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P&P is delighted to invite you along as we explore unique histories and breathtaking sites in 2019—and meet some of our favorite authors with us along the way!  details

Featured Classes

Ross Gay's "Book of Delights" (1972)

If you find yourself wanting to track small joys in difficult days, this book is for you. Award-winning poet Ross Gay has combined his signature love of nature with investigations into our contemporary American culture a series of vibrant, funny, lyric essays that span the course of a year.  Monday, June 3, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities and Carlyle's The French Revolution (1983)

A compact but colorful story, written with the economy of poetry and the three-act structure of a contemporary play, while drawing its imposing contextual material from a history three times its size, Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution.  A book which Dickens claimed to have read 500 hundred times, The French Revolution— in its grand style and story-telling flourish, if not its subject matter— had been seared into his soul. Five Thursdays: May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The Odyssey & Argonautica (1979)

 This course will focus on Homer's Odyssey, and in particularly on Emily Wilson's new translation of the poem.  It will proceed by a mixture of lecture and discussion, always with a focus on close reading, and will cover general questions of epic composition, including its construction of heroic values and its treatment of issues of gender and sexuality.  In addition, a class and a half will be devoted to Apollonius' Argonautica , a work composed in the period after Alexander the Great that engages closely the Odyssey and that was of crucial importance for later literature like Vergil's Aeneid.  Four Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27, 6-8 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings



May 26, 3:30 pm
DIG, by King
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ISBN: 9781101994917
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019


Oh! The Horror!

May 26, 11:30 pm
KILL CREEK, by Thomas
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ISBN: 9781942645825
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Inkshares - October 31st, 2017


Public Affairs

May 27, 7:30 pm
SAPIENS, by Harari
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062316110
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2018

Travel with Politics & Prose

Writing from the Heart in Paris

August 4 through 10, 2019

This six-day writing seminar, offered in Paris, the City of Light—a source of inspiration for many writers, poets and artists throughout history—will give you the time, the courage, and the presence of mind to write whatever you are moved or inspired to write about. This could be poetry, a novel, family history, a memoir, a graphic novel, a play, or even an OpEd...anything!

English Homes and Gardens

September 18 through 25, 2019

Next September, join P&P and a group of like-minded travelers in exploring the castles, estates, and gardens in the Southeast of England. We’ll be touring famed gardens and historic towns, as well as several sites overseen by the National Trust, which is a charitable organization with a mission to protect many of Britain’s most culturally and historically important landmarks. Our base will be the popular Georgian spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, which has been an attraction for visitors since a mineral water spring was discovered here more than 400 years ago, bringing royal visitors looking for eternal health.


The Heart of Tuscany

October 6 through 12

This fall, join a group of like-minded travelers to explore Tuscany and its central hill towns. We’ll stay for the week in Siena, historic rival of Florence, with its spectacular Duomo, winding narrow streets and gracious central Campo, perfect for an evening drink and people-watching. Outside of Siena is Tuscany’s agricultural heart, with its familiar rolling hills studded on the ridges by lines of dark cypresses.