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P&P Live!: Annie Jacobsen — First Platoon: A Story of Modern War in the Age of Identity Dominance - in conversation with James LaPorta

Sunday, January 17, 3:00 pm
First Platoon: A Story of Modern War in the Age of Identity Dominance Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524746667
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Published: Dutton - January 12th, 2021

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Join Annie Jacobsen as she discusses her new book, FIRST PLATOON on P&P Live!

An urgent investigation into warfare, good, and evil in the age of biometrics, the technology that would allow the government to identify anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Annie Jacobsen is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–finalist in history The Pentagon’s Brain, the New York Times bestsellers Area 51 and Operation Paperclip, and other books. She was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.

James LaPorta is an investigative journalist for The Associated Press and a former U.S. Marine infantryman with service in Afghanistan. 

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P&P Live! Adam Jentleson — Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy - with Heather McGhee

Sunday, January 17, 5:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781631497773
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Published: Liveright - January 12th, 2021

Every major decision governing our diverse, majority-female, and increasingly liberal country bears the stamp of the US Senate, yet the Senate allows an almost exclusively white, predominantly male, and radically conservative minority of the American electorate to impose its will on the rest of us. How did we get to this point?

In Kill Switch, Adam Jentleson argues that shifting demographics alone cannot explain how Mitch McConnell harnessed the Senate and turned it into a powerful weapon of minority rule. As Jentleson shows, since the 1950s, a free-flowing body of relative equals has devolved into a rigidly hierarchical, polarized institution, with both Democrats and Republicans to blame. The current GOP has merely used the methods pioneered by its predecessors, though to newly extreme ends. In a work for readers of How Democracies Die and even Master of the Senate, Jentleson makes clear that, without a reevaluation of Senate practices--starting with ending the filibuster--we face the prospect of permanent minority rule in America.

Adam Jentleson is the public affairs director at Democracy Forward and a former deputy chief of staff to Senator Harry Reid. A columnist for GQ and frequent political commentator on MSNBC, he lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy. The former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, McGhee has drafted legislation, testified before Congress and contributed regularly to news shows including NBC's Meet the Press. She now chairs the board of Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization. McGhee holds a BA in American studies from Yale University and a JD from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.

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P&P Live!: Chris Lombardi — I Ain't Marching Anymore: Dissenters, Deserters, and Objectors to America's Wars - with Jonathan W. Hutto

Monday, January 18, 6:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9781620973172
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Published: New Press - November 10th, 2020

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Join journalist Chris Lombardi as she discusses her book, I AIN'T MARCHING ANYMORE with Jonathan W. Hutto, Sr. on P&P Live!

A sweeping history of the passionate men and women in uniform who have bravely and courageously exercised the power of dissent.

I Ain't Marching Anymore carefully traces soldier dissent from the early days of the republic through the wars that followed, including the genocidal "Indian Wars," the Civil War, long battles against slavery and racism that continue today, both World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, and contemporary military imbroglios.

Journalist Chris Lombardi has been writing about war and peace for more than twenty years. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Guernica, the Philadelphia Inquirer, ABA Journal, and at WHYY.org. The author of I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Dissenters, Deserters, and Objectors to America’s Wars (The New Press), she lives in Philadelphia.

Jonathan W. Hutto, Sr. is an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the United States Navy where he served from January 2004 until August 2011. As an enlisted member of the Navy he helped to launch "The Appeal For Redress" mobilizing over 2000 members of the Active Duty and Reserve ranks to send a protected communication to members of Congress appealing for an end to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jonathan is a native of Atlanta, GA, a Howard University Alumni, a Father, Husband, lifelong Human Rights Defender and author of Antiwar Soldier.

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The Ladies Get Paid Book Tour with Claire Wasserman & Reshma Saujani

Tuesday, January 19, 1:00 pm
Ladies Get Paid: The Ultimate Guide to Breaking Barriers, Owning Your Worth, and Taking Command of Your Career Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982126902
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Published: Gallery Books - January 12th, 2021

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Politics and Prose is pleased to host this event with Claire Wasserman, the founder and author of Ladies Get Paid, in conversation with Reshma Saujani, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, about how she started the organization, running for office, and why it's important to be brave, not perfect.

Agenda:

6-6:05pm ET: Welcome

6:05-6:35pm ET: Fireside chat with Reshma

6:35-6:45pm ET: Reading from Ladies Get Paid

6:45-7pm ET: Q&A with Claire

About Reshma Saujani:

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, the international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does. The organization has reached 500 million people and 300,000 girls in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. She is the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect and the New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Reshma’s TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than five million views and has sparked a worldwide conversation about how we’re raising our girls. In 2010, Reshma surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their sons, Shaan and Sai, and their bulldog, Stanley.

About Claire Wasserman:

Claire Wasserman is an educator, author, and founder of Ladies Get Paid, a global community and educational platform that champions the professional and financial advancement of women. She is also the producer and host of John Hancock’s podcast, “Friends Who Talk About Money”. Claire has traveled the country teaching thousands of women how to negotiate millions of dollars in raises, start businesses, and advocate for themselves in the workplace. Claire was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women and is a highly-sought-after expert for Fortune 500 companies working to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within their organizations. She's spoken at places such as Facebook, Harvard, and the United Nations Foundation, as well as partnerships with Nike, Indeed, and the City of Los Angeles, among others. Learn more about Claire at clairewasserman.com and follow her on Instagram @clairegetspaid.

 

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P&P Live! Gabriel Byrne — WALKING WITH GHOSTS - with Roddy Doyle

Tuesday, January 19, 6:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802157126
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Published: Grove Press - January 12th, 2021

This program is part of our "Dublin Voices" series, a collaboration between Politics and Prose Bookstore, the Embassy of Ireland, Solas Nua, and Global Irish Studies.

As a young boy growing up in the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city. He reveled in the theatre and poetry of Dublin's streets, populated by characters as eccentric and remarkable as any in fiction, those who spin a yarn with acuity and wit. It was a friend who suggested Byrne join an amateur drama group, a decision that would change his life forever and launch him on an extraordinary forty-year career in film and theatre.

Moving between sensual recollection of childhood in a now almost vanished Ireland and reflections on stardom in Hollywood and Broadway, Byrne also courageously recounts his battle with addiction and the ambivalence of fame. Walking with Ghosts is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking as well as a lyrical homage to the people and landscapes that ultimately shape our destinies.

Byrne will be in conversation with Roddy Doyle, the author of ten acclaimed novels, including The Commitments, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (winner of the Booker Prize),and most recently, Love. Doyle has also written several collections of stories, and several works for children and young adults including the Rover novels. He lives in Dublin.

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P&P Live! Dan Morain — KAMALA'S WAY - with Karen Tumulty

Tuesday, January 19, 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982175764
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 12th, 2021

Kamala’s Way is a revelatory biography of the first Black woman to stand for Vice President, charting how the daughter of two immigrants in segregated California became one of this country’s most effective power players.

Morain charts her career from its beginnings handling child molestation cases and homicides for the Alameda County District Attorney’s office and her relationship as a twenty-nine-year-old with the most powerful man in the state: married Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, a relationship that would prove life-changing. Morain takes readers through Harris’s years in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, explores her audacious embrace of the little-known Barack Obama, and shows the sharp elbows she deployed to make it to the US Senate. He analyzes her failure as a presidential candidate and the behind-the-scenes campaign she waged to land the Vice President spot. Along the way, he paints a vivid picture of her values and priorities, the kind of people she brings into her orbit, the sorts of problems she’s good at solving, and the missteps, risks, and bold moves she’s made on her way to the top.

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P&P Live! Joy McCullough-Champ and Major: First Dogs

Thursday, January 21, 11:00 am
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780593407141
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Dial Books - January 19th, 2021

Watching over a president is a lot of work for one dog alone. When rescue pup, Major, joins the Biden family, Champ is happy to show him the ropes. Sheyda Abvabi Best’s illustrations capture the time leading up the 2020 election with scenes of reporters wearing masks and details like Kamala Harris’s now famous Converse sneakers serving as a real snapshot in time. Young readers will love learning that Major joins the ranks of White House pets as the first rescue dog to call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home! Joy McCullough’s sweet story will surely inspire families looking for a new pet to consider rescue animals.

Joy McCullough writes books for kids and teens. Her debut young adult novel Blood Water Paint was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and won the Washington State and Pacific Northwest Book Awards. Her debut middle grade novel, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, was a Junior Library Guild selection. She studied theater at Northwestern University, lives in the Seattle area, and is human to Australian Shepherd Athena.

Ages 2-5

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P&P Live! David Goodrich — A VOYAGE ACROSS AN ANCIENT OCEAN

Thursday, January 21, 6:00 pm
A Voyage Across an Ancient Ocean: A Bicycle Journey Through the Northern Dominion of Oil Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781643134468
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Published: Pegasus Books - August 4th, 2020

This event is presented in partnership with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN).

*Customers who purchase a copy of the book when registering for a ticket will receive a special copy signed by the author, while supplies last.*

In the face of widespread misinformation and misunderstanding, a climate scientist ventures into the vast heart of America’s new oil country on two wheels.

