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P&P is delighted to invite you along as we explore unique histories and breathtaking sites in 2018—and meet some of our favorite authors with us along the way!  details

Featured Classes

J. M. Coetzee’s Exploration of Fiction and Its Limits (1877)

J.M. Coetzee’s brilliant career progresses from one mystifying phase to another, challenging readers to grasp the sense of each new project and to try to see him whole. We will read and discuss two books: Disgrace and Summertime. Four Mondays: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 1 to 3 p.m.

Breaking Through Writer's Block (18102)

Do you have great ideas for a story or work of creative non-fiction but can't seem to get them on paper? Or are you a writer who seems to have run out of inspiration but would love to get back to work. Come to this two-session class to get a jump-start on re-sparking your creative process. In our first session, we'll tackle a variety of strategies to bust through writer's block, and then meet again for additional motivating strategies as well as to examine what worked and why. Two Mondays: October 1 and 8, 6 to 8:00 p.m.


How to Write a Novel (and Get it Published) (18103)

A practical 15-point plan that demystifies and deconstructs novel-writing -- from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans. We'll discuss how to tap into your subconscious and life experiences to transform them into a book-length project, populated with interesting characters, a twisty-turny plot, snappy dialogue, and an interesting setting. We'll also look at strategies for finding an agent, marketing the finished product, and facing your writing and marketing fears. One Saturday: November 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings



September 25, 7:30 pm
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143133186
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - June 19th, 2018


International Literature

September 26, 7:00 pm
OUR LADY OF THE NILE, by Mukasonga
Our Lady of the Nile: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780914671039
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Archipelago - September 16th, 2014


Fascinating History

September 27, 7:30 pm
The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143109808
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Books - October 4th, 2016

Travel with Politics & Prose

Walking Tour of D.C's Meridian - 16th Street Neighborhood

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook author Andréa Seiger and photographer John Dean on a walking tour of the Meridian Hill - 16th Street neighborhood.

A Tour of Old Town Alexandria’s Historic Breweries

Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Everyone knows Old Town Alexandria oozes charm and history, but did you know that the greater D.C. area’s first brewery opened in Alexandria in 1770? Join P&P and author Garrett Peck to discover the town’s brewing past, from the home of the first brewer, Andrew Wales, to the massive Tivoli Brewery, opened in 1869. We’ll walk in the steps of George Washington as we explore cobblestone alleys, repurposed brewery buildings, historic taverns, and archaeological artifacts such as a colonial-era ice well—and of course, Alexandria’s magnificent 18th-century architecture. 


Saturday, October 27, 8 a.m. to around 8 p.m.

This fall, Politics and Prose invites you to a perennial P&P favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy the fall foliage and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement.