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Thursday, July 16, 6:00 pm
The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525537380
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Riverhead Books - July 7th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Michele Harper is a female, African American emergency room physician in a profession that is overwhelmingly male and white. Two months before she was scheduled to join the staff of a hospital in central Philadelphia, her husband told her he couldn't move with her. Her marriage at an end, Harper began her new life in a new city, in a new job, as a newly single woman.In the ensuing years, as Harper learned to become an effective ER physician, bringing insight and empathy to every patient encounter, she came to understand that each of us is broken--physically, emotionally, psychically. How we recognize those breaks, how we try to mend them, and where we go from there are all crucial parts of the healing process.

Michele Harper has worked as an emergency room physician for more than a decade at various institutions, including as chief resident at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and in the emergency department at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. The Beauty in Breaking is her first book.

Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain, graduate of Harvard Divinity School, and author of On Living and Fumbling: A Journey of Love, Adventure, and Renewal on the Camino de Santiago. Her hospice work has been featured on PBS and CNN, and her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Parents, Woman's Day, Spirituality and Health, Reader’s Digest, Oprah.com, and CNN.com, among others. She and her family live in Columbia, South Carolina
 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support  Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business.  

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a copy of the book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, July 17, 5:00 pm
Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women's Intimate Lives in the Arab World Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143133766
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - July 14th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

"All those in positions of authority--politicians, parents, teachers--maintain the same line: 'Do what you like, but do it in private.'"

Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women's Intimate Lives in the Arab World is a fearless exposé of the secrets and lies of women's intimate lives, by the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny and Adèle.

Leila Slimani was in her native Morocco promoting her novel Adèle, about a woman addicted to sex, when she began meeting women who confided the dark secrets of their sexual lives. In Morocco, adultery, abortion, homosexuality, prostitution, and sex outside of marriage are all punishable by law, and women have only two choices: They can be wives or virgins. Sex and Lies combines vivid, often harrowing testimonies with Slimani's passionate and intelligent commentary to make a galvanizing case for a sexual revolution in the Arab world.

Slimani will be in conversation with Soraya Chemaly, award-winning writer, media critic, and director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, July 17, 7:00 pm
The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781635571974
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

The news today is full of stories of dislocated people on the move; wild species, too, are escaping warming seas and desiccated lands, creeping, swimming, and flying in a mass exodus from their past habitats. News media presents this scrambling of the planet's migration patterns as unprecedented, provoking fears of the spread of disease and conflict and waves of anxiety across the Western world. On both sides of the Atlantic, experts issue alarmed predictions of millions of invading aliens, unstoppable as an advancing tsunami, and countries respond by electing anti-immigration leaders who slam closed borders that were historically porous.

But the science and history of migration in animals, plants, and humans tell a different story. Far from being a disruptive behavior to be quelled at any cost, migration is an ancient and lifesaving response to environmental change, a biological imperative as necessary as breathing. Climate changes triggered the first human migrations out of Africa. Falling sea levels allowed our passage across the Bering Sea. In other words, migration is not the crisis--it is the solution.

Conclusively tracking the history of misinformation from the 18th century through today's anti-immigration policies, The Next Great Migration makes the case for a future in which migration is not a source of fear, but of hope.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business.  

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a copy of the book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, July 18, 6:00 pm
Why We Swim Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616207861
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Algonquin Books - April 14th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Humans, unlike other animals that are drawn to water, are not natural-born swimmers; we must be taught. As we wade our way through a waterless summer, with pools and beaches closed around the world, we reflect on why swimming is more than just an activity or exercise, but truly an escape into a world below the surface.

Why We Swim is propelled by stories of Olympic champions, a Baghdad swim club that meets in Saddam Hussein's palace pool, modern-day Japanese samurai swimmers, and even an Icelandic fisherman who improbably survives a wintry six-hour swim after a shipwreck. New York Times contributor Bonnie Tsui, a swimmer herself, dives into the deep, from the San Francisco Bay to the South China Sea, investigating what about water--despite its dangers--seduces us and why we come back to it again and again.

In conversation with Tsui is author, artist, and publisher Leanne Shapton. She is the co-founder of J&L Books, a not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books. Her book Swimming Studies is a fascinating glimpse into the private realms of swimming, and the solitary underwater moments that now ground her artistic habits.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

Click here to join the Live! Event.