After an epic bicycle journey that took him from the Delaware shore to the Oregon coast, David Goodrich sets out on his bike again to traverse the Western Interior Seaway—an ancient ocean that once spread across half of North America. As Goodrich journeys through the Badlands, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and across the prairies of the upper Midwest and Canada, we get a raw and ground-level view of where the tar sands and oil shales are being opened up. Extraordinary and unregulated, this “black goldrush” is boom and bust in every sense. With Goodrich’s wry self-deprecation and scientific expertise, A Voyage Across an Ancient Ocean is a galvanizing and adventure-filled read that gets to the heart of drilling on our continent.

Goodrich will be in conversation with Mike Tidwell, founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.

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P&P Live!: Nadia Owusu — Aftershocks: A Memoir - in conversation with Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Thursday, January 21, 8:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781982111229
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 12th, 2021

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Heralding a dazzling new writer, Aftershocks joins the likes of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight and William Styron’s Darkness Visible, and does for race identity what Maggie Nelson does for gender identity in The Argonauts.

Nadia Owusu is a Brooklyn-based writer and urban planner. She is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. Her lyric essay So Devilish a Fire won the Atlas Review chapbook contest. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, the Washington Post’s The Lily, Literary Review, Electric Literature, Epiphany, and Catapult. Aftershocks is her first book.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. Originally from Spring Valley, New York, he graduated from SUNY Albany and went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming from numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Literary Hub, the Paris Review, Guernica, and Longreads. He was selected by Colson Whitehead as one of the National Book Foundation's “5 Under 35” honorees, is the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for Best First Book and the Aspen Words Literary Prize.

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Mark Leyner — LAST ORGY OF THE DIVINE HERMIT - with Porochista Khakpour

Friday, January 22, 6:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316560504
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - January 19th, 2021

Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit is a book about the deep pleasures of reading and drinking, the tumultuous reign of a cabal of mystic mobsters, and, of course, the transcendent love of a father for his daughter.

Mark Leyner is the author of the novels Gone with the Mind, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack; My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist; Et Tu, Babe; and The Tetherballs of Bougainville. His nonfiction includes the #1 New York Times bestseller Why Do Men Have Nipples?. Leyner cowrote the movie War, Inc. He currently lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Leyner will be in conversation with writer Porochista Khakpour. Her most recent work is the essay collection Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity. She has been guest faculty at VCFA and Stonecoast's MFA programs, as well as Contributing Editor at Evergreen Review. Born in Tehran and raised in the Los Angeles area, Khakpour currently lives in New York City.

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RESCHEDULED - P&P Live!: Tom Vanderbilt — Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning - in conversation with Virginia Heffernan

Friday, January 22, 8:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9781524732165
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Published: Knopf - January 5th, 2021

This event is rescheduled from January 6, 2021 and will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Join Tom Vanderbilt as he discusses his new book, BEGINNERS with Virginia Heffernan on P&P Live!

Why do so many of us stop learning new skills as adults? Are we afraid to fail? Have we forgotten the sheer pleasure of being a beginner? Or is it simply a fact that you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Inspired by his young daughter's insatiable need to know how to do almost everything, and stymied by his own rut of mid-career competence, Tom Vanderbilt begins a year of learning purely for the sake of learning. He tackles five main skills (and picks up a few more along the way), choosing them for their difficulty to master and their distinct lack of career marketability--chess, singing, surfing, drawing, and juggling. 

TOM VANDERBILT has written for many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Popular Science, Financial Times, Smithsonian, and London Review of Books, among many others. He is a contributing editor of Wired UK, Outside, and Artforum. He is author of You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), and Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America. He has appeared on a wide range of television and radio programs, from the Today show to the BBC’s World Service to NPR’s Fresh Air. He has been a visiting scholar at NYU’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, a research fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, a fellow at the Design Trust for Public Space, and a winner of the Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, among other honors. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Virginia Heffernan is a journalist, critic and author, most recently, of MAGIC AND LOSS: The Internet as Art. She is a contributing editor at WIRED, a cohost of Slate's Trumpcast podcast, and a columnist at the Los Angeles Times.

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P&P Live!: Kevin Barry — That Old Country Music: Stories - in conversation with Mark O’Connell

Sunday, January 24, 3:00 pm
That Old Country Music: Stories Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780385540339
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Published: Doubleday - January 12th, 2021

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series in collaboration with the Embassy of Ireland, Solas Nua, and Georgetown University’s Global Irish Studies.

From the author of the wildly acclaimed Night Boat to Tangier, one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2019, stories of rural Ireland in the classic mode: full of love (and sex), melancholy and magic, bedecked in some of the most gorgeous prose being written today.

Kevin Barry is the author of the highly acclaimed novel City of Bohane and two short-story collections, Dark Lies the Island and There Are Little Kingdoms. He was awarded the Rooney Prize in 2007 and won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in 2012. For City of Bohane, he was short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award and the Irish Book Award, and won the Author’s Club Best First Novel Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. He lives in County Sligo in Ireland.

Mark O'Connell is the author of the books Notes from an Apocalypse and To Be a Machine, which was awarded the 2019 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize and short-listed for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. He is a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and The Guardian. He lives in Dublin with his family.

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

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P&P Live!: Jessica Donati — Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War - in conversation with Mark Bowden

Monday, January 25, 6:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781541762558
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 19th, 2021

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The Wall Street Journal's national security reporter-formerly based in Kabul from 2013-2017-takes readers into the lives of U.S. Special Forces on the front lines against the Taliban and Islamic State, where a new and covert war is keeping Afghanistan from collapse.

Jessica Donati covers foreign affairs for The Wall Street Journal in Washington D.C. and has reported from over a dozen countries in the role. She joined the paper as the bureau chief in Kabul in 2015, and lived in Afghanistan for over four years. Previously, she worked for Reuters in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, covering both the conflicts in Libya and Afghanistan. She co-authored a series on the war in Libya that was chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2012. She is also the recipient of a New York Press Club award for her reporting in Libya . She is British-Italian, and grew up in Italy. She lives with her husband and son in Washington D.C.

Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic and other magazines.

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P&P Live! Eman Quotah — BRIDE OF THE SEA - with Susan Muaddi Darraj

Monday, January 25, 8:00 pm
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142452
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Published: Tin House Books - January 26th, 2021

During a snowy Cleveland February, newlywed university students Muneer and Saeedah are expecting their first child, and he is harboring a secret: The word "divorce" is whispering in his ear. Soon, their marriage will end, and Muneer will return to Saudi Arabia, while Saeedah remains in Cleveland with their daughter, Hanadi. Consumed by a growing fear of losing her child, Saeedah disappears with the little girl, leaving Muneer to desperately search for his daughter for years. The repercussions of the abduction ripple outward, not only changing the lives of Hanadi and her parents, but also their interwoven family and friends—those who must choose sides and hide their own deeply guarded secrets.

Eman Quotah’s Bride of the Sea is a spellbinding debut of colliding cultures, immigration, religion, and family; an intimate portrait of loss and healing; and, ultimately, a testament to the ways we find ourselves inside love, distance, and heartbreak.

Quotah will be in conversation with Susan Muaddi Darraj, author of the short story collection A Curious Land: Stories from Home, which won the 2016 AWP Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the 2016 Arab American Book Award, and was shortlisted for a Palestine Book Award. In 2019, she launched the viral #TweetYourThobe social media campaign to promote Palestinian culture.

This event is presented in partnership with the Middle East Institute. MEI’s Arts & Culture Center facilitates cross-cultural understanding by promoting the work of Middle Eastern artists, hosting them in conversation, and MEI’s Arts & Culture Center facilitates cross-cultural understanding by promoting the work of Middle Eastern artists, hosting them in conversation, and connecting them with American counterparts connecting them with American counterparts.

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P&P Live! Louisa Jaggar, Shari Becker, and Floyd Cooper-Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States

Tuesday, January 26, 2:00 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781984847621
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2021

James Herman Banning loved flying kites as a young boy. Fascinated by the way wind carried leaves and birds, he knew he just had to find a way to fly, too. Restless and eager for his dream to become reality, James built his own plane out of salvaged parts and found freedom in the air. He performed aerodynamic stunts for the first Black air show in 1932 and soon after found a flying partner in Thomas Cox Allen. The two groundbreaking pilots, nicknamed The Flying Hobos, shook up the piloting world with determination and guts. Inspired by a newspaper clipping, Sprouting Wings was tenderly researched as part of the Greatest Stories Never Told series, complemented by handsome illustrations that evoke the era.

Louisa Jaggar is the creator and co-author of the Smithsonian’s Saving Stuff. Saving Stuff received national attention and was featured in Parade Magazine as a Parade Picks, The Washington Post, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. She has served as lead writer on over fifteen national science curriculum guides for the Smithsonian, PBS, Chicago’s Field Museum, the US Navy, and others. She has been a columnist for Washington Parent and has contributed articles to Diversion and the online site Family Travel Network. She lives near Washington, D.C.

Shari Becker was born in Montreal, Quebec, and was raised speaking both English and French. She has an MA from New York University and has worked for Nickelodeon, for Disney-owned companies, and even for an Emmy Award–winning puppeteer. She is the author of two picture books, including Maxwell’s Mountain, a Junior Library Guild Selection and Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. She now lives in Massachusetts, with her husband, their two daughters, and their dog.

Floyd Cooper received a Coretta Scott King Award for his illustrations in The Blacker the Berry and a Coretta Scott King Honor for Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea and I Have Heard of a Land. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Cooper received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and, after graduating, worked as an artist for a major greeting card company. In 1984, he came to New York City to pursue a career as an illustrator of books, and he now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife and children.

