Detailed Event List

Fred Kaplan - The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War

Friday, February 21, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982107291
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 28th, 2020

In his compelling and important new study, Kaplan, the national-security columnist for Slate and the author of books including Dark Territory and The Insurgents, applies his deep reporting skills and impeccable historical research to a definitive history of American policy on nuclear war. Drawing on exclusive interviews and previously classified documents that reveal new details of key decisions and events, Kaplan examines how presidents from Truman to Trump have handled moments of nuclear crisis. His analysis of various doomsday scenarios illuminates the reality of the unthinkable in terms of mass destruction—and also demonstrates why nuclear arms are here to stay.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Martin Tolchin - Politics, Journalism, and the Way Things Were: My Life at the Times, the Hill, and Politico

Saturday, February 22, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Politics, Journalism, and the Way Things Were: My Life at the Times, the Hill, and Politico (Media and Power) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780367366124
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Published: Routledge - December 5th, 2019

Tolchin’s forty-year career at The New York Times was split almost evenly between New York, where he served as City Hall Bureau Chief, and Washington, where he covered Congress and the White House. In this candid and upbeat memoir, Tolchin, who in 1994 co-founded The Hill, recounts stories of the major events and figures he covered as well as giving an illuminating insider’s account of the evolution of political journalism from mostly all-male, smoke-filled newsrooms to the high-tech world of the 24/7 news cycle. Emphasizing journalism’s impact on history and politics, Tolchin counters today’s negativity over fake news with an inspiring portrait of the role of free speech to guide a free nation.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Susan Fowler - Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber — in conversation with Liz Bruenig

Saturday, February 22, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Whistleblower: My Journey to Silicon Valley and Fight for Justice at Uber Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525560128
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Published: Viking - February 18th, 2020

One of the first women to speak out in what became the #MeToo movement, Fowler came to national attention in 2017 when she posted an account of the sexual harassment she’d endured as an entry-level engineer at Uber. The story went viral, led to extensive shake ups at the company, and put Fowler on the cover of Time as one of the year’s “Silence Breakers.” In this powerful memoir, Fowler, now technology op-ed editor at The New York Times, reveals additional details about her time at Uber as well as reporting on the company’s response to her charges. She also puts these recent experiences into the larger context of her life, recounting the determination that took her from an impoverished childhood in rural Arizona to an Ivy League education and on to her brave public stand. Fowler will be in conversation with Liz Bruenig, New York Times opinion writer.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jonathan Horn - Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle

Saturday, February 22, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781501154232
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Published: Scribner - February 11th, 2020

Horn, a former White House presidential speechwriter, follows his acclaimed biography of Robert E. Lee, The Man Who Would Not Be Washington, with a revelatory look at the nation’s first president. Starting as Washington withdrew from public life after two terms—a virtually unprecedented move in a world of life-long monarchs—the book charts his efforts to define the life of a national leader in retirement. Telling the story from the perspectives of Washington, his family, friends, and enemies, Horn recounts how Washington found it harder to give up power than he’d expected, returning to military command as well as engaging in feuds with his successors as president.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tim Bakken - The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military

Sunday, February 23, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781632868985
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 18th, 2020

In addition to being the first civilian promoted to professor of law in West Point’s history, Bakken is also one of the few federal employees ever to win a whistleblowing case against the U.S. military. In his new book he shows how civilian leaders’ veneration for the armed forces, along with a popular approval that generally stands near 70%, has left the military isolated, a factor that contributes to the academies’ culture of outdated curricula and helps foster rampant corruption, arrogance, and sexual assault. These problems, in turn, have affected the military’s performance, and Bakken correlates the high rate of failure in the nation’s armed conflicts since Korea with the largely unchecked toxic environment of the country’s military institutions such as West Point.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robert H. Frank - Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work — in conversation with Jonathan Chait

Sunday, February 23, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780691193083
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Published: Princeton University Press - January 28th, 2020

Frank’s book explores social contagion—the phenomenon in which the presence of a particular behavior can influence the actions of others—and argues that it should play a larger role in the formation of public policy. Laws regulating smoking, for example, limit where it can occur, but do nothing about the fact that people often take it up when they see others doing it. Discussing the fall of communism, the sexual revolution, and the #MeToo movement, Frank shows how the government could foster greater benefits if it targeted social rather than individual responsibility. Frank, a long-time Economic View columnist for The New York Times and author of books including the International best-selling The Economic Naturalist, will be in conversation with Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine .

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Taina Caragol, Dorothy Moss, Richard J. Powell and Kim Sajet - The Obama Portraits

Sunday, February 23, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780691203287
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Published: Princeton University Press - February 11th, 2020

The first commissioned presidential portraits by African American artists, the paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama, by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, reside in the National Portrait Gallery, where they drew an additional million visitors in their first year on exhibit.  In this comprehensive study compiled by Gallery staff including Moss, curator of painting and sculpture, and Caragol, the first curator for Latino art, history, painting and sculpture, a diverse group of historians assesses the paintings and their impact on American and African American history and culture; the volume also includes interviews with the artists, transcripts of the Obamas’ remarks at the February 12, 2018 unveiling, and photos from the sittings by Pete Souza.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Conor Dougherty - Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America — in conversation with Emily Badger — at The Wharf

Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525560210
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Published: Penguin Press - February 18th, 2020

In this deeply reported book, Dougherty, a Bay Area-native based in Oakland, draws on his decade covering economics and housing for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to give a detailed look at how unaffordable rents and exorbitant real estate prices are fueling displacement and homelessness. Focusing on San Francisco as a harbinger for the rest of the country, Dougherty combines national statistics and research with stories of individuals at the center of the crisis. He offers vivid accounts of the political debates, shows the increasingly tenuous position of struggling families, and follows the innovative examples of activists such as a developer who manufactures homeless housing on an assembly line, a math teacher advocating the end of single-family-house neighborhoods, and many others.

