made her a star. Praised for its breadth of imagination and masterful presentation of history, the book was a bestseller and remains a favorite. In her eagerly-awaited follow-up, Orringer returns to occupied Europe, this time with a powerful and compelling narrative based on Varian Fry. An American journalist who went to France in 1940 hoping to spirit out Jewish artists and thinkers, Fry stayed for over a year, and Orringer deftly narrates his dedication to his mission, the growing threats to the Jews he befriended, and brings us closer to the real people behind well-known names like Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, André Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall.

Orringer will be in conversation with Katharine Noel, author of Meantime and Halfway House.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
The Flight Portfolio: A novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307959409
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Twice rated one of the ten most influential people in social media, Temelkuran is both an award-winning novelist and Turkey’s most-read political columnist. In her new book she looks at recent political events from around the world— Britain’s Brexit movement, the election of Trump, Erdoğan’s rigged elections in Turkey—identifying the pattern of an insidious wave of populism. Arguing that people need to stop saying “it can’t happen here” and face the reality that it is happening everywhere, Temelkuran points out the warning signs we can’t afford to ignore and proposes global answers to what has become a global problem.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780008340612
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Fourth Estate - May 28th, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

One of the most widely cited United States Supreme Court justices in history, Holmes (1841-1935), the source of “clear and present danger,” served on the high court from 1902 to 1932. Prior to that he was Associate and then Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as well as a pioneering legal scholar at Harvard Law School. In the first biography to draw on the complete digitization of Holmes’s papers, Budiansky, a historian, journalist, and author of books including Code Warriors, details the scope of the jurist’s thinking, traces his influence on the role of the Supreme Court in American government, and shows how his moral courage, scorn for dogmas, and intellectual curiosity were rooted in his harrowing experiences in the Civil War.

 

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Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780393634723
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 28th, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

A foreign service officer from the early 1960s until his retirement over twenty years later, Newlin served in Paris, Guatemala, Brussels, and finally as Consul General in Nice, with an assignment at the State Department in Washington between each overseas posting. His memoir, however, is less a look back at the diplomatic life than it is a revelatory account of the life of a high-functioning alcoholic. Newlin grew up in high-society Philadelphia and soon adopted the habit of regular cocktail hours. He drank at boarding school, at Harvard, and throughout his career. As he reports the various subterfuges he devised to conceal the extent of his drinking, he gives an illuminating picture of alcohol’s role in the culture of white male privilege in the 1950s and ‘60’s.

 

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Drunk at the State Department: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781940423142
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Published: Four Winds Press - May 14th, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

In her compelling fictional portrait of one of the giants of 20th-century art, Cusset transforms meticulous research into a vivid and moving story of a man driven to create both a body of work and a life that ran counter to notions of what was acceptable. A gay man when homosexuality was still a crime and an innovative figurative artist in an era favoring abstractions, Hockney escaped London for long periods in New York and California, where he produced his iconic swimming pool images and found new loves, but also experienced the tragedy of the AIDS crisis. Telling the stories behind Hockney’s images, the French-born Cusset, whose widely translated novels include The Story of Jane, shows us a man both indomitable and vulnerable, whose dedication to his art is matched by his unstinting devotion to friends and family.

 

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Life of David Hockney: A Novel Cover Image
By Catherine Cusset, Teresa Fagan (Translated by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781590519837
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Published: Other Press - May 14th, 2019

Sunday, June 2, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

One of the preeminent congressmen of the twentieth century, Bayh served as U.S. Senator from 1963 to 1981. During that remarkable tenure, Bayh authored the Equal Rights Amendment, Title IX, and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Act and co-authored the Patent and Trademark Law Amendments Act, aka the Bayh-Dole Act. He also became the only non-Founding Father to write two Constitutional amendments: the 25th, on presidential succession, and the 26th, which lowered the legal voting age to eighteen. Blaemire, a member of Bayh’s staff for thirteen years, gives a close and fascinating look at a remarkable statesman and his enduring legacy as well as evoking an era when national government was a place of bipartisanship and compromise.

 

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Birch Bayh: Making a Difference Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780253039170
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Published: Indiana University Press - April 12th, 2019

Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In his latest novel for adults, Blount, a documentary scriptwriter and Emmy award-winning director at NBC, explores the tangled legacy of racism in the lives of one family. The narrative opens with Evan Walls and his wife, happily married for thirteen years and expecting their first child. Worried about his ability protect the baby, Evan is moved to tell his wife certain things about his own childhood that he has kept from her, and the story jumps back to 1968, when Evan was ten and lived in New Canaan, Virginia. One night he announced his ambitions, setting himself on a path that would cause him repeatedly to ask if he was “black enough,” a question he finally resolves with the help of his wife, grandmother, and a loyal mentor. Blount will be in conversation with Zachary Kiesch, a correspondent for ABC News.

 

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The Emancipation of Evan Walls Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781633938106
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Published: Koehler Books - June 15th, 2019

The Emancipation of Evan Walls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781633939165
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Published: Koehler Books - June 15th, 2019

Sunday, June 2, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

In this urgent story of the race against time to develop ways to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria, McCarthy, a staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and author of The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly, gives us an inside look at the clinical trials of a new drug scientists hope will combat superbugs like MRSA and flesh-eating bacteria. Along the way McCarthy charts the complicated paperwork and approval process involved in such trials, discusses the ethical debates involved, introduces some of the patients whose lives depend on the outcome of the trials, and looks back over the history of bacteria and antibiotics.

 

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Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735217508
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Published: Avery - May 21st, 2019

Monday, June 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Robinson’s new novel is set in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1889, where Frank Dawson, an outspoken Englishman, has settled after his belief in states’ rights led him to fight for the Confederacy. Frank also believes in civil rights, and as editor of the Charleston News and Courier, he hopes to bring humanity and justice to the New South. But due to a series of family scandals and political events beyond his control, Frank’s paper loses readership and despite writing diligently about questions of freedom, equality, and rights, he’s unable to shape reality to his dreams. Robinson, the author of novels including Sparta and Cost, draws on the lives of her great-grandparents for this moving and thought-provoking evocation of Reconstruction-era America.  

 

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Dawson's Fall: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374135218
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 14th, 2019

Tuesday, June 4, 10:30 am

It’s hard to live in the moment when you can’t stop worrying! Potato and Flamingo worry about everything that could possibly go wrong. Flamingo is afraid of getting his beak stuck in a peanut butter jar, and Potato is terrified of rolling off the table, but Little Girl assures them that even though bad things can happen, everything usually turns out okay. Punchy, funny text, paired with bold illustrations bring this poignant and necessary story to life. Ages 4-8.

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I'm Worried (The I'm Books) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534415867
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

I'm Sad (The I'm Books) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481476270
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

I'm Bored (The I'm Books) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442414037
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

Tuesday, June 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Andrés, the Michelin-starred, James Beard Award-winning chef, follows up We Fed an Island, his inspiring account of serving meals to the survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, with a transformative book on cooking with vegetables. Drawing on a wide range of culinary traditions, Andrés stays vegetable-focused while featuring dishes that include a variety of ingredients. Ranging from a simple lentil stew to the classic Spanish gazpacho to potatoes baked in fresh compost, Andrés serves up a rich selection of recipes along with tips and suggestions that will change both how we eat vegetables and how we think about them.

 

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Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780062668387
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Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - May 21st, 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In The Sports Gene, Epstein explored what goes into the making of top athletes. His new book builds on that research, revealing the factors that enable people to excel not only in sports but in the arts, business, and science. Many of Epstein’s findings counter prevailing assumptions—achievement does not depend on early specialization, for instance. Rather, generalists are often the most creative, flexible, and innovative thinkers; when they find their calling late, they bring to it a wealth of useful experience, as well as the ability to make connections others don’t see. This is especially true in the digital age, when computers are mastering skills once reserved for humans. In such an atmosphere, specialists silo themselves but those who think broadly can thrive. Epstein will be in conversation with Daniel H. Pink, author most recently of When.