Ages 7-10

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P&P Live! Caty Borum Chattoo — Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change - with Sheila Nevins and Marjan Safinia

Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780190943424
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 3rd, 2020

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Only a few years after the 2013 Sundance Film Festival premiere of Blackfish - an independent documentary film that critiqued the treatment of orcas in captivity - visits to SeaWorld declined, major corporate sponsors pulled their support, and performing acts canceled appearances. The steady drumbeat of public criticism, negative media coverage, and unrelenting activism became known as the " Blackfish Effect." In 2016, SeaWorld announced a stunning corporate policy change - the end of its profitable orca shows.

In an evolving networked era, social-issue documentaries like Blackfish are art for civic imagination and social critique. Today's documentaries interrogate topics like sexual assault in the U.S. military ( The Invisible War), racial injustice ( 13th), government surveillance ( Citizenfour), and more. Artistic nonfiction films are changing public conversations, influencing media agendas, mobilizing communities, and capturing the attention of policymakers - accessed by expanding audiences in a transforming media marketplace. In Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change, producer and scholar Caty Borum Chattoo explores how documentaries disrupt dominant cultural narratives through complex, creative, often investigative storytelling. Featuring original interviews with award-winning documentary filmmakers and field leaders, the book reveals the influence and motivations behind the vibrant, eye-opening stories of the contemporary documentary age.

Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), an innovation lab and research center at American University that creates, showcases and studies media designed for social change; and Assistant Professor at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She is an award-winning documentary producer, scholar, professor and strategist working at the intersection of social change communication, documentary and entertainment storytelling. She is the author of Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change, published by Oxford University Press (2020). As a documentary producer, her films and TV programs have aired in the U.S. and India. Her creative and scholarly work has been funded by leading global and national philanthropies. Borum Chattoo serves on the Board of Directors of three leading documentary-serving organizations: The Peabody Awards, Kartemquin Films, and Working Films.

Sheila Nevins is Executive Producer of MTV Documentary Films, NYT Bestselling Author (You Don't Look Your Age...and Other Fairy Tales), and past president of HBO Documentary Films. She has produced more than 1,000 documentary films over the span of her career, and she is the recipient of 32 individual Primetime and 33 News and Documentary Emmys, 46 Peabody Awards, and 26 Academy Awards for documentary.  

 

 Marjan Safinia is an Iranian documentary filmmaker whose films examine identity, community and social justice. Most recently, and together with Grace Lee, she produced and directed AND SHE COULD BE NEXT, a two-part documentary series about women of color transforming American politics from the ground up, which debuted as POV’s first ever series in June 2020. Until 2018, Marjan was the longest-serving President of the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association (and the first woman of color to lead IDA since its founding in 1982.) She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chicken & Egg Pictures and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Marjan is one of five co-hosts of the longest-running online documentary community, The D-Word, and is a regular juror, programmer, speaker and connector of all things documentary.

 

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‘Pictures on the Radio’: Celebrating David Gilkey’s Work

Tuesday, January 26, 8:00 pm
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By David Gilkey (By (photographer)), Chip Somodevilla (Editor), Quil Lawrence (Introduction by), Alyda Gilkey (Afterword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781576879511
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Published: powerHouse Books - January 26th, 2021

Join NPR and Politics and Prose Bookstore to celebrate renowned conflict photojournalist David Gilkey, whose work is compiled in the upcoming book Pictures on the Radio (powerHouse Books, 2021). Gilkey helped bring vivid life to big and small stories with global impact, chronicling pain and beauty in war and conflict. He was killed by the Taliban while on assignment in 2016.

At this virtual event, NPR's Renee Montagne, who traveled extensively with Gilkey, will interview Quil Lawrence and Chip Somodevilla, who edited Pictures on the Radio. All three will share memories and reflect on Gilkey’s photographs and his drive to document the ground truth of America’s wars. They’ll also take questions from audience members like you.

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support NPR’s virtual events. You can support P&P by purchasing a book from their website. We’re grateful for your support, now and always.

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P&P Live! Janice Nimura and Anna North— The Doctors Blackwell and Outlawed - with Sarah Kliff

Wednesday, January 27, 6:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393635546
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 19th, 2021

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ISBN: 9781635575422
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 5th, 2021

In The Doctors Blackwell, Elizabeth Blackwell believed from an early age that she was destined for a mission beyond the scope of "ordinary" womanhood. Though the world at first recoiled at the notion of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity ultimately won her the acceptance of the male medical establishment. In 1849, she became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the more brilliant physician.

Janice P. Nimura is the winner of a 2017 Public Scholar award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the author of Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in New York City.

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Featuring an irresistibly no-nonsense, courageous, and determined heroine, Outlawed dusts off the myth of the old West and reignites the glimmering promise of the frontier with an entirely new set of feminist stakes. Anna North has crafted a pulse-racing, page-turning saga about the search for hope in the wake of death, and for truth in a climate of small-mindedness and fear.

Anna North is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of two previous novels, America Pacifica and The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, which received a Lambda Literary Award in 2016. She has been a writer and editor at Jezebel, BuzzFeed, Salon, and the New York Times, and she is now a senior reporter at Vox. She grew up in Los Angeles and lives in Brooklyn.

Sarah Kliff is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. Her reporting focuses on the American health care system

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P&P Live! Ethan Kross — CHATTER - with Angela Duckworth

Wednesday, January 27, 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525575238
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Published: Crown - January 26th, 2021

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Tell a stranger that you talk to yourself, and you’re likely to get written off as eccentric. But the truth is that we all have a voice in our head. When we talk to ourselves, we often hope to tap into our inner coach, but find our inner critic instead.

In Chatter, acclaimed psychologist Ethan Kross explores the silent conversations we have with ourselves. Interweaving groundbreaking behavioral and brain research from his own lab with real-world case studies—from a pitcher who forgets how to pitch, to a Harvard undergrad negotiating her double life as a spy—Kross explains how these conversations shape our lives, work, and relationships.

Kross will be in conversation with Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. She is also a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and in 2013 was named a MacArthur Fellow.

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P&P Live!: Michelle Duster — Ida B. the Queen - with Rebecca Carroll

Thursday, January 28, 6:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781982129811
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - January 26th, 2021

Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize.

Ida B. the Queen tells the awe-inspiring story of an inspirational woman who was often overlooked and underestimated—a woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who cofounded the NAACP.

Michelle Duster is a writer, speaker, professor, and champion of racial and gender equity. In the last dozen years, she has written, edited, or contributed to eleven books. She cowrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream; coedited Shifts and Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls; and edited two books that include the writings of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells.

Duster will be in conversation with Rebecca Carroll, host of the podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll, and a cultural critic at WNYC where she also develops and produces a broad array of multi-platform content, and hosts live event series in The Greene Space. Her book, Surviving the White Gaze, will be published in February.

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P&P Live! J. Elle-Wings of Ebony—with Nicola Yoon

Thursday, January 28, 7:00 pm
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By J. Elle
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534470675
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Published: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books f - January 26th, 2021

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780553496710
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Published: Ember - March 5th, 2019

A murder. A beloved sister left behind. These tragedies change Rue’s life forever and she is forced to face a father she never knew, a magical homeland she didn’t know existed, and the truth about her own growing power. As much as she is a warrior—fearless, resilient and strong—she is also vulnerable and caring in an unforgiving world. This debut novel weaves contemporary elements of inner-city life and racism into a bold, breathtaking fantasy about Black girl magic and redemption. Written by debut author, J. Elle, Wings of Ebony marks the first YA book in an exciting new imprint, Millner Books, focusing on titles by African American authors and illustrators.

J.Elle is an author and advocate for marginalized voices in both publishing and her community. Born in Houston, Texas, Jess is a first-generation college student with a Bachelor of Journalism and Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Human Development. Her passion for empowering youth dates back before writing to her first career in education. She’s worked as a Preschool Director, Middle School Teacher, and High School Creative Writing Mentor. In her spare time, you’ll find her volunteering at an alternative school, providing feedback for aspiring writers, loving on her three littles, or cooking up some dish true to her Texas and Louisiana roots.

Nicola Yoon is the bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star. She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. Both her novels have been made into major motion pictures. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist David Yoon, and their daughter.

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P&P Live! Amanda Frost — You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers - with David Plotz

Thursday, January 28, 8:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780807051429
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Published: Beacon Press - January 26th, 2021

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Over the last two centuries, the US government has revoked citizenship to cast out its unwanted, suppress dissent, and deny civil rights to all considered un-American--whether due to their race, ethnicity, marriage partner, or beliefs. Drawing on the narratives of those who have struggled to be treated as full members of We the People, law professor Amanda Frost exposes a hidden history of discrimination and xenophobia that continues to this day.

The Supreme Court's rejection of Black citizenship in Dred Scott was among the first and most notorious examples of citizenship stripping, but the phenomenon did not end there. Women who married noncitizens, persecuted racial groups, labor leaders, and political activists were all denied their citizenship, and sometimes deported, by a government that wanted to redefine the meaning of American. Today, US citizens living near the southern border are regularly denied passports, thousands are detained and deported by mistake, and the Trump administration is investigating the citizenship of 700,000 naturalized citizens. Even elected leaders such as Barack Obama and Kamala Harris are not immune from false claims that they are not citizens eligible to hold office.

