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Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399179754
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House - September 10th, 2019

In this deeply reported account, Moaveni—author of Lipstick Jihad, co-author of Iran Awakening, and a Pulitzer finalist who has covered the Middle East for nearly two decades—tells the stories of thirteen of the thousands of women to have joined ISIS. Believing the caliphate’s promises of empowerment, these women ranged from Western-educated professionals to traditional housewives. Once in Raqqa, they worked to organize clinics and schools but, though their efforts were crucial to the movement, soon became trapped in a brutal society. Moaveni uses personal narratives to illuminate the larger issues of terrorism and failed cycles of peace in the Middle East. Moaveni will be in conversation with Haleh Esfandiari, author of My Prison, My Home.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm
The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393652574
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

One of the pre-eminent American historians of our time, Foner, whose 2011 study of Lincoln and slavery, The Fiery Trial, won the Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Lincoln Prizes, is a major authority on the Civil War and Reconstruction. His new book focuses on the Reconstruction Amendments—the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth—and his rich narrative delves into the political negotiations and citizen meetings that enshrined these provisions and follows their uneven history in bringing about the equality promised in the Declaration of Independence. Foner will be in conversation with Eric Holder, the first African American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney General, and Jamelle Bouie, journalist and columnist for The New York Times and political analyst for CBS News.

Single Ticket: $18
1 Ticket + 1 Book:  $35  ($33 for members) 
2 Tickets + 1 Book: $45 ($43 for members)

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3825 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm
Pet Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525647072
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

My Pen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423103714
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 10th, 2015

Firebird Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399166150
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

H.O.R.S.E. Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781606842188
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 9th, 2012

Wings Cover Image
By Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780590033770
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scholastic Press - October 2000

Politics & Prose is thrilled to host Christopher Myers, creative director of the new imprint Make Me a World and Akwaeke Emezi, making their YA debut on the inaugural list. The imprint seeks to celebrate the infinite possibilities of contemporary childhood. Myers and Emezi will discuss the imprint and their book, Pet. Monsters often hide in plain sight. The angels who live in Lucille, a town in an unspecified future, believe they’ve defeated them. But nothing is what it seems. How will she save the world from them when no one will admit they exist? This riveting novel reminds readers to look beyond simple appearances. Ages 14 and up. A conversation with creative director of the new imprint and one of its inaugural authors.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now: Why We Traded the Commuting Life for a Little House on the Prairie Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062861474
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper - September 10th, 2019

When Ingraham, data reporter for The Washington Post, wrote on a study ranking the livability of the nation’s 3,000+ counties, the article went viral—and changed his life. Coming in dead last, as Ingraham announced with a “drumroll,” was Red Lake County, Minnesota. But after Ingraham accepted the community’s invitation to see it for himself, he not only didn’t find it the “worst place to live in America,” he was charmed by its warmth, humor, and hospitality, and he soon moved there. His engaging memoir contrasts the tense, expensive life of the East Coast suburbs with the more affordable, affable pace of a Midwestern small town.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm
On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982129910
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 17th, 2019

Please note: The venue has been changed to Sidwell Friends.

#1 international and New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, makes the case for a Green New Deal, explaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society. For more than twenty years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet—and an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. In lucid, elegant dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, she pens surging, indispensable essays for a wide public: prescient advisories and dire warnings of what future awaits us if we refuse to act, as well as hopeful glimpses of a far better future. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing, and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of our immediate political and economic choices.

Klein will be in comversation with Betsy Reed, Editor-in-Chief of The Intercept and editor of several best selling books, including Black Water and Dirty Wars.

UDC community ticket (must show ID): $10
Single ticket (limited availability): $15 
1 ticket + 1 book: $35 ($33 for members)

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Sidwell Friends Meeting House
3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535270
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

The 2018-‘19 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Woodson is the award-winning author of dozens of books for children, young adults, and above, including the classic Brown Girl Dreaming. Her new novel, written for adults, and infused with her signature insight and rich, poetic prose, opens in 2001 in Brooklyn. The occasion is Melody’s sixteenth birthday, but it proves bittersweet as the assembled family recalls Melody’s mother—who never reached age sixteen. Charting the course of two families from different classes, Woodson’s affecting narrative tackles identity, ambition, desire, and parenthood as well as exploring how the decisions young people make change the generations to come. Woodson will be in conversation with Lynn Neary, longtime NPR arts correspondent.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, September 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316552622
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 17th, 2019

To break the grip of the busy, distracted life he and his wife were living as East Coast professionals and the parents of two daughters, Kois did something radical: he took his family on a year-long trip around the world. In this account of their travels to New Zealand, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, and small-town Kansas, Kois, Slate editor and founding host of the podcast “Mom and Dad Are Fighting,” looks at how families live in different places, sifting the options for ways that could help his own family thrive as an integral unit rather than as a group of individuals each pursing happiness in a separate way. Kois will be in conversation with Hanna Rosin, a co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 21, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250140432
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 10th, 2019

The MK-ULTRA mind control project may sound like a paranoid fantasy, but it was a top-secret program run by the CIA from 1953 to 1973. Headed by Sidney Gottlieb, the project experimented with LSD and other drugs and concocted an arsenal of deadly pills—some specifically earmarked for Castro and other world leaders. Kinzer, an award-winning foreign correspondent and author of best-selling histories and political biographies including The True Flag and The Brothers, draws on new documentary research and original interviews to reveal for the first time the full, shocking story of one of the most powerful men of the Cold War era.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 21, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
A Single Thread: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525558248
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Viking - September 17th, 2019