 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, July 19, 3:00 pm
Tea by the Sea Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781597098458
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Red Hen Press - June 9th, 2020

Glorious Boy Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781597098892
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Red Hen Press - May 12th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Donna Hemans, author of River Woman, debuts her second novel --a story about a family uniting and unraveling. Tea by the Sea spans from Brooklyn to the island of Jamaica and traces a mother's circuitous route to find the daughter taken from her at birth and the child's father who walked out of the hospital with the day-old baby girl without explanation. Seventeen years later, weary of her unfruitful search, Plum Valentine sees an article in a community newspaper with a photo of the man for whom she has spent half her life searching. He has become an Episcopal priest. Her plan: confront him and walk away with the daughter he took from her.

Aimee Liu is the author of numerous bestselling novels as well as nonfiction books on medical and psychological topics. In her latest, Glorious Boy, Claire and Shep Durant are haunted by their four-year-old's disappearance. Until this moment, Port Blair's British surgeon and his young wife, a promising anthropologist, have led a charmed life in the colonial backwaters of India's Andaman Islands--thanks in part to Naila, a local girl who shares their mysteriously mute son's silent language. But with the war closing in and mandatory evacuation underway, the Durants don't realize until too late that Naila and Ty have vanished. Through the brutal odyssey that follows, Claire will discover truths about sacrifice that both shatter and transcend her understanding of devotion.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a copy of the book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, July 19, 5:00 pm
Carville's Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781631495038
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Liveright - July 14th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series.

Following the trail of an unexpected family connection, acclaimed journalist Pam Fessler has unearthed the lost world of the patients, nurses, doctors, and researchers at Carville – the site of the only leprosy colony in the continental United States– who struggled for over a century to eradicate Hansen's disease, the modern name for leprosy.

Pam Fessler is an award-winning correspondent with NPR News, where she covers poverty, philanthropy, and voting issues

Ailsa Chang is an award-winning journalist who hosts NPR's All Things Considered.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, July 20, 6:00 pm
Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374107031
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 21st, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series, and is presented in partnership with Dumbarton House.

In the turbulent period around the birth of her first child and the death of her father, Rachel Cohen turned to Jane Austen to make sense of her new reality. For Cohen, simultaneously grief-stricken and buoyed by the birth of her daughter, reading Austen became her refuge and her ballast. She was able to reckon with difficult questions about mourning, memorializing, living in a household, paying attention to the world, reading, writing, and imagining through Austen's novels.

With unusual depth and fresh insight into Austen's life and literature, and guided by Austen's mournful and hopeful final novel, Persuasion, Rachel Cohen's Austen Years is a rare memoir of mourning and transcendence, a love letter to a literary master, and a powerful consideration of the odd process that merges our interior experiences with the world at large.

Cohen will be in conversation with Claire Messud, author of six works of fiction including her latest novel, The Burning Girl.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

Click here to join the Live! Event. 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, July 20, 8:00 pm
The Psychic Soviet Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781617757662
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Akashic Books - July 7th, 2020

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A new, expanded collection of essays and articles from one of the mainstays of the Washington, DC, underground rock and roll scene, The Psychic Soviet is Ian F. Svenonius's groundbreaking first book of writings.

The selections are written in a lettered yet engaging style, filled with parody and biting humor that subvert capitalist culture, and cover such topics as the ascent of the DJ as a star, the "cosmic depression" that followed the defeat of the USSR, how Seinfeld caused the bankruptcy of modern pop culture, and the status of rock and roll as a religion. The pocket-sized book is bound with a durable bright-pink plastic cover, recalling the aesthetics of Mao's Little Red Book, and perfect for carrying into the fray of street battle, classroom, or lunch-counter argument.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a copy of the book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

Click here to join the Live! Event. 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, July 21, 4:00 pm
Grandma's Gardens Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593115350
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Philomel Books - March 31st, 2020

Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton join Politics and Prose for a virtual live reading of their first picture book together, Grandma's Gardens! The reading will be followed by a conversation with Lissa Muscatine and audience Q&A. Questions will be submitted in advance during the registration process. There will not be an opportunity to submit questions during the live event.

