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P&P Live! Caty Borum Chattoo — Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change - with Sheila Nevins and Marjan Safinia

Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780190943424
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 3rd, 2020

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Only a few years after the 2013 Sundance Film Festival premiere of Blackfish - an independent documentary film that critiqued the treatment of orcas in captivity - visits to SeaWorld declined, major corporate sponsors pulled their support, and performing acts canceled appearances. The steady drumbeat of public criticism, negative media coverage, and unrelenting activism became known as the " Blackfish Effect." In 2016, SeaWorld announced a stunning corporate policy change - the end of its profitable orca shows.

In an evolving networked era, social-issue documentaries like Blackfish are art for civic imagination and social critique. Today's documentaries interrogate topics like sexual assault in the U.S. military ( The Invisible War), racial injustice ( 13th), government surveillance ( Citizenfour), and more. Artistic nonfiction films are changing public conversations, influencing media agendas, mobilizing communities, and capturing the attention of policymakers - accessed by expanding audiences in a transforming media marketplace. In Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change, producer and scholar Caty Borum Chattoo explores how documentaries disrupt dominant cultural narratives through complex, creative, often investigative storytelling. Featuring original interviews with award-winning documentary filmmakers and field leaders, the book reveals the influence and motivations behind the vibrant, eye-opening stories of the contemporary documentary age.

Caty Borum Chattoo is Executive Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), an innovation lab and research center at American University that creates, showcases and studies media designed for social change; and Assistant Professor at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She is an award-winning documentary producer, scholar, professor and strategist working at the intersection of social change communication, documentary and entertainment storytelling. She is the author of Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change, published by Oxford University Press (2020). As a documentary producer, her films and TV programs have aired in the U.S. and India. Her creative and scholarly work has been funded by leading global and national philanthropies. Borum Chattoo serves on the Board of Directors of three leading documentary-serving organizations: The Peabody Awards, Kartemquin Films, and Working Films.

Sheila Nevins is Executive Producer of MTV Documentary Films, NYT Bestselling Author (You Don't Look Your Age...and Other Fairy Tales), and past president of HBO Documentary Films. She has produced more than 1,000 documentary films over the span of her career, and she is the recipient of 32 individual Primetime and 33 News and Documentary Emmys, 46 Peabody Awards, and 26 Academy Awards for documentary.  

 

 Marjan Safinia is an Iranian documentary filmmaker whose films examine identity, community and social justice. Most recently, and together with Grace Lee, she produced and directed AND SHE COULD BE NEXT, a two-part documentary series about women of color transforming American politics from the ground up, which debuted as POV’s first ever series in June 2020. Until 2018, Marjan was the longest-serving President of the Board of Directors of the International Documentary Association (and the first woman of color to lead IDA since its founding in 1982.) She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chicken & Egg Pictures and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Marjan is one of five co-hosts of the longest-running online documentary community, The D-Word, and is a regular juror, programmer, speaker and connector of all things documentary.

 

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‘Pictures on the Radio’: Celebrating David Gilkey’s Work

Tuesday, January 26, 8:00 pm
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By David Gilkey (By (photographer)), Chip Somodevilla (Editor), Quil Lawrence (Introduction by), Alyda Gilkey (Afterword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781576879511
Availability: Backordered
Published: powerHouse Books - January 26th, 2021

Join NPR and Politics and Prose Bookstore to celebrate renowned conflict photojournalist David Gilkey, whose work is compiled in the upcoming book Pictures on the Radio (powerHouse Books, 2021). Gilkey helped bring vivid life to big and small stories with global impact, chronicling pain and beauty in war and conflict. He was killed by the Taliban while on assignment in 2016.

At this virtual event, NPR's Renee Montagne, who traveled extensively with Gilkey, will interview Quil Lawrence and Chip Somodevilla, who edited Pictures on the Radio. All three will share memories and reflect on Gilkey’s photographs and his drive to document the ground truth of America’s wars. They’ll also take questions from audience members like you.

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P&P Live! Janice Nimura and Anna North— The Doctors Blackwell and Outlawed - with Sarah Kliff

Wednesday, January 27, 6:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393635546
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 19th, 2021

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781635575422
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 5th, 2021

In The Doctors Blackwell, Elizabeth Blackwell believed from an early age that she was destined for a mission beyond the scope of "ordinary" womanhood. Though the world at first recoiled at the notion of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity ultimately won her the acceptance of the male medical establishment. In 1849, she became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the more brilliant physician.

Janice P. Nimura is the winner of a 2017 Public Scholar award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the author of Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in New York City.

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Featuring an irresistibly no-nonsense, courageous, and determined heroine, Outlawed dusts off the myth of the old West and reignites the glimmering promise of the frontier with an entirely new set of feminist stakes. Anna North has crafted a pulse-racing, page-turning saga about the search for hope in the wake of death, and for truth in a climate of small-mindedness and fear.

Anna North is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of two previous novels, America Pacifica and The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, which received a Lambda Literary Award in 2016. She has been a writer and editor at Jezebel, BuzzFeed, Salon, and the New York Times, and she is now a senior reporter at Vox. She grew up in Los Angeles and lives in Brooklyn.

Sarah Kliff is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. Her reporting focuses on the American health care system

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P&P Live! Ethan Kross — CHATTER - with Angela Duckworth

Wednesday, January 27, 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525575238
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Published: Crown - January 26th, 2021

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Tell a stranger that you talk to yourself, and you’re likely to get written off as eccentric. But the truth is that we all have a voice in our head. When we talk to ourselves, we often hope to tap into our inner coach, but find our inner critic instead.

In Chatter, acclaimed psychologist Ethan Kross explores the silent conversations we have with ourselves. Interweaving groundbreaking behavioral and brain research from his own lab with real-world case studies—from a pitcher who forgets how to pitch, to a Harvard undergrad negotiating her double life as a spy—Kross explains how these conversations shape our lives, work, and relationships.

Kross will be in conversation with Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. She is also a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and in 2013 was named a MacArthur Fellow.

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P&P Live!: Michelle Duster — Ida B. the Queen - in conversation with Rebecca Carroll

Thursday, January 28, 6:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781982129811
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - January 26th, 2021

Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize.

Ida B. the Queen tells the awe-inspiring story of an inspirational woman who was often overlooked and underestimated—a woman who refused to exit a train car meant for white passengers; a woman brought to light the horrors of lynching in America; a woman who cofounded the NAACP.

Michelle Duster is a writer, speaker, professor, and champion of racial and gender equity. In the last dozen years, she has written, edited, or contributed to eleven books. She cowrote the popular children’s history book, Tate and His Historic Dream; coedited Shifts and Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls; and edited two books that include the writings of her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells.

Duster will be in conversation with Rebecca Carroll, host of the podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll, and a cultural critic at WNYC where she also develops and produces a broad array of multi-platform content, and hosts live event series in The Greene Space. Her book, Surviving the White Gaze, will be published in February.

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P&P Live! J. Elle-Wings of Ebony—with Nicola Yoon

Thursday, January 28, 7:00 pm
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By J. Elle
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534470675
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Published: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books f - January 26th, 2021

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780553496710
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Published: Ember - March 5th, 2019

A murder. A beloved sister left behind. These tragedies change Rue’s life forever and she is forced to face a father she never knew, a magical homeland she didn’t know existed, and the truth about her own growing power. As much as she is a warrior—fearless, resilient and strong—she is also vulnerable and caring in an unforgiving world. This debut novel weaves contemporary elements of inner-city life and racism into a bold, breathtaking fantasy about Black girl magic and redemption. Written by debut author, J. Elle, Wings of Ebony marks the first YA book in an exciting new imprint, Millner Books, focusing on titles by African American authors and illustrators.

J.Elle is an author and advocate for marginalized voices in both publishing and her community. Born in Houston, Texas, Jess is a first-generation college student with a Bachelor of Journalism and Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Human Development. Her passion for empowering youth dates back before writing to her first career in education. She’s worked as a Preschool Director, Middle School Teacher, and High School Creative Writing Mentor. In her spare time, you’ll find her volunteering at an alternative school, providing feedback for aspiring writers, loving on her three littles, or cooking up some dish true to her Texas and Louisiana roots.

Nicola Yoon is the bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star. She is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. Both her novels have been made into major motion pictures. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist David Yoon, and their daughter.

Ages 14 and up

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P&P Live! Amanda Frost — You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers - with David Plotz

Thursday, January 28, 8:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780807051429
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Published: Beacon Press - January 26th, 2021

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Over the last two centuries, the US government has revoked citizenship to cast out its unwanted, suppress dissent, and deny civil rights to all considered un-American--whether due to their race, ethnicity, marriage partner, or beliefs. Drawing on the narratives of those who have struggled to be treated as full members of We the People, law professor Amanda Frost exposes a hidden history of discrimination and xenophobia that continues to this day.

The Supreme Court's rejection of Black citizenship in Dred Scott was among the first and most notorious examples of citizenship stripping, but the phenomenon did not end there. Women who married noncitizens, persecuted racial groups, labor leaders, and political activists were all denied their citizenship, and sometimes deported, by a government that wanted to redefine the meaning of American. Today, US citizens living near the southern border are regularly denied passports, thousands are detained and deported by mistake, and the Trump administration is investigating the citizenship of 700,000 naturalized citizens. Even elected leaders such as Barack Obama and Kamala Harris are not immune from false claims that they are not citizens eligible to hold office.

You Are Not American grapples with what it means to be American and the issues surrounding membership, identity, belonging, and exclusion that still occupy and divide the nation in the twenty-first century.