Set in Britain in 1932, the new novel by the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring follows Violet Speedwell as she struggles to make a life for herself after losing her brother and her fiancé in the First World War. One of the generation of “surplus women” left with few prospects for marriage, Violet moves from her embittered mother’s house to Winchester, where she joins a society of broderers—women who embroider kneelers for the cathedral. As part of a centuries’ long tradition, Violet and her fellows offer comfort and healing to both the parishioners and each other, but this supportive circle is tested by outside forces and the rising tensions of the next war.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 21, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062914767
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: HarperOne - September 24th, 2019

Focusing on faith rather than politics, Wallis, a noted public theologian, founder and editor of Sojourners, and the author of books including America’s Original Sin, offers a spiritual solution to healing the divisiveness afflicting the country. Building on “Reclaiming Jesus,” the May 2018 declaration he wrote with other church leaders, Wallis reminds us of eight questions Christ was asked, using these as a framework to help Christians reconnect with their faith and reaffirm their spiritual aspirations. Written with compassion and empathy, Wallis’s book provides both personal comfort and practical guidelines for resistance.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 21, 7:00 pm
The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385543781
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades with The Testaments. When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison, or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

Atwood will be in conversation with Rebeccca Traister, author of three books and writer-at-large for New York magazine and The Cut, and a contributing editor at Elle magazine.

There will not be a public signing at this event. Purchased copies will be pre-signed.

This event is sold out.

Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Saturday, September 21, 8:00 pm

Nerds! Trivia Night has been cancelled for September. We look forward to seeing you in October.

 

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
Sunday, September 22, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Fake Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781939521767
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Strategic Media Press - September 2019

A mystery novelist and writing workshop coach for The Writer’s Center and Politics and Prose, and former senior copy editor for CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, DeDakis introduced the strong-willed, strong-minded Lark Chadwick in his 2013 Fast Track. Looking for purpose, Chadwick found it in journalism, and the latest volume of the series opens with her interviewing the First Lady, Rose Gannon. The story explodes, however, when Gannon suddenly—and mysteriously —dies. At the center of a media frenzy, Chadwick struggles to gather the facts and separate real news from fake.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, September 22, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Gender and Our Brains: How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524747022
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Pantheon - August 27th, 2019

In her important new book, Rippon, an international researcher in cognitive neuroscience, assembles the latest results from psychology and state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to prove that there is no biological distinction between male and female brains. Showing that seemingly gender-based brain differences are the products of pseudoscience rooted in social factors, Rippon cites the overwhelming evidence that indicates all brains are a flexible, adaptive, mix of “male” and “female” components. A member of the European Union Gender Equity Network, Rippon has produced measured, authoritative, and often humorous work that has immense and liberating implications for understanding identity.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, September 22, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541767652
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: PublicAffairs - September 3rd, 2019

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the Middle East as a policy maker, writer, and commentator, Makovsky, Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations, profiles the lives and legacies of Israel’s founding generation. Co-written with diplomat Dennis Ross and focusing on figures including David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon, Makovsky spotlights difficult moments when the country’s survival depended not only on its leaders’ courage and sound judgment, but also on their moral integrity.  A study as much of character as of politics and history, the book is a timely reminder of the lessons of principled leadership.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, September 23, 10:30 am
I Am Love: A Book of Compassion Cover Image
By Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419737268
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

This event is has been cancelled.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, September 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393652475
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

Between mid-October 2016 and mid-July 2017, forces led by the Iraqi government battled ISIS for control of Mosul. Verini, an award-winning journalist and National Geographic staff writer, spent over eight months on the front lines during what the Pentagon described as “the most significant urban combat since World War II.” His first-hand account is a compelling and graphic glimpse of the reality of the conflict, an illuminating profile of those engaged in it, and a detailed history of Iraq through the lens of military conflicts dating from the Assyrians who founded Mosul to the American forces that invaded Iraq in 2003.  Verini will be in conversation with Ben Kesling, national security reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, September 23, 7:00 pm
The Tyrant's Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, Book Four) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781484746448
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 24th, 2019

It's not easy being Apollo, especially when you've been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo's aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler...someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

This event is an author talk including PowerPoint and Q & A. Estimated time is 45-60 minutes.

Seating will be first come, first served.

Books and tickets will only be available for pick-up at will-call at the event.

All books pre-purchased with a ticket will be signed by Rick prior to the event. There will be no signing line and Rick will NOT sign or personalize individual books after the event. Additional books will be for sale at the event but these will not be signed.

Fans are welcome to take pictures during Rick's talk, but posed photographs are not allowed.

Not able to attend the event? Pre-order a signed book below for pick-up or shipping after the event.

1 Member book and 1 ticket = $25
1 Book and 1 ticket = $27
1 Member book and 2 tickets = $32
1 Book and 2 tickets = $34.00

Pre-sale members: Monday, June 10 - noon

On-sale public: Wednesday, June 12 – noon

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GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052
Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 pm
Year of the Monkey Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780525657682
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - September 24th, 2019

An Evening of Stories and Music with Patti Smith 

Join Patti Smith for a reading, discussion, and musical performance celebrating the publication of her latest book, Year of the Monkey.

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, Patti Smith gives readers a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year. Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible: after all, it's the Year of the Monkey." For Smith, the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America. Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.

