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Tuesday, October 20, 5:00 pm
October Surprise: How the FBI Tried to Save Itself and Crashed an Election Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541761971
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: PublicAffairs - September 22nd, 2020

The 2016 Election, which altered American political history, was not decided by the Russians or in Ukraine or by Steve Bannon. The event that broke Hillary's blue wall in the Midwest and swung Florida and North Carolina was an October Surprise, and it was wholly a product of the leadership of the FBI. This is the inside story by the reporter closest to its center. In September 2016, Hillary Clinton was the presumptively next president of the US. She had a blue wall of states leaning her way in the Midwest, and was ahead in North Carolina and Florida, with a better than even shot at taking normally Republican Arizona. The US was about to get its first woman president. Yet within two months everything was lost. An already tightening race saw one seismic correction: it came in October when the FBI launched an investigation into the Clinton staff's use of a private server for their emails. Clinton fell 3-4 percent in the polls instantly, and her campaign never had time to rebut the investigation or rebuild her momentum so close to election day. The FBI cost her the race.

Devlin Barrett is a reporter with the Washington Post, where he writes about the FBI and the Justice Department. He was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for National Reporting, for coverage of Russian interference in the US election. In 2017, hewas a co-finalist for both the Pulitzer for Feature Writing and the Pulitzer for International Reporting. He has covered federal law enforcement for more than 20 years, and has worked at the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, and the New York Post.

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Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business.  

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website. 

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always. 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 pm
Ana on the Edge Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316458610
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2020

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316515542
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2020

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316515474
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

Join A.J. Sass and YA and middle-grade author Ashley Herring Blake as they discuss this compelling #OwnVoices debut novel and its irrepressible, nonbinary protagonist. Not really a frilly dress kind of kid, US Juvenile figure skating champion Ana-Marie Jin is a little apprehensive about the next season’s princess theme. With the arrival of Hayden, a transgender boy new to the skating world, Ana starts thinking more deeply about gender identity. When Hayden mistakes Ana for a boy, Ana doesn’t correct him—and finds comfort in this boyish identity when they’re together. As their friendship deepens, Ana realizes how hard it is to juggle two different identities on one slippery rink. With a major competition approaching, Ana must decide whether telling everyone the truth is worth risking years of hard work and sacrifice.

A.J. Sass (he/they) is a writer, editor, and competitive skater. A long-time figure skater, he has passed his U.S. Figure Skating Senior Moves in the Field and Free Skate tests, medaled twice at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, and currently dabbles in ice dance. A. J. lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his boyfriend and two cats who act like dogs. Ana on the Edge is his first novel.

Ashley Herring Blake (she/her) is the author of the young adult novels Suffer Love, How to Make a Wish, and Girl Made of Stars, as well as the Stonewall honor novel Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World, The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James, and Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea. Ashley lives in Georgia with her husband and two sons.

Ages 8-12

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 pm
The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509684
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: One World - October 20th, 2020

This event is presented in partnership with George Washington University.

In 2013, Alicia Garza wrote what she called “a love letter to Black people” on Facebook, in the aftermath of the acquittal of the man who murdered seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin. Garza wrote: "Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter."

Long before #BlackLivesMatter became a rallying cry for this generation, Garza had spent the better part of two decades learning and unlearning some hard lessons about organizing. The lessons she offers are different from the “rules for radicals” that animated earlier generations of activists, and diverge from the charismatic, patriarchal model of the American civil rights movement. She reflects instead on how making room amongst the woke for those who are still awakening can inspire and activate more people to fight for the world we all deserve.

The Purpose of Power is the story of one woman’s lessons through years of bringing people together to create change. Most of all, it is a new paradigm for change for a new generation of change-makers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time.

Garza will be in conversation with Rashad Robinson, President of Color Of Change, a leading online racial justice organization.

*ASL services will be provided for this event in the form of Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART).

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Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 21, 2:00 pm
Saucy Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Marianna Raskin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442412781
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 29th, 2020

Checked Cover Image
By Cynthia Kadohata, Maurizio Zorat (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781481446624
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 12th, 2019

Being one of a quadruplet isn’t easy for Becca. Her three brothers all have their own “thing” that make them unique leaving Becca struggling to find where she fits in. During their nightly family walks Becca comes upon a sickly orphaned piglet and realizes that taking care of it is her chance to do something different from her brothers. Saucy, the piglet, quickly grows out of hand and everyone wonders where this little mischief maker came from. Finding the answer may just be something that will finally unite the siblings.

Cynthia Kadohata will be in conversation with her editor, Caitlyn Dlouhy to discuss the inspiration for Saucy, ethical living, and living with rescue animals.