 

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

Philip Kennicott - Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning — in conversation with Martha Anne Toll

Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393635362
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 18th, 2020

During and after his mother’s death, Kennicott, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning art and architecture critic, turned to Bach for the solace he couldn’t find anywhere else, first listening exclusively to Bach’s works, and then, over the course of five years, struggling to master both the Goldberg Variations and his complicated grief. In his profound and moving memoir, he combines his personal experience with his professional expertise to explore questions about the role of art in a life. Focusing closely on one complex work, Kennicott asks both what it means to know a piece of music and what it means to know a person.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Steven Levy - Facebook: The Inside Story — in conversation with Tony Romm — at The Wharf

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780735213159
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Published: Blue Rider Press - February 25th, 2020

Wired’s editor at large, Levy is the award-winning author of Hackers, Crypto, and In the Plex, a history of Google. His new book draws on his three decades covering the tech sector for a deeply reported history of Facebook. Given exclusive access to Mark Zuckerberg, his colleagues—including Sheryl Sandberg—and the company’s employees, Levy traces the growth of the media platform from its inception as a campus social network to one of the largest businesses in the world, with nearly three billion users. More importantly, he examines Facebook’s culture for insight into its role as a purveyor of fake news and its influence in U.S. elections.

 

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

Fergus M. Bordewich - Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America

Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America Cover Image
$32.50
ISBN: 9780451494443
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Published: Knopf - February 18th, 2020

One of the leading independent historians of the Civil War, Bordewich, author of books including The First Congress and America’s Great Debate, takes exception to the common assumption that Lincoln alone was the driving force behind the outcome of the War Between the States. Focusing on Congress, and in particular four influential members—Thaddeus Stevens, Pitt Fessenden, Ben Wade, and Clement Vallandigham—Bordewich tells the overlooked story of a dynamic legislature, one which, in addition to pushing the president to act on emancipation before he was ready to, created the forerunner of the IRS, laid the ground for the Federal Reserve, enacted the Homestead Act, passed the Pacific Railway Act, and created the Land Grant Colleges Act.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

VENUE CHANGE: Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig - A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America — in conversation with Andrea Mitchell

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984877499
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Published: Penguin Press - January 21st, 2020

This event has been moved to GW Betts Theatre. Please see the new event page for more information.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Charles Finch - The Last Passenger & Susan Elia MacNeal - The King's Justice — at The Wharf

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Last Passenger: A Charles Lenox Mystery (Charles Lenox Mysteries #13) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250312204
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 18th, 2020

The King's Justice: A Maggie Hope Mystery Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780399593840
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Published: Bantam - February 25th, 2020

Finch’s new book joins The Woman in the Water and The Vanishing Man as the third in a trilogy of prequels to his bestselling Charles Lenox series, which introduced the Victorian gentleman and amateur sleuth with 2007’s A Beautiful Blue Death. Set in London in 1855, the novel opens with Lenox facing what may be a nearly perfect crime: a man found dead in a first-class car at Paddington Station, who has no luggage, nothing in his pockets, and bears no outward signs of violence. Yet even without any clues Lenox is sure there’s been foul play, and though Scotland Yard discourages him, he launches an investigation.

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Since launching her Maggie Hope series in 2012, MacNeal, winner of the Barry award, has taken the eponymous British-born, American-reared, math whiz from a job as Winston Churchill’s secretary to a career solving mysteries of national importance as a spy and secret agent. The ninth installment opens in London in December 1942 where Maggie, though intending to take a much needed break from Special Operations, is inveigled into helping with a case involving a stolen Stradivarius. She’s no sooner gotten started, however, than she’s called upon to assist in the investigation of a serial killer—and eventually finds a connection between the seemingly unrelated crimes.

 

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

SOLD OUT NEW VENUE: Philip Rucker & Carol Leonnig - A Very Stable Genius—in conversation with Andrea Mitchell at GW Betts Theatre

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm
A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984877499
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Published: Penguin Press - January 21st, 2020

This event, originally scheduled at the store, has been moved to GW Betts Theatre.

This event is sold out.

From their respective roles as White House Bureau chief and Pulitzer Prize-winning national investigative reporter for The Washington Post, Rucker and Leonnig have covered the Trump administration extensively. As they show in this detailed account, when examined carefully, the apparent chaos of Trump’s presidency reveals certain patterns. Drawing on extensive original reporting and dozens of new interviews with key figures, the authors illuminate the larger meaning of Trump’s unprecedented use of his office by plunging us directly into the West Wing as he faces the impeachment inquiry, retracing the Mueller investigation, following aides as they control the damage from Trump’s interactions with world leaders, and more.

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

Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac - The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis — in conversation with Tom Friedman

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9780525658351
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Published: Knopf - February 25th, 2020

An internationally recognized leader in the climate emergency, Figueres was executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change from 2010 to 2016. Her new book, co-authored with Rivett-Carnac, who worked with her on negotiations for the Paris Agreement, looks ahead to the year 2050, laying out two possible scenarios for the future of our imperiled planet. Should we fail to meet the goals of the Paris Convention, the outlook is bleak. If we work to curb fossil fuels, unsustainable farming, and other practices, we can create a carbon-neutral world in which everyone can thrive. The authors propose ten steps we can take to make the differences that will not just see us through the crisis but result in a more just and equitable society.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Gabriel Bump - Everywhere You Don't Belong & Brandon Taylor - Real Life — at Union Market

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Everywhere You Don't Belong Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616208790
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 4th, 2020

Real Life: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525538882
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 18th, 2020

Awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction, Bump has contributed both fiction and nonfiction to venues including Slam magazine, the Huffington Post, and Springhouse Journal. Writing with style and bravado, in his first novel he explores issues of race, identity, social injustice, and family through the story of Claude McKay Love. A young Black man from the South Side of Chicago, Love was raised by his grandmother, who hoped to see him carry on the struggle for civil rights. But after a riot tears apart his community, Love escapes for college and a new life—only to discover that the place and people who shaped him are not so easily left behind.

