Detailed Event List

Eve Ensler - The Apology

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$22.00
ISBN: 9781635574388
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - May 14th, 2019

Ensler is a Tony-award winning playwright, author, performer, and activist, best-known for The Vagina Monologues, which examined consensual and nonconsensual sex, reproduction, sex work, body image, and other issues from the perspectives of women of various ages, races, and sexualities. Premiering in 1996, this groundbreaking performance piece has been published in nearly fifty languages and performed in more than 140 countries. Its popularity helped Ensler found V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. In her powerful new memoir, Ensler writes the apology she never received from her abusive father, attempting to transform the experience into a revolutionary call for courage, honesty, and forgiveness.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

SOLD OUT: Celeste Ng - Little Fires Everywhere and Amor Towles - A Gentleman in Moscow—at Sidwell Friends

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 pm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780735224315
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143110439
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Published: Penguin Books - March 26th, 2019

Celebrated fiction authors Celeste Ng and Amor Towles come together for a night of conversation to celebrate the paperback releases of their bestselling novels, Little Fires Everywhere and A Gentleman in Moscow, both set to become major television series.

Little Fires Everywhere is a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The book explores the weight of secrets, the ferocious pull of motherhood, and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster. Both Little Fires Everywhere and Ng’s debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, were named Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, People, and many others.

A Gentleman in Moscow is a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. A Gentleman in Moscow was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago TribuneThe Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more.

This event will include a public book signing.

This event is sold out.

Sidwell Friends Caplin Theatre
3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Emilie Aries - Bossed Up: A Grown Woman's Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together — in conversation with Gina Warner — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781541724204
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Published: PublicAffairs - May 21st, 2019

 

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

John Waters - Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder — in conversation with Stephen Thompson

Friday, May 24, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374214968
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 21st, 2019

Filmmaker, actor, writer, visual artist—Waters is known for many things, but especially for the startling, transgressive quality of movies like Hairspray and Pink Flamingos, spoken-word shows such as This Filthy World, and books like the sui generis travelogue, Carsick. His latest literary foray is a collection of essays that plays to his many strengths. Drawing on his experience of celebrity—a condition that for him has no downside—he writes vividly about Hollywood, including incisive profiles of stars ranging from Divine and Mink Stole to Kathleen Turner and Tracey Ullman; speaks knowledgably about music; recounts how to build an insufferably trendy house; and offers tips on broaching matters of the heart without emotional risk—all with an eye to steering clear of respectability and staying rebellious.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Whitman, Neruda, Ginsberg: A Reading and Conversation with Indran Amirthanayagam and Dan Vera in partnership with the Walt Whitman 200 at Union Market

Saturday, May 25, 1:00 pm

There are father poets and mother poets, poet prophets and poet founders. These three poets, in American English and Chilean Spanish, sired and husbanded and founded American idioms. In them, and from them, we discover the American line, the democratic voice, the liberty to roam through fields and cities, from the heights of Machu Picchu to San Francisco Bay, and to the rivulets in the skin of a blade of grass. Whitman wrote A Song of Myself, Neruda The Heights of Machu Picchu, Ginsberg Howl. Taking off from, but not limiting ourselves to these three poems, we will set off on the open road of the imagination, learning about democracy and liberty and sexuality and identity along the way. A discussion with Indran Amirthanayagam and Dan Vera.

Indran Amirthanayagam (www.indranmx.com) writes in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. He has published fourteen poetry collections thus far, including the just released Coconuts on Mars (www.paperwall.in), The Elephants of Reckoning (Hanging Loose Press, NY, 1993) which won the 1994 Paterson Prize in the United States, Uncivil War (Tsar/Mawenzi House, Toronto, 2013) and The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems (Hanging Loose Press, NY, 2008) Other books include Il n’est de solitude que l’île lointaine (Legs Editions, Haiti, 2017), and Ventana Azul (El Tapiz del Unicornio, Mexico City, 2016), In music, he has released Rankont Dout (available to download from all the music stores). He has written on poetry for the blog http://indranamirthanayagam.blogspot.com. He directs Poetry at the Port, a monthly spoken word series at Port Au Prince restaurant in Silver Spring. He is on the Board of Directors of DC-ALT, an association of literary translators. He writes a weekly column featuring poems for the newspaper Haiti en Marche. Amirthanayagam is a past recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The US/Mexico Fund for Culture and the Macdowell Colony.

Dan Vera is a writer, editor, watercolorist, and literary historian. The recipient of the 2017 Oscar Wilde Award for Poetry and the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, he’s the co-editor of Imaniman: Poets Writing In The Anzaldúan Borderlands (Aunt Lute Books) and author of two books of poetry, Speaking Wiri Wiri (Red Hen Press) and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (Beothuk Books). His work is featured by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and included in college and university curricula, various journals including Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly; and in anthologies including the forthcoming Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, The Travelers Vade Mecum, and The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South. A featured reader around the country including the Poetry Foundation, New York City’s Poets House and the Dodge Poetry Festival.

The Walt Whitman 200 Festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War. Over the course of twelve days, this city-wide celebration will emphasize the poet’s continuing influence on American culture and the city’s culture, and showcase the themes closest to the poet’s heart: unity, democracy, and healing. With events in all of DC’s eight wards, the festival includes multiple opportunities for residents to engage with Whitman’s legacy through readings, discussions, workshops, family events, exhibits, and more.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nerds! Trivia Night

Saturday, May 25, 8:00 pm

Join us for a night of Route 66 trivia!

How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. in The Den. Then grab a drink special, put on your thinking cap, and join us upstairs for three rounds of mind-bending trivia by 8 p.m. Prizes awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages.