Since publishing her first novel, The Floating World, in 1989, Cynthia Kadohata has been viewed as one of the most compelling novelists in the United States. Her first middle grade novel, Kira-Kira won the Newbery Award in 2005 and her novel The Thing About Luck won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2013. Cynthia has traveled extensively and currently lives in California with her dog and hockey-playing son.

Caitlyn Dlouhy is the Vice President and Editorial Director of Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. She is drawn most toward publishing voices unusual and unexpected, from middle grade and teen fiction to picture books, as well as graphic novels, nonfiction, and poetry. Her books have received numerous prestigious literary awards.

Ages 8-12

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 21, 4:00 pm
Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781594206047
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Press - September 29th, 2020

David S. Reynolds understands the currents in which Abraham Lincoln swam as well as anyone alive. His magisterial biography Abe is the product of full-body immersion into the riotous tumult of American life in the decades before the Civil War.

It was a country growing up and being pulled apart at the same time, with a democratic popular culture that reflected the country's contradictions. Lincoln's lineage was considered auspicious by Emerson, Whitman, and others who prophesied that a new man from the West would emerge to balance North and South. From New England Puritan stock on his father's side and Virginia Cavalier gentry on his mother's, Lincoln was linked by blood to the central conflict of the age. And an enduring theme of his life, Reynolds shows, was his genius for striking a balance between opposing forces. Lacking formal schooling but with an unquenchable thirst for self-improvement, Lincoln had a talent for wrestling and bawdy jokes that made him popular with his peers, even as his appetite for poetry and prodigious gifts for memorization set him apart from them through his childhood, his years as a lawyer, and his entrance into politics.

No one can transcend the limitations of their time, and Lincoln was no exception. But what emerges from Reynolds's masterful reckoning is a man who at each stage in his life managed to arrive at a broader view of things than all but his most enlightened peers. Abraham Lincoln did not come out of nowhere. But if he was shaped by his times, he also managed at his life's fateful hour to shape them to an extent few could have foreseen. Ultimately, this is the great drama that astonishes us still, and that Abe brings to fresh and vivid life. The measure of that life will always be part of our American education.

David S. Reynolds is a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. His other books include Beneath the American Renaissance (winner of the Christian Gauss Award), John Brown, Abolitionist, and Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America. He is a regular book reviewer for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, and The Wall Street Journal.

Harold Holzer is the recipient of the 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize. One of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, Holzer was appointed chairman of the US Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission by President Bill Clinton and awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. He currently serves as the director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, City University of New York. His new book is The Presidents vs. The Press (Dutton).

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Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business.  

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website. 

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always. 

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 21, 8:00 pm
Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316449823
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Hachette Books - October 20th, 2020

Bestselling author Lindy West was once the in-house movie critic for Seattle's alternative newsweekly The Stranger, where she covered film with brutal honesty and giddy irreverence. In Shit, Actually, Lindy returns to those roots, re-examining beloved and iconic movies from the past 40 years with an eye toward the big questions of our time: Is Twilight the horniest movie in history? Why do the zebras in The Lion King trust Mufasa - WHO IS A LION - to look out for their best interests? Why did anyone bother making any more movies after The Fugitive achieved perfection? And, my god, why don't any of the women in Love, Actually ever actually talk?!

In Shit, Actually, West combines her razor-sharp wit and trademark humor with a genuine adoration for nostalgic trash to shed new critical light on some of our defining cultural touchstones-the stories we've long been telling ourselves about who we are. At once outrageously funny and piercingly incisive, this book reminds us to pause and ask, "How does this movie hold up?", all while teaching us how to laugh at the things we love without ever letting them or ourselves off the hook.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, October 22, 10:00 am
Our Little Kitchen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419746550
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 22nd, 2020

They Say Blue Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419728518
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 13th, 2018

Amazing things happen when a community comes together with creativity, energy, and food! Drawn from author/illustrator Jillian Tamaki’s volunteer experiences at a small community kitchen in Brooklyn, Our Little Kitchen captures the chaotic but caring work of neighbors taking care of each other with meals and friendship. Tamaki combines the action-filled illustrations of a graphic novel with a rhyming narrative for an explosion of colors, words, tastes, and smells. “Three bags of apples some of them bruised…cut off the brown bits, they’re still good to use!”. Thumb to the back endpapers to see how these second-hand apples are turned into a dessert to warm the bellies of those you love.

