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

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Monday, April 6, 6:00 pm
Afterlife Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781643750255
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Algonquin Books - April 7th, 2020

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Awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2013, Alvarez, also the recipient of a Latina Leader Award in Literature from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Hispanic Heritage Award in Literature, has written poetry, fiction, and memoir for both adults and younger readers, including the classic In the Time of the Butterflies. In her new novel she follows Antonia Vega, an American-Dominican writer, who finds that life after retirement from teaching is not what she expected. First, her husband dies. Then one of her three sisters disappears. While books still provide some measure of comfort and meaning, it’s only when she takes in a pregnant undocumented teenager that she finds answers to the larger questions her recent experiences have posed. Alvarez will be in conversation with Jaquira Díaz, author of Ordinary Girls. 

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, April 6, 8:00 pm
Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593083338
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Viking - March 10th, 2020

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In Recollections of My Nonexistence, Rebecca Solnit describes her formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and throughout society and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. Solnit will be in conversation with award-winning writer, media critic, and director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project, Soraya Chemaly.

Tickets for this event are $5, or if you purchase the book from Politics and Prose, you will receive a coupon that grants you free entry.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, April 7, 2:00 pm
Roy Digs Dirt (David Books) Cover Image
By David Shannon, David Shannon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338251012
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Published: The Blue Sky Press - April 7th, 2020

No, David! (David Books [Shannon]) Cover Image
By David Shannon (Illustrator), David Shannon (Illustrator), David Shannon
$17.99
ISBN: 9780590930024
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Blue Sky Press - September 1st, 1998

A Bad Case of Stripes  (Scholastic Bookshelf) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780439598385
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 1st, 2004

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Roy, a wild-eyed dog, is obsessed with dirt. He buries things in it, rolls in it, eats it, and listens to it. His imaginary friend lives in the dirt, and that guy is incredible. Roy really digs that dirt! Being inside is upsetting, because it means he’s away from his beloved dirt—but he can make do with digging rugs or newspapers, for a little while. As long as dirt is around, every day is magical. Goofy, bold illustrations convey the beautiful chaos of Roy’s life. The author of beloved picture books including No, David! and A Bad Case of Stripes returns with this witty and joyful celebration of our weird, messy world. Ages 3-6

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 pm
Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316418485
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Published: Hachette Go - April 7th, 2020

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An award-winning writer for The Atlantic and host of the magazine’s online video series, You Are Here: The Incredible Science Behind Everyday Life, Khazan wondered about the connection between her professional struggles and successes and her early years, when, a Russian immigrant in West Texas, she never felt quite in synch. Combining scientific research, her own experience, and profiles of people at odds with their environments—a female NASCAR driver, the transgender mayor of a small town, a Muslim in a predominantly Christian community, and others—Khazan explores why conformity is so important, examines what happens to those alienated from it, and urges us to understand difference as a strength, not a failing.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, April 9, 6:00 pm
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250210715
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 7th, 2020

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Kendzior follows her bestselling collection of essays, The View from Flyover Country—which featured her incisive reporting on St. Louis and the 2016 election—with an equally revelatory look at the decades- long breakdown of institutions that led to Trump’s presidency. Charting Trump’s rise from the 1980s along with the concurrent erosion of civil liberties and widening of economic inequality throughout the country, Kendzior shows the inherent fragility of American democracy and documents the signs—which most people missed—of our turn toward authoritarianism. She also reflects on how this socio-political shift has impacted her own life and calls on all of us to confront the injustice in order to end it.

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Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm
They Went Left Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316490573
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

The War Outside Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316316712
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

Girl in the Blue Coat Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316260633
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017

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Ever since the soldiers liberated Gross-Rosen concentration camp, 18-year-old Zofia Lederman has had one goal: find Abek, her younger brother and the only surviving member of her family. The thought of their reunion sustained her throughout the horrors of the Holocaust. Now, Zofia works to heal her traumatized mind and body as she desperately searches for one refugee among millions. Her quest takes her to a displaced persons camp, where she meets others struggling to rebuild their lives. Even as she forms new connections, Zofia is haunted by one question—will she find the one person who means everything? This haunting and utterly immersive novel vividly depicts one woman’s determination to move forward after surviving the unthinkable. In conversation with Justine Kenin of NPR's All Things Considered. Ages 13 and up.

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, April 9, 8:00 pm

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In collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union, prize-winning authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have curated an anthology of essays about landmark cases in the ACLU’s 100-year history. In Fight of the Century, bestselling and award-winning authors—including Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, Lauren Groff, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jesmyn Ward, and more—present unique literary takes on historic decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, the Scopes trial, and Roe v. Wade. This event will be moderated by Monica Hopkins, executive director of the ACLU of the District of Columbia (ACLU-DC).

Tickets for this event are $10, or if you purchase the book from Politics and Prose, you will receive a coupon that grants you free entry.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm
Chosen Ones Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780358164081
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Published: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 7th, 2020

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Roth proved herself a master storyteller and world-builder with her award-winning Divergent trilogy—the basis for the movie series starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James—and in her first novel for adults, she spins a tale as magical as it is insightful about coming of age in today’s world. The narrative opens fifteen years after five ordinary teenagers were selected by a prophecy to rid the world of the murderous Dark One. They fulfill their mission—then struggle to adjust to normal life. The difficulties extend further than PTSD, however, and when one of the group dies, the survivors learn there was more to the Dark One’s evil schemes than they’d suspected. Roth will be in conversation with C.A. Higgins, author of the Lightless trilogy. 

This is a free event. With the pruchase of Chosen Ones from Politics and Prose, you will receive a special bookplate signed by the author.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, April 14, 2:00 pm
When Stars Are Scattered Cover Image
By Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator), Iman Geddy (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525553908
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Published: Dial Books - April 14th, 2020

Roller Girl Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780803740167
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

All's Faire in Middle School Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780525429999
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Will school change Omar’s life? Omar, a Somali boy, and his chronically ill younger brother have spent most of their lives in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. Their father was killed and they were separated from their mother while fleeing civil war. Life is difficult: there is never enough food or medical care. Omar’s chance to attend school, possibly changing his family’s future, forces him to make tough decisions about leaving his brother every day with their elderly foster mother. Omar Mohammed, a Somalian refugee now living in the United States and Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller GirlVictoria Jamieson, collaborated to present a poignant yet hopeful story of perseverance inspired by Omar’s life. Ages 9-13

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 pm
Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062802255
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - April 14th, 2020

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Hell and Other Destinations reveals Madeleine Albright at her bluntest and most intimate. It is the tale of our times anchored in lessons for all time, narrated by an extraordinary woman with a matchless zest for life.

Sec. Albright will be in conversation with Lissa Muscatine, co-owner of Politics and Prose Bookstore, former Director of Speechwriting in the Obama Administration, and Senior Advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Each book purchase from Politics and Prose will come with a signed bookplate designed especially for Hell and Other Destinations.

Price: Virtual ticket, book, and signed bookplate: $35 

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm
I Don't Want to Die Poor: Essays Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982129309
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Published: Atria Books - April 7th, 2020

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Arceneaux follows his bestselling essays on growing up in a Black, working-class Catholic family, I Can’t Date Jesus, with an equally honest, illuminating—and funny—collection of writings on his struggle with student debt. Expanding on his February 2018 New York Times piece, “The Student Loan Serenity Prayer,” Arceneaux gives a vivid account of what it’s like to live with constant economic anxiety. Feeling the weight of the debt on all parts of his life—from dating and medical care to considering other life choices—Arceneaux explores both the financial and emotional cost of pursuing his dreams. Arceneaux will be in conversation with Gillian White, deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, April 20, 7:00 pm
No Justice in the Shadows: How America Criminalizes Immigrants Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781568589466
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Published: Bold Type Books - April 14th, 2020

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An award-winning immigrant rights activist, lawyer, and professor at New York University School of Law, where she also co-directs the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, Das in her important new book shows that Trump’s anti-immigration stand is only the latest—if most extreme—iteration of a long history of the idea of the “criminal alien.” Combining detailed analysis of the system—which more closely resembles a “deportation machine”—with stories of some of the 300,000 caught up in it annually, Das shows how immigrants are divided into categories like “deserving” or “undeserving,” with the bulk of the latter targeted for minor offenses. Only by confronting this cruelty, she argues, can we build an inclusive immigration policy based on human dignity. Das will be in conversation with Dara Lind, a reporter on immigration for ProPublica and former senior correspondent at Vox. She is the co-host of Vox's podcast The Weeds.

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 pm
In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America's
$30.00
ISBN: 9781324003540
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 21st, 2020

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Recent polls show that 74% of Americans believe a secret cadre of some sort is manipulating national policy. Trump supporters blame intelligence agencies, while the left, mindful of the misinformation about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, warn against the military-industrial complex. In the first deeply-reported investigation of this purported state-within-a state, Rohde, a two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist—now an executive editor of The New Yorker website and a CNN global affairs analyst—draws on his experience covering global and domestic politics, along with extensive interviews with CIA operatives and FBI agents of all levels, to determine whether these agencies are protecting the country or undermining it.

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 pm
Little Family: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735211773
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 28th, 2020

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Beah gained international acclaim with A Long Way Gone, the unforgettable account of his years as a child soldier in Sierra Leone. In his new novel he continues his exploration of the uneasily twinned themes of childhood and survival with the story of five young people in a torn and uncertain country. Led by the bookish—but street smart—Elimane, the group carves out a home for itself in an abandoned airplane. With the help of a cryptic outsider, they manage to stay under the radar—until one of their band courts danger by succumbing to a fascination with the sons and daughters of their nation’s corrupt leaders. 

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