Detailed Event List

Karl Marlantes - Deep River

Thursday, August 22, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Deep River Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780802125385
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - July 2nd, 2019

Marlantes, a Vietnam vet, has been acclaimed for his powerful depictions of the experience of combat, first in fiction, with Matterhorn, and then in the memoir, What It Is Like To Go To War. For his third book he draws on his grandmother’s generation of Finnish immigrants to tell a compelling family saga—one with a moving love story at its center. Set near the old-growth forests along the Columbia River in the early years of the 20th century, the book follows the three Koski siblings as they build lives in their new homeland, the brothers by logging, and their sister by organizing the industry’s first labor unions.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

LaToya Council - IntersectionAllies—in Children and Teens

Thursday, August 22, 7:00 pm
Intersectionallies: We Make Room for All Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781948340083
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Published: Dottir Press - July 23rd, 2019

With clear, accessible prose and vibrant art, authors Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, and Carolyn Choi Ashley demonstrate solidarity and “allyship” through the stories of nine young people who “make room” for each other. As they explain, “Life’s ups and downs can take many forms, but standing together, we’ll rewrite the norms.” The friends come from different backgrounds, shaped by their unique circumstances, but come together to support each other. When one responds to an injustice, the others assist them however they can. Join us for an evening with co-author LaToya Council to learn more about how friends can help each other to become “allies.”  Ages 6-12.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jason DeParle - A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century

Friday, August 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780670785926
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Published: Viking - August 20th, 2019

DeParle, an award-winning reporter for The New York Times, chronicled the realities of poverty and welfare through the lives of three Black women in his acclaimed American Dream. Taking a similarly intimate approach to immigration, his new book follows three generations of a Filipino family. The Comodas lived in the Manila slums when DeParle first met them thirty years ago. The middle daughter became a nurse, but the price of escaping poverty was leaving home—first to work in Abu Dhabi, then in Texas. As DeParle chronicles her difficulties getting visas, her long separation from her children, and her hard work, he sketches the complex cultural, economic, and personal upheavals of migration.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ben Gundersheimer (Mister G) - Señorita Mariposa—at Union Market

Saturday, August 24, 2:00 pm
Señorita Mariposa Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524740702
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 6th, 2019

At the end of each summer, monarch butterflies leave Canada to fly south to Mexico for the winter. Children will delight in the fascinating journey of the monarchs and enjoy meeting the people and places they pass along the way. Señorita Mariposa is part of the Mariposa Project and was first introduced to little ones as a song on the author’s album. Join award-winning artist, activist and educator Ben Gundersheimer (Mister G) for a story time event and sing-a-long in celebration of his debut bilingual picture book. Ages 3-8.

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Louisa Treger - The Dragon Lady & James Meyer - The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture

Monday, August 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Dragon Lady Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781448217267
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Published: Bloomsbury Caravel - August 13th, 2019

The Art of Return: The Sixties and Contemporary Culture Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780226521558
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 11th, 2019

Treger, a classical violinist, made her literary debut with The Lodger, which followed the life of the British modernist writer Dorothy Richardson in early 20th-century London. Her second novel again blends intriguing fact and deft fiction, this time telling the story of the talented and unconventional Lady Virginia Courtauld (1883-1972). In 1923, the impetuous Ginie, after a scandalous divorce, married Stephen Courtauld, heir to a textile fortune and ten years her junior. After years of struggling with social ostracism, the two became citizens of Rhodesia in 1954. There they funded a number of theatres and galleries and courted more trouble for themselves by working for racial equality.

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As the sixties themselves did, Meyer’s exploration of our collective cultural imagination of that tumultuous era encompasses politics, history, art, idealism, and much more, both in this country and around the world. Meyer, a curator at the National Gallery of Art, combines art criticism, theory, memoir, and fiction to reimagine the years from the 1950s to the 1970s—the long Sixties—showing how it was a period of both promise and crisis. As he recreates the protests, marches, and thought of the era, he also studies what such reflective acts say about both the 1960s in particular and our relationship to memory, representation, and nostalgia.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Chandrahas Choudhury - Clouds — in conversation with Seema Sirohi — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, August 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Clouds: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781982136659
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Atria Books - August 20th, 2019

A rising Asian literary star, Choudhury has previously authored Arzee the Dwarf and edited India: A Traveler’s Literary Companion. In his quirky and lyrical second novel, he presents a prismatic portrait of contemporary India through two parallel stories. The first follows Farhad Billimoria, a recently divorced Bombay psychotherapist who is taking a last, reflective look around his city before moving to San Francisco. In the second, through the experiences of Rafi, a young caretaker whose ancestral lands are threatened by mining, Choudhury explores wider issues of cultural and ecological loss.

Choudhury will be in conversation with Seema Sirohi, Indian columnist for The Economic Times and former foreign correspondent based in DC.

 

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

Louise Penny - A Better Man — at GW Lisner

Tuesday, August 27, 7:00 pm
A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250066213
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Published: Minotaur Books - August 27th, 2019

Politics and Prose is honored to welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny for new novel, A Better Man. It's Gamache's first day back as head of the homicide department, a job he temporarily shares with his previous second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Flood waters are rising across the province. In the middle of the turmoil a father approaches Gamache, pleading for help in finding his daughter. As crisis piles upon crisis, Gamache tries to hold off the encroaching chaos, and realizes the search for Vivienne Godin should be abandoned. But with a daughter of his own, he finds himself developing a profound, and perhaps unwise, empathy for her distraught father. As the rivers rise, and the social media onslaught against Gamache becomes crueler, a body is discovered. And in the tumult, mistakes are made.