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A senior editor of Electric Literature and a staff writer at Literary Hub, Taylor is known as a powerful essayist for the pieces he’s published in The New Yorker online, Catapult, Out magazine, and Roxane Gay’s anthology, Not That Bad. In his eagerly awaited debut novel, he turns his acute understanding of human emotions to the story of Wallace, an introverted young Black Southern man in a Midwest college. Though Wallace has friends, he keeps his distance, navigating a deep loneliness that’s tied to his sense of self-preservation. Then a series of confrontations with colleagues and an unsettling encounter with a young straight man threaten to overturn his precarious stability.

 

 

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

RESCHEDULED: Rahm Emanuel - The Nation City— in conversation with Jonathan Karl at Sidwell Friends

Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm
The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656388
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Published: Knopf - February 25th, 2020

This event has been rescheduled for March 19 at GW Jack Morton Auditorium. Click here for details.

At a time of anxiety about the effectiveness of our national government, Rahm Emanuel provides a clear vision, for both progressives and centrists, of how to get things done in America today--a bracing, optimistic vision of America's future from one of our most experienced and original political minds. In The Nation City, Rahm Emanuel, former two-term mayor of Chicago and White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama, offers a firsthand account of how cities, rather than the federal government, stand at the center of innovation and effective governance. He makes clear how mayors are accountable to their voters to a greater degree than any other elected officials and illuminates how progressives and centrists alike can best accomplish their goals by focusing their energies on local politics. The Nation City maps out a new, energizing, and hopeful way forward. Emanuel will be in conversation with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl.

 

 

 

 

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

Sarah Albee - North America: A Fold-Out Graphic History

Friday, February 28, 10:30 am
North America: A Fold-Out Graphic History Cover Image
By Sarah Albee, William Exley (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781999967925
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Published: What on Earth Books - October 1st, 2019

Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101932230
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, reservations are required for school groups interested in attending. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis

This thorough and unique illustrated timeline traces the history of Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the islands of the Caribbean beginning around 13,000 BCE. Concise blurbs put important events in a continent-wide context, providing readers with a valuable sense of perspective. Accessible text presents the horrors of this continent’s history—the genocide, slavery, and discrimination perpetrated by European colonizers and their descendants—and the survival of the very people those in power sought to erase and subjugate. Young historians can read this book page-by-page, or spread the timeline out for a bird’s-eye view. Source notes raise crucial questions about how and why history is presented. The author provides a list of resources for those who want to look further. Ages 9-12

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jill Wine-Banks - The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President

Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250244321
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 25th, 2020

Wine-Banks, an MSNBC legal analyst, completed law school in 1968 and started her career as one of the first female attorneys in the DOJ’s organized crime section. This was soon followed by a post as an assistant Watergate special prosecutor under Leon Jaworski, which earned Wine-Banks the nickname “the mini-skirted lawyer.” As she recalls in this vivid and timely memoir, such sexism was par for the course in 1970s Washington—as was harassment that included having her phone tapped and her house burgled. But Wine-Banks persevered, showing her professional skill by cross-examining Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, about the famous gap in the Watergate tapes, and by becoming the first woman to serve as general counsel of the U.S. Army (1977-1980) and, later, chief operating officer of the American Bar Association.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rachel Vorona Cote - Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today — in conversation with Caitlin Gibson — at Union Market

Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781538729700
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 25th, 2020

In her first book, Cote draws on her academic interest in Victorian literature and her professional experience as a former contributing writer at Jezebel to explore how patriarchal culture from the nineteenth century to the present has stifled and cramped women’s lives. Looking at how women have been demonized for “excessive” behavior—whether talking too much, laughing too loud, taking up too much space, or expressing too much desire—Cote profiles transgressive figures ranging from Jane Eyre and Lizzie Bennet to Lana Del Ray and Britney Spears. As she did in her Los Angeles Review of Books web site essay on Taylor Swift and Victorian female friendship, Cote offers a truly revelatory account of female intensity. Cote will be in conversation with Caitlin Gibson, a Washington Post feature writer.

 

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

Thomas Travisano - Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop

Saturday, February 29, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780525428817
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Published: Viking - November 5th, 2019

Travisano, emeritus professor of English at Hartwick College, principal editor of Words in Air, and founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society, draws on extensive scholarship as well as on new material and interviews for an insightful and compelling look at one of the greatest and best-loved American poets. Charting Bishop’s famous “art of losing,” Travisano recounts her early losses of her parents to death and mental breakdown, her complicated love affairs, and her depression and alcoholism. He also illuminates her “art of finding,” reflected in deep friendships with Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell, her love of travel, and the perfectionism that resulted in a slim published output—just 100 poems—but accolades including the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tracy Walder - The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists — in conversation with Peter Bergen

Saturday, February 29, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250230980
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 25th, 2020

Walder’s first job after college was with the CIA, where she worked as a staff operations officer at the agency’s Counterterrorism Center. In this engaging account, she describes monitoring al-Qaeda cells with drones, tracking chemical terrorists, debriefing prisoners who had vowed never to talk to a woman, and following terrorist trails through North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East to stop chemical attacks. She also saw a terror chart she’d compiled manipulated by White House staff to convey misleading information, and in her second position, as special agent at the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, she both helped capture one of the most notorious foreign spies ever caught in the U.S. and experienced  rampant sexism. Walder will be in conversation with Peter Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst and Vice President for Global Studies and Fellows at New America.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Adam Cohen - Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America — in conversation with Peter Edelman

Saturday, February 29, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735221505
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Published: Penguin Press - February 25th, 2020