Beer and wine will be available.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tony Horwitz - Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide

Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781101980286
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Published: Penguin Press - May 14th, 2019

Before discovering his calling as a landscape architect, Fredrick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) was a farmer, a journalist, and an abolitionist. In the late 1850s, The New York Times dispatched him to the American South to give poorly informed Northerners a truer sense of the region. Olmsted’s reports on slavery and the extremism of its defenders shocked his readers. More than a century later, Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the classic Confederates in the Attic, retraces Olmsted’s 6,000-mile journey to discover the reality of today’s South. Traveling by rail, riverboat, and on horseback whenever possible, Horwitz journeyed from Appalachia down the Ohio and Mississippi, through Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and across Texas to the Rio Grande. Venturing off the beaten paths, he discovered the latest iterations of the Old South.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Simon Tam - Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court — in conversation with Robert Barnes — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9781733629102
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Published: Troublemaker Press - April 30th, 2019

Tam founded his Asian-American dance rock band, The Slants, in 2006. Known for their community activism, the band dedicated itself to overturning stereotypes—a mission that started with the name, which refers not only to individual perspectives and guitar chords, but to Asian ethnic identity. Seeking to reclaim this derogatory term as a badge of pride, Tam applied to register “Slant” as a trademark. When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected his application, Tam pursued his case to the Supreme Court—where he won a unanimous victory in 2017. In this spirited and inspiring memoir of his fight for free speech, Tam reflects on questions of identity as he moves from anime conventions and cultural festivals all the way through the U.S. legal system.

Tam will be in conversation with Robert Barnes, reporter for The Washington Post covering the U.S. Supreme Court.

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

William Geroux - The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525557463
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Published: Viking - May 14th, 2019

In The Mathews Men, Geroux, a former journalist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, highlighted the vital role of the Merchant Marines in the Second World War. His follow-up looks back to July 1942, telling the little known story of Convoy PQ-17, a fleet of Allied ships charged with a dangerous—and crucial—mission. The thirty-five ships were dispatched by Roosevelt and Churchill to carry supplies to the Soviet port of Archangel and shore up the tenuous alliance with Stalin, but only four vessels escaped the twin threats of Nazi attacks and perilous ice to reach their goal. In this vivid narrative, Geroux skillfully recreates the challenging conditions, the tension, and the dynamics among those on board the ships.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Brenda Wineapple - The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$32.00
ISBN: 9780812998368
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Published: Random House - May 21st, 2019

The challenge of reuniting the nation after the Civil War was as fraught as the conflict itself. As Wineapple, award-winning author of Ecstatic Nation, shows in her detailed history, Congress was divided over questions including restoring the South to its ante-bellum status, punishing former Confederates, and granting the vote to freed Blacks. President Andrew Johnson, however, felt that Reconstruction was unnecessary, opposed civil rights, and, flouting Congress, invoked executive orders to swiftly pardon the rebel soldiers. In response, the House of Representatives voted to impeach him—a decision not taken lightly. Following this unprecedented event step-by-step, Wineapple examines questions of the separation of powers and the meaning of the nation’s core values, as well as bringing to life a host of fascinating and complex figures such as William Seward, Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, and Ulysses S. Grant.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Arvin Ahmadi - Girl Gone Viral—in Children and Teens

Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780425289907
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 21st, 2019

Down and Across Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780425289884
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Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, coding is everything. She can code her world into perfection, making craters on Mars and shimmering lakes out of nothing. But the one thing she can’t code into existence is her dad, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances when she was ten. When he never returned, she tried to forget him. Until now. That’s because WAVE, the world’s biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets the chance to meet its billionaire founder, the very man who just might know what actually happened to Opal’s father. Opal, determined to win at any cost, rigs the contest. But what begins as a simple hack devolves into a deepening pit of lies, deceit, and manipulation. Just how far will Opal go for answers? Ages 12 and up.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Julie Orringer - The Flight Portfolio — in conversation with Katharine Noel

Thursday, May 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$28.95
ISBN: 9780307959409
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Orringer made a memorable literary debut with the remarkable stories in her award-winning collection, How to Breathe Underwater. Then her first novel, The Invisible Bridge, made her a star. Praised for its breadth of imagination and masterful presentation of history, the book was a bestseller and remains a favorite. In her eagerly-awaited follow-up, Orringer returns to occupied Europe, this time with a powerful and compelling narrative based on Varian Fry. An American journalist who went to France in 1940 hoping to spirit out Jewish artists and thinkers, Fry stayed for over a year, and Orringer deftly narrates his dedication to his mission, the growing threats to the Jews he befriended, and brings us closer to the real people behind well-known names like Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, André Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall.

Orringer will be in conversation with Katharine Noel, author of Meantime and Halfway House.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Stephanie Burt - Don't Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780465094509
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Published: Basic Books - May 21st, 2019

Called "one of the most influential poetry critics of [her] generation," by The New York Times, Burt is also one of the most accessible and genuinely enthusiastic. An acclaimed poet in addition to being a Harvard Professor and co-editor of poetry for the Nation, Burt addresses her new book to a diverse general readership, dispelling the intimidating myths of poetry and emphasizing the joy to be found in it. Presenting a wide-ranging selection of poems from the classics to contemporary work, she shows how past poets speak to current poets, how their pieces speak to each other, and, most importantly, how poetry from any period can speak to, and enrich, the lives of today’s readers.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Ece Temelkuran - How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship

Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780008340612
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Published: Fourth Estate - May 28th, 2019

Twice rated one of the ten most influential people in social media, Temelkuran is both an award-winning novelist and Turkey’s most-read political columnist. In her new book she looks at recent political events from around the world— Britain’s Brexit movement, the election of Trump, Erdoğan’s rigged elections in Turkey—identifying the pattern of an insidious wave of populism. Arguing that people need to stop saying “it can’t happen here” and face the reality that it is happening everywhere, Temelkuran points out the warning signs we can’t afford to ignore and proposes global answers to what has become a global problem.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Stephen Budiansky - Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas

Saturday, June 1, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780393634723
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 28th, 2019