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GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Rion Amilcar Scott - The World Doesn't Require You: Stories — in conversation with Amber Sparks

Tuesday, August 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The World Doesn't Require You: Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781631495380
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - August 20th, 2019

Faulkner gave us Yoknapatawpha County, García Marquez the magical Macondo. Scott, in his PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize-winning collection, Insurrections, introduced Cross Creek, a fictional Maryland town founded by leaders of America’s only successful slave revolt. His second collection of stories returns to Cross Creek, exploring its past, its rich culture, its mysteries, and its vivid characters. Scott, hailed as "a necessary voice in American Literature," follows a musician who is also God’s last son, a PhD candidate whose research sparks trouble in a nearby town, and a robot who serves his master all too diligently.

Scott will be in conversation with Amber Sparks, author most recently of The Unfinished World and Other Stories

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Lagercrantz - The Girl Who Lived Twice: A Lisbeth Salander Novel — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf, in partnership with the Swedish Embassy

Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Girl Who Lived Twice: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780451494344
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Published: Knopf - August 27th, 2019

In 2015 Lagencrantz, a Swedish author and journalist, published The Girl in the Spider's Web, the first installment of his continuation of Stieg Larsson’s international bestselling “Millennium Trilogy.” It proved as popular as the original—Esquire named it one of the best thrillers of the year—and was followed by The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye. In the series’ sixth installment, Lisbeth Salander returns, continuing Lagercrantz’s acclaimed inheritance of Larsson’s iconic punk hacker protagonist, marked with all of the intricate plotting and chilling suspense readers have come to know from this cycle, and from Scandinavian noir as a whole.

This event is presented with support from the Swedish Embassy.

 

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

Carrie Goldberg - Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls — in conversation with Margaret Talbot

Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls Cover Image
By Carrie Goldberg, Jeannine Amber (Contributions by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525533771
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Published: Plume - August 13th, 2019

A Brooklyn-based victims' rights lawyer, Goldberg specializes in litigating for targets of online harassment, stalking, blackmail, and sexual assault. Her book looks back over her twenty years of trauma work—which has included suing tech companies, schools, and powerful sexual predators—to give a detailed analysis of victim protection in the Internet era. As her wide range of cases demonstrates, nearly everyone is vulnerable to violations of privacy and sexual abuse. At the same time, Goldberg shows that there are ways to fight back, among them the ability to recognize the patterns of perpetrators. Goldberg will be in conversation with Margaret Talbot, staff writer for The New Yorker.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Amy Waldman - A Door in the Earth — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A Door in the Earth Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316451574
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 27th, 2019

Waldman made her literary debut with The Submission, a bestseller that explored national divisions by imagining what would happen if a Muslim-American won a contest to design a 9/11 memorial. In her equally rich and thought-provoking new novel, she draws on her experience as former New York Times South Asia bureau chief to investigate the moral complexities of good intentions. The narrative follows Parveen Shamsa who, inspired by the work of an American humanitarian, travels to Afghanistan to help in a rural clinic. Once there, she finds the reality is nothing like the success story she read about, and she struggles to reconcile the two sides of her Afghan-American heritage.

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

J. Hoberman - Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan — in conversation with Glenn Frankel — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, August 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781595580061
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Published: New Press - July 2nd, 2019

Hoberman’s new book follows The Dream Life and An Army of Phantoms to conclude his Found Illusions Trilogy with a retrospective of the Reagan years as seen through the films of the era. Tracking the synergy between American politics and pop culture, Hoberman looks at Reagan in the context of cinematic peers such as Indiana Jones and John Rambo, illuminates how films like Earthquake commented on the fading Watergate scandal, and tracks the complex intersections of events such as the Iran-Contra scandal and the Strategic Defense Initiative with films like Star Wars, Ghostbusters, and Blue Velvet. Hoberman will be in conversation with Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer-winning journalist for The Washington Post and author most recently of High Noon.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Kelli Harding - The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness

Thursday, August 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501184260
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Published: Atria Books - August 27th, 2019

In 1978, lab research into the effect of blood cholesterol on the heart revealed an unexpected link between a healthy heart and kindness: test animals under the care of an affectionate post-doc suffered fewer heart attacks than others did. Intrigued, Harding, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, began to explore the invisible factors behind our health. Her book documents groundbreaking studies showing that factors such as love, friendship, community, life’s purpose, and our environment can have a substantial impact on our physical wellness.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

George Beebe - The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral into Nuclear — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, August 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral into Nuclear Catastrophe Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250316622
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - September 3rd, 2019

Former director of Russia analysis at the CIA and a White House adviser on Russia for Vice President Cheney, Beebe, now Director for Intelligence and National Security at the Center for the National Interest, draws on nearly 25 years of experience to warn that the U.S. and Russia are on a collision course. Describing a situation more dangerous than the Cold War, Beebe shows how factors including new strategic weapons, shifts in world power, unsettled regional conflicts, and the advantages of cyberattack over cyber defense are heightening the competition between the two countries to the point where a small, unpredictable event could set off a deadly conflict.