Starting in 1968—the year Nixon was elected and Chief Justice Earl Warren retired—Cohen’s groundbreaking history examines the Supreme Court’s steadily conservative bent over the last fifty years. While Warren had overseen an expansion of civil rights, class action suits, and decisions including Brown v Board of Education, after him the court pursued a pro-corporate agenda that restricted unions and limited access to voting. Drawing on his extensive experience as both a veteran New York Times and Time journalist and a one-time lawyer for the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU, Cohen traces this shift directly to Nixon, who, during his six years in office, appointed four justices, whose legacy continues. Cohen will be in conversation with Peter Edelman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jaclyn Friedman - Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World — in conversation with Soraya Chemaly and Tahir Duckett

Sunday, March 1, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World Cover Image
By Jessica Valenti (Editor), Jaclyn Friedman (Editor)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781580058797
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Published: Seal Press - January 28th, 2020

In 2008 Friedman, with Jessica Valenti, founder of Feministing.com, collaborated on the groundbreaking Yes Means Yes!, which confronted the rape culture and helped bring about new laws in two states. Their new book takes the process of meaningful change to the next step, asking what would happen if we believed women—and acted as though they matter? In this collection of essays a wide range of leading feminists answer this question, showing how we can reimagine the internet if we take online harassment seriously and save lives if we take action when Black women talk about pain. Friedman, host of Unscrewed, author of What You Really Want, and a frequent speaker, will be joined by Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her, and Tahir Duckett, founder and director of ReThink.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tevi Troy - Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump

Sunday, March 1, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781621578369
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Published: Regnery History - February 11th, 2020

In his new book, Troy draws on his experience as a former senior White House aide and as the author of Shall We Wake the President?, What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted, and Intellectuals and the American Presidency to examine the role of internal struggles in presidential administrations since Truman. Placing each contention in the context of its time and profiling the key figures involved, Troy looks at the chief executives’ roles in these struggles and assesses how the battles shaped both administrations and the larger political landscape of the nation. Questioning whether the “team of rivals” approach is always best, he proposes alternative ways to staff and organize the White House.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jenny Offill - Weather

Sunday, March 1, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Weather: A novel Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780385351102
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Published: Knopf - February 11th, 2020

Writing with the compressed, elegant prose that made her Dept. of Speculation a favorite with readers and critics alike, Offill in her new novel tells a story as intimate and empathetic as it is expansive and visionary. The narrative centers on Lizzie Benson, a librarian whose real calling is tending to those in need—principally her brother, who struggles with addiction, and her mother, haunted by religion. But when she’s hired by the creators of a climate change podcast to respond to the concerns of listeners across the political spectrum, her healing instinct is taxed to the limit. Knowing she can’t save everyone, but trying anyway, Lizzie draws on all available tools, invoking everything from political psychology and earth sciences to disaster management and Greek philosophy.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

John Feinstein - The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season

Monday, March 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385544481
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Published: Doubleday - March 3rd, 2020

Feinstein follows The Legends Club, his account of the top college basketball teams, with this chronicle of smaller programs. A sports writer for The Washington Post and the prolific author of dozens of books for younger readers as well as adult classics including A Good Walk Spoiled, Feinstein draws on his extensive connections and experience to follow some of the gifted players no one treats with kid gloves, along with their coaches and schools. Unknown and unpublicized, these teams don’t dream big but work hard, love the sport, and hope to make it past their second and third round games. Feinstein also has a few Cinderella stories, profiling players who beat the low expectations and entered the ranks of the legends.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Daniel Mallory Ortberg - Something That May Shock and Discredit You — at The Wharf

Monday, March 2, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Something That May Shock and Discredit You Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982105211
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Published: Atria Books - February 11th, 2020

Ortberg, Slate’s ”Dear Prudence” advice columnist and cofounder of The Toast, follows his Texts From Jane Eyre and The Merry Spinster with a collection of essays as wildly divergent as they are startling, smart, and funny. Part memoir, the book offers an honest and profound reflection on gender transition and identity, as well as considerations of family dynamics and the meaning of faith. Other pieces locate these personal experiences within a wide range of literary and popular culture, as Ortberg explores reference points ranging from Lord Byron to William Shatner, Anne of Green Gables to a reimagined House Hunters, and the Greek myths to Nora Ephron.

 

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

Ally Carter - Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor

Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 am
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780358003199
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

April has always been good at looking after herself. She’s had to be, after twelve years in foster care. When she accidentally sets fire to a museum exhibit owned by the billionaire Winterborne family, a mysterious woman invites her to join four fellow orphans at a house run by the wealthy family’s charitable foundation. April and her new foster siblings are swept up in a heart-pounding mystery when a knife-wielding stranger steals the key she’s had since she was a baby—the one with the design that bears a striking resemblance to the Winterbourne family crest. Together, they discover a long-lost heir, a dastardly plot, and the power of friendship and found family. Ages 9-12.

This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, reservations are required for school groups interested in attending. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Judith Heumann - Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780807019290
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Published: Beacon Press - February 25th, 2020

An internationally recognized leader in the Disability Rights Independent Living Movement, Heumann has advocated for disability rights since the 1970s, working with many NGOs and serving as the World Bank’s first adviser on disability and development. As she recounts in this powerful memoir, her fight for equal rights began early: she was paralyzed from polio at 18 months, then nearly barred from her second grade classroom on the grounds of being a “fire hazard.” Later she filed a successful suit against the New York City School system for denying her a teacher’s license, led the Section 504-Sit-In at the San Francisco HEW—the longest takeover of a governmental building in U.S. history—and sparked the movement that led to the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Poupeh Missaghi - trans(re)lating house one — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Trans(re)Lating House One Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781566895651
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Coffee House Press - February 4th, 2020

Set in Tehran in the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 elections, Missaghi’s searching, formally innovative narrative is as much an exploration of the limits, purposes, and shapes of storytelling as a series of haunting stories itself. Unfolding in fragments, the book uses reportage, critical theory, and other documentary strategies to chart a woman’s search, first, for the statues that have suddenly disappeared from Tehran’s public places, and then for the missing demonstrators—or their bodies. A writer and translator both into and out of Persian, Missaghi, visiting assistant professor at the Department of Writing at the Pratt Institute, raises urgent questions about language and memory while affirming the necessity of witness.

