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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

Helen Oyeyemi's "Gingerbread" (1975)

Let’s gorge on “Gingerbread” -- one of the most buzzed-about and delicious novels of 2019. Oyeyemi concocts stylistically dazzling, unclassifiable stories that spin off of classic fairy tales.  Like her previous award-winning books this latest one is a strange and addictive combination of fantasy, magic, comedy, social commentary, empathy, nutmeg and so much more.  The New York Times calls it “exhilarating” and  “a novel that feels prescient, and it deserves to be read carefully, considered and discussed.”  And that’s exactly what we’ll do. Wednesday, May 22, 6-8 p.m.

Ali Smith's "Spring" (1960)

Continuing our reading of Ali Smith’s “Seasonal Quartet,” we will take up the third novel, Spring, fresh off the presses, as the first class will meet four weeks after publication. The series is a literary phenomenon, written by the Booker Prize finalist and acknowledged master in response to our specific historical moment when “the time we are living in is changing nature,” and the nature of storytelling, identity, politics, and culture are also in flux. Two Wednesdays: May 29 and June 5, from 12 to 2:00 p.m.

The Odyssey & Argonautica (1979)

 This course will focus on Homer's Odyssey, and in particularly on Emily Wilson's new translation of the poem.  It will proceed by a mixture of lecture and discussion, always with a focus on close reading, and will cover general questions of epic composition, including its construction of heroic values and its treatment of issues of gender and sexuality.  In addition, a class and a half will be devoted to Apollonius' Argonautica , a work composed in the period after Alexander the Great that engages closely the Odyssey and that was of crucial importance for later literature like Vergil's Aeneid.  Four Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27, 6-8 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings


International Literature

May 22, 7:00 pm
Night School: A Reader for Grownups Cover Image
By Zsofia Ban, Jim Tucker (Translator), Peter Nadas (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781940953885
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Open Letter - January 15th, 2019


Fascinating History

May 23, 7:30 pm
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307742483
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018



May 26, 3:30 pm
DIG, by King
Dig Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101994917
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

Travel with Politics & Prose

Writing from the Heart in Paris

August 4 through 10, 2019

This six-day writing seminar, offered in Paris, the City of Light—a source of inspiration for many writers, poets and artists throughout history—will give you the time, the courage, and the presence of mind to write whatever you are moved or inspired to write about. This could be poetry, a novel, family history, a memoir, a graphic novel, a play, or even an OpEd...anything!

English Homes and Gardens

September 18 through 25, 2019

Next September, join P&P and a group of like-minded travelers in exploring the castles, estates, and gardens in the Southeast of England. We’ll be touring famed gardens and historic towns, as well as several sites overseen by the National Trust, which is a charitable organization with a mission to protect many of Britain’s most culturally and historically important landmarks. Our base will be the popular Georgian spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, which has been an attraction for visitors since a mineral water spring was discovered here more than 400 years ago, bringing royal visitors looking for eternal health.


The Heart of Tuscany

October 6 through 12

This fall, join a group of like-minded travelers to explore Tuscany and its central hill towns. We’ll stay for the week in Siena, historic rival of Florence, with its spectacular Duomo, winding narrow streets and gracious central Campo, perfect for an evening drink and people-watching. Outside of Siena is Tuscany’s agricultural heart, with its familiar rolling hills studded on the ridges by lines of dark cypresses.