 

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

Christopher Leonard - Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

Friday, August 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781476775388
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 13th, 2019

Awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, Leonard’s monumental work of investigative reporting charts the five-decade rise of Koch Industries. One of the largest privately held multinationals in the country, and one of the most secretive, Koch owns companies in businesses ranging from energy to chemicals to banking; its CEO, Charles Koch, and his brother, David, are together wealthier than Bill Gates. As Leonard shows, the brothers have consolidated power by practicing a single-minded attention to the bottom line—which has also meant quashing unions, widening income inequality, thwarting action on climate change, and making capitalism a deeply alienating force for many Americans.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bina Venkataraman - The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age — in conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter

Tuesday, September 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735219472
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 27th, 2019

For many people, success is measured by short-term gains; if this distracts us from planning for the future, that seems only human nature. But as Venkataraman argues in her groundbreaking book, such thinking is both shortsighted and wrong. Directing us to imagine the future rather than try to predict it, Venkataraman, a fellow at New America and director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, draws on her experience as former senior adviser for climate change innovation under Obama as well as on the expertise of engineers, evolutionary biologists, economists, and others, dispelling the myths keeping us from considering the long-term consequences of the everyday decisions we make. Venkataraman will be in conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robert Kuttner - The Stakes: 2020 and the Survival of American Democracy — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, September 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781324003656
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 3rd, 2019

Cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect, Kuttner follows his bracing call for the revival of New Deal-era populism, Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?, with this passionate appeal to Americans to elect a progressive to the presidency in 2020. Addressing economics as well as politics, Kuttner traces the concurrent rise of corporate plutocracy and government autocracy to the actions of both Democrats and Republicans. He argues that the only way to reduce the trends of the last several decades, especially the financial industry’s influence in politics, is to elect a president in the mold of FDR.

 

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

SOLD OUT: Randall Munroe - How To — in conversation with Alexandra Petri at Sidwell Friends

Wednesday, September 4, 7:00 pm
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525537090
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2019

This event is sold out.

Randall Munroe, the brilliant mind behind the wildly popular webcomic xkcd and the #1 New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer, brings readers a way to better understand the science and technology behind the things we do every day with How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole. Munroe teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a 90's kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth, gives instructions on powering your house by destroying the fabric of space-time, and even offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers, he invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible.

Munroe will be in conversation with American humorist and Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri.

Sidwell Friends Meeting House
3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sarah Hurwitz - Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life--In Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) — in conversation with Dana Bash

Wednesday, September 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life--in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525510710
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 3rd, 2019

A former speechwriter for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and both Barack and Michelle Obama, Hurwitz once had little need for religion beyond occasional visits to the synagogue. Then on impulse at age thirty-six, she attended a beginner’s class in Judaism—and it changed her life. In this eloquent spiritual memoir, Hurwitz recounts her initial surprise and joy at discovering Judaism’s beautiful rituals and ethical wisdom. Going deeper into Judaic traditions and practices, she chronicles her conversations with rabbis, her wide-ranging reading, and her experiences at Jewish meditation retreats and Orthodox Shabbat tables to elaborate the many reasons why Judaism matters. Hurwitz will be in conversation with Dana Bash, CNN chief political correspondent.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rob Hart - The Warehouse — in conversation with James Grady — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, September 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Warehouse: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984823793
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Published: Crown - August 20th, 2019

Former publisher at MysteriousPress.com and author of the Ash McKenna crime series, Hart combines the pacing and hairpin turns of a thriller with the high-tech details of science-fiction for this taut novel set in a future world all too plausibly like our own. Billing itself as the answer to every economic, environmental, and social ill, Cloud houses and employs millions. Glad for the security, people put up with surveillance, mandatory overtime, and worse. But two employees—one of whom is a corporate spy—are getting fed up. As secrets start to spill, the stakes rise for everyone. Hart will be in conversation with James Grady, author of the iconic Condor espionage series.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Peter Catapano and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson - About Us: Essays from the New York Times' Disability Series

Thursday, September 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781631495854
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 3rd, 2019

Honoring the disability movement’s “nothing about us without us” pledge, this collection presents some sixty essays by people living with disabilities ranging from blindness to chronic illness to depression. In pieces such as “Becoming Disabled” and “I Use a Wheelchair. And, Yes, I’m Your Doctor,” these vivid first-hand accounts—drawn from The New York Times’s “Disability” series by Peter Catapano, the paper’s opinion editor, and Rosemarie Garland-Thompson, the Emory professor of English and bioethics whose “Becoming Disabled” inaugurated the ongoing weekly series—powerfully convey the daily challenges of navigating a world made for and by the abled, even as they overturn stereotypes and testify to the resourcefulness and resilience of the members of the world's largest minority group.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Maika and Maritza Moulite - Dear Haiti, Love Alaine — in conversation with Elizabeth Acevedo and Karine Jean-Pierre — at Union Market

Thursday, September 5, 7:00 pm
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335777096
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Published: Inkyard Press - September 3rd, 2019

The Poet X Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: HarperTeen - March 6th, 2018

With the Fire on High Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662835
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Published: HarperTeen - May 7th, 2019

Alaine Beauparlant has plans: once high school ends, she’s leaving Miami to study journalism at Columbia. But before graduation, her world unravels. Her famous journalist mother has a meltdown on TV, and Alaine gets suspended. She is sent off to Haiti to join her tati and her recovering mother. For the first time, Alaine experiences the country in which her parents grew up. She also comes to know her estranged mother, ultimately learning the shocking truth about her public breakdown. The Moulite sisters’ combined voice, emphasized by the novel’s mixed-media format, crackles with independence and spark, vivifying this magical realist story, which pays homage both to a country often disregarded and to the joys of exploring one’s roots. In conversation with Elizabeth Acevedo, award-winning author of The Poet X and With the Fire on High, and Karine Jean-Pierre, Haitian-American political campaign organizer, Chief Public Affairs Officer at Move On and lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia University. Ages 14 and up

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Fall Member Sale

Friday, September 6, 12:00 am to Sunday, September 8, 11:00 pm

 

All weekend long, Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, we invite Politics and 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.

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Marie Arana - Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story — in conversation with Carlos Lozada

Friday, September 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501104244
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 27th, 2019

Latin America encompasses myriad geographies, peoples, and cultures, but as Arana’s new book illustrates, over the last several hundred years the region as a whole has been shaped by three constants: exploitation, violence, and religion. With the historical mastery and psychological insight she showed in her biography, Bolívar, Arana, also a novelist and former Washington Post “Book World” editor, tells the story of three contemporary Latin Americans—an impoverished miner in the Andes, a Cuban veteran of the wars in Angola, and a Spanish Jesuit in Bolivia—whose lives reflect the ongoing impact of these continuing forces. Arana will be in conversation with Carlos Lozada, Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

SOLD OUT: Jim Mattis - Call Sign Chaos — at GW Betts Theatre

Friday, September 6, 7:30 pm
Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780812996838
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Published: Random House - September 3rd, 2019

Politics and Prose and GW are honored to host General Jim Mattis, the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time, for Call Sign Chaos, a story about learning how to lead in a chaotic world. From wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars. Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all.

This event is sold out.

 

 

GW Betts Theatre
800 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Sidney Blumenthal - All the Powers of Earth: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. III, 1856-1860

Saturday, September 7, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
All the Powers of Earth: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. III, 1856-1860 Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781476777283
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 3rd, 2019

Blumenthal, a former Washington Post reporter and esteemed political advisor, opened his magisterial Political Life of Abraham Lincoln series with A Self-Made Man, a detailed portrait of the future president as a young lawyer. The second volume, Wrestling with His Angel, focused on Lincoln’s political coming-of-age between 1849 and 1856. The third volume begins with Lincoln’s election to the presidency and follows some of his most challenging and brilliant moments as a statesman, from his refusal to compromise during the secession crisis and his creation of the Union Army, to his political struggles with the Radical Republicans in Congress and his deliberation over the Emancipation Proclamation.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

CANCELED: Howard Norman - The Ghost Clause

Saturday, September 7, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Ghost Clause Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780544987296
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - July 2nd, 2019

This event has been canceled.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Caitlin Moscatello - See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics

Saturday, September 7, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524742928
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Published: Dutton - August 27th, 2019

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Dana Thomas - Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Sunday, September 8, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion--and the Future of Clothes Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224018
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Published: Penguin Press - September 3rd, 2019

The author of Gods and Kings and Deluxe, Thomas has covered fashion and culture for a wide range of publications since beginning her career with the Washington Post’s Style section in 1988. Her new book is a detailed overview of the global fashion industry, a sector that employs one-sixth of the world’s population, produces 80 billion garments a year, and has steadily increased fashion’s historical exploitation of labor, the environment, and intellectual property. But globalization and fast fashion have also spurred a movement to reinvent the industry on a smaller, more humane scale, and Thomas introduces the visionaries who are reclaiming traditional craft, launching sustainable technologies such as printing 3-D clothes, recycling fabric, and developing clean-denim processing—and creating better fashion, to boot.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Caitlin Zaloom - Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost — in conversation with Dorian Warren

Sunday, September 8, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691164311
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 3rd, 2019

Based on a series of frank and personal discussions with students and parents across the nation, Zaloom‘s book documents how the struggle to finance college education is transforming middle-class life. An associate professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University, a founding editor of Public Books, and author of Out of the Pits, Zaloom reveals the hidden consequences of student debt, describes the wrenching moral decisions parents make having to choose between jeopardizing their own financial security or forcing their children into debt, and relates the frustrations of navigating a labyrinth of government-sponsored programs, for-profit funders, and university aid requirements. Zaloom will be in conversation with Dorian Warren, president of Community Change and Community Change Action.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Binyamin Appelbaum - The Economists' Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society

Sunday, September 8, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780316512329
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 3rd, 2019

A George Polk-award winning economic journalist now writing for The New York Times editorial page, Appelbaum is known for his ability to elucidate the complexities of federal policy. In his book he follows the rise of the professional economist from the post-World War II boom to today, showing how economists’ oversight of federal regulation and advice to cut taxes and restrain spending has curbed government, heightened the role of corporations, and led to globalization. But while economists have argued that unfettered markets are the only way to achieve steady growth, they’ve failed to deliver on the promise that all Americans would share in the benefits.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Candace Bushnell - Is There Still Sex in the City?

