The Wharf

Now Open!
Politics and Prose bookstore comes to D.C.’s premier waterfront destination. Located in The Wharf's District Square and surrounded by a great assortment of retail, restaurant, and cultural offerings, our new location brings a steady lineup of author events and, of course, books for everyone! 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
Thursday, June 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The free Northwest Territory was established in 1787 and from the start it attracted large numbers of African-Americans. Eventually thousands of black settlers established hundreds of communities, defining themselves not by slavery but by land ownership and the businesses, churches, and schools they built. While this amounted to a first Great Migration, the experience of these black pioneers has seldom been part of the story of the nation’s Westward expansion. At last rectifying this, Cox, whose prodigious original research was the basis for two exhibits at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, traces the experience and achievements of several of the trailblazing African-American families who were integral in shaping the frontier as well as influencing early- to mid-nineteenth century American political life.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781610398107
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: PublicAffairs - June 12th, 2018

Monday, June 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Orange’s eagerly anticipated debut novel introduces both a powerfully original literary voice and tells a story that’s long been overshadowed, distorted, and outright erased.  An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, Orange explores the complicated reality of urban Native Americans through the lives of twelve different characters of different ages, genders, and Native heritages. In a series of tour-de-force linked vignettes, Orange shows us people grappling with addiction and violence, people who struggle to remember and those who yearn to forget, people in mourning and people ready to fight. All are heading for the Big Oakland Powwow, an event that promises to be nothing like what anyone expects.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
There There Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 5th, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

As #MeToo goes head-to-head with a culture of anti-feminist backlash, Yarrow revisits the 1990s to show how we got here. Often perceived as a breakout period of “girl power,” the decade of Anita Hill, Marcia Clarke, Courtney Love, Roseanne Barr, and Hillary Clinton was notably hostile to women who defied social expectations. In this sharp and thorough analysis, Yarrow, an award-winning journalist, 2017 TED fellow, and producer of the Vice documentary “Misconception,” examines the historical, political, and cultural forces that caused these bold and brave women not to be treated like the trailblazers and truth-tellers they were, but to be shamed and vilified by the media.

Yarrow will be in conversation with Garance Franke-Ruta, Washington editor of Yahoo News and editor in chief of Yahoo Politics.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062412348
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper Perennial - June 19th, 2018

Friday, June 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion and a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end. As Senator Bernie Sanders says, he could easily “make his mark through accomplishment on the field. Instead Michael has chosen to use his voice and his platform to fight injustice.” In Things that Make White People Uncomfortable, which Naomi Klein calls “pure fire,” Bennett writes about police violence, the role of protest in history, and his own responsibility as a role model to speak out. Following in the footsteps of activist-athletes from Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick, Bennett demonstrates his exceptional leadership both on and off the field.

Bennett will be in conversation with co-author Dave Zirin, sports editor for the Nation and author of several books, most recently Brazil's Dance with the Devil.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781608468935
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Haymarket Books - April 10th, 2018

Monday, July 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

For Kabanda, growing up in straitened circumstances in Uganda, music was first a refuge, then a passion, and then became the seed of a groundbreaking social vision. Entranced by the organ at Kampala’s Namirembe Cathedral, Kabanda joined the choir and learned to play the piano. Later, as a Juilliard-trained musician, he performed worldwide and, observing how music can uplift and unite people, pursued a degree in international affairs with the objective of incorporating the arts into development projects. Showing how culture can both enrich people personally and be a vital engine for a nation’s economic growth, Kabanda, who has consulted for the World Bank and contributed to the World Development Report 2016, explores the valuable roles the arts can play in promoting international trade, education, sustainability, and social inclusion. This event is in partnership with the Young African Professionals DC Network.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Creative Wealth of Nations: Can the Arts Advance Development? Cover Image
By Patrick Kabanda, Amartya Sen (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781108437684
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cambridge University Press - May 17th, 2018

Thu
21
7:00 pm
Anna-Lisa Cox - The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Mon
25
7:00 pm
Tommy Orange - There There — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Thu
28
7:00 pm
Allison Yarrow - 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality — in conversation with Garance Franke-Ruta — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Fri
29
7:00 pm
Michael Bennett - Things That Make White People Uncomfortable — in conversation with Dave Zirin — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Mon
2
7:00 pm
Patrick Kabanda - The Creative Wealth of Nations: Can the Arts Advance Development? — in conversation with Munit Mesfin — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf, in partnership with Young African Professionals

Events
Monday, June 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
There There Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525520375
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 5th, 2018

Orange’s eagerly anticipated debut novel introduces both a powerfully original literary voice and tells a story that’s long been overshadowed, distorted, and outright erased.  An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, Orange explores the complicated reality of urban Native Americans through the lives of twelve different characters of different ages, genders, and Native heritages. In a series of tour-de-force linked vignettes, Orange shows us people grappling with addiction and violence, people who struggle to remember and those who yearn to forget, people in mourning and people ready to fight. All are heading for the Big Oakland Powwow, an event that promises to be nothing like what anyone expects.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Thursday, June 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062412348
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper Perennial - June 19th, 2018

As #MeToo goes head-to-head with a culture of anti-feminist backlash, Yarrow revisits the 1990s to show how we got here. Often perceived as a breakout period of “girl power,” the decade of Anita Hill, Marcia Clarke, Courtney Love, Roseanne Barr, and Hillary Clinton was notably hostile to women who defied social expectations. In this sharp and thorough analysis, Yarrow, an award-winning journalist, 2017 TED fellow, and producer of the Vice documentary “Misconception,” examines the historical, political, and cultural forces that caused these bold and brave women not to be treated like the trailblazers and truth-tellers they were, but to be shamed and vilified by the media.

Yarrow will be in conversation with Garance Franke-Ruta, Washington editor of Yahoo News and editor in chief of Yahoo Politics.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Friday, June 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781608468935
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Haymarket Books - April 10th, 2018

Michael Bennett is a Super Bowl Champion and a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end. As Senator Bernie Sanders says, he could easily “make his mark through accomplishment on the field. Instead Michael has chosen to use his voice and his platform to fight injustice.” In Things that Make White People Uncomfortable, which Naomi Klein calls “pure fire,” Bennett writes about police violence, the role of protest in history, and his own responsibility as a role model to speak out. Following in the footsteps of activist-athletes from Muhammad Ali to Colin Kaepernick, Bennett demonstrates his exceptional leadership both on and off the field.

Bennett will be in conversation with co-author Dave Zirin, sports editor for the Nation and author of several books, most recently Brazil's Dance with the Devil.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Monday, July 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Creative Wealth of Nations: Can the Arts Advance Development? Cover Image
By Patrick Kabanda, Amartya Sen (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781108437684
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cambridge University Press - May 17th, 2018

For Kabanda, growing up in straitened circumstances in Uganda, music was first a refuge, then a passion, and then became the seed of a groundbreaking social vision. Entranced by the organ at Kampala’s Namirembe Cathedral, Kabanda joined the choir and learned to play the piano. Later, as a Juilliard-trained musician, he performed worldwide and, observing how music can uplift and unite people, pursued a degree in international affairs with the objective of incorporating the arts into development projects. Showing how culture can both enrich people personally and be a vital engine for a nation’s economic growth, Kabanda, who has consulted for the World Bank and contributed to the World Development Report 2016, explores the valuable roles the arts can play in promoting international trade, education, sustainability, and social inclusion. This event is in partnership with the Young African Professionals DC Network.

 

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