CLASSES at Politics and Prose:

Our in-person classes are postponed. Classes are now being offered online. Please see the Classes webpage for listings. All class times are Eastern Time.

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All in-person book group meetings are suspended. Please check the individual book group webpages for online meeting information.

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Outdoor day trips will resume in September.

Overseas trips are scheduled for 2022.

Thank you for your support at this time.


Featured Classes

ONLINE CLASS: Literature of the Caribbean (21129)

As Fall weather approaches, we will travel throughout the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua, and Barbados. Join us for discussions on three classic novels of the Caribbean’s colonial period. Three Wednesdays: September 29, October 6, 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. ET

ONLINE CLASS: Elena Ferrante "My Brilliant Friend" (21102)

Join Giovanna Caterina De Luca, Professor of Italian Literature and Film at College of Charleston, South Carolina for a discussion of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet. Focusing on the author, her anonymity, and the reasons behind the so called “Ferrante Fever” in the first book of the quadrilogy: “My Brilliant Friend.” Two Wednesdays: September 29 and October 6, from 1:00 p.m to 3 p.m. ET

ONLINE CLASS: Mrs. Yeats and Mrs. Joyce (2197)

Mrs Yeats and Mrs Joyce: More Miracle Than Bird by Alice Miller and Nora by Nuala O'Connor are two novels from the points of view of the wives of W. B. Yeats and James Joyce. Georgie Hyde-Lees and Nora Barnacle were two fascinating women in their own right and were essential to the lives and masterpieces of their famous husbands. How much of these novels is factual or fictional? This class will supplement these stories with facts from biographies of Georgie and Nora and relevant quotes from their husbands’ writings. Five Fridays: October 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. ET

Next Book Group Meetings


Public Affairs

September 27, 7:00 pm
CASTE, by Wilkerson NOTE: Meeting Online
Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593230251
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020



September 28, 7:30 pm
EMPIRES by Balaban NOTE: Meeting Online
Empires Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595707
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Copper Canyon Press - September 17th, 2019



October 4, 7:30 pm
HISTORIES, by Polybius NOTE: Meeting Online
The Histories (Oxford World's Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780199534708
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 5th, 2010

Travel with Politics & Prose

Secrets of the President’s Neighborhood - Walking Tour

Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Noon to 1:30 p.m.

JoAnn Hill

Join JoAnn Hill, author of Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, on a walking tour around the President’s neighborhood in NW DC. This tour will take us to various Secret Washington, DC book locations around the Lafayette Square neighborhood just steps away from the White House. Discover where spies met, jealous husbands dueled, callboxes take you back in time, ghosts haunted the White House, and religious institutions took over 16th Street NW, one of DC’s most popular thoroughfares.

Lincoln in the Bardo Fall Walking Tour

Saturday, October 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sold Out

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 BardoSaturday, October 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Navy Yard and Culture House DC Walking Tour - Fall 2021

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

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.