GW student ticket (ID Required): $10
1 Ticket and 1 Book: $30 ($28 for members)
2 Tickets and 1 Book (limited availability): $40 ($38 for members)

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GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052
Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How to Raise a Reader Cover Image
By Pamela Paul, Maria Russo, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator), Lisk Feng (Illustrator), Vera Brosgol (Illustrator), Monica Garwood (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523505302
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 3rd, 2019

Expanding on their popular article of the same title, Paul and Russo, the Times Book Review editor and children’s books editor, respectively, draw on their deep knowledge of young people’s literature and their own cherished early experiences with books for this engaging primer on how to show children the lifelong joys of reading. Organized in five sections, the book addresses the specific needs of children at different ages, from baby through teen, and each chapter offers tips on leading a child to books through projects such as building a family library, developing book-related rituals, and making reading a family activity. The volume concludes with an invaluable annotated catalog of experts’ favorite titles.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, September 25, 4:00 pm

Join the Politics and Prose Children and Teens Department for an after-school event replete with discounts, giveaways, book recommendations, and light refreshments! Learn about the benefits we offer and how you can utilize our services to find the best books available for the children you teach. Bring your current school ID and receive a 20% discount off all books during the open house; you can also pick up free books, posters, book bags, and more for your classroom. We’ll see you there! For Educators.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316259637
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 24th, 2019

With The Empathy Exams and The Recovering—her deeply considered studies of suffering and addiction—Jamison proved herself a writer as compassionate as she is fearless. In the fourteen wide-ranging essays of her new collection, she employs a mix of memoir, criticism, and journalism to examine themes of memory and connection. Writing with her signature intellectual and emotional honesty, Jamison explores the war-scarred Sri Lankan landscape, the whale known as 52 Blue, the citizens of the online world Second Life, and a museum of the ephemera of relationships, as well as reflecting on her own past romances, marriage, motherhood, and step-motherhood.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sontag: Her Life and Work Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780062896391
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Ecco - September 17th, 2019

Moser’s comprehensive biography of Susan Sontag (1933-2004), one of the most formidable thinkers of the twentieth century, draws on special access to Sontag’s restricted archive—full of unpublished journals, medical files, personal papers, and computer files—as well as on interviews with Sontag’s wide circle, including people key to her life who haven’t spoken publically about her, such as Salman Rushdie and Annie Leibovitz. Synthesizing this amazing trove of material into a fascinating narrative, Moser, tapped for the job by Sontag’s son, agent, and publisher on the strength of his outstanding life of Clarice Lispector, Why This World, gives new insight into Sontag’s personal life and illuminates her many public sides. Moser will be in conversation with Elizabeth Bruenig, Washington Post opinion columnist.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm
The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

The Water Dancer is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by Coates’ bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, this is the story of America's oldest struggle—the struggle to tell the truth—from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage—and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child—but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known.

Coates will be in conversation with Michele Norris, former host of the National Public Radio evening news program All Things Considered, and the first African-American female host for National Public Radio.

This event does not include a signing.

This event is sold out. Tickets are still available for the second night.

Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Friday, September 27, 7:00 pm
The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

The Water Dancer is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by Coates’ bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, this is the story of America's oldest struggle—the struggle to tell the truth—from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage—and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child—but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known.

Coates will be in conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, author, historian, and the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. He is the recipient of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his book Stamped from the Beginning.

This event does not include a signing.

Student Ticket (ID requred, limited availability): $10
1 Ticket + 1 Book: $45 ($43 for members)

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Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Friday, September 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Impeachment Diary: Eyewitness to the Removal of a President Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781950691180
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Arcade - October 15th, 2019

This event has been canceled and is now rescheduled for our Wharf store on Monday, October 28: https://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/james-reston-jr-impeachment-diary-eyewitness-to-removal-of-president-politics-and-prose-0

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th st NE
Washington, DC 20002
Friday, September 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Secrets We Kept: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656159
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

Homesick Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781944700942
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Unnamed Press - September 10th, 2019

Prescott won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for the first chapter of her gripping debut novel, which uses historical details to tell the story of Sally and Irina, two well-educated women who are sprung from the CIA’s typing pool to smuggle the manuscript of Dr. Zhivago out of the Soviet Union so it can be published. Intercutting Sally and Irina’s adventures—one is already an accomplished spy and the other is learning fast—with scenes from the lives of Pasternak and his beloved muse, Olga Ivinskaya, Prescott gives a vivid picture of Cold War-era politics and social mores.

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A widely published writer and translator, Croft won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her English rendering of Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk's Flights. Her musical and nuanced debut fiction/memoir hybrid chronicles the coming-of-age of two sisters being homeschooled in Oklahoma. One suffers from a mysterious illness that often keeps her confined to hospitals, while the other, with the help of a cherished Russian tutor, shows a prodigious talent for languages that leads her away from home at age fifteen. Showing as much as telling, with full-color photographs dotting the story, Croft explores myriad kinds of language and demonstrates how words can heal and create lasting connections between people.

Prescott and Croft will be in conversation with Lisa Page, Director of Creative Writing at George Washington University and former president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 28, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Many Names for Mother (Wick First Book) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781606353738
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Kent State University Press - September 3rd, 2019

A Short History of Monsters: Poems (Miller Williams Poetry Prize) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781682260944
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: University of Arkansas Press - March 27th, 2019

Author of the chapbook The Bear Who Ate the Stars, Dasbach won the 2018 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for her first full-length collection, which contest judge Ellen Bass called "a compelling book about origins.” One strand of Dasbach’s work explores ancestral histories, and she writes powerfully about being the descendant of Holocaust survivors. A piece on traveling to the death camps in Poland while pregnant segues into a series of poems titled “Other women don’t tell you”—named after Dasbach’s blog on motherhood—in which she explores unspoken or taboo aspects of bearing children.