Monday, September 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802147264
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Published: Grove Press - August 6th, 2019

Bushnell’s 1996 Sex and the City launched the hit HBO series and revolutionized attitudes to sex and dating. In her new book she continues her sharp and funny exploration of relationships by following the adventures of a group of women as they move into their fifties. Set between Manhattan’s Upper East Side and a weekend enclave she terms “The Village,” the narrative homes in on trends and types. Writing in her signature short, satirical takes, Bushnell shows what it’s like to go on Tinder dates as a fifty-something divorcée, investigates the “Unintended Cub Situation” of an older woman with a younger admirer, expertly documents Middle Age Madness, and updates her popular “The Bicycle Boys.”

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mackenzi Lee - Loki: Where Mischief Lies—at Connie Morella Library

Monday, September 9, 7:00 pm
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By Mackenzi Lee, Stephanie Hans (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368022262
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Published: Marvel Press - September 3rd, 2019

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780062795328
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 2nd, 2018

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062382818
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 4th, 2018

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780062382788
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 16th, 2017

 

 

Connie Morella Library
7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

Thomas F. Sheridan - Helping the Good Do Better: How a White Hat Lobbyist Advocates for Social Change — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, September 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781538700167
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Published: Twelve - June 25th, 2019

A social worker by training, after thirty years of advocating for public interest causes Sheridan is known as our leading “white hat” lobbyist. His book draws from his extensive experience with defining social issues such as AIDS, global poverty, cancer, human trafficking, national service, early childhood education, and social entrepreneurship to present chapter-length case studies, each showing in detail how coalitions are built, strategies crafted, and powerful interests challenged in high-stakes, no-holds-barred political battles; together, this remarkable record of real legislative achievement—Sheridan was instrumental in passing the Ryan White Act and championed the Americans with Disabilities Act—constitutes a new theory for social change.

 

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

Antoni Porowski - Antoni in the Kitchen — SIGNING ONLY

Tuesday, September 10, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781328631343
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 9th, 2019

Due to time constraints, Antoni Porowski will only be signing books for customers able to attend the signing. For those planning to attend, copies will be available for purchase in-person at the store on the day of the signing. Tickets to enter the signing line are available with proof-of-purchase of Antoni in the Kitchen from Politics and Prose Bookstore. Antoni will only be signing (not personalizing) copies of Antoni in the Kitchen, with time for a quick photo. (Please have your cameras ready for our staff to take the picture.) Signing line order will be first-come, first-served.

The Emmy Award-winning food and wine expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye, Porowski brings irresistible enthusiasm to this collection of recipes, photos, and stories, which opens, fittingly enough, with a section on party foods. Followed by chapters on vegetable side dishes, soups and stews, pastas, healthy weeknight fare, meat, and desserts, the volume reflects Porowski’s Polish heritage in dishes like pickled herring tartines with apple and radishes, bigos, and caramel Easter squares; showcases his upbringing in multi-ethnic Montreal with Middle Eastern and South Asian-influenced specialties such as fesenjan and chickpea masala; and samples his junior high years in West Virginia with five-onion soup with crispy shallots and a blackened swordfish with polenta hush puppies and roasted tomatoes. Simple and unfussy, often calling for fewer than five ingredients, these recipes are perfect for laid-back entertaining, and they make even beginners look like seasoned pros.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nell Zink - Doxology — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062877789
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Published: Ecco - August 27th, 2019

Hailed by The New York Times as one of a “New Vanguard” of fifteen women writers who are shaping fiction today, Zink burst onto the literary scene with the utterly unique The Wallcreeper, followed by Mislaid and Nicotine. Her new novel, written with Zink’s signature sharpness, humor, and warmth, follows the nation’s cultural and political zeitgeist from the 1990s to today through the lives of three punk rockers. Pam, Daniel, and Joe break up their (at best mediocre) group when Joe records a hit single, but the three remain friends. Meanwhile, Pam and Daniel raise their daughter Flora who, after 9/11, becomes an environmental activist working on the front lines of a new, unforeseen threat.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Ben Westhoff - Fentanyl, Inc: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780802127433
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - September 3rd, 2019

Called “the deadliest drug in America” by the CDC, fentanyl, along with close cousins like K2, Spice, and 25i-NBOMe, caused some 28,000 deaths in 2017. In the first comprehensive account of these dangerous synthetic drugs, Westhoff, an award-winning investigative reporter and the author of Original Gangstas and Dirty South, traces their path from legitimate purposes in scientific laboratories to their manipulation by unscrupulous chemists—most working under government protection in China’s vast pharmaceutical industries—their worldwide black-market distribution, and their devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities both within the United States and on a global scale.