Amanda Frost is a professor of law at American University, and she writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional, immigration, and citizenship law. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals, as well as The Atlantic, the New York Times, The American Prospect, the Washington Post, and Slate.

David Plotz is Editor at Large at Business Insider, where he writes the Insider Today newsletter with Henry Blodget. He also hosts the Slate Political Gabfest, the popular weekly podcast. He is the author of two books, The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and the bestseller Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible.

 

 

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P&P Live! Witches & Witch-Hunting in the Modern World

Friday, January 29, 7:00 pm
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$14.00
ISBN: 9781629635682
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Published: PM Press - October 1st, 2018

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By Ian Brennan, Tunde Adebimpe (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781629637037
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Published: PM Press - September 16th, 2019

This intriguing conversation will center around Witch Camp (Ghana), a new music record featuring women throughout northern Ghana who have been accused of witchcraft and banished to “witch camps.” The discussion includes how the phenomenon of witch-hunting persists globally in the modern day, largely driven by forces of capitalism.

Panelists include:

Silvia Federici is a feminist writer, teacher, and activist. In 1972, she cofounded the International Feminist Collective that launched the Wages for Housework campaign. Her books include Witches, Witch-Hunting, and WomenCaliban and the Witch; and most recently, Beyond the Periphery of the Skin, which explores the question: What does “the body” mean, today, as a category of social or political action?

Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer and the author of four books. He has worked with the likes of John Waters, Merle Haggard, and Green Day, among others. His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and on an Emmy-winning 60 Minutes segment. His latest book, Silenced by Sound, delves into his personal story to address the inequity of distribution in the arts.

Marilena Umuhoza Delli is a photographer, author, and filmmaker whose work has been published around the world by the BBC, CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, VICE, Libération, Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, The New York Times, among others. She produced all of the photos and video for twenty-six albums by international artists in the past decade, and her newest book is Negretta: Baci Razzisti.

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P&P Live! Peter Sís-Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued—with Simon Boughton

Sunday, January 31, 5:00 pm
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$19.95
ISBN: 9781324015741
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Published: Norton Young Readers - January 26th, 2021

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By Peter Sís, Peter Sís (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780374347017
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - August 21st, 2007

So much of life is built around chance encounters and circumstance. It was an unplanned visit to the National Museum in Prague in 2009 that led author and illustrator Peter Sís to learn about a reluctant hero from WW II who saved 669 Czech children (mostly Jewish) from almost certain death in 1939. Nicholas Winton’s story went unacknowledged for 50 years until he was honored on a BBC show by the grown children he saved. Through Sís’s magnificently detailed and emotional craft, we see the unfolding story of Vera Gissing, one of the children Winton saved. The book’s rich backmatter presents additional information about the humble yet clever man who faced a horrible situation and set about changing it any way he could.

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author and filmmaker. Peter is a seven-time winner of The New York Times Book Reviews Best Illustrated Book of the Year, a three-time Caldecott Honor winner, a two-time Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honoree, and has won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal twice. In addition, he is the first children’s book illustrator to win the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. For his "lasting contribution" as a children's illustrator, he received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2012. His books include Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei, Tibet: Through the Red Box, and The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. He lives with his family in New York State.

Simon Boughton joined W.W. Norton & Company in 2018 to develop a new children’s and young adult publishing program, Norton Young Readers. While working as publishing director of Alfred A. Knopf and Crown books for Young Readers, he published Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. In 2000, he started Roaring Brook Press, where his list included the Caldecott Medal winners My Friend Rabbit and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, as well as books by Lane Smith, Marcus Sedgwick, Steve Sheinkin, and others.

A family event with children ages 5+

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P&P Live! Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala — Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons

Monday, February 1, 6:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780262045742
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Published: The MIT Press - February 2nd, 2021

A powerful call to action for achieving equality in leadership.

Women make up fewer than ten per cent of national leaders worldwide, and behind this eye-opening statistic lies a pattern of unequal access to power. Through conversations with some of the world's most powerful and interesting women--including Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Michelle Bachelet, and Theresa May—Women and Leadership explores gender bias and asks why there aren't more women in leadership roles.

Julia Gillard was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 2010 to 2013.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was Nigeria's Minister of Finance from 2003 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2015, and Foreign Minister in 2006. She was Managing Director of the World Bank from 2007 to 2011, overseeing South Asia, Europe, Central Asia, and Africa. She is the author of Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons from Nigeria.

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P&P Live! Alan Gratz—Ground Zero

Tuesday, February 2, 2:00 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245752
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

Allies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338245721
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 15th, 2019

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Published: Scholastic Press - October 9th, 2018

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

A gripping story unfolds in two timelines in the latest novel from a bestselling author. On September 11, 2001, nine-year-old Brandon goes to work with his dad at the World Trade Center in New York City. When two planes hit the towers, they must try to escape a fiery nightmare as terror and confusion whirl around them. In present-day Afghanistan, eleven-year-old Reshmina dreams of a peaceful world she’s never known. When she ends up harboring a wounded young American soldier, she and her family are put in mortal danger. But Reshmina also learns something surprising about the roots of this endless war. With his trademark skill, Alan Gratz delivers an action-packed and insightful story of two kids whose lives connect in unexpected ways, and reminds us how the past and present are always more linked than we think.

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels for young readers, including Refugee, Allies, Grenade, Prisoner B-3087, Projekt 1065, and Ban This Book. His book tours have taken him to countries all over the world, including Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, China, Japan, and Switzerland. He has been a Writer in Residence at Tokyo’s American School in Japan, the James Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio, and the Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee he lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and daughter.

Ages 9-12

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P&P Live! Kristin Hannah — THE FOUR WINDS - with Jess Walter

Tuesday, February 2, 6:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9781250178602
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 2nd, 2021

The first 200 ticket purchasers will receive a signed book with their order (while supplies last).

Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.

In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

Hannah will be in conversation with Jess Walter, author of nine books, most recently the national bestseller The Cold Millions and #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Ruins. His work has been published in 32 languages and his short fiction has appeared three times in Best American Short Stories.

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P&P Live! Alan Gratz — Ground Zero - with Lauren Tarshis

Tuesday, February 2, 7:00 pm
Ground Zero Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245752
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Scholastic Press - February 2nd, 2021

Allies Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245721
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 15th, 2019

Grenade Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338245691
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 9th, 2018

Refugee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

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By Lauren Tarshis, Scott Dawson (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545207003
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 1st, 2012

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 (I Survived Graphic Novel #3): A Graphix Book (I Survived Graphic Novels #3) Cover Image
By Lauren Tarshis, Álvaro Sarraseca (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338666373
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Published: Graphix - February 2nd, 2021

A gripping story unfolds in two timelines in the latest novel from a bestselling author. On September 11, 2001, nine-year-old Brandon goes to work with his dad at the World Trade Center in New York City. When two planes hit the towers, they must try to escape a fiery nightmare as terror and confusion whirl around them. In present-day Afghanistan, eleven-year-old Reshmina dreams of a peaceful world she’s never known. When she ends up harboring a wounded young American soldier, she and her family are put in mortal danger. But Reshmina also learns something surprising about the roots of this endless war. With his trademark skill, Alan Gratz delivers an action-packed and insightful story of two kids whose lives connect in unexpected ways, and reminds us how the past and present are always more linked than we think. 

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels for young readers, including RefugeeAlliesGrenadePrisoner B-3087Projekt 1065, and Ban This Book. His book tours have taken him to countries all over the world, including Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, China, Japan, and Switzerland. He has been a Writer in Residence at Tokyo’s American School in Japan, the James Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio, and the Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee he lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and daughter. 

Lauren Tarshis is the bestselling author of the I Survived series. She also writes for Scholastic’s Storyworks, a literary magazine for students in grades 3-6. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and four children, surrounded by extended family. She loves hiking, baking cookies, and spending time with friends and family (she met her two best friends when she was eleven years old). 

An ASL interpreter will provide services for this event.

Ages 9-12 

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P&P Live! Chad Sanders — Black Magic: What Black Leaders Learned from Trauma and Triumph - with Nicole M. Cooper, Abdul Harris, and Andre McCain

Tuesday, February 2, 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781982104221
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 2nd, 2021

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In Black Magic, Chad tells his own incredible story while also interviewing other Black leaders, scientists, artists, business people, parents, innovators, and champions, to get their take on Black magic. This revelatory book uncovers Black experiences in predominantly white environments while demonstrating the importance of staying true to yourself.

Chad Sanders is a writer, director, actor, and musician based in New York City. Previously, Chad worked at Google and YouTube and as a tech entrepreneur. Chad’s op-ed pieces have appeared in The New York Times, SLAM magazine, and Teen Vogue. Chad is a graduate of Morehouse College. He was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Dr. Nicole M. Cooper currently serves as Head of Healthcare Policy at Lyft. In this role, she develops and manages Lyft's national healthcare policy agenda while expanding Lyft's presence in the healthcare sector. Since 2016, Lyft has worked with healthcare organizations across the country to help communities in need — including low-income individuals, the elderly, and people with disabilities — travel to health services, such as dialysis treatment, chemotherapy, and prenatal care.

Abdul Harris: Dulo's work in the acting and comedy arena has captured and compiled a growing social media following trekking in on close to 2 Million supporters across all platforms. Well known for his role as "Tunde" in the viral web series, " African Booty Scratcher" with close to 10 Million streams, Dulo has also made a strong presence on the comedy stage. Hosting events worldwide, including The Hollywood African Prestigious Awards housed at the Alex Theater, alongside Actress Kim Whitley from Next Friday, performing at the Comedy Store for Crack Um Up Thursday as well as The Hollywood Improv. Dulo was also a reoccuring personality on the Wildin' Out segment of The Roland Martin News Show on TV ONE shot in NBC Studios in D.C. Dulo is currently working as an exclusive creator with PRO FOOTBALL NETWORK, (ProFootball.com) the Hub for exclusive NFL, NCAA, CFL Highlights, News and Updates.

Andre McCain is a native of Washington, DC and the founder of HalfSmoke, a modern-day gourmet sausage restaurant in the vibrant Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. After working for three of the nation’s top real estate and investment firms, McCain was fueled by his belief that the restaurant business gives one the opportunity to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of people every single day.

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P&P Live! Roy Richard Grinker — NOBODY'S NORMAL - with Kay Redfield Jamison

Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780393531640
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 26th, 2021

This event is presented in partnership with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

For centuries, scientists and society cast moral judgments on anyone deemed mentally ill, confining many to asylums. In Nobody’s Normal, anthropologist Roy Richard Grinker chronicles the progress and setbacks in the struggle against mental-illness stigma—from the eighteenth century, through America’s major wars, and into today’s high-tech economy.

Grinker infuses the book with the personal history of his family’s four generations of involvement in psychiatry, including his grandfather’s analysis with Sigmund Freud, his own daughter’s experience with autism, and culminating in his research on neurodiversity. Drawing on cutting-edge science, historical archives, and cross-cultural research in Africa and Asia, Grinker takes readers on an international journey to discover the origins of, and variances in, our cultural response to neurodiversity.

Grinker will be in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison, the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is the author of the national best sellers An Unquiet MindNight Falls Fast, and Touched with Fire, and is the coauthor of the standard medical text on bipolar disorder, Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression.

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P&P Live! Jeanne Theoharis—The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Thursday, February 4, 12:00 pm
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (Young Readers Edition) (ReVisioning History for Young People) Cover Image
By Jeanne Theoharis, Brandy Colbert (Adapted by), Jeanne Theoharis (Adapted by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780807067574
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Published: Beacon Press - February 2nd, 2021

Rosa Parks is one of the most well-known Americans today, but much of what is known and taught about her is incomplete, distorted, and just plain wrong. Adapted from the original by Jeanne Theoharis and YA author Brandy Colbert, this young readers’ edition of the NAACP Image Award-winning The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks shatters the myths that Parks was meek, accidental, tired, or middle class. She reveals a lifelong freedom fighter whose activism began two decades before her historic stand that sparked the Montgomery bus boycott and continued for 40 years after. The book follows Parks to Detroit, where she spent the second half of her life, and reveals her activism alongside a growing Black Power movement and beyond. On Rosa Parks’ birthday, join Jeanne Theoharis for a timeless discussion of America’s most legendary and misunderstood activists.

Jeanne Theoharis is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College. She is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education, social welfare, and civil rights in post-9/11 America. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, The Nation, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, the Intercept, the Boston Review, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her books have received numerous awards, including the 2014 2014 NAACP Image Award, the Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians, and the 2018 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for Nonfiction.

Ages 12 and up

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P&P Live! Adam Grant — Think Again: The Power of Knowing What - in conversation with Angela Duckworth

Thursday, February 4, 6:00 pm
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984878106
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Published: Viking - February 2nd, 2021

This event is presented in partnership with Meridian International Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit diplomacy center that connects leaders through culture and collaboration to drive solutions for global challenges.

The bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know reveals that we don't have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. It's an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.

ADAM GRANT is an organizational psychologist at Wharton, where he has been the top-rated professor for seven straight years. He is one of TED's most popular speakers, his books have sold millions of copies, his talks have been viewed more than 25 million times, and his podcast WorkLife with Adam Grant has topped the charts. His pioneering research has inspired people to rethink fundamental assumptions about motivation, generosity, and creativity.

Grant will be in conversation with Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. She is also a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and in 2013 was named a MacArthur Fellow. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is her first book and an instant New York Times bestseller.

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P&P Live! Breaking Bread With Kwame Alexander, Veronica Chambers, & Marie Arnold-Becoming Muhammad Ali, Finish the Fight, & The Year I Flew Away

Thursday, February 4, 7:00 pm
Becoming Muhammad Ali Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316498166
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - October 5th, 2020

Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358408307
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Published: Versify - August 18th, 2020

The Year I Flew Away Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358272755
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Published: Versify - February 2nd, 2021

Join Kwame Alexander and fellow authors, Veronica Chambers and Marie Arnold, for an evening of joyous conversation about books, favorite recipes, and audience questions.

Perseverance is a commonality that weaves the stories of these three authors together. Kwame Alexander’s book, Becoming Muhammed Ali explores the world-famous pugilist when he was still known as Cassius Clay. As a child, Ali struggled with school and ever-present racism in his Kentucky hometown. But he never gave up his dreams of being a boxer. Veronica Chambers collected the stories of overlooked suffragists in Finish the Fight, including Mary Eliza Church Terrell, who co-founded the National Association of Colored Women, and Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, who led one the biggest suffrage parades in New York City. Marie Arnold’s contemporary and personal The Year I Flew Away, interlaces her own immigration story with fantasy and humor. It asks how one finds footing in a country made up of immigrants yet so hostile to people trying to start a new life here.

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including The Undefeated; Swing; and Rebound, the follow-up to the Newbery medal-winning novel, The Crossover. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. Kwame is the co-founder of L.E.A.P., an international literacy empowerment organization and the founder of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt which publishes books that will engage, entertain, and empower young people to imagine a better world.

Veronica Chambers is the senior editor of special project Past Tense, an Archival Storytelling project, at the New York Times. She recently created the anthology The Meaning of Michelle, a collection by 16 writers celebrating the former first lady, and edited the upcoming Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. She is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir, Mama's Girl. Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, she writes often about her Afro-Latina heritage. She speaks, reads, and writes Spanish, but she is truly fluent in Spanglish.

Marie Arnold was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and came to America at the age of seven. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York alongside her extended family. Marie enjoys creating stories full of adventure, and wonder, which center on girls of color. When she’s not writing, she’s adding to her insanely long Netflix queue and trying not to order pizza. The Year I Flew Away is her debut middle grade novel. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Ages 8 and up

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P&P Live!: Abigail Dean — Girl A: A Novel - in conversation with Jeffery Deaver

Friday, February 5, 5:00 pm
Girl A: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593295847
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Published: Viking - February 2nd, 2021

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Join Abigail Dean as she discusses her thriller, GIRL A, with Jeffery Deaver on P&P Live!

For readers of Room and Sharp Objects, a propulsive and psychologically immersive novel about a young girl who escapes captivity–but not the secrets that shadow the rest of her life.

Abigail Dean works as a lawyer for Google, and before that was a bookseller. She lives in London, and is working on her second novel.

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling and award-winning author of more than forty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into twenty-five languages. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. His next Colter Shaw novel, The Final Twist, will be published with Putnam  with Putnam on May 11, 2021.

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P&P Live! Annalee Newitz — Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age - with Arielle Duhaime-Ross

Friday, February 5, 7:00 pm
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393652666
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 2nd, 2021

In Four Lost Cities, acclaimed science journalist Annalee Newitz takes readers on an entertaining and mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy’s southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today.

Annalee Newitz, a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, is a founder of io9 and former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. They are the author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember and the novels Autonomous and The Future of Another Timeline. They live in San Francisco.

Arielle Duhaime-Ross is a Correspondent and the host of VICE News Reports, a new podcast by VICE News that goes where you can’t and brings you to the news, so you can hear it for yourself. She was previously the host of Reset, a podcast about technology, science, design and power, from the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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P&P Live! Paula Shoyer — The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Nourish Body and Sou

Sunday, February 7, 3:00 pm
The Instant Pot(r) Kosher Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781454937531
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Published: Sterling Publishing (NY) - February 2nd, 2021

Jewish food and the Instant Pot® are a natural fit. So many traditional Jewish dishes are soups and stews--prepared before Friday night and kept warm throughout Shabbat, when observant Jews aren't allowed to cook--and that's the sweet spot of the Instant Pot®. For decades, Jewish families have relied on slow cookers to achieve the soft, flavor-filled stews of their ancestors, but they lamented the time required. Now, the Instant Pot® allows for vastly shorter cooking times without compromising flavor or texture. The Instant Pot ® Kosher Cookbook includes timeless Jewish favorites tailored to this modern appliance: stuffed cabbage, Israeli cooked salads, corned beef, brisket, cholent, Yemenite and Persian beef and lamb stews, chicken soup, beet soup, kasha varnishkes, tzimmis, even apple cake. There are weeknight meals as well as recipes for Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, and Passover, along with kosher versions of international classics such as lasagna, sesame noodles, arroz con pollo, Asian noodle soups, and risotto--all expertly and deliciously adapted to the Instant Pot®.

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P&P Live! Tyler Stovall | WHITE FREEDOM with James Grossman

Monday, February 8, 6:00 pm
White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691179469
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Princeton University Press - January 19th, 2021

The era of the Enlightenment, which gave rise to our modern conceptions of freedom and democracy, was also the height of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. America, a nation founded on the principle of liberty, is also a nation built on African slavery, Native American genocide, and systematic racial discrimination. White Freedom traces the complex relationship between freedom and race from the eighteenth century to today, revealing how being free has meant being white.

