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P&P Live! David S. Reynolds — Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times - with Harold Holzer

Wednesday, October 21, 4:00 pm
Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781594206047
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Published: Penguin Press - September 29th, 2020

David S. Reynolds understands the currents in which Abraham Lincoln swam as well as anyone alive. His magisterial biography Abe is the product of full-body immersion into the riotous tumult of American life in the decades before the Civil War.

It was a country growing up and being pulled apart at the same time, with a democratic popular culture that reflected the country's contradictions. Lincoln's lineage was considered auspicious by Emerson, Whitman, and others who prophesied that a new man from the West would emerge to balance North and South. From New England Puritan stock on his father's side and Virginia Cavalier gentry on his mother's, Lincoln was linked by blood to the central conflict of the age. And an enduring theme of his life, Reynolds shows, was his genius for striking a balance between opposing forces. Lacking formal schooling but with an unquenchable thirst for self-improvement, Lincoln had a talent for wrestling and bawdy jokes that made him popular with his peers, even as his appetite for poetry and prodigious gifts for memorization set him apart from them through his childhood, his years as a lawyer, and his entrance into politics.

No one can transcend the limitations of their time, and Lincoln was no exception. But what emerges from Reynolds's masterful reckoning is a man who at each stage in his life managed to arrive at a broader view of things than all but his most enlightened peers. Abraham Lincoln did not come out of nowhere. But if he was shaped by his times, he also managed at his life's fateful hour to shape them to an extent few could have foreseen. Ultimately, this is the great drama that astonishes us still, and that Abe brings to fresh and vivid life. The measure of that life will always be part of our American education.

David S. Reynolds is a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Ambassador Book Award. His other books include Beneath the American Renaissance (winner of the Christian Gauss Award), John Brown, Abolitionist, and Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America. He is a regular book reviewer for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, and The Wall Street Journal.

Harold Holzer is the recipient of the 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize. One of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, Holzer was appointed chairman of the US Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission by President Bill Clinton and awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. He currently serves as the director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, City University of New York. His new book is The Presidents vs. The Press (Dutton).

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P&P Live! Lindy West — SHIT, ACTUALLY

Wednesday, October 21, 8:00 pm
Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316449823
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Published: Hachette Books - October 20th, 2020

Bestselling author Lindy West was once the in-house movie critic for Seattle's alternative newsweekly The Stranger, where she covered film with brutal honesty and giddy irreverence. In Shit, Actually, Lindy returns to those roots, re-examining beloved and iconic movies from the past 40 years with an eye toward the big questions of our time: Is Twilight the horniest movie in history? Why do the zebras in The Lion King trust Mufasa - WHO IS A LION - to look out for their best interests? Why did anyone bother making any more movies after The Fugitive achieved perfection? And, my god, why don't any of the women in Love, Actually ever actually talk?!

In Shit, Actually, West combines her razor-sharp wit and trademark humor with a genuine adoration for nostalgic trash to shed new critical light on some of our defining cultural touchstones-the stories we've long been telling ourselves about who we are. At once outrageously funny and piercingly incisive, this book reminds us to pause and ask, "How does this movie hold up?", all while teaching us how to laugh at the things we love without ever letting them or ourselves off the hook.

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P&P Live! Jillian Tamaki-Our Little Kitchen

Thursday, October 22, 10:00 am
Our Little Kitchen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419746550
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 22nd, 2020

They Say Blue Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419728518
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 13th, 2018

Amazing things happen when a community comes together with creativity, energy, and food! Drawn from author/illustrator Jillian Tamaki’s volunteer experiences at a small community kitchen in Brooklyn, Our Little Kitchen captures the chaotic but caring work of neighbors taking care of each other with meals and friendship. Tamaki combines the action-filled illustrations of a graphic novel with a rhyming narrative for an explosion of colors, words, tastes, and smells. “Three bags of apples some of them bruised…cut off the brown bits, they’re still good to use!”. Thumb to the back endpapers to see how these second-hand apples are turned into a dessert to warm the bellies of those you love.

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator. She grew up in Canada and attended the Alberta College of Art and Design. The graphic novel she wrote with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, This One Summer, won a Caldecott Honor in 2015. Her graphic novels center on the messy, scary and confusing parts of growing up. She draws comics, editorial and book illustration, teaches, and contributes to the TV show Adventure Time.

Ages 4-8

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P&P Live! Mary Jordan & Kevin Sullivan – Trump on Trial: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath

Thursday, October 22, 5:00 pm
Trump on Trial: The Investigation, Impeachment, Acquittal and Aftermath Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781982152994
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Published: Scribner - August 25th, 2020

In the spring of 2019, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi did not favor pursuing Trump's impeachment. Her view was: "He's just not worth it." But by September, after a whistleblower complaint suggesting that Trump had used his office for his political benefit, Pelosi decided to risk it. The impeachment inquiry led to charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, a gamble that ultimately meant Trump would be the first impeached president on the ballot in US history.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporters Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan have crafted a powerful, intimate narrative that concentrates on the characters as well as the dramatic events, braiding them together to provide a remarkable understanding of what happened and why-- Drawing on the deep reporting of Post journalists as well as new interviews, Sullivan and Jordan deliver a crisp page-turner with exquisite detail and scenes, deftly illuminating the aims and calculations of key figures, such as Pelosi's evolution from no to yes and Trump's mounting fury as "the I-word" became inevitable.

Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan are a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters for The Washington Post and a bestselling authors. The last book Sullivan and Jordan wrote was the #1 New York Times bestseller, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, the story of Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who were kidnapped in Cleveland and held for a decade. They previously wrote The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail. They were the Washington Post's co-bureau chiefs in Tokyo, Mexico City, and London for fourteen years.

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P&P Live! Lindsay Metcalf, Keila Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley-No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History

Friday, October 23, 2:00 pm
No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History Cover Image
By Lindsay H. Metcalf (Editor), Keila V. Dawson (Editor), Jeanette Bradley (Editor), Jeanette Bradley (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781623541316
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 22nd, 2020

Powerful poems by authors including Lesléa Newman, Traci Sorell, and Nikki Grimes introduce fourteen young activists currently taking action in their communities and the United States. From Viridiana Sanchez Santos's quinceañera demonstration against anti-immigrant policy to Zach Wahls's moving declaration that he and his two moms were a family like any other, this gorgeously illustrated book celebrates the young people who know how to be the change they seek. Additional text goes into detail about each youth activist's life and how readers can get involved. Join the volume’s three editors as they discuss their process and share video of some of the contributors sharing their poems.

Lindsay Metcalf grew up on a Kansas farm, flew the coop for a career in the city, and migrated home to write downwind of the neighborhood cattle. She is the author of two more books coming out this fall: Beatrix Potter, Scientist, illustrated by Junyi Wu, and Farmers Unite! Planting a Protest for Fair Prices. An experienced journalist, Lindsay has covered a variety of change-makers as a reporter, editor, and columnist for The Kansas City Star and other news outlets.

Keila Dawson was born and raised in New Orleans. She has been a community organizer and an educator, traveling the world with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. She is committed to re-documenting her family history after journals and photographs were lost in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jeanette Bradley has been an urban planner, an apprentice pastry chef, and the artist-in-residence for a traveling art museum on a train. She is the author and illustrator of Love, Mama, and the illustrator of When the Babies Came to Stay. She lives in Rhode Island with her wife and kids.

Ages 7-10

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P&P Live!: Tamara Payne — The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X - with Joe Davidson

Friday, October 23, 4:00 pm
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631491665
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Published: Liveright - October 20th, 2020

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Join Tamara Payne, Les Payne’s daughter and primary researcher,  as she discusses "The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X" on P&P Live!

An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author’s interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative.

Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X—all living siblings of the Malcolm Little family, classmates, street friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world. His goal was ambitious: to transform what would become over a hundred hours of interviews into an unprecedented portrait of Malcolm X, one that would separate fact from fiction.

Introduced by Payne’s daughter and primary researcher, Tamara Payne, who, following her father’s death, heroically completed the biography, The Dead Are Arising is a penetrating and riveting work that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle.

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P&P Live! Poetry Panel with Eduardo Corral

Friday, October 23, 6:00 pm
Guillotine: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450307
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 4th, 2020

American Faith Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781946448460
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Published: Sarabande Books - November 26th, 2019

Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Stahlecker Selections) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945588495
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Published: Four Way Books - March 2nd, 2020

This poetry panel will explore themes like violence, race, culture, and writing about the personal and political at once.

Panelists include:

Eduardo Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, plus his newest collection, Guillotine, which was long-listed for the 2020 National Book Award. Told through the voices of undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents, and scorned lovers, the collection traverses desert landscapes cut through by migrants, the grief of loss, betrayal’s lingering scars, the border itself—great distances in which violence and yearning find roots.

Maya C. Popa is a Romanian-American poet and the author of two chapbooks, The Bees Have Been Canceled and You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave. Her latest collection, American Faith, begins the manifestation of violence in our country: a destructive administration, a history of cruelty and extermination, and a love of firearms. The kind of violence naturally extends to the personal.

Tommye Blount is a Cave Canem alumnus and author most recently of Fantasia for the Man in Blue. In his debut collection, Tommye Blount orchestrates a chorus of distinct, unforgettable voices that speak to the experience of the Black, queer body as a site of desire and violence.

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P&P Live! Heather Clark — RED COMET - in conversation with Peter K. Steinberg

Friday, October 23, 8:00 pm
Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780307961167
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - October 27th, 2020

With a wealth of never-before-accessed materials--including unpublished letters and manuscripts; court, police, and psychiatric records; and new interviews--Heather Clark's Red Comet brings to life the brilliant Sylvia Plath who had poetic ambition from a very young age and was an accomplished, published writer of poems and stories even before she became a star English student at Smith College in the early 1950s.

Determined not to read Plath's work as if her every act, from childhood on, was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark evokes a culture in transition, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Plath's world: her early relationships and determination not to become a conventional woman and wife; her conflicted ties to her well-meaning, widowed mother; her troubles at the hands of an unenlightened mental-health industry; her Cambridge years and thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes, a marriage of true minds that would change the course of poetry in English; and much more. Clark's clear-eyed portraits of Hughes, his lover Assia Wevill, and other demonized players in the arena of Plath's suicide promotes a deeper understanding of her final days, with their outpouring of first-rate poems.

Clark will be in conversation with Peter K. Steinberg, author of the biography Sylvia Plath and the ‘Introduction’ to The Spoken Word: Sylvia Plath. He has published several articles on Plath and is a co-editor of the two-volume The Letters of Sylvia Plath, and a co-author of These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath

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P&P Live!: Ahmed M Badr — While the Earth Sleeps We Travel: Stories, Poetry, and Art from Young Refugees Around the World - with Ari Shapiro

Saturday, October 24, 3:00 pm
While the Earth Sleeps We Travel: Stories, Poetry, and Art from Young Refugees Around the World Cover Image
By Ahmed M. Badr, Ben Stiller (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781449496425
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 13th, 2020

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Join poet and social entrepreneur, Ahmed M. Badr as he celebrates, "While the Earth Sleeps We Travel" with NPR host Ari Shapiro on P&P Live!

A groundbreaking collection of poetry, personal narratives, and art from refugee youth around the world. Foreword by actor and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller. Beginning in 2018, Ahmed M. Badr—an Iraqi-American poet and former refugee—traveled to Greece, Trinidad & Tobago, and Syracuse, New York, holding storytelling workshops with hundreds of displaced youth: those living in and outside of camps, as well as those adjusting to life after resettlement.

Ahmed M. Badr is a poet and social entrepreneur working to combine poetry, archival material, and multimedia to explore the complexities of migration, identity, and self-expression, with a focus on re-framing and reclaiming the power of tragedy. On July 25, 2006, Ahmed's home in Baghdad was bombed by militia troops. He and his family relocated to Syria, where they lived as refugees for over two years before receiving approval to move to the United States. As a teen, Ahmed founded Narratio, an organization that activates, supports, and highlights the creative expression of displaced young people through fellowships, workshops, publishing, and partnerships. Ahmed has addressed the United Nations on more than ten occasions, and his work has been recognized by National Public Radio, Instagram, Buzzfeed, and Global Citizen, among others. He has exhibited at Harvard University, The Juilliard School, UNICEF House, World Bank Headquarters, Christie’s, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A recent graduate of Wesleyan University, he serves as one of 17 UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals in the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth.

Ari Shapiro has been one of the hosts of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine, since 2015. During his first two years on the program, listenership to All Things Considered grew at an unprecedented rate, with more people tuning in during a typical quarter-hour than any other program on the radio. Shapiro has reported from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One. He has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel, and he has filed stories from dozens of countries and most of the 50 states. Shapiro spent two years as NPR's International Correspondent based in London, traveling the world to cover a wide range of topics for NPR's news programs. His overseas move came after four years as NPR's White House Correspondent during President Barack Obama's first and second terms. Shapiro also embedded with the campaign of Republican Mitt Romney for the duration of the 2012 presidential race. He was NPR's Justice Correspondent for five years during the George W. Bush Administration, covering debates over surveillance, detention and interrogation in the years after Sept. 11. Shapiro was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale. He began his journalism career as an intern for NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, who has also occasionally been known to sing in public.

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P&P Live!: Alain Mabanckou — The Death of Comrade President - in conversation with Dominic Thomas

Saturday, October 24, 5:00 pm
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$23.99
ISBN: 9781620976067
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Published: New Press - September 1st, 2020

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Join award winning novelist Alain Mabanckou as he discusses his new book, "THE DEATH OF COMRADE PRESIDENT" with Dominic Thomas on P&P Live!

Mabanckou's riotous new novel, The Death of Comrade President, returns to the 1970s milieu of his awarding-winning novel Black Moses, telling the story of Michel, a daydreamer whose life is completely overthrown when, in March 1977, just before the arrival of the rainy season, Congo's Comrade President Marien Ngouabi is brutally murdered. Thanks to his mother's kinship with the president, not even naive Michel can remain untouched. And if he is to protect his family, Michel must learn to lie.

Alain Mabanckou was born in Congo in 1966. An award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist, Mabanckou currently lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at UCLA. He is the author of African Psycho, Broken Glass, Black Bazaar, and Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty, as well as The Lights of Pointe-Noire, Black Moses, and The Death of Comrade President (The New Press). In 2015, Mabanckou was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize.

Dominic Thomas is Chair of the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies at UCLA. He is the author of Black France and edits the Global African Voices series at Indiana University Press.

 

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P&P Live! 2020 Washington Writers Publishing House Award Winners – Steven Leyva and Adam Schwartz

Sunday, October 25, 1:00 pm
The Understudy's Handbook: Poems Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781941551226
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Published: Washington Writers' Publishing House - October 15th, 2020

The Rest of the World Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781941551233
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Published: Washington Writers' Publishing House - October 15th, 2020

Congratulate the winners of the 2020 Washington Writers Publishing House awards, Steven Leyva and Adam Schwartz.

2020 Jean Feldman Poetry prize-winner Steven Leyva's The Understudy's Handbook is a collection of beautifully detailed, emotionally lush poems that comprise a portrait of a life, a bi-racial life, an American life. These are smart, evocative poems that invite the heart and prime the head to reconcile the intricacies of our individual lives with the history that has brought us all to this moment in America. Leyva is assistant professor in the University of Baltimore’s Klein Family School of Communications.

2020 Fiction prize-winner Adam Schwartz's The Rest of the World tells the story of kids coming of age in a Baltimore that owes them better. They are studies of characters in crisis-delivered by a writer whose empathies illuminate the longings of teens and young adults forced to navigate complex moral choices. These characters betray one another, seek redemption, rescue loved ones, plot hustles, and refuse to give up on themselves-or each other. Schwartz has an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. For twenty-two years, he has taught high school in Baltimore City.

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P&P Live! Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy – Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People with Peter Osnos

Sunday, October 25, 3:00 pm
Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541742420
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 1st, 2020

In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist in the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested by the KGB. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. Every day, Sharansky fought for individual freedom in the face of overt tyranny, a struggle that would come to define the rest of his life.

Never Alone reveals how Sharansky's years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for a very public life after his release. As an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency, Sharansky brought extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising, often uncomfortable, honesty. His story is suffused with reflections from his time as a political prisoner, from his seat at the table as history unfolded in Israel and the Middle East, and from his passionate efforts to unite the Jewish people.

Written with frankness, affection, and humor, the book offers us profound insights from a man who embraced the essential human struggle: to find his own voice, his own faith, and the people to whom he could belong.

Gil Troy is a professor of history at McGill University in Montreal and has a residence in Jerusalem.

Peter Osnos began his journalism career in 1965 as an assistant to I. F. .Stone on his weekly newsletter. Between 1966–1984 Osnos was a reporter and foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and served as the newspaper’s foreign and national editor. From 1984-1996 he was Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Senior Editor at Random House and Publisher of Random House’s Times Books division. In 1997, he founded PublicAffairs. He served as Publisher and CEO until 2005 and continues as a consulting editor and Founder. He lives in New York City, with his wife Susan, a consultant to human rights and philanthropic organizations. His children are Evan L.R. Osnos and Katherine Sanford. There are five grandchildren.

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P&P Live! Marcella Pixley-Trowbridge Road—with Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Monday, October 26, 7:00 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207507
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Published: Candlewick - October 6th, 2020

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$8.99
ISBN: 9781536213119
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Published: Candlewick - March 10th, 2020

It’s the summer of ’83 on Trowbridge Road, and June Bug Jordan is hungry. Months after her father’s death from complications from AIDS, her mother has stopped cooking and refuses to leave the house, instead locking herself away to scour at the germs she believes are everywhere. June Bug threatens this precarious existence by going out into the neighborhood, gradually befriending Ziggy, an imaginative boy who is living with his Nana Jean after experiencing troubles of his own. But as June Bug’s connection to the world grows stronger, her mother’s grasp on reality weakens, pushing June Bug to choose between truth and healing and the only home she has ever known. Longlisted for the National Book Award, this honest novel will resonate with anyone seeking tenderness in an uncertain world.