 

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

Alexandra Horowitz - Our Dogs, Ourselves: The Story of a Singular Bond

Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781501175008
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Published: Scribner - September 3rd, 2019

In her new book, Horowitz, who teaches and runs the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, follows the lessons of her classic Inside of a Dog with an engaging and illuminating exploration of the human-canine relationship. Dating back centuries, this bond has been integral to the development of both people and dogs. Yet while the two species are closer today than ever, our treatment of our best friend is full of surprising quirks: we regard dogs as members of the family and dress them in sweaters and raincoats, but they’re our legal property. We praise their individuality, but breed them for uniformity. What results is a provocative and altogether winning continuation of Horowitz's landmark work.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

James Poniewozik - Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9781631494420
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - September 10th, 2019

Writing in the tradition of Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman, Poniewozik, chief television critic for The New York Times, dissects Trump as a cultural phenomenon by narrating his rise through his relationship with the media. For both entities, the last few decades have been a time of extraordinary transformation: the three mainstream TV networks have been joined by cable, the internet, and social media, while Trump has reinvented himself from cartoonish millionaire to reality-show star to Twitter-obsessed chief executive. With incisive analysis of both politics and culture, Poniewozik demonstrates how the media explosion has provided the perfect environment for Trump and how he has taken advantage of it.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Malcolm Gladwell - Talking to Strangers—in conversation with Sam Sanders at GW Lisner Auditorium

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780316478526
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 10th, 2019

NPR & POLITICS AND PROSE PRESENT
It's Been a Minute Live with Sam Sanders & Malcolm Gladwell

NPR and Politics and Prose are excited to welcome Malcolm Gladwell to George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and bestselling author of The Tipping PointBlink, and Outliers, will discuss his new book Talking to Strangers as part of a live taping for NPR’s It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders podcast. Each week, Sanders engages with journalists, actors, musicians, thought leaders, and listeners to gain the kind of understanding about news and popular culture that can only be reached through conversation.

In Talking to Strangers, Gladwell takes readers on an intellectual adventure through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Because we don't know how to talk to strangers, Gladwell argues, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

GW Student Ticket: $10 (limited availability, GW ID required)
1 book + 1 ticket: $40 ($38 for members)

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GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Paul Tough - The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us—in Children & Teens

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780544944480
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 10th, 2019

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780544104402
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Published: Mariner Books - July 2nd, 2013

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781328915429
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Published: Mariner Books - August 7th, 2018

This is a Parenting Series event.

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Washington, DC 20008

Stanley B. Greenberg - RIP GOP: How the New America Is Dooming the Republicans — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, September 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$29.99
ISBN: 9781250311757
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - September 10th, 2019

One of our top polling experts, Greenberg follows his America Ascendant, in which he illuminated the Republican Party’s decades-long fight against a secular and diverse “New America,” with an update of that cultural war based on trends from the 2016 and 2018 elections. Drawing on results from his focus groups and polls, Greenberg argues that the GOP is vulnerable on several fronts, mainly from the growing ranks of millennials and immigrants, and predicts that the losses the Party suffered in 2018 will continue in 2020. To take advantage of Trump’s alienation of blue-collar voters, however, he argues Democrats must develop robust programs for providing American workers with a level playing field.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th st NE
Washington, DC 20008

Brad Smith - Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age — in conversation with David Sanger

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781984877710
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Published: Penguin Press - September 10th, 2019

As president of Microsoft, Smith is acutely aware of both the promise and the threat of technology. As he emphasizes in this behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s most influential companies, he believes it’s incumbent on Big Data not only to advance technology’s benefits as widely as possible but also to take responsibility for the problems it causes. Discussing issues such as privacy, cybercrime and cyberwar, social media, the moral dilemmas of artificial intelligence, big tech's relationship to inequality, and even its consequences for democracy, Smith shows how Microsoft is grappling with a range of unprecedented challenges. Smith will be in conversation with David E. Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Garrett M. Graff - The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781501182204
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 10th, 2019

The first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001, Graff’s panoramic account weaves together the testimony of hundreds of people who were directly involved in the day’s events. Using never-before-published transcripts, declassified documents, original interviews, and stories from first-responders, survivors, witnesses, government officials, and many others, Graff, a magazine journalist and author of Raven Rock and The Threat Matrix, allows those who were there to recreate the tragedy; in vivid, minute-by-minute detail, we get the raw emotions of the firefighters in the stairwell, the fighter pilots put on alert across the northeast, the teachers evacuating classes, and the many bystanders who could only look on.

 

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

Kimberly King Parsons - Black Light — in conversation with Mark Doten — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$15.00
ISBN: 9780525563501
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Published: Vintage - August 13th, 2019

Drawing comparisons to fierce young fiction talents like Otessa Moshfegh and Carmen Maria Machado, Parsons writes with fearlessness and uncanny insight about the darker regions of the human psyche. Set in Texas, the stories of her eagerly awaited first collection explore lives driven to extremes—whether by compulsions, longing, addiction, or the clash between dreams and real life. Ranging from highways to homes to pay-by-the-hour motels, this fiction teems with unforgettable characters—not least of which is Texas itself—and even more unforgettable language. Parsons will be in conversation with Mark Doten, editor for Soho Press and author of Trump Sky Alpha.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Elizabeth Keenan - Rebel Girls—at Connie Morella Library

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781335185006
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Published: Inkyard Press - September 10th, 2019

 

 

Connie Morella Library
7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

Samantha Power - The Education of an Idealist—at GW Betts Theatre

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 pm
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$29.99
ISBN: 9780062820693
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 10th, 2019

Pulitzer-Prize winner Samantha Power is widely known as the moral voice of her generation. A relentless advocate for promoting human rights, she has been heralded by President Barack Obama as one of America's "foremost thinkers on foreign policy." The Education of an Idealist traces Power's distinctly American journey, from Irish immigrant to human rights activist to United States Ambassador to the United Nations. In her characteristically gripping prose,Power illuminates the messy and complex worlds of politics and geopolitics while laying bare the searing battles and defining moments of her life. She also reveals what it's like to juggle the demands of a 24/7 national security job with raising two young children, and, in the face of great challenges, she shows us not just how the United States can lead, but why there is always something each of us can do to advance the cause of human dignity.

