Detailed Event List

Daniel H. Weiss - In That Time: Michael O'Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam — in conversation with Peter Osnos

Sunday, January 26, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
In That Time: Michael O'Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781541773905
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 5th, 2019

In his moving new book, Weiss, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art revisits the Vietnam War via the life and legacy of Michael O’Donnell. A promising poet and folksinger, Army Captain O’Donnell served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, until he was shot down at age 24 during a rescue mission in Cambodia in March 1970. Though he was officially MIA until his remains were recovered in 2001, O’Donnell’s legacy has survived through his many poems that speak eloquently of his generation’s experience, especially the often anthologized piece that closes with the request that survivors “take one moment,/to embrace these gentle heroes you left behind.” Weiss will be in conversation with Peter Osnos, founder and consulting editor of PublicAffairs.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Fanchon Jean Silberstein - Art Insight: Understanding Art and Why It Matters

Sunday, January 26, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Art inSight: Understanding Art and Why It Matters Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781789381177
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Published: Intellect Ltd - February 28th, 2020

In this innovative guide to experiencing art, Silberstein, a writer, teacher, and trainer who served as director of the U.S. Department of State Overseas Briefing Center and was a Hirshhorn docent for more than thirty years, shows that looking at pictures or sculptures is only the beginning: to get the most out of a masterpiece, we need to engage with the artist and the artist’s world. Organizing her refreshing primer by ideas rather than by chronology, history, or cultures, she presents a series of dialogues that imagine interactions between paintings, often works created many years and miles apart. By emphasizing the relationship between object and viewer, she allows readers to discover meaning in their own ways.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

William Gibson - Agency

Sunday, January 26, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Agency Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101986936
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Published: Berkley - January 21st, 2020

In books including NeuromancerPattern Recognition, and The Peripheral, Gibson—the creator of cyberpunk—created futuristic visions of the Internet, virtual reality, and more years before they truly existed. His new work, which evolved in response to the 2016 election, traces urgent questions at the nexus of technological and political power. Verity Jane, a beta tester for a new digital assistant, for a new digital assistant, discovers that the bot possesses both a sketchy past and a remarkable skill with combat strategy. As she puzzles over what to make of this information, from a century in the future she’s being watched by Wilf Netherton, who is considering how to change the past to affect the apocalyptic Jackpot that’s shaped life as he knows it.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes - Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office

Monday, January 27, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374175368
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 21st, 2020

Known for their deeply informed and hard-hitting commentary, Hennessy and Wittes, executive editor and editor in chief of the Lawfare website, respectively, analyze Trump’s presidency from the wider context of the history of the office itself. Basing their arguments on the discrepancy between our traditional expectations of a chief executive and Trump’s performance in the first half of his term, the authors explore the origins of the normative view of the presidency, assess where Trump is following the model of predecessors and where he is behaving in radically new ways, and ask if the damage being inflicted on the office is reversible.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Marcia Chatelain - Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America — in conversation with Natalie Hopkinson

Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781631493942
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Published: Liveright - January 7th, 2020

A professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, Chatelain follows her study of Black girlhood in Great Migration Chicago, South Side Girls, with this groundbreaking history of the role of fast food restaurants in Black communities. Now blamed for numerous health issues, fast food in the late 1960s was seen as an economic answer to racial inequality. As federal programs in the Johnson and Nixon administrations de-emphasized social welfare, they promoted franchising as a way for Black citizens to improve the quality of life in their own neighborhoods. Drawing on extensive research, Chatelain traces the cooperation among fast food companies, civil rights leaders, and Black capitalists to bring about Black wealth. Chatelain will be in conversation with Natalie Hopkinson Ph.D., an assistant professor in the doctoral program in Howard University’s Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies. She is a former staff writer, editor, columnist and media/culture critic at The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and The Root. Her 2018 book A Mouth is Always Muzzled was longlisted for the 2019 PEN America Art of the Essay, and her 2012 book Go-Go Live was a Hurston/Wright Legacy 2013 honoree.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Kyle Chayka - The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism — in conversation with Tope Folarin — at Union Market

Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781635572100
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 21st, 2020

In this deeply considered exploration of minimalism, Chayka, a widely published writer who started his career as a visual art critic for Hyperallergic and has since contributed to outlets outlets like n+1, The Paris Review, and New York Magazine, reminds us that “less is more” did not originate with decluttering guru Marie Kondo, but with the likes of architect and furniture designer Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. Delving into what simplicity meant for 20th-century creators such as Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, John Cage, Julius Eastman, and other ascetics, poets, and philosophers, Chayka moves beyond today’s trends to illuminate the deeper emotional needs at the core of our enduring minimalist desires.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Emma Copley Eisenberg - The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia — in conversation with Michelle Delgado — at Union Market

Wednesday, January 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316449236
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Published: Hachette Books - January 21st, 2020

On June 25, 1980, two young women hitchhiking to the Rainbow Gathering festival, were killed in an isolated clearing in nearby Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Thirteen years later, a local farmer was convicted of the murders—only to be released shortly after, when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic confessed to the crime. In her compelling account of this story, Eisenberg, a widely published writer and reporter, draws on five years of exhaustive research to retrace the investigations, profile key figures involved, and recreate the courtroom scenes, all while showing how the killings haunted—even traumatized—the local community, shaping the lives and fates of people of several generations. Eisenberg will be in conversation with Michelle Delgado, a D.C.-based writer, editor, and researcher.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Diane Ravitch - Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools

Wednesday, January 29, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780525655374
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Published: Knopf - January 21st, 2020

A former assistant secretary of education, longtime research professor of education at NYU, and the author of books including The Death and Life of the Great American School System and Reign of Error, Ravitch is one of the nation’s foremost critics of education reform. In her impassioned new book, she takes issue with the movement to privatize public schools, exposing the failure of Common Core and detailing how the ideas promulgated by those who want to run schools as businesses—the Koch brothers, the DeVos family, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, among others—don’t improve test scores. She also celebrates the many parents, teachers, grandparents, students, bloggers, and religious leaders across the nation who are fighting to save the country’s public schools.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Barry Schwabsky - The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting — in conversation with Lynne Cooke — at Union Market

Thursday, January 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting Cover Image
By Barry Schwabsky, Rob Colvin (Editor), Sherman Sam (Editor)
$25.00
ISBN: 9783956794605
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Published: Sternberg Press - March 31st, 2020

Schwabsky, a poet, art historian, and art critic for The Nation, has published widely in venues including Artforum, Art in America, and The London Review of Books. While his past books have considered artists across disciplines, from sculptors like Jessica Stockholder to conceptual artists like Mel Bochner, he’s widely considered one of today’s best critics on contemporary painting. Gathering a wide-ranging selection of Schwabsky’s work since 2000, this collection reflects on the practice through considerations of both American artists including Alex Katz, Kerry James Marshall, Nicole Eisenman, and Dana Schutz, and international figures like Bernard Frize, Tal R, and Ha Chonghyun. Schwabsky will be in conversation with Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, at the National Gallery of Art.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Kim Ghattas - Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East — in conversation with Lissa Muscatine

Thursday, January 30, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781250131201
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - January 28th, 2020

Demonstrating that much of what we now take for granted about the Middle East—from Islamic extremism and factional divisions to anti-American sentiment—has come about only in the wake of the Iranian Revolution, Ghattas, a BBC radio and TV correspondent and author of The Secretary, tracks the impact of the momentous upheaval through Iran’s relations with Saudi Arabia over the last forty years. Once allies working together to stem the spread of Soviet communism, after 1979 the two nations split along Shia-Sunni lines, each using religion to consolidate their regional power and fueling tensions that led to the 1991 American invasion of Iraq, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the rise of ISIS. Ghattas will be in conversation with Lissa Muscatine, co-owner of Politics and Prose. Muscatine served as a presidential speechwriter in the Clinton White House and as chief speechwriter to Hillary Rodham Clinton during her tenures as first lady and secretary of state. She is currently working on a book, Hillaryland, to be published by Penguin Press.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Yuval Levin - A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream

Friday, January 31, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A Time to Build: From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541699274
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Published: Basic Books - January 21st, 2020

As the nation faces increasing divisiveness fueled by partisan politics, culture wars, and populist anger on both sides, Levin argues that rather than trying to tear down existing institutional frameworks, we should be looking to them as sources of strength and support. Director of social, cultural, and constitutional studies at the American Enterprise Institute, editor of National Affairs, and author of The Fractured Republic and The Great Debate, Levin shows that our current crisis isn’t due to the presence of an oppressive force but to the absence of uniting forces, and he urges us to commit ourselves to renewing the vitality of institutions—ranging from the family and schools to churches and the military—to renew our ties to each other.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Tanvi Madan - Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped U.S.-India Relations During the Cold War

Saturday, February 1, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped U.S.-India Relations During the Cold War Cover Image
$35.99
ISBN: 9780815737711
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - February 4th, 2020

Drawing on documents from India and the United States, Madan, a fellow in the Brookings Foreign Policy program specializing in Indian foreign policy, shows that China’s current influence on U.S.-Indian relations isn’t new, but has been an important factor in the two countries’ relationship since 1949. China played a central role in India’s nonalignment policy, for instance, and over the last several decades a desire to offset China’s influence brought the U.S. and India closer. While it’s possible that a perceived threat from China could align the two countries in the future, Madan argues it’s not inevitable, and her analysis of the past offers many lessons for today’s policymakers.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Rosabeth Moss Kanter - Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time

Saturday, February 1, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541742710
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 28th, 2020

Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor specializing in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change, cofounded the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2008 to assist experienced leaders who want to solve social problems. Drawing from her work with hundreds of professionals, executives, and aspiring young entrepreneurs—such as a former Trader Joe's executive who improved poor nutrition and reduced food waste in inner cities, a European banker who found novel ways to finance environmental projects, and a Washington couple who designed a plan to match skilled refugees with employers—Kanter illustrates how successful change depends on leaders’ ability to find alternatives to traditional approaches and overcome establishment paralysis.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Karen Sherman - Brick by Brick: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere — in conversation with Barbara Klein

Saturday, February 1, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Brick by Brick: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781538130315
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - January 8th, 2020

President of Akilah, an all-women’s college in Rwanda, Sherman gained extensive experience in global women’s issues at Women for Women International, where she served as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director for Global Programs, and, from Kigali, Rwanda, Africa Regional Director. In her compelling memoir, she combines her own story of recovery from abuse with those of the survivors of conflicts in Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, and Afghanistan. Writing with great empathy, she illuminates many personal and political lessons, drawing from them the common threads of women’s experiences that ultimately transcend borders. Sherman will be in conversation with Barbara Klein, an NPR newscaster.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alejandro de la Fuente and Ariela J. Gross - Becoming Free, Becoming Black — in conversation with Robert L. Tsai — at Union Market

Sunday, February 2, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana (Studies in Legal History) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781108480642
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Published: Cambridge University Press - January 16th, 2020

In this analysis of the meaning of blackness in law, the authors study the slave societies of Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana, drawing on trial records of freedom suits and legislative cases to show that freed people challenged slaveholders’ efforts to equate blackness with slavery, and that the laws of freedom, not slavery, created boundaries between Black and white. De la Fuente, the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American history and economics and the Director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard, and Gross, John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History and co-director of the Center for Law, History, and Culture at the USC Gould School of Law, will be in conversation with Robert Tsai, professor of law at American University.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Boyce Thompson - Designing for Disaster: Domestic Architecture in the Era of Climate Change

Sunday, February 2, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Designing for Disaster: Domestic Architecture in the Era of Climate Change Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9780764357848
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Published: Schiffer Publishing - September 28th, 2019

The award-winning author of Anatomy of a Great Home and The New New Home, Thompson has been writing about home design and construction for more than thirty years. In his new book he addresses the unprecedented challenges of building homes to withstand the extreme temperatures and weather events of climate change. Presenting sixteen innovative houses, Thompson introduces the essentials of next-level home design and lays out resilient-home practices to counter the forces of earth, wind, fire, and water.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Richard L. Hasen - Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy — in conversation with Pam Fessler

Sunday, February 2, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy Cover Image
$27.50
ISBN: 9780300248197
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Published: Yale University Press - February 4th, 2020

In this incisive analysis, Hasen, Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, and one of National Law Journal’s 100 most influential lawyers, looks back at the elections of 2016 and 2018 to identify the reasons for the growing distrust of the American electoral system. Using detailed examples, he shows that doubt about the integrity of the process has arisen due to Republicans’ use of voter suppression as a tool to depress turnout of likely Democratic voters; incompetence in election administration, chiefly in Democratic-led cities; dirty tricks, such as foreign and domestic misinformation campaigns; and inflammatory rhetoric from hardcore partisans. Hasen will be in conversation with Pam Fessler, an NPR correspondent who covers poverty and philanthropy.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Jeff Madrick - Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty

Monday, February 3, 7:00 pm
Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780451494184
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Published: Knopf - January 28th, 2020

Today, more than one out of six American children lives below the poverty line. As Madrick shows in this deeply reported study, the reality of those impoverished young lives is even more shocking than the raw numbers. Editor of Challenge magazine, author of books including Seven Bad Ideas and Age of Greed, and a former economics columnist for Harper’s and The New York Times, Madrick details how living in poverty even temporarily is detrimental to children’s health, cognitive abilities, and emotional control. He illuminates the roots of child poverty, which include entrenched racism and the fraying social welfare system, and proposes that, rather than treating the symptoms, we ameliorate the worst of poverty’s effects by instituting an unconditional monthly cash allowance for every child in America.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lydia Denworth - Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond — in conversation with Judith Warner — at The Wharf

Monday, February 3, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friendship: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life's Fundamental Bond Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780393651546
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 28th, 2020

Denworth, a contributing editor for Scientific American, follows Toxic Truth and I Can Hear You Whisper with a scientific look at friendship. Combining neuroscience, biology, psychology, sociology, and genetics, Denworth traces the evolutionary history of friendship, showing how our bodies and minds are primed to develop and sustain social connections throughout our lives, and how loneliness can weaken our immune and cardiovascular systems and even kill us. She also outlines the physical processes by which friendships are developed and maintained, looks at how social media are changing the nature of our close connections, and charts the role of companionship and cooperation in the creation of society itself. Denworth will be in conversation with Judith Warner, author of Perfect Madness.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Diane Rehm - When My Time Comes—in conversation with Kojo Nnamdi at Sixth & I

Monday, February 3, 7:00 pm
When My Time Comes: Conversations About Whether Those Who Are Dying Should Have the Right to Determine When Life Should End Cover Image
By Diane Rehm, John Grisham (Foreword by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780525654759
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Published: Knopf - February 4th, 2020

Diane Rehm, renowned radio host and best-selling author, brings us When My Time Comes, a book of candor and compassion, addressing the urgent, hotly contested cause of the Right-to-Die movement, of which she is one of our most inspiring champions. Through interviews with terminally ill patients, and with physicians, ethicists, spouses, relatives, and representatives of those who vigorously oppose the movement, Rehm gives voice to a broad range of people who are personally linked to the realities of medical aid in dying. The book presents the fervent arguments--both for and against--that are propelling the current debates across the nation about whether to adopt laws allowing those who are dying to put an end to their suffering. With characteristic even-handedness, Rehm skillfully shows both sides of the argument, providing the full context for this highly divisive issue.

Rehm will be in conversation with Kojo Nnamdi, host of WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show and The Politics Hour.

This event will include a public signing.

Single ticket: $22
Ticket + Book: $40 ($38 for members)

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Eric Smith - Don't Read the Comments — in conversation with Robin Talley — in Children & Teens

Monday, February 3, 7:00 pm
Don't Read the Comments Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335016027
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Published: Inkyard Press - January 28th, 2020

Pulp Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335012906
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Published: Harlequin Teen - November 13th, 2018

Divya Sharma, a famous teen gamer who broadcasts her skills through the streaming site Glitch, depends on the sponsorships she gets to help her single mom pay their rent. She meets Aaron Jericho, an aspiring game writer, as they immerse themselves in the world of a massive multiplayer online game called Reclaim the Sun. When a group of trolls starts harassing Divya online and in the real world, Aaron—who just might be close to his big break in the industry—feels powerless to help his new friend. Written in alternating perspectives, this fast-paced, empathetic novel sheds necessary light on the dangers of sexism, racism, and toxic masculinity online and off. Ages 13 and up. In conversation with Robin Talley. 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Joe Yonan - Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World's Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein, with 125 Recipes— in conversation with Pati Jinich

Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World's Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein, with 125 Recipes [A Cookbook] Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780399581489
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Published: Ten Speed Press - February 4th, 2020

Yonan’s primer on beans is an A-to-Z guide to making this versatile and environmentally friendly food the basis for a healthful and flavorful diet. Food and dining editor of The Washington Post—where he also writes the “Weeknight Vegetarian” column—and author of the acclaimed of Eat Your Vegetables, Yonan features 125 recipes inspired by the culinary traditions of the Middle East, the Mediterranean, South America, and the American South. These range from Harissa-Roasted Carrot and White Bean Dip to Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas to Smoky Black Bean and Plantain Chili, and he provides options for all meals plus snacks, soups, and desserts. He also offers tips on cooking different kinds of beans—chickpeas, lentils, pulses, and more—in different kinds of appliances and tops it all off with beautiful photos throughout.

Enjoy samples of beet hummus bowls—a recipe featured in Cool Beans—courtesy of Little Sesame. Little Sesame is a Washington, D.C. based, Middle Eastern, fast casual destination offering thoughtfully-crafted hummus bowls and pita sandwiches along with seasonally inspired salatim and mezze. Follow along on our adventures @eatlittlesesame.com.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Paul Krugman - Arguing With Zombie—at Sixth&I

Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 pm
Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781324005018
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 28th, 2020

In Arguing with Zombies, Paul Krugman tackles many of the misunderstandings of basic economics, taking stock of where the United States has come from and where it's headed in a series of concise, digestible chapters. Drawn mainly from his popular New York Times column, he explains the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security, and so much more with unrivaled clarity and precision. Arguing with Zombies puts Krugman at the front of the debate in the 2020 election year and is an indispensable guide to two decades' worth of political and economic discourse in the US and around the globe. Krugman turns his readers into intelligent consumers of the daily news and hands them the keys to unlock the concepts behind the greatest economic policy issues of our time. In doing so, he delivers an instant classic that can serve as a reference point for this and future generations.

Krugman will be in conversation with Heather Boushey, the President & CEO and co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

This event does not include a public signing.

1 Ticket: $25
1 Ticket and 1 Book: $35; $33 for members
2 Tickets and 1 Book: $50; $48 for members 

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Sixth & I
600 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Rick Wilson - Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump--and Democrats from Themselves — at The Wharf

Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump--and Democrats from Themselves Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593137581
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Published: Crown Forum - January 14th, 2020

In his follow-up to Everything Trump Touches Dies, the legendary Republican strategist and ad-maker draws on his thirty years as a political insider to tell Democrats what they must do—and how they should do it—to win the White House in 2020. Starting with the warning that the left must "put electoral realities ahead of progressive fantasies” and run a campaign that makes the election a referendum on Trump rather than a debate over policy issues, Wilson unleashes his signature mix of strategic advice and satirical asides for a scathing assessment of both Trump’s administration and the Democrats’ mistakes of 2016.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Dennis Baron - What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
What's Your Pronoun?: Beyond He and She Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781631496042
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Published: Liveright - January 21st, 2020

From Shakespeare’s use of the singular “they” and women suffrage activists’ reference to a generic “he” to assert the right to vote to today’s debates over they, zie, hir and non-binary terms in general, pronouns have played a central role in defining rights and identities. In this wide-ranging history, Baron, professor emeritus of English and linguistics at the University of Illinois and a long-time national commentator on language issues, canvases primary sources from 1782 to the present, documenting shifts in terminology and illuminating how they reflect changing attitudes to gender.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Alexis Coe - You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington — in conversation with Jamelle Bouie — at Union Market

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735224100
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Published: Viking - February 4th, 2020

Coe follows Alice + Freda Forever with a fresh and lively look at George Washington that firmly separates the man from the legend. The host of Audible’s “No Man’s Land,” co-host of “Presidents Are People, Too!” and a consulting producer on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s forthcoming History Channel series on George Washington, Coe views the founder through a feminist lens. Drawing on previously unexamined archival material, she recounts how he was raised by a determined single mother, charts the stubbornness that caused him never to back down, relates the youthful error that caused an international incident, and traces the effects of his failure to face the contradictions of a free nation reliant on slave labor.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed - Yes No Maybe So — in Children & Teens

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm
Yes No Maybe So Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062937049
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 4th, 2020

What If It's Us Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062795250
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Published: HarperTeen - October 9th, 2018

The Upside of Unrequited Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062348715
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 30th, 2018

Leah on the Offbeat Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062643810
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 7th, 2019

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062348685
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 7th, 2016

Amal Unbound Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399544699
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Published: Puffin Books - January 7th, 2020

Written in the Stars Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147513939
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Published: Speak - May 3rd, 2016

Jamie Goldberg and Maya Rehman are understandably nervous about spending the summer canvassing for a state senate candidate. But talking to strangers gets easier, especially as Maya and Jamie realize they’re becoming more than co-volunteers. As the teens get more involved in the local election—and in each other’s lives—they begin to recognize how important and empowering political action can be. Based on their own experiences canvassing together, two bestselling YA authors bring us a witty and empathetic #ownvoices exploration of faith, love, human rights, and the joys and dangers of growing up today. Ages 14 and up.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Emily Nemens - The Cactus League — in conversation with Leslie Pietrzyk — at Union Market

Thursday, February 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Cactus League: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374117948
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 4th, 2020

Narrated by a sportscaster, Nemens’s character-driven debut novel recounts the on- and off-field activities of the Los Angeles Lions baseball team, their coaches, fans, and hangers-on. Set in 2011, the novel unfolds at the team’s spring training facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s murderously hot, but hopes are high, especially for Jason Goodyear, the Lions’ star outfielder. Jason is struggling, however, and he’s not the only one. In a pitch perfect series of interlacing narratives, Nemens, editor of The Paris Review, recounts Jason’s story as well as those of a batting coach trying to stay relevant, a sports agent facing the end of his career, and a woman hoping for one more summer fling. Nemens will be in conversation with Leslie Pietrzyk, author, most recently, of Silver Girl.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Allan J. Lichtman - Repeal the Second Amendment: The Case for a Safer America

Thursday, February 6, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Repeal the Second Amendment: The Case for a Safer America Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250244406
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 28th, 2020

Examining the failed strategies of the gun control movement, Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History at American University and author of The Case for Impeachment and The Embattled Vote in America, argues that the only way to control the country’s rampant gun violence is by repealing the Second Amendment. Drawing on the nation’s history of firearms and gun regulations, legal theory, and statistics, Lichtman traces the Amendment to a once forgotten sentence in the Constitution, exposes the gun lobby’s distortion of the past, and shows how we can make America safer even without taking guns away from those who currently have them.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

E.J. Dionne, Jr. - Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country

Friday, February 7, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 4th, 2020

Writing with the thorough reporting and incisive analysis that make his Washington Post column essential reading, Dionne lays out what progressives must do to build a solid majority—and keep it. Showing how Trump has crystallized all that’s most abhorrent to liberals, Dionne argues that this is the best opportunity since the Great Depression for those who believe in social tolerance, economic justice, and democratic values—categories that include everyone from Democratic Socialists to liberal Republicans—to come together in common cause. Far from unwieldy, Dionne shows, this coalition is crucial to overcoming the problems that weakened progressivism when it looked like a sure thing in 1992 and 2008, after the elections of Clinton and Obama. Dionne’s talk will be followed by a screening of the Democratic debate.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lauren Pearlman - Democracy's Capital: Black Political Power in Washington, D.C., 1960s-1970s & Brandi Thompson Summers - Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City

Saturday, February 8, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Democracy's Capital: Black Political Power in Washington, D.C., 1960s-1970s (Justice) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781469653907
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - November 25th, 2019

Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781469654010
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - November 25th, 2019

Founded in 1790, Washington, D.C. was governed by mainly white federal officials and unelected representatives until 1974, when it finally gained the right to elect its own city leadership. In her detailed account of the District’s struggle for self-governance, Pearlman, assistant professor of history at the University of Florida, shows that this was both a major and a partial victory. While the District’s Black citizenry gained a measure of self-determination, true home rule was blocked by the government’s anti-poverty, urban-renewal agenda and its wars on crime and drugs, which it prosecuted especially zealously in the streets of the nation’s capital.

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Focusing on D.C.’s H Street corridor, Summers, assistant professor of geography at the University of California, Berkeley, traces the social, economic, and racial shifts that over the last decade have profoundly altered the District’s demographics. As the Chocolate City’s Black-owned businesses have given way to the cosmopolitan metropolis of fusion restaurants, art theatres, and rising property values, Summers draws on visual and media analysis, interviews, and archival research to show that the foundational ideas of Blackness have been aestheticized and marketed to brand these newly gentrified areas with a particular kind of progressive “cool.”