Marcella Pixley is the award-winning author of Freak, Without Tess, and Ready to Fall. Her poetry can be found in journals including Prairie Schooner, Feminist Studies, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and Poet Lore. She teaches eighth grade Language Arts at the Carlisle Public Schools, and lives in an antique farmhouse in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Jennifer Richard Jacobson is an award-winning author whose works include The Dollar Kids, Paper Things, Small as an Elephant, and the Andy Shane series for young readers. When she’s not writing, she provides Writer’s Workshop training for teachers. She lives in Maine with her husband and dog.

Signed bookplates are available with book purchase of Trowbridge Road while supplies last.

Ages 10 and up

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P&P Live! Stuart Gibbs-Spy School Revolutions—with Sarah Mlynowski

Tuesday, October 27, 2:00 pm
Spy School Revolution Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534443785
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Hide and Seek (Upside-Down Magic #7) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338221558
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - July 7th, 2020

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$8.99
ISBN: 9781534424715
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2020

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$8.99
ISBN: 9781481477864
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

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$8.99
ISBN: 9781481445634
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

Evil Spy School Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442494909
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

Spy Camp (Spy School) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442457546
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

Spy School Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442421837
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Superspy middle schooler Ben Ripley is surprised when someone bombs the CIA conference room next door—and absolutely shocked when the attacker turns out to be Erica Hale, the spy-in-training he respects more than any other. Ben refuses to believe she’s a double agent, even if the rest of the CIA disagrees. To clear her name and save the world, he must locate the fabled colonial-era insurgent group that’s blackmailing her and thwart their devious plans. Join us for a discussion between Stuart Gibbs and Sarah Mlynowski as they celebrate the latest installment of the smash-hit Spy School series.

Stuart Gibbs is the author of the bestselling FunJungle, Spy School, Moon Base Alpha, and Charlie Thorne series. He has also worked in movies and television, writing screenplays and developing TV shows for major networks. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

Sarah Mlynowski has written several books for children, teens, and adults—including the Upside-Down Magic and Whatever After series and the Magic in Manhattan series. She is a co-founder of OMG BookFest, an interactive experience of books, games, and activities bringing popular authors and early to middle-grade readers in local underserved communities together.

Ages 8-12

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P&P Live! Evan Osnos — JOE BIDEN - in conversation with Pete Buttigieg

Tuesday, October 27, 5:00 pm
Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781982174026
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Scribner - October 27th, 2020

Trust: America's Best Chance Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781631498770
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Published: Liveright - October 6th, 2020

Former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been called both the luckiest man and the unluckiest—fortunate to have sustained a fifty-year political career that reached the White House, but also marked by deep personal losses and disappointments that he has suffered.

Yet even as Biden’s life has been shaped by drama, it has also been powered by a willingness, rare at the top ranks of politics, to confront his shortcomings and reversals of fortune. As he says, “Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.” His trials have forged in him a deep empathy for others in hardship—an essential quality as he addresses Americans in the nation’s most dire hour in decades.

In Joe Biden, Osnos ponders the difficulties Biden will face if elected and weighs how political circumstances, and changes in the candidate’s thinking, have altered his positions. In this nuanced portrait, Biden emerges as a fully-rounded figure, tempered by the flame of tragedy—a man who just may be uncannily suited for his moment in history.

Osnos will be in conversation with Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who recently published the book, Trust: America’s Best Chance about the monumental challenges posed by our present moment. They will discuss the 2020 campaign, the candidacy of Joe Biden, and the future of American politics.

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P&P Live! Christie Tate — GROUP

Tuesday, October 27, 6:00 pm
Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982154615
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 27th, 2020

Christie Tate had just been named the top student in her law school class and finally had her eating disorder under control. Why then was she driving through Chicago fantasizing about her own death? Why was she envisioning putting an end to the isolation and sadness that still plagued her in spite of her achievements?

Enter Dr. Rosen, a therapist who calmly assures her that if she joins one of his psychotherapy groups, he can transform her life. All she has to do is show up and be honest. About everything—her eating habits, childhood, sexual history, etc. Christie is skeptical, insisting that that she is defective, beyond cure. But Dr. Rosen issues a nine-word prescription that will change everything: “You don’t need a cure, you need a witness.” So begins her entry into the strange, terrifying, and ultimately life-changing world of group therapy.

Group is addictive, relatable, and hilarious all at once, shining a light on the way the therapy can break you down, and then reassemble you so that all the pieces finally fit.

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P&P Live!: Paola Ramos — Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity - in conversation with Jennifer Palmieri

Tuesday, October 27, 8:00 pm
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781984899095
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Published: Vintage - October 20th, 2020

Latinx: En busca de las voces que redefinen la identidad latina Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781984899118
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Published: Vintage Espanol - October 20th, 2020

Young Latinos across the United States are redefining their identities, pushing boundaries, and awakening politically in powerful and surprising ways. Many of them—Afrolatino, indigenous, Muslim, queer and undocumented, living in large cities and small towns—are voices who have been chronically overlooked in how the diverse population of almost sixty million Latinos in the U.S. has been represented. No longer.

Paola Ramos is a host and correspondent for VICE and VICE News, as well as a contributor to Telemundo News and MSNBC. Ramos was the deputy director of Hispanic media for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and a political appointee during the Barack Obama administration, and she also served in President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. She’s a former fellow at Emerson Collective. Ramos received her MA in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn.

Paola Ramos es la presentadora de “Latin-X” en VICE, y contribuyente semanal a Telemundo News, en donde moviliza a la comunidad latinx proporcionándoles un espacio para contar sus historias. Paola ha pasado la mayor parte de su carrera en la política demócrata y los espacios de activismo social. Fue directora adjunta de medios hispánicos para Hillary Clinton, así como funcionaria política en la Casa Blanca durante la presidencia de Obama. Ramos es mexicana, cubana, española y americana. Recibió su Maestría en Política Publica del Harvard Kennedy School, y su licenciatura de Barnard College, Columbia University. Ha escrito para Teen Vogue, NowThis, CNN, PopSugar, RIse Up, VICE Impact y Remezcla.

Ramos will be in conversation with Jennifer Palmieri, author of She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man’s World and one of the most accomplished communications advisors in politics today. Author of the number 1 New York Times bestseller Dear Madam President, Jennifer was White House Communications Director for President Obama and head of Communications for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. She is also a guest host of Showtime’s The Circus and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair

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P&P Live! John Gallagher-Max Meow: Cat Crusader

Wednesday, October 28, 2:00 pm
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$12.99
ISBN: 9780593121054
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

Who needs radioactive spiders to turn into a superhero? It is as deliciously easy as eating a radioactive meatball from your friend’s secret lab! Can mild-mannered podCATster Max use his newfound powers for good and save Kittyopolis from the baddies? Will Max listen to the wise words of his best friend or will it be a CATastrophe?

Meet Max the cat crusader in this hilarious new middle-grade graphic novel series, Max Meow by cartoonist John Gallagher. Join us for an interactive event with a drawing presentation and Q&A from the live audience.

John Gallagher is the art director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Ranger Rick magazine and has been drawing comics since he was five. John is also the co-founder of Kids Love Comics (an organization devoted to using graphic novels to promote literacy) and leads workshops teaching kids how to create their own comics. John lives in Virginia with his wife and their three kids.

Ages 7-10

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P&P Live!: Ellis Cose — The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America - in conversation with Eric Sterling

Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 pm
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$23.99
ISBN: 9780062999719
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Published: Amistad - September 15th, 2020

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Join bestselling author, Ellis Cose discussing his newest, "The Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America" on P&P Live!

The critically acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of The Rage of a Privileged Class explores one of the most essential rights in America—free speech—and reveals how it is crumbling under the combined weight of polarization, technology, money and systematized lying in this concise yet powerful and timely book.

Free speech has long been one of American's most revered freedoms. Yet now, more than ever, free speech is reshaping America’s social and political landscape even as it is coming under attack. Bestselling author and critically acclaimed journalist Ellis Cose wades into the debate to reveal how this Constitutional right has been coopted by the wealthy and politically corrupt.

Ellis Cose is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Rage of a Privileged Class. A former contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, his writing has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Time magazine, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the New York Daily News, among other publications.

Eric E. Sterling retired this summer after 31 years as Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. He was recently appointed by the Montgomery County, MD, County Council to its Policing Advisory Commission for a three-year term. From 1979 to 1989, he was Assistant Counsel, Subcommittee on Crime, Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, responsible for anti-pornography laws, illegal drugs, and many other matters. In the late 1970s he was counsel to the Delaware County, PA chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. His analyses have been published in numerous legal and academic journals and books, major newspapers, and broadcast on many major media outlets. He was acquitted on First Amendment grounds on the charges of unwarrantedly loitering and the distribution of unauthorized leaflets inside the Pentagon in 1969. He has taught at American University and George Washington University and lectured widely. He earned his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from Villanova University.

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P&P Live! Ruby Shamir-What's the Big Deal About Elections—with Lissa Muscatine

Wednesday, October 28, 6:00 pm
What's the Big Deal About Elections Cover Image
By Ruby Shamir, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524738075
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Published: Philomel Books - August 28th, 2018

What's the Big Deal About Elections Cover Image
By Ruby Shamir, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780593116401
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Published: Philomel Books - August 25th, 2020

Did you know that we have more than ninety thousand state and local governments in the United States? Or that Election Day celebrations two hundred years ago featured marching bands and bonfires? Elections allow adult citizens the chance to choose how our cities, states, and country are run. Even kids who can't vote yet can make their voices heard by helping the candidates they like get votes! Our elections can seem complicated, but at their core, they're all about having a say in our own lives and future. Now available in chapter book as well as picture book form, Ruby Shamir presents a fun and fact-filled case for the importance of being an active participant in our democracy.

Talking about electoral politics—especially in contentious times—has always been important, but it’s hard to know where to start. Join us for a kid-friendly event (adults welcome, too) focused on how to talk about the current election.

Ruby Shamir worked at the White House in the Clinton administration for three and a half years, two of which she served in the First Lady's office. She also led Hillary Rodham Clinton's New York Senate office. She is currently an award-winning children's book author and literary researcher in the Bronx, New York, where she lives with her husband and three children. She is the author of the What's the Big Deal About . . . series.

Lissa Muscatine, co-owner of Politics and Prose, has been a journalist and a speechwriter. She joined the Clinton Administration as a presidential speechwriter in 1993, eventually becoming the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Communications to the First Lady. She was a senior advisor on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and served as the Director of Speechwriting and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State under the Obama administration.

Ages 4-9

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P&P Live!: Alexander Keyssar — Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? - with Jamelle Bouie

Wednesday, October 28, 8:00 pm
Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780674660151
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Published: Harvard University Press - July 31st, 2020

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Join Professor Alexander Keyssar  as he discusses his new book, "Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College" with Jamelle Bouie on P&P Live!

Alexander Keyssar is the author of numerous books including The Right to Vote, which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association. He is Matthew W. Stirling, Jr., Professor of History and Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Based in Charlottesville, Virginia and Washington D.C., Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times and political analyst for CBS News. He covers campaigns, elections, national affairs, and culture. Prior to the Times, Jamelle was chief political correspondent for Slate magazine. And before that, he was a staff writer at The Daily Beast and held fellowships at The American Prospect and The Nation magazine. He attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with a degree in political and social thought, and government.

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P&P Live!: Fredrik Logevall — JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 - in conversation with Diane McWhorter

Thursday, October 29, 6:00 pm
JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780812997132
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Published: Random House - September 8th, 2020

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Join Professor Fredrik Logevall as he discusses his new book, "JFK" with Diane McWhorter on P&P Live!

By the time of his assassination in 1963, John F. Kennedy stood at the helm of the greatest power the world had ever seen, a booming American nation that he had steered through some of the most perilous diplomatic standoffs of the Cold War. Born in 1917 to a striving Irish American family that had become among Boston’s wealthiest, Kennedy knew political ambition from an early age, and his meteoric rise to become the youngest elected president cemented his status as one of the most mythologized figures in American history. And while hagiographic portrayals of his dazzling charisma, reports of his extramarital affairs, and disagreements over his political legacy have come and gone in the decades since his untimely death, these accounts all fail to capture the full person.

Fredrik Logevall is Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and professor of history at Harvard University. A specialist on U.S. foreign-relations history and modern international history, he is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize.

Diane McWhorter is a long-time contributor to The New York Times and the op-ed page of USA TODAY, among other national publications. Her young adult history of the civil rights movement is A Dream of Freedom. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and now lives in New York City.

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P&P Live! Jonathan Auxier-Willa the Wisp

Friday, October 30, 10:00 am
Willa the Wisp (The Fabled Stables Book #1) Cover Image
By Jonathan Auxier, Olga Demidova (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419742699
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Published: Amulet Books - October 20th, 2020

The only human child on Professor Cake’s private island, Auggie can’t help feeling lonely sometimes. His job keeps him busy, though--he’s the caretaker of the Fabled Stables, home to fantastical creatures including the Gargantula, the Hippopatamouse, and the Yawning Abyss. When an empty stall appears in the stables, Auggie knows a new magical friend needs his help. With the help of his wits and some unexpectedly loyal compatriots, he embarks on a quest to save Willa, a newborn wisp, from terrible danger. Join Jonathan Auxier for a discussion of the first installment of this funny, fast-paced fantasy series.

Jonathan Auxier’s award-winning middle-grade novels include The Night Gardener, Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes, and Sweep. He is very tall, and hates bumping his head on things. He’s also amazing at yo-yo tricks. He lives in Pittsburgh with his family and an adorable pet umbrella.

Signed bookplates will be included with every purchase of Wills the Wisp, while supplies last.

Ages 5-9

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P&P Live! Dan Rather — WHAT UNITES US with Jennifer Steinhauer

Friday, October 30, 6:00 pm
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781616209940
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 3rd, 2019

At a moment of crisis over our national identity, esteemed journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories.

With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one.

Rather will be in conversation with Jennifer Steinhauer, a reporter for The New York Times since 1994. She has worked on the Metro, Business, and National desk, and served as City Hall bureau chief and Los Angeles bureau chief before moving to Washington in 2010. She is the author of a novel, two cookbooks, and most recently The Firsts, the story of the women of the 116th Congress.

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P&P Live! Joseph O'Connor – SHADOWPLAY - with Daniel Mulhall

Saturday, October 31, 3:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781609455934
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Published: Europa Editions - June 16th, 2020

This program is part of our "Dublin Voices" series, a collaboration between Politics and Prose Bookstore, the Embassy of Ireland, Solas Nua, and Georgetown University’s Global Irish Studies. Joining us to introduce our author and speak to the Irish origins of both Dracula and Halloween, is Ireland’s U.S. Ambassador, Daniel Mulhall.

Henry Irving is Victorian London's most celebrated actor and theater impresario. He has introduced groundbreaking ideas to the theater, bringing to the stage performances that are spectacular, shocking, and always entertaining. When Irving decides to open his own London theater with the goal of making it the greatest playhouse on earth, he hires a young Dublin clerk harboring literary ambitions by the name of Bram Stoker to manage it.

Bram Stoker's extraordinary experiences at the Lyceum Theatre, his early morning walks on the streets of a London terrorized by a serial killer, his long, tempestuous relationship with Irving, and the closeness he finds with Ellen Terry, inspire him to write Dracula, the most iconic and best-selling supernatural tale ever published.

O'Connor is in conversation with Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's 18th Ambassador to the United States. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Liverpool and Chatham University (Pittsburgh) and has received the Freedom of the cities of London and Waterford. Honorary President of the Yeats Society (Sligo), he is a great admirer of Irish writing and has tweeted Irish poetry every day from @DanMulhall.

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P&P Live! Elizabeth Wein-The Enigma Game—with Sherri L. Smith

Wednesday, November 4, 5:00 pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781368012584
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2020

A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062453037
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 21st, 2020

Code Name Verity Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423152880
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

The Blossom and the Firefly Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524737900
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - February 18th, 2020

It’s 1940, and fifteen-year-old Louisa Adair has fled to the tiny village of Windyedge, Scotland, to escape the Blitz that killed her parents. As she cares for an elderly woman, she longs to help the war effort—and gets her chance when a German pilot’s mysterious key leads her to an Enigma machine that translates German code. Alongside Ellen McEwen, a volunteer Royal Air Force base driver, and Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, a squadron flight leader, Louisa attempts to solve a crucial and potentially deadly mystery. The author of Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief returns with another thrilling, impeccably researched tale of secrets, spies, and sacrifice.

Elizabeth Wein is the award-winning author of thirteen books for young adults, including Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire, and A Thousand Sisters. She has lived in England, Jamaica, the U.S., and Scotland. She has her pilot’s license, and has flown great distances in several countries. She lives in Scotland, where she and her husband raised their two grown children.

Elizabeth will be joined in conversation with Sherri L. Smith, author of WWII: The Blossom and the Firefly.

Signed bookplates will be sent with each purchase of The Enigma Game, while supplies last.

Ages 12 and up

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P&P Live! Don Tate-William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad

Thursday, November 5, 10:00 am
William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad Cover Image
By Don Tate, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781561459353
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - November 1st, 2020

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton Cover Image
By Don Tate, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9781682630624
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - October 1st, 2018

Join celebrated author and illustrator Don Tate for a discussion of the first-ever picture book about the father of the Underground Railroad. The son of parents who escaped slavery, William Still grew up hearing about its horrors—and the two brothers his parents were forced to leave behind. As he worked at the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society and turned his home into a “station” on the Underground Railroad, he met hundreds of people seeking freedom. One day, a strangely familiar man came into William’s office searching for information on his long-lost family, an event that changed William and his family forever. From then on, William collected stories from other freedom-seekers passing through the Underground Railroad and helped reunite them with their families. In all, William aided around 800 people in their efforts to escape slavery, eventually publishing their stories of hardships and extraordinary tales of escape. Exploring important themes of heritage, ancestry, and family history, Don Tate’s compelling words and artwork highlight the power of stories and storytelling.

