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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

Spotlight on Trevor Noah: Born a Crime (19136)

Born a Crime is The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s fast-paced, touching, and humorous memoir about his boyhood days in South Africa. In this class, we will explore Trevor Noah’s witty and poignant account of his extraordinary and subversive childhood, shaped by the absurdities of apartheid, in the townships and suburbs of Johannesburg. Born a Crime is a must-read; not just because it is a remarkable personal story of survival laced with Noah’s characteristic wit, but also because it is a vivid and vital account of the tumultuous dying days of apartheid. Thursday, October 24th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Jemisin's "How Long 'Til Black Future Month?" (19129)

If you’ve been meaning to look into the work of N.K. Jemisin, but simply can’t imagine delving into a sci-fi trilogy right now, this is the class for you. Get a glimpse into the mind of one of today’s most highly-acclaimed speculative fiction authors—without committing to an epic journey. Dive into the dazzling speculative world of N.K. Jemisin, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards, among many others. We’ll discuss individual stories in the collection, as well as overarching themes and techniques, while untangling your questions along the way. Tuesday, October 29, 6- 8 P.M.

Measure for Measure: How to Savor the Meter of Poems (19140)

Join acclaimed poet, editor, and translator and beloved poetry teacher Annie Finch in savoring the intoxicating power of poetry in meter. Three Thursdays: November 7, 14, 21 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings


True Crime

October 17, 7:00 pm
BLACK DAHLIA, RED ROSE, By Eatwell Note: will meet in Classroom
Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved Murder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631494932
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 13th, 2018


A Seat at the Table at Union Market

October 20, 3:30 pm
SULA, by Morrison
Sula (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400033430
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004


Graphic Novels

October 20, 5:00 pm
They Called Us Enemy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603094504
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 16th, 2019

Travel with Politics & Prose

The October Jazz History Tour

Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to noon

Jazz and Prohibition collided in 1920s Washington, and one neighborhood saw it all. We will explore Shaw neighborhood, home to U Street and Washington’s “Black Broadway,” and visit historical and unusual sites that most Washingtonians never see. Led by author Garrett Peck, the walk will be capped by a prohibition-appropriate happy hour, of course.

Navy Yard and Culture House DC

Sunday, November 3, from 10:00 a.m. to noon

Join Andréa Seiger and John Dean, author and photographer of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook for a walk through the photogenic, vibrant and ever-changing Navy Yard neighborhood that lies along the Anacostia River, once intended to be part of a deep water port. It is anchored by the US Navy Yard, the oldest continuously operating Navy installation in the United States, and Nationals Park.

Art and Culture in Barcelona Spain

March 22 through 29, 2020

Politics and Prose invites you to join us for a week of Art and Culture in Barcelona, Spain.