Purchase of Grandma’s Gardens is required to register for the live event. A limited supply of signed bookplates will be included with book purchase, so make sure to register now!

The event will take place on Zoom. After registering for the event, you will receive an email from Eventbrite prompting you to register with Zoom.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: From mother-daughter team Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton comes a celebration of family, tradition and discovery, and an ode to mothers, grandmothers, and the children they love. Grandma Dorothy shared her love of gardens with her daughter, Hillary, and her granddaughter, Chelsea. She taught them that gardens are magical places to learn, exciting spaces for discovery, quiet spots to spend time with family, and beautiful areas to share stories and celebrate special occasions. But most of all, she taught them that in her gardens, her love grew and blossomed. In this inspiring and heartwarming mother-daughter story, Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton team up to show readers how sharing the things we love with the people we love can create powerful, everlasting bonds between generations.

ABOUT THE AUTHORSHillary Clinton is the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party, in 2016. She served as Secretary of State after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and Senator. She is the author of It Takes a VillageWhat HappenedHard ChoicesLiving History and, with Chelsea Clinton, The Book of Gutsy Women. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother, and she lives in Chappaqua, New York.

Chelsea Clinton is the author of The Book of Gutsy Women with Hillary Clinton, Don't Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe; Start Now! You Can Make a Difference; She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the WorldShe Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed HistoryIt's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help to empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their children, and their dog, Soren.

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, July 21, 6:00 pm
Union: A Democrat, a Republican, and a Search for Common Ground Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316423793
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 21st, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

A Democrat and a Republican travel across America on a deeply personal journey through the heart of a divided nation to find growth, hope, and fundamental strength in their own lives and the country they love, in good times and bad.

Union is a road narrative, a civics lesson, and an unforgettable window into one epic friendship. We ride along with Jordan and Chris for the whole journey, listening in on front-seat arguments and their conversations with Americans from coast to coast. We also peer outside the car to understand America's hot-button topics, including immigration, mass incarceration, and the military-civilian divide. By the time Jordan and Chris kill the engine for the last time, they answer one of the most pressing questions of our time: How far apart are we really?

The authors will be in conversation with Sarah Hurwitz, former senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, July 21, 8:00 pm
She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man's World Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781538750650
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 21st, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

When Jennifer Palmieri realized that everything in her life had been shaped by men, she wanted to make a change. From work behavior and use of language to wardrobe choices, she decided to follow her own convictions and reject paternalistic expectations. In an era of wage gaps, the Kavanaugh hearings, the #MeToo movement, and a domineering administration, Jennifer found a way to move beyond the bounds of patriarchy and wants to show readers a way out.

Where Dear Madam President introduced a blueprint to succeed and the tools to prosper, She Proclaims gives readers the advice they need to to step out of a man's world and into their own. Jennifer believes that every woman has "power to change the world by changing the way she behaves in it." She Proclaims celebrates the accomplishments and history of the women's movement, and it will inspire you to be subversive, courageous, and bold.

Palmieri will be in conversation with Valerie Jarrett, the longest serving senior adviser to President Barack Obama; she oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. She is the author of the memoir Finding My Voice.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a copy of the book from our website. 

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

Click here to join the Live! Event.

 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, July 22, 1:00 pm
Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780385545808
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Doubleday - July 21st, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

From the United States and Britain to continental Europe and beyond, liberal democracy is under siege, while authoritarianism is on the rise. In Twilight of Democracy, Anne Applebaum, an award-winning historian of Soviet atrocities who was one of the first American journalists to raise an alarm about antidemocratic trends in the West, explains the lure of nationalism and autocracy. In this captivating essay, she contends that political systems with radically simple beliefs are inherently appealing, especially when they benefit the loyal to the exclusion of everyone else.

Anne Applebaum's 2018 Atlantic article "A Warning from Europe" inspired this book and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. After seventeen years as a columnist at The Washington Post, Applebaum became a staff writer at The Atlantic in 2020. She is the author of three critically acclaimed and award-winning histories of the Soviet Union: Red Famine, Iron Curtain, and Gulag, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

Yascha Mounk is a writer, academic and public speaker known for his work on the rise of populism and the crisis of liberal democracy.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, July 22, 6:00 pm
Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062966728
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - June 23rd, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

This program is part of DUBLIN VOICES, a collaboration between Politics and Prose Bookstore, the Embassy of Ireland, Solas Nua, and Global Irish Studies.

