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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

Gubar's "Late-Life Love" (19128)

Does romance belong only to the young? Join author and professor emerita Alyce Miller for a lively, provocative, and in-depth discussion of Susan Gubar’s gorgeous and deeply moving new memoir, Late-Life Love. Romance in later life delivers a multitude of joys as well as complications. In feminist critic Susan Gubar’s most recent book, joy reigns supreme, despite the vicissitudes of personally navigating health, adult daughters grandchildren, and a vibrant community of friendships, one of which has gone astray. Sunday, December 1, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Balzac’s "Le Père Goriot" (19135)

Dubbed the father of realism, Honoré de Balzac’s most famous fictional father is Père Goriot, the wilted maker of vermicelli at the center of an 1835 novel that forms the cornerstone of the author’s sprawling project,  La Comédie humaine.  A retelling of King Lear that is perhaps even more tragic for its lack of a loving Cordelia, Balzac’s style is colorful rather than dark, a textured painting of the kinds of people post-Napoleonic France left behind to fend for themselves.  Two Thursdays: December 5 and 12 from 2-4 p.m.

Faces of WWII (2006)

This course examines World War II through the broad lens of European fiction. In six novels, Willens and Newmyer will explore the ways in which characters manage their lives under threats so dire that some respond with unexpected heroism, others resigned to tragedy. The books are The Great Fortune (1960) and The Spoilt City, by Olivia Manning; Atonement (2001), by Ian McEwen; Life after Life (2013), by Kate Atkinson; The Night Watch (2006), by Sarah Waters and All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr. Choose between 3 sections.

Next Book Group Meetings


Political Philosophy

November 18, 7:00 pm
In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West (Wellek Library Lectures) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780231193856
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Columbia University Press - July 16th, 2019



November 20, 12:30 pm
In the Distance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566894883
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017


Fascinating History

November 21, 7:00 pm
The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300227024
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Yale University Press - February 21st, 2017

Travel with Politics & Prose

Lincoln in the Bardo Winter Walking Tour

Sunday, February 9, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Join Andr
éa Seiger and John Dean, author and photographer of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook for a walk in this elegant and peaceful cemetery, the setting of George Saunders prize-winning Lincoln in the Bardo. Sunday, February 9, from 1:00  to 3:00 pm

Art and Culture in Barcelona Spain

March 22 through 29, 2020

Politics and Prose invites you to join us for a week of Art and Culture in Barcelona, Spain.


Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This spring, Politics and Prose invites you to a perennial P&P favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy the serenity of the surroundings and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement and now a UNESCO World Heritage site! Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8 am to 8 pm.