One of the most widely cited United States Supreme Court justices in history, Holmes (1841-1935), the source of “clear and present danger,” served on the high court from 1902 to 1932. Prior to that he was Associate and then Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court as well as a pioneering legal scholar at Harvard Law School. In the first biography to draw on the complete digitization of Holmes’s papers, Budiansky, a historian, journalist, and author of books including Code Warriors, details the scope of the jurist’s thinking, traces his influence on the role of the Supreme Court in American government, and shows how his moral courage, scorn for dogmas, and intellectual curiosity were rooted in his harrowing experiences in the Civil War.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

William V. P. Newlin - Drunk at the State Department: A Memoir

Saturday, June 1, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9781940423142
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Published: Four Winds Press - May 14th, 2019

A foreign service officer from the early 1960s until his retirement over twenty years later, Newlin served in Paris, Guatemala, Brussels, and finally as Consul General in Nice, with an assignment at the State Department in Washington between each overseas posting. His memoir, however, is less a look back at the diplomatic life than it is a revelatory account of the life of a high-functioning alcoholic. Newlin grew up in high-society Philadelphia and soon adopted the habit of regular cocktail hours. He drank at boarding school, at Harvard, and throughout his career. As he reports the various subterfuges he devised to conceal the extent of his drinking, he gives an illuminating picture of alcohol’s role in the culture of white male privilege in the 1950s and ‘60’s.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Catherine Cusset - Life of David Hockney — in partnership with Alliance Française

Saturday, June 1, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Life of David Hockney: A Novel Cover Image
By Catherine Cusset, Teresa Fagan (Translated by)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781590519837
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Published: Other Press - May 14th, 2019

In her compelling fictional portrait of one of the giants of 20th-century art, Cusset transforms meticulous research into a vivid and moving story of a man driven to create both a body of work and a life that ran counter to notions of what was acceptable. A gay man when homosexuality was still a crime and an innovative figurative artist in an era favoring abstractions, Hockney escaped London for long periods in New York and California, where he produced his iconic swimming pool images and found new loves, but also experienced the tragedy of the AIDS crisis. Telling the stories behind Hockney’s images, the French-born Cusset, whose widely translated novels include The Story of Jane, shows us a man both indomitable and vulnerable, whose dedication to his art is matched by his unstinting devotion to friends and family.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robert Blaemire - Birch Bayh: Making a Difference

Sunday, June 2, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$40.00
ISBN: 9780253039170
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Published: Indiana University Press - April 12th, 2019

One of the preeminent congressmen of the twentieth century, Bayh served as U.S. Senator from 1963 to 1981. During that remarkable tenure, Bayh authored the Equal Rights Amendment, Title IX, and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Act and co-authored the Patent and Trademark Law Amendments Act, aka the Bayh-Dole Act. He also became the only non-Founding Father to write two Constitutional amendments: the 25th, on presidential succession, and the 26th, which lowered the legal voting age to eighteen. Blaemire, a member of Bayh’s staff for thirteen years, gives a close and fascinating look at a remarkable statesman and his enduring legacy as well as evoking an era when national government was a place of bipartisanship and compromise.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jeffrey Blount - The Emancipation of Evan Walls — in conversation with Zachary Kiesch

Sunday, June 2, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$18.95
ISBN: 9781633938106
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Published: Koehler Books - June 15th, 2019

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781633939165
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Published: Koehler Books - June 15th, 2019

In his latest novel for adults, Blount, a documentary scriptwriter and Emmy award-winning director at NBC, explores the tangled legacy of racism in the lives of one family. The narrative opens with Evan Walls and his wife, happily married for thirteen years and expecting their first child. Worried about his ability protect the baby, Evan is moved to tell his wife certain things about his own childhood that he has kept from her, and the story jumps back to 1968, when Evan was ten and lived in New Canaan, Virginia. One night he announced his ambitions, setting himself on a path that would cause him repeatedly to ask if he was “black enough,” a question he finally resolves with the help of his wife, grandmother, and a loyal mentor. Blount will be in conversation with Zachary Kiesch, a correspondent for ABC News.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Matt McCarthy - Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic

Sunday, June 2, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780735217508
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Published: Avery - May 21st, 2019

In this urgent story of the race against time to develop ways to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria, McCarthy, a staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and author of The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly, gives us an inside look at the clinical trials of a new drug scientists hope will combat superbugs like MRSA and flesh-eating bacteria. Along the way McCarthy charts the complicated paperwork and approval process involved in such trials, discusses the ethical debates involved, introduces some of the patients whose lives depend on the outcome of the trials, and looks back over the history of bacteria and antibiotics.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Heather Leah - Let’s Make Yoga Magic—at Union Market

Sunday, June 2, 5:00 pm
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By Heather Leah, Sandie Sonke (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781641701297
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Published: Familius - May 15th, 2019

Heather Leah, local artist, writer, teacher, and founder of WithLoveDC will lead a family yoga practice and story time to introduce her new book, Let’s Make Yoga Magic. In this interactive book, pull the levers, turn the wheels, and watch as charming children come to life to act out 13 yoga poses and create other yoga magic. Heather’s guidance paired with her book’s helpful instructions will inspire yogis of all ages. Ages 2-7. Families are welcome to bring their own yoga mats, but they aren’t required.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Roxana Robinson - Dawson's Fall

Monday, June 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374135218
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - May 14th, 2019

Robinson’s new novel is set in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1889, where Frank Dawson, an outspoken Englishman, has settled after his belief in states’ rights led him to fight for the Confederacy. Frank also believes in civil rights, and as editor of the Charleston News and Courier, he hopes to bring humanity and justice to the New South. But due to a series of family scandals and political events beyond his control, Frank’s paper loses readership and despite writing diligently about questions of freedom, equality, and rights, he’s unable to shape reality to his dreams. Robinson, the author of novels including Sparta and Cost, draws on the lives of her great-grandparents for this moving and thought-provoking evocation of Reconstruction-era America.  

