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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
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dutton - January 12th, 2021

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

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. 

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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Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, January 17, 5:00 pm
Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631497773
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
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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Washington, DC 20008
Monday, January 18, 6:00 pm
I Ain't Marching Anymore: Dissenters, Deserters, and Objectors to America's Wars Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781620973172
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Press - November 10th, 2020

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

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.

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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Washington, DC 20008
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
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
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.

 

Online Event
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, January 19, 6:00 pm
Walking with Ghosts Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802157126
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
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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Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, January 19, 8:00 pm
Kamala's Way: An American Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982175764
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
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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Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, January 21, 11:00 am
Champ and Major: First Dogs Cover Image
$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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Washington, DC 20008
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
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
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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Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, January 21, 8:00 pm
Aftershocks: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982111229
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 12th, 2021

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

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.

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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Washington, DC 20008
Friday, January 22, 6:00 pm
Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316560504
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
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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Washington, DC 20008
Friday, January 22, 8:00 pm
Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524732165
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
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.

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.

CLICK HERE to join the Live! event.

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Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, January 24, 3:00 pm
That Old Country Music: Stories Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9780385540339
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
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. 

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.

CLICK HERE to join the Live! event.

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Monday, January 25, 6:00 pm
Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541762558
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: PublicAffairs - January 19th, 2021

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

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.

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.

CLICK HERE to register for the Live! event.

 

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Washington, DC 20008
Monday, January 25, 8:00 pm
Bride of the Sea Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142452
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
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!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, January 26, 2:00 pm
Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984847621
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
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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Each purchase of Sprouting Wings will be signed by co-author Louisa Jaggar, while supplies last.

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 pm
Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780190943424
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
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.

 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, January 26, 8:00 pm
Pictures on the Radio Cover Image
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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Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, January 27, 6:00 pm
The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393635546
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 19th, 2021

Outlawed Cover Image
$26.00
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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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, January 27, 8:00 pm
Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525575238
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Published: Crown - January 26th, 2021

Special book plates signed by the author are available on a first come, first served basis.

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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Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, January 28, 6:00 pm
Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells Cover Image
$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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Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, January 28, 7:00 pm
Wings of Ebony Cover Image
By J. Elle
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534470675
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Published: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books f - January 26th, 2021

The Sun Is Also a Star Cover Image
$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.

Ages 14 and up

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Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, January 28, 8:00 pm
You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers Cover Image
$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.

 

 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, January 29, 7:00 pm
Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781629635682
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Published: PM Press - October 1st, 2018

Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth Cover Image
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!
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, January 31, 5:00 pm
Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781324015741
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Norton Young Readers - January 26th, 2021

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain Cover Image
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+

Each copy of Nicky & Vera purchased will be signed, while supplies last.

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