The Wharf

Located in The Wharf's District Square and surrounded by a great assortment of retail, restaurant, and cultural offerings, Politics and Prose at The Wharf carries a wide range of books for everyone and hosts a steady lineup of author events! Find out what’s coming up below.

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70 District Square SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

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(202) 488-3867

 

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SUNDAY – SATURDAY
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

 

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Events at The Wharf
Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In her powerful new novel, Gappah, the award-winning Zimbabwean author of two short-story collections and The Book of Memory, develops a historical footnote into a sweeping view of nineteenth- century Africa. Set in 1873, the book starts with the death of Dr. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer who hoped to find the source of the Nile and to end the East Africa-Arab slave trade. As a loyal retinue carries Livingstone’s body 1,500 miles across Africa so it can be shipped back to England, Livingstone’s cook, Halima, and his former slave, Jacob, recount stories of the Doctor and of their experiences of colonialism. With support from Young African Professionals.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Out of Darkness, Shining Light: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982110338
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2019

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

When actress, screenwriter, producer, and activist June Diane Raphael considered running for office, she was frustrated at the lack of information on how to do it. So she decided to produce a guide herself by reaching out to Black, former chief of staff and vice president of research at EMILY's List. Together the two have compiled an engaging and informative step-by-step primer designed to help any woman running for one of the country’s roughly 500,000 elected offices, from local city council to state government to Congress. Structured around a 21-point checklist, the book cover basics of fund-raising and filing, personal issues like balancing family and public life, and includes profiles of and advice from women already in politics.

Black will be in conversation with Emily Cain,executive director of Emily's List, and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, representative from Washington's 7th congressional district.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523502974
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 3rd, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm

In a series of vivid profiles, Lemann, a New Yorker staff writer and the author of books including The Big Test and The Promised Land, traces today’s socio-political divisiveness and glaring income inequality to three pivotal figures. He starts with Adolf Berle, FDR’s chief economic theorist, who advocated a society anchored by corporations able to offer stable employment and generous pensions. That vision was tweaked in the 1970s when, led by Harvard Business School’s Michael Jensen, shareholders demanded that their interests come first. Finally, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs like LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman have pushed to let “networks” solve our problems. Showing how this arc has played out, Lemann tracks the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers and a family-run Chicago car dealership.

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374277888
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 10th, 2019

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

Boehm, a Texas-born playwright and director, was staging plays in Poland in 1988 when he learned that a US publisher needed someone to translate Ingeborg Bachmann’s avant-garde masterpiece Malina into English. With no special training, aside from a dramatist's sensitivity to the nuances of voice, Boehm took the assignment and now has rendered over thirty works from German and Polish into award-winning English editions, translating authors like Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, and Herta Muller. Join us for a discussion of literary translation in general and of the particular challenges behind his recently released work on Bachmann, Christine Wunnicke, and Arthur Koestler, whose long-lost complete version of Darkness at Noon was rediscovered in 2015 and now appears in English for the first time.

Boehm will discuss his work, followed by a broader conversation about translation with Amy Stolls, Director of Literary Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Darkness at Noon: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501161315
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner - September 17th, 2019

Malina Cover Image
By Ingeborg Bachmann, Philip Boehm (Translator), Rachel Kushner (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811228725
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 25th, 2019

The Fox and Dr. Shimamura Cover Image
By Christine Wunnicke, Philip Boehm (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811226240
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 30th, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm

Juliet Milagros Palante just earned the internship of her dreams, and is leaving the Bronx for Portland, Oregon to work for her favorite feminist writer. The night before she leaves, she decides to come out to her family—something she never planned on doing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go well. Her only hope is that Harlowe Brisbane, a feminist savant, expert on women’s bodies and queer culture, will help her figure out how to be an out and proud Latinx lesbian. But Brisbane is white, she’s not from the Bronx, and she doesn’t actually have all the answers. In a story bursting with queer kinship, summer flings and unabashed examinations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out—to friends, to family, and to herself. Ages 15 and up.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Juliet Takes a Breath Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108178
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

The Poet X Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662804
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: HarperTeen - March 6th, 2018

With the Fire on High Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662835
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: HarperTeen - May 7th, 2019

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

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593084397
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Portfolio - September 17th, 2019