You Are Not American grapples with what it means to be American and the issues surrounding membership, identity, belonging, and exclusion that still occupy and divide the nation in the twenty-first century.

Amanda Frost is a professor of law at American University, and she writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional, immigration, and citizenship law. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals, as well as The Atlantic, the New York Times, The American Prospect, the Washington Post, and Slate.

David Plotz is Editor at Large at Business Insider, where he writes the Insider Today newsletter with Henry Blodget. He also hosts the Slate Political Gabfest, the popular weekly podcast. He is the author of two books, The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and the bestseller Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible.

 

 

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P&P Live! Witches & Witch-Hunting in the Modern World

Friday, January 29, 7:00 pm
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$14.00
ISBN: 9781629635682
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Published: PM Press - October 1st, 2018

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By Ian Brennan, Tunde Adebimpe (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781629637037
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Published: PM Press - September 16th, 2019

This intriguing conversation will center around Witch Camp (Ghana), a new music record featuring women throughout northern Ghana who have been accused of witchcraft and banished to “witch camps.” The discussion includes how the phenomenon of witch-hunting persists globally in the modern day, largely driven by forces of capitalism.

Panelists include:

Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and activist. In 1972, she cofounded the International Feminist Collective that launched the Wages for Housework campaign. Her books include Witches, Witch-Hunting, and WomenCaliban and the Witch; and most recently, Beyond the Periphery of the Skin, which explores the question: What does “the body” mean, today, as a category of social or political action?

Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer and the author of four books. He has worked with the likes of John Waters, Merle Haggard, and Green Day, among others. His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and on an Emmy-winning 60 Minutes segment. His latest book, Silenced by Sound, delves into his personal story to address the inequity of distribution in the arts.

Marilena Umuhoza Delli is a photographer, author, and filmmaker whose work has been published around the world by the BBC, CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, VICE, Libération, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, The New York Times, among others. She produced all of the photos and video for twenty-six albums by international artists in the past decade, and her newest book is Negretta: Baci Razzisti.

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P&P Live! Peter Sís-Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued—with Simon Boughton

Sunday, January 31, 5:00 pm
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$19.95
ISBN: 9781324015741
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Published: Norton Young Readers - January 26th, 2021

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By Peter Sís, Peter Sís (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780374347017
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - August 21st, 2007

So much of life is built around chance encounters and circumstance. It was an unplanned visit to the National Museum in Prague in 2009 that led author and illustrator Peter Sís to learn about a reluctant hero from WW II who saved 669 Czech children (mostly Jewish) from almost certain death in 1939. Nicholas Winton’s story went unacknowledged for 50 years until he was honored on a BBC show by the grown children he saved. Through Sís’s magnificently detailed and emotional craft, we see the unfolding story of Vera Gissing, one of the children Winton saved. The book’s rich backmatter presents additional information about the humble yet clever man who faced a horrible situation and set about changing it any way he could.

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author and filmmaker. Peter is a seven-time winner of The New York Times Book Reviews Best Illustrated Book of the Year, a three-time Caldecott Honor winner, a two-time Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honoree, and has won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal twice. In addition, he is the first children’s book illustrator to win the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. For his "lasting contribution" as a children's illustrator, he received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2012. His books include Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Tibet: Through the Red Box, and The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. He lives with his family in New York State.

Simon Boughton joined W.W. Norton & Company in 2018 to develop a new children’s and young adult publishing program, Norton Young Readers. While working as publishing director of Alfred A. Knopf and Crown books for Young Readers, he published Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. In 2000, he started Roaring Brook Press, where his list included the Caldecott Medal winners My Friend Rabbit and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, as well as books by Lane Smith, Marcus Sedgwick, Steve Sheinkin, and others.

A family event with children ages 5+

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P&P Live! Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala — Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons

Monday, February 1, 6:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780262045742
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Published: The MIT Press - February 2nd, 2021

A powerful call to action for achieving equality in leadership.

Women make up fewer than ten per cent of national leaders worldwide, and behind this eye-opening statistic lies a pattern of unequal access to power. Through conversations with some of the world's most powerful and interesting women--including Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Michelle Bachelet, and Theresa May—Women and Leadership explores gender bias and asks why there aren't more women in leadership roles.

Julia Gillard was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 2010 to 2013.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was Nigeria's Minister of Finance from 2003 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2015, and Foreign Minister in 2006. She was Managing Director of the World Bank from 2007 to 2011, overseeing South Asia, Europe, Central Asia, and Africa. She is the author of Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons from Nigeria.

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P&P Live! Alan Gratz—Ground Zero

Tuesday, February 2, 2:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781338245752
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

Allies Cover Image
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Grenade Cover Image
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

A gripping story unfolds in two timelines in the latest novel from a bestselling author. On September 11, 2001, nine-year-old Brandon goes to work with his dad at the World Trade Center in New York City. When two planes hit the towers, they must try to escape a fiery nightmare as terror and confusion whirl around them. In present-day Afghanistan, eleven-year-old Reshmina dreams of a peaceful world she’s never known. When she ends up harboring a wounded young American soldier, she and her family are put in mortal danger. But Reshmina also learns something surprising about the roots of this endless war. With his trademark skill, Alan Gratz delivers an action-packed and insightful story of two kids whose lives connect in unexpected ways, and reminds us how the past and present are always more linked than we think.

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels for young readers, including Refugee, Allies, Grenade, Prisoner B-3087, Projekt 1065, and Ban This Book. His book tours have taken him to countries all over the world, including Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, China, Japan, and Switzerland. He has been a Writer in Residence at Tokyo’s American School in Japan, the James Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio, and the Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee he lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

Ages 9-12

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P&P Live! Kristin Hannah — THE FOUR WINDS - with Jess Walter

Tuesday, February 2, 6:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9781250178602
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 2nd, 2021

The first 200 ticket purchasers will receive a signed book with their order (while supplies last).

Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

Hannah will be in conversation with Jess Walter, author of nine books, most recently the national bestseller The Cold Millions and #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Ruins. His work has been published in 32 languages and his short fiction has appeared three times in Best American Short Stories.

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P&P Live! Alan Gratz — Ground Zero - with Lauren Tarshis

Tuesday, February 2, 7:00 pm
Ground Zero Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245752
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

Allies Cover Image
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Grenade Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245691
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 9th, 2018

Refugee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

I Survived the Attacks of September 11th, 2001 (I Survived #6) Cover Image
By Lauren Tarshis, Scott Dawson (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545207003
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 1st, 2012

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 (I Survived Graphic Novel #3): A Graphix Book (I Survived Graphic Novels #3) Cover Image
By Lauren Tarshis, Álvaro Sarraseca (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338666373
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Published: Graphix - February 2nd, 2021

A gripping story unfolds in two timelines in the latest novel from a bestselling author. On September 11, 2001, nine-year-old Brandon goes to work with his dad at the World Trade Center in New York City. When two planes hit the towers, they must try to escape a fiery nightmare as terror and confusion whirl around them. In present-day Afghanistan, eleven-year-old Reshmina dreams of a peaceful world she’s never known. When she ends up harboring a wounded young American soldier, she and her family are put in mortal danger. But Reshmina also learns something surprising about the roots of this endless war. With his trademark skill, Alan Gratz delivers an action-packed and insightful story of two kids whose lives connect in unexpected ways, and reminds us how the past and present are always more linked than we think. 

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels for young readers, including RefugeeAlliesGrenadePrisoner B-3087Projekt 1065, and Ban This Book. His book tours have taken him to countries all over the world, including Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, China, Japan, and Switzerland. He has been a Writer in Residence at Tokyo’s American School in Japan, the James Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio, and the Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee he lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and daughter. 

Lauren Tarshis is the bestselling author of the I Survived series. She also writes for Scholastic’s Storyworks, a literary magazine for students in grades 3-6. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and four children, surrounded by extended family. She loves hiking, baking cookies, and spending time with friends and family (she met her two best friends when she was eleven years old). 

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P&P Live! Chad Sanders — Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph - with Nicole M. Cooper, Abdul Harris, and Andre McCain

Tuesday, February 2, 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781982104221
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 2nd, 2021

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In Black Magic, Chad tells his own incredible story while also interviewing other Black leaders, scientists, artists, business people, parents, innovators, and champions, to get their take on Black magic. This revelatory book uncovers Black experiences in predominantly white environments while demonstrating the importance of staying true to yourself.

Chad Sanders is a writer, director, actor, and musician based in New York City. Previously, Chad worked at Google and YouTube and as a tech entrepreneur. Chad’s op-ed pieces have appeared in The New York Times, SLAM magazine, and Teen Vogue. Chad is a graduate of Morehouse College. He was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Dr. Nicole M. Cooper currently serves as Head of Healthcare Policy at Lyft. In this role, she develops and manages Lyft's national healthcare policy agenda while expanding Lyft's presence in the healthcare sector. Since 2016, Lyft has worked with healthcare organizations across the country to help communities in need — including low-income individuals, the elderly, and people with disabilities — travel to health services, such as dialysis treatment, chemotherapy, and prenatal care.