Tyler Stovall explores the intertwined histories of racism and freedom in France and the United States, the two leading nations that have claimed liberty as the heart of their national identities. He explores how French and American thinkers defined freedom in racial terms and conceived of liberty as an aspect and privilege of whiteness. He discusses how the Statue of Liberty--a gift from France to the United States and perhaps the most famous symbol of freedom on Earth--promised both freedom and whiteness to European immigrants. Taking readers from the Age of Revolution to today, Stovall challenges the notion that racism is somehow a paradox or contradiction within the democratic tradition, demonstrating how white identity is intrinsic to Western ideas about liberty. Throughout the history of modern Western liberal democracy, freedom has long been white freedom.

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P&P Live!: Rebecca Carroll — SURVIVING THE WHITE GAZE - in conversation with Nicole Chung

Tuesday, February 9, 6:00 pm
Surviving the White Gaze: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982116255
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 2nd, 2021

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Rebecca Carroll discusses her memoir, SURVIVING THE WHITE GAZE, with author Nicole Chung in partnership with The Meteor - a collective.

In Surviving the White Gaze, Rebecca Carroll grew up the only black person in her rural New Hampshire town. Adopted at birth by artistic parents who believed in peace, love, and zero population growth, her early childhood was loving and idyllic—and yet she couldn’t articulate the deep sense of isolation she increasingly felt as she grew older.

Everything changed when she met her birth mother, a young white woman, who consistently undermined Carroll’s sense of her blackness and self-esteem. Carroll’s childhood became harrowing, and her memoir explores the tension between the aching desire for her birth mother’s acceptance, the loyalty she feels toward her adoptive parents, and the search for her racial identity. As an adult, Carroll forged a path from city to city, struggling along the way with difficult boyfriends, depression, eating disorders, and excessive drinking. Ultimately, through the support of her chosen black family, she was able to heal.

Rebecca Carroll is host of the podcast Come Through with Rebecca Carroll, and a cultural critic at WNYC. She is the author of several interview-based books about race and blackness in America, including the award-winning Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America.

She'll be in conversation with Nicole Chung, the author of the nationally bestselling memoir All You Can Ever Know. All You Can Ever Know which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a semifinalist for the PEN Open Book Award, an Indies Choice Honor Book, and an official Junior Library Guild Selection.

The Meteor is guided (and inspired) by our collective: an advisory group of filmmakers, writers, organizers and artists doing great work across the media and arts universe. They are storytellers and solution-seekers, and they work in everything from documentary film to TikTok, but they share a commitment to moving the world forward against injustice. Get to know the initial group of founding members below.

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KINK Author Panel with Kwon, Greenwell, Machado, and Chee

Tuesday, February 9, 6:00 pm
Kink: Stories Cover Image
By R.O. Kwon (Editor), Garth Greenwell (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982110215
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 9th, 2021

Politics and Prose is excited to present this all-star author event in partnership with our friends at Books & Books.

Kink is a groundbreaking anthology of literary short fiction exploring love and desire, BDSM, and interests across the sexual spectrum featuring a roster of all-star contributors.

The stories within explore bondage, power-play, and submissive-dominant relationships; we are taken to private estates, therapists’ offices, underground sex clubs, and even a sex theater in early-20th century Paris. While there are whips and chains, sure, the true power of these stories lies in their beautiful, moving dispatches from across the sexual spectrum of interest and desires, as portrayed by some of today’s most exciting writers.

Panelists include:

R.O. Kwon is the author of the nationally bestselling first novel, The Incendiaries. Named a best book of the year by over forty publications, it was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award for Best First Book, and Los Angeles Times First Book Prize. Kwon’s writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe GuardianThe Paris Review, NPR, and elsewhere. She is a National Endowment for the Arts fellow.

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards. A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries. His second book of fiction, Cleanness, was published in 2020. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and The New York Times Book Review, among others. He is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow.

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House and the award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. The New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." She is the Abrams Artist-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared recently in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, and the LA Times, among others, and he contributed to both the 2016 and 2019 Best American Essays. He teaches creative writing at Dartmouth College.

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P&P Live! Leah Henderson and Tyler Feder-Together We March: 25 Protest Movements That Marched Into History—with Karen MacPherson

Tuesday, February 9, 6:00 pm
Together We March: 25 Protest Movements That Marched into History Cover Image
By Leah Henderson, Tyler Feder (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534442702
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2021

In the immortal words of the late Congressman and civil rights activist John Lewis, there are times when it is necessary to “make some noise and get in good trouble”. Taking to the streets with signs and lifted voices to march against the ills that plague society is not just an American tradition, it is a tool for civil rights movements worldwide. In Together We March, Leah Henderson has collected 25 of the most impactful marches of their times from the March of the Mill Children in 1903 up to the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. Some of the marches are well known, while others you will learn about for the first time. Lively illustrations of faces, places, and symbols of the marches are brought to life by artist Tyler Feder.

Leah Henderson is the author of the middle grade novels The Magic in Changing Your Stars and One Shadow on the Wall, a Children’s Africana Book Award notable and a Bank Street Best Book. Her work appears in the YA anthology Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America and her picture books include Mamie on the Mound, and A Day for Rememberin’. Leah holds a Master’s in Writing and is on faculty in the Spalding University MFA program. She loves travel, soccer, and lives in Washington, D.C. with her dog, Boston.

Tyler Feder is a full-time illustrator based in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Radio/TV/Film and a certificate in Creative Writing for the Media. She further honed her comedic skills at the Second City Training Center, where she graduated from the writing program. Tyler’s illustration company, Roaring Softly, is a mix of witty pop culture art and intersectional feminist pieces. Her freelance clients include Netflix, Comedy Central, and ESPN, and she is the illustrator of Unladylike and Sydney Taylor Book award winner, Pity Party.

Karen MacPherson is the Children & Teens Services Librarian at Takoma Park Library in Takoma Park, MD. Politics and Prose's Children’s & Teens department has been delighted to partner with Karen and Takoma Park Library over many years and glad we are able to continue to do so in this virtual environment. Karen has served on the Caldecott and Siebert Award committees. She is a former reporter and currently writes special features and stories on authors and books for the Washington Post.

Ages 7 and up

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas — UNFINISHED - with Lilly Singh

Tuesday, February 9, 8:00 pm
Unfinished: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984819215
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 9th, 2021

Politics and Prose, in partnership with Harvard Bookstore and Books & Books, presents a discussion with Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Lilly Singh.

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“I have always felt that life is a solitary journey, that we are each on a train, riding through our hours, our days, our years. We get on alone, we leave alone, and the decisions we make as we travel on the train are our responsibility alone...”

A remarkable life story rooted in two different worlds, Unfinished offers insights into Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s childhood in India; her formative teenage years in the United States; and her return to India, where against all odds as a newcomer to the pageant world, she won the national and international beauty competitions that launched her global acting career. Whether reflecting on her nomadic early years or the challenges she has faced as she has doggedly pursued her calling, Priyanka shares her challenges and triumphs with warmth and honesty. The result is a book that is philosophical, sassy, inspiring, bold, and rebellious. Just like the author herself.

She will be in conversation with Lilly Singh, a multi-faceted entertainer, actress, producer, writer, and creator. She is the host of A Little Late with Lilly Singh, her NBC late-night talk show, which will begin its second season in January 2021. She is also an executive producer as part of her company, Unicorn Island Productions.

Signed books are available while supplies last. Ticket-holders will have the opportunity to submit their questions for the speakers at checkout. This event will be pre-recorded and live-streamed to a password-protected YouTube page.

 

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P&P Live! and DC Public Library Present Katie McCabe and Raissa Figueroa-Mighty Justice & We Wait for the Sun—with Charlene Pritchett-Stevenson

Wednesday, February 10, 4:00 pm
Mighty Justice (Young Readers' Edition): The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250229007
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - December 15th, 2020

We Wait for the Sun Cover Image
By Katie McCabe, Raissa Figueroa (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250229021
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 9th, 2021

Politics and Prose is pleased to present this event for children, teens, educators, and families in partnership with the DC Public Library and the DC Library Foundation. Please see details below about complimentary books offered to the first 50 registrants to request that option.

For those people not familiar with Dovey Johnson Roundtree’s name, you are invited to learn about a great woman who dedicated her life to service, justice, and lifting up the most oppressed among us. Raised in the Jim Crow South, Dovey Johnson Roundtree's early life was shaped by the strength of her grandmother. Dovey faced every challenge possible. Through sheer will and determination, she became a Civil Rights lawyer who was pivotal in dismantling racially segregated interstate bus travel in the early 1950s. She took clients that other lawyers ignored, saying of those she helped, “I make my clients my children. I can see stars when there is nothing but clay.” Never letting herself be beaten down by racism, Dovey Johnson Roundtree was a proud American who believed in the power of public service.

Two new books about Roundtree illuminate the events that shaped her life. We Wait for the Sun is a picture book about her powerful and loving connection with her grandmother. Evocative nighttime illustrations by Raissa Figueroa pull readers into the tale. The second book, Mighty Justice, is the Young Readers edition of her adult memoir, co-written by Roundtree and Katie McCabe and adapted by Jabari Asim. The book explores her childhood, service in WW II, groundbreaking work as a minister, and legacy as a courtroom criminal defense lawyer.

We are excited to announce that the first 50 attendees/families to join the event and select the "free event admission + free books" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of both We Wait for the Sun and Mighty Justice for their home library (one set per family). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their books up at the Connecticut Ave. location beginning February 8 (books can be transferred to one of our other locations upon request). These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation.

Katie McCabe is the co-author, with Dovey Johnson Roundtree, of Mighty Justice, a January 2020 Oprah selection and an Association of Black Women Historians’ Letitia Woods Brown Award recipient. McCabe’s National Magazine Award-winning Washingtonian article on black surgery pioneer Vivien Thomas formed the basis for the Emmy winning HBO film Something the Lord Made.