Power will be in conversation with Scott Stossel, editor of The Atlantic magazine and author of the New York Times bestseller My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind.

Student Ticket (with ID): $10
Single Ticket (limited availability): $18
1 Ticket and 1 Book: $35 ($33 for members)
2 Tickets and 1 Book: $45 ($43 for members)

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GW Betts Theatre
800 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Caitlin Doughty - Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death — at Politics and Prose at the Wharf

Friday, September 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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By Caitlin Doughty, Dianne Ruz (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780393652703
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 10th, 2019

Author of the bestselling Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity, founder of The Order of the Good Death, and creator of the “Ask a Mortician” web series, Doughty gets dozens of questions every day about death. These range from the whimsical to the scatological, and many of the best come from kids. In her new book, she draws on science, cultural histories of mortality, and her practical experience as a licensed mortician to address 35 of these inquiries from younger readers, explaining what happens when someone dies on a plane and describing the best soil for mummifying your dog.

NOTE: There will not be a public signing portion of this program, but the author is planning to sign a limited number of copies beforehand, which will be available for purchase at the event. Click the "order a signed book" link below if you would like to set aside a book for Caitlin Doughty to sign.

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

Amitav Ghosh - Gun Island

Friday, September 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374167394
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 10th, 2019

Ghosh is best known for his Ibis trilogySea of Poppies, River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire—which marshalled a panoramic cast of characters to recount the colonial history of the East. His new novel blends past and present with folklore, following Deen Datta, an Indian-American rare book dealer, as he embarks on an unexpected quest. Tracing the origins of a tale involving the goddess of snakes and a Bengali folk hero known as the Gun Merchant, Deet—aided by Piya, the marine biologist from Ghosh's The Hungry Tide—travels from Bengal to Venice to Los Angeles, encountering the ravages of extreme weather and the climate refugees struggling to make new lives elsewhere.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia - Banned: Immigration Enforcement in the Time of Trump

Saturday, September 14, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781479857463
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Published: New York University Press - September 10th, 2019

Combining personal interviews with a close examination of the tool of discretion—the choice a government has to protect, detain, or deport immigrants—Wadhia’s book offers a rigorous analysis of Trump’s immigration policies. Wadhia, Director of the Center for Immigrants' Rights at Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, looks at Trump’s use of discretion and considers who is affected by the changes his administration has overseen, shows how affected families and individuals change their view of the future, investigates how those engaged with immigration issues describe current conditions, and offers recommendations for moving forward.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mary M. Lane - Hitler's Last Hostages: Looted Art and the Soul of the Third Reich — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, September 14, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781610397360
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 10th, 2019

Before leading the Third Reich, Hitler was an artist, and he gained control over Germany as much through cultural tyranny as by brute force, confiscating and destroying thousands of works by “degenerate” artists. Only a fraction of these pieces have been recovered, but in 2013 German officials discovered a cache of some 1,290 works by Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, Otto Dix, and others in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of an art dealer who had helped Hitler “purify” German art. Drawing on original research in German archives along with her work as the former chief European art reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Lane traces the fate of art and artists under the Nazi regime.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Marty Makary - The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care--And How to Fix It

Saturday, September 14, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781635574111
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 10th, 2019

After interviewing a wide range of patients, doctors, business leaders, and insurance brokers across the country, Makary, a surgeon and professor of health policy at Johns Hopkins, gives a damning, but ultimately hopeful, assessment of the state of health care in America today. Citing systemic overtesting, overdiagnosing, and overtreatment, as well as rampant price-gouging and elusive money games, he shows why health care costs continue to rise. But he also reports that many states have passed price transparency legislation and that an increasing number of physicians are returning to an altruistic model of medicine that focuses on serving communities, not on profits.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Gary Marcus - Rebooting AI: Building Artificial Intelligence We Can Trust — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, September 14, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$28.95
ISBN: 9781524748258
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Published: Pantheon - September 10th, 2019

A leading expert on artificial intelligence, Marcus is former CEO and founder of the machine learning startup Geometric Intelligence and now CEO and founder of Robust AI. Building on his influential New York Times op-ed, “A.I. Is Harder Than You Think,” co-written with Ernest Davis, Marcus shows that while building robots that can win chess games may seem impressive, such achievements—occurring in closed systems with fixed sets of rules—fall short of operating at human levels of cognition in a complex world. Marcus outlines what we need to do to realize the full potential of this technology, including ways to create an AI we can trust—not one we ought to fear will supersede human capabilities.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Jackson R. Bryer - Why I Like This Story, with contributors Maud Casey, Susan Coll, Jack Greer, Olga Grushin, Alice McDermott, Leslie Pietrzyk, Rion Amilcar Scott, and Mary Kay Zuravleff