 

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

Ally Carter - Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor — at Takoma Park Library

Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 pm
Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358003199
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

April has always been good at looking after herself. She’s had to be, after twelve years in foster care. When she accidentally sets fire to a museum exhibit owned by the billionaire Winterborne family, a mysterious woman invites her to join four fellow orphans at a house run by the wealthy family’s charitable foundation. April and her new foster siblings are swept up in a heart-pounding mystery when a knife-wielding stranger steals the key she’s had since she was a baby—the one with the design that bears a striking resemblance to the Winterbourne family crest. Together, they discover a long-lost heir, a dastardly plot, and the power of friendship and found family. Ages 9-12.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

 

101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Louise Erdrich - The Night Watchman

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9780062671189
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Published: Harper - March 3rd, 2020

A national treasure, Erdrich has written about Native American lives in a stream of novels, poetry, children’s books, and memoirs since 1984, winning two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the National Book Award, as well as the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Set in the 1950s, her latest novel draws on the life of her grandfather, a Chippewa council member and night watchman at a factory near North Dakota’s Turtle Mountain Reservation. As Thomas leads the community’s fight against a government measure to terminate the tribe’s rights to its land, Erdrich skillfully interweaves his story with those of several others—a young woman determined to leave, an aspiring boxer, a white math teacher—tracing the changing goals of Native Americans and the generational impact of the group’s struggle.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Katherine Alford - Rage Baking: The Transformative Power of Flour, Fury, and Women's Voices — in conversation with Bonnie Benwick — at Union Market

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm
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$24.99
ISBN: 9781982132675
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Tiller Press - February 4th, 2020

A cookbook for the #MeToo era, this collection takes baking for change as its theme, and pairs recipes with essays, inspirational quotes, interviews, and photos of women’s marches to demonstrate that activism starts in the kitchen. Curated by Katherine Alford—whose wide-ranging career includes running a New York Times four-star kitchen, managing a Greenmarket, and putting in twenty years at the Food Network—and James Beard Award-winning journalist, Kathy Gunst, the book leavens anger with wit and features the impassioned voices of a diverse group of women including Preeti Mistry, Pati Jinich, Genevieve Ko, Rebecca Traister, Cecile Richards, and many more. Alford will be in conversation with Bonnie Benwick, former Washington Post recipe editor and now a freelance editor, writer, recipe developer, and food stylist.

 

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

Adam Hochschild - Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781328866745
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 3rd, 2020

Largely forgotten today, Rose Harriet Pastor Stokes (1879-1933) made waves nearly as soon as she arrived in this country from Russia in 1903. Having worked in factories since age eleven, in 1905 she astonished New York society by marrying the Episcopal millionaire James Graham Phelps Stokes. The couple went on to make headlines by joining the Socialist Party and working with figures such as Emma Goldman, Eugene V. Debs, and W.E.B. Du Bois. A leader in the fights for labor and women’s rights, Stokes led strikes and distributed information about abortion. In 1919 she became a founding member of the American Communist Party and was pronounced “one of the dangerous influences of the country” by President Wilson. In this vivid account of her life and work, Hochschild, author of books including the classic King Leopold’s Ghost, again demonstrates his mastery of historical narrative.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Michelle P. King - The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers That Are Holding Women Back at Work — at The Wharf

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers That Are Holding Women Back at Work Cover Image
By Michelle P. King, Gillian Anderson (Foreword by), Jennifer Nadel (Foreword by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982110925
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Published: Atria Books - March 3rd, 2020

Director of Inclusion at Netflix and host of the weekly podcast, The Fix, King has learned from nearly twenty years of working with Fortune 500 companies as a gender equality expert that most workplaces are designed for men by men. This means that women—simply because they are women—don’t match employers’ preconceived notions of the ideal worker—they’re not promoted not because they aren’t good enough, but because they aren’t men. Seeing this “gender denial” as the biggest obstacle to women’s advancement at work, King analyses and proposes ways to change the hidden sexism and invisible barriers that hold women back, prevent men from becoming more emotionally aware, and keep workplaces from working for everyone.

 

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

David Plouffe - A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump—GW Betts Theatre

Thursday, March 5, 7:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9781984879493
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Published: Viking - March 3rd, 2020

A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump is a voter's playbook on making a difference in the 2020 election and beyond from the most recognized and most successful political strategist in the country. If you've asked yourself the question, what more can I do to make sure Donald Trump does not continue to occupy the Oval Office on January 20, 2021?—then this book is for you. A playbook for the common citizen, Plouffe addresses the many things individuals can do in 2020 every day, without having to leave their jobs, move to Iowa, or spend every waking moment on the election. The message is simple: the only way change happens, especially on scale, is one human being talking to another. It won't happen magically, it won't happen because of debates and conventions, it won't happen because of ads. It will happen because citizens take action. Plouffe lays out why different activities the average citizen can take can make a difference to getting to 270 electoral votes, how people can go about doing them, and examples of where it's worked in the past.

GW Student Ticket (must have GW ID): $10
Single Ticket: $15
1 Ticket & 1 Book: $32

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

Spring Member Sale

Friday, March 6, 9:00 am to Sunday, March 8, 8:00 pm

All weekend long, Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 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!

