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Our flagship store on Connecticut Avenue NW has served the Washington area since 1984. It continues to offer a wide selection of books and non-book items for all ages, author talks, literary classes, trips, and a popular coffeehouse called The Den.

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Events
Wednesday, October 28, 2:00 pm
Max Meow Book 1: Cat Crusader Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593121054
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Who needs radioactive spiders to turn into a superhero? It is as deliciously easy as eating a radioactive meatball from your friend’s secret lab! Can mild-mannered podCATster Max use his newfound powers for good and save Kittyopolis from the baddies? Will Max listen to the wise words of his best friend or will it be a CATastrophe?

Meet Max the cat crusader in this hilarious new middle-grade graphic novel series, Max Meow by cartoonist John Gallagher. Join us for an interactive event with a drawing presentation and Q&A from the live audience.

John Gallagher is the art director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Ranger Rick magazine and has been drawing comics since he was five. John is also the co-founder of Kids Love Comics (an organization devoted to using graphic novels to promote literacy) and leads workshops teaching kids how to create their own comics. John lives in Virginia with his wife and their three kids.

Signed books are available while supplies last!

Ages 7-10

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 pm
What's the Big Deal About Elections Cover Image
By Ruby Shamir, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524738075
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Philomel Books - August 28th, 2018

What's the Big Deal About Elections Cover Image
By Ruby Shamir, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780593116401
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Philomel Books - August 25th, 2020

Did you know that we have more than ninety thousand state and local governments in the United States? Or that Election Day celebrations two hundred years ago featured marching bands and bonfires? Elections allow adult citizens the chance to choose how our cities, states, and country are run. Even kids who can't vote yet can make their voices heard by helping the candidates they like get votes! Our elections can seem complicated, but at their core, they're all about having a say in our own lives and future. Now available in chapter book as well as picture book form, Ruby Shamir presents a fun and fact-filled case for the importance of being an active participant in our democracy.

Talking about electoral politics—especially in contentious times—has always been important, but it’s hard to know where to start. Ruby Shamir will help parents and teachers learn how to talk to kids about the election and politics in the current climate.

Ruby Shamir worked at the White House in the Clinton administration for three and a half years, two of which she served in the First Lady's office. She also led Hillary Rodham Clinton's New York Senate office. She is currently an award-winning children's book author and literary researcher in the Bronx, New York, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is the author of the What's the Big Deal About . . . series.

Lissa Muscatine, co-owner of Politics and Prose, has been a journalist and a speechwriter. She joined the Clinton Administration as a presidential speechwriter in 1993, eventually becoming the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Communications to the First Lady. She was a senior advisor on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and served as the Director of Speechwriting and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State under the Obama administration.

An event for kids and the adults in their lives.

What's the Big Deal About Elections? is available for purchase in hardcover picture book format and paperback chapter book format below. 

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 pm
The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780062999719
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Amistad - September 15th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Join bestselling author, Ellis Cose discussing his newest, "The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America" on P&P Live!

The critically acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of The Rage of a Privileged Class explores one of the most essential rights in America—free speech—and reveals how it is crumbling under the combined weight of polarization, technology, money and systematized lying in this concise yet powerful and timely book.

Free speech has long been one of American's most revered freedoms. Yet now, more than ever, free speech is reshaping America’s social and political landscape even as it is coming under attack. Bestselling author and critically acclaimed journalist Ellis Cose wades into the debate to reveal how this Constitutional right has been coopted by the wealthy and politically corrupt.

Ellis Cose is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Rage of a Privileged Class. A former contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, his writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Time magazine, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the New York Daily News, among other publications.

Eric E. Sterling retired this summer after 31 years as Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. He was recently appointed by the Montgomery County, MD, County Council to its Policing Advisory Commission for a three-year term. From 1979 to 1989, he was Assistant Counsel, Subcommittee on Crime, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, responsible for anti-pornography laws, illegal drugs, and many other matters. In the late 1970s he was counsel to the Delaware County, PA chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. His analyses have been published in numerous legal and academic journals and books, major newspapers, and broadcast on many major media outlets. He was acquitted on First Amendment grounds on the charges of unwarrantedly loitering and the distribution of unauthorized leaflets inside the Pentagon in 1969. He has taught at American University and George Washington University and lectured widely. He earned his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from Villanova University.

