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
Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

As Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2009 to 2012, Jaczko was pivotal to framing the country’s response to the Fukushima disaster after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Perhaps because he was the rare NRC official without ties to the nuclear industry, he called for major changes in the operation of the nation’s nuclear facilities. Running counter to accepted policy, Jaczko’s recommendations were rejected. Now an adjunct professor at Princeton and Georgetown Universities, Jaczko has written a shocking report of how the agency meant to protect us from nuclear radiation has been disabled by a corrupt and dangerously outmoded nuclear industry.

Jaczko will be in conversation with Ryan Grim, Washington Bureau Chief at The Intercept

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476755762
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 15th, 2019

Thursday, January 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

This event has been canceled, relocated to our store at 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, and rescheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 3:30pm.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Conversations with Abner Mikva: Final Reflections on Chicago Politics, Democracy's Future, and a Life of Public Service Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780700627387
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: University Press of Kansas - November 2nd, 2018

Monday, January 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In his fifth thriller, Quirk applies what he learned as a journalist for The Atlantic covering crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs to a classic Washington spy story. The action starts with a murder and a cryptic reference to OSPREY. Trying to find the killers, FBI agent Peter Sutherland is drawn into an elaborate conspiracy directed by a Russian operative in the White House. As he races against time to expose the mole, Sutherland faces increasing danger from both foreign enemies and his own agency, finding himself unwittingly reliving the experience of his father, whose FBI career was ruined by accusations that he sold secrets to the Soviets. Quirk, whose previous novels include The 500 and Dead Man Switch, will be in conversation with Mathew Yglesias, editor, writer, and co-founder of the news website Vox.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Night Agent: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062875464
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: William Morrow - January 15th, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Though acts of charity seem to have the moral high ground, Reich’s critique of philanthropy as it’s practiced under the current tax code finds it a threat to the public interest. Big Philanthropy allows the affluent and their foundations to use private assets to influence public policy—an act of power that’s largely unaccountable and that channels resources into pet projects and away from democratically agreed goals. Reich, a professor of political science at Stanford and director of Stanford’s McCoy Center of Ethics in Society, argues that charitable giving can serve the greater good if individual philanthropy is differentiated from private foundations, with the former supporting public resources such as education, science, and the arts, while the latter pursues innovations that enhance democratic experimentalism. Reich will be in conversation with Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780691183497
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Princeton University Press - November 13th, 2018

Thursday, January 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Mao’s second collection uses history, film, and time travel to examine how Asian women have been by turns erased, fetishized, and commodified in Western culture—while seldom being seen for themselves. The unsettling title poem meditates on a Shanghai woman who uploaded her suicide to Instagram, while another looks back to 1834, evoking Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman in America. In a tour de force sequence on Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star, Mao shows how little things have changed between 1937, when Wong was denied the role of O-Lan in The Good Earth, and 2017, when Scarlett Johansson played Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell. Mao, author of Mad Honey Symposium and the 2017-18 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence at George Washington, will be in conversation with Shaheen Qureshi, a poet, teacher, and literary agent with Capital Talent Agency.

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Oculus: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978259
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Graywolf Press - January 15th, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Based on a powerful new fiber-optic infrastructure, the world of 5G marks as profound a change in the way we work, communicate, and live as the advent of electricity did decades ago. Able to stream unprecedented amounts of data, this imminent information revolution will change the way we think about nearly everything we do, from health care to urban administration to agriculture. The one dark spot in this bright future is the growing monopoly a few huge corporations have over cable and internet access. Drawing on her expertise as a Harvard Law school professor and a special assistant to the president for science, technology, and innovation policy in 2009, Crawford reports on the extraordinary promise of 5G and on the initiatives many local governments are undertaking to ensure the field is open to competition and that innovation is not held back by entrenched corporate interests. Crawford will be in conversation with Adam Liptak, Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America Might Miss It Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300228502
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Yale University Press - January 8th, 2019

Wed
16
7:00 pm
Gregory B. Jaczko - Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator — in conversation with Ryan Grim — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Thu
17
7:00 pm
CANCELED / RELOCATED / RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 16: Sanford D. Horwitt - Conversations with Abner Mikva: Final Reflections on Chicago Politics, Democracy's Future, and a Life of Public Service — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Mon
21
7:00 pm
Matthew Quirk - The Night Agent — in conversation with Matthew Yglesias — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Tue
22
7:00 pm
Rob Reich - Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better — in conversation with Jane Mayer — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Thu
24
7:00 pm
Sally Wen Mao - Oculus: Poems — in conversation with Shaheen Qureshi — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Wed
30
7:00 pm
Susan Crawford: Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution--And Why America Might Miss It — in conversation with Adam Liptak — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Events
Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781476755762
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 15th, 2019

As Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2009 to 2012, Jaczko was pivotal to framing the country’s response to the Fukushima disaster after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Perhaps because he was the rare NRC official without ties to the nuclear industry, he called for major changes in the operation of the nation’s nuclear facilities. Running counter to accepted policy, Jaczko’s recommendations were rejected. Now an adjunct professor at Princeton and Georgetown Universities, Jaczko has written a shocking report of how the agency meant to protect us from nuclear radiation has been disabled by a corrupt and dangerously outmoded nuclear industry.

Jaczko will be in conversation with Ryan Grim, Washington Bureau Chief at The Intercept

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Thursday, January 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Conversations with Abner Mikva: Final Reflections on Chicago Politics, Democracy's Future, and a Life of Public Service Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780700627387
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: University Press of Kansas - November 2nd, 2018

This event has been canceled, relocated to our store at 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, and rescheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 3:30pm.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Monday, January 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Night Agent: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062875464
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: William Morrow - January 15th, 2019

In his fifth thriller, Quirk applies what he learned as a journalist for The Atlantic covering crime, private military contractors, terrorism prosecutions, and international gangs to a classic Washington spy story. The action starts with a murder and a cryptic reference to OSPREY. Trying to find the killers, FBI agent Peter Sutherland is drawn into an elaborate conspiracy directed by a Russian operative in the White House. As he races against time to expose the mole, Sutherland faces increasing danger from both foreign enemies and his own agency, finding himself unwittingly reliving the experience of his father, whose FBI career was ruined by accusations that he sold secrets to the Soviets. Quirk, whose previous novels include The 500 and Dead Man Switch, will be in conversation with Mathew Yglesias, editor, writer, and co-founder of the news website Vox.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Tuesday, January 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780691183497
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Princeton University Press - November 13th, 2018

Though acts of charity seem to have the moral high ground, Reich’s critique of philanthropy as it’s practiced under the current tax code finds it a threat to the public interest. Big Philanthropy allows the affluent and their foundations to use private assets to influence public policy—an act of power that’s largely unaccountable and that channels resources into pet projects and away from democratically agreed goals. Reich, a professor of political science at Stanford and director of Stanford’s McCoy Center of Ethics in Society, argues that charitable giving can serve the greater good if individual philanthropy is differentiated from private foundations, with the former supporting public resources such as education, science, and the arts, while the latter pursues innovations that enhance democratic experimentalism. Reich will be in conversation with Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Thursday, January 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Oculus: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555978259
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Graywolf Press - January 15th, 2019

Mao’s second collection uses history, film, and time travel to examine how Asian women have been by turns erased, fetishized, and commodified in Western culture—while seldom being seen for themselves. The unsettling title poem meditates on a Shanghai woman who uploaded her suicide to Instagram, while another looks back to 1834, evoking Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman in America. In a tour de force sequence on Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star, Mao shows how little things have changed between 1937, when Wong was denied the role of O-Lan in The Good Earth, and 2017, when Scarlett Johansson played Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell. Mao, author of Mad Honey Symposium and the 2017-18 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Residence at George Washington, will be in conversation with Shaheen Qureshi, a poet, teacher, and literary agent with Capital Talent Agency.

 

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America Might Miss It Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300228502
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Yale University Press - January 8th, 2019

Based on a powerful new fiber-optic infrastructure, the world of 5G marks as profound a change in the way we work, communicate, and live as the advent of electricity did decades ago. Able to stream unprecedented amounts of data, this imminent information revolution will change the way we think about nearly everything we do, from health care to urban administration to agriculture. The one dark spot in this bright future is the growing monopoly a few huge corporations have over cable and internet access. Drawing on her expertise as a Harvard Law school professor and a special assistant to the president for science, technology, and innovation policy in 2009, Crawford reports on the extraordinary promise of 5G and on the initiatives many local governments are undertaking to ensure the field is open to competition and that innovation is not held back by entrenched corporate interests. Crawford will be in conversation with Adam Liptak, Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times.

 

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