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5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Donna Leon - Trace Elements

Friday, March 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148674
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - March 3rd, 2020

Leon introduced Commissario Guido Brunetti with Death at La Fenice in 1992. Steeped in the sights, sounds, people, and dark underside of Venice, Leon’s adopted hometown for more than thirty years, the novel launched a series that has won Leon an international following as well as awards including the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction. Written with Leon’s impeccable pacing and vivid storytelling, the latest installment—the 29th!—sees Brunetti struggling to make sense of a dying woman’s final words. As he puzzles out the cryptic message, he comes to the inescapable and chilling conclusion that the entire Veneto is under a dire threat.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robert C. Plumb - The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed Civil War America

Saturday, March 7, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed Civil War America Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9781640122239
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Published: Potomac Books - March 1st, 2020

Plumb follows Your Brother in Arms with a collective biography of five extraordinary women who came to national prominence during the Civil War. Documenting how the conflict left openings for women to assume roles usually held by men—and showing the depth of their passion and commitment—Plumb recounts Harriet Tubman’s tireless work in the Underground Railroad; traces Clara Barton’s move from teaching in Massachusetts to a clerk positon in Washington, where she began the work that led to her establishing the American Red Cross; chronicles how Harriet Beecher Stowe drew on her staunch abolitionism to write Uncle Tom’s Cabin while Julia Ward Howe was inspired by military actions to write “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and Sarah Josepha Hale demonstrated her patriotism by advocating for a national day of Thanksgiving.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Matthew Algeo - All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy's 1968 Tour of Appalachia

Saturday, March 7, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy's 1968 Tour of Appalachia Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781641600590
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Published: Chicago Review Press - March 3rd, 2020

In the winter of 1967-’68, Robert F. Kennedy, then a U.S. Senator from New York and acting chair of a Senate subcommittee on poverty, traveled to Appalachia to assess the effectiveness of the War on Poverty—and to gauge the potential of white support for a possible run for the presidency. Finding the War a failure on nearly every front, and also witnessing a deep-seated resentment of establishment politicians, divisive politics, and racial strife, RFK decided to challenge Johnson for the nomination. Algeo, an award-winning journalist and author of books including Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure and The President Is a Sick Man, retraces the footsteps of the courageous young politician, visiting the places he saw and talking with the people he met.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Laura Zigman - Separation Anxiety — in conversation with Jennifer Weiner

Saturday, March 7, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Separation Anxiety: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062909077
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Published: Ecco - March 3rd, 2020

As funny, relatable, and insightful as her remarkable Animal Husbandry—the basis for the Hugh Jackman-Ashley Judd film Someone Like You—Zigman’s first novel in ten years is a compelling and frank account of one woman’s unconventional approach to the insecurities most of us try to deny or hide. Judy, once a successful children’s book author, has hit a rough patch in her career and now writes articles for a self-help web site. At the same time, she’s become dissatisfied with her marriage and has a prickly relationship with her teenage son. But when she starts carrying her dog around in a baby sling, she finds the support and connection she needs to help her figure things out. Zigman will be in conversation with Jennifer Weiner, author, most recently, of Mrs. Everything.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Saskia Hamilton - The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle — in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison

Sunday, March 8, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9780374141264
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - December 10th, 2019

Hamilton’s exquisitely crafted selection of letters exchanged between Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick, and their most intimate friends in the last years of Lowell’s life, is at once a haunting portrait of one of the great literary power couples and a reflection on the freedom and limits of art. Building on her work as editor of The Letters of Robert Lowell and coeditor of Words in Air, Hamilton begins in 1970, when Lowell was teaching in England—and falling in love with Caroline Blackwood—and Hardwick was writing and raising their daughter in New York. The collection then moves into the literary betrayal that followed the marital one, chronicling the shock that greeted Lowell’s appropriation of passages from Hardwick’s letters in the sonnets of his 1973 The Dolphin. Hamilton will be in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison, author of Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ellen Oh - The Dragon Egg Princess — in conversation with Ron Smith and Hena Khan — at Connie Morella Library

Sunday, March 8, 3:00 pm
The Dragon Egg Princess Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062875792
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Published: HarperCollins - March 3rd, 2020

The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780358097532
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Clarion Books - February 11th, 2020

More to the Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481492096
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - September 3rd, 2019

Unaffected by magic himself, Jiho Park lives in a kingdom governed by fantastical forces. He comes from a long line of forest rangers charged with protecting the Kidahara, a shadowy magical wood. Jiho has been determined to break out of the family profession ever since his father disappeared in the forest five years ago—the same fate that befell Princess Koko, the ruling family’s only daughter. With the grief-stricken king distracted, another member of the royal family calls in a foreign company to tear the Kidahara down. In this exhilarating fantasy inspired by Korean mythology, Jiho and a group of new friends must attempt to save their world from dark forces rising outside and within. Ages 9-12. Ellen Oh, co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, will be in conversation with Ron Smith and Hena Khan.

Pre-order a signed copy of The Dragon Egg Princess below to receive a set of character cards from the book!

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

 

Connie Morella Library
7400 Arlington Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

Maira Kalman - Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Illustrated

Sunday, March 8, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas Illustrated Cover Image
By Gertrude Stein, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781594204609
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Published: Penguin Press - March 3rd, 2020

A writer, designer, and illustrator, Kalman is the author of books for both adults and children, including And the Pursuit of Happiness and The Principles of Uncertainty, and her art has graced the pages and covers of many a New Yorker as well as books ranging from Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style to Michael Pollan’s Food Rules. Her latest project is an illustrated edition of Gertrude Stein’s 1933 classic. In full color, these sixty-plus paintings—brimming with Kalman’s signature whimsy and insight—don’t merely complement the text but add a vital new dimension to the story, showing us Stein at her desk, following visitors such as Sylvia Beach and Man Ray, and bringing to life the unique modernist ferment that was 27 rue de Fleurus.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Joshua M. Myers: We Are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989 — at Union Market

Sunday, March 8, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
We Are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781479811755
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New York University Press - December 24th, 2019

In his deeply researched account of the 1989 Howard University protest—which broke out when the university appointed Republican strategist Lee Atwater to its Board of Trustees—Myers illuminates an important act of Black student revolt and also demonstrates how it helped shape wider national resistance to the rightward shift of American politics. A teacher of Africana Studies at Howard and editor of A Gathering Together: Literary Journal, Myers focuses on the Black Nia F.O.R.C.E organization founded by Ras Baraka to trace the events of the three-day occupation that shut down the school, showing how the action both continued the movements of the sixties and drew new power from the rise of “conscious” hip hop.

