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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

Karen Russell's Orange World (1994)

A boy falls in love with a 2,000-year-old girl's body. A mother makes a deal with the devil to save her child. A woman is possessed by the spirit of a Joshua tree. It's stories like these that transport readers of Karen Russell's Orange World to a whole new realm of being, a world she has created.
In this class, participants will discuss elements of style, theme, characterization, plot, and the genre of magical realism in Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell. Tuesday, July 30, 6-8 p.m.

Human/Alien Hybrids Are How We Save the World: Octavia Butler’s "Lilith’s Brood" (1981)

In this class we will discuss Octavia Butler’s “hard” science fiction trilogy, known both as Xenogenesis and Lilith’s Brood. Our discussion of Butler’s post-apocalyptic earth that is saved by alien intervention will raise questions about race, what it means to be human, and possibilities for extraterrestrial relationships. Three Mondays: July 29, August 5, 12, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Writing Home (19102) note: class just added

Home evokes a multitude of conflicts, whether we have left home, or never left home, or work to make a home. We will explore in our own fiction and/or creative nonfiction combining setting and memory and the layered emotions connected to home. Intended for writers working at all levels—we will write together via prompts in the workshop and start out fast with flash fiction/creative nonfiction, and with at-home assignments, move toward a full-length story or essay. Three Saturdays: Saturday, August 10, 17, 24 from 2-4 p.m.


Next Book Group Meetings


A Seat at the Table at Union Market

July 21, 3:30 pm
Freshwater Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802128997
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Grove Press - December 18th, 2018


Graphic Novels

July 21, 5:00 pm
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626722590
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: First Second - May 7th, 2019


Waterfront Fiction

July 21, 6:30 pm
The Death of Mrs. Westaway Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501156250
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 30th, 2019

Travel with Politics & Prose

The Jazz History Tour

Saturday, July 20, 10:00 a.m. to Noon - NOTE: we are rescheduling this walking tour to September 21, 10:00 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.

English Homes and Gardens

September 18 through 25, 2019

Next September, join P&P and a group of like-minded travelers in exploring the castles, estates, and gardens in the Southeast of England. We’ll be touring famed gardens and historic towns, as well as several sites overseen by the National Trust, which is a charitable organization with a mission to protect many of Britain’s most culturally and historically important landmarks. Our base will be the popular Georgian spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, which has been an attraction for visitors since a mineral water spring was discovered here more than 400 years ago, bringing royal visitors looking for eternal health.



Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8 a.m.- 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 serenity of the surroundings and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement. Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.