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Author Panel with Elizabeth Acevedo, Robin Benway and Meg Medina—at The Wharf

Monday, June 3, 7:00 pm
With the Fire on High Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662835
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Published: HarperTeen - May 7th, 2019

Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690496
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Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2018

Far from the Tree Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062330635
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Published: HarperTeen - June 4th, 2019

The Poet X Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: HarperTeen - March 6th, 2018

Burn Baby Burn Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536200270
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Published: Candlewick - March 27th, 2018

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763671648
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Published: Candlewick - August 26th, 2014

Yaqui Delgado quiere darte una paliza Cover Image
By Meg Medina, Teresa Mlawer (Translated by)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780763679408
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Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2016

Far from the Tree Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062330628
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Published: HarperTeen - October 3rd, 2017

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ISBN: 9780802735454
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Published: Walker & Company - November 12th, 2013

Going Rogue: an Also Known As novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780802737861
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - January 13th, 2015

Audrey, Wait! Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781595141927
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Published: Razorbill - April 2nd, 2009

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780062330604
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Published: HarperTeen - September 5th, 2017

Award-winning authors Elizabeth Acevedo, Robin Benway and Meg Medina come together for an exciting panel event. These powerful storytellers give voice to new generations of under-represented young people and examine what it means to come of age in America today. In this conversation, they’ll discuss their writing processes and the ways in which their personal experiences and earning major awards have influenced their work.

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Debbie Ridpath Ohi - I’m Worried (I’m Books series)

Tuesday, June 4, 10:30 am
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781534415867
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

I'm Sad (The I'm Books) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481476270
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

I'm Bored (The I'm Books) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442414037
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2012

It’s hard to live in the moment when you can’t stop worrying! Potato and Flamingo worry about everything that could possibly go wrong. Flamingo is afraid of getting his beak stuck in a peanut butter jar, and Potato is terrified of rolling off the table, but Little Girl assures them that even though bad things can happen, everything usually turns out okay. Punchy, funny text, paired with bold illustrations bring this poignant and necessary story to life. Ages 4-8.

This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, reservations are required for school groups interested in attending. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Peter Wehner - The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Tuesday, June 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062820792
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Published: HarperOne - June 4th, 2019

In his heartfelt and compelling manifesto, Wehner, a New York Times contributing Op-Ed writer and one of the leading conservative critics of Trump, offers a stirring declaration of faith in the unique American tradition of doing politics. Drawing on history and his own extensive experience serving in the administrations of Reagan and both Presidents Bush, Wehner reminds disillusioned citizens of the valuable lessons we have learned over the course of the great experiment that is America—the importance of checks and balances, the rule of law—and argues that only if we abandon hatred and reaffirm everyone’s right to their own beliefs can we turn the country away from the despair that threatens to undermine democracy.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

José Andrés - Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook

Tuesday, June 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780062668387
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Published: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco - May 21st, 2019

Andrés, the Michelin-starred, James Beard Award-winning chef, follows up We Fed an Island, his inspiring account of serving meals to the survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, with a transformative book on cooking with vegetables. Drawing on a wide range of culinary traditions, Andrés stays vegetable-focused while featuring dishes that include a variety of ingredients. Ranging from a simple lentil stew to the classic Spanish gazpacho to potatoes baked in fresh compost, Andrés serves up a rich selection of recipes along with tips and suggestions that will change both how we eat vegetables and how we think about them.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Daniel B. Poneman - Double Jeopardy: Combating Nuclear Terror and Climate Change — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Double Jeopardy: Combating Nuclear Terror and Climate Change (Belfer Center Studies in International Security) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780262037303
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Mit Press - May 28th, 2019

As the consequences of climate change grow ever more dire, it seems imperative that we use every alternative to carbon-based fuels—but does this include nuclear energy? Poneman argues that it does, despite the risks that atomic materials and technology could fall into the hands of terrorists. Drawing on his extensive experience as a former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, acting secretary of energy, and former member of the National Security Council staff, Poneman, now a senior fellow with the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, shows that the issues of atomic power and climate change are inextricably linked. His insightful analysis squarely faces the dangers and answers them with a series of policy and security proposals premised on cooperation between government and industry to maximize energy benefits and minimize risks.

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20008

David Epstein - Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World — in conversation with Daniel H. Pink

Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735214484
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 28th, 2019

In The Sports Gene, Epstein explored what goes into the making of top athletes. His new book builds on that research, revealing the factors that enable people to excel not only in sports but in the arts, business, and science. Many of Epstein’s findings counter prevailing assumptions—achievement does not depend on early specialization, for instance. Rather, generalists are often the most creative, flexible, and innovative thinkers; when they find their calling late, they bring to it a wealth of useful experience, as well as the ability to make connections others don’t see. This is especially true in the digital age, when computers are mastering skills once reserved for humans. In such an atmosphere, specialists silo themselves but those who think broadly can thrive. Epstein will be in conversation with Daniel H. Pink, author most recently of When.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

SOLD OUT: Tan France - Naturally Tan—at GW Lisner Auditorium

Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm
Naturally Tan: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250208668
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 4th, 2019

From one of the stars of Netflix's Queer Eye, Tan France's memoir Naturally Tan has his signature wit, style, and tells the origin story of the one of the few openly gay, South Asian men on television. In this heartfelt, funny, touching memoir, France tells his origin story for the first time. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, he reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He illuminates his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and how he finally came out to his family at the age of 34, revealing that he was happily married to the love of his life—a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City.

This event is sold out.

