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P&P is delighted to invite you along as we explore unique histories and breathtaking sites in 2019—and meet some of our favorite authors with us along the way!  details

Featured Classes

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (19141)

Delve into a novel that Justin Torres praised, in his New York Times review, for being "brilliant in the way it pays attention not to what our thoughts make us feel, but to what our feelings make us think." We’ll consider the book’s unusual structural decisions, drawing on traditions of epistolary writing and kishōtenketsu narratives, as well as the ways Vuong’s considerable skills as a poet shape his handling of image and scene. Advance reading of the book is recommended. Sunday, September 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ahdaf Soueif’s The Map of Love (19139)

Two stories mingle in the novel, one that begins in 1897, the other a hundred years later. The narratives of two eras echo each other as Ahdaf Soueif explores old and new social problems and personal relations affected by Britain’s unwanted presence in Egypt. Three sections of a single 2-hour course offered: September 24th (19139-1), 25th (19139-2), 26th (19139-3), 1:00-3:00 p.m.

@ UNION MARKET Personal Essay Workshop (19105)

Learn what it takes to turn a decent draft about an interesting experience into a powerful personal essay that will resonate with readers in such a way that they feel enriched, even changed, for having read it. We'll explore crucial elements of personal writing—craft, authenticity, and voice—via lecture, example, practice, and feedback. In addition to the feedback of your peers on your writing, you'll receive detailed commentary from me. Each student will submit a piece of writing up to 1,500 words; you will take turns providing feedback to each other.  Four Saturdays: Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  AT OUR UNION MARKET LOCATION

Next Book Group Meetings


Public Affairs

September 23, 7:30 pm
CHINA QUESTIONS, edited by Rudolph and Szonyi
The China Questions: Critical Insights Into a Rising Power Cover Image
By Jennifer Rudolph (Editor), Michael Szonyi (Editor)
ISBN: 9780674237520
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harvard University Press - April 8th, 2019



September 24, 7:30 pm
The Collected Poems of C. P. Cavafy: A New Translation Cover Image
By C. P. Cavafy, Aliki Barnstone (Translator)
ISBN: 9780393328998
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 2007


Fascinating History

September 26, 7:00 pm
Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780195339444
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 18th, 2008

Travel with Politics & Prose

Mid Autumn with the Georgetown Set

Saturday, October 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Join Rick Massimo, author of A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set, for a tour of the neighborhood that was home to the bureaucratic, journalistic, and spy elites of Washington during the Cold War. Discover the house where a tea set was knocked over to stave off an international incident, the restaurant where a Soviet defector escaped through a bathroom, the house Kennedy made his last stop on Inauguration Night, and a whole lot more.

The October Jazz History Tour

Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to noon

Jazz and Prohibition collided in 1920s Washington, and one neighborhood saw it all. We will explore Shaw neighborhood, home to U Street and Washington’s “Black Broadway,” and visit historical and unusual sites that most Washingtonians never see. Led by author Garrett Peck, the walk will be capped by a prohibition-appropriate happy hour, of course.

Navy Yard and Culture House DC

Sunday, November 3, from 10:00 a.m. to noon

Join Andréa Seiger and John Dean, author and photographer of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook for a walk through the photogenic, vibrant and ever-changing Navy Yard neighborhood that lies along the Anacostia River, once intended to be part of a deep water port. It is anchored by the US Navy Yard, the oldest continuously operating Navy installation in the United States, and Nationals Park.