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Neal D. Barnard - Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health

Saturday, February 8, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health Cover Image
By Barnard, Neal D., MD, FACC, Lindsay Nixon (Contributions by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538747421
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 4th, 2020

It’s still true that “you are what you eat,” and in his groundbreaking new book, Barnard shows how food can cause a variety of ailments—infertility, menstrual cramps, weight gain, hair loss, breast and prostate cancer, and hot flashes—as well as alleviate them. The key is hormones, and Barnard, a faculty member of the George Washington University School of Medicine and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, explains how the different hormones in food can trigger reactions in the body that affect our health. He also includes a set of appealing, hormone-balancing recipes that have been tested and proven as effective as medication.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

John Sayles - Yellow Earth

Saturday, February 8, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Yellow Earth Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781642590210
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Published: Haymarket Books - January 28th, 2020

A writer, actor, and filmmaker, Sayles has directed eighteen feature films, including Matewan and Lone Star, and has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. His new novel revives the spirit of the Wild West to trace the arc of a classic boom-and-bust cycle, exploring a clash of world views when shale oil is discovered on the site of the Three Nations reservation in North Dakota. As the drilling and fracking get underway, the reservation—rebranded the Three Nations Petroleum Company—is beset by a hoard of get-rich-quick opportunists, who stick around until a global dip in oil prices ends the fun.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

David Michaels - The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception — in conversation with Nell Henderson

Sunday, February 9, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780190922665
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - February 3rd, 2020

In his eye-opening study of the role of science-for-hire in American life, Michaels traces decades of corporate manipulation of research, showing that today’s rampant denial and misuse of science isn’t new, but began with Big Tobacco in the 1950s. Professor of environmental and occupational health at George Washington University, Michaels draws on his extensive experience as assistant secretary of labor for OSHA from 2009 to 2017 to document the bogus studies, congressional testimonies, and policy documents corporations have used to avoid regulation. He also analyzes many high-profile cases involving cars, food, sports, and the very air we breathe, documenting how manufacturers have misrepresented data to market dangerous products as safe.

Michaels will be in conversation with Nell Henderson, Wall Street Journal economics editor.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nathalie Handal - Life in a Country Album, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers - The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons, and Chet'la Sebree - Mistress — at Union Market

Sunday, February 9, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Life in a Country Album: Poems (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822965947
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Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - October 15th, 2019

The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons: Poems (ACRE) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781946724267
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Published: Acre Books - March 1st, 2020

Mistress Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781936970629
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Published: New Issues Poetry and Prose - October 15th, 2019

The latest collection from the prolific poet, editor, playwright, and author of Words without Borders’ “The City and the Writer” column, draws on Handal’s rich, multi-cultural background—she grew up in Latin America, France, and the Middle East and was educated in Asia, the U.S., and the UK—for a vivid lyrical exploration of today’s restless and divided world. From “Les chemins lumière” and the “Country of Torn Men” to “Takes at the Bowery” and “American Camino,” Handal examines urgent questions of hybrid identities, home, language, citizenship, and freedom.

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In her powerful new book, Rogers combines application forms, crowns of sonnets, and sprawling, innovative combinations of words and white space to tell a dystopian tale of the end of life on Earth and the terraforming of Mars. Though the fleeing Earthlings witnessed the ecological destruction their actions inflicted on their old planet and vow to do better on their new one, they fall at once into the same patterns of patriarchal violence and colonialist exploitation. As history begins to repeat itself, Rogers, a widely published poet and essayist who has contributed to Best American Nonrequired Reading and Best American Travel Writing, dramatizes a chilling parable of the American frontier.

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Sebree’s powerful debut confronts both the way we see Black women and how history has treated one Black woman in particular: Sally Hemings. Presented as a conversation between Hemings and a twenty-first century narrator, the poems enact a complex temporal dialogue that illuminates several centuries of socio-cultural changes through both a formal diversity employing sonnets, prose poems, and free verse, and the personas’ engagements with historical texts, art, literature, popular culture, and language. In an extraordinary series of poems considering the meanings of “mistress,” Sebree, a poet, editor, and educator who holds an MFA from American University, shows that we generally make narrow use of a word that has associations with strength and authority.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Myra Sklarew - A Survivor Named Trauma: Holocaust Memory in Lithuania

Sunday, February 9, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
A Survivor Named Trauma: Holocaust Memory in Lithuania Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781438477206
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Published: State University of New York Press - February 1st, 2020

Sklarew’s new book combines Holocaust studies, Jewish history, personal memoir, neuroscience, and neuropsychology to investigate the nature of trauma and memory as they relate to the Holocaust in Lithuania. Sklarew, professor emerita at American University, winner of the National Jewish Book Council Award in Poetry, and a descendent of people from Lithuania visited the country many times over the course of some twenty-five years. Her moving and insightful account draws on interviews with survivors, witnesses, rescuers, and collaborators, as well as their descendants and family members, to illuminate questions such as how we behave under threat, how we remember extreme danger, how subsequent generations—of perpetrators, victims, and witnesses—deal with their histories, and the effect of a traumatic past on people unaware of their origins.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

CANCELED — Jessica Stern - My War Criminal: Personal Encounters with an Architect of Genocide — in conversation with Susan Glasser

Sunday, February 9, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
My War Criminal: Personal Encounters with an Architect of Genocide Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780060889555
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Published: Ecco - January 28th, 2020

A leading expert on terrorism, Stern, who served on President Clinton’s National Security Council staff, engaged in extensive discussions with religious extremists for Terrorism in the Name of God. For her new book, an investigation into the nature of evildoing, she conducted interviews with Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb convicted war criminal. Meeting with Karadzic in his Hague cell between October 2014 and November 2016, Stern delved into questions of what motivates one to violate ethical norms and international law. Observing herself as much as her subject, Stern in her unsettling report illuminates the complicated psychology of a man who retains the seductive charm of a magnetic leader. Stern will be in conversation with Susan Glasser, a Politico editor and author of The New Yorker’s “Trump’s Washington” column.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Richie Jackson - Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son — in conversation with Peter Marks — at The Wharf

Monday, February 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062939777
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Published: Harper - January 28th, 2020

In the vein of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and Imani Perry’s Breathe, Jackson’s moving and important new book about the LGBTQ struggle is framed as a letter to his son born through surrogacy, who came out to Jackson when he was fifteen. Imparting wisdom, warning, and personal and national history, Jackson, an award-winning theater, film, and television producer—and, with his husband, winner of the Trevor Project’s 2016 Trevor Hero Award—celebrates gay identity and marvels at how far the movement has come since Stonewall. At the same time, he notes the upsurge in hatred and cautions his son not to take for granted the hard-won gains. Jackson will be in conversation with Peter Marks, Washington Post drama critic.