 

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

Ken Liu - The Hidden Girl and Other Stories

Monday, March 9, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Cover Image
By Ken Liu
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982134037
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - February 25th, 2020

Liu is equally renowned as both a writer and a translator, having won the first Hugo for a novel in translation for his English rendering of Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem and scoring a literary trifecta by winning the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Awards for his classic story, “The Paper Menagerie.” His new collection of short fiction gathers sixteen of his best science fiction and fantasy pieces from the last five years, showing his impressive range in both form and theme. He caps the volume with a novella drawn from his upcoming The Veiled Throne, the third volume of his groundbreaking Dandelion Dynasty series, the first work in the “silkpunk” genre.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Clare Beams - The Illness Lesson & Emily Beyda - The Body Double — at Union Market

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 pm
The Illness Lesson: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385544665
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Doubleday - February 11th, 2020

The Body Double: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385545273
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Published: Doubleday - March 3rd, 2020

Beams follows her story collection, We Show What We Have Learned—a Kirkus Best Debut of 2016—with a page-turner as thought provoking as it is viscerally fascinating. Set in 1871 but eerily contemporary, the narrative opens with Samuel Hood, a philosopher known for his romantic idealism, opening a school for girls. Though he has the best of intentions, the institution falls into chaos when the students begin manifesting strange symptoms, necessitating help from a predatory minister who subjects the patients to treatments as outrageous as their malady. In evocative, often lyrical prose, Beams explores issues of trust and authority and asks who has the right to young women’s bodies and stories.

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The anonymous narrator of Beyda’s elegant psychological thriller is selling popcorn in a small-town movie house when a stranger named Max hires her as a stand-in for Rosanna Feld, a troubled celebrity whose breakdown is keeping her out of the public eye. Studying videos and immersing herself in Feld’s life, the narrator gradually loses a sense of her own identity. Then, as she makes her public debut as Feld, she’s troubled by a host of questions: is Max being honest, or is he hiding something? What really caused Feld’s collapse--and will she recover? Could the same thing befall Feld’s body double? Written in the vein of du Maurier’s Rebecca, Beyda’s debut is a fast-paced and chilling exploration of identity.

 

 

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

Katherine Stewart - The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781635573435
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

Named the 2014 Person of the Year by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Stewart is a leading authority on the political role of the religious right. As she reveals in this deeply reported investigation, though this conservative network of think tanks, advocacy groups, and pastoral organizations appears to be waging a cultural war, its focus on issues such as abortion, prayer in the schools, and same-sex marriage mask its deeper mission of spreading and strengthening Christian nationalism. Tracing the groups’ support to ultraconservative donors, Stewart issues a call to action to stop a movement more powerful and more successful than most people realize.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jennifer Steinhauer - The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616209995
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 10th, 2020

Steinhauer’s accomplished twenty-five year career at The New York Times includes stints as bureau chief of City Hall and Los Angeles, as well as winning the Newswoman's Club of New York Front Page Deadline Reporting Award for her reporting on Hurricane Katrina. Her new book looks at the 116th Congress through the lens of the record-setting number of new women representatives. Following figures including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sharice Davids, Deb Haaland, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Abigail Spanberger, Steinhauer considers the various political, generational, and gender challenges they face, including whether or how to work with their party’s leadership, how to transfer their campaign ideas into a lasting legislative framework, and how they can adjust to public life on the twenty-four-hour news cycle.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jim McKelvey - The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time — at The Wharf

Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Innovation Stack: Building an Unbeatable Business One Crazy Idea at a Time Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593086735
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Published: Portfolio - March 10th, 2020

In 2009 McKelvey, then a St. Louis glassblowing artist, worked with his friend, Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey, to find a way for small merchants to accept credit card payments on their phones. The two came up with Square—only to see their idea undercut by Amazon’s launch of a similar program. They fought back and prevailed, and in this compelling account, McKelvey shares the inside story of the struggle and reveals the key to Square’s success: the Innovation Stack. Blending memoir and anecdotes of the early days of Square with case studies from other businesses, McKelvey shows entrepreneurs how to beat the odds and the competition.

 

70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

James McBride - Deacon King Kong

Thursday, March 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

An accomplished musician as well as the author of the classic memoir The Color of Water and the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, McBride infuses every word of his eagerly awaited new novel—the first in seven years—with his signature rhythmic prose, dynamic storytelling, and sheer passion. Set in Brooklyn in 1969, the narrative leaps into action with Sportcoat, a Baptist preacher, shooting Deems, a young drug dealer, in the courtyard of the Case House project. As news of the killing spreads, the community’s residents tell stories of their own experiences of racism and the rising scourge of drugs and fill in the details explaining how Deems and Sportcoat came to their dramatic showdown.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Mark Kurlansky - Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate — at The Wharf

Thursday, March 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781938340864
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Patagonia - March 3rd, 2020

The prolific and award-winning author of books on topics including baseball, food, and Basque culture, Kurlansky is perhaps best known for his classic Cod. His new book is both an urgent call to action and a richly illustrated natural and cultural history of the salmon. Outlining the fish’s life cycle and visiting salmon habitats around the world, Kurlansky details the species’ role in both terrestrial and marine—fresh- and saltwater—ecosystems and traces the heavy toll centuries of human meddling have caused. To save these endangered creatures—which also amounts to saving the planet—we must undam the rivers, clean up the water, end pesticide use, restore forests, and get climate change under control.