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Padua, now living in D.C., is a veteran of the New York spoken-word scene, and every line of his brash and bold debut collection is alive with the rhythms of poetry slams. Awarded the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, judged by Billy Collins, the book rides the poles of both anguish and hope, chronicling Padua’s uncertain progress toward the American Dream. Gifted with a wry dark wit and a sharp sense of the absurd, Padua plumbs the depths of nightmare and excess as well as he scales the heady heights of epiphany.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 28, 2:00 pm
Beverly, Right Here Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763694647
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2019

Louisiana's Way Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763694630
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Published: Candlewick - October 2nd, 2018

Raymie Nightingale Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763696917
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Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2018

Politics and Prose presents two-time Newbery Medalist and beloved children’s book author Kate DiCamillo in an event featuring her newest book, Beverly, Right Here. With this book, DiCamillo returns to the world first explored in Raymie Nightingale and Louisiana’s Way to focus on the tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted Beverly.

Prompted by the loss of her dog, Buddy, and tired of her mother’s lack of concern for her, Beverly Tapinski hitches a ride to Tamaray Beach. Life hasn’t been fair to Beverly, but fortunately, opportunities fall into place with a job in a fish restaurant and a place to stay with the elderly, quirky and kind Iola Jenkins.  Gradually, Beverly’s empty feelings of insurmountable loss are replaced with hope discovered through unexpected friendships. Beverly’s story is revealed through Kate DiCamillo’s observant and tender voice in a touching, funny, and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels about the Three Rancheros. 

This event is an author talk including Q & A. Estimated time is 45-60 minutes. It will be followed by a signing.

Kate will sign and personalize an unlimited number of Beverly, Right Here, and ONE additional backlist title per person. 

Seating will be first come, first served.

Books and tickets will only be available for pick-up at will-call at the event. Will call opens at 1 pm. Additional DiCamillo books will be for sale at the event.

1 Book and 1 ticket: $23 ($21 for Members)
1 Book and 2 tickets: $29 ($27 for Members)

Click here to purchase.

 

 

St Paul's Lutheran Church
4900 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 28, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374184469
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 27th, 2019

Author of the classic study, Evil in Modern Thought, Neiman in her new book looks to the past for lessons in how we can mitigate today’s resurgence of hatred and divisiveness. Combining philosophy, stories—including her own experiences as a Southern white raised in the civil rights-era and a Jew who has lived for extended periods in Berlin—and interviews with American and German activists such as James Meredith, Bryan Stevenson, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, and Friedrich Schorlemmer, Neiman considers how we can recognize and defuse evil. Neiman will be in conversation with Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, September 28, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth Cover Image
By Ian Brennan, Tunde Adebimpe (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781629637037
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: PM Press - September 16th, 2019

Brennan is a Grammy-award winning record producer, but his multi-track career also includes writing, lecturing on violence prevention, and promoting voices from underheard regions and persecuted populations. He follows How Music Dies (or Lives), his penetrating examination of questions of authenticity in an age of technological glibness, with this discussion of the challenges of access and distribution facing art, music, and media today. Appealing to the engaged listener, Brennan gives a trenchant critique of the music industry’s inequities, but also shows that popular culture offers fresh ground as a forum for social change. Brennan will be in conversation with a special guest; the talk will also feature a performance by Rwandan band The Good Ones, on their first US tour.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, September 29, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781733623704
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Columbia Global Reports - September 24th, 2019

In groundbreaking work exploring the global mass culture that’s rapidly displacing US exports, Bhutto, a novelist and author of the acclaimed memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword, offers a lively, inside look at Bollywood, Turkish soap operas, and the South Korean music sensation known as  K-Pop. Showing how these have created a new and easily consumed global popular culture challenging American "soft power", Bhutto profiles Shah Rukh Khan, the world’s most popular movie star; visits the set of Turkey's biggest TV show, watched by 200 million people in 43 countries; and traces how “Gangnam Style” became the first YouTube video to hit one billion views.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, September 29, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062449627
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Published: Custom House - September 24th, 2019

As Vogel recounts in this vivid recreation of “Operation Gold,” what began as an ambitious CIA/MI6 project to tap into Soviet telecommunication lines via a 1,500 foot tunnel into East Berlin soon turned into a hunt for a dangerous spy. Known as Agent Diamond by his handlers, George Blake was more cryptic and did more damage than other British traitors such as Kim Philby and Guy Burgess. Vogel, a Washington Post reporter and the author of Through the Perilous Fight, draws on previously secret documents and interviews with key participants—including Blake himself. Now 96, Blake was sentenced in 1961 to 42 years in prison; he escaped and has lived in Russia since 1966.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, September 29, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Shadow King Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393083569
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 24th, 2019

Ethiopian novelist Mengiste’s debut, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, was named one of The Guardian’s Ten Best Contemporary African Books. Her eagerly awaited second novel is set in mid-1930s Ethiopia, and recreates Mussolini’s invasion through the experiences of Hirut, an orphaned servant. First compelled to nurse the wounded, Hirut soon takes on an ever larger role in the conflict, eventually disguising a peasant as Haile Selassie to keep hope alive when the emperor goes into exile. Facing rape and imprisonment, Hirut not only survives but inspires other women to actively resist the forces that threaten their homeland. Mengiste will be in conversation with Helon Habila, author of Travelers. With support from Young African Professionals.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, October 1, 10:30 am
The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight (Book 1) Cover Image
By Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771348
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 6th, 2019

Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375832291
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 27th, 2005

Squish #1: Super Amoeba Cover Image
By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jennifer L. Holm (Illustrator), Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375843891
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2011

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.