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator. She grew up in Canada and attended the Alberta College of Art and Design. The graphic novel she wrote with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, This One Summer, won a Caldecott Honor in 2015. Her graphic novels center on the messy, scary and confusing parts of growing up. She draws comics, editorial and book illustration, teaches, and contributes to the TV show Adventure Time.

Ages 4-8

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Thursday, October 22, 5:00 pm
Trump on Trial: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781982152994
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Scribner - August 25th, 2020

In the spring of 2019, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi did not favor pursuing Trump's impeachment. Her view was: "He's just not worth it." But by September, after a whistleblower complaint suggesting that Trump had used his office for his political benefit, Pelosi decided to risk it. The impeachment inquiry led to charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, a gamble that ultimately meant Trump would be the first impeached president on the ballot in US history.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan have crafted a powerful, intimate narrative that concentrates on the characters as well as the dramatic events, braiding them together to provide a remarkable understanding of what happened and why-- Drawing on the deep reporting of Post journalists as well as new interviews, Sullivan and Jordan deliver a crisp page-turner with exquisite detail and scenes, deftly illuminating the aims and calculations of key figures, such as Pelosi's evolution from no to yes and Trump's mounting fury as "the I-word" became inevitable.

Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan are a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters for The Washington Post and a bestselling authors. The last book Sullivan and Jordan wrote was the #1 New York Times bestseller, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, the story of Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who were kidnapped in Cleveland and held for a decade. They previously wrote The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail. They were the Washington Post's co-bureau chiefs in Tokyo, Mexico City, and London for fourteen years.

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Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business.  

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website. 

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, October 23, 2:00 pm
No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History Cover Image
By Lindsay H. Metcalf (Editor), Keila V. Dawson (Editor), Jeanette Bradley (Editor), Jeanette Bradley (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781623541316
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Charlesbridge - September 22nd, 2020

Powerful poems by authors including Lesléa Newman, Traci Sorell, and Nikki Grimes introduce fourteen young activists currently taking action in their communities and the United States. From Viridiana Sanchez Santos's quinceañera demonstration against anti-immigrant policy to Zach Wahls's moving declaration that he and his two moms were a family like any other, this gorgeously illustrated book celebrates the young people who know how to be the change they seek. Additional text goes into detail about each youth activist's life and how readers can get involved. Join the volume’s three editors as they discuss their process and share video of some of the contributors sharing their poems.

Lindsay Metcalf grew up on a Kansas farm, flew the coop for a career in the city, and migrated home to write downwind of the neighborhood cattle. She is the author of two more books coming out this fall: Beatrix Potter, Scientist, illustrated by Junyi Wu, and Farmers Unite! Planting a Protest for Fair Prices. An experienced journalist, Lindsay has covered a variety of change-makers as a reporter, editor, and columnist for The Kansas City Star and other news outlets.

Keila Dawson was born and raised in New Orleans. She has been a community organizer and an educator, traveling the world with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. She is committed to re-documenting her family history after journals and photographs were lost in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jeanette Bradley has been an urban planner, an apprentice pastry chef, and the artist-in-residence for a traveling art museum on a train. She is the author and illustrator of Love, Mama, and the illustrator of When the Babies Came to Stay. She lives in Rhode Island with her wife and kids.

Ages 7-10

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, October 23, 4:00 pm
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631491665
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Liveright - October 20th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Join Tamara Payne, Les Payne’s daughter and primary researcher,  as she discusses "The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X" on P&P Live!

An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author’s interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative.

Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X—all living siblings of the Malcolm Little family, classmates, street friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world. His goal was ambitious: to transform what would become over a hundred hours of interviews into an unprecedented portrait of Malcolm X, one that would separate fact from fiction.

Introduced by Payne’s daughter and primary researcher, Tamara Payne, who, following her father’s death, heroically completed the biography, The Dead Are Arising is a penetrating and riveting work that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, October 23, 6:00 pm
Guillotine: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450307
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Graywolf Press - August 4th, 2020

American Faith Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781946448460
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Published: Sarabande Books - November 26th, 2019

Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Stahlecker Selections) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945588495
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Four Way Books - March 2nd, 2020

This poetry panel will explore themes like violence, race, culture, and writing about the personal and political at once.

Panelists include:

Eduardo Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, plus his newest collection, Guillotine, which was long-listed for the 2020 National Book Award. Told through the voices of undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents, and scorned lovers, the collection traverses desert landscapes cut through by migrants, the grief of loss, betrayal’s lingering scars, the border itself—great distances in which violence and yearning find roots.