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Rashid Khalidi - The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017

Monday, February 10, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781627798556
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Published: Metropolitan Books - January 28th, 2020

In the first general account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict told from the Palestinian perspective, Khalidi draws on new documents, many from his own family, which included Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, who was mayor of Jerusalem in 1899 when the Zionists called for a national home in Palestine. Khalidi, his great-great-great nephew, editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and author of books including Palestinian Identity and Brokers of Deceit, overturns the accepted narrative of the region as a tragic clash between two peoples claiming the same land and traces instead a full-blown colonial war. This was waged against the Palestinians first by the Zionists and then by Israel, with support from Britain and the U.S.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Amber Sparks - And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges — in conversation with Rion Amilcar Scott

Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
And I Do Not Forgive You: Stories and Other Revenges Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781631496202
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Published: Liveright - February 11th, 2020

Fearless and imaginative, Sparks writes in the tradition of Angela Carter, Karen Russell, and Kelly Link; focusing on the extraordinary, she makes the familiar strange and the strange feel like home. In her third collection she uses every literary trick at her disposal—myths, fairy tales, ghost stories, and post-apocalyptic scenarios—to spin the adage that “history likes to lie about women.” Fueled with anger and her instinct for the uncanny, these stories lay out the larger truths of the #MeToo era and point to the worlds that might lie beyond it. Sparks will be in conversation with Rion Amilcar Scott, author of Insurrections and The World Doesn’t Require You.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Ilan Stavans - How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish — in conversation with Corey Flintoff — at The Wharf

Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish Cover Image
By Ilan Stavans (Editor), Josh Lambert (Editor)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781632062628
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Published: Restless Books - January 21st, 2020

A renowned cultural critic, lexicographer, editor, and publisher of Restless Books, Stavans has covered myriad topics related to language and Latin American and Jewish life. His latest book, coedited with Josh Lambert, academic director of the Yiddish Book Center, gathers the writings of figures including Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, Michael Chabon, Art Spiegelman, and others for an illuminating look at the role Yiddish has played in the Americas. Famously a language without a country, Yiddish, as these memoirs, stories, poems, recipes, and conversations show, has been key to shaping the way we eat, talk, joke, and think in a territory extending from the Lower East Side to Hollywood, Canada, Mexico, and throughout South America. Stavans will be in conversation with Corey Flintoff, former NPR international correspondent.

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Kevin Merida and Steve Reiss, ESPN's The Undefeated.Com - The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World — in Childrens & Teens

Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 pm
The Fierce 44: Black Americans Who Shook Up the World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328940629
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - December 24th, 2019

 

Meet 44 influential Black Americans, from the super-famous to the too-often-overlooked, in this collection of bite-sized biographies compiled by the team at ESPN’s sports and pop culture website, The Undefeated. Readers will get to know figures who revolutionized every industry imaginable—like innovative artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, entrepreneur and activist Madam C.J. Walker, and legendary newspaperman Robert Abbott. With luminous illustrations and accessible prose, this volume will inform and inspire young readers. Ages 10 and up.

Kevin Merida is Sr. VP & Editor in Chief, and Stephen Reiss is Deputy Editor, of ESPN’s The Undefeated.com.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome - Overground Railroad

Wednesday, February 12, 10:30 am
Overground Railroad Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823438730
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Published: Holiday House - January 7th, 2020

Before She was Harriet Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823420476
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Published: Holiday House - November 7th, 2017

This event is free to attend and open to the public, however, reservations are required for school groups interested in attending. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

A girl tells the story of her train journey from North Carolina to New York City in short, perceptive poems. She and her family are part of the Great Migration. Each leg of the trip brings new revelations as she looks out the train window: folks working in fields give way to the Delaware River, the curtain that separates the colored car is removed, and glimpses of the freedom and opportunity the family hopes to find come into view. A child’s eye-view of the Great Migration from the award-winning husband and wife team behind Finding Langston, Before She was Harriet, Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson and Just a Lucky So and So. Ages 4-8.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Constance Sayers - A Witch in Time — at The Wharf

Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
A Witch in Time Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316493598
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Published: Redhook - February 11th, 2020

Sayers’s richly imagined debut novel starts in 1895, when sixteen-year-old Juiet LaCompte is passionately involved with an older, married painter. Her mother, a witch, casts a spell to end the affair but instead dooms her daughter to relive it in an endless series of short lives. After returning as Nora, a 1930s screen star, and Sandra, a musician in 1970s Los Angeles, Juliet begins to gain powers of her own as Helen, a Washington, D.C. magazine executive—and she may at last be able to break the curse. Sayers, a co-founder of the Thoughtful Dog literary magazine, works for Atlantic Media and has been named to Folio’s "Top Women in Media" and twice included in its "Top 100 Media People in America."

 

Politics and Prose at the Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024

Craig Fehrman - Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote — in conversation with Kate Andersen Brower

Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781476786391
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

In this fresh and illuminating take on American presidents, Fehrman looks at the nation’s chief executives as writers. Starting with Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, the first presidential book to influence a campaign, Fehrman traces a long tradition that includes John Adams’s score-settling Autobiography, Lincoln’s Political Debates Between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas—strategically timed for the 1860 election—and works by Teddy Roosevelt, Reagan, and Trump’s Art of the Deal. Applying the storytelling skills of a journalist with the scholarship of a historian, Fehrman draws on newly uncovered documents, including previously unpublished letters from Andrew Jackson, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, to interpret the lives and achievements of these authorial heads of state.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome - Overground Railroad and Leaving Lymon — at Takoma Park Library MD

Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 pm
Overground Railroad Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823438730
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Published: Holiday House - January 7th, 2020

Leaving Lymon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823444427
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Published: Holiday House - January 7th, 2020

Finding Langston Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780823445820
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Published: Holiday House - January 7th, 2020

Before She was Harriet Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823420476
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Published: Holiday House - November 7th, 2017

Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823423620
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Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2014

Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823434282
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Published: Holiday House - February 27th, 2016

Join us for an evening with Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome—the award-winning husband and wife team behind Before She was Harriet, Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson and Just a Lucky So and So—for a discussion of two moving books about the Great Migration. One, a picture book in verse, follows a young girl on a train journey from North Carolina to New York City. Perceptive poems illustrate the changing landscape as she peers out the window. The other, a companion novel to the critically acclaimed Finding Langston, is from the perspective of a boy who leaves his grandparents in Vicksburg, Mississippi for two faraway Northern cities. Together, these poignant, engaging works may spark discussion about topics including racism, bullying, and mass incarceration. Ages 4-8; Ages 8-12.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Takoma Park Library
101 Philadelphia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Gish Jen - The Resisters — in conversation with Jane Leavy

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Resisters: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657217
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Published: Knopf - February 4th, 2020

Returning to fiction after two books of nonfiction, most recently The Girl at the Baggage Claim, Jen in her new novel gives a vividly imagined picture of the world of the near future. Known as AutoAmerica, the country is governed by AI algorithms and the unhappy society is divided between Netters, privileged and fair-skinned, and the darker-toned Surplus whose only duty is to consume. Focusing on a Surplus family, the novel follows Gwen, a gifted athlete who plays baseball for the Resisters league her parents organized. But when AutoAmerica rejoins the Olympics, Gwen is suddenly valuable to the state and her honorary Netter status complicates, but doesn’t stop, her family’s agitation for Surplus rights. Jen will be in conversation with Jane Leavy, former Washington Post sportswriter and author most recently of The Big Fella.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Madeline Levine - Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World — in Children & Teens

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm
Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062657756
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Published: Harper - February 11th, 2020

Many of today’s young people are unprepared to enter our increasingly unpredictable world, according to the author of The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well.  Instead, intense academic pressure and projected parental stress have produced a generation that is exhausted, anxious, and overwhelmed. As the respected clinician, educator, and consultant explains, parents should instead focus on cultivating “adaptability, mental agility, curiosity, collaboration, tolerance for failure, resilience, and optimism.” This compulsively readable book mines the latest in neuroscience and epigenetics—along with interviews with industry leaders and everyday people—for concrete advice and empathetic support. A Parenting Series event. For adults.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng - Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington — in conversation with Jonathan Swan at Union Market

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984878564
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Published: Viking - February 11th, 2020

Investigative and White House reporters for The Daily Beast, Markay and Suebsaeng have tirelessly covered the assorted goings-on of the Trump administration, earning angry denunciations from his followers as they’ve uncovered stories including Omarosa’s secret tapes, Giuliani’s plan to foreclose the Russia investigation, and the connections among Jeff Bezos-Lauren Sanchez-Michael Sanchez-AMI-Roger Stone. Their book continues this uncompromising work of exposing the financial and moral degradation of the capital, taking the story back to before Trump’s candidacy and tracing the unprecedented events that have followed through the lens of both key figures and bit players whose roles have not previously been examined.

 

1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Joshua Hammer - The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird

Friday, February 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501191886
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

Hammer follows his bestselling The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu—possibly the most exciting library adventure story ever told—with a gripping account of wildlife smuggling. Set in locales ranging from Patagonia to Wales to Zimbabwe, the Arctic Circle, and Dubai, the book follows the exploits of Jeffrey Lendrum, an Irishman who for twenty years supplied members of the royal families of the United Arab Emirates with the falcons and other raptors—many of them endangered species—they used for races carrying multimillion dollar purses. Equally enthralling is the parallel saga of Andy McWilliams, the detective from Britain’s National Wildlife Crimes Unit who was determined to catch Lendrum.

 

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Lidia Yuknavitch - Verge: Stories — at Union Market

Friday, February 14, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Verge: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525534877
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

Yuknavitch, the award-winning author of the novels The Book of Joan, The Small Backs of Children, Dora: A Headcase, and the memoir The Chronology of Water—one of Esquire’s “80 Books Every Person Should Read”—is known for her visceral, passionate writing. The fierce short stories of her first collection are true to form. Focusing on the lives of the marginalized, these powerful pieces illuminate desperation and survival, brutality and beauty. In one, a traumatized eight-year-old transports frozen organs around Eastern Europe. Other tales follow a janitor who creates his own miniature metropolis from discarded objects, a wounded man who pushes through grief to an unexpected end, and a child who lashes out against a group of schoolyard bullies.

 

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Judith Bowles - Unlocatable Source, Joanne Rocky Delaplaine - The Local World, & Kirsten Hampton - The Ocean Cannot Be Blue

Saturday, February 15, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Unlocatable Source Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781625493163
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Published: Turning Point - July 16th, 2019

The Local World Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781625493262
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Published: Wordtech Communications - September 25th, 2019

The Ocean Cannot Be Blue Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781625492999
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Published: Turning Point - December 15th, 2018

Writing with the same elegant language, meticulous technique, and rhythmic control that characterized the poems of The Gatherer, Bowles in her second collection articulates and celebrates the fine details of everyday life. Reading Rumi, for instance, the poet finds that she needs a second bookmark “to mark what I find/When I open the book like a fruit/I have split and it spills in my hand,” turning the act of reading into a rich feast. Also an accomplished fiction writer, Bowles instills her lyrics with tantalizing narrative threads: “ I love loving him for his breath/Which is there to be found if his words/Are unlocked from the page through my hands…”

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A Maryland native and co-director of the Café Muse reading series, Delaplaine won first place awards in both the 2014 Bethesda Literary Festival Poetry Contest and the 2013 The Northern Virginia Review contest. In her acutely observed debut collection, she maintains a dual focus on geographical and temporal place, offering an intimate engagement with landscapes and waterways such as Delaware Bay, Sycamore Island, and the Potomac, where “the river buoys me like my father did /when he taught me to float.” Yet rooted in the local she also finds the wider world, as when she looks at a black coat and glimpses “your father shiver, leaving Russia.”

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Hampton, a writer and filmmaker, has published her poetry in journals including Blueline, Innisfree Poetry Journal, and Potomac Review and won a CINE Golden Eagle Award for producing Hidden Books: the Art of Kumi Korf, which considers the creative process through the lens of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. Composed of lyrics that together gain the traction of a powerful narrative, her new collection focuses on the personal and historical impact of miscegenation and the Loving v. Virginia case. As “Detail from ‘One Drop’ Rule,” in its entirety, has it: “If there is one/emerald anchovy/darting in the water/the ocean cannot be blue.”