The Evil Princess and her brother, the Brave Knight, simply do not get along. She casts villainous spells, while he spends his days fighting dragons. He rescues kittens while she stirs up mischief. The kingdom is in complete chaos due to their constant bickering, so the Magic Mirror is forced to intervene. But when catastrophe strikes, the royal rivals must band together. They start to realize they aren’t so different after all. Comic-style art paired with laugh-out-loud text will delight parents and quarreling siblings alike! Ages 4-8.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm
The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight (Book 1) Cover Image
By Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771348
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 6th, 2019

Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375832291
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 27th, 2005

Squish #1: Super Amoeba Cover Image
By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jennifer L. Holm (Illustrator), Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375843891
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2011

The Evil Princess and her brother, the Brave Knight, simply do not get along. She casts villainous spells, while he spends his days fighting dragons. He rescues kittens while she stirs up mischief. The kingdom is in complete chaos due to their constant bickering, so the Magic Mirror is forced to intervene. But when catastrophe strikes, the royal rivals must band together. They start to realize they aren’t so different after all. Comic-style art paired with laugh-out-loud text will delight parents and quarreling siblings alike! Ages 4-8.

 

Takoma Park Public Library (MD)
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm
For the Record Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780062687845
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

David Cameron was elected Conservative leader in 2005, promising to modernize the party following its three successive electoral defeats. He became Prime Minister in 2010 at a moment of economic crisis, and went on to win the first outright Conservative majority for 23 years at the 2015 general election. In For the Record, he will explain how the governments he led transformed the UK economy while implementing a modern, compassionate agenda that included reforming education and welfare, legalizing gay marriage, honoring the UK's commitment to overseas aid and spearheading environmental policies. He will shed light on the seminal world events of his premiership--the Arab Spring; the rise of ISIS; the invasion of Ukraine; the conflicts in Libya, Iraq and Syria--as well as events at home, from the Olympic Games in 2012 to the Scottish referendum. He will provide, for the first time, his perspective on the EU referendum and his views on the future of Britain's place in the world following Brexit.

This event is sold out.

Washington, DC
Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385353656
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Published: Knopf - October 2019

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Events at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm

Politics & Prose is thrilled to host Christopher Myers, creative director of the new imprint Make Me a World and Akwaeke Emezi, making their YA debut on the inaugural list. The imprint seeks to celebrate the infinite possibilities of contemporary childhood. Myers and Emezi will discuss the imprint and their book, Pet. Monsters often hide in plain sight. The angels who live in Lucille, a town in an unspecified future, believe they’ve defeated them. But nothing is what it seems. How will she save the world from them when no one will admit they exist? This riveting novel reminds readers to look beyond simple appearances. Ages 14 and up. A conversation with creative director of the new imprint and one of its inaugural authors.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Pet Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525647072
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Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

My Pen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423103714
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 10th, 2015

Firebird Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399166150
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

H.O.R.S.E. Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781606842188
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 9th, 2012

Wings Cover Image
By Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780590033770
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 2000

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In this deeply reported account, Moaveni—author of Lipstick Jihad, co-author of Iran Awakening, and a Pulitzer finalist who has covered the Middle East for nearly two decades—tells the stories of thirteen of the thousands of women to have joined ISIS. Believing the caliphate’s promises of empowerment, these women ranged from Western-educated professionals to traditional housewives. Once in Raqqa, they worked to organize clinics and schools but, though their efforts were crucial to the movement, soon became trapped in a brutal society. Moaveni uses personal narratives to illuminate the larger issues of terrorism and failed cycles of peace in the Middle East. Moaveni will be in conversation with Haleh Esfandiari, author of My Prison, My Home.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399179754
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Published: Random House - September 10th, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

When Ingraham, data reporter for The Washington Post, wrote on a study ranking the livability of the nation’s 3,000+ counties, the article went viral—and changed his life. Coming in dead last, as Ingraham announced with a “drumroll,” was Red Lake County, Minnesota. But after Ingraham accepted the community’s invitation to see it for himself, he not only didn’t find it the “worst place to live in America,” he was charmed by its warmth, humor, and hospitality, and he soon moved there. His engaging memoir contrasts the tense, expensive life of the East Coast suburbs with the more affordable, affable pace of a Midwestern small town.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now: Why We Traded the Commuting Life for a Little House on the Prairie Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062861474
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Published: Harper - September 10th, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The 2018-‘19 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Woodson is the award-winning author of dozens of books for children, young adults, and above, including the classic Brown Girl Dreaming. Her new novel, written for adults, and infused with her signature insight and rich, poetic prose, opens in 2001 in Brooklyn. The occasion is Melody’s sixteenth birthday, but it proves bittersweet as the assembled family recalls Melody’s mother—who never reached age sixteen. Charting the course of two families from different classes, Woodson’s affecting narrative tackles identity, ambition, desire, and parenthood as well as exploring how the decisions young people make change the generations to come. Woodson will be in conversation with Lynn Neary, longtime NPR arts correspondent.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