Raissa Figueroa is an artist and children’s book illustrator. Her artwork can be found in books such as Oona and Sophie and Little Star. She currently lives in San Diego, California and loves walking the beaches in search of tiny treasures.

Charlene Pritchett-Stevenson, Dovey Johnson Roundtree's goddaughter, will join Katie McCabe and Raissa Figueroa in conversation. Charlene, a native North Carolinian, is a printing service specialist at the US Government Publishing Office and was a longtime member of Allen Chapel AME Church, where Dovey Johnson Roundtree ministered.

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P&P Live! Rosa Brooks — Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City - with Paul Butler

Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525557852
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Published: Penguin Press - February 9th, 2021

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In her forties, with two children, a spouse, a dog, a mortgage, and a full-time job as a tenured law professor at Georgetown University, Rosa Brooks decided to become a sworn, armed reserve police officer with the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department. A liberal academic and journalist with an enduring interest in law's troubled relationship with violence, Brooks wanted the kind of insider experience that would help her understand how police officers make sense of their world--and whether that world can be changed.

In Tangled Up in Blue, Brooks recounts her experiences inside the usually closed world of policing. From street shootings and domestic violence calls to the behind-the-scenes police work during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential inauguration, Brooks presents a revelatory account of what it's like inside the blue wall of silence. She issues an urgent call for new laws and institutions, and argues that in a nation increasingly divided by race, class, ethnicity, geography, and ideology, a truly transformative approach to policing requires us to move beyond sound bites, slogans, and stereotypes. An explosive and groundbreaking investigation, Tangled Up in Blue complicates matters rather than simplifies them, and gives pause both to those who think police can do no wrong--and those who think they can do no right.

A former federal prosecutor, Paul Butler provides legal commentary for MSNBC and NPR and has been featured on 60 Minutes and profiled in the Washington Post. A law professor at Georgetown University, he is the author of Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice, winner of the Harry Chapin Media Award, and Chokehold: Policing Black Men (both from The New Press). He has published numerous op-eds and book reviews, including in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times.

 

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P&P Live! Gabrielle Glaser — American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption - with Olga Khazan

Wednesday, February 10, 8:00 pm
American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224681
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - January 26th, 2021

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Claiming to be acting in the best interests of all, the adoption business was founded on secrecy and lies. American Baby lays out how a lucrative and exploitative industry removed children from their birth mothers and placed them with hopeful families, fabricating stories about infants' origins and destinations, then closing the door firmly between the parties forever. Adoption agencies and other organizations that purported to help pregnant women struck unethical deals with doctors and researchers for pseudoscientific "assessments," and shamed millions of young women into surrendering their children.

Gabrielle Glaser dramatically demonstrates the power of the expectations and institutions that Margaret faced. Margaret went on to marry and raise a large family with David's father, but she never stopped longing for and worrying about her firstborn. She didn't know he spent the first years of his life living just a few blocks away from her; as he grew, he wondered about where he came from and why he was given up. Their tale--one they share with millions of Americans--is one of loss, love, and the search for identity.

Gabrielle Glaser is a New York Times bestselling author and journalist whose work on mental health, medicine, and culture has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and many other publications. She has appeared on many national radio and television programs, including NPR's Fresh Air, All Things Considered, WNYC's On the Media, and The Brian Lehrer Show, NBC's Nightly News, and ABC's World NewsTonight.

Olga Khazan is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World.

 

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P&P Live! Carole Boston Weatherford-Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Thursday, February 11, 2:00 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781541581203
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - February 2nd, 2021

“Once upon a time...”. This well-used phrase invites many readers into fairy tales or adventure stories. But not this book. This book asks us to look deeply into the history of racial segregation, violence, and tragedy through the events of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. It is a little-known event that we cannot turn away from as we look into the faces of the Black men, women, and children that were profoundly affected by the hatred of a white mob one hundred years ago. With careful, yet powerful words by Carole Boston Weatherford and emotionally impactful illustrations by Floyd Cooper, this is a story that will stay with you.

Baltimore-born Carole Boston Weatherford is the best-selling author of numerous award-winning books including Freedom in Congo Square; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. She won a Coretta Scott King Author Honor for Becoming Billie Holiday, NAACP Image Awards for Moses and for Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, and the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for The Legendary Miss Lena Horne. When she's not traveling or visiting museums, Carole Boston Weatherford is mining the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles. She lives and teachers in North Carolina.

Ages 9-12

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P&P Live! Robert Jones, Jr.— The Prophets - in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Thursday, February 11, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780593085684
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - January 5th, 2021

 

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With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from Isaiah and Samuel to the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries--of ancestors and future generations to come--culminates in a climactic reckoning,The Prophets, masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.

Robert Jones, Jr., was born and raised in New York City. He received his BFA in creative writing with honors and MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Essence, OkayAfrica, The Feminist Wire, and The Grio. He is the creator of the social justice social media community Son of Baldwin. Jones was recently featured in T Magazine's cover story, "Black Male Writers of Our Time." The Prophets is his debut novel.

Jones will be in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin, is the author of We Cast a Shadow, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Open Book Award and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A recipient of an Iowa Review Award in fiction, he has been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, AGNI, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, and Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas. A native of New Orleans, he is a graduate of the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop and a member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance.

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P&P Live! Fabienne Marsh — JULIETTE, RISING - with Jeff Greenfield

Thursday, February 11, 7:00 pm
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$14.99
ISBN: 9781952447525
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Published: Windtree Press - November 21st, 2020

Marsh's latest novel, Juliette, Rising, follows a New Yorker transplanted to Portland for a teaching job as she journeys through single parenthood, orphanhood, widowhood, new love, neurotic parents, beloved students, and a life-altering bereavement group. Along the way, Juliette blends her acerbic wit with an admirable willingness to sit in her sadness and we gain entrance to what the other side of grief looks like.

Additionally, the second edition of Single, White Cave Man, originally published in 2002, is the story of Jim Rosso, a 38-year-old suburban divorcé, who finds himself alone, uncoupled, and dating for the first time since college.

Fabienne Marsh is the author of four novels and numerous works of non-fiction. Her film credits have appeared on dozens of documentary films and she has taught writing at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Minnesota.

Marsh will be in conversation with Jeff Greenfield, an award-winning television journalist and author focusing on politics, media, and culture. He has served as a senior political correspondent for CBS, a senior analyst for CNN, and a political and media analyst for ABC News.

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P&P Live! Judge Jed S. Rakoff — Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free: And Other Paradoxes of Our Broken Legal System - with Troy A. McKenzie

Monday, February 15, 6:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780374289997
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 16th, 2021

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A senior federal judge's incisive, unsettling exploration of some of the paradoxes that define the judiciary today, Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free features essays examining why innocent people plead guilty, why high-level executives aren't prosecuted, why you won't get your day in court, and why the judiciary is curtailing its own constitutionally mandated power.

How can we be proud of a system of justice that often pressures the innocent to plead guilty? How can we claim that justice is equal when we imprison thousands of poor Black men for relatively modest crimes but rarely prosecute rich white executives who commit crimes having far greater impact? How can we applaud the Supreme Court's ever-more-limited view of its duty to combat excesses by the president?

The federal judge Jed S. Rakoff, a leading authority on white-collar crime, explores these and other puzzles in Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free, a startling account of our broken legal system. Grounded in Rakoff's twenty-four years as a federal trial judge in New York in addition to the many years he worked as a federal prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, Rakoff 's assessment of our justice system illuminates some of our most urgent legal, social, and political issues: plea deals and class-action lawsuits, corporate impunity and the death penalty, the perils of eyewitness testimony and forensic science, the war on terror and the expanding reach of the executive branch. A fundamental problem, he reveals, is that the judiciary is constraining its own constitutional powers.

Jed S. Rakoff is a senior judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and an adjunct professor at both Columbia University Law School and New York University Law School. Since going on the bench in 1996, Rakoff has authored more than 1,800 judicial opinions. He has served as a commissioner for the National Commission on Forensic Science and as cochair of the National Academy of Sciences’ committee on eyewitness identification. He has also assisted the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State in training judges in a dozen countries. Rakoff is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. In 2014, he was listed by Fortune magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

Troy A. McKenzie is Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. His scholarly interests include bankruptcy, civil procedure, and the federal courts. His research explores litigation and the institutions that shape it, with a particular focus on complex litigation that is resolved through the class action, bankruptcy, and other forms of aggregation. From 2015 to 2017, he took a leave of absence from NYU Law to serve as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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P&P Live!: Betina González — American Delirium - in conversation with translator Heather Cleary

Monday, February 15, 8:00 pm
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By Betina González, Heather Cleary (Translated by)
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250621283
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - February 16th, 2021

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Join Betina González as she discusses her English-language debut novel, AMERICAN DELIRIUM, with translator Heather Cleary on P&P Live! 

From award-winning novelist Argentine Betina González comes a dizzying, luminous English-language debut about an American town overrun by a mysterious hallucinogen and the collision of three unexpected characters through the mayhem.

Betina González is the bestselling author of several novels and short story collections, for which she has won several awards, including the prestigious Premio Tusquets. She earned her MFA in bilingual creative writing at the University of Texas at El Paso and her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Buenos Aires and teaches at the University of Buenos Aires and New York University Buenos Aires.