 

 

 

GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Matthew Inman - Why My Cat Is More Impressive Than Your Baby — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Why My Cat Is More Impressive Than Your Baby Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781524850623
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - June 4th, 2019

Since 2009 Inman, an Eisner Award-winning cartoonist, has provided a steady stream of original comics, quizzes, articles, and more on his webcomic, TheOatmeal.com. His new book follows the hilarious How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You with another installment of the best from Oatmeal along with previously unpublished work. Here Inman presents his signature cat jokes, comics about cats—as well as about babies, dogs, lasers, selfies, and pigeons—and a series of helpful guides to questions such as how to comfortably sleep next to your cat, how to befriend a misanthropic cat, and how to hold a baby when you are not used to holding babies.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Erica Perl - Truth or Lie: Sharks! (Step into Reading Series)

Thursday, June 6, 10:30 am
Truth or Lie: Sharks! (Step into Reading) Cover Image
By Erica S. Perl, Michael Slack (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780525578796
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 28th, 2019

The Great Louweezie #1 (Arnold and Louise #1) Cover Image
By Erica S. Perl, Chris Chatterton (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781524790394
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Workshop - January 22nd, 2019

Lost and Found #2 (Arnold and Louise #2) Cover Image
By Erica S. Perl, Chris Chatterton (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781524790424
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Workshop - January 22nd, 2019

Shark lovers will revel in finding out the truth about their favorite ocean predators. This engaging early reader is chock full of fun facts, but 25% of them are false! Using a question-and-answer format, this book’s mascot, the Truth Sleuth, challenges shark fans to separate the truth about these marine creatures from the lies. This funny and fact-packed book is filled with photos of sharks in action and kid-appealing humor. Ages 5-8.

 

This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, reservations are required for school groups interested in attending. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ocean Vuong - On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous — in conversation with Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

Like the stunning poems of his collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Vuong’s kaleidoscopic first novel speaks from the heart of multi-generational PTSD, charting the fate of a Vietnamese-American family struggling to settle into life in Hartford, Connecticut. Vuong frames his novel as a letter from Little Dog, a young gay writer, to his mother. The only one of his family fluent in English, Little Dog sees language as the key to belonging in America, and his determination to record all he knows of his relatives’ lives infuses his every word with life-or-death urgency. Along with stories of his mother and grandmother, he recounts his own coming-of-age as a gay man, becoming a moving elegy to his first lover—dead of an overdose at 22. Vuong will be in conversation with Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Curator of Asian Pacific American Studies at the Smithsonian.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Shannon Watts - Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World — in conversation with Karen Tumulty — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062892560
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Published: HarperOne - May 28th, 2019

Heartsick after the December 14, 2012 shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT., Watts, a stay-at-home mother, reached out to other outraged and frustrated mothers on Facebook. In her inspiring book, she recounts how that core group of concerned individuals grew into Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a nonprofit which now has over 4.5 million members and chapters active in all fifty states. Modeled on MADD and dedicated to protecting children from gun violence, Moms Demand Action has challenged the powerful gun lobby, and Watts—aka “the NRA’s worst nightmare”—shows how the group has successfully effected change at the local, state, and national levels. Presented in conjunction with Gun Violence Awareness Month. Watts will be in conversation with Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post.

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Elizabeth Gilbert - City of Girls—at Lincoln Theatre

Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm
City of Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634734
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 4th, 2019

Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, returns to fiction with a story about love, life, and desire. City of Girls is set in the theater world of the 1940s and is told from the perspective of Vivian Morris as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret, exploring themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. Ultimately, the story leads Vivian to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.

1 Ticket (Balcony) + 1 Book: $40 ($38 for members)
1 Ticket (Orchestra) + 1 Book: $55 ($53 for members)

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Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Summer Member Sale

Friday, June 7, 12:00 am to Sunday, June 9, 11:00 pm

All weekend long, Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9, we invite Politics and Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs!

Members' online and phone purchases will also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.

Enjoy the benefits of your membership at any of our locations.

Click here to learn more about becoming a member!

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Joshua A. Douglas - Vote for Us: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting — in conversation with Trevor Potter — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Friday, June 7, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781633885103
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Prometheus Books - April 9th, 2019

Douglas, a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, has written the rare book that looks at today’s political landscape and finds cause for hope. While many have diagnosed problems including political gridlock, partisanship, extremism, and corruption, Douglas points out that these are the result of broken election, campaign-finance, and ethics laws—and not only can they be fixed, but they’re being addressed at unprecedented levels by state and local reformers across the country. Douglas outlines the various initiatives underway to expand voter eligibility, ease voter registration rules, and make voting more convenient. Douglas will be in conversation with Trevor Potter, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

James Ellroy - This Storm

Friday, June 7, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
This Storm: A novel Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780307957009
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - June 4th, 2019

Ellroy, one of the top crime fiction writers working today, excels at telling large stories on an expansive canvas. He won renown first with his Underworld U.S.A. Trilogy–which included the classic American Tabloid—and cemented his reputation with his unparalleled L.A. Quartet. In his new novel, which follows Perfidia as the second volume of a projected four, Ellroy returns to Los Angeles. The time is 1942. The city is inflamed with war fever and racism, and many in the LAPD are less concerned with fighting crime than with profiteering, tracking down fifth column elements, or, when a body washes up in a mudslide, with claiming a share of the loot from an unsolved gold heist a decade earlier. Masterfully paced, richly plotted, and dripping with noir, this is historical crime fiction at its best—and vintage Ellroy.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Robert Macfarlane - Underland: A Deep Time Journey — in conversation with Ross Andersen

Saturday, June 8, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780393242140
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

Macfarlane has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "the great nature writer of this generation," and his beautiful and wise books—Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, and Landmarks—don’t just show us marvelous landscapes, they explore the traditions, beliefs, and language these places have fostered. His new book delves even further, exploring the “deep time” of caves, glaciers, and burial chambers as well as reflecting on the meaning of our most ancient myths and primal dreams. In a wide-ranging look at the wonderlands beneath our feet—from geological formations of limestone and karst to the ancient art in Lascaux and Chauvet to the many surprises of the Paris catacombs—Macfarlane takes us on a unique and unforgettable adventure. Macfarlane will be in conversation with Ross Andersen, senior editor at The Atlantic.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Joshua A. Claybourn, Alan Taylor, Jason Kuznicki, and Ali Wyne: Our American Story: The Search for a Shared National Narrative

Saturday, June 8, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Our American Story: The Search for a Shared National Narrative Cover Image
By Joshua A. Claybourn (Editor)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781640121706
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Potomac Books - June 2019

Acknowledging that American society has fractured along innumerable lines of class, race, ethnicity, religion, and geography, Claybourn, an author, attorney, and frequent media commentator, asked a wide range of thinkers from across the political spectrum to speculate on the likelihood of Americans’ creating a new unifying story, and, if so, to suggest what that story might be. Joining Claybourn in this discussion of American identity are contributors Alan Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Pulitzer-winning author of The Internal Enemy; Jason Kuznicki, editor of Cato Books and of Cato Unbound, the Cato Institute’s online journal of debate; and Ali Wyne, policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a nonresident fellow at the Modern War Institute.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Xuan Juliana Wang - Home Remedies: Stories — in conversation with Evan Osnos

Saturday, June 8, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Home Remedies: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781984822741
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Hogarth - May 14th, 2019

In her debut collection of stories, Wang writes against Crazy Rich Asians caricatures, giving a rare glimpse into the lives of Chinese millennials. Wang—a former Stegner Fellow who was born in China, grew up in Los Angeles, and returned to Beijing for two years to work as a translator—is sensitive to generational misunderstanding and to the clash between heritage and modernity. Her playful, formally innovative stories follow a wide range of characters: overworked immigrant parents alienated from their children; a spoiled member of the second-generation rich; an Olympic hopeful who abandons his career over unrequited love; and the artistic twenty-year-olds shooting subversive music videos for Beijing bands. Wang will be in conversation with Evan Osnos, a New Yorker staff writer since 2008 and author of the National Book Award-winning The Age of Ambition.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nicole Dennis-Benn - Patsy — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, June 8, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Patsy Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631495632
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - June 4th, 2019

Dennis-Benn, born and raised in Jamaica, made a stunning literary debut with her Lambda Award-winning Here Comes the Sun, a powerful and moving portrait of two sisters struggling to fulfill their dreams amid the harsh realities of Montego Bay. In her eagerly awaited second novel, Dennis-Benn follows the eponymous Patsy from Jamaica to Brooklyn, where she reunites with the woman she loves. But rather than a romantic idyll, Patsy’s new life as an undocumented immigrant is a constant battle for survival. Meanwhile, the daughter she left behind faces her own questions about sexuality, love, and the price of independence. Alternating these two compelling stories, Dennis-Benn explores questions of race, class, and colorism through the lens of the queer female immigrant experience.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Nancy Naomi Carlson - An Infusion of Violets & Jason Gray - Radiation King

Sunday, June 9, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
An Infusion of Violets Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780857426451
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Seagull Books - July 15th, 2019

Radiation King Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780999199435
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Lost Horse Press - April 2019

An award-winning translator and poet, Carlson has rendered English editions of books by a wide range of Francophone poets, including René Char, Martinique’s Suzanne Dracius, and Dijbouti’s Abdourahman Waberi—one of which, The Nomads, My Brothers, Go Out to Drink from the Big Dipper, was a finalist for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. She has won two chapbook awards for her own poetry, and her first full-length collection, Kings Highway, was a co-winner for the Washington Writers’ Publishing House competition. Writing with her signature musical and sensuous language, in her new book of poems Carlson introduces characters including Monet, Rachmaninoff, and her own ex-husbands, displaying a technical virtuosity with both traditional forms and free-verse poems.

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Gray, author of two poetry chapbooks, won the 2008 Hollis Summers Prize for his first full-length collection, Photographing Eden, which was praised for the poet’s “quiet but profound” attention to detail in both nature and art. In his second book Gray tunes his lyric intensity to the past and future of the atomic world, exploring a history of fallout shelters and radioactive cure-alls as well as envisioning both the possible utopia of limitless energy and the catastrophe of nuclear annihilation. As he looks from microscopic hydrogen atoms to the cosmic Eagle Nebula, Gray implicitly questions where humanity falls on this scale.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Susan Richards Shreve - More News Tomorrow

Sunday, June 9, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
More News Tomorrow Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393292947
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2019

In a literary career spanning fifteen novels, a memoir, and thirty books for children, not to mention chairing the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and founding George Mason University’s MFA creative writing program, Shreve has earned a reputation for elegant prose, deep insight into human experience, and engaging, empathetic storytelling. Her new novel is a rich family drama that opens as Georgianna Grove, the septuagenarian matriarch, receives a letter that compels her to return to her childhood home. No idyll, Missing Lake, Wisconsin, was the place where Georgianna’s father killed her mother sixty-six years earlier. Determined at last to uncover the truth about the tragedy that has haunted her all her life, Georgianna embarks on a risky expedition to the past—one involving a canoe trip up the treacherous Bone River.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Martin Walker - The Body in the Castle Well

Monday, June 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Body in the Castle Well: A Bruno, Chief of Police novel (Bruno, Chief of Police Series #14) Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525519980
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - June 4th, 2019

In his latest case, Bruno Courrèges, the charismatic chief of police in St. Denis, France, is called in to discover if the death of a young American student was accidental or of it was related to what she’d learned about her mentor. The wealthy Monsieur de Bourdeille made his fortune through the sale of paintings, and evidence is surfacing that they were misattributed. Bruno’s investigation leads him in several seemingly unrelated directions, from Bourdeille’s activities during the German occupation—which included his arrest by a Vichy policeman, who also becomes of interest—to those of a falconer who works at the former home of Josephine Baker. Walker, senior fellow of the Global Business Policy Council, former editor in chief at United Press International, and part-time resident of Dordogne, tells a story rich in suspense, history, and uniquely French ambience.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Michael C. Dorf and George Van Dusen - Clear It with Sid!: Sidney R. Yates and Fifty Years of Presidents, Pragmatism, and Public Service — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Monday, June 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Clear It with Sid!: Sidney R. Yates and Fifty Years of Presidents, Pragmatism, and Public Service Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780252042447
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: University of Illinois Press - April 30th, 2019