Maya C. Popa is a Romanian-American poet and the author of two chapbooks, The Bees Have Been Canceled and You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave. Her latest collection, American Faith, begins the manifestation of violence in our country: a destructive administration, a history of cruelty and extermination, and a love of firearms. The kind of violence naturally extends to the personal.

Tommye Blount is a Cave Canem alumnus and author most recently of Fantasia for the Man in Blue. In his debut collection, Tommye Blount orchestrates a chorus of distinct, unforgettable voices that speak to the experience of the Black, queer body as a site of desire and violence.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, October 23, 8:00 pm
Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780307961167
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - October 27th, 2020

With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials--including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews--Heather Clark's Red Comet brings to life the brilliant Sylvia Plath who had poetic ambition from a very young age and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories even before she became a star English student at Smith College in the early 1950s.

Determined not to read Plath's work as if her every act, from childhood on, was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark evokes a culture in transition, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Plath's world: her early relationships and determination not to become a conventional woman and wife; her conflicted ties to her well-meaning, widowed mother; her troubles at the hands of an unenlightened mental-health industry; her Cambridge years and thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes, a marriage of true minds that would change the course of poetry in English; and much more. Clark's clear-eyed portraits of Hughes, his lover Assia Wevill, and other demonized players in the arena of Plath's suicide promotes a deeper understanding of her final days, with their outpouring of first-rate poems.

Clark will be in conversation with Peter K. Steinberg, author of the biography Sylvia Plath and the ‘Introduction’ to The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. He has published several articles on Plath and is a co-editor of the two-volume The Letters of Sylvia Plath, and a co-author of These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 24, 3:00 pm
While the Earth Sleeps We Travel: Stories, Poetry, and Art from Young Refugees Around the World Cover Image
By Ahmed M. Badr, Ben Stiller (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781449496425
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 13th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. 

Join poet and social entrepreneur, Ahmed M. Badr as he celebrates, "While the Earth Sleeps We Travel" with NPR host Ari Shapiro on P&P Live!

A groundbreaking collection of poetry, personal narratives, and art from refugee youth around the world. Foreword by actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller. Beginning in 2018, Ahmed M. Badr—an Iraqi-American poet and former refugee—traveled to Greece, Trinidad & Tobago, and Syracuse, New York, holding storytelling workshops with hundreds of displaced youth: those living in and outside of camps, as well as those adjusting to life after resettlement.

Ahmed M. Badr is a poet and social entrepreneur working to combine poetry, archival material, and multimedia to explore the complexities of migration, identity, and self-expression, with a focus on re-framing and reclaiming the power of tragedy. On July 25, 2006, Ahmed's home in Baghdad was bombed by militia troops. He and his family relocated to Syria, where they lived as refugees for over two years before receiving approval to move to the United States. As a teen, Ahmed founded Narratio, an organization that activates, supports, and highlights the creative expression of displaced young people through fellowships, workshops, publishing, and partnerships. Ahmed has addressed the United Nations on more than ten occasions, and his work has been recognized by National Public Radio, Instagram, Buzzfeed, and Global Citizen, among others. He has exhibited at Harvard University, The Juilliard School, UNICEF House, World Bank Headquarters, Christie’s, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A recent graduate of Wesleyan University, he serves as one of 17 UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals in the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth.

Ari Shapiro has been one of the hosts of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine, since 2015. During his first two years on the program, listenership to All Things Considered grew at an unprecedented rate, with more people tuning in during a typical quarter-hour than any other program on the radio. Shapiro has reported from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One. He has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel, and he has filed stories from dozens of countries and most of the 50 states. Shapiro spent two years as NPR's International Correspondent based in London, traveling the world to cover a wide range of topics for NPR's news programs. His overseas move came after four years as NPR's White House Correspondent during President Barack Obama's first and second terms. Shapiro also embedded with the campaign of Republican Mitt Romney for the duration of the 2012 presidential race. He was NPR's Justice Correspondent for five years during the George W. Bush Administration, covering debates over surveillance, detention and interrogation in the years after Sept. 11. Shapiro was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale. He began his journalism career as an intern for NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, who has also occasionally been known to sing in public.

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

The other way you can support us is always by purchasing a book from our website.

We are so grateful to be surrounded by such a loyal and engaged community and we thank you for your support, now and always.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 24, 5:00 pm
The Death of Comrade President Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781620976067
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: New Press - September 1st, 2020

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Join award winning novelist Alain Mabanckou as he discusses his new book, "THE DEATH OF COMRADE PRESIDENT" with Dominic Thomas on P&P Live!

