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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

Gubar's "Late-Life Love" (19128)

Does romance belong only to the young? Join author and professor emerita Alyce Miller for a lively, provocative, and in-depth discussion of Susan Gubar’s gorgeous and deeply moving new memoir, Late-Life Love. Romance in later life delivers a multitude of joys as well as complications. In feminist critic Susan Gubar’s most recent book, joy reigns supreme, despite the vicissitudes of personally navigating health, adult daughters grandchildren, and a vibrant community of friendships, one of which has gone astray. Sunday, December 1, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Balzac’s "Le Père Goriot" (19135)

Dubbed the father of realism, Honoré de Balzac’s most famous fictional father is Père Goriot, the wilted maker of vermicelli at the center of an 1835 novel that forms the cornerstone of the author’s sprawling project,  La Comédie humaine.  A retelling of King Lear that is perhaps even more tragic for its lack of a loving Cordelia, Balzac’s style is colorful rather than dark, a textured painting of the kinds of people post-Napoleonic France left behind to fend for themselves.  Two Thursdays: December 5 and 12 from 2-4 p.m.

Faces of WWII (2006)

This course examines World War II through the broad lens of European fiction. In six novels, Willens and Newmyer will explore the ways in which characters manage their lives under threats so dire that some respond with unexpected heroism, others resigned to tragedy. The books are The Great Fortune (1960) and The Spoilt City, by Olivia Manning; Atonement (2001), by Ian McEwen; Life after Life (2013), by Kate Atkinson; and All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr. Choose between 3 sections.

Next Book Group Meetings



November 14, 6:30 pm
POPPY WAR, by Kuang
The Poppy War: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062662583
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper Voyager - April 23rd, 2019


Science Fiction

November 14, 7:30 pm
Stranger in a Strange Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984802781
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Ace - July 31st, 2018


A Seat at the Table at Union Market

November 17, 3:30 pm
Malawi's Sisters (Kimbilio National Fiction Prize ) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945588303
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Four Way Books - March 15th, 2019

Travel with Politics & Prose

Lincoln in the Bardo Winter Walking Tour

Sunday, February 9, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Join Andr
éa Seiger and John Dean, author and photographer of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook for a walk in this elegant and peaceful cemetery, the setting of George Saunders prize-winning Lincoln in the Bardo. Sunday, February 9, from 1:00  to 3:00 pm

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.


Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This spring, 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 serenity of the surroundings and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement and now a UNESCO World Heritage site! Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8 am to 8 pm.