Don Tate is the award-winning illustrator of numerous books for children, including Carter Reads the Newspaper. He is the author and illustrator of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton, for which he won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He is also the co-contributor to the Brown Bookshelf, a blog designed to raise awareness of African Americans writing for young readers. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Signed bookplates will be included with every purchase of Wills the Wisp, while supplies last.

Ages 6-10

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P&P Live! The Changing World of Wine: A Tasting with Grape Intentions

Saturday, November 7, 3:00 pm
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$75.00
ISBN: 9781426221415
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: National Geographic - October 27th, 2020

Fully updated and revised for the first time since 2011, this latest edition of The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia reflects the most recent trends in the dynamic world of wine, written by experts around the globe. Beautifully illustrated with more than 400 images and 100 brand-new National Geographic maps, this definitive guide is arranged geographically to highlight the regions and climates that produce the best vintages.

Your ticket includes:

  • access to the virtual event/wine tasting led by Brett H. Philpott-Freeman of Grape Intentions
  • a hardcover copy of The New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia
  • tasting box with one bottle each of Champagne Laurent-Perrier NV, Marco Felluga Pinot Grigio, and Elk Cove Pinot Noir
  • wine tasting notes
  • shipping and handling fees

Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 21 or older. Wine Kits ship via FedEx Ground. A supplemental shipping charge may be required if ordering less than four days before the event and outside the mid-Atlantic; this includes states in Mountain and Pacific time zones. All rights reserved.

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P&P Live! Kurt Braddock —Weaponized Words: The Strategic Role of Persuasion in Violent Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization - with Adam Roberts

Saturday, November 7, 5:00 pm
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$29.99
ISBN: 9781108464871
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cambridge University Press - April 16th, 2020

Strengthen your understanding of the persuasive mechanisms used by terrorist groups and how they are effective in order to defeat them. Weaponized Words applies existing theories of persuasion to domains unique to this digital era, such as social media, YouTube, websites, and message boards to name but a few. Terrorists deploy a range of communication methods and harness reliable communication theories to create strategic messages that persuade peaceful individuals to join their groups and engage in violence. While explaining how they accomplish this, the book lays out a blueprint for developing counter-messages perfectly designed to conquer such violent extremism and terrorism. Using this basis in persuasion theory, a socio-scientific approach is generated to fight terrorist propaganda and the damage it causes.

Kurt Braddock is an Assistant Professor of Public Communication in the School of Communication at American University. His research focuses on the persuasive strategies used by violent extremist groups to recruit and radicalize audiences targeted by their propaganda. Kurt also explores how theories of communication, persuasion, and social influence can be used to inform practices meant to prevent radicalization among vulnerable audiences. Kurt is presently interested in the development of communicative counter-radicalization strategies that prevent white supremacism, neo-Nazism, and the adoption of other violent far-right ideologies. In addition to publishing his work in key communication and security journals (e.g., Communication Monographs, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism), Kurt also provides input to key institutions to inform how they fight terrorism. Some of these institutions include the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Defense. His work has also been used at the international level, where Kurt has advised the U.K. Home Office, Public Safety Canada, the United Nations Counterterrorism Executive Directorate, and others.

Adam Roberts is the Midwest correspondent for The Economist covering politics, policy and social affairs in America. Previously, he was the European Business and Finance correspondent based in Paris.

 

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P&P Live! Emily Anthes & Jessica Wapner — The Great Indoors & Wall Disease

Sunday, November 8, 1:00 pm
Wall Disease: The Psychological Toll of Living Up Against a Border Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781615197347
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Published: The Experiment - October 6th, 2020

The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374166632
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Published: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 23rd, 2020

Science journalists and authors Emily Anthes and Jessica Wapner present their new books, THE GREAT INDOORS and WALL DISEASE, for P&P. Click here to join the Live! event 

Emily Anthes is an award-winning science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, Nature, Slate, Businessweek, Scientific American, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. Her previous book, Frankenstein's Cat, was long-listed for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

Modern humans are an indoor species. We spend 90 percent of our time inside, shuttling between homes and offices, schools and stores, restaurants and gyms. And yet, in many ways, the indoor world remains unexplored territory. For all the time we spend inside buildings, we rarely stop to consider: How do these spaces affect our mental and physical well-being? Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? Our productivity, performance, and relationships?

In this wide-ranging, character-driven book, science journalist Emily Anthes takes us on an adventure into the buildings in which we spend our days, exploring the profound, and sometimes unexpected, ways that they shape our lives. Drawing on cutting-edge research, she probes the pain-killing power of a well-placed window and examines how the right office layout can expand our social networks. She investigates how room temperature regulates our cognitive performance, how the microbes hiding in our homes influence our immune systems, and how cafeteria design affects what--and how much--we eat.

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Jessica Wapner is a journalist and former science editor at Newsweek whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wired, Medium, Discover, Popular Science, Self, Scientific American, New York magazine , The Atlantic, and elsewhere. Her first book, The Philadelphia Chromosome, was named a top ten nonfiction book by The Wall Street Journal. She lives in Brooklyn.

We build border walls to keep danger out. But do we understand the danger posed by walls themselves? East Germans were the first to give the crisis a name: Mauerkrankheit, or "wall disease." The afflicted--everyday citizens living on both sides of the Berlin wall--displayed some combination of depression, anxiety, excitability, suicidal ideation, and paranoia. The Berlin Wall is no more, but today there are at least seventy policed borders like it. What are they doing to our minds?

Jessica Wapner investigates, following a trail of psychological harm around the world. In Brownsville, Texas, the hotly contested US-Mexico border wall instills more feelings of fear than of safety. And in eastern Europe, a Georgian grandfather pines for his homeland--cut off from his daughters, his baker, and his bank by the arbitrary path of a razor-wire fence built in 2013. Even in borderlands riven by conflict, the same walls that once offered relief become enduring reminders of trauma and helplessness.

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P&P Live! Jonathan Alter — His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life - with Walter Isaacson

Monday, November 9, 6:00 pm
His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life Cover Image
$37.50
ISBN: 9781501125485
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 29th, 2020

Jonathan Alter tells the epic story of an enigmatic man of faith and his improbable journey from barefoot boy to global icon. Alter paints an intimate and surprising portrait of the only president since Thomas Jefferson who can fairly be called a Renaissance Man, a complex figure--ridiculed and later revered--with a piercing intelligence, prickly intensity, and biting wit beneath the patented smile. Here is a moral exemplar for our times, a flawed but underrated president of decency and vision who was committed to telling the truth to the American people.

Growing up in one of the meanest counties in the Jim Crow South, Carter is the only American president who essentially lived in three centuries: his early life on the farm in the 1920s without electricity or running water might as well have been in the nineteenth; his presidency put him at the center of major events in the twentieth; and his efforts on conflict resolution and global health set him on the cutting edge of the challenges of the twenty-first.

Jonathan Alter is an award-winning historian, columnist and documentary filmmaker. An MSNBC political analyst and former senior editor at Newsweek, he is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies; The Promise: President Obama, Year One; and The Defining Moment: FDR ' s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.

Walter Isaacson, a professor of history at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN, and editor of Time. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

 

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P&P Live! Celebrating Eudora Welty: A Writers Panel

Monday, November 9, 8:00 pm
One Writer's Beginnings Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781982151775
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Published: Scribner - November 3rd, 2020

Featuring a new introduction, the updated edition One Writer's Beginnings by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author and one of the most revered figures in American letters is profound and priceless as guidance for anyone who aspires to write.

Part memoir, part exploration of the seeds of creativity, this unique distillation of a writer’s beginnings offers a rare glimpse into the Mississippi childhood that made Eudora Welty the acclaimed and important writer she would become.

Panelists include:

Mary Alice Welty White, niece of Eudora Welty, served as the first director of the Eudora Welty House, turning the family home into one of the most intact literary house museums in the U. S., and she serves as secretary of the Eudora Welty Foundation.

W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark PastThe House at the End of the Road, and the forthcoming A Place Like Mississippi . A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently a visiting professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi.

Susan Richards Shreve is the author of fifteen novels, including You Are the Love of My Life, and most recently, More News Tomorrow, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir, Warm Springs. She’s the founder of the Master of Fine Arts Degree at George Mason University where she is a Professor of English, and was founding president and former Chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

Ebony Lumumba is an associate professor and the Department Chair of English, Modern Foreign Languages, & Speech at Jackson State University. Her publications include a chapter in From Uncle Tom’s Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Texts of Black Life, and she recently published “The Matter of Black Lives in American Literature: Eudora Welty’s Non-Fiction and Photography.”

Lee Smith has written seventeen works of fiction, including Fair and Tender LadiesOral History, and most recently, Guests on Earth. Her novel The Last Girls was a New York Times bestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

Margaret McMullan is the author of nine award-winning books including In My Mother’s HouseAftermath Lounge, and Where The Angels Lived. Her work has appeared in USA TodayThe Washington PostThe Los Angeles Times, and other periodicals. A recipient of an NEA in literature, Margaret has taught at Stony Brook Southampton, Converse College, and Eastern Kentucky MFA programs.