Mabanckou's riotous new novel, The Death of Comrade President, returns to the 1970s milieu of his awarding-winning novel Black Moses, telling the story of Michel, a daydreamer whose life is completely overthrown when, in March 1977, just before the arrival of the rainy season, Congo's Comrade President Marien Ngouabi is brutally murdered. Thanks to his mother's kinship with the president, not even naive Michel can remain untouched. And if he is to protect his family, Michel must learn to lie.

Alain Mabanckou was born in Congo in 1966. An award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist, Mabanckou currently lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at UCLA. He is the author of African Psycho, Broken Glass, Black Bazaar, and Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty, as well as The Lights of Pointe-Noire, Black Moses, and The Death of Comrade President (The New Press). In 2015, Mabanckou was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize.

Dominic Thomas is Chair of the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies at UCLA. He is the author of Black France and edits the Global African Voices series at Indiana University Press.

 

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Sunday, October 25, 1:00 pm
The Understudy's Handbook: Poems Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781941551226
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Washington Writers' Publishing House - October 15th, 2020

The Rest of the World Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781941551233
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Washington Writers' Publishing House - October 15th, 2020

Congratulate the winners of the 2020 Washington Writers Publishing House awards, Steven Leyva and Adam Schwartz.

2020 Jean Feldman Poetry prize-winner Steven Leyva's The Understudy's Handbook is a collection of beautifully detailed, emotionally lush poems that comprise a portrait of a life, a bi-racial life, an American life. These are smart, evocative poems that invite the heart and prime the head to reconcile the intricacies of our individual lives with the history that has brought us all to this moment in America. Leyva is assistant professor in the University of Baltimore’s Klein Family School of Communications.

2020 Fiction prize-winner Adam Schwartz's The Rest of the World tells the story of kids coming of age in a Baltimore that owes them better. They are studies of characters in crisis-delivered by a writer whose empathies illuminate the longings of teens and young adults forced to navigate complex moral choices. These characters betray one another, seek redemption, rescue loved ones, plot hustles, and refuse to give up on themselves-or each other. Schwartz has an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. For twenty-two years, he has taught high school in Baltimore City.

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Politics and Prose Live!
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Sunday, October 25, 3:00 pm
Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541742420
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 1st, 2020

In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist in the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested by the KGB. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. Every day, Sharansky fought for individual freedom in the face of overt tyranny, a struggle that would come to define the rest of his life.

Never Alone reveals how Sharansky's years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for a very public life after his release. As an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency, Sharansky brought extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising, often uncomfortable, honesty. His story is suffused with reflections from his time as a political prisoner, from his seat at the table as history unfolded in Israel and the Middle East, and from his passionate efforts to unite the Jewish people.

Written with frankness, affection, and humor, the book offers us profound insights from a man who embraced the essential human struggle: to find his own voice, his own faith, and the people to whom he could belong.

Gil Troy is a professor of history at McGill University in Montreal and has a residence in Jerusalem.

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Monday, October 26, 7:00 pm
Trowbridge Road Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207507
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Published: Candlewick - October 6th, 2020

The Dollar Kids Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536213119
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Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2020

It’s the summer of ’83 on Trowbridge Road, and June Bug Jordan is hungry. Months after her father’s death from complications from AIDS, her mother has stopped cooking and refuses to leave the house, instead locking herself away to scour at the germs she believes are everywhere. June Bug threatens this precarious existence by going out into the neighborhood, gradually befriending Ziggy, an imaginative boy who is living with his Nana Jean after experiencing troubles of his own. But as June Bug’s connection to the world grows stronger, her mother’s grasp on reality weakens, pushing June Bug to choose between truth and healing and the only home she has ever known. Longlisted for the National Book Award, this honest novel will resonate with anyone seeking tenderness in an uncertain world.

Marcella Pixley is the award-winning author of Freak, Without Tess, and Ready to Fall. Her poetry can be found in journals including Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and Poet Lore. She teaches eighth grade Language Arts at the Carlisle Public Schools, and lives in an antique farmhouse in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Jennifer Richard Jacobson is an award-winning author whose works include The Dollar Kids, Paper Things, Small as an Elephant, and the Andy Shane series for young readers. When she’s not writing, she provides Writer’s Workshop training for teachers. She lives in Maine with her husband and dog.

Signed bookplates are available with book purchase of Trowbridge Road while supplies last.