Abdul Harris: Dulo's work in the acting and comedy arena has captured and compiled a growing social media following trekking in on close to 2 Million supporters across all platforms. Well known for his role as "Tunde" in the viral web series, " African Booty Scratcher" with close to 10 Million streams, Dulo has also made a strong presence on the comedy stage. Hosting events worldwide, including The Hollywood African Prestigious Awards housed at the Alex Theater, alongside Actress Kim Whitley from Next Friday, performing at the Comedy Store for Crack Um Up Thursday as well as The Hollywood Improv. Dulo was also a reoccuring personality on the Wildin' Out segment of The Roland Martin News Show on TV ONE shot in NBC Studios in D.C. Dulo is currently working as an exclusive creator with PRO FOOTBALL NETWORK, (ProFootball.com) the Hub for exclusive NFL, NCAA, CFL Highlights, News and Updates.

Andre McCain is a native of Washington, DC and the founder of HalfSmoke, a modern-day gourmet sausage restaurant in the vibrant Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. After working for three of the nation’s top real estate and investment firms, McCain was fueled by his belief that the restaurant business gives one the opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of people every single day.

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P&P Live! Roy Richard Grinker — NOBODY'S NORMAL - with Kay Redfield Jamison

Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780393531640
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 26th, 2021

This event is presented in partnership with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

For centuries, scientists and society cast moral judgments on anyone deemed mentally ill, confining many to asylums. In Nobody’s Normal, anthropologist Roy Richard Grinker chronicles the progress and setbacks in the struggle against mental-illness stigma—from the eighteenth century, through America’s major wars, and into today’s high-tech economy.

Grinker infuses the book with the personal history of his family’s four generations of involvement in psychiatry, including his grandfather’s analysis with Sigmund Freud, his own daughter’s experience with autism, and culminating in his research on neurodiversity. Drawing on cutting-edge science, historical archives, and cross-cultural research in Africa and Asia, Grinker takes readers on an international journey to discover the origins of, and variances in, our cultural response to neurodiversity.

Grinker will be in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison, the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is the author of the national best sellers An Unquiet MindNight Falls Fast, and Touched with Fire, and is the coauthor of the standard medical text on bipolar disorder, Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression.

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P&P Live! Jeanne Theoharis—The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Thursday, February 4, 12:00 pm
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By Jeanne Theoharis, Brandy Colbert (Adapted by), Jeanne Theoharis (Adapted by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780807067574
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Published: Beacon Press - February 2nd, 2021

Rosa Parks is one of the most well-known Americans today, but much of what is known and taught about her is incomplete, distorted, and just plain wrong. Adapted from the original by Jeanne Theoharis and YA author Brandy Colbert, this young readers’ edition of the NAACP Image Award-winning The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks shatters the myths that Parks was meek, accidental, tired, or middle class. She reveals a lifelong freedom fighter whose activism began two decades before her historic stand that sparked the Montgomery bus boycott and continued for 40 years after. The book follows Parks to Detroit, where she spent the second half of her life, and reveals her activism alongside a growing Black Power movement and beyond. On Rosa Parks’ birthday, join Jeanne Theoharis for a timeless discussion of America’s most legendary and misunderstood activists.

Jeanne Theoharis is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College. She is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education, social welfare, and civil rights in post-9/11 America. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, The Nation, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, the Intercept, the Boston Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her books have received numerous awards, including the 2014 2014 NAACP Image Award, the Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians, and the 2018 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for Nonfiction.

Ages 12 and up

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P&P Live! Adam Grant — Think Again: The Power of Knowing What - in conversation with Angela Duckworth

Thursday, February 4, 6:00 pm
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984878106
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Published: Viking - February 2nd, 2021

The bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know reveals that we don't have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. It's an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.

ADAM GRANT is an organizational psychologist at Wharton, where he has been the top-rated professor for seven straight years. He is one of TED's most popular speakers, his books have sold millions of copies, his talks have been viewed more than 25 million times, and his podcast WorkLife with Adam Grant has topped the charts. His pioneering research has inspired people to rethink fundamental assumptions about motivation, generosity, and creativity.

Grant will be in conversation with Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. She is also a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and in 2013 was named a MacArthur Fellow. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is her first book and an instant New York Times bestseller.

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P&P Live! Breaking Bread With Kwame Alexander, Veronica Chambers, & Marie Arnold-Becoming Muhammad Ali, Finish the Fight, & The Year I Flew Away

Thursday, February 4, 7:00 pm
Becoming Muhammad Ali Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316498166
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Published: jimmy patterson - October 5th, 2020

Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358408307
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Published: Versify - August 18th, 2020

The Year I Flew Away Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358272755
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Published: Versify - February 2nd, 2021

Join Kwame Alexander and fellow authors, Veronica Chambers and Marie Arnold, for an evening of joyous conversation about books, favorite recipes, and audience questions.

Perseverance is a commonality that weaves the stories of these three authors together. Kwame Alexander’s book, Becoming Muhammed Ali explores the world-famous pugilist when he was still known as Cassius Clay. As a child, Ali struggled with school and ever-present racism in his Kentucky hometown. But he never gave up his dreams of being a boxer. Veronica Chambers collected the stories of overlooked suffragists in Finish the Fight, including Mary Eliza Church Terrell, who co-founded the National Association of Colored Women, and Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, who led one the biggest suffrage parades in New York City. Marie Arnold’s contemporary and personal The Year I Flew Away, interlaces her own immigration story with fantasy and humor. It asks how one finds footing in a country made up of immigrants yet so hostile to people trying to start a new life here.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including The Undefeated; Swing; and Rebound, the follow-up to the Newbery medal-winning novel, The Crossover. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. Kwame is the co-founder of L.E.A.P., an international literacy empowerment organization and the founder of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt which publishes books that will engage, entertain, and empower young people to imagine a better world.

Veronica Chambers is the senior editor of special project Past Tense, an Archival Storytelling project, at the New York Times. She recently created the anthology The Meaning of Michelle, a collection by 16 writers celebrating the former first lady, and edited the upcoming Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. She is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir, Mama's Girl. Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, she writes often about her Afro-Latina heritage. She speaks, reads, and writes Spanish, but she is truly fluent in Spanglish.

Marie Arnold was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and came to America at the age of seven. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York alongside her extended family. Marie enjoys creating stories full of adventure, and wonder, which center on girls of color. When she’s not writing, she’s adding to her insanely long Netflix queue and trying not to order pizza. The Year I Flew Away is her debut middle grade novel. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Ages 8 and up

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P&P Live!: Abigail Dean — Girl A: A Novel - in conversation with Jeffery Deaver

Friday, February 5, 5:00 pm
Girl A: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593295847
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Published: Viking - February 2nd, 2021

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Join Abigail Dean as she discusses her thriller, GIRL A, with Jeffery Deaver on P&P Live!

For readers of Room and Sharp Objects, a propulsive and psychologically immersive novel about a young girl who escapes captivity–but not the secrets that shadow the rest of her life.

Abigail Dean works as a lawyer for Google, and before that was a bookseller. She lives in London, and is working on her second novel.

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling and award-winning author of more than forty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. His next Colter Shaw novel, The Final Twist, will be published with Putnam  with Putnam on May 11, 2021.

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P&P Live! Annalee Newitz — Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age - with Arielle Duhaime-Ross

Friday, February 5, 7:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393652666
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 2nd, 2021

In Four Lost Cities, acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz takes readers on an entertaining and mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy’s southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today.

Annalee Newitz, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, is a founder of io9 and former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. They are the author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember and the novels Autonomous and The Future of Another Timeline. They live in San Francisco.

Arielle Duhaime-Ross is a Correspondent and the host of VICE News Reports, a new podcast by VICE News that goes where you can’t and brings you to the news, so you can hear it for yourself. She was previously the host of Reset, a podcast about technology, science, design and power, from the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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P&P Live! Paula Shoyer — The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Nourish Body and Sou

Sunday, February 7, 3:00 pm
The Instant Pot(r) Kosher Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781454937531
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Published: Sterling Publishing (NY) - February 2nd, 2021

Jewish food and the Instant Pot® are a natural fit. So many traditional Jewish dishes are soups and stews--prepared before Friday night and kept warm throughout Shabbat, when observant Jews aren't allowed to cook--and that's the sweet spot of the Instant Pot®. For decades, Jewish families have relied on slow cookers to achieve the soft, flavor-filled stews of their ancestors, but they lamented the time required. Now, the Instant Pot® allows for vastly shorter cooking times without compromising flavor or texture. The Instant Pot ® Kosher Cookbook includes timeless Jewish favorites tailored to this modern appliance: stuffed cabbage, Israeli cooked salads, corned beef, brisket, cholent, Yemenite and Persian beef and lamb stews, chicken soup, beet soup, kasha varnishkes, tzimmis, even apple cake. There are weeknight meals as well as recipes for Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, and Passover, along with kosher versions of international classics such as lasagna, sesame noodles, arroz con pollo, Asian noodle soups, and risotto--all expertly and deliciously adapted to the Instant Pot®.

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P&P Live! Tyler Stovall | WHITE FREEDOM with James Grossman

Monday, February 8, 6:00 pm
White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691179469
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Published: Princeton University Press - January 19th, 2021

The era of the Enlightenment, which gave rise to our modern conceptions of freedom and democracy, was also the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. America, a nation founded on the principle of liberty, is also a nation built on African slavery, Native American genocide, and systematic racial discrimination. White Freedom traces the complex relationship between freedom and race from the eighteenth century to today, revealing how being free has meant being white.