 

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

Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez - Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life

Friday, March 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul's Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143134626
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Published: Penguin Books - March 3rd, 2020

With the same exacting eye and critical finesse that has made their blog, Tom and Lorenzo, a go-to site for the latest on pop culture and fashion, Fitzgerald and Marquez in their new book offer a definitive guide to RuPaul’s Drag Race. In addition to being one of the most popular shows on TV, RuPaul is a rich repository of queer history and culture that both explores and illustrates queer life in the modern age. Examining the show piece by piece, the authors demonstrate how each part—the Work Room, the Library, the Pit Crew, the runway, the Untucked lounge, the Snatch Game –reflects a specific aspect of queer cultural history and/or the work of certain legendary figures in queer cultural history.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ashley Woodfolk - When You Were Everything — in conversation with Siobhan Vivian — in Childrens & Teens

Friday, March 13, 7:00 pm
When You Were Everything Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524715915
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 10th, 2020

The Beauty That Remains Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524715908
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Published: Ember - March 12th, 2019

The Beauty That Remains Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524715878
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Delacorte Press - March 6th, 2018

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781534439900
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 31st, 2020

Cleo and Layla were completely-melded-together best friends—Cleo's every memory is tied to Layla, from her clothes to the weather. But it’s been nearly a month since they’ve spoken, and Cleo is steeped in loneliness. She wants to "unhaunt” her life, scrubbing out memories of the other girl wherever she finds them. But this becomes impossible when she’s assigned to tutor Layla. As Cleo tries to move on, the past refuses to stop asking difficult questions. Skillfully switching between Then and Now, this hauntingly beautiful novel is an unforgettable exploration of the bonds we form, what we expect of others, and what it takes to confront past mistakes. Ages 13 and up. In conversation with Siobhan Vivian.

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rebecca Solnit - Recollections of My Nonexistence in conversation with Soraya Chemaly—at GW Betts Theatre

Friday, March 13, 7:00 pm
Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593083338
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking - March 10th, 2020

In Recollections of My Nonexistence, Rebecca Solnit describes her formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco, in an atmosphere of gender violence on the street and throughout society, and the exclusion of women from cultural arenas. She tells of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in the city that became her great teacher; of the small apartment that became the home in which she transformed herself; of how punk rock gave form and voice to her own fury and explosive energy. Solnit recounts how she came to recognize the epidemic of violence against women around her, the street harassment that unsettled her, the trauma that changed her, and the authority figures who routinely disdained and disbelieved girls and women, including her. She explores the forces that liberated her as a person and as a writer—books themselves, the gay men around her who offered other visions of what gender, family, and joy could be. These influences gave her a voice that has resonated with and empowered many others.

Solnit will be in conversation with Soraya Chemaly, award-winning writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She is also the director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project.

GW student (ID required): $10
Single Ticket: $15
Ticket + Book: $35 ($33 for members)

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

Monika Zgustová - Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women's Voices from the Gulag

Saturday, March 14, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women's Voices from the Gulag Cover Image
By Monika Zgustova, Julie Jones (Translated by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781590511770
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Other Press - February 4th, 2020

Born in Prague, educated in the U.S., and now living in Spain, Zgustova is the award-winning author of novels—The Silent Woman and Goya’s Glass are available in English—short stories, a play, and a biography, as well as the translator of more than fifty books from Russian and Czech into Spanish and Catalan. Her new book recounts the history of Stalin’s labor camps through the lives of nine women once imprisoned there. Tracking these survivors to their homes in Moscow, Paris, and London, Zgustova largely preserves their voices, letting them tell their own long-neglected stories of courage, endurance, and the strength that helped them form new lives as scientists, actresses, teachers, and mathematicians after their time in the Gulag.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Eliese Colette Goldbach - Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit

Saturday, March 14, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250239402
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Flatiron Books - March 3rd, 2020

A Cleveland steelworker with an MFA—and several writing awards—Goldbach in her debut memoir gives a sharp, vivid, and loving look at a place she grew up hoping to leave. Though she’d always thought her ambitions lay elsewhere, after college Goldbach took a job at the ArcelorMittal Cleveland Temper Mill. The paycheck was part of the reason, but more important was her sense of loyalty to the town and its residents. In compelling vignettes, she introduces us to the group of observant Christians she grew up with and to her co-workers at the mill, evoking her sense of camaraderie with those who share the daily realities of laboring amid the danger of being crushed by a steel coil or burned by an exploding vat of molten iron.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alma Katsu - The Deep

Saturday, March 14, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Deep Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525537908
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 10th, 2020

From her 2011 debut, The Taker, to her recent The Hunger, Katsu has made the genre of chilling historical fiction her own. Writing on the edge of fact, fantasy, and an uncanny gothic/psychological darkness, in her new novel she reimagines the 1911 sinking of the Titanic and the 1914 loss of the Britannic through the experience of Annie Hebbley. On board the luxury liner as a maid, Annie manages to survive, and three years later, working as a nurse on a hospital ship, she encounters another Titanic survivor. As she re-experiences the eerie events that plagued the ship from the moment it set sail, she faces long-buried secrets, feelings—and demons.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

SOLD OUT: Glennon Doyle - Untamed — at GW Lisner

Saturday, March 14, 7:00 pm
Untamed Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984801258
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: The Dial Press - March 10th, 2020

In her most revealing and powerful book yet, the beloved activist, speaker, and author of the bestselling sensations Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet the expectations of the world, and start trusting the voice deep within us. Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both a memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It offers a piercing, electrifying examination of the restrictive expectations women are issued from birth; shows how hustling to meet those expectations leaves women feeling dissatisfied and lost; and reveals that when we quit abandoning ourselves and instead abandon the world's expectations of us, we become women who can finally look at ourselves and recognize: There She Is. Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Doyle insists: “The braver we are, the luckier we get.”

This event will not include a public signing. Books will be pre-signed.

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

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