Friday, September 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

To break the grip of the busy, distracted life he and his wife were living as East Coast professionals and the parents of two daughters, Kois did something radical: he took his family on a year-long trip around the world. In this account of their travels to New Zealand, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, and small-town Kansas, Kois, Slate editor and founding host of the podcast “Mom and Dad Are Fighting,” looks at how families live in different places, sifting the options for ways that could help his own family thrive as an integral unit rather than as a group of individuals each pursing happiness in a separate way. Kois will be in conversation with Hanna Rosin, a co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316552622
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 17th, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The MK-ULTRA mind control project may sound like a paranoid fantasy, but it was a top-secret program run by the CIA from 1953 to 1973. Headed by Sidney Gottlieb, the project experimented with LSD and other drugs and concocted an arsenal of deadly pills—some specifically earmarked for Castro and other world leaders. Kinzer, an award-winning foreign correspondent and author of best-selling histories and political biographies including The True Flag and The Brothers, draws on new documentary research and original interviews to reveal for the first time the full, shocking story of one of the most powerful men of the Cold War era.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250140432
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 10th, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Set in Britain in 1932, the new novel by the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring follows Violet Speedwell as she struggles to make a life for herself after losing her brother and her fiancé in the First World War. One of the generation of “surplus women” left with few prospects for marriage, Violet moves from her embittered mother’s house to Winchester, where she joins a society of broderers—women who embroider kneelers for the cathedral. As part of a centuries’ long tradition, Violet and her fellows offer comfort and healing to both the parishioners and each other, but this supportive circle is tested by outside forces and the rising tensions of the next war.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
A Single Thread: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525558248
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Published: Viking - September 17th, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Focusing on faith rather than politics, Wallis, a noted public theologian, founder and editor of Sojourners, and the author of books including America’s Original Sin, offers a spiritual solution to healing the divisiveness afflicting the country. Building on “Reclaiming Jesus,” the May 2018 declaration he wrote with other church leaders, Wallis reminds us of eight questions Christ was asked, using these as a framework to help Christians reconnect with their faith and reaffirm their spiritual aspirations. Written with compassion and empathy, Wallis’s book provides both personal comfort and practical guidelines for resistance.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062914767
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Published: HarperOne - September 24th, 2019

Sunday, September 22, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

A mystery novelist and writing workshop coach for The Writer’s Center and Politics and Prose, and former senior copy editor for CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, DeDakis introduced the strong-willed, strong-minded Lark Chadwick in his 2013 Fast Track. Looking for purpose, Chadwick found it in journalism, and the latest volume of the series opens with her interviewing the First Lady, Rose Gannon. The story explodes, however, when Gannon suddenly—and mysteriously —dies. At the center of a media frenzy, Chadwick struggles to gather the facts and separate real news from fake.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Fake Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781939521767
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Strategic Media Press - September 2019

Sunday, September 22, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In her important new book, Rippon, an international researcher in cognitive neuroscience, assembles the latest results from psychology and state-of-the-art brain imaging techniques to prove that there is no biological distinction between male and female brains. Showing that seemingly gender-based brain differences are the products of pseudoscience rooted in social factors, Rippon cites the overwhelming evidence that indicates all brains are a flexible, adaptive, mix of “male” and “female” components. A member of the European Union Gender Equity Network, Rippon has produced measured, authoritative, and often humorous work that has immense and liberating implications for understanding identity.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Gender and Our Brains: How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524747022
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Published: Pantheon - August 27th, 2019

Sunday, September 22, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Drawing on his extensive knowledge of the Middle East as a policy maker, writer, and commentator, Makovsky, Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations, profiles the lives and legacies of Israel’s founding generation. Co-written with diplomat Dennis Ross and focusing on figures including David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon, Makovsky spotlights difficult moments when the country’s survival depended not only on its leaders’ courage and sound judgment, but also on their moral integrity.  A study as much of character as of politics and history, the book is a timely reminder of the lessons of principled leadership.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541767652
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: PublicAffairs - September 3rd, 2019

Monday, September 23, 10:30 am

This event is has been cancelled.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
I Am Love: A Book of Compassion Cover Image
By Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419737268
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

Monday, September 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Between mid-October 2016 and mid-July 2017, forces led by the Iraqi government battled ISIS for control of Mosul. Verini, an award-winning journalist and National Geographic staff writer, spent over eight months on the front lines during what the Pentagon described as “the most significant urban combat since World War II.” His first-hand account is a compelling and graphic glimpse of the reality of the conflict, an illuminating profile of those engaged in it, and a detailed history of Iraq through the lens of military conflicts dating from the Assyrians who founded Mosul to the American forces that invaded Iraq in 2003.  Verini will be in conversation with Ben Kesling, national security reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393652475
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Expanding on their popular article of the same title, Paul and Russo, the Times Book Review editor and children’s books editor, respectively, draw on their deep knowledge of young people’s literature and their own cherished early experiences with books for this engaging primer on how to show children the lifelong joys of reading. Organized in five sections, the book addresses the specific needs of children at different ages, from baby through teen, and each chapter offers tips on leading a child to books through projects such as building a family library, developing book-related rituals, and making reading a family activity. The volume concludes with an invaluable annotated catalog of experts’ favorite titles.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
How to Raise a Reader Cover Image
By Pamela Paul, Maria Russo, Dan Yaccarino (Illustrator), Lisk Feng (Illustrator), Vera Brosgol (Illustrator), Monica Garwood (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523505302
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 3rd, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 4:00 pm

Join the Politics and Prose Children and Teens Department for an after-school event replete with discounts, giveaways, book recommendations, and light refreshments! Learn about the benefits we offer and how you can utilize our services to find the best books available for the children you teach. Bring your current school ID and receive a 20% discount off all books during the open house; you can also pick up free books, posters, book bags, and more for your classroom. We’ll see you there! For Educators.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, September 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