Tue
17
7:00 pm
Petina Gappah - Out of Darkness, Shining Light — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Wed
18
7:00 pm
Kate Black - Represent: The Woman's Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World — in conversation with Emily Cain and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal— at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Thu
19
7:00 pm
Nicholas Lemann - Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Mon
23
7:00 pm
An evening with Philip Boehm, translator of Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina, and Christine Wunnicke's The Fox and Dr. Shimamura — in conversation with Amy Stolls — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Thu
26
7:00 pm
Gabby Rivera - Juliet Takes a Breath — in converstaion with Elizabeth Acevedo — at The Wharf
Tue
1
7:00 pm
Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly - The Education of Brett Kavanaugh — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Events
Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Out of Darkness, Shining Light: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982110338
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2019

In her powerful new novel, Gappah, the award-winning Zimbabwean author of two short-story collections and The Book of Memory, develops a historical footnote into a sweeping view of nineteenth- century Africa. Set in 1873, the book starts with the death of Dr. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer who hoped to find the source of the Nile and to end the East Africa-Arab slave trade. As a loyal retinue carries Livingstone’s body 1,500 miles across Africa so it can be shipped back to England, Livingstone’s cook, Halima, and his former slave, Jacob, recount stories of the Doctor and of their experiences of colonialism. With support from Young African Professionals.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523502974
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 3rd, 2019

When actress, screenwriter, producer, and activist June Diane Raphael considered running for office, she was frustrated at the lack of information on how to do it. So she decided to produce a guide herself by reaching out to Black, former chief of staff and vice president of research at EMILY's List. Together the two have compiled an engaging and informative step-by-step primer designed to help any woman running for one of the country’s roughly 500,000 elected offices, from local city council to state government to Congress. Structured around a 21-point checklist, the book cover basics of fund-raising and filing, personal issues like balancing family and public life, and includes profiles of and advice from women already in politics.

Black will be in conversation with Emily Cain,executive director of Emily's List, and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, representative from Washington's 7th congressional district.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374277888
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 10th, 2019

In a series of vivid profiles, Lemann, a New Yorker staff writer and the author of books including The Big Test and The Promised Land, traces today’s socio-political divisiveness and glaring income inequality to three pivotal figures. He starts with Adolf Berle, FDR’s chief economic theorist, who advocated a society anchored by corporations able to offer stable employment and generous pensions. That vision was tweaked in the 1970s when, led by Harvard Business School’s Michael Jensen, shareholders demanded that their interests come first. Finally, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs like LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman have pushed to let “networks” solve our problems. Showing how this arc has played out, Lemann tracks the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers and a family-run Chicago car dealership.

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Monday, September 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Darkness at Noon: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501161315
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner - September 17th, 2019

Malina Cover Image
By Ingeborg Bachmann, Philip Boehm (Translator), Rachel Kushner (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811228725
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 25th, 2019

The Fox and Dr. Shimamura Cover Image
By Christine Wunnicke, Philip Boehm (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780811226240
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - April 30th, 2019

Boehm, a Texas-born playwright and director, was staging plays in Poland in 1988 when he learned that a US publisher needed someone to translate Ingeborg Bachmann’s avant-garde masterpiece Malina into English. With no special training, aside from a dramatist's sensitivity to the nuances of voice, Boehm took the assignment and now has rendered over thirty works from German and Polish into award-winning English editions, translating authors like Bertolt Brecht, Franz Kafka, and Herta Muller. Join us for a discussion of literary translation in general and of the particular challenges behind his recently released work on Bachmann, Christine Wunnicke, and Arthur Koestler, whose long-lost complete version of Darkness at Noon was rediscovered in 2015 and now appears in English for the first time.

Boehm will discuss his work, followed by a broader conversation about translation with Amy Stolls, Director of Literary Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm
Juliet Takes a Breath Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593108178
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dial Books - September 17th, 2019

The Poet X Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662804
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: HarperTeen - March 6th, 2018

With the Fire on High Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662835
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: HarperTeen - May 7th, 2019

Juliet Milagros Palante just earned the internship of her dreams, and is leaving the Bronx for Portland, Oregon to work for her favorite feminist writer. The night before she leaves, she decides to come out to her family—something she never planned on doing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go well. Her only hope is that Harlowe Brisbane, a feminist savant, expert on women’s bodies and queer culture, will help her figure out how to be an out and proud Latinx lesbian. But Brisbane is white, she’s not from the Bronx, and she doesn’t actually have all the answers. In a story bursting with queer kinship, summer flings and unabashed examinations of race and identity, Juliet learns what it means to come out—to friends, to family, and to herself. Ages 15 and up.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593084397
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Portfolio - September 17th, 2019

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024