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. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 28, 8:00 pm
Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780674660151
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harvard University Press - July 31st, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Join Professor Alexander Keyssar  as he discusses his new book, "Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College" with Jamelle Bouie on P&P Live!

Alexander Keyssar is the author of numerous books including The Right to Vote, which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association. He is Matthew W. Stirling, Jr., Professor of History and Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington D.C., Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. Prior to the Times, Jamelle was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. And before that, he was a staff writer at The Daily Beast and held fellowships at The American Prospect and The Nation magazine. He attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with a degree in political and social thought, and government.

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. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, October 29, 6:00 pm
JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780812997132
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House - September 8th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Join Professor Fredrik Logevall as he discusses his new book, "JFK" with Diane McWhorter on P&P Live!

By the time of his assassination in 1963, John F. Kennedy stood at the helm of the greatest power the world had ever seen, a booming American nation that he had steered through some of the most perilous diplomatic standoffs of the Cold War. Born in 1917 to a striving Irish American family that had become among Boston’s wealthiest, Kennedy knew political ambition from an early age, and his meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president cemented his status as one of the most mythologized figures in American history. And while hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have come and gone in the decades since his untimely death, these accounts all fail to capture the full person.

Fredrik Logevall is Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and professor of history at Harvard University. A specialist on U.S. foreign-relations history and modern international history, he is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize.

Diane McWhorter is a long-time contributor to The New York Times and the op-ed page of USA TODAY, among other national publications. Her young adult history of the civil rights movement is A Dream of Freedom. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and now lives in New York City.

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. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, October 30, 10:00 am
Willa the Wisp (The Fabled Stables Book #1) Cover Image
By Jonathan Auxier, Olga Demidova (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419742699
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 20th, 2020

The only human child on Professor Cake’s private island, Auggie can’t help feeling lonely sometimes. His job keeps him busy, though--he’s the caretaker of the Fabled Stables, home to fantastical creatures including the Gargantula, the Hippopatamouse, and the Yawning Abyss. When an empty stall appears in the stables, Auggie knows a new magical friend needs his help. With the help of his wits and some unexpectedly loyal compatriots, he embarks on a quest to save Willa, a newborn wisp, from terrible danger. Join Jonathan Auxier for a discussion of the first installment of this funny, fast-paced fantasy series.

Jonathan Auxier’s award-winning middle-grade novels include The Night Gardener, Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes, and Sweep. He is very tall, and hates bumping his head on things. He’s also amazing at yo-yo tricks. He lives in Pittsburgh with his family and an adorable pet umbrella.

Signed bookplates will be included with every purchase of Willa the Wisp, while supplies last.

Ages 5-9

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, October 30, 6:00 pm
What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616209940
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Algonquin Books - September 3rd, 2019

At a moment of crisis over our national identity, esteemed journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories.

With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one.

Rather will be in conversation with Jennifer Steinhauer, a reporter for The New York Times since 1994. She has worked on the Metro, Business, and National desk, and served as City Hall bureau chief and Los Angeles bureau chief before moving to Washington in 2010. She is the author of a novel, two cookbooks, and most recently The Firsts, the story of the women of the 116th Congress.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 31, 3:00 pm
Shadowplay Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781609455934
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Europa Editions - June 16th, 2020

This program is part of our "Dublin Voices" series, a collaboration between Politics and Prose Bookstore, the Embassy of Ireland, Solas Nua, and Georgetown University’s Global Irish Studies. Joining us to introduce our author and speak to the Irish origins of both Dracula and Halloween, is Ireland’s U.S. Ambassador, Daniel Mulhall.

Henry Irving is Victorian London's most celebrated actor and theater impresario. He has introduced groundbreaking ideas to the theater, bringing to the stage performances that are spectacular, shocking, and always entertaining. When Irving decides to open his own London theater with the goal of making it the greatest playhouse on earth, he hires a young Dublin clerk harboring literary ambitions by the name of Bram Stoker to manage it.

Bram Stoker's extraordinary experiences at the Lyceum Theatre, his early morning walks on the streets of a London terrorized by a serial killer, his long, tempestuous relationship with Irving, and the closeness he finds with Ellen Terry, inspire him to write Dracula, the most iconic and best-selling supernatural tale ever published.

