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P&P is delighted to invite you along as we explore unique histories and breathtaking sites in 2018—and meet some of our favorite authors with us along the way!  details

Featured Classes

Three Buddhist-American Novels (1886)

Great art and fruitful meditation require techniques that tap into deep and vast dimensions of human existence.  Who are some artists who have explored these dimensions, such that their work necessarily unfolds from these wellsprings of life?  This class will explore the powerful combination of meditation and writing in novels of three Buddhist-American writers: George Saunders, Ruth Ozeki, and Peter Matthiessen. Six Wednesdays: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Matter of My Writing: Composing Thoughtful Essays (18110)

This course will use readings to trace the occasional and brief writings on subjects like law, friendship, culture, race, government, death and civil society by writers, such as Anne Fadiman, writing outside their expertise in order to narrate the material world from their own perspective in unique forms of expression. Four Tuesdays: October 30, November 6, 13 and 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Short Story Workshop: Writing with F. Scott Fitzgerald (1892)

In this critique-based workshop, we will also be reading a generous selection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's best short fiction. We will analyze Fitzgerald’s dazzling short stories from Flappers and Philosophers (1920), Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), All the Sad Young Men (1926), and Taps at Reveille (1935), with an eye to literary techniques: narration, pacing, dialogue, setting. In-class exercises will enhance your own fiction-writing.  All participants are invited to workshop a short story of 12-15 pages in weeks three and four, while the instructor will provide feedback and thoughts for further development or revision. This workshop has been timed to coincide with the celebration of Fitzgerald’s 122nd birthday and the Rockville Fitzgerald festival on October 20th. New class dates: Four Saturdays: September 29, October 6, 13, 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Next Book Group Meetings



September 19, 12:30 pm
EXIT WEST, by Hamid
Exit West: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735212206
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018


True Crime

September 20, 7:00 pm
LOST GIRLS, by Kolker
Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062183651
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper Perennial - May 6th, 2014



September 23, 3:30 pm
DREAD NATION, by Ireland
Dread Nation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062570604
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Balzer + Bray - April 3rd, 2018

Travel with Politics & Prose

Walking Tour of D.C's Meridian - 16th Street Neighborhood

Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook author Andréa Seiger and photographer John Dean on a walking tour of the Meridian Hill - 16th Street neighborhood.

A Tour of Old Town Alexandria’s Historic Breweries

Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Everyone knows Old Town Alexandria oozes charm and history, but did you know that the greater D.C. area’s first brewery opened in Alexandria in 1770? Join P&P and author Garrett Peck to discover the town’s brewing past, from the home of the first brewer, Andrew Wales, to the massive Tivoli Brewery, opened in 1869. We’ll walk in the steps of George Washington as we explore cobblestone alleys, repurposed brewery buildings, historic taverns, and archaeological artifacts such as a colonial-era ice well—and of course, Alexandria’s magnificent 18th-century architecture. 


Saturday, October 27, 8 a.m. to around 8 p.m.

This fall, 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 fall foliage and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement.