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Events at The Wharf
Monday, February 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Edge’s history of Southern food traditions is also a social and cultural history of the South. The illuminating lessons start with the title, which refers to the broth left in the pot after collard greens are boiled. Plantation owners ate the greens and left the broth for slaves, not realizing that the broth was where the nutrients were. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi and a columnist for the Oxford American, focuses the bulk of his narrative on the decades since the 1950s, tracing the central role of cooks and waiters in the civil rights movement, outlining contentions over culinary ownership, charting the back-to-the-land movement and the rise of fast foods, surveying the impact of immigration on Southern eating, and giving vivid portraits of key figures including Fannie Lou Hamer, Edna Lewis, Craig Claiborne, and many others.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143111016
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - February 6th, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Opened in 1965, the Watergate became synonymous with political malfeasance in 1972, when Nixon supporters burglarized the Democratic National Committee then headquartered there. While the complex has lent its “-gate” to many subsequent scandals, it has continued to be a choice address for D.C. movers and shakers. In this lively biography of the building The Washington Post once compared to the Titanic, Rodota, a political consultant and former writer and communications manager in the Reagan White House, profiles many of the Watergate’s residents and visitors. Following the activities of a cast that includes Anna Chennault and Tommy Corcoran, Martha and John Mitchell, Elizabeth and Bob Dole, Monica Lewinsky and her mother, and Condoleezza Rice and her piano, Rodota gives an entertaining and unconventional view of recent American politics.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Watergate: Inside America's Most Infamous Address Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062476623
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow & Company - February 20th, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Twenty-five years ago, Angels in America made its Broadway premier. It won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play, but Tony Kushner’s landmark work was always more than just a theater piece. It changed the way gay lives are represented in popular culture and the story of its many productions is also the story of AIDS and the struggle for gay rights. In this vibrant oral history, Butler, writer and director of productions including The Trump Card and Real Enemies, and Kois, editor and writer for Slate’s culture section, bring together the voices of more than two hundred people closely associated with Angels, from Meryl Streep and Mary-Louise Parker to directors, producers, historians, critics, and Kushner himself, to reminisce, tell stories, debate, and celebrate a piece that’s as vital today as it was when it opened in San Francisco in 1991.

Butler and Kois will be in conversation with Glen Weldon, co-host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. The three of them will be joined for a staged reading of one chapter from the book, featuring: Alexandra Petri, humor writer for the Washington Post and author of A Field Guide to Awkward Silences; Mark Joseph Stern, a writer for Slate covering the law and LGBTQ issues; Jacob Brogan, host of the Slate podcast Working; and DC-based stage actors Kimberly Gilbert and Michael Kevin Darnall.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781635571769
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 13th, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Drawing heavily from memoirs, CIA and FBI reports, magazine articles, and other research, the author presents a fast-paced account of a tumultuous time in U.S. history.  Beginning with an introduction by Congressman John Lewis, the book places the events surrounding the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. into historical context. It explores the legacies of both King, a legendary civil rights activist, and James Earl Ray, the prison escapee who murdered him. Swanson’s extensive source notes will allow young historians to trace—or even continue—research. 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780545723336
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scholastic Press - January 2nd, 2018

Friday, February 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wharton started as a model and stylist for the Wilhelmina Modeling agency. He now hosts his own talk show, Paul Wharton Style, and is Lifestyle & Fashion Host on Fox 5’s Good Day DC morning show. In his new book, he shares the tips and secrets he’s learned from his many years of helping women look and feel their best. He starts with the basics of organizing your wardrobe efficiently, shows how to shop and dress with both your budget and your body in mind, and offers advice about makeup. But pulling it all together involves more than externals, and Wharton also tells you how to exercise, eat right, and sleep well.

Wharton will be in conversation with Maureen Umeh, Fox 5 Anchor and Good Day DC co-host.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Pulling It All Together: Essential Style Advice on Being Beautiful, Confident & (Most of All) Happy! Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781510722347
Availability: Backordered
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - January 16th, 2018

Monday, February 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

One of the most talked about books of 2017, Lee’s second novel, a finalist for the National Book Award, is the story of four generations of a Korean family in Japan. The narrative starts in the early 1900s in Japanese-occupied Korea where Sunja, discovering that the father of her unborn child is married, rejects him and weds a pastor. The two move to Japan, and Sunja opens a small shop with her sister-in-law and raises two sons. One becomes a scholar, the second runs a prosperous pachinko parlor. Meanwhile, her former lover turns up, complicating a life already made difficult by displacement and discrimination. Expertly balancing epic sweep with intimate portrayals of individual lives, Lee explores not just the ideas of immigration, exile, and family, but movingly conveys the full emotional range of these issues. Lee will be in conversation with Book Maven Bethanne Patrick.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Hughes grew up in North Carolina in a family of modest means. Scholarships took him to an elite boarding school, then to Harvard, where he met Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz. The three founded Facebook and became rich nearly overnight. They couldn’t have planned this, and Hughes attributes his success in large part to good luck. He also recognizes chance as a factor in what keeps others poor. Drawing on his personal experience and his work with the Economic Security Project, which he co-founded, Hughes argues that the best tool for ending poverty and rebuilding the middle class is a guaranteed income for the working poor, paid for by the wealthiest 1%.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250196590
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 20th, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

In The Land Between Two Rivers, his second collection of essays, Sleigh trades his poet’s hat for the flak jacket of a journalist, reporting from war zones and refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kenya, Somalia, and Iraq. Striving for “an art in which bodily reality isn’t slighted,” Sleigh focuses on the lives of individuals and details their experiences of war, displacement, illness, and hope. He complements this reportage with probing, personal meditations on the role and responsibilities of art in divisive times, questions he refines further in the poems of House of Fact, House of Ruin. Sleigh’s tenth collection shows the poet as both socially engaged and self-aware, struggling “to see the filthiness / that keeps making me filthy” and to do something about it. Sleigh will be in conversation with Joshua Weiner, author of three collections of poetry and Berlin Notebook, prose about the refugee crisis.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977962
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Graywolf Press - February 6th, 2018

House of Fact, House of Ruin: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977979
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Graywolf Press - February 6th, 2018

Mon
19
7:00 pm
John T. Edge - The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Tue
20
7:00 pm
Joseph Rodota - The Watergate: Inside America's Most Infamous Address — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Wed
21
7:00 pm
Isaac Butler and Dan Kois - The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America — in conversation with Glen Weldon, with appearances by many more — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Thu
22
7:00 pm
James L. Swanson - Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf **FOR TEENS AND ADULTS
Fri
23
7:00 pm
Paul Wharton - Pulling It All Together: Essential Style Advice on Being Beautiful, Confident & (Most of All) Happy! — in conversation with Maureen Umeh at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Mon
26
7:00 pm
Min Jin Lee - Pachinko — in conversation with Bethanne Patrick — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Tue
27
7:00 pm
Chris Hughes - Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Thu
1
7:00 pm
Tom Sleigh - The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees & House of Fact, House of Ruin: Poems — in conversation with Joshua Weiner — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Events
Monday, February 19, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143111016
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - February 6th, 2018

Edge’s history of Southern food traditions is also a social and cultural history of the South. The illuminating lessons start with the title, which refers to the broth left in the pot after collard greens are boiled. Plantation owners ate the greens and left the broth for slaves, not realizing that the broth was where the nutrients were. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi and a columnist for the Oxford American, focuses the bulk of his narrative on the decades since the 1950s, tracing the central role of cooks and waiters in the civil rights movement, outlining contentions over culinary ownership, charting the back-to-the-land movement and the rise of fast foods, surveying the impact of immigration on Southern eating, and giving vivid portraits of key figures including Fannie Lou Hamer, Edna Lewis, Craig Claiborne, and many others.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Watergate: Inside America's Most Infamous Address Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062476623
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: William Morrow & Company - February 20th, 2018

Opened in 1965, the Watergate became synonymous with political malfeasance in 1972, when Nixon supporters burglarized the Democratic National Committee then headquartered there. While the complex has lent its “-gate” to many subsequent scandals, it has continued to be a choice address for D.C. movers and shakers. In this lively biography of the building The Washington Post once compared to the Titanic, Rodota, a political consultant and former writer and communications manager in the Reagan White House, profiles many of the Watergate’s residents and visitors. Following the activities of a cast that includes Anna Chennault and Tommy Corcoran, Martha and John Mitchell, Elizabeth and Bob Dole, Monica Lewinsky and her mother, and Condoleezza Rice and her piano, Rodota gives an entertaining and unconventional view of recent American politics.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781635571769
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 13th, 2018

Twenty-five years ago, Angels in America made its Broadway premier. It won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play, but Tony Kushner’s landmark work was always more than just a theater piece. It changed the way gay lives are represented in popular culture and the story of its many productions is also the story of AIDS and the struggle for gay rights. In this vibrant oral history, Butler, writer and director of productions including The Trump Card and Real Enemies, and Kois, editor and writer for Slate’s culture section, bring together the voices of more than two hundred people closely associated with Angels, from Meryl Streep and Mary-Louise Parker to directors, producers, historians, critics, and Kushner himself, to reminisce, tell stories, debate, and celebrate a piece that’s as vital today as it was when it opened in San Francisco in 1991.

Butler and Kois will be in conversation with Glen Weldon, co-host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. The three of them will be joined for a staged reading of one chapter from the book, featuring: Alexandra Petri, humor writer for the Washington Post and author of A Field Guide to Awkward Silences; Mark Joseph Stern, a writer for Slate covering the law and LGBTQ issues; Jacob Brogan, host of the Slate podcast Working; and DC-based stage actors Kimberly Gilbert and Michael Kevin Darnall.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780545723336
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scholastic Press - January 2nd, 2018

Drawing heavily from memoirs, CIA and FBI reports, magazine articles, and other research, the author presents a fast-paced account of a tumultuous time in U.S. history.  Beginning with an introduction by Congressman John Lewis, the book places the events surrounding the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. into historical context. It explores the legacies of both King, a legendary civil rights activist, and James Earl Ray, the prison escapee who murdered him. Swanson’s extensive source notes will allow young historians to trace—or even continue—research. 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Friday, February 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pulling It All Together: Essential Style Advice on Being Beautiful, Confident & (Most of All) Happy! Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781510722347
Availability: Backordered
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - January 16th, 2018

Wharton started as a model and stylist for the Wilhelmina Modeling agency. He now hosts his own talk show, Paul Wharton Style, and is Lifestyle & Fashion Host on Fox 5’s Good Day DC morning show. In his new book, he shares the tips and secrets he’s learned from his many years of helping women look and feel their best. He starts with the basics of organizing your wardrobe efficiently, shows how to shop and dress with both your budget and your body in mind, and offers advice about makeup. But pulling it all together involves more than externals, and Wharton also tells you how to exercise, eat right, and sleep well.

Wharton will be in conversation with Maureen Umeh, Fox 5 Anchor and Good Day DC co-host.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Monday, February 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

One of the most talked about books of 2017, Lee’s second novel, a finalist for the National Book Award, is the story of four generations of a Korean family in Japan. The narrative starts in the early 1900s in Japanese-occupied Korea where Sunja, discovering that the father of her unborn child is married, rejects him and weds a pastor. The two move to Japan, and Sunja opens a small shop with her sister-in-law and raises two sons. One becomes a scholar, the second runs a prosperous pachinko parlor. Meanwhile, her former lover turns up, complicating a life already made difficult by displacement and discrimination. Expertly balancing epic sweep with intimate portrayals of individual lives, Lee explores not just the ideas of immigration, exile, and family, but movingly conveys the full emotional range of these issues. Lee will be in conversation with Book Maven Bethanne Patrick.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250196590
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 20th, 2018

Hughes grew up in North Carolina in a family of modest means. Scholarships took him to an elite boarding school, then to Harvard, where he met Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz. The three founded Facebook and became rich nearly overnight. They couldn’t have planned this, and Hughes attributes his success in large part to good luck. He also recognizes chance as a factor in what keeps others poor. Drawing on his personal experience and his work with the Economic Security Project, which he co-founded, Hughes argues that the best tool for ending poverty and rebuilding the middle class is a guaranteed income for the working poor, paid for by the wealthiest 1%.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977962
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Graywolf Press - February 6th, 2018

House of Fact, House of Ruin: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977979
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Graywolf Press - February 6th, 2018

In The Land Between Two Rivers, his second collection of essays, Sleigh trades his poet’s hat for the flak jacket of a journalist, reporting from war zones and refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kenya, Somalia, and Iraq. Striving for “an art in which bodily reality isn’t slighted,” Sleigh focuses on the lives of individuals and details their experiences of war, displacement, illness, and hope. He complements this reportage with probing, personal meditations on the role and responsibilities of art in divisive times, questions he refines further in the poems of House of Fact, House of Ruin. Sleigh’s tenth collection shows the poet as both socially engaged and self-aware, struggling “to see the filthiness / that keeps making me filthy” and to do something about it. Sleigh will be in conversation with Joshua Weiner, author of three collections of poetry and Berlin Notebook, prose about the refugee crisis.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
Friday, March 2, 9:00 am to Sunday, March 4, 8:00 pm

All weekend long, Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4, we invite Politics & Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs!

Members' online and phone purchases will also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.

Enjoy the benefits of your membership at any of our locations.

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