O'Connor is in conversation with Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the United States. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Liverpool and Chatham University (Pittsburgh) and has received the Freedom of the cities of London and Waterford. Honorary President of the Yeats Society (Sligo), he is a great admirer of Irish writing and has tweeted Irish poetry every day from @DanMulhall.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, November 4, 5:00 pm
The Enigma Game Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781368012584
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2020

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062453037
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 21st, 2020

Code Name Verity Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423152880
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

The Blossom and the Firefly Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524737900
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 18th, 2020

It’s 1940, and fifteen-year-old Louisa Adair has fled to the tiny village of Windyedge, Scotland, to escape the Blitz that killed her parents. As she cares for an elderly woman, she longs to help the war effort—and gets her chance when a German pilot’s mysterious key leads her to an Enigma machine that translates German code. Alongside Ellen McEwen, a volunteer Royal Air Force base driver, and Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, a squadron flight leader, Louisa attempts to solve a crucial and potentially deadly mystery. The author of Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief returns with another thrilling, impeccably researched tale of secrets, spies, and sacrifice.

Elizabeth Wein is the award-winning author of thirteen books for young adults, including Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire, and A Thousand Sisters. She has lived in England, Jamaica, the U.S., and Scotland. She has her pilot’s license, and has flown great distances in several countries. She lives in Scotland, where she and her husband raised their two grown children.

Elizabeth Wein will be in conversation with Sherri L. Smith, author of The Blossom and the Firefly and Flygirl.

Signed bookplates will be sent with each purchase of The Enigma Game, while supplies last.

Ages 12 and up

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, November 5, 10:00 am
William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad Cover Image
By Don Tate, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781561459353
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - November 1st, 2020

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton Cover Image
By Don Tate, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9781682630624
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - October 1st, 2018

Join celebrated author and illustrator Don Tate for a discussion of the first-ever picture book about the father of the Underground Railroad. The son of parents who escaped slavery, William Still grew up hearing about its horrors—and the two brothers his parents were forced to leave behind. As he worked at the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society and turned his home into a “station” on the Underground Railroad, he met hundreds of people seeking freedom. One day, a strangely familiar man came into William’s office searching for information on his long-lost family, an event that changed William and his family forever. From then on, William collected stories from other freedom-seekers passing through the Underground Railroad and helped reunite them with their families. In all, William aided around 800 people in their efforts to escape slavery, eventually publishing their stories of hardships and extraordinary tales of escape. Exploring important themes of heritage, ancestry, and family history, Don Tate’s compelling words and artwork highlight the power of stories and storytelling.

Don Tate is the award-winning illustrator of numerous books for children, including Carter Reads the Newspaper. He is the author and illustrator of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton, for which he won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He is also the co-contributor to the Brown Bookshelf, a blog designed to raise awareness of African Americans writing for young readers. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Signed bookplates and a poster will be included with every purchase of William Still and His Freedom Stories, while supplies last.

Ages 6-10

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, November 5, 3:00 pm
What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525560395
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - February 11th, 2020

Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250276759
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - December 1st, 2020

The Truth at the Heart of the Lie: How the Catholic Church Lost its Soul Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593134702
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - March 23rd, 2021

Authors Michael Eric Dyson and James Carroll come together for a roundtable discussion of the post-election moment moderated by Carolyn Forché. This event is produced in partnership with Writers Against Trump. Writers Against Trump is comprised of writers who have come together to oppose the racist, destructive, incompetent, corrupt and fascist regime of Donald Trump, and to give language, thought, and time to his defeat in November. We believe that this presidency is uniquely dangerous to our present and future society. Writers Against Trump collaborates with organizations seeking to encourage voter turnout, promote candidates who resist the Trump apparatus, protect the election from fraud and theft, and mobilize in the event of post-election trouble.

Carolyn Forché is a poet, and memoirist. She is the author of five books of poetry, most recently In the Lateness of the World (Penguin Press, 2020), and a prose book, What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance (Penguin Press, 2019), winner of Juan E. Mendez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice.” In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award. She is a University Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

James Carroll is the author of twelve novels, and eight works of non-fiction. For twenty-three years, he wrote an oped column for The Boston Globe, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and other publications. He has received the National Book Award, the PEN Galbraith Award, and the Scripps Howard Award. In 2021, he will publish The Truth at the Heart of the Lie, a reckoning with his life as a Catholic. He lives in Boston with his wife, the writer Alexandra Marshall.