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P&P Live! Becky Cooper — WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE - with Ron Chernow

Tuesday, November 10, 6:00 pm
We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

1969: Jane Britton, an ambitious twenty-three-year-old graduate student in Harvard's Anthropology Department and daughter of Radcliffe Vice President J. Boyd Britton, would be found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment.

Forty years later, Becky Cooper, a curious undergrad, will hear the first whispers of the story. In the first telling the body was nameless. The story was this: a Harvard student had had an affair with her professor, and the professor had murdered her in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology because she'd threatened to talk about the affair. Though the rumor proves false, the story that unfolds, one that Cooper will follow for ten years, is even more complex: a tale of gender inequality in academia, a 'cowboy culture' among empowered male elites, the silencing effect of institutions, and our compulsion to rewrite the stories of female victims.

We Keep the Dead Close is a memoir of mirrors, misogyny, and murder. It is at once a rumination on the violence and oppression that rules our revered institutions, a ghost story reflecting one young woman's past onto another's present, and a love story for a girl who was lost to history.

Cooper will be in conversation with Rob Chernow, the prize-winning author of six books and the recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award, Washington: A Life won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and Alexander Hamilton was the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical.

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P&P Live! Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver-Lights, Camera, Danger (Alien Superstar #2)—with Jake Tapper

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 pm
Lights, Camera, Danger (Alien Superstar #2) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419740992
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 6th, 2020

Alien Superstar (Book #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419733697
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2019

Thirteen-year-old alien and sitcom star Buddy Burger is back, and more hilarious than ever! When he crash-landed in Hollywood after fleeing his oppressive red dwarf planet, the six-eyed sensation was immediately mistaken for an actor in an alien costume. Even after being cast in a hit TV show, he’s managed to keep his real identity a secret—so far. But things are looking more complicated with the arrival of Citizen Cruel, a shape-shifting Squadron member sent from Buddy’s home planet to bring him back by any means necessary. Will Buddy conquer this clever and unpredictable enemy? How long can he continue to keep his alien identity secret from his friends and fans? Join Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, and Jake Tapper to mark the release of the second book in this wacky Los Angeles adventure series.

Henry Winkler is an Emmy award-winning actor, writer, director, and producer with over four decades of success in Hollywood. He is the co-author of the smash-hit Hank Zipzer, Here’s Hank! and Alien Superstar series. Based on Winkler’s own childhood, the Hank series chronicle the misadventures of an exuberant elementary schooler with dyslexia. Winkler lives in Los Angeles.

Lin Oliver is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. She is currently the executive director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a worldwide organization of over 25,000 members. She is also the author of over 40 books, including the Fantastic Frame and the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk? Series. Oliver is the co-author of the Hank Zipzer, Here’s Hank! and Alien Superstar books.

Jake Tapper is CNN’s chief Washington correspondent. He is the anchor of The Lead with Jake Tapper and hosts the Sunday morning news show State of the Union. He is the author of several books, including The Hellfire Club, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, and Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency.

Ages 8-12

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P&P Live! Thomas E. Ricks — Title First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country

Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 pm
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$29.99
ISBN: 9780062997456
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Published: Harper - November 10th, 2020

On the morning after the 2016 presidential election, Thomas Ricks awoke with a few questions on his mind: What kind of nation did we now have? Is it what was designed or intended by the nation's founders? Trying to get as close to the source as he could, Ricks decided to go back and read the philosophy and literature that shaped the founders' thinking, and the letters they wrote to each other debating these crucial works--among them the Iliad, Plutarch's Lives, and the works of Xenophon, Epicurus, Aristotle, Cato, and Cicero. For though much attention has been paid the influence of English political philosophers, like John Locke, closer to their own era, the founders were far more immersed in the literature of the ancient world.

First Principles follows these four members of the Revolutionary generation from their youths to their adult lives, as they grappled with questions of independence, and forming and keeping a new nation. In doing so, Ricks interprets not only the effect of the ancient world on each man, and how that shaped our constitution and government, but offers startling new insights into these legendary leaders.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008 and was on the staff of the Wall Street Journal for seventeen years before that. He reported on American military operations in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he is also the author of several books, including The Generals, The Gamble, Churchill & Orwell, and the number-one New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He wrote First Principles while a visiting fellow in history at Bowdoin College.

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P&P Live! Tommy Siegel — I Hope This Helps: Comics and Cures for 21st Century Panic

Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 pm
I Hope This Helps: Comics and Cures for 21st Century Panic Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524860738
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2020

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Tommy Siegel's debut book collection includes 200+ pages of comics, essays, and extremely helpful guides to coping with 21st-century panic. With comics titled “Choose your social anxiety coping mechanism” and “What your coffee drink of choice says about you,” I Hope This Helps offers clever and sardonic commentary on our phone-obsessed, social media-driven culture, as well as a series of devastatingly funny relationship comics starring his popular Candy Hearts characters.

Tommy Siegel is a cartoonist and musician who tries his best to juggle both pastimes with assistance from copious amounts of coffee. As lead guitarist and singer for his solo projects and his power pop trio Jukebox The Ghost, Tommy has played over 1,000 shows around the world, including festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza and late-night television programs like Letterman and Conan. As a cartoonist, his challenge to draw 500 consecutive days of comics led to a viral fanbase of hundreds of thousands worldwide.

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P&P Live! Michael Riedel — Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway - with Peter Marks

Wednesday, November 11, 8:00 pm
Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501166631
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - November 10th, 2020

The 1990s was a decade of profound change on Broadway. At the dawn of the nineties, the British invasion of Broadway was in full swing, as musical spectacles like Les Miserables, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera dominated the box office. But Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard soon spelled the end of this era and ushered in a new wave of American musicals, beginning with the ascendance of an unlikely show by a struggling writer who reimagined Puccini's opera La Bohème as the smash Broadway show Rent. American musical comedy made its grand return, culminating in The Producers, while plays, always an endangered species on Broadway, staged a powerful comeback with Tony Kushner's Angels in America. A different breed of producers rose up to challenge the grip theater owners had long held on Broadway, and corporations began to see how much money could be made from live theater.

Michael Riedel presents the drama behind every mega-hit or shocking flop, bringing readers into high-stakes premieres, fraught rehearsals, tough contract negotiations, intense Tony Award battles, and more. From the bitter feuds to the surprising collaborations, all the intrigue of a revolutionary era in the Theater District is packed into Singular Sensation. Broadway has triumphs and disasters, but the show always goes on.

Michael Riedel has been the theater columnist for the New York Post since 1998. Michael's first book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway won the Marfield Prize for arts writing in 2015 and is widely considered to be the successor to William Goldman's celebrated 1967 book about Broadway, The Season. A graduate of Columbia University, Michael lives in the West Village.

Peter Marks joined The Washington Post as its chief drama critic in 2002. Previously, he worked for more than nine years at the New York Times, where he was a drama critic, theater reporter, metro reporter and national correspondent during the 2000 presidential campaign.

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P&P Live! Thomas Keller and Corey Chow — The French Laundry, Per Se - presented by Alice Waters

Thursday, November 12, 6:00 pm
The French Laundry, Per Se (The Thomas Keller Library) Cover Image
$75.00
ISBN: 9781579658496
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Published: Artisan - October 27th, 2020

For each copy of THE FRENCH LAUNDRY, PER SE sold the week of the event (11/8-11/14), $3 will be donated to Martha's Table. We are pleased to offer special signed books for this event! 

Bound by a common philosophy, linked by live video, staffed by a cadre of inventive and skilled chefs, the kitchens of Thomas Keller's celebrated restaurants--The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and per se, in New York City--are in a relationship unique in the world of fine dining. Ideas bounce back and forth in a dance of creativity, knowledge, innovation, and excellence. It's a relationship that's the very embodiment of collaboration, and of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. And all of it is captured in The French Laundry, Per Se, with meticulously detailed recipes for 70 beloved dishes, including Smoked Sturgeon Rillettes on an Everything Bagel, "The Whole Bird," Tomato Consommé, Celery Root Pastrami, Steak and Potatoes, Peaches 'n' Cream.

Throughout, there are 40 recipes for the basics to elevate our home cooking. Some are old standbys, like the best versions of beurre manié and béchamel, others more unusual, including a ramen broth (aka the Super Stock) and a Blue-Ribbon Pickle. And with its notes on technique, stories about farmers and purveyors, and revelatory essays from Thomas Keller--"The Lessons of a Dishwasher," "Inspiration Versus Influence," "Patience and Persistence"-- The French Laundry, Per Se will change how young chefs, determined home cooks, and dedicated food lovers understand and approach their cooking.