With The Empathy Exams and The Recovering—her deeply considered studies of suffering and addiction—Jamison proved herself a writer as compassionate as she is fearless. In the fourteen wide-ranging essays of her new collection, she employs a mix of memoir, criticism, and journalism to examine themes of memory and connection. Writing with her signature intellectual and emotional honesty, Jamison explores the war-scarred Sri Lankan landscape, the whale known as 52 Blue, the citizens of the online world Second Life, and a museum of the ephemera of relationships, as well as reflecting on her own past romances, marriage, motherhood, and step-motherhood.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
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Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316259637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 24th, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Moser’s comprehensive biography of Susan Sontag (1933-2004), one of the most formidable thinkers of the twentieth century, draws on special access to Sontag’s restricted archive—full of unpublished journals, medical files, personal papers, and computer files—as well as on interviews with Sontag’s wide circle, including people key to her life who haven’t spoken publically about her, such as Salman Rushdie and Annie Leibovitz. Synthesizing this amazing trove of material into a fascinating narrative, Moser, tapped for the job by Sontag’s son, agent, and publisher on the strength of his outstanding life of Clarice Lispector, Why This World, gives new insight into Sontag’s personal life and illuminates her many public sides. Moser will be in conversation with Elizabeth Bruenig, Washington Post opinion columnist.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sontag: Her Life and Work Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780062896391
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Ecco - September 17th, 2019

Friday, September 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

This event has been canceled and is now rescheduled for our Wharf store on Monday, October 28: https://www.politics-prose.com/event/book/james-reston-jr-impeachment-diary-eyewitness-to-removal-of-president-politics-and-prose-0

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th st NE
Washington, DC 20002
The Impeachment Diary: Eyewitness to the Removal of a President Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781950691180
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Arcade - October 15th, 2019

Friday, September 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Prescott won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for the first chapter of her gripping debut novel, which uses historical details to tell the story of Sally and Irina, two well-educated women who are sprung from the CIA’s typing pool to smuggle the manuscript of Dr. Zhivago out of the Soviet Union so it can be published. Intercutting Sally and Irina’s adventures—one is already an accomplished spy and the other is learning fast—with scenes from the lives of Pasternak and his beloved muse, Olga Ivinskaya, Prescott gives a vivid picture of Cold War-era politics and social mores.

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A widely published writer and translator, Croft won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her English rendering of Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk's Flights. Her musical and nuanced debut fiction/memoir hybrid chronicles the coming-of-age of two sisters being homeschooled in Oklahoma. One suffers from a mysterious illness that often keeps her confined to hospitals, while the other, with the help of a cherished Russian tutor, shows a prodigious talent for languages that leads her away from home at age fifteen. Showing as much as telling, with full-color photographs dotting the story, Croft explores myriad kinds of language and demonstrates how words can heal and create lasting connections between people.

Prescott and Croft will be in conversation with Lisa Page, Director of Creative Writing at George Washington University and former president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
The Secrets We Kept: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656159
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - September 3rd, 2019

Homesick Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781944700942
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Unnamed Press - September 10th, 2019

Saturday, September 28, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Author of the chapbook The Bear Who Ate the Stars, Dasbach won the 2018 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for her first full-length collection, which contest judge Ellen Bass called "a compelling book about origins.” One strand of Dasbach’s work explores ancestral histories, and she writes powerfully about being the descendant of Holocaust survivors. A piece on traveling to the death camps in Poland while pregnant segues into a series of poems titled “Other women don’t tell you”—named after Dasbach’s blog on motherhood—in which she explores unspoken or taboo aspects of bearing children.

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Padua, now living in D.C., is a veteran of the New York spoken-word scene, and every line of his brash and bold debut collection is alive with the rhythms of poetry slams. Awarded the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, judged by Billy Collins, the book rides the poles of both anguish and hope, chronicling Padua’s uncertain progress toward the American Dream. Gifted with a wry dark wit and a sharp sense of the absurd, Padua plumbs the depths of nightmare and excess as well as he scales the heady heights of epiphany.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
The Many Names for Mother (Wick First Book) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781606353738
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Kent State University Press - September 3rd, 2019

A Short History of Monsters: Poems (Miller Williams Poetry Prize) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781682260944
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Published: University of Arkansas Press - March 27th, 2019

Saturday, September 28, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Author of the classic study, Evil in Modern Thought, Neiman in her new book looks to the past for lessons in how we can mitigate today’s resurgence of hatred and divisiveness. Combining philosophy, stories—including her own experiences as a Southern white raised in the civil rights-era and a Jew who has lived for extended periods in Berlin—and interviews with American and German activists such as James Meredith, Bryan Stevenson, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, and Friedrich Schorlemmer, Neiman considers how we can recognize and defuse evil. Neiman will be in conversation with Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home.

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374184469
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 27th, 2019

Saturday, September 28, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Brennan is a Grammy-award winning record producer, but his multi-track career also includes writing, lecturing on violence prevention, and promoting voices from underheard regions and persecuted populations. He follows How Music Dies (or Lives), his penetrating examination of questions of authenticity in an age of technological glibness, with this discussion of the challenges of access and distribution facing art, music, and media today. Appealing to the engaged listener, Brennan gives a trenchant critique of the music industry’s inequities, but also shows that popular culture offers fresh ground as a forum for social change. Brennan will be in conversation with a special guest; the talk will also feature a performance by Rwandan band The Good Ones, on their first US tour.