Michael Eric Dyson is the Distinguished University Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts & Science, and Distinguished University Professor of Ethics and Society, The Divinity School, and Centennial Professor at Vanderbilt University — is one of America’s premier public intellectuals and author of over 20 books, including seven New York Times bestsellers. A contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and political analyst for MSNBC, Dyson is recipient of two NAACP Image Awards and the 2020 Langston Hughes Festival Medallion. Former President Barack Obama has noted: “Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison.”

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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.  

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website. 

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always. 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, November 7, 5:00 pm
Weaponized Words: The Strategic Role of Persuasion in Violent Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781108464871
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cambridge University Press - April 16th, 2020

Strengthen your understanding of the persuasive mechanisms used by terrorist groups and how they are effective in order to defeat them. Weaponized Words applies existing theories of persuasion to domains unique to this digital era, such as social media, YouTube, websites, and message boards to name but a few. Terrorists deploy a range of communication methods and harness reliable communication theories to create strategic messages that persuade peaceful individuals to join their groups and engage in violence. While explaining how they accomplish this, the book lays out a blueprint for developing counter-messages perfectly designed to conquer such violent extremism and terrorism. Using this basis in persuasion theory, a socio-scientific approach is generated to fight terrorist propaganda and the damage it causes.

Kurt Braddock is an Assistant Professor of Public Communication in the School of Communication at American University. His research focuses on the persuasive strategies used by violent extremist groups to recruit and radicalize audiences targeted by their propaganda. Kurt also explores how theories of communication, persuasion, and social influence can be used to inform practices meant to prevent radicalization among vulnerable audiences. Kurt is presently interested in the development of communicative counter-radicalization strategies that prevent white supremacism, neo-Nazism, and the adoption of other violent far-right ideologies. In addition to publishing his work in key communication and security journals (e.g., Communication Monographs, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism), Kurt also provides input to key institutions to inform how they fight terrorism. Some of these institutions include the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Defense. His work has also been used at the international level, where Kurt has advised the U.K. Home Office, Public Safety Canada, the United Nations Counterterrorism Executive Directorate, and others.

Adam Roberts is the Midwest correspondent for The Economist covering politics, policy and social affairs in America. Previously, he was the European Business and Finance correspondent based in Paris.

 

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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.  

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website. 

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always. 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, November 8, 1:00 pm
Wall Disease: The Psychological Toll of Living Up Against a Border Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781615197347
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: The Experiment - October 6th, 2020

The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374166632
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giro - June 23rd, 2020

Science journalists and authors Emily Anthes and Jessica Wapner present their new books, THE GREAT INDOORS and WALL DISEASE, for P&P. Click here to join the Live! event 

Emily Anthes is an award-winning science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Slate, Businessweek, Scientific American, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. Her previous book, Frankenstein's Cat, was long-listed for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Modern humans are an indoor species. We spend 90 percent of our time inside, shuttling between homes and offices, schools and stores, restaurants and gyms. And yet, in many ways, the indoor world remains unexplored territory. For all the time we spend inside buildings, we rarely stop to consider: How do these spaces affect our mental and physical well-being? Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? Our productivity, performance, and relationships?

In this wide-ranging, character-driven book, science journalist Emily Anthes takes us on an adventure into the buildings in which we spend our days, exploring the profound, and sometimes unexpected, ways that they shape our lives. Drawing on cutting-edge research, she probes the pain-killing power of a well-placed window and examines how the right office layout can expand our social networks. She investigates how room temperature regulates our cognitive performance, how the microbes hiding in our homes influence our immune systems, and how cafeteria design affects what--and how much--we eat.

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Jessica Wapner is a journalist and former science editor at Newsweek whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wired, Medium, Discover, Popular Science, Self, Scientific American, New York magazine , The Atlantic, and elsewhere. Her first book, The Philadelphia Chromosome, was named a top ten nonfiction book by The Wall Street Journal. She lives in Brooklyn.

We build border walls to keep danger out. But do we understand the danger posed by walls themselves? East Germans were the first to give the crisis a name: Mauerkrankheit, or "wall disease." The afflicted--everyday citizens living on both sides of the Berlin wall--displayed some combination of depression, anxiety, excitability, suicidal ideation, and paranoia. The Berlin Wall is no more, but today there are at least seventy policed borders like it. What are they doing to our minds?

