CLASSES at Politics and Prose:

Our in-person classroom spring classes are postponed. Classes are now being offered online. Please see the Classes webage for listings.

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All in-preson book group meetings are suspended. The book store and DEN are temporarily closed. Please check the individual book group webpages for online meeting information.

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All day trips have been postponed with new dates pending to come.

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Featured Classes

ONLINE CLASS: Women Writers and the Rise of the English Novel (2078)

Did you know that the first novel in English was written by a woman? That most of the novels published in the 1700’s were written by women? And that the most prolific novelist of the 18th century was also a woman? In this discussion-based, seminar-style class, we’ll explore the origins of the English novel by reading three women writers who contributed to its growth and prominence as a genre: Aphra Behn, Eliza Haywood, and Frances Burney. Four Thursdays: July 2, 9, 16, 23 from Noon to 2 p.m. Online Class.

ONLINE CLASS: Jill Lepore’s "These Truths" (2080)

Jill Lepore’s These Truths takes its title from Thomas Jefferson’s contention that Americans considered certain principles “self-evident.”  US history is defined by struggles over core principles – what they mean, and to whom they apply – and Lepore’s book chronicles these struggles.  In this class, we will discuss Lepore’s interpretation of prominent figures, events and trends from American history, and consider what her book shows us about the remaining work of fulfilling the United States’s revolutionary promise. Six Wednesday: July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5, 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

ONLINE CLASS: Memoir and Personal Essay Workshop (2051)

This workshop will home in on the aspects of craft and habits of introspection that writers use to elevate their good drafts to compelling essays. Dates: Four Mondays, starting July 27 and August 3, 10, 17 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Online Class.

Next Book Group Meetings



July 6, 7:30 pm
CONQUEST OF NEW SPAIN, by Bernal Diaz del Castio NOTE: Meeting Online
The Conquest of New Spain Cover Image
By Bernal Diaz Del Castillo, John M. Cohen (Translated by), John M. Cohen (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140441239
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Classics -


Lez Read

July 8, 7:30 pm
CURIOUS WINE, by Forrest NOTE: Meeting Online
Curious Wine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594932557
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bella Books - April 19th, 2011



July 12, 5:00 pm
LOCKING UP OUR OWN, by Forman NOTE: Meeting Online
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374537449
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2018