Sidney R. Yates (1909-2000) was a commanding figure in the U.S. House of Representatives for half a century. He served under ten presidents and, as chair of a House Appropriations Subcommittee, was instrumental in shaping national policy on the environment, Native American rights, human rights, Israel and anti-Semitism, and the arts and humanities. In their detailed biography, Dorf and Van Dusen, both of whom worked closely with Yates—Dorf as his special counsel and campaign chairman, and Van Dusen as overseer of Yates’s Ninth District operations—trace the statesman’s rise from his childhood as son of a blacksmith from Lithuania through his years as an increasingly skillful legislator. Drawing on wide access to Yates’s papers, friends, and family, they present a rich portrait of a tireless worker, bipartisan dealmaker, and devoted patriot.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Jordan and Jen Lee Reeves - Born Just Right—in Children and Teens

Monday, June 10, 7:00 pm
Born Just Right (Jeter Publishing) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534428386
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Aladdin - June 4th, 2019

 

Jordan and Jen Lee Reeves in conversation with Naomi Wadler.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Suketu Mehta - This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374276027
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 4th, 2019

Mehta is the award-winning author of Pulitzer-finalist Maximum City, an associate professor of journalism at NYU, and an immigrant. Born in India, he grew up in New York City, and his personal experience grounds this insightful examination of the explosive issue of immigration. Drawing on his years of reporting around the world, he shows that people are being displaced at an increasingly rapid pace due to climate change, violence, and the disruptive legacy of colonialism. While many in the West fear this human tidal wave, Mehta argues that it’s exactly that fear of immigration—rather than the immigrants themselves—that is destructive. As his many accounts of newly settled individuals proves, immigrants enrich their adopted homelands in countless ways.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Joseph Menn - Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World — in conversation with John Lester — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541762381
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: PublicAffairs - June 4th, 2019

Menn, an investigative reporter for Reuters, has covered hacking for nearly twenty years, winning three Best in Business awards and breaking major stories, including those concerning the Russian penetration of Hillary Clinton’s emails. His new book is a deeply reported account of the Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc), one of the oldest and most respected hacking groups around. Originator of the term “hacktivism,” the group has included activists, artists, and Beto O’Rourke. Given exclusive access to the group’s emails, chats, and other records, supplemented by interviews with intelligence agents and international security professionals, Menn details how the cDc has been working to make personal data safer, battling electoral misinformation, and trying to ensure that technology is a force for good, rather than for surveillance and oppression.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

CANCELLED: Natasha Tynes - They Called Me Wyatt — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
They Called Me Wyatt Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781947856752
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Rare Bird Books - June 11th, 2019

 

This event has been cancelled.

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Ash Carter - Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon — in conversation with David Ignatius

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524743918
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton - June 11th, 2019

There will not be a public signing portion of this program, but the author will presign a limited number of copies for purchase at the event.

One of our most highly respected career politicians, Carter started his nearly four-decade run at the Department of Defense as a physicist protecting the nation from Soviet nuclear threats and ended it as the country’s 25th Secretary of Defense under Obama. Drawing on his vast experience, Carter, now Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School, gives a detailed inside view of the nation’s single-largest institution. Demystifying a part of official Washington often distrusted or misunderstood, Carter explains many of the important defense policy decisions made in the last half century, outlines the DOD’s role in protecting the security and freedom of billions of people around the world, and shows why the Pentagon and other intelligence agencies are more crucial than ever.

Carter will be in conversation with David Ignatius, foreign affairs columnist for The Washington Post and author most recently of The Quantum Spy.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Amanda Little - The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World — in conversation with Joe Yonan — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780804189033
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Harmony - June 4th, 2019

An award-winning journalist and professor at Vanderbilt, Little spent three years traveling the world to find the answer to one of our most pressing questions: how will we be able to sustainably feed a population of nine or ten billion people? In her thorough and ultimately hopeful investigation, Little takes us to sites ranging from Wisconsin apple orchards and famine-stricken regions of Ethiopia to a remote-control organic farm in Shanghai, a U.S.-Army lab, and a California sewage plant, exploring options such as GMOs, permaculture, and substitutes for animal meat, and showing how scientists, farmers, engineers, activists, and other innovators are working to develop new approaches to food production that will eventually reinvent the world’s food system. Little will be in conversation with Joe Yonan, food and dining editor of The Washington Post.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Raphael Bob-Waksberg - Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524732011
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - June 11th, 2019

In his debut collection of stories, the creator and executive producer of the hit show BoJack Horseman—named by Thrillist magazine Netflix’s best original show ever—applies his distinctive dark humor to the mysteries of love.  Combining romance, whimsy, and sharp cultural commentary, Bob-Waksberg plunges into the world of lonely commuters looking for—and failing to find—connections; follows a couple whose wedding plans founder on their relatives’ argument over how many goats to sacrifice; and maps a woman’s history of romantic failure by the sites she visited with her exes. Quirky and surreal, these pieces are as wryly insightful as they are hilariously entertaining.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

John Gans - White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War — in conversation with Graeme Wood — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781631494567
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 14th, 2019

The National Security Council was created in 1947 to advise and assist the president on national security and foreign policy. Seven decades later, the NSC has become, as George W. Bush said, the chief executive’s "personal band of warriors.” In this comprehensive history of one of the government’s most secretive and powerful agencies, Gans, a Pentagon speechwriter under Obama and now head of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House Global Order Program, profiles the work of every national security advisor, assesses the contributions of lower-level NSC staffers, and traces NSC influence in events including the Iran-Contra scandal, the intervention in Bosnia, and the invasion of Iraq. Drawing on archival sources and extensive interviews, Gans traces the inexorable rise of the NSC’s dominance in American foreign policy and the concurrent increase in the nation’s hawkishness and polarization.

