CLASSES at Politics and Prose:

Our in-person classroom spring classes are postponed. Classes in session are being tested as an option in most cases to offer online. We will post more information on this soon. 

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All book group meetings are suspended. The book store and DEN are temporarily closed.

Thank you for your support at this time.


Featured Classes

ONLINE CLASS: Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”: The Melding of Song and Poetry (2013)

Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah,” released in December 1984, has become one of the most iconic songs in English. Join us as we listen to different versions of the song and discover the poetry of its lyrics. “Hallelujah” is one of the most covered and beloved songs of the past three and a half decades. We will listen to several different versions of the song and parse its lyrics, as layered and oblique as poetry. Saturday: April 18  from 2:00 to 3:30 pm

ONLINE CLASS: O'Brien and Banville (2044)

Philip Roth described O'Brien as "the most gifted woman writing in the English language."  In 2011, Banville was awarded the coveted Franz Kafka prize, and is now considered a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The two Irish writers were joined in "The Love Object" a work by O'Brien and introduced by Banville. Three Mondays: April 13, 20, 27 from 10 am to Noon. Class online.

ONLINE CLASS: Poetry of Seamus Heaney (2060)

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) won the Nobel Prize for Literature and has been among the most beloved of modern poets. Since his 1965 “Digging,” the first poem in Death of a Naturalist, Heaney has been among the most read poets in English. He has articulated experiences from his vivid childhood sensations on a Derry farm to his explorations of political tensions in Northern Ireland. Five consecutive Fridays of April 17, 24, May 1, 8, and 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Online Class.

Next Book Group Meetings



April 9, 6:30 pm
DJINN FALLS IN LOVE AND OTHER STORIES, by (Editors) Shurin and Mahvesh

Science Fiction

April 9, 7:30 pm
SPHERE, by Crichton
Sphere: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062428868
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 26th, 2016


Women's Biography

April 13, 7:30 pm
Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over Cover Image
ISBN: 9781640092006
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 27th, 2019

Travel with Politics & Prose

A Spring Walking Tour through Rock Creek Park - POSTPONED to JUNE 13

Saturday, April 11, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. POSTPONED TO JUNE 13

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Susan Austin Roth, the author and photographer of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C.,
on a spring nature walk in Rock Creek Park.

POSTPONED: Lincoln in the Bardo Spring Walking Tour

Date TBD

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, April 19, from 2:00  to 4:00 pm


New Date TBD

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. POSTPONED. New date TK.