Tyler Stovall explores the intertwined histories of racism and freedom in France and the United States, the two leading nations that have claimed liberty as the heart of their national identities. He explores how French and American thinkers defined freedom in racial terms and conceived of liberty as an aspect and privilege of whiteness. He discusses how the Statue of Liberty--a gift from France to the United States and perhaps the most famous symbol of freedom on Earth--promised both freedom and whiteness to European immigrants. Taking readers from the Age of Revolution to today, Stovall challenges the notion that racism is somehow a paradox or contradiction within the democratic tradition, demonstrating how white identity is intrinsic to Western ideas about liberty. Throughout the history of modern Western liberal democracy, freedom has long been white freedom.

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P&P Live!: Rebecca Carroll — SURVIVING THE WHITE GAZE - in conversation with Nicole Chung

Tuesday, February 9, 6:00 pm
Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982116255
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 2nd, 2021

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Rebecca Carroll discusses her memoir, SURVIVING THE WHITE GAZE, with author Nicole Chung. 

In Surviving the White Gaze, Rebecca Carroll grew up the only black person in her rural New Hampshire town. Adopted at birth by artistic parents who believed in peace, love, and zero population growth, her early childhood was loving and idyllic—and yet she couldn’t articulate the deep sense of isolation she increasingly felt as she grew older.

Everything changed when she met her birth mother, a young white woman, who consistently undermined Carroll’s sense of her blackness and self-esteem. Carroll’s childhood became harrowing, and her memoir explores the tension between the aching desire for her birth mother’s acceptance, the loyalty she feels toward her adoptive parents, and the search for her racial identity. As an adult, Carroll forged a path from city to city, struggling along the way with difficult boyfriends, depression, eating disorders, and excessive drinking. Ultimately, through the support of her chosen black family, she was able to heal.

Rebecca Carroll is host of the podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll, and a cultural critic at WNYC. She is the author of several interview-based books about race and blackness in America, including the award-winning Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America.

She'll be in conversation with Nicole Chung, is the author of the nationally bestselling memoir All You Can Ever Know. All You Can Ever Know was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a semifinalist for the PEN Open Book Award, an Indies Choice Honor Book, and an official Junior Library Guild Selection.

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KINK Author Panel with Kwon, Greenwell, Machado, and Chee

Tuesday, February 9, 6:00 pm
Kink: Stories Cover Image
By R.O. Kwon (Editor), Garth Greenwell (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982110215
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 9th, 2021

Politics and Prose is excited to present this all-star author event in partnership with our friends at Books & Books.

Kink is a groundbreaking anthology of literary short fiction exploring love and desire, BDSM, and interests across the sexual spectrum featuring a roster of all-star contributors.

The stories within explore bondage, power-play, and submissive-dominant relationships; we are taken to private estates, therapists’ offices, underground sex clubs, and even a sex theater in early-20th century Paris. While there are whips and chains, sure, the true power of these stories lies in their beautiful, moving dispatches from across the sexual spectrum of interest and desires, as portrayed by some of today’s most exciting writers.

Panelists include:

R.O. Kwon is the author of the nationally bestselling first novel, The Incendiaries. Named a best book of the year by over forty publications, it was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award for Best First Book, and Los Angeles Times First Book Prize. Kwon’s writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe GuardianThe Paris Review, NPR, and elsewhere. She is a National Endowment for the Arts fellow.

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards. A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries. His second book of fiction, Cleanness, was published in 2020. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and The New York Times Book Review, among others. He is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow.

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House and the award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. The New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." She is the Abrams Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared recently in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, and the LA Times, among others, and he contributed to both the 2016 and 2019 Best American Essays. He teaches creative writing at Dartmouth College.

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas — UNFINISHED - with Lilly Singh

Tuesday, February 9, 8:00 pm
Unfinished: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984819215
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 9th, 2021

Politics and Prose, in partnership with Harvard Bookstore and Books & Books, presents a discussion with Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Lilly Singh.

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“I have always felt that life is a solitary journey, that we are each on a train, riding through our hours, our days, our years. We get on alone, we leave alone, and the decisions we make as we travel on the train are our responsibility alone...”

A remarkable life story rooted in two different worlds, Unfinished offers insights into Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s childhood in India; her formative teenage years in the United States; and her return to India, where against all odds as a newcomer to the pageant world, she won the national and international beauty competitions that launched her global acting career. Whether reflecting on her nomadic early years or the challenges she has faced as she has doggedly pursued her calling, Priyanka shares her challenges and triumphs with warmth and honesty. The result is a book that is philosophical, sassy, inspiring, bold, and rebellious. Just like the author herself.

She will be in conversation with Lilly Singh, a multi-faceted entertainer, actress, producer, writer, and creator. She is the host of A Little Late with Lilly Singh, her NBC late-night talk show, which will begin its second season in January 2021. She is also an executive producer as part of her company, Unicorn Island Productions.

Signed books are available while supplies last. Ticket-holders will have the opportunity to submit their questions for the speakers at checkout. This event will be pre-recorded and live-streamed to a password-protected YouTube page.

 

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P&P Live! and DC Public Library Present Katie McCabe and Raissa Figueroa-Mighty Justice & We Wait for the Sun—with Charlene Pritchett-Stevenson

Wednesday, February 10, 4:00 pm
Mighty Justice (Young Readers' Edition): The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250229007
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - December 15th, 2020

We Wait for the Sun Cover Image
By Katie McCabe, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250229021
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 9th, 2021

Politics and Prose is pleased to present this event for children, teens, educators, and families in partnership with the DC Public Library and the DC Library Foundation. Please see details below about complimentary books offered to the first 50 registrants to request that option.

For those people not familiar with Dovey Johnson Roundtree’s name, you are invited to learn about a great woman who dedicated her life to service, justice, and lifting up the most oppressed among us. Raised in the Jim Crow South, Dovey Johnson Roundtree's early life was shaped by the strength of her grandmother. Dovey faced every challenge possible. Through sheer will and determination, she became a Civil Rights lawyer who was pivotal in dismantling racially segregated interstate bus travel in the early 1950s. She took clients that other lawyers ignored, saying of those she helped, “I make my clients my children. I can see stars when there is nothing but clay.” Never letting herself be beaten down by racism, Dovey Johnson Roundtree was a proud American who believed in the power of public service.

Two new books about Roundtree illuminate the events that shaped her life. We Wait for the Sun is a picture book about her powerful and loving connection with her grandmother. Evocative nighttime illustrations by Raissa Figueroa pull readers into the tale. The second book, Mighty Justice, is the Young Readers edition of her adult memoir, co-written by Roundtree and Katie McCabe and adapted by Jabari Asim. The book explores her childhood, service in WW II, groundbreaking work as a minister, and legacy as a courtroom criminal defense lawyer.

We are excited to announce that the first 50 attendees/families to join the event and select the "free event admission + free books" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of both We Wait for the Sun and Mighty Justice for their home library (one set per family). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their books up at the Connecticut Ave. location beginning February 8 (books can be transferred to one of our other locations upon request). These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation.

Katie McCabe is the co-author, with Dovey Johnson Roundtree, of Mighty Justice, a January 2020 Oprah selection and an Association of Black Women Historians’ Letitia Woods Brown Award recipient. McCabe’s National Magazine Award-winning Washingtonian article on black surgery pioneer Vivien Thomas formed the basis for the Emmy winning HBO film Something the Lord Made.

Raissa Figueroa is an artist and children’s book illustrator. Her artwork can be found in books such as Oona and Sophie and Little Star. She currently lives in San Diego, California and loves walking the beaches in search of tiny treasures.

Charlene Pritchett-Stevenson, Dovey Johnson Roundtree's goddaughter, will join Katie McCabe and Raissa Figueroa in conversation. Charlene, a native North Carolinian, is a printing service specialist at the US Government Publishing Office and was a longtime member of Allen Chapel AME Church, where Dovey Johnson Roundtree ministered.

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P&P Live! Rosa Brooks — Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City - with Paul Butler

Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 pm
Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525557852
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Published: Penguin Press - February 9th, 2021

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In her forties, with two children, a spouse, a dog, a mortgage, and a full-time job as a tenured law professor at Georgetown University, Rosa Brooks decided to become a sworn, armed reserve police officer with the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department. A liberal academic and journalist with an enduring interest in law's troubled relationship with violence, Brooks wanted the kind of insider experience that would help her understand how police officers make sense of their world--and whether that world can be changed.

In Tangled Up in Blue, Brooks recounts her experiences inside the usually closed world of policing. From street shootings and domestic violence calls to the behind-the-scenes police work during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential inauguration, Brooks presents a revelatory account of what it's like inside the blue wall of silence. She issues an urgent call for new laws and institutions, and argues that in a nation increasingly divided by race, class, ethnicity, geography, and ideology, a truly transformative approach to policing requires us to move beyond sound bites, slogans, and stereotypes. An explosive and groundbreaking investigation, Tangled Up in Blue complicates matters rather than simplifies them, and gives pause both to those who think police can do no wrong--and those who think they can do no right.

A former federal prosecutor, Paul Butler provides legal commentary for MSNBC and NPR and has been featured on 60 Minutes and profiled in the Washington Post. A law professor at Georgetown University, he is the author of Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, winner of the Harry Chapin Media Award, and Chokehold: Policing Black Men (both from The New Press). He has published numerous op-eds and book reviews, including in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times.