Jessica Wapner investigates, following a trail of psychological harm around the world. In Brownsville, Texas, the hotly contested US-Mexico border wall instills more feelings of fear than of safety. And in eastern Europe, a Georgian grandfather pines for his homeland--cut off from his daughters, his baker, and his bank by the arbitrary path of a razor-wire fence built in 2013. Even in borderlands riven by conflict, the same walls that once offered relief become enduring reminders of trauma and helplessness.

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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.  

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website. 

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always. 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, November 8, 3:00 pm
The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia Cover Image
$75.00
ISBN: 9781426221415
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: National Geographic - October 27th, 2020

Fully updated and revised for the first time since 2011, this latest edition of The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia reflects the most recent trends in the dynamic world of wine, written by experts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 images and 100 brand-new National Geographic maps, this definitive guide is arranged geographically to highlight the regions and climates that produce the best vintages.

Your ticket includes:

  • access to the virtual event/wine tasting led by Brett H. Philpott-Freeman of Grape Intentions
  • a hardcover copy of The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia
  • tasting box with one bottle each of Champagne Laurent-Perrier NV, Marco Felluga Pinot Grigio, and Elk Cove Pinot Noir
  • wine tasting notes
  • shipping and handling fees

Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 21 or older. Wine Kits ship via FedEx Ground. A supplemental shipping charge may be required if ordering less than four days before the event and outside the mid-Atlantic; this includes states in Mountain and Pacific time zones. All rights reserved.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Monday, November 9, 6:00 pm
His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9781501125485
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 29th, 2020

Jonathan Alter tells the epic story of an enigmatic man of faith and his improbable journey from barefoot boy to global icon. Alter paints an intimate and surprising portrait of the only president since Thomas Jefferson who can fairly be called a Renaissance Man, a complex figure--ridiculed and later revered--with a piercing intelligence, prickly intensity, and biting wit beneath the patented smile. Here is a moral exemplar for our times, a flawed but underrated president of decency and vision who was committed to telling the truth to the American people.

Growing up in one of the meanest counties in the Jim Crow South, Carter is the only American president who essentially lived in three centuries: his early life on the farm in the 1920s without electricity or running water might as well have been in the nineteenth; his presidency put him at the center of major events in the twentieth; and his efforts on conflict resolution and global health set him on the cutting edge of the challenges of the twenty-first.

Jonathan Alter is an award-winning historian, columnist and documentary filmmaker. An MSNBC political analyst and former senior editor at Newsweek, he is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies; The Promise: President Obama, Year One; and The Defining Moment: FDR ' s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.

Walter Isaacson, a professor of history at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN, and editor of Time. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

 

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One Writer's Beginnings Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781982151775
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Published: Scribner - November 3rd, 2020

Featuring a new introduction, the updated edition One Writer's Beginnings by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author and one of the most revered figures in American letters is profound and priceless as guidance for anyone who aspires to write.

Part memoir, part exploration of the seeds of creativity, this unique distillation of a writer’s beginnings offers a rare glimpse into the Mississippi childhood that made Eudora Welty the acclaimed and important writer she would become.

Panelists include:

Mary Alice Welty White, niece of Eudora Welty, served as the first director of the Eudora Welty House, turning the family home into one of the most intact literary house museums in the United States, and she serves as secretary of the Eudora Welty Foundation.

Susan Richards Shreve is the author of fifteen novels, including You Are the Love of My Life, and most recently, More News Tomorrow, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir, Warm Springs. She’s the founder of the Master of Fine Arts Degree at George Mason University where she is a Professor of English, and was founding president and former Chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

Ebony Lumumba is an associate professor and the Department Chair of English, Modern Foreign Languages, & Speech at Jackson State University. Her publications include a chapter in From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Texts of Black Life, and she recently published “The Matter of Black Lives in American Literature: Eudora Welty’s Non-Fiction and Photography.”

Margaret McMullan is the author of nine award-winning books including In My Mother’s HouseAftermath Lounge, and Where The Angels Lived. Her work has appeared in USA TodayThe Washington PostThe Los Angeles Times, and other periodicals. A recipient of an NEA in literature, Margaret has taught at Stony Brook Southampton, Converse College, and Eastern Kentucky MFA programs.

Moderator W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark PastThe House at the End of the Road, and the forthcoming A Place Like Mississippi . A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently a visiting professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi.