Emma Dabiri can tell you the first time she chemically straightened her hair. She can describe the smell, the atmosphere of the salon, and her mix of emotions when she saw her normally kinky tresses fall down her shoulders.

But despite increasingly liberal world views, black hair continues to be erased, appropriated, and stigmatized to the point of taboo. Dabiri takes us from pre-colonial Africa, through the Harlem Renaissance, and into today's Natural Hair Movement, exploring everything from women's solidarity and friendship, to the criminalization of dreadlocks, to the dubious provenance of Kim Kardashian's braids.

Deeply researched and powerfully resonant, Twisted proves that far from being only hair, black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, July 23, 6:00 pm
Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781733623780
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Columbia Global Reports - July 14th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series.

Ghosting the News tells the most troubling media story of our time: How democracy suffers when local news dies. From 2004 to 2015, 1,800 print newspaper outlets closed in the US. The absence of accountability journalism has created an atmosphere in which indicted politicians were elected, school superintendents were mismanaging districts, and police chiefs were getting mysterious payouts. This is not the much-discussed fake-news problem--it's the separate problem of a critical shortage of real news.

Margaret Sullivan is The Washington Post's media columnist and one of the nation's foremost authorities on journalism and the press.

Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine.

 

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, July 23, 7:00 pm
The Voting Booth Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781368053297
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Disney-Hyperion - July 7th, 2020

Even as first-time voters, Marva and Duke don’t expect Election Day to be quite so eventful. When Marva—who’s been tirelessly registering voters for months—sees Duke turned away because of a registration mix-up, she becomes determined to help him cast his ballot. As the teens rush between polling centers, they realize they just might be falling for each other. The latest from an award-winning author, this masterful novel follows two Black teenagers who open up to one another as they challenge racist voter suppression. Ages 12 and up. 

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, July 24, 6:00 pm
Utopia Avenue: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780812997439
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House - July 14th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Utopia Avenue is the strangest British band you've never heard of. Emerging from London's psychedelic scene in 1967, and fronted by folk singer Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss and guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet, Utopia Avenue embarked on a meteoric journey from the seedy clubs of Soho, a TV debut on Top of the Pops, the cusp of chart success, glory in Amsterdam, prison in Rome, and a fateful American sojourn in the Chelsea Hotel, Laurel Canyon, and San Francisco during the autumn of '68.

David Mitchell's kaleidoscopic novel tells the unexpurgated story of Utopia Avenue's turbulent life and times; of fame's Faustian pact and stardom's wobbly ladder; of the families we choose and the ones we don't; of voices in the head, and the truths and lies they whisper; of music, madness, and idealism. Can we really change the world, or does the world change us?

Mitchell will be in conversation with Neil Gaiman, celebrated author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, and films. His works include American GodsHow To Talk to Girls at Parties, and The Sandman series.

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Friday, July 24, 8:00 pm
Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250209221
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - July 21st, 2020

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One of the most dynamic groups of the '70s and '80s, Talking Heads, founded by drummer Chris Frantz, his girlfriend Tina Weymouth, and lead singer David Byrne, burst onto the music scene, playing at CBGBs, touring Europe with the Ramones, and creating hits like "Psycho Killer" and "Burning Down the House" that captured the post-baby boom generation's intense, affectless style.

In Remain in Love, Frantz writes about the beginnings of Talking Heads. With never-before-seen photos and immersive vivid detail, Frantz describes life on tour, down to the meals eaten and the clothes worn--and reveals the mechanics of a long and complicated working relationship with a mercurial frontman.

Franz will be in conversation with Bob Boilen, creator and host of NPR's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts.
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Politics and Prose Live!
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Saturday, July 25, 3:00 pm
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770463950
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - July 21st, 2020

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Adrian Tomine was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. He began self-publishing his comic book series Optic Nerve when he was sixteen, and in 1994 he received an offer to publish from Drawn & Quarterly. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeney’s, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and his graphic novel Shortcomings was a New York Times Notable Book of the year. Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters. Tomine will be joined in conversation with author Jason Zinoman.