Ages 10 and up

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Tuesday, October 27, 2:00 pm
Spy School Revolution Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534443785
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Hide and Seek (Upside-Down Magic #7) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338221558
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 7th, 2020

Spy School British Invasion Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534424715
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

Spy School Goes South Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481477864
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

Spy Ski School (Spy School) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481445634
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

Evil Spy School Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442494909
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

Spy Camp (Spy School) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442457546
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

Spy School Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442421837
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Superspy middle schooler Ben Ripley is surprised when someone bombs the CIA conference room next door—and absolutely shocked when the attacker turns out to be Erica Hale, the spy-in-training he respects more than any other. Ben refuses to believe she’s a double agent, even if the rest of the CIA disagrees. To clear her name and save the world, he must locate the fabled colonial-era insurgent group that’s blackmailing her and thwart their devious plans. Join us for a discussion between Stuart Gibbs and Sarah Mlynowski as they celebrate the latest installment of the smash-hit Spy School series.

Stuart Gibbs is the author of the bestselling FunJungle, Spy School, Moon Base Alpha, and Charlie Thorne series. He has also worked in movies and television, writing screenplays and developing TV shows for major networks. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

Sarah Mlynowski has written several books for children, teens, and adults—including the Upside-Down Magic and Whatever After series and the Magic in Manhattan series. She is a co-founder of OMG BookFest, an interactive experience of books, games, and activities bringing popular authors and early to middle-grade readers in local underserved communities together.

Ages 8-12

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Tuesday, October 27, 5:00 pm
Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781982174026
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - October 27th, 2020

Trust: America's Best Chance Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781631498770
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Published: Liveright - October 6th, 2020

Former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been called both the luckiest man and the unluckiest—fortunate to have sustained a fifty-year political career that reached the White House, but also marked by deep personal losses and disappointments that he has suffered.

Yet even as Biden’s life has been shaped by drama, it has also been powered by a willingness, rare at the top ranks of politics, to confront his shortcomings and reversals of fortune. As he says, “Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.” His trials have forged in him a deep empathy for others in hardship—an essential quality as he addresses Americans in the nation’s most dire hour in decades.

In Joe Biden, Osnos ponders the difficulties Biden will face if elected and weighs how political circumstances, and changes in the candidate’s thinking, have altered his positions. In this nuanced portrait, Biden emerges as a fully-rounded figure, tempered by the flame of tragedy—a man who just may be uncannily suited for his moment in history.

Osnos will be in conversation with Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who recently published the book, Trust: America’s Best Chance about the monumental challenges posed by our present moment. They will discuss the 2020 campaign, the candidacy of Joe Biden, and the future of American politics.

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Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 pm
Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982154615
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 27th, 2020

Christie Tate had just been named the top student in her law school class and finally had her eating disorder under control. Why then was she driving through Chicago fantasizing about her own death? Why was she envisioning putting an end to the isolation and sadness that still plagued her in spite of her achievements?

Enter Dr. Rosen, a therapist who calmly assures her that if she joins one of his psychotherapy groups, he can transform her life. All she has to do is show up and be honest. About everything—her eating habits, childhood, sexual history, etc. Christie is skeptical, insisting that that she is defective, beyond cure. But Dr. Rosen issues a nine-word prescription that will change everything: “You don’t need a cure, you need a witness.” So begins her entry into the strange, terrifying, and ultimately life-changing world of group therapy.

Group is addictive, relatable, and hilarious all at once, shining a light on the way the therapy can break you down, and then reassemble you so that all the pieces finally fit.

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Tuesday, October 27, 8:00 pm
Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984899095
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Published: Vintage - October 20th, 2020

Latinx: En busca de las voces que redefinen la identidad latina Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984899118
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Published: Vintage Espanol - October 20th, 2020

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Young Latinos across the United States are redefining their identities, pushing boundaries, and awakening politically in powerful and surprising ways. Many of them—Afrolatino, indigenous, Muslim, queer and undocumented, living in large cities and small towns—are voices who have been chronically overlooked in how the diverse population of almost sixty million Latinos in the U.S. has been represented. No longer.

Paola Ramos is a host and correspondent for VICE and VICE News, as well as a contributor to Telemundo News and MSNBC. Ramos was the deputy director of Hispanic media for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and a political appointee during the Barack Obama administration, and she also served in President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. She’s a former fellow at Emerson Collective. Ramos received her MA in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn.