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Linda Hirshman - Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment

Friday, June 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781328566447
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - June 11th, 2019

The first history of the long fight against sexual harassment, Hirshman’s book is a detailed look at the incidents, the cases, and above all the women who paved the way for the #MeToo era. The author of the Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg double-portrait Sisters in Law and the account of the gay rights revolution Victory, Hirshman writes as both social historian and a lawyer, investigating in detail landmark events such as the workplace harassment stories that surfaced in the 1970s and the tensions laid bare during the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal. Arguing that liberalism’s blind spots delayed feminism until Weinstein’s accusers spoke out, Hirshman spotlights the unsung heroism of women of color over the last fifty years and points out the crucial role women in the new media are playing today.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Elizabeth Geoghegan - Eightball & Polly Rosenwaike - Look How Happy I'm Making You: Stories

Saturday, June 15, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$15.95
ISBN: 9781939650955
Availability: Backordered
Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - May 2019

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780385544030
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Published: Doubleday - March 19th, 2019

Recalling the edgy realism of her writing mentor Lucia Berlin, the expertly paced fictions of Geoghegan’s second collection combine love stories with travel narratives, charting the emotional and physical landscapes of characters who long for intimacy but too often end up feeling disconnected and world weary. Unfolding variously in Chicago, Boulder, Bangkok, and the Veneto, these stories explore themes of desire and loneliness, and Geoghegan, who grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Rome, writes with a wry humor and eloquence that deftly excavates the line between alluring illusion and disappointing actuality.

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The twelve stories of Rosenwaike’s honest, empathetic debut collection explore the many things motherhood means to young women. Evoking the challenges of both becoming and not becoming a mother, Rosenwaike, Michigan Quarterly fiction editor and contributor to The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, shows how children—or the lack of them—shape families, relationships, and identity. One story charts the contrasting experience of two sisters, one of whom first rejects parenthood then gets pregnant and keeps the child, while the other endures endless, fruitless infertility treatments; other pieces follow the annual Mother’s Day gatherings of a group of motherless, childless women and track a pregnant poet as she revisits the might-have-beens of an unrequited love.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Frank Langfitt - The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China — in conversation with Steve Inskeep

Saturday, June 15, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781610398145
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Published: PublicAffairs - June 11th, 2019

Langfitt, now NPR’s London correspondent, spent a decade reporting from China. To get a taste of what people there were really doing and thinking, he started a novel taxi service: offering free rides in exchange for conversations. Over the course of several years, beginning as China’s phenomenal boom began to slow, Langfitt talked to a diverse, quirky, and representative group—ranging from a zealous car dealer to a migrant worker fond of John Denver’s music to a man who managed to get his family out of the country but was unable to leave himself—who were struggling to adapt to the new reality in their country, one of unequal growth, political anxiety, and a newly empowered strongman.

Langfitt will be in conversation with Steve Inskeep, host of Morning Edition and Up First on National Public Radio, and former NPR transportation correspondent.

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Washington, DC 20008

Aleksandar Hemon - My Parents: An Introduction / This Does Not Belong to You

Saturday, June 15, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374217433
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Published: MCD - June 11th, 2019

The author of three collections of short fiction, two novels, and a book of personal essays, Sarajevo-born Hemon has kept readers laughing and crying since 1995 with his crackling prose, dark wit, and intimate details of life as an immigrant. In his two new works—published back to back in one volume—he delves deeper into his own and his family’s experience of war and displacement. My Parents is a vivid chronicle of his parents’ flight from Sarajevo to Canada that doubles as a rich portrait of Hemon’s homeland. This Does Not Belong to You complements the first book’s close focus with a wide-ranging series of memories and profiles, each a gem of insight and close observation.

 

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Washington, DC 20008

Elaine Welteroth - More Than Enough—at Sidwell Friends

Saturday, June 15, 7:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525561583
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Published: Viking - June 11th, 2019

Award-winning journalist, judge on the new Project Runway, and former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth gives readers a riveting and timely coming-of-age tale with More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say). Intimate and inspiring, and brimming with vulnerability, humor, and hard-earned wisdom, Welteroth explores race, identity, power, ambition, and what it means to come into your own on your terms. Part memoir, part manifesto, and a powerful declaration from one of the most admired media trailblazers and (s)heroes of recent years, this book is an honest portrait of what success really looks like, and a moving affirmation for anyone who’s ever been told “no”—and didn’t listen.

Welteroth will be in conversation with Brittany Packnett, vice president of national community alliances for Teach for America, a co-founder of Campaign Zero, and a member of President Barack Obama's 21st Century Policing Task Force.

This event will include an author book signing.

Ticket Only: $15
1 Ticket + 1 Book: $35 ($33 for members)

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Sidwell Friends Meeting House
3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Bloomsday Ulysses Reading 2019

Sunday, June 16, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780679722762
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Published: Vintage - June 16th, 1990

It’s Bloomsday again! Join us for our own mini-marathon reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the famous novel that rambles around Dublin. Marathon readings of this modernist masterpiece can go on for days, but P&P’s little version will last just over an hour. Volunteer to read a short prepared portion of the novel as straight or as fulsome as you wish.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Antonia Tricarico - Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997-2017 — in conversation with Lely Constantinople and Natalie Avery

Sunday, June 16, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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By Antonia Tricarico (Photographer), Joan Jett (Contribution by), Amy Farina (Contribution by)
$32.95
ISBN: 9781617757198
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Published: Akashic Books - June 4th, 2019

An internationally known photographer specializing in music, Tricarico has more than two decades of experience, including collaborating with Dischord Records, Kill Rock Stars, and Youth Action Research Group. Focusing largely on the women of D.C’s vibrant music underground from the 1990s to today, her book features more than 150 photos of classic homegrown performers such as Fugazi, Branch Manager, and the Make-Up along with bands they became or inspired—Dead Meadow, Motorcycle Wars, the Evens, and Weird War—and visiting musicians like Dutch group the Ex and Italy’s Uzeda. The stunning images are complemented by essays by some of the top female artists of the era, including Joan Jett, Amy Farina, Tara Jane O'Neil, and more. Tricarico will be joined by contributors Lely Constantinople, a D.C. photo artist, and Natalie Avery, founder of Youth Action Research Group and former member of Fire Party.

 

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