Saturday, September 14, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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By Jackson R. Bryer (Editor)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781640140585
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Published: Camden House (NY) - June 17th, 2019

Focused and concise, a short story can leave a lasting impression. No one knows this better than writers. In this collection of essays celebrating the short-fiction form,edited by Jackson Bryer, University of Maryland professor emeritus of English, forty-eight of today’s leading literary figures introduce a favorite story, explain what drew them to it, and examine how their feelings toward it have deepened with time. Joining Bryer to discuss these selections will be an array of contributors—Maud Casey, Susan Coll, Jack Greer, Olga Grushin, Alice McDermott, Leslie Pietrzyk, Rion Amilcar Scott, and Mary Kay Zuravleff—responding to works by Edward P. Jones, Katherine Anne Porter, Vladimir Nabokov, Raymond Carver, and more.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Amitai Etzioni - Reclaiming Patriotism

Sunday, September 15, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$19.95
ISBN: 9780813943244
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Published: University of Virginia Press - September 10th, 2019

In his visionary new book, Etzioni, professor of international relations at George Washington University and the author of studies including Avoiding War with China, offers a communitarian solution to the divisiveness that is undermining democracies across the world. Countering nationalism with a patriotic nation-rebuilding movement founded on love of country rather than on distrust of other nations, Etzioni shows how we can initiate moral dialogues and, without repressing identity politics or special interests, establish a set of shared values and policies that will help us resist polarization and protect democracy.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Phyllis L. Fagell - Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond--And How Parents Can Help — in conversation with Amy Joyce

Sunday, September 15, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780738235080
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - August 6th, 2019

In her illuminating new book, Fagell, school counselor for Sheridan School, argues that children’s middle school years aren’t just a lull between childhood and adolescence, but a crucial developmental phase in their own right. Drawing on the work of psychologists, doctors, educators and her experience as both a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified professional school counselor, Fagell shows that this period of rapid physical, intellectual, and social change offers parents the opportunity to teach their kids important skills such as how to make friends, how to be their own advocate, how to negotiate conflict, and more. Fagell will be in conversation with Amy Joyce, who writes “On Parenting” for The Washington Post.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Daniel Markovits - The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite

Sunday, September 15, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Meritocracy Trap: How America's Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735221994
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Published: Penguin Press - September 10th, 2019

In his deeply researched, passionately argued, and nonpartisan book, Markovits, Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School and founding director of the Center for the Study of Private Law, blames the country’s current crises on an unusual suspect: the abiding faith in meritocracy. Once tantamount to the American Dream, meritocracy now is more of an anachronistic fantasy. It has manifestly failed both the working class and the increasingly frustrated middle class, and Markovits shows that elites, too, are straining to keep up. Debunking what has become a fraudulent system, Markovits outlines how we can move forward to find new ways of conferring dignity and prosperity on all citizens.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Billy Bragg - The Three Dimensions of Freedom — in conversation with David Weigel

Monday, September 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$10.00
ISBN: 9780571353217
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Published: Faber & Faber Social - August 13th, 2019

Bragg’s extraordinary career as a singer-songwriter and activist has spanned over thirty-five years. In both his music—which includes cover versions of iconic  protest songs and socialist anthems—and his politically-inflected lyrics, he’s dedicated himself to effecting social change and to moving others to get involved in grassroots activist causes. His new book is a direct and bracing call to action in which he shows that freedom is composed of three elements: liberty, equality, and accountability, and demonstrates that accountability is our most powerful tool against the rising tide of authoritarianism. Bragg will be in conversation with David Weigel, a national political correspondent for The Washington Post and author of The Show That Never Ends.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Josh Campbell - Crossfire Hurricane—in conversation with James Comey at GW Betts

Monday, September 16, 7:00 pm
Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump's War on the FBI Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781616209506
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Algonquin Books - September 17th, 2019

In the major launch event for his new book, CNN analyst and former FBI special agent Josh Campbell is joined on stage by former FBI Director James Comey. The two former public servants will recount their experiences navigating the political storms of the modern era, and discuss the future of the rule of law in America.

Titled after the FBI code name for the initial investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, Crossfire Hurricane chronicles President Trump's relentless attacks on the FBI. Josh Campbell, a career special agent who served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald J. Trump before resigning from the FBI in February 2018, takes readers behind the scenes of the Russia investigation's earliest days and makes a compelling case that Trump's campaign of attack poses a threat to public safety.

Campbell, who has over a decade of experience working on some of the FBI's highest-profile operations and is now a national security expert for CNN, was special assistant to James Comey. Using a combination of firsthand experience and reporting from sources still within the Bureau, he offers an inside perspective into the FBI that will captivate readers struggling to make sense of a news cycle careening out of control.

GW Student Ticket: $15 (GW student ID required)
Single Ticket: $15
1 Ticket at 1 Book: $35 ($33 for members)
2 Tickets and 1 Book: $45 ($43 for members)


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GW Betts Theatre
Washington, DC 20052

CANCELED: Donna Freitas - Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention — in conversation with Matthew Klam — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, September 16, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316450522
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 13th, 2019

This event has been canceled.

 

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

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