Paola Ramos es la presentadora de “Latin-X” en VICE, y contribuyente semanal a Telemundo News, en donde moviliza a la comunidad latinx proporcionándoles un espacio para contar sus historias. Paola ha pasado la mayor parte de su carrera en la política demócrata y los espacios de activismo social. Fue directora adjunta de medios hispánicos para Hillary Clinton, así como funcionaria política en la Casa Blanca durante la presidencia de Obama. Ramos es mexicana, cubana, española y americana. Recibió su Maestría en Política Publica del Harvard Kennedy School, y su licenciatura de Barnard College, Columbia University. Ha escrito para Teen Vogue, NowThis, CNN, PopSugar, RIse Up, VICE Impact y Remezcla.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2:00 pm
Max Meow Book 1: Cat Crusader Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593121054
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Who needs radioactive spiders to turn into a superhero? It is as deliciously easy as eating a radioactive meatball from your friend’s secret lab! Can mild-mannered podCATster Max use his newfound powers for good and save Kittyopolis from the baddies? Will Max listen to the wise words of his best friend or will it be a CATastrophe?

Meet Max the cat crusader in this hilarious new middle-grade graphic novel series, Max Meow by cartoonist John Gallagher. Join us for an interactive event with a drawing presentation and Q&A from the live audience.

John Gallagher is the art director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Ranger Rick magazine and has been drawing comics since he was five. John is also the co-founder of Kids Love Comics (an organization devoted to using graphic novels to promote literacy) and leads workshops teaching kids how to create their own comics. John lives in Virginia with his wife and their three kids.

Ages 7-10

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 pm
What's the Big Deal About Elections Cover Image
By Ruby Shamir, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524738075
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Published: Philomel Books - August 28th, 2018

What's the Big Deal About Elections Cover Image
By Ruby Shamir, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780593116401
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Philomel Books - August 25th, 2020

Did you know that we have more than ninety thousand state and local governments in the United States? Or that Election Day celebrations two hundred years ago featured marching bands and bonfires? Elections allow adult citizens the chance to choose how our cities, states, and country are run. Even kids who can't vote yet can make their voices heard by helping the candidates they like get votes! Our elections can seem complicated, but at their core, they're all about having a say in our own lives and future. Now available in chapter book as well as picture book form, Ruby Shamir presents a fun and fact-filled case for the importance of being an active participant in our democracy.

Talking about electoral politics—especially in contentious times—has always been important, but it’s hard to know where to start. Join us for a kid-friendly event (adults welcome, too) focused on how to talk about the current election.

Ruby Shamir worked at the White House in the Clinton administration for three and a half years, two of which she served in the First Lady's office. She also led Hillary Rodham Clinton's New York Senate office. She is currently an award-winning children's book author and literary researcher in the Bronx, New York, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is the author of the What's the Big Deal About . . . series.

Lissa Muscatine, co-owner of Politics and Prose, has been a journalist and a speechwriter. She joined the Clinton Administration as a presidential speechwriter in 1993, eventually becoming the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Communications to the First Lady. She was a senior advisor on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and served as the Director of Speechwriting and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State under the Obama administration.

Ages 4-9

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Politics and Prose Live!
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Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 pm
The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9780062999719
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Amistad - September 15th, 2020

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Join bestselling author, Ellis Cose discussing his newest, "The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America" on P&P Live!

The critically acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of The Rage of a Privileged Class explores one of the most essential rights in America—free speech—and reveals how it is crumbling under the combined weight of polarization, technology, money and systematized lying in this concise yet powerful and timely book.

Free speech has long been one of American's most revered freedoms. Yet now, more than ever, free speech is reshaping America’s social and political landscape even as it is coming under attack. Bestselling author and critically acclaimed journalist Ellis Cose wades into the debate to reveal how this Constitutional right has been coopted by the wealthy and politically corrupt.

Ellis Cose is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Rage of a Privileged Class. A former contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, his writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Time magazine, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the New York Daily News, among other publications.

Eric E. Sterling retired this summer after 31 years as Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. He was recently appointed by the Montgomery County, MD, County Council to its Policing Advisory Commission for a three-year term. From 1979 to 1989, he was Assistant Counsel, Subcommittee on Crime, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, responsible for anti-pornography laws, illegal drugs, and many other matters. In the late 1970s he was counsel to the Delaware County, PA chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. His analyses have been published in numerous legal and academic journals and books, major newspapers, and broadcast on many major media outlets. He was acquitted on First Amendment grounds on the charges of unwarrantedly loitering and the distribution of unauthorized leaflets inside the Pentagon in 1969. He has taught at American University and George Washington University and lectured widely. He earned his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from Villanova University.

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Wednesday, October 28, 8:00 pm
Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780674660151
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harvard University Press - July 31st, 2020

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Join Professor Alexander Keyssar  as he discusses his new book, "Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College" with Jamelle Bouie on P&P Live!

