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P&P is delighted to invite you along as we explore unique histories and breathtaking sites in 2019—and meet some of our favorite authors with us along the way!  details

Featured Classes

Writing Essentials: From Edith Wharton to Alexander Chee (1939)

This class is designed as an introduction to the classic guides and current resources available to writers of fiction and memoir who want to learn from the masters. Two Mondays: April 29, May 6, 6:30-9 p.m.

Three Philosophical Entertainments of Diderot (1977)

These three works of the great encyclopedist variously approximate philosophical dialogue, classical satire and prose fiction.  These three short works, semi-secret in his lifetime, thought immortal in ours, are difficult because they ask us to follow a playful, anti-systematic mode of thinking and to set aside our cravings for certainty and righteousness.  Four Wednesdays: May 15, 22, 29, and June 5, 3-5 p.m.

Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities and Carlyle's The French Revolution (1983)

A compact but colorful story, written with the economy of poetry and the three-act structure of a contemporary play, while drawing its imposing contextual material from a history three times its size, Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution.  A book which Dickens claimed to have read 500 hundred times, The French Revolution— in its grand style and story-telling flourish, if not its subject matter— had been seared into his soul.    Five Thursdays: May 16, 30, June 6, 13, 20, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Next Book Group Meetings


International Literature

April 24, 7:00 pm
FOX, by Ugresic
Fox Cover Image
By Dubravka Ugresic, Ellen Elias-Bursac (Translator), David Williams (Translator)
ISBN: 9781940953762
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Open Letter - April 17th, 2018


Fascinating History

April 25, 7:30 pm
Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300234589
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Yale University Press - April 24th, 2018


Oh! The Horror!

April 28, 11:30 am
THE RUINS, by Smith
The Ruins Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307390271
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - February 26th, 2008

Travel with Politics & Prose


Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. to around 8 p.m.

This spring, Politics and Prose invites you to a perennial P&P favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy the serenity of the surroundings and explore the house known worldwide as a resonant feat of architectural achievement.

Writing from the Heart in Paris

August 4 through 10, 2019

This six-day writing seminar, offered in Paris, the City of Light—a source of inspiration for many writers, poets and artists throughout history—will give you the time, the courage, and the presence of mind to write whatever you are moved or inspired to write about. This could be poetry, a novel, family history, a memoir, a graphic novel, a play, or even an OpEd...anything!

English Homes and Gardens

September 18 through 25, 2019

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