 

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Donna Rifkind - The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler's Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood

Saturday, February 15, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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ISBN: 9781590517215
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Published: Other Press - January 28th, 2020

Nearly forgotten today, the Austrian émigré Salka Viertel (1889-1978) was a vital figure in Hollywood during the 1930s and ‘40s as an actress, screenwriter, and hostess. As Rifkind, a widely published film critic, recounts in this sparkling and long overdue biography, Viertel played opposite Garbo in MGM’s German-language Anna Christie and co-wrote the screenplays for five of Garbo’s major films, including Queen Christina and Anna Karenina. She also held Sunday afternoon open houses, which, attended by stars like Charlie Chaplin and Shelley Winters as well by writers and musicians who had fled Hitler’s Europe, such as Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and Arnold Schoenberg, resulted in a unique artistic ferment.

 

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Melvin I. Urofsky - The Affirmative Action Puzzle: A Living History from Reconstruction to Today

Saturday, February 15, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781101870877
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Published: Pantheon - January 28th, 2020

From 1961, when Kennedy created the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, mandating federal contractors to take “affirmative action” to ensure no discrimination by “race, creed, color, or national origin,” to today, affirmative action has remained a flashpoint in American life. In this comprehensive history, Urofsky, a professor emeritus of history at Virginia Commonwealth University and author of Dissent and the Supreme Court and Louis D. Brandeis, illuminates the key Supreme Court cases related to affirmative action, looks in detail at how the measure has functioned in education, assesses how well it has benefited those it was intended to help, and details its wider social effects.

 

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Erica Armstrong Dunbar - She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman — in conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez — at Union Market

Saturday, February 15, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781982139599
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Published: 37 Ink - November 5th, 2019

Nearly synonymous with the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman (c. 1820-1913) helped bring hundreds of slaves to freedom. She also spied for the Union Army and led an armed expedition during the Civil War, then worked for women’s suffrage and advocated for the elderly. In this vivid and fresh biography, Dunbar, Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers and author of the Frederick Douglass Book Award-winner Never Caught, celebrates the life and achievements of one of the nation’s extraordinary women through a combination of scholarship and dynamic graphics ranging from sidebars and illuminating timelines to illustrations and photos—many of them new. Dunbar will be in conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench.

 

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Alexander Herbert - What about Tomorrow?: An Oral History of Russian Punk from the Soviet Era to Pussy Riot — in conversation with Mark Andersen — at Union Market

Sunday, February 16, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781621064046
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Published: Microcosm Publishing - September 10th, 2019

While many Westerners knew little of Russia’s punk scene until Pussy Riot’s arrival on the global stage in 2012, as Herbert reports in this dynamic oral history, punk first gained a foothold in the Soviet Union in 1978. Arriving with black market vinyl and fanzines, the music soon fostered a youth movement that managed to stay one step ahead of the secret police. Profiling the key figures involved, Herbert, a research fellow at Brandeis, follows the music from early bands like Avtomaticheskie Udovletvoriteli and Naïve to later ones such as Distress, Ricochet, and the anti-fascist Proverochnaia Lineika and chronicles punk’s spread from Moscow and St. Petersburg to provincial cities. Herbert will be in conversation with Mark Andersen, co-author of We Are The Clash and Dance of the Days, and author of All the Power.

Politics and Prose at Union Market
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Arie W. Kruglanski and David Webber - The Radical's Journey: How German Neo-Nazis Voyaged to the Edge and Back

Sunday, February 16, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780190851095
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 1st, 2019

This groundbreaking study draws on the authors’ extensive research into radicalization and de-radicalization to present a groundbreaking study of German right-wing extremists. Kruglanski, University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and co-founder and senior investigator at the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism, and Webber, assistant professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, combine analysis based on their psychological theory of radicalization with forty-three rare interviews with present and former Neo Nazis to illuminate the needs and motivations that draw people to extremist groups, the relations within these organizations, and the factors that can compel people to leave.

 

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Jeffrey Wasserstrom - Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink — in conversation with Ishaan Tharoor

Sunday, February 16, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781733623742
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Published: Columbia Global Reports - February 11th, 2020

Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at U.C., Irvine, where he specializes in the history of protests against authoritarianism and former editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, is perfectly situated to analyze Hong Kong’s ongoing turmoil. One strand of his analysis tracks China’s concerted efforts since 1997 to strip the city of its freedoms and remake it as another Canton or Shenzhen. The second narrative chronicles the equally determined actions by Hong Kong’s residents to resist China’s repressive moves and keep the judicial and press independence that has characterized the city in the past. While the protestors have scored some victories, Wasserstrom believes China will ultimately succeed in imposing its iron law. Wasserstrom will be in conversation with Ishaan Tharoor, a Washington Post reporter covering foreign affairs, geopolitics, and history.

 

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Mark Stein - The Presidential Fringe: Questing and Jesting for the Oval Office

Sunday, February 16, 5:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781640120327
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Published: Potomac Books - February 1st, 2020

An author, screenwriter, and playwright, Stein is best known for his bestselling How the States Got Their Shapes, the basis for the History Channel series of the same name. In his new book he casts his eye for the odd but telling corners of history with a look at fringe candidates running for the U.S. presidency. Canvassing the last two centuries, he presents thirty brief profiles of figures ranging from Victoria Woodhull and George E. Taylor, the first woman and the first African American to run, respectively, to the first openly gay cross-dressing candidate, Joan Jett Blakk. Far from negligible, these candidates have called awareness to overlooked constituencies and have had a measurable impact on the nation’s political landscape, influencing mainstream candidates and laying the ground for future elections.

 

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Jerry Mitchell - Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights

Monday, February 17, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781451645132
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 4th, 2020

A multi-award-winning reporter and founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, Mitchell has spent much of his thirty-four-year career working to reopen four cold cases from the civil rights era. In this powerful memoir, he chronicles how his unstinting search for long-lost documents, witnesses, and suspects led to the reopening of legal proceedings concerning the assassination of Medgar Evans, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, and the 1964 Mississippi Burning case. Especially pivotal to the last, Mitchell succeeded in having the crime’s mastermind brought to trial and convicted forty-one years after Klansmen killed three civil rights workers.

 

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