The first 50 orders placed for The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist through Politics and Prose will receive signed bookplates as well as a signed print!

 

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Politics and Prose Live!
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Saturday, July 25, 8:00 pm
The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525557562
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Published: Viking - July 21st, 2020

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In a world where rational, scientific explanations are more available than ever, belief in the unprovable and irrational--in fringe--is on the rise: from Atlantis to aliens, from Flat Earth to the Loch Ness monster, the list goes on. It seems the more our maps of the known world get filled in, the more we crave mysterious locations full of strange creatures.

With the same curiosity and insight that made Ghostland a hit with readers and critics, Dickey looks at what all fringe beliefs have in common, explaining that today's Illuminati is yesterday's Flat Earth: the attempt to find meaning in a world stripped of wonder. Dickey visits the wacky sites of America's wildest fringe beliefs, investigating how these theories come about, why they take hold, and why as Americans we keep inventing and re-inventing them decade after decade. The Unidentified is Colin Dickey at his best: curious, wry, brilliant in his analysis, yet eminently readable.

 

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Sunday, July 26, 5:00 pm
Weather: A novel Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780385351102
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020

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This event is presented in partnership with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

New York Times-bestselling author Jenny Offill will discuss her novel Weather with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, an anxious and funny novel that follows a librarian who is gradually awakened to the climate crisis and tries to balance that with her daily life. As a Guardian reporter put it, “At its core, the story asks: what happens after we start to pay attention?” This event will contain a discussion of both the novel and the answer to that question.

Offill will discuss how literature and activism are connected with Denise Robbins, Communications Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, including how this story resonates in the time of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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Monday, July 27, 7:00 pm
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062248572
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Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020

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At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.

Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence, but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse.

Trethewey will be in conversation with Lisa Page, co-editor of We Wear The Mask: 15 True Stories of Passing in America and Assistant Professor of English at the George Washington University.
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Tuesday, July 28, 6:00 pm
Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062966032
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Published: Dey Street Books - July 28th, 2020

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In Dare To Speak, Suzanne Nossel, a leading voice in support of free expression, delivers a vital, necessary guide to maintaining democratic debate that is open, free-wheeling but at the same time respectful of the rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions in a changing country. Centered on practical principles, Nossel's primer equips readers with the tools needed to speak one's mind in today's diverse, digitized, and highly-divided society without resorting to curbs on free expression.

Suzanne Nossel is the CEO of PEN America, the foremost organization working to protect and advance human rights, free expression and literature. She has also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA; and held senior State Department positions in the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Wajahat Ali is a journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV host, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department.

 

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Politics and Prose Live!
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Tuesday, July 28, 7:00 pm
True or False: A CIA Analyst's Guide to Spotting Fake News Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250239495
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - July 28th, 2020

In a world with so much information, how can anyone separate fact from fiction? In this timely and useful work of nonfiction, a former CIA analyst does a deep dive into fake news—its long history, its consequences, and how today’s readers can detect it. Photo illustrations, accessible page layout, and engaging facts make this an excellent resource for young truth-seekers.Yahoo News. Ages 13 and up. 

In conversation with Jenna McLaughlin, National Security Reporter for Yahoo News.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, July 29, 6:00 pm
Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812998757
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Published: Random House - July 28th, 2020

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Just as she did with North Korea, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick explores one of the most hidden corners of the world in Eat The Buddha. She tells the story of a Tibetan town perched eleven thousand feet above sea level that is one of the most difficult places in all of China for foreigners to visit. Ngaba was one of the first places where the Tibetans and the Chinese Communists encountered one another. In the 1930s, Mao Zedong's Red Army fled into the Tibetan plateau to escape their adversaries in the Chinese Civil War. By the time the soldiers reached Ngaba, they were so hungry that they looted monasteries and ate religious statues made of flour and butter--to Tibetans, it was as if they were eating the Buddha. Illuminating a culture that has long been romanticized by Westerners as deeply spiritual and peaceful, Demick reveals what it is really like to be a Tibetan in the twenty-first century, trying to preserve one's culture, faith, and language against the depredations of a seemingly unstoppable, technologically all-seeing superpower. Her depiction is nuanced, unvarnished, and at times shocking.

Demick will be in conversation with Edward Wong, a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times who reports on foreign policy.
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Wednesday, July 29, 7:00 pm
This Is My America Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593118764
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 2020

Dear Justyce Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984829665
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

Jackpot Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984829627
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

Odd One Out Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781101939567
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Published: Ember - September 17th, 2019

Dear Martin Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101939529
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Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

Unless something changes, Tracy Beaumont’s father will be dead in less than a year. A Black man wrongfully convicted of murder, he waits on death row in Texas. Tracy’s life already feels like it’s at a breaking point—and then her older brother, Jamal, is accused of killing a white girl. As she tries to parse what really happened, Tracy reckons with the fatal consequences of a violently racist past and present. Inspired by Johnson’s years of anti-racist organizing, this stunning debut novel is a clear testament to the power of collective action. Ages 12 and up.

In conversation with YA author Nic Stone.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, July 29, 8:00 pm
Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession Cover Image
By Sarah Weinman, Patrick Radden Keefe (Introduction by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062839886
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Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020

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Unspeakable Acts is a brilliant anthology of modern true-crime writing that illustrates the appeal of this powerful and popular genre, edited and curated by Sarah Weinman, the award-winning author of The Real Lolita.

The appeal of true-crime stories has never been higher. With podcasts like My Favorite Murder and Serial, bestsellers like I'll Be Gone in the Dark and Furious Hours, and TV hits like American Crime Story and Wild Wild Country, the cultural appetite for stories of real people doing terrible things is insatiable. This collection showcases writing about true crime across the broadest possible spectrum, while also reflecting what makes crime stories so transfixing and irresistible to the modern reader.

Weinman will be joined by contributing authors Emma Eisenberg, Pamela Colloff, Rachel Monroe, and Sarah Marshall.

 

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Politics and Prose Live!
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Thursday, July 30, 7:00 pm
To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780525561040
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Published: Penguin Press - July 28th, 2020

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Robert Draper is a writer at large for the New York Times Magazine and a contributing writer for National Geographic Magazine. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller, Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush. He lives in Washington D.C. with his fiancee, Kirsten Powers. Draper will be in conversation with New Yorker political columnist Susan Glasser.

 

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, July 31, 6:00 pm
The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World's Queer Frontiers Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374279967
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 28th, 2020

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Mark Gevisser’s The Pink Line: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers is an exploration of how the conversation around sexual orientation and gender identity has come to divide—and describe—the world in an entirely new way over the first two decades of the twenty-first century.

Between sensitive and sometimes startling profiles of the queer folk he’s encountered along the Pink Line, Gevisser offers sharp analytical chapters exploring identity politics, religion, gender ideology, capitalism, human rights, moral panics, geopolitics, and what he calls “the new transgender culture wars.” His subjects include a Ugandan refugee in flight to Canada, a trans woman fighting for custody of her child in Moscow, a lesbian couple campaigning for marriage equality in Mexico, genderqueer high schoolers coming of age in Michigan, a gay Israeli-Palestinian couple searching for common ground, and a community of kothis—“women’s hearts in men’s bodies”—who run a temple in an Indian fishing village. What results is a moving and multifaceted picture of the world today, and the queer people defining it.

Gevisser will be in conversation with Colm Tóibín, author of nine novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, as well as two story collections. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University.

 

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Friday, July 31, 8:00 pm
You Exist Too Much Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226509
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Published: Catapult - June 9th, 2020

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On a hot day in Bethlehem, a 12-year-old Palestinian-American girl is yelled at by a group of men outside the Church of the Nativity. She has exposed her legs in a biblical city, an act they deem forbidden, and their judgement will echo on through her adolescence. When our narrator finally admits to her mother that she is queer, her mother's response only intensifies a sense of shame: "You exist too much," she tells her daughter.

Opening up the fantasies and desires of one young woman caught between cultural, religious, and sexual identities, Zaina Arafat's You Exist Too Much is a captivating story charting two of our most intense longings--for love, and a place to call home.

 

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