 

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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735214484
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 28th, 2019

Thursday, June 6, 10:30 am

Shark lovers will revel in finding out the truth about their favorite ocean predators. This engaging early reader is chock full of fun facts, but 25% of them are false! Using a question-and-answer format, this book’s mascot, the Truth Sleuth, challenges shark fans to separate the truth about these marine creatures from the lies. This funny and fact-packed book is filled with photos of sharks in action and kid-appealing humor. Ages 5-8.

 

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Truth or Lie: Sharks! (Step into Reading) Cover Image
By Erica S. Perl, Michael Slack (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780525578796
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 28th, 2019

The Great Louweezie #1 (Arnold and Louise #1) Cover Image
By Erica S. Perl, Chris Chatterton (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781524790394
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Published: Penguin Workshop - January 22nd, 2019

Lost and Found #2 (Arnold and Louise #2) Cover Image
By Erica S. Perl, Chris Chatterton (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781524790424
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Published: Penguin Workshop - January 22nd, 2019

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Like the stunning poems of his collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Vuong’s kaleidoscopic first novel speaks from the heart of multi-generational PTSD, charting the fate of a Vietnamese-American family struggling to settle into life in Hartford, Connecticut. Vuong frames his novel as a letter from Little Dog, a young gay writer, to his mother. The only one of his family fluent in English, Little Dog sees language as the key to belonging in America, and his determination to record all he knows of his relatives’ lives infuses his every word with life-or-death urgency. Along with stories of his mother and grandmother, he recounts his own coming-of-age as a gay man, becoming a moving elegy to his first lover—dead of an overdose at 22. Vuong will be in conversation with Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Curator of Asian Pacific American Studies at the Smithsonian.

 

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Friday, June 7, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ellroy, one of the top crime fiction writers working today, excels at telling large stories on an expansive canvas. He won renown first with his Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy–which included the classic American Tabloid—and cemented his reputation with his unparalleled L.A. Quartet. In his new novel, which follows Perfidia as the second volume of a projected four, Ellroy returns to Los Angeles. The time is 1942. The city is inflamed with war fever and racism, and many in the LAPD are less concerned with fighting crime than with profiteering, tracking down fifth column elements, or, when a body washes up in a mudslide, with claiming a share of the loot from an unsolved gold heist a decade earlier. Masterfully paced, richly plotted, and dripping with noir, this is historical crime fiction at its best—and vintage Ellroy.

 

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This Storm: A novel Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780307957009
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Published: Knopf - June 4th, 2019

Fri
24
7:00 pm
John Waters - Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder — in conversation with Stephen Thompson
Sat
25
8:00 pm
Nerds! Trivia Night
Tue
28
7:00 pm
Tony Horwitz - Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide
Wed
29
7:00 pm
Arvin Ahmadi - Girl Gone Viral—in Children and Teens
Wed
29
7:00 pm
Brenda Wineapple - The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation
Thu
30
7:00 pm
Julie Orringer - The Flight Portfolio — in conversation with Katharine Noel
Fri
31
7:00 pm
Ece Temelkuran - How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship
Sat
1
1:00 pm
Stephen Budiansky - Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas
Sat
1
3:30 pm
William V. P. Newlin - Drunk at the State Department: A Memoir
Sat
1
6:00 pm
Catherine Cusset - Life of David Hockney — in partnership with Alliance Française
Sun
2
1:00 pm
Robert Blaemire - Birch Bayh: Making a Difference
Sun
2
3:00 pm
Jeffrey Blount - The Emancipation of Evan Walls — in conversation with Zachary Kiesch
Sun
2
5:00 pm
Matt McCarthy - Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic
Mon
3
7:00 pm
Roxana Robinson - Dawson's Fall
Tue
4
10:30 am
Debbie Ridpath Ohi - I’m Worried (I’m Books series)
Tue
4
7:00 pm
José Andrés - Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook
Wed
5
7:00 pm
David Epstein - Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World — in conversation with Daniel H. Pink
Thu
6
10:30 am
Erica Perl - Truth or Lie: Sharks! (Step into Reading Series)
Thu
6
7:00 pm
Ocean Vuong - On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous — in conversation with Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis
Fri
7
7:00 pm
James Ellroy - This Storm