 

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P&P Live! Gabrielle Glaser — American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption - with Olga Khazan

Wednesday, February 10, 8:00 pm
American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224681
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Published: Viking - January 26th, 2021

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Claiming to be acting in the best interests of all, the adoption business was founded on secrecy and lies. American Baby lays out how a lucrative and exploitative industry removed children from their birth mothers and placed them with hopeful families, fabricating stories about infants' origins and destinations, then closing the door firmly between the parties forever. Adoption agencies and other organizations that purported to help pregnant women struck unethical deals with doctors and researchers for pseudoscientific "assessments," and shamed millions of young women into surrendering their children.

Gabrielle Glaser dramatically demonstrates the power of the expectations and institutions that Margaret faced. Margaret went on to marry and raise a large family with David's father, but she never stopped longing for and worrying about her firstborn. She didn't know he spent the first years of his life living just a few blocks away from her; as he grew, he wondered about where he came from and why he was given up. Their tale--one they share with millions of Americans--is one of loss, love, and the search for identity.

Gabrielle Glaser is a New York Times bestselling author and journalist whose work on mental health, medicine, and culture has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and many other publications. She has appeared on many national radio and television programs, including NPR's Fresh Air, All Things Considered, WNYC's On the Media, and The Brian Lehrer Show, NBC's Nightly News, and ABC's World NewsTonight.

Olga Khazan is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World.

 

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P&P Live! Carole Boston Weatherford-Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Thursday, February 11, 2:00 pm
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541581203
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 2nd, 2021

“Once upon a time...”. This well-used phrase invites many readers into fairy tales or adventure stories. But not this book. This book asks us to look deeply into the history of racial segregation, violence, and tragedy through the events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It is a little-known event that we cannot turn away from as we look into the faces of the Black men, women, and children that were profoundly affected by the hatred of a white mob one hundred years ago. With careful, yet powerful words by Carole Boston Weatherford and emotionally impactful illustrations by Floyd Cooper, this is a story that will stay with you.

Baltimore-born Carole Boston Weatherford is the best-selling author of numerous award-winning books including Freedom in Congo Square; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. She won a Coretta Scott King Author Honor for Becoming Billie Holiday, NAACP Image Awards for Moses and for Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, and the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. When she's not traveling or visiting museums, Carole Boston Weatherford is mining the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles. She lives and teachers in North Carolina.

Ages 9-12

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P&P Live! Robert Jones, Jr.— The Prophets - in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Thursday, February 11, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The Prophets Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593085684
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 5th, 2021

 

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With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from Isaiah and Samuel to the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries--of ancestors and future generations to come--culminates in a climactic reckoning,The Prophets, masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

Robert Jones, Jr., was born and raised in New York City. He received his BFA in creative writing with honors and MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Essence, OkayAfrica, The Feminist Wire, and The Grio. He is the creator of the social justice social media community Son of Baldwin. Jones was recently featured in T Magazine's cover story, "Black Male Writers of Our Time." The Prophets is his debut novel.

Jones will be in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin, is the author of We Cast a Shadow, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Open Book Award and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A recipient of an Iowa Review Award in fiction, he has been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, and Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas. A native of New Orleans, he is a graduate of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop and a member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance.

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P&P Live! Fabienne Marsh — JULIETTE, RISING - with Jeff Greenfield

Thursday, February 11, 7:00 pm
Juliette, Rising Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781952447525
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Windtree Press - November 21st, 2020

Marsh's latest novel, Juliette, Rising, follows a New Yorker transplanted to Portland for a teaching job as she journeys through single parenthood, orphanhood, widowhood, new love, neurotic parents, beloved students, and a life-altering bereavement group. Along the way, Juliette blends her acerbic wit with an admirable willingness to sit in her sadness and we gain entrance to what the other side of grief looks like.

Additionally, the second edition of Single, White Cave Man, originally published in 2002, is the story of Jim Rosso, a 38-year-old suburban divorcé, who finds himself alone, uncoupled, and dating for the first time since college.

Fabienne Marsh is the author of four novels and numerous works of non-fiction. Her film credits have appeared on dozens of documentary films and she has taught writing at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Minnesota.

Marsh will be in conversation with Jeff Greenfield, an award-winning television journalist and author focusing on politics, media, and culture. He has served as a senior political correspondent for CBS, a senior analyst for CNN, and a political and media analyst for ABC News.

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P&P Live!: Betina González — American Delirium - in conversation with translator Heather Cleary

Monday, February 15, 8:00 pm
American Delirium: A Novel Cover Image
By Betina González, Heather Cleary (Translated by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250621283
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 16th, 2021

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Join Betina González as she discusses her English-language debut novel, AMERICAN DELIRIUM, with translator Heather Cleary on P&P Live! 

From award-winning novelist Argentine Betina González comes a dizzying, luminous English-language debut about an American town overrun by a mysterious hallucinogen and the collision of three unexpected characters through the mayhem.

Betina González is the bestselling author of several novels and short story collections, for which she has won several awards, including the prestigious Premio Tusquets. She earned her MFA in bilingual creative writing at the University of Texas at El Paso and her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Buenos Aires and teaches at the University of Buenos Aires and New York University Buenos Aires.

Heather Cleary translated César Rendueles’s Sociophobia and Sergio Chejfec’s The Planets and The Dark, among other novels and poetry collections. Her translations have been finalists for the National Translation Award and the Best Translated Book Award, and she holds a PhD in Latin American and Iberian cultures from Columbia University. She lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

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P&P Live! Patricia Lockwood — NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS - with Jia Tolentino

Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 pm
No One Is Talking About This: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593189580
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

In No One Is Talking About This, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms "the portal," where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats--from climate change and economic precariousness to the rise of an unnamed dictator and an epidemic of loneliness--begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal's void. An avalanche of images, details, and references accumulate to form a landscape that is post-sense, post-irony, post-everything. "Are we in hell?" the people of the portal ask themselves. "Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?"

Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: "Something has gone wrong," and "How soon can you get here?" As real life and its stakes collide with the increasingly absurd antics of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy, and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.

Lockwood will be in conversation with Jia Tolentino, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the bestselling essay collection, Trick Mirror.

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P&P Live!: Lily Poetry Review Books Panel - with Chloe Yelena Miller, Laura Van Prooyen & Jeff Oaks

Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 pm
Viable Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781734786927
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Published: Lily Poetry Review - February 14th, 2021

Frances of the Wider Fields Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781734786965
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Published: Lily Poetry Review - March 1st, 2021

Little What Cover Image
By Jeff Oaks, Eileen Cleary (Editor), McCollough Martha (Designed by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781733768337
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lily Poetry Review - September 16th, 2019

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Join Chloe Yelena Miller, Laura Van Prooyen & Jeff Oaks as they celebrate their recent releases from Lily Poetry Review Books on P&P Live!

Chloe Yelena Miller is a writer and teacher living in Washington, D.C., with her partner and their child. She is the author of Viable (forthcoming from Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021) and Unrest (Finishing Line Press, 2013). She is a recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (2020.) Chloe teaches writing at the University of Maryland Global Campus and Politics & Prose Bookstore, as well as privately. Chloe has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Smith College.

Laura Van Prooyen is author of three collections of poetry: Frances of the Wider Field (forthcoming from Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021) Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press) nominated by Philip Levine and winner of the McGovern Prize and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press). She is also co-author with Gretchen Bernabei of Text Structures from Poetry, a book of writing lessons for educators of grades 4-12 (Corwin Literacy). Van Prooyen teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Miami University, and she lives in San Antonio, TX.

Jeff Oaks' debut book of poetry, Little What, was published by Lily Poetry Review Books in September 2019. A recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, Oaks has published poems in a number of literary magazines, most recently in Best New Poets, Field, Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Superstition Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. His prose has appeared in At Length, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Kenyon Review Online, and Water~Stone Review. Both his poems and prose have appeared in the anthologies Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, and My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them. He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

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P&P Live! Zak Salih — Let's Get Back to the Party

Wednesday, February 17, 8:00 pm
Let's Get Back to the Party Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781616209575
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 16th, 2021

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In Let's Get Back to the Party, while Oscar and Sebastian struggle to find their place in a rapidly changing world, each is drawn into a cross-generational friendship that treads the line between envy and obsession: Sebastian with one of his students and Oscar with an older icon of the AIDS era. And as they collide again and again, both men must come reckon not just with one another, but with themselves.

Rich with sharply drawn characters and contemporary detail, provocative, and emotionally profound, Let’s Get Back to the Party is sure to appeal to readers of Garth Greenwell, Alan Hollinghurst, Claire Messud, and Rebecca Makkai.

Zak Salih lives in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, the Chattahoochee Review, the Millions, the Rumpus, and other publications. This is his first novel.

 

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P&P Live!: Marc Lamont Hill and Mitchell Plitnick — Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics

Friday, February 19, 6:00 pm
Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781620975923
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Published: New Press - February 16th, 2021

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A bold call for the American Left to extend their politics to the issues of Israel-Palestine, from a New York Times bestselling author and experts on U.S. policy in the region.

Hill and Plitnick provide a timely and essential intervention by examining multiple dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conversation, including Israel's growing disdain for democracy, the effects of occupation on Palestine, the siege of Gaza, diminishing American funding for Palestinian relief, and the campaign to stigmatize any critique of Israeli occupation. Except for Palestine is a searing polemic and a cri de coeur for elected officials, activists, and everyday citizens alike to align their beliefs and politics with their values.

MARC LAMONT HILL is an award-winning journalist and the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. He is the author of multiple books, including the New York Times bestselling Nobody, and co-author (with Mitchell Plitnick) of Except for Palestine (The New Press). His newest book, We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, and Possibility is a timely intervention into the popular movement for police abolition. He’s featured speaking for The Root here.