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth Cover Image
By Ian Brennan, Tunde Adebimpe (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781629637037
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: PM Press - September 16th, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

In groundbreaking work exploring the global mass culture that’s rapidly displacing US exports, Bhutto, a novelist and author of the acclaimed memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword, offers a lively, inside look at Bollywood, Turkish soap operas, and the South Korean music sensation known as  K-Pop. Showing how these have created a new and easily consumed global popular culture challenging American "soft power", Bhutto profiles Shah Rukh Khan, the world’s most popular movie star; visits the set of Turkey's biggest TV show, watched by 200 million people in 43 countries; and traces how “Gangnam Style” became the first YouTube video to hit one billion views.

 

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New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781733623704
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Published: Columbia Global Reports - September 24th, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

As Vogel recounts in this vivid recreation of “Operation Gold,” what began as an ambitious CIA/MI6 project to tap into Soviet telecommunication lines via a 1,500 foot tunnel into East Berlin soon turned into a hunt for a dangerous spy. Known as Agent Diamond by his handlers, George Blake was more cryptic and did more damage than other British traitors such as Kim Philby and Guy Burgess. Vogel, a Washington Post reporter and the author of Through the Perilous Fight, draws on previously secret documents and interviews with key participants—including Blake himself. Now 96, Blake was sentenced in 1961 to 42 years in prison; he escaped and has lived in Russia since 1966.

 

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Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062449627
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Custom House - September 24th, 2019

Sunday, September 29, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Ethiopian novelist Mengiste’s debut, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, was named one of The Guardian’s Ten Best Contemporary African Books. Her eagerly awaited second novel is set in mid-1930s Ethiopia, and recreates Mussolini’s invasion through the experiences of Hirut, an orphaned servant. First compelled to nurse the wounded, Hirut soon takes on an ever larger role in the conflict, eventually disguising a peasant as Haile Selassie to keep hope alive when the emperor goes into exile. Facing rape and imprisonment, Hirut not only survives but inspires other women to actively resist the forces that threaten their homeland. Mengiste will be in conversation with Helon Habila, author of Travelers. With support from Young African Professionals.

 

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The Shadow King Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393083569
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 24th, 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 10:30 am

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.

The Evil Princess and her brother, the Brave Knight, simply do not get along. She casts villainous spells, while he spends his days fighting dragons. He rescues kittens while she stirs up mischief. The kingdom is in complete chaos due to their constant bickering, so the Magic Mirror is forced to intervene. But when catastrophe strikes, the royal rivals must band together. They start to realize they aren’t so different after all. Comic-style art paired with laugh-out-loud text will delight parents and quarreling siblings alike! Ages 4-8.

 

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The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight (Book 1) Cover Image
By Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771348
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 6th, 2019

Babymouse #1: Queen of the World! Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375832291
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 27th, 2005

Squish #1: Super Amoeba Cover Image
By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, Jennifer L. Holm (Illustrator), Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780375843891
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2011

Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

 

 

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Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385353656
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - October 2019

Tue
17
7:00 pm
Christopher Myers - Make Me a World imprint and Akwaeke Emezi - Pet—in Children and Teens
Tue
17
7:00 pm
Azadeh Moaveni - Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS — in conversation with Haleh Esfandiari
Wed
18
7:00 pm
Christopher Ingraham - If You Lived Here You'd Be Home by Now: Why We Traded the Commuting Life for a Little House on the Prairie
Thu
19
7:00 pm
Jacqueline Woodson - Red at the Bone — in conversation with Lynn Neary
Fri
20
7:00 pm
Dan Kois - How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together — in conversation with Hanna Rosin
Sat
21
1:00 pm
Stephen Kinzer - Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control
Sat
21
3:30 pm
Tracy Chevalier - A Single Thread
Sat
21
6:00 pm
Jim Wallis - Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus
Sun
22
1:00 pm
John DeDakis - Fake
Sun
22
3:00 pm
Gina Rippon - Gender and Our Brains: How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds
Sun
22
5:00 pm
David Makovsky - Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny
Mon
23
10:30 am
CANCELLED: Peter H. Reynolds - I Am Love: A Book of Compassion (Wellness series)
Mon
23
7:00 pm
James Verini - They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate — in conversation with Ben Kesling
Tue
24
7:00 pm
Pamela Paul and Maria Russo - How to Raise a Reader
Wed
25
4:00 pm
Educator Open House—in Children & Teens
Wed
25
7:00 pm
Leslie Jamison - Make It Scream, Make It Burn: Essays
Thu
26
7:00 pm
Benjamin Moser - Sontag: Her Life and Work — in conversation with Elizabeth Bruenig
Fri
27
7:00 pm
CANCELED: James Reston, Jr. - The Impeachment Diary: Eyewitness to the Removal of a President — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
Fri
27
7:00 pm
Lara Prescott - The Secrets We Kept & Jennifer Croft - Homesick — in conversation with Lisa Page
Sat
28
1:00 pm
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach - The Many Names for Mother & Jose Padua - A Short History of Monsters
Sat
28
3:30 pm
Susan Neiman - Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil — in conversation with Diane McWhorter
Sat
28
6:00 pm
Ian Brennan - Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth — with a performance by The Good Ones, and in conversation with a special guest to be announced!
Sun
29
1:00 pm
Fatima Bhutto - New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop
Sun
29
3:00 pm
Steve Vogel - Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacious Espionage Operation
Sun
29
5:00 pm
Maaza Mengiste - The Shadow King — in conversation with Helon Habila
Tue
1
10:30 am
Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm - The Evil Princess vs. The Brave Knight
Tue
1
7:00 pm
Paul Hendrickson - Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright