Donald Trump’s political ascendancy has generated a number of books by a range of authors—journalists, commentators, even comic-strip creators—all seeking to explain, in one way or another, the rise of this most unusual of U.S. presidential candidates. Here are some of our recent favorites:

Mark Singer, a longtime staff writer with The New Yorker, has a handwritten note from Trump calling him “a total loser.” Singer counts this among his proudest possessions. He profiled Trump 19 years ago in a piece that still stands as one of the most insightful portraits written about the man. In...

read more

Donald Trump’s political ascendancy has generated a number of books by a range of authors—journalists, commentators, even comic-strip creators—all seeking to explain, in one way or another, the rise of this most unusual of U.S. presidential candidates. Here are some of our recent favorites:

Mark Singer, a longtime staff writer with The New Yorker, has a handwritten note from Trump calling him “a total loser.” Singer counts this among his proudest possessions. He profiled Trump 19 years ago in a piece that still stands as one of the most insightful portraits written about the man. In Trump and Me, Singer repackages the article with more recent material. He spoke at Politics & Prose in early July, in conversation with fellow magazine staff writer Jane Mayer. A video of the event can be seen here.

David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist, has put together an in-depth account of the mogul’s life in The Making of Donald Trump. Drawing on decades of interviews, financial records, court documents, and public statements, Johnston, who has covered Trump for years, recounts The Donald’s successes, troubles, and controversies. Johnston appeared at P&P on August 25.

Another extensively researched biography also has just been produced by a team of Washington Post reporters, editors, and researchers, led by investigative political reporter Michal Kranish and senior editor Marc Fisher. Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power delves into many aspects of Trump’s life. Kranish and Fisher are scheduled for an event at Politics & Prose on November 5 at 6 p.m., just a few days before the presidential vote.

As a bombastic, larger-than-life figure, Trump in many ways has been a gift to humorists. Yet few can claim to have spotted his comedic potential earlier than Doonesbury comic-strip creator Garry Trudeau, who started lampooning Trump in 1987. Trudeau’s new book, Yuge!, collects 30 years of subsequent coverage. The celebrated cartoonist talked about his book at Politics & Prose on August 29.

As for the campaign itself, we’ll be reviving a P&P tradition of holding a viewing in the store of the televised presidential debates, starting with the first debate on September 26 at 9 p.m. Please come join us.

— Brad and Lissa

Pages

At Busboys and Poets

feature

September 6 @ 14th & V: The United States and Saudi Arabia have radically different views on global geo-politics, human rights, and much else. Yet the two countries in are allies, if sometimes wary ones. In her brisk yet detailed analysis of the history of U.S.-Saudi relations, Madea Benjamin lays bare the contradictions at the heart of this unlikely alliance, looking beyond the diplomatic rhetoric to explore what it really rests on.

September 7 @ 14th & V: Mary Karr’s primer on writing a memoir is as compelling as the actual memories she recounted in The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. Mining her experience of chronicling her Texas childhood and adolescence, her marriage, and her struggle to become a writer, Karr illuminates key questions about how to use identity and memory to project an authentic voice, how to be honest, and how to identify and convey pivotal moments.

September 8 @ 5th & K: Former CEO of EMILY’s List and past president of Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ organization, Joe Solmonese knows a lot about how to make change happen. As his stories of successful social justice campaigns illustrate, a key part of Solmonese’s strategy has been harnessing anger: by viewing it as energy, Solmonese learned how to direct it.

Children & Teens

Wednesday, September 7, 7 p.m.

Ahdieh and Tahir

In Tahir’s sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, Laia and Elias escape the devastating rebellion being staged by the Scholars. Branded as traitors and on the run, the two must also find a way to elude Elias’s mother and Emperor Marcus while attempting to rescue Laia’s brother. The Rose and the Dagger continues Ahdieh’s retelling of The Arabian Nights and details Shahrzad’s quest to break the curse that holds her husband, Khalid, in thrall. Reunited with her family but held captive by her fears for the future, she must outwit a former flame, who now leads a movement to overthrow Caliph Khalid, and discover powers within herself that she never thought could exist. For ages 14 and up.

details

 

New in Hardcover

Book Cover

Ross Collins
There’s a Bear on My Chair
(Nosy Crow, $16.99)

 

Blast from the Past

Book Cover

Paul Galdone
The Three Bears
(Clarion, $6.95)

 

YA Pick

Book Cover

Alison Umminger
American Girls
(Flatiron, $17.99)

read more about these books.

Just Announced

Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m.

Abbi Jacobson at Bucks Fishing and Camping

details

 

Don't Miss

 

Wednesday, September 14, 7 p.m.

jeffrey yoskowitz and liz alpern at Sixth & I

details

 

Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m.

ian mcewan at Sixth & I

details

 

Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m.

Jay McInerney at Bucks Fishing and Camping

details

 

Monday, September 26, 7 p.m.

alan cumming at Sixth & I

details

Last Chance to Enroll!

feature

Deconstructing Children’s Literature: What books have stayed with you since childhood? In this class, we will read, deconstruct and discuss classic and contemporary children’s picture books through lens of genre: fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry, folk tales and meta-fiction.

Memoir Writing Workshop: Memoir, like all creative non-fiction, relies on literary craft tools such as scene and plot to mold a clear storyline and develop characters. This five-meeting workshop will help you to write your memories into scenes for essays or chapters of a full manuscript.

Grab the Reader at Go: Many wonderful manuscripts never get read because the opening pages don't hook the reader. Geared toward those in the early stages of writing fiction and memoir, this five-session workshop will give each participant a chance to submit the beginning of a manuscript and receive feedback.

Short Stories in Translation: Only about three percent of books published in the United States are in translation, yet many of the works that have had the most lasting impact on our culture and literary tradition have come to us from other languages. This course will discuss not only translated stories themselves, but questions surrounding the art of translation and the international literary community.

Music News

Music News

read more

Supported Events

Reservations and tickets should be acquired from the hosting organization. Contact Kate Shawcross if you are planning an event and would like us to supply the books.

  •  
  • 1 of 2
  • »