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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

Balzac’s "Le Père Goriot" (19135)

Dubbed the father of realism, Honoré de Balzac’s most famous fictional father is Père Goriot, the wilted maker of vermicelli at the center of an 1835 novel that forms the cornerstone of the author’s sprawling project,  La Comédie humaine.  A retelling of King Lear that is perhaps even more tragic for its lack of a loving Cordelia, Balzac’s style is colorful rather than dark, a textured painting of the kinds of people post-Napoleonic France left behind to fend for themselves. Please note new dates: Two Thursdays Dec. 12th from 2 to 4 p.m. and Dec 19th from 3 to 5 p.m.

Tartt's "The Goldfinch" (19134) New Date: January, 13, 2020

Donna Tartt’s  Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch  (2014)  involves a terrorist incident, a stolen artwork, and a motley cast of con-artists, orphans, and surrogate parents. The Goldfinch is a giant in pages—sprawling, gripping, powerful, and colorful in storytelling— but, the critics opined, a sparrow in style, uneven in substance. Readers largely disagreed, and the novel flew off the shelves by the thousands. New class date: Monday, January 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Chodron's Welcoming the Unwelcome (2004)

In Pema Chodron’s new work Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World, Pema offers a way to say yes to all parts of life, opening to even those situations that we find the most problematic, the most challenging. Often using her own life as as example, she helps us to make friends with ourselves and  develop compassion towards others.  She exhorts us to wake up wholeheartedly to our entire life. Pema does provide a guide for basic sitting meditation and for techniques to develop one’s compassion. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Next Book Group Meetings



December 12, 6:30 pm
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481466516
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - February 27th, 2018


Science Fiction

December 12, 7:30 pm
Empress of Forever: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765395818
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Tor Books - June 18th, 2019


A Seat at the Table at Union Market

December 15, 3:30 pm
I Almost Forgot About You: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101902592
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Broadway Books - April 11th, 2017

Travel with Politics & Prose

Lincoln in the Bardo Winter Walking Tour

Sunday, February 9, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Join Andr
éa Seiger and John Dean, author and photographer of 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss guidebook for a walk in this elegant and peaceful cemetery, the setting of George Saunders prize-winning Lincoln in the Bardo. Sunday, February 9, from 1:00  to 3:00 pm

Art and Culture in Barcelona Spain

March 22 through 29, 2020

Politics and Prose invites you to join us for a week of Art and Culture in Barcelona, Spain.


Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 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 and now a UNESCO World Heritage site! Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8 am to 8 pm.