Thomas Keller is the author of The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, Under Pressure, Ad Hoc at Home, and Bouchon Bakery. He is the first and only American chef to have two Michelin Guide three-star-rated restaurants, The French Laundry and per se, both of which continue to rank among the best restaurants in America and the world. In 2011 he was designated a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, the first American male chef to be so honored. In 2017, as part of the Ment'or Foundation--established with chefs Jérôme Bocuse and Daniel Boulud--Keller led Team USA to win gold at the Bocuse d'Or competition in Lyon, France, for the first time ever.

Corey Chow is chef de cuisine at the three-Michelin-starred Per Se restaurant in New York City. A native of San Gabriel, CA, he learned about the connection between food and cultures through regular weekend dinners with his extended family. After earning a degree in psychology, memories of those dinners inspired him to enroll in culinary school. Early in his restaurant career he set his sights on working for Chef Thomas Keller, joining the Per Se team in 2007 and becoming chef de cuisine ten years later.

Alice Waters is the executive chef, founder, and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkely, California. She founded the Edible Schoolyard and has received the French Legion of Honor, WSJ Magazine Humanitarian Innovator Award, and three James Beard Awards. Alice is Vice President of Slow Food International and the author of thirteen books. Her most recent books are My Pantry, The Art of Simple Food II, 40 Years of Chez Panisse, and In the Green Kitchen. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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P&P Live! Bryan Washington — MEMORIAL

Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm
Memorial: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593087275
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 27th, 2020

In Memorial, Benson and Mike are two young guys who live together in Houston. Mike is a Japanese American chef at a Mexican restaurant and Benson's a Black daycare teacher, and they've been together for a few years -- good years -- but now they're not sure why they're still a couple.

But when Mike finds out his estranged father is dying in Osaka just as his acerbic Japanese mother, Mitsuko, arrives in Texas for a visit, Mike picks up and flies across the world to say goodbye. In Japan he undergoes an extraordinary transformation, discovering the truth about his family and his past. Back home, Mitsuko and Benson are stuck living together as unconventional roommates, an absurd domestic situation that ends up meaning more to each of them than they ever could have predicted. Without Mike's immediate pull, Benson begins to push outwards, realizing he might just know what he wants out of life and have the goods to get it.

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P&P Live! Gloria Chao-Rent a Boyfriend—with Rachel Lynn Solomon

Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm
Rent a Boyfriend Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534462458
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 10th, 2020

American Panda Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781481499118
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Published: Simon Pulse - July 2nd, 2019

Our Wayward Fate Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781534427624
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

Today Tonight Tomorrow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534440241
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Published: Simon Pulse - July 28th, 2020

Chloe Wang is nervous to introduce her parents to her boyfriend, because the truth is, she hasn’t met him yet either. She hired him from an agency that provides fake boyfriends trained to impress even the most traditional Asian parents. When Chloe rents Drew Chan—a passionate artist whose parents cut him off for dropping out of college to pursue his dreams—the mission is simple: win her parents’ approval so they’ll stop pressuring her to marry Hongbo, the wealthiest (and slimiest) young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian American community. But when Chloe starts to fall for the real Drew, her carefully curated life begins to unravel. Join Gloria Chao and Rachel Lynn Solomon for a discussion of this hilarious and insightful coming-of-age romance.

Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American Panda and Our Wayward Fate. She spends her non-writing time on the curling ice or hiking the Indiana Dunes with her husband. A former dentist, she is grateful to spend her days in fictional characters’ heads instead of real people’s mouths. She lives beside Lake Michigan.

Rachel Lynn Solomon is the award-winning author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone and Our Year of Maybe. Currently a freelance editor, she has written for newspapers, produced a radio show that aired in the middle of the night, and worked for NPR. She lives in Seattle.

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P&P Live!: Peter Guralnick — Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing - in conversation with Rosanne Cash

Thursday, November 12, 8:00 pm
Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316412629
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 27th, 2020

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Join music critic, Peter Guralnick, as he discusses his newest book, "Looking to get Lost" with musician Rosanne Cash on P&P Live!

By the bestselling author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll and Last Train the Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, this dazzling new book of profiles is not so much a summation as a culmination of Peter Guralnick’s remarkable work, which from the start has encompassed the full sweep of blues, gospel, country, and rock 'n' roll.

Peter Guralnick’s books include the prize-winning two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis and Careless Love; an acclaimed trilogy on American roots music, Feel Like Going Home, Lost Highway, and Sweet Soul Music; the biographical inquiry Searching for Robert Johnson; and Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke. Guralnick won a Grammy for his liner notes for Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, wrote and co-produced the documentary Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll, and wrote the scripts for the Grammy-winning documentary Sam Cooke/Legend and Martin Scorsese’s blues documentary Feel Like Going Home. His 2015 book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll was a finalist for the Plutarch Award for Best Biography of the Year, awarded by the Biographers International Organization. His most recent book is Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing.

Rosanne Cash has recorded over a dozen albums, charted numerous top 40 country songs, and has won two gold records. Cash is the author of Bodies of Water and the children’s book Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale. Her essays and fiction have been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York magazine.

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P&P Live! J.M. Hirsch — SHAKE STRAIN DONE

Friday, November 13, 8:00 pm
Shake Strain Done: Craft Cocktails at Home Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780316428514
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Published: Voracious - November 3rd, 2020

Are you done with generic gin and tonics, mediocre Manhattans, and mundane martinis? This book will teach you how to use pantry staples and basic liquors to produce more than 200 game-changing craft cocktails worthy of a seat at the bar.

Many cocktail books call for hard-to-find ingredients and complicated techniques that can frustrate home cocktail makers. Shake Strain Done: Craft Cocktails at Home shows a better way.

If you can shake, strain, stir, and turn on a blender, you can make great cocktails. No tedious secondary recipes hidden between the lines. No mysteries. You'll know what each drink will taste like before you pick up a bottle. No fancy equipment needed. A shaker, strainer and spoon are as exotic as it gets. The ingredients are mostly pantry and bar staples--things you already have on hand.

So mix up a drink, get cozy, and join us for this event that comes just in time for the holidays.

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P&P Live! Deborah Madison — AN ONION IN MY POCKET - with Joe Yonan

Saturday, November 14, 3:00 pm
An Onion in My Pocket: My Life with Vegetables Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525656012
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - November 10th, 2020

Thanks to her beloved cookbooks and groundbreaking work as the chef at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, Deborah Madison, though not a vegetarian herself, has long been revered as this country's leading authority on vegetables. She profoundly changed the way generations of Americans think about cooking with vegetables, helping to transform "vegetarian" from a dirty word into a mainstream way of eating. But before she became a household name, Madison spent almost twenty years as an ordained Buddhist priest, coming of age in the midst of counterculture San Francisco. In this charmingly intimate and refreshingly frank memoir, she tells her story--and with it the story of the vegetarian movement--for the very first time.

From her childhood in Big Ag Northern California to working in the kitchen of the then-new Chez Panisse, and from the birth of food TV to the age of green markets everywhere, An Onion in My Pocket is as much the story of the evolution of American foodways as it is the memoir of the woman at the forefront. It is a deeply personal look at the rise of vegetable-forward cooking, and a manifesto for how to eat well.

Madison will be in conversation with Joe Yonan, two-time James Beard Award-winning food and dining editor of The Washington Post. He is the author, most recently, of Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World's Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein.

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P&P Live!: Jo Nesbo "The Kingdom" and Michael Connelly "The Law of Innocence" - in conversation with Oline Cogdill

Sunday, November 15, 1:00 pm
The Kingdom: A novel Cover Image
By Jo Nesbo, Robert Ferguson (Translated by)
$28.95
ISBN: 9780525655411
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - November 10th, 2020

The Law of Innocence (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel) Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316485623
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 10th, 2020

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Join these two dynamic authors, Jo Nesbø and Michael Connelly, as they discuss their new books with Oline Cogdill on P&P Live!

JO NESBØ is a musician, songwriter, economist, and author. He has won the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, Phantom, and most recently Knife, and he is also the author of Headhunters, Macbeth, and several children’s books.

Michael Connelly is the author of thirty-one novels, including multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers. His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. He spends his time in California and Florida.

Oline H. Cogdill reviews mystery fiction for the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Tribune Publishing Wire, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness, Associated Press, and Mystery Scene magazine. Her mystery fiction reviews appear in more than 300 publications worldwide. She also blogs regularly at mysteryscenemag.com. She has received the 2013 Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the 1997 Sun Sentinel’s Pettijohn Award and the 1999 Ellen Nehr Award by the American Crime Writers League. Oline is a judge for the 2020 and 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the mystery/thriller category.

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P&P Live! Dana Gluckstein — DIGNITY - with Tarah Demant & Pam Kingfisher

Sunday, November 15, 3:00 pm
DIGNITY: In Honor of the the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Updated Second Edition Cover Image
By Dana Gluckstein, Desmond Tutu (Foreword by), Faithkeeper Oren R. Lyons (Introduction by), Amnesty International (Epilogue by)
$45.00
ISBN: 9781576879221
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: powerHouse Books - September 1st, 2020

The updated edition of Dana Gluckstein’s iconic book, DIGNITY: In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, provides urgency and a contemporary focus to the worldwide movement against racial injustice in which DIGNITY continues to play an important part. It includes new images of Native Americans and Moroccan Berbers as well as a new epilogue from Amnesty International, “Freedom from Violence” calling for the United States to take action against rape and assault of Native American and Alaskan Native women.