MITCHELL PLITNICK, the president of ReThinking Foreign Policy, is a political analyst and a frequent writer on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. His past roles include vice president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, director of the U.S. Office of B’Tselem, and co-director of Jewish Voice for Peace.

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P&P Live! Danielle Joseph-I Want to Ride the Tap Tap

Tuesday, February 23, 10:00 am
I Want to Ride the Tap Tap Cover Image
By Danielle Joseph, Olivier Ganthier (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374312145
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - December 29th, 2020

During daily walks to the bus stop, Claude eagerly asks to join his father and their neighbors on the colorful island taxi, known as the tap tap. Manman gently reminds him that it is a school day and riding on the tap tap has to wait. A surprise trip to the beach on Sunday finally allows Claude to join the passengers he sees during the week and learn how to fish, paint and play the drums from them. Vibrant scenes of island life lighten up each page along with Haitian Creole vocabulary to introduce children to greetings and days of the week.

Danielle Joseph is the author of the young adult novels Shrinking Violet, Indigo Blues, and Pure Red. When she's not writing, you can find Danielle relaxing with her family, traveling, or chasing after her dog, Ringo. Danielle was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and currently lives in Maryland with her husband, who is from Haiti, and their three kids.

Ages 4-8

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P&P Live! Sonia Faleiro — THE GOOD GIRLS - with Megha Majumdar

Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 pm
The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802158208
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Published: Grove Press - February 9th, 2021

The girls' names were Padma and Lalli, but they were so inseparable that people in the village called them "Padma Lalli". They grew up in Katra Sadatganj, an eye-blink of a village in western Uttar Pradesh crammed into less than one square mile of land. It was out in the fields, in the middle of mango season, that the rumors started.

Then one night in the summer of 2014, the girls went missing; hours later they were found hanging in the orchard. Who they were, and what had happened to them, was already less important than what their disappearance meant to the people left behind.

In the ensuing months, the investigation into their deaths would implode everything that their small community held to be true, and instigate a national conversation about sex and violence. Slipping deftly behind political maneuvering, caste systems and codes of honor in a village in northern India, The Good Girls returns to the scene of Padma and Lalli's short lives and shameful deaths, and dares to ask: what is the human cost of shame?

Faleiro will be in conversation with Megha Majumdar, author of the New York Times Notable Book, A Burning, which was also longlisted for the National Book Award. She works as an editor at Catapult.

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P&P Live! Joby Warrick — Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World

Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 pm
Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780385544467
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Published: Doubleday - February 23rd, 2021

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Red Line is a classic Joby Warrick true-life thriller: a character-driven narrative with a cast of heroes and villains, including weapons hunters, politicians, doctors, diplomats, and spies. Drawing on astonishing original reporting, Warrick reveals how the United States embarked on a bold adventure to prevent one catastrophe but could not avoid a tragic chain of events that empowered America’s enemies.

JOBY WARRICK has been a reporter for The Washington Post since 1996. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, for journalism and for his book Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS. He is also the author of The Triple Agent.

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P&P Live! Christina Soontornvat-All Thirteen: The Incredible Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

Thursday, February 25, 2:00 pm
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781536209457
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Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020

A Wish in the Dark Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204940
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Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

On June 23, 2018, twelve members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their beloved coach went exploring in a cave in northern Thailand. They thought they’d only be there for an hour, but rising floodwaters trapped them for seventeen days. As a team of military personnel, engineers, medics, cave divers, and other volunteers assembled for an increasingly dangerous rescue mission, the boys and their coach helped each other cling to hope. In this mesmerizing and nuanced account—named a 2020 Best Book of the Year by five publications and the recipient of seven starred trade reviews—Christina Soontornvat tells the inspiring story of a community that came together aboveground and below.

Christina Soontornvat grew up behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant in a small Texas town with her nose stuck in a book. She is a storyteller, engineer, and STEM educator. Her many books include the Diary of an Ice Princess series and the middle grade fantasy A Wish in the Dark, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post and School Library Journal. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two young children, and one old cat.

Ages 10-14

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P&P Live!: Georgina Lawton — Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong

Friday, February 26, 6:00 pm
Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063009486
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 23rd, 2021

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From The Guardian’s Georgina Lawton, a moving examination of how racial identity is constructed—through the author’s own journey grappling with secrets and stereotypes, having been raised by white parents with no explanation as to why she looked black.

Raceless is an exploration of a fundamental question: what constitutes our sense of self? Drawing on her personal experiences and the stories of others, Lawton grapples with difficult questions about love, shame, grief, and prejudice, and reveals the nuanced and emotional journey of forming one’s identity.

Georgina Lawton is a journalist, speaker, writer, and host of The Secrets in Us podcast. Previously a columnist for The Guardian, she has also written for VICE, Marie Claire, Refinery29, Bustle, The Times (London), Stylist, Time Out London, and other outlets, where she writes about identity, travel, and culture.

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P&P Live! Kazuo Ishiguro — KLARA AND THE SUN - with Dr. Kate Darling

Wednesday, March 3, 6:00 pm
Klara and the Sun: A novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318171
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

This event is presented in partnership between Politics and Prose and Harvard Bookstore.

Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. This thrilling book offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Ishiguro will be in conversation with Dr. Kate Darling , a leading expert in Robot Ethics and a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. She is the author of The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals About Our Future With Robots. Her work has been featured in VogueThe New YorkerThe Atlantic, and many others. She is the caretaker for several domestic robots, including her Pleos Yochai, Peter, and Mr. Spaghetti.

The first 250 registrants will receive a special bookplate signed by the author (book must be purchased on Eventbrite to qualify).

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P&P Live! Andrew Maraniss-Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke—with Dave Zirin

Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 pm
Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593116722
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Published: Philomel Books - March 2nd, 2021

Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525514657
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Published: Penguin Books - March 2nd, 2021

Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball's Color Line Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524737276
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Published: Puffin Books - December 26th, 2017

Major League Baseball trailblazer Glenn Burke was a talented player and gregarious teammate credited with inventing the “high five”. He was also the first openly gay player in a game that is not known for supporting LGBTQ+ athletes. Not willing to compromise who he was, Burke left professional baseball at age 27 to live his truth. A compelling memoir of Burke’s life, Singled Out shares photographs and details of Burke’s childhood through his iconic days in the gay community before his tragic death from complications of AIDS at age 42. Join Andrew Maraniss and Dave Zirin as they discuss Glenn Burke’s legacy in baseball and the LGBTQ+ community.

Andrew Maraniss writes sports-and history-related nonfiction, telling stories with a larger social message. His first book, Strong Inside, received the Lillian Smith Book Award for civil rights and the RFK Book Awards' Special Recognition Prize for social justice, becoming the first sports-related book ever to win either award. His young readers adaptation of Strong Inside was named one of the Top Biographies for Youth by the American Library Association. Andrew is a contributor to ESPN's D.C.-based sports and race website, TheUndefeated.com, and is a visiting author at the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and now lives in Nashville.

Dave Zirin was named one of the "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World" by The Utne Magazine. He writes about the politics of sports for the Nation magazine (where he is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence) as well as the Progressive, and a regular op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times. Zirin is also the host of the "Edge of Sports Podcast."

Ages 12 and up

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P&P Live! Candace Fleming & Elizabeth Spires-Cubs In the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper & Kate's Light: Kate Wlker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse

Thursday, March 4, 10:00 am
Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper Cover Image
By Candace Fleming, Julie Downing (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443185
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Published: Neal Porter Books - August 4th, 2020

Kate's Light: Kate Walker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443482
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - January 12th, 2021

Helen Martini raised orphaned big cat cubs in her home in the 1940s, which led to her become the first female zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo. In 1890, Kate Walker bravely stepped into her husband’s shoes after he died to became the first woman in charge of an offshore lighthouse in 19th century New York Harbor. Both of these extraordinary women didn’t intentionally strive to be firsts in their fields. Instead, they found jobs that they put their hearts into and nothing was going to deter them from doing what they loved. Join us for a Women’s History Month event with authors Candace Fleming and Elizabeth Spires to learn more about the remarkable lives of Helen and Kate.

Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including Ben Franklin’s Almanac, an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; as well as Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; Gabriella’s Song; and When Agnes Caws; all ALA Notable Books. She lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Elizabeth Spires is a critically acclaimed poet and has written several books for children, including The Mouse of Amherst. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches at Goucher College.

Ages 6-10

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P&P Live! Dwayne Reed-Simon B. Rhymin'

Tuesday, March 9, 2:00 pm
Simon B. Rhymin' Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316538978
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Simon is a young boy with a head full of dreams and a heart full of lyrics he wants to rap out in to the world. Doing oral presentations for class finally gives shy Simon the opportunity to address a problem in his community. With the help of his friends and an unlikely ally, Simon finds the courage to use his magnificent voice and creativity to make a difference. The story is inspired by Dwayne Reed’s own experiences teaching 4th grade students in his hometown of Chicago.

Dwayne Reed is America's favorite rapping teacher from Chicago. In 2016, the music video for his hit song, "Welcome to the 4th Grade," went viral and has since been viewed nearly two million times on YouTube. When he's not writing, rapping, or teaching, Dwayne can be found presenting at educator conferences across the U.S., or loving on his beautiful wife, Simone.

Ages 8-11

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