Alexander Keyssar is the author of numerous books including The Right to Vote, which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association. He is Matthew W. Stirling, Jr., Professor of History and Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington D.C., Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. Prior to the Times, Jamelle was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. And before that, he was a staff writer at The Daily Beast and held fellowships at The American Prospect and The Nation magazine. He attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with a degree in political and social thought, and government.

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

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Thursday, October 29, 6:00 pm
JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780812997132
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House - September 8th, 2020

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Join Professor Fredrik Logevall as he discusses his new book, "JFK" with Diane McWhorter on P&P Live!

By the time of his assassination in 1963, John F. Kennedy stood at the helm of the greatest power the world had ever seen, a booming American nation that he had steered through some of the most perilous diplomatic standoffs of the Cold War. Born in 1917 to a striving Irish American family that had become among Boston’s wealthiest, Kennedy knew political ambition from an early age, and his meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president cemented his status as one of the most mythologized figures in American history. And while hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have come and gone in the decades since his untimely death, these accounts all fail to capture the full person.

Fredrik Logevall is Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and professor of history at Harvard University. A specialist on U.S. foreign-relations history and modern international history, he is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize.

Diane McWhorter is a long-time contributor to The New York Times and the op-ed page of USA TODAY, among other national publications. Her young adult history of the civil rights movement is A Dream of Freedom. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and now lives in New York City.

Instead of a set ticket price, we ask that you contribute what you can to support Politics and Prose Bookstore and our virtual event series. We know that everyone has been affected in these trying times, and we will continue to make our programming accessible to all. That said, a suggested contribution of $5, $10, whatever you can afford, will go a long way to keep our programming—and our bookstore—afloat as we are forced to adapt to new ways of business. 

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Washington, DC 20008
Friday, October 30, 10:00 am
Willa the Wisp (The Fabled Stables Book #1) Cover Image
By Jonathan Auxier, Olga Demidova (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419742699
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Amulet Books - October 20th, 2020

The only human child on Professor Cake’s private island, Auggie can’t help feeling lonely sometimes. His job keeps him busy, though--he’s the caretaker of the Fabled Stables, home to fantastical creatures including the Gargantula, the Hippopatamouse, and the Yawning Abyss. When an empty stall appears in the stables, Auggie knows a new magical friend needs his help. With the help of his wits and some unexpectedly loyal compatriots, he embarks on a quest to save Willa, a newborn wisp, from terrible danger. Join Jonathan Auxier for a discussion of the first installment of this funny, fast-paced fantasy series.

Jonathan Auxier’s award-winning middle-grade novels include The Night Gardener, Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes, and Sweep. He is very tall, and hates bumping his head on things. He’s also amazing at yo-yo tricks. He lives in Pittsburgh with his family and an adorable pet umbrella.

Ages 5-9

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Politics and Prose Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Friday, October 30, 6:00 pm
What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616209940
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 3rd, 2019

At a moment of crisis over our national identity, esteemed journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories.

With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one.

Rather will be in conversation with Jennifer Steinhauer, a reporter for The New York Times since 1994. She has worked on the Metro, Business, and National desk, and served as City Hall bureau chief and Los Angeles bureau chief before moving to Washington in 2010. She is the author of a novel, two cookbooks, and most recently The Firsts, the story of the women of the 116th Congress.

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Washington, DC 20008
Saturday, October 31, 3:00 pm
Shadowplay Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781609455934
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Europa Editions - June 16th, 2020

This program is part of our "Dublin Voices" series, a collaboration between Politics and Prose Bookstore, the Embassy of Ireland, Solas Nua, and Georgetown University’s Global Irish Studies. Joining us to introduce our author and speak to the Irish origins of both Dracula and Halloween, is Ireland’s U.S. Ambassador, Daniel Mulhall.

Henry Irving is Victorian London's most celebrated actor and theater impresario. He has introduced groundbreaking ideas to the theater, bringing to the stage performances that are spectacular, shocking, and always entertaining. When Irving decides to open his own London theater with the goal of making it the greatest playhouse on earth, he hires a young Dublin clerk harboring literary ambitions by the name of Bram Stoker to manage it.

Bram Stoker's extraordinary experiences at the Lyceum Theatre, his early morning walks on the streets of a London terrorized by a serial killer, his long, tempestuous relationship with Irving, and the closeness he finds with Ellen Terry, inspire him to write Dracula, the most iconic and best-selling supernatural tale ever published.

O'Connor is in conversation with Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the United States. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Liverpool and Chatham University (Pittsburgh) and has received the Freedom of the cities of London and Waterford. Honorary President of the Yeats Society (Sligo), he is a great admirer of Irish writing and has tweeted Irish poetry every day from @DanMulhall.

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