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Tuesday, November 10, 6:00 pm
We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

1969: Jane Britton, an ambitious twenty-three-year-old graduate student in Harvard's Anthropology Department and daughter of Radcliffe Vice President J. Boyd Britton, would be found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment.

Forty years later, Becky Cooper, a curious undergrad, will hear the first whispers of the story. In the first telling the body was nameless. The story was this: a Harvard student had had an affair with her professor, and the professor had murdered her in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology because she'd threatened to talk about the affair. Though the rumor proves false, the story that unfolds, one that Cooper will follow for ten years, is even more complex: a tale of gender inequality in academia, a 'cowboy culture' among empowered male elites, the silencing effect of institutions, and our compulsion to rewrite the stories of female victims.

We Keep the Dead Close is a memoir of mirrors, misogyny, and murder. It is at once a rumination on the violence and oppression that rules our revered institutions, a ghost story reflecting one young woman's past onto another's present, and a love story for a girl who was lost to history.

Cooper will be in conversation with Rob Chernow, the prize-winning author of six books and the recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award, Washington: A Life won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and Alexander Hamilton was the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical.

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Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 pm
Lights, Camera, Danger (Alien Superstar #2) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419740992
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 6th, 2020

Alien Superstar (Book #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419733697
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2019

Thirteen-year-old alien and sitcom star Buddy Burger is back, and more hilarious than ever! When he crash-landed in Hollywood after fleeing his oppressive red dwarf planet, the six-eyed sensation was immediately mistaken for an actor in an alien costume. Even after being cast in a hit TV show, he’s managed to keep his real identity a secret—so far. But things are looking more complicated with the arrival of Citizen Cruel, a shape-shifting Squadron member sent from Buddy’s home planet to bring him back by any means necessary. Will Buddy conquer this clever and unpredictable enemy? How long can he continue to keep his alien identity secret from his friends and fans? Join Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, and Jake Tapper to mark the release of the second book in this wacky Los Angeles adventure series.

Henry Winkler is an Emmy award-winning actor, writer, director, and producer with over four decades of success in Hollywood. He is the co-author of the smash-hit Hank Zipzer, Here’s Hank! and Alien Superstar series. Based on Winkler’s own childhood, the Hank series chronicle the misadventures of an exuberant elementary schooler with dyslexia. Winkler lives in Los Angeles.

Lin Oliver is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. She is currently the executive director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a worldwide organization of over 25,000 members. She is also the author of over 40 books, including the Fantastic Frame and the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk? Series. Oliver is the co-author of the Hank Zipzer, Here’s Hank! and Alien Superstar books.

Jake Tapper is CNN’s chief Washington correspondent. He is the anchor of The Lead with Jake Tapper and hosts the Sunday morning news show State of the Union. He is the author of several books, including The Hellfire Club, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, and Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency.

Ages 8-12

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Tuesday, November 10, 8:00 pm
Monopolies Suck: 7 Ways Big Corporations Rule Your Life and How to Take Back Control Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982149703
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 27th, 2020

Throughout history, monopolists who controlled entire industries like railroads and oil were aptly called "robber barons" because they extracted wealth from everyone else--and today's monopolies are no different. By charging high prices, skirting taxes, and reducing our pay and economic opportunities, they are not only stealing our money, but also robbing us of innovation and choice, as market dominance prevents new companies from challenging them. They're robbing us of the ability to take care of our sick, a healthy food supply, and a habitable planet by using business practices that deplete rather than generate. They're a threat to our private lives, fair elections, a robust press, and ultimately, the American Dream that so many of us are striving for.

In this slim, accessible guide, Sally Hubbard gives us an easy-to-understand overview of the history of monopolies and antitrust law, and urges us to use our voices, votes, and wallets to protest monopoly power. Emboldened by the previous century when we successfully broke up monopoly power in the US, we have the tools to dismantle corporate power again today--before their lobbying threatens to undermine our economy and democracy for generations to come.

Sally Hubbard is an antitrust expert and Director of Enforcement Strategy at the Open Markets Institute, an organization developing solutions to America's monopoly crisis. She served as an Assistant Attorney General in the NYAG Antitrust Bureau, and was an investigative journalist covering mergers, monopolies, and privacy. She has testified in the US House of Representatives and before the Federal Trade Commission. She appears and is cited regularly as an antitrust expert in a wide range of media, including The New York Times, CNN, BBC World News, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Wired, and hosts the podcast Women Killing It.