The first edition of DIGNITY, a three-time winner of the International Photography Awards, helped create a turning point for the Obama administration to adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – a historic milestone – in association with Amnesty International for their 50th anniversary. Gluckstein intends the new edition will be as consequential as the original, this time in spurring action on behalf of Native American and Alaskan women. More than one in three Native women will be raped at some point in their lives. Sexual assault is so common in these communities that many Native American and Alaska Native women don’t know any women who haven’t experienced the trauma. In addition, many perpetrators go unpunished. Gluckstein sees DIGNITY’s second edition as contributing to the current effort to insure these women receive adequate post-rape care mandated by the U.S. Tribal Law and Order Act - Sexual Assault Protocols and the UN Declaration. “I believe in the power of images to shift consciousness.”

Gluckstein will be in conversation with Tarah Demant, Director of the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Program for Amnesty International, and leads the organization’s work on women’s rights, LGBTI rights, the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and sexual and reproductive rights.

In addition, Pam Kingfisher is the owner of Shining Waters Consulting, a Native woman owned organization providing culturally competent consulting with nonprofits and foundations. She is an environmental and Native American women's rights activist.

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P&P Live! ALL WE CAN SAVE: A Feminist Climate Renaissance Conversation

Monday, November 16, 8:00 pm
All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593237069
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: One World - September 22nd, 2020

There is a renaissance blooming in the climate movement: leadership that is more characteristically feminine and more faithfully feminist, rooted in compassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration. While it’s clear that women and girls are vital voices and agents of change for this planet, they are too often missing from the proverbial table. More than a problem of bias, it’s a dynamic that sets us up for failure. To change everything, we need everyone.

All We Can Save illuminates the expertise and insights of dozens of diverse women leading on climate in the United States—scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists, innovators, wonks, and designers, across generations, geographies, and race—and aims to advance a more representative, nuanced, and solution-oriented public conversation on the climate crisis. These women offer a spectrum of ideas and insights for how we can rapidly, radically reshape society.

Panelists include:

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice, and founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities.

Favianna Rodriguez is an award-winning artist, cultural strategist, and president of the Center for Cultural Power, a national organization investing in artists as agents of social change.

Sarah Stillman is a staff writer for The New Yorker and launched the Global Migration Project at Columbia Journalism School. She teaches writing at Yale University and is a MacArthur Fellow.

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P&P Live! Red Hen Press "Literary Crushes" Panel

Tuesday, November 17, 6:00 pm
Unseen City Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781597093675
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Red Hen Press - September 29th, 2020

Summer of the Cicadas Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781597094832
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Published: Red Hen Press - August 18th, 2020

Animal Wife Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781597098847
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Published: Red Hen Press - September 8th, 2020

The Likely World Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781597098083
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Published: Red Hen Press - August 4th, 2020

Sugar, Smoke, Song Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781597098915
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Red Hen Press - August 25th, 2020

Join five Red Hen Press authors as they discuss crushes in fiction, confess their own, and even share some recipes for love potions.

A crush is a kind of fiction, a story we build around an impossible love on scant evidence. This is why crushes make such a compelling subject for writers—intense emotion on an inevitable collision course with reality.

Panelists include:

Amy Shearn is the author of the novelsThe Mermaid of BrooklynHow Far Is the Ocean From Here, and most recently, Unseen City. Librarian Meg becomes obsessed with an intriguing library patron and the haunted house he's trying to research. What follows is an exploration of what home is, how we live with loss, who belongs in the city and to whom the city belongs, and the possibilities and power of love.

Chelsea Catherine's book, Summer of the Cicadas, won the Quill Prose Award from Red Hen Press. It is set in West Virginia as cicadas wreak havoc on everything in their path. Protagonist Jessica, a former cop, is deputized during the crisis. Throughout the book, she must deal with her feelings for her sister's best friend, Natasha, who is a town council member, while a sudden but devastating loss changes everything.

Lara Ehrlich’s story collection, Animal Wifereceived Red Hen Press’s Fiction Award, judged by New York Times-bestselling author, Ann Hood, who called the collection “sensual and intelligent, with gorgeous prose.” The fifteen stories are unified by girls and women who cross the threshold seeking liberation from family responsibilities, from societal expectations, and from their own minds.

Melanie Conroy-Goldman is the author of the novel The Likely World, which follows Mellie and her 20-year addiction to cloud, a drug which wipes the user's short-term memory. However, on her 29th day sober, a stranger pulls into her driveway and her heart surges. When Mellie's pursuit of this man threatens her sponsor, she puts her family and her recovery at risk.

Reema Rajbanshi is the author of Sugar, Smoke, Song, which won the Women’s Prose Prize judged by Lidia Yuknavitch. It is a a collection of nine linked stories set in the Bronx, California, India, and Brazil. Ultimately, it is about girls and women caught between their desires, others’ expectations, and unexpected disaster, and how they maneuver with humor and rage into wilder, surviving selves.

Moderating the conversation is Allison Punch, a reader, writer, and Michigander living in the DC area. She was awarded the Deacon Maccubin Young Writers Award in 2016, and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Argot Magazine and Breadcrumbs Magazine. She reviews books on Instagram at @allisonreadsdc.

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P&P Live! R. F. Kuang — The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) - with Tochi Onyebuchi

Wednesday, November 18, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062662620
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper Voyager - November 17th, 2020

The exciting end to The Poppy War trilogy, R. F. Kuang's acclaimed, award-winning epic fantasy that combines the history of twentieth-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating, enthralling effect.

After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead. Despite her losses, Rin hasn't given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much--the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges--and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation.

Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix's intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it?

R.F. Kuang studies modern Chinese history. She has a BA from Georgetown University and is currently a graduate student in the United Kingdom on a Marshall Scholarship.

Tochi Onyebuchi holds a B.A. from Yale, an MFA in Screenwriting from Tisch, a Masters degree in Global Economic Law from L'institut d'études politiques, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov's and Ideomancer, among other places. Tochi is the author of Rebel Sisters, Beasts Made of Night and Crown of Thunder.


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P&P Live! Shannon Messenger-Unlocked—with Kwame Mbalia

Thursday, November 19, 7:00 pm
Unlocked Book 8.5 (Keeper of the Lost Cities) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781534463424
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Aladdin - November 17th, 2020

Tristan Strong Destroys the World (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368042383
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 6th, 2020

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781368042413
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 22nd, 2020

Legacy (Keeper of the Lost Cities #8) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781534427341
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Aladdin - October 13th, 2020

Flashback (Keeper of the Lost Cities #7) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781481497442
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Published: Aladdin - October 8th, 2019

Keeper of the Lost Cities Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781442445949
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Aladdin - August 6th, 2013

In this extra special installment of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, the story picks up right from Legacy’s particularly devastating cliffhanger. But for the first time chapters alternate between Sophie and Keefe’s perspectives to give readers deeper insights into both beloved characters. New powers will be discovered. Hard truths from the past will come to light. And fan favorite characters will find themselves tested in ways they never imagined.

Shannon Messenger  is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the award-winning series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with an embarrassing number of cats.

Kwame Mbalia is a husband, father, writer, a New York Times bestselling author, and a former pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. He is the author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, and the sequel Tristan Strong Destroys the World. A Howard University graduate and a Midwesterner now in North Carolina, he survives on Dad jokes and Cheezits.

Ages 8-12

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P&P Live! Nathan Hale-Hazardous Tales #10: Blades of Freedom

Wednesday, December 2, 2:00 pm
Blades of Freedom (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #10): A Tale of Haiti, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales) Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781419746918
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Amulet Books - November 24th, 2020

Major Impossible (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #9) Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781419737084
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - December 3rd, 2019

Lafayette! (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #8): A Revolutionary War Tale Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781419731488
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 16th, 2018

Join Nathan Hale—the graphic novelist, not the Revolutionary War spy—on a pulse-pounding adventure through the past! In a one-of-a-kind presentation, he’ll draw scenes and characters on his iPad as he shares a fascinating tale from American history. Fans of Big Bad Ironclad might recognize the story of the U.S.S. Monitor and the C.S.S. Virginia, but they’ve never seen it quite like this. The event is part of a multi-city tour in celebration of the release of Blades of Freedom: A Tale of Haiti, Napoleon, and the Lousiana Purchase, which explores the connection between the Haitian Revolution and the Louisiana Purchase.

Nathan Hale is the author and illustrator of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, the Eisner-nominated, New York Times bestselling graphic novel series on American history. He also created the sci-fi horror comics One Trick Pony and Apocalypse Taco. He illustrated the graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack, along with picture books including Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody and The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas. He lives in Utah.

Ages 8-12

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Holiday Member Sale

Friday, December 4, 9:00 am to Sunday, December 6, 8:00 pm

All weekend long, Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6, we invite Politics and Prose members to take advantage of 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs!

Members' online and phone purchases will also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.

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