Heather Cleary translated César Rendueles’s Sociophobia and Sergio Chejfec’s The Planets and The Dark, among other novels and poetry collections. Her translations have been finalists for the National Translation Award and the Best Translated Book Award, and she holds a PhD in Latin American and Iberian cultures from Columbia University. She lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

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P&P Live! Patricia Lockwood — NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS - with Jia Tolentino

Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 pm
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$25.00
ISBN: 9780593189580
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 16th, 2021

In No One Is Talking About This, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms "the portal," where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats--from climate change and economic precariousness to the rise of an unnamed dictator and an epidemic of loneliness--begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal's void. An avalanche of images, details, and references accumulate to form a landscape that is post-sense, post-irony, post-everything. "Are we in hell?" the people of the portal ask themselves. "Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?"

Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: "Something has gone wrong," and "How soon can you get here?" As real life and its stakes collide with the increasingly absurd antics of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy, and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.

Lockwood will be in conversation with Jia Tolentino, a staff writer at The New Yorker and author of the bestselling essay collection, Trick Mirror.

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P&P Live!: Lily Poetry Review Books Panel - with Chloe Yelena Miller, Laura Van Prooyen & Jeff Oaks

Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 pm
Viable Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781734786927
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Published: Lily Poetry Review - February 14th, 2021

Frances of the Wider Fields Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781734786965
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Published: Lily Poetry Review - March 1st, 2021

Little What Cover Image
By Jeff Oaks, Eileen Cleary (Editor), McCollough Martha (Designed by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781733768337
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lily Poetry Review - September 16th, 2019

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Join Chloe Yelena Miller, Laura Van Prooyen & Jeff Oaks as they celebrate their recent releases from Lily Poetry Review Books on P&P Live!

Chloe Yelena Miller is a writer and teacher living in Washington, D.C., with her partner and their child. She is the author of Viable (forthcoming from Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021) and Unrest (Finishing Line Press, 2013). She is a recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (2020.) Chloe teaches writing at the University of Maryland Global Campus and Politics & Prose Bookstore, as well as privately. Chloe has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Smith College.

Laura Van Prooyen is author of three collections of poetry: Frances of the Wider Field (forthcoming from Lily Poetry Review Books, 2021) Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press) nominated by Philip Levine and winner of the McGovern Prize and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press). She is also co-author with Gretchen Bernabei of Text Structures from Poetry, a book of writing lessons for educators of grades 4-12 (Corwin Literacy). Van Prooyen teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Miami University, and she lives in San Antonio, TX.

Jeff Oaks' debut book of poetry, Little What, was published by Lily Poetry Review Books in September 2019. A recipient of three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, Oaks has published poems in a number of literary magazines, most recently in Best New Poets, Field, Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Superstition Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. His prose has appeared in At Length, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, Kenyon Review Online, and Water~Stone Review. Both his poems and prose have appeared in the anthologies Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction, and My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them. He teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

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P&P Live! Zak Salih — Let's Get Back to the Party

Wednesday, February 17, 8:00 pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9781616209575
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 16th, 2021

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In Let's Get Back to the Party, while Oscar and Sebastian struggle to find their place in a rapidly changing world, each is drawn into a cross-generational friendship that treads the line between envy and obsession: Sebastian with one of his students and Oscar with an older icon of the AIDS era. And as they collide again and again, both men must come reckon not just with one another, but with themselves.

Rich with sharply drawn characters and contemporary detail, provocative, and emotionally profound, Let’s Get Back to the Party is sure to appeal to readers of Garth Greenwell, Alan Hollinghurst, Claire Messud, and Rebecca Makkai.

Zak Salih lives in Washington, D.C. His writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, the Chattahoochee Review, the Millions, the Rumpus, and other publications. This is his first novel.

 

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P&P Live! Poetry Reading: Singing in the Dark A Global Anthology of Poetry under Lockdown

Thursday, February 18, 6:00 pm

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 Nishi Chawla, K. Satchidanandan, and Barbara Oppenheimer discuss their poetic  contributions to SINGING IN THE DARK on P&P Live!

Singing in the Dark: A Global Anthology of Poetry under Lockdown brings together the finest of poetic responses to the coronavirus pandemic. More than a hundred of the world’s most esteemed poets reflect upon a crisis that has dramatically altered our lives, and laid bare our vulnerabilities. The poems capture all its dimensions: the trauma of solitude, the unexpected transformation in the expression of interpersonal relationships, the even sharper visibility of the class divide, the marvellous revival of nature and the profound realization of the transience of human existence. The moods vary from quiet contemplation and choking anguish to suppressed rage and cautious celebration in an anthology that serves as an aesthetic archive of a strange era in human history.

Nishi Chawla is an academician and a writer. She has six collections of poetry, nine plays, two screenplays and two novels to her credit. She holds a PhD in English from the George Washington University. After nearly 20 years as a tenured professor of English at Delhi University, India, she migrated with her family to a suburb of Washington D.C. She taught at the University of Maryland from 1999 until 2014. She is now on the faculty of Thomas Edison State University.

K. Satchidanandan is a leading Indian poet. He is also perhaps the most translated of contemporary Indian poets, with 32 collections of translation in nineteen languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, English, Irish, French, German, and Italian, besides all the major Indian languages. He has authored 24 collections of poetry, four books of travel, a full-length play, and a collection of one-act plays, as well as two books for children and several collections of critical essays, including five books in English on Indian literature besides several collections of world poetry in translation. He has been a professor of English, and also the chief executive of the Sahitya Akademi, director of the School of Translation Studies, Indira Gandhi Open University, Delhi, and national fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He is a fellow of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and has won 52 literary awards from different states and countries.

Barbara Oppenheimer is an American poet and a retired social worker whose poetry reflects her interest in contemporary social problems, including the unequal distribution of justice and income and healthcare. Her empathy for the underprivileged is evident in her poetry which often involves the downtrodden and the mentally ill.

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P&P Live! Madeleine Dean and Harry Cunnane — Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son - with Jake Tapper

Thursday, February 18, 8:00 pm
Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593138069
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Published: Convergent Books - February 16th, 2021

You Are Always Loved: A Story of Hope Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593309247
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 16th, 2021

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When Madeleine Dean discovered that her son, Harry, was stealing from the family to feed a painkiller addiction, she was days away from taking the biggest risk of her life: running for statewide office in Pennsylvania. For years, she had sensed something was wrong. Harry was losing weight and losing friends. He had lost the brightness in his eyes and voice, changing from a young boy with boundless enthusiasm to a shadow of himself.

Under Our Roof is the story of a national crisis suffered in the intimacy of so many homes, told with incredible candor through the dual perspectives of a mother rising in politics and a son living in fear of what might happen if his secret is exposed. In this bracing, uplifting memoir, they discuss the patterns of a family dealing with an unspoken disease, the fear that keeps addicts hiding in shame, and the moments of honesty, faith, and personal insight that led to Harry's recovery.

Also available from P&P is You Are Always Loved: A Story of Hope, a companion children's book to Under Our Roof. 

MADELEINE DEAN is the congresswoman for the Fourth District of Pennsylvania, suburban Philadelphia, a member of the House Judiciary and House Financial Services committees, and vice chair of the bipartisan Women’s Caucus. From 2012 to 2018 she served in the Pennsylvania House. From 2001 to 2011 she taught writing at La Salle University, and she has contributed to Newsweek, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and other regional publications. She and her husband, PJ Cunnane, live in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

HARRY CUNNANE has been an active member of the addiction recovery community since his recovery began more than seven years ago, participating in a twelve-step program and volunteering at rehabs and jails around Philadelphia to spread a message of hope. He now works as a resource director for the same treatment center where he originally sought help for his own addiction. He lives in Audubon, New Jersey, with his wife, Juliet; his daughter, Aubrey; and his son, Sawyer.

CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent JAKE TAPPER joined the network in January 2013. Tapper currently anchors a one-hour weekday program, The Lead with Jake Tapper, which debuted in March 2013, and has hosted CNN's Sunday morning show, State of the Union, since June 2015.

Tapper imparts his political expertise on State of the Union by conducting interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy, covering Washington, the country and the world. The Lead covers headlines from around the country and the globe with topics ranging from breaking news in politics and world events, to politics, money, sports, and popular culture.

In addition to his reporting, Tapper has also authored four books, including his debut novel The Hellfire Club, published in 2018, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, published in 2012, Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency, which was published in 2001, and Body Slam: The Jesse Ventura Story, which was published in 1999. The Outpost, debuted in the top 10 on The New York Times best seller list. Tapper's book and his reporting on the veterans and troops were cited when the Congressional Medal of Honor Society awarded him the "Tex" McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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P&P Live!: Marc Lamont Hill and Mitchell Plitnick — Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics

Friday, February 19, 6:00 pm
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$25.99
ISBN: 9781620975923
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Published: New Press - February 16th, 2021

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A bold call for the American Left to extend their politics to the issues of Israel-Palestine, from a New York Times bestselling author and experts on U.S. policy in the region.

Hill and Plitnick provide a timely and essential intervention by examining multiple dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conversation, including Israel's growing disdain for democracy, the effects of occupation on Palestine, the siege of Gaza, diminishing American funding for Palestinian relief, and the campaign to stigmatize any critique of Israeli occupation. Except for Palestine is a searing polemic and a cri de coeur for elected officials, activists, and everyday citizens alike to align their beliefs and politics with their values.

MARC LAMONT HILL is an award-winning journalist and the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. He is the author of multiple books, including the New York Times bestselling Nobody, and co-author (with Mitchell Plitnick) of Except for Palestine (The New Press). His newest book, We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, and Possibility is a timely intervention into the popular movement for police abolition. He’s featured speaking for The Root here.

MITCHELL PLITNICK, the president of ReThinking Foreign Policy, is a political analyst and a frequent writer on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. His past roles include vice president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, director of the U.S. Office of B’Tselem, and co-director of Jewish Voice for Peace.

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Heather McGhee — THE SUM OF US - with Alex Wagner

Friday, February 19, 8:00 pm
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525509561
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Published: One World - February 16th, 2021

This event is presented in partnership with our friends at Harvard Bookstore and Books & Books.

Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: Racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out?

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together is a brilliant analysis of how we arrived here: divided and self-destructing, materially rich but spiritually starved and vastly unequal. McGhee marshals economic and sociological research to paint an irrefutable story of racism’s costs, but at the heart of the book are the humble stories of people yearning to be part of a better America, including white supremacy’s collateral victims: white people themselves. With startling empathy, this heartfelt message from a Black woman to a multiracial America leaves us with a new vision for a future in which we finally realize that life can be more than zero-sum.

McGhee will be in conversation with Alex Wagner, an anchor and correspondent at CBS News, co-anchoring CBS This Morning: Saturday and reporting stories throughout the week. She is also a contributing editor at The Atlantic and co-host of their weekly news and affairs podcast, Radio Atlantic. In April, she will release her first book, Futureface, which examines questions about American identity in the 21st century.

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Ethan Hawke — A BRIGHT RAY OF DARKNESS

Saturday, February 20, 7:00 pm
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780385352383
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Published: Knopf - February 2nd, 2021

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Ethan Hawke’s first novel in nearly twenty years is a bracing meditation on fame and celebrity, and the redemptive, healing power of art; a portrait of the ravages of disappointment and divorce; a poignant consideration of the rites of fatherhood and manhood; a novel soaked in rage and sex, longing and despair; and a passionate love letter to the world of theater. A Bright Ray of Darkness showcases Hawke's gifts as a novelist as never before.

Hawke's narrator is a young man in torment, disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage, still half-hoping for a reconciliation that would allow him to forgive himself and move on as he clumsily, and sometimes hilariously, tries to manage the wreckage of his personal life with whiskey and sex. What saves him is theater: in particular, the challenge of performing the role of Hotspur in a production of Henry IV under the leadership of a brilliant director, helmed by one of the most electrifying--and narcissistic--Falstaff's of all time. Searing and raw, A Bright Ray of Darkness is a novel about shame and beauty and faith, and the moral power of art.

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P&P Live! Suneel Gupta — BACKABLE - with Sanjay Gupta

Monday, February 22, 6:30 pm
Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316494519
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 23rd, 2021

No one makes it alone. But there’s a reason some people can get investors or bosses to believe in them while others cannot. And that reason has little to do with experience, pedigree, or a polished business plan. Backable people seem to have a hidden quality that inspires others to take action. We often chalk this up to natural talent or charisma...either you have “it” or you don’t.

After getting rejected by every investor he pitched, Suneel Gupta had a burning question: Could “it” be learned?

Drawing lessons from hundreds of the world’s biggest thinkers, Gupta discovered how to pitch new ideas in a way that has raised millions of dollars, influenced large-scale change inside massive corporations, and even convinced his eight-year-old daughter to clean her room. Inside Backable are long-held secrets from producers of Oscar-winning films, members of Congress, military leaders, culinary stars, venture capitalists, founders of unicorn-status startups, and executives at iconic companies like Lego and Pixar.

Gupta will be in conversation with his brother, Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Emmy Award–winning chief medical correspondent and the host of the acclaimed podcast Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction. He is also the author of Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age.

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P&P Live! Danielle Joseph-I Want to Ride the Tap Tap

Tuesday, February 23, 10:00 am
I Want to Ride the Tap Tap Cover Image
By Danielle Joseph, Olivier Ganthier (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374312145
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - December 29th, 2020

During daily walks to the bus stop, Claude eagerly asks to join his father and their neighbors on the colorful island taxi, known as the tap tap. Manman gently reminds him that it is a school day and riding on the tap tap has to wait. A surprise trip to the beach on Sunday finally allows Claude to join the passengers he sees during the week and learn how to fish, paint and play the drums from them. Vibrant scenes of island life lighten up each page along with Haitian Creole vocabulary to introduce children to greetings and days of the week.

Danielle Joseph is the author of the young adult novels Shrinking Violet, Indigo Blues, and Pure Red. When she's not writing, you can find Danielle relaxing with her family, traveling, or chasing after her dog, Ringo. Danielle was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and currently lives in Maryland with her husband, who is from Haiti, and their three kids.

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P&P Live! Sonia Faleiro — THE GOOD GIRLS - with Megha Majumdar

Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802158208
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Published: Grove Press - February 9th, 2021

The girls' names were Padma and Lalli, but they were so inseparable that people in the village called them "Padma Lalli". They grew up in Katra Sadatganj, an eye-blink of a village in western Uttar Pradesh crammed into less than one square mile of land. It was out in the fields, in the middle of mango season, that the rumors started.

Then one night in the summer of 2014, the girls went missing; hours later they were found hanging in the orchard. Who they were, and what had happened to them, was already less important than what their disappearance meant to the people left behind.

In the ensuing months, the investigation into their deaths would implode everything that their small community held to be true, and instigate a national conversation about sex and violence. Slipping deftly behind political maneuvering, caste systems and codes of honor in a village in northern India, The Good Girls returns to the scene of Padma and Lalli's short lives and shameful deaths, and dares to ask: what is the human cost of shame?

Faleiro will be in conversation with Megha Majumdar, author of the New York Times Notable Book, A Burning, which was also longlisted for the National Book Award. She works as an editor at Catapult.

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P&P Live! Joby Warrick — Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World

Tuesday, February 23, 6:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780385544467
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Published: Doubleday - February 23rd, 2021

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Red Line is a classic Joby Warrick true-life thriller: a character-driven narrative with a cast of heroes and villains, including weapons hunters, politicians, doctors, diplomats, and spies. Drawing on astonishing original reporting, Warrick reveals how the United States embarked on a bold adventure to prevent one catastrophe but could not avoid a tragic chain of events that empowered America’s enemies.

JOBY WARRICK has been a reporter for The Washington Post since 1996. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize, for journalism and for his book Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS. He is also the author of The Triple Agent.

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P&P Live!: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon — The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice - with Hillary Rodham Clinton

Wednesday, February 24, 5:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525560685
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Published: Penguin Press - February 16th, 2021

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Based on years of on-the-ground reporting, The Daughters of Kobani is the unforgettable story of the women of the Kurdish militia that improbably became part of the world's best hope for stopping ISIS in Syria. Drawing from hundreds of hours of interviews, bestselling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon introduces us to the women fighting on the front lines, determined to not only extinguish the terror of ISIS but also prove that women could lead in war and must enjoy equal rights come the peace. In helping to cement the territorial defeat of ISIS, whose savagery toward women astounded the world, these women played a central role in neutralizing the threat the group posed worldwide. In the process they earned the respect--and significant military support--of U.S. Special Operations Forces.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Ashley’s War and The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She regularly appears on CNN, PBS, MSNBC, and NPR, and she has spoken on national security topics at the Aspen Security Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, and TED. A graduate of Harvard Business School, she serves on the board of Mercy Corps and is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.

Lemmon will be in conversation with former first lady, U.S. senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the co-author, most recently, of The Book of Gutsy Women, with her daughter Chelsea Clinton.

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P&P Live! Ta-Nehisi Coates — The Beautiful Struggle - with Nic Stone

Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781984894021
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Published: Delacorte Press - January 12th, 2021

Dear Justyce Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984829665
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

Join Ta-Nehisi Coates and Nic Stone as they discuss the powerful young adult edition of Coates’ The Beautiful Struggle. A candid coming-of-age memoir, this adaptation explores one boy’s journey to manhood and his relationship with his larger-than-life father. Coates grew up in the tumultuous 1980s in Baltimore, known then as the murder capital of the United States, with seven siblings, four mother figures, and one highly unconventional father: Paul Coates, a Vietnam vet, Black Panther, and Afrocentric scholar. Coates’s gripping story lays bare the struggles of inner-city kids, detailing the challenges on the streets and within families.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of The Water Dancer, The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Ta-Nehisi lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Nic Stone is the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of the young adult novels Dear Martin, Odd One Out, Jackpot, and Dear Justyce, and the middle-grade novel Clean Getaway. Born and raised in the Atlanta suburbs, she worked in teen mentoring before becoming a full-time author.

Ages 14 and up

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  • Event Admission + Book (Domestic Shipping) - $25
  • Event Admission Only (NO BOOK, Limited Quantity) - $5

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P&P Live! Christina Soontornvat-All Thirteen: The Incredible Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

Thursday, February 25, 2:00 pm
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$24.99
ISBN: 9781536209457
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Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2020

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204940
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Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

On June 23, 2018, twelve members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their beloved coach went exploring in a cave in northern Thailand. They thought they’d only be there for an hour, but rising floodwaters trapped them for seventeen days. As a team of military personnel, engineers, medics, cave divers, and other volunteers assembled for an increasingly dangerous rescue mission, the boys and their coach helped each other cling to hope. In this mesmerizing and nuanced account—named a 2020 Best Book of the Year by five publications and the recipient of seven starred trade reviews—Christina Soontornvat tells the inspiring story of a community that came together aboveground and below.

Christina Soontornvat grew up behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant in a small Texas town with her nose stuck in a book. She is a storyteller, engineer, and STEM educator. Her many books include the Diary of an Ice Princess series and the middle grade fantasy A Wish in the Dark, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post and School Library Journal. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two young children, and one old cat.

Ages 10-14

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P&P Live! Julia Fine — THE UPSTAIRS HOUSE - with Lynn Steger Strong

Thursday, February 25, 6:00 pm
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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062975829
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Published: Harper - February 23rd, 2021

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There’s a madwoman upstairs, and only Megan Weiler can see her.

In The Upstairs House, Megan is ravaged and sore from giving birth to her first child, mostly raising her newborn alone while her husband travels for work. Physically exhausted and mentally drained, she’s also wracked with guilt over her unfinished dissertation—a thesis on mid-century children’s literature.

Enter a new upstairs neighbor: the ghost of quixotic children’s book writer Margaret Wise Brown—author of the beloved classic Goodnight Moon—whose existence no one else will acknowledge. It seems Margaret has unfinished business with her former lover, the once-famous socialite and actress Michael Strange, and is determined to draw Megan into the fray. As Michael joins the haunting, Megan finds herself caught in the wake of a supernatural power struggle—and until she can find a way to quiet these spirits, she and her newborn daughter are in terrible danger.

Fine will be in conversation with Lynn Steger Strong, author of the bestselling novel Want, a book about motherhood, economic anxiety, rage, and the limits of language.

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P&P Live!: Georgina Lawton — Raceless: In Search of Family, Identity, and the Truth About Where I Belong

Friday, February 26, 6:00 pm
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780063009486
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 23rd, 2021

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From The Guardian’s Georgina Lawton, a moving examination of how racial identity is constructed—through the author’s own journey grappling with secrets and stereotypes, having been raised by white parents with no explanation as to why she looked black.

Raceless is an exploration of a fundamental question: what constitutes our sense of self? Drawing on her personal experiences and the stories of others, Lawton grapples with difficult questions about love, shame, grief, and prejudice, and reveals the nuanced and emotional journey of forming one’s identity.

Georgina Lawton is a journalist, speaker, writer, and host of The Secrets in Us podcast. Previously a columnist for The Guardian, she has also written for VICE, Marie Claire, Refinery29, Bustle, The Times (London), Stylist, Time Out London, and other outlets, where she writes about identity, travel, and culture.

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P&P Live! Jennifer Ryan —The Kitchen Front

Saturday, February 27, 2:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593158807
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 23rd, 2021

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From the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir comes an unforgettable novel of a BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition and the four women who enter for a chance to better their lives.

Two years into World War II, Britain is feeling her losses: The Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front is holding a cooking contest--and the grand prize is a job as the program's first-ever female co-host. For four very different women, winning the competition would present a crucial chance to change their lives.

For a young widow, it's a chance to pay off her husband's debts and keep a roof over her children's heads. For a kitchen maid, it's a chance to leave servitude and find freedom. For a lady of the manor, it's a chance to escape her wealthy husband's increasingly hostile behavior. And for a trained chef, it's a chance to challenge the men at the top of her profession.

These four women are giving the competition their all--even if that sometimes means bending the rules. But with so much at stake, will the contest that aims to bring the community together only serve to break it apart?

Jennifer Ryan is the author of The Chilbury Ladies' Choir and The Spies of Shilling Lane and lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and two children. Originally from Kent and then London, she was previously a nonfiction book editor.

Friends of the National World War II Memorial is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to honoring and preserving the national memory of World War II and creating the next “Greatest Generation” of tomorrow. 

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P&P Live! Kazuo Ishiguro — KLARA AND THE SUN - with Dr. Kate Darling

Wednesday, March 3, 6:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318171
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Published: Knopf - March 2nd, 2021

This event is presented in partnership between Politics and Prose and Harvard Bookstore.

Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. This thrilling book offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Ishiguro will be in conversation with Dr. Kate Darling , a leading expert in Robot Ethics and a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, where she explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. She is the author of The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals About Our Future With Robots. Her work has been featured in VogueThe New YorkerThe Atlantic, and many others. She is the caretaker for several domestic robots, including her Pleos Yochai, Peter, and Mr. Spaghetti.

The first 250 registrants will receive a special bookplate signed by the author (book must be purchased on Eventbrite to qualify).

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P&P Live! Andrew Maraniss-Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke—with Dave Zirin

Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9780593116722
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Published: Philomel Books - March 2nd, 2021

Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525514657
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Published: Penguin Books - March 2nd, 2021

Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball's Color Line Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524737276
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Published: Puffin Books - December 26th, 2017

Major League Baseball trailblazer Glenn Burke was a talented player and gregarious teammate credited with inventing the “high five”. He was also the first openly gay player in a game that is not known for supporting LGBTQ+ athletes. Not willing to compromise who he was, Burke left professional baseball at age 27 to live his truth. A compelling memoir of Burke’s life, Singled Out shares photographs and details of Burke’s childhood through his iconic days in the gay community before his tragic death from complications of AIDS at age 42. Join Andrew Maraniss and Dave Zirin as they discuss Glenn Burke’s legacy in baseball and the LGBTQ+ community.

Andrew Maraniss writes sports-and history-related nonfiction, telling stories with a larger social message. His first book, Strong Inside, received the Lillian Smith Book Award for civil rights and the RFK Book Awards' Special Recognition Prize for social justice, becoming the first sports-related book ever to win either award. His young readers adaptation of Strong Inside was named one of the Top Biographies for Youth by the American Library Association. Andrew is a contributor to ESPN's D.C.-based sports and race website, TheUndefeated.com, and is a visiting author at the Vanderbilt University Athletic Department. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and now lives in Nashville.

Dave Zirin was named one of the "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World" by The Utne Magazine. He writes about the politics of sports for the Nation magazine (where he is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence) as well as the Progressive, and a regular op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times. Zirin is also the host of the "Edge of Sports Podcast."

Ages 12 and up

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P&P Live! Candace Fleming & Elizabeth Spires-Cubs In the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper & Kate's Light: Kate Wlker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse

Thursday, March 4, 10:00 am
Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper Cover Image
By Candace Fleming, Julie Downing (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443185
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Published: Neal Porter Books - August 4th, 2020

Kate's Light: Kate Walker at Robbins Reef Lighthouse Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443482
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - January 12th, 2021

Helen Martini raised orphaned big cat cubs in her home in the 1940s, which led to her become the first female zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo. In 1890, Kate Walker bravely stepped into her husband’s shoes after he died to became the first woman in charge of an offshore lighthouse in 19th century New York Harbor. Both of these extraordinary women didn’t intentionally strive to be firsts in their fields. Instead, they found jobs that they put their hearts into and nothing was going to deter them from doing what they loved. Join us for a Women’s History Month event with authors Candace Fleming and Elizabeth Spires to learn more about the remarkable lives of Helen and Kate.

Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of numerous books for children, including Ben Franklin’s Almanac, an ALA Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; as well as Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; Gabriella’s Song; and When Agnes Caws; all ALA Notable Books. She lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Elizabeth Spires is a critically acclaimed poet and has written several books for children, including The Mouse of Amherst. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she teaches at Goucher College.

Ages 6-10

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P&P Live! Dwayne Reed-Simon B. Rhymin'

Tuesday, March 9, 2:00 pm
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316538978
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 2nd, 2021

Simon is a young boy with a head full of dreams and a heart full of lyrics he wants to rap out in to the world. Doing oral presentations for class finally gives shy Simon the opportunity to address a problem in his community. With the help of his friends and an unlikely ally, Simon finds the courage to use his magnificent voice and creativity to make a difference. The story is inspired by Dwayne Reed’s own experiences teaching 4th grade students in his hometown of Chicago.

Dwayne Reed is America's favorite rapping teacher from Chicago. In 2016, the music video for his hit song, "Welcome to the 4th Grade," went viral and has since been viewed nearly two million times on YouTube. When he's not writing, rapping, or teaching, Dwayne can be found presenting at educator conferences across the U.S., or loving on his beautiful wife, Simone.

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P&P Live! Viet Thanh Nguyen — THE COMMITTED

Thursday, March 11, 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157065
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Published: Grove Press - March 2nd, 2021

The long-awaited new novel from one of America's most highly regarded contemporary writers, The Committed follows the unnamed Sympathizer as he arrives in Paris in the early 1980s with his blood brother Bon. The pair try to overcome their pasts and ensure their futures by engaging in capitalism in one of its purest forms: drug dealing.

Traumatized by his reeducation at the hands of his former best friend, Man, and struggling to assimilate into French culture, the Sympathizer finds Paris both seductive and disturbing. As he falls in with a group of left-wing intellectuals whom he meets at dinner parties given by his French Vietnamese "aunt," he finds stimulation for his mind but also customers for his narcotic merchandise. But the new life he is making has perils he has not foreseen, whether the self-torture of addiction, the authoritarianism of a state locked in a colonial mindset, or the seeming paradox of how to reunite his two closest friends whose world views put them in absolute opposition. The Sympathizer will need all his wits, resourcefulness, and moral flexibility if he is to prevail.

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P&P Live! Susan Stockdale-Bird Show

Friday, March 12, 10:00 am
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By Susan Stockdale, Susan Stockdale (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781682631287
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2021

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By Susan Stockdale, Susan Stockdale (Illustrator)
$7.95
ISBN: 9781682630990
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - March 1st, 2019

With their decorative plumage patterns and rich hues, birds are truly the fashionistas of the natural world. From suits and gowns to headdresses and tailcoats, bird watchers enjoy spying the “clothes” of both the familiar and exotic birds around them. In lyrical prose, Susan Stockdale’s new picture book, Bird Show, introduces a new generation of children to 18 amazing