Sarah Frier reports on social media companies for Bloomberg News out of San Francisco. Her award-winning features and breaking stories have earned her a reputation as an expert on how Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter make business decisions that affect their future and our society. Frier is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Television. No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram is her first book.

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Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 pm
First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062997456
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Published: Harper - November 10th, 2020

On the morning after the 2016 presidential election, Thomas Ricks awoke with a few questions on his mind: What kind of nation did we now have? Is it what was designed or intended by the nation's founders? Trying to get as close to the source as he could, Ricks decided to go back and read the philosophy and literature that shaped the founders' thinking, and the letters they wrote to each other debating these crucial works--among them the Iliad, Plutarch's Lives, and the works of Xenophon, Epicurus, Aristotle, Cato, and Cicero. For though much attention has been paid the influence of English political philosophers, like John Locke, closer to their own era, the founders were far more immersed in the literature of the ancient world.

First Principles follows these four members of the Revolutionary generation from their youths to their adult lives, as they grappled with questions of independence, and forming and keeping a new nation. In doing so, Ricks interprets not only the effect of the ancient world on each man, and how that shaped our constitution and government, but offers startling new insights into these legendary leaders.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008 and was on the staff of the Wall Street Journal for seventeen years before that. He reported on American military operations in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he is also the author of several books, including The Generals, The Gamble, Churchill & Orwell, and the number-one New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He wrote First Principles while a visiting fellow in history at Bowdoin College.

James Mattis is a Pacific Northwest native who served more than four decades as a Marine infantry officer. Following two years as the Secretary of Defense, he returned to the Northwest and is now the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is most recently the author of Call Sign Chaos.

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Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 pm
I Hope This Helps: Comics and Cures for 21st Century Panic Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524860738
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2020

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Tommy Siegel's debut book collection includes 200+ pages of comics, essays, and extremely helpful guides to coping with 21st-century panic. With comics titled “Choose your social anxiety coping mechanism” and “What your coffee drink of choice says about you,” I Hope This Helps offers clever and sardonic commentary on our phone-obsessed, social media-driven culture, as well as a series of devastatingly funny relationship comics starring his popular Candy Hearts characters.

Tommy Siegel is a cartoonist and musician who tries his best to juggle both pastimes with assistance from copious amounts of coffee. As lead guitarist and singer for his solo projects and his power pop trio Jukebox The Ghost, Tommy has played over 1,000 shows around the world, including festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza and late-night television programs like Letterman and Conan. As a cartoonist, his challenge to draw 500 consecutive days of comics led to a viral fanbase of hundreds of thousands worldwide.

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Wednesday, November 11, 8:00 pm
Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501166631
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - November 10th, 2020

The 1990s was a decade of profound change on Broadway. At the dawn of the nineties, the British invasion of Broadway was in full swing, as musical spectacles like Les Miserables, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera dominated the box office. But Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard soon spelled the end of this era and ushered in a new wave of American musicals, beginning with the ascendance of an unlikely show by a struggling writer who reimagined Puccini's opera La Bohème as the smash Broadway show Rent. American musical comedy made its grand return, culminating in The Producers, while plays, always an endangered species on Broadway, staged a powerful comeback with Tony Kushner's Angels in America. A different breed of producers rose up to challenge the grip theater owners had long held on Broadway, and corporations began to see how much money could be made from live theater.

Michael Riedel presents the drama behind every mega-hit or shocking flop, bringing readers into high-stakes premieres, fraught rehearsals, tough contract negotiations, intense Tony Award battles, and more. From the bitter feuds to the surprising collaborations, all the intrigue of a revolutionary era in the Theater District is packed into Singular Sensation. Broadway has triumphs and disasters, but the show always goes on.

Michael Riedel has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998. Michael's first book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway won the Marfield Prize for arts writing in 2015 and is widely considered to be the successor to William Goldman's celebrated 1967 book about Broadway, The Season. A graduate of Columbia University, Michael lives in the West Village.

Peter Marks joined The Washington Post as its chief drama critic in 2002. Previously, he worked for more than nine years at the New York Times, where he was a drama critic, theater reporter, metro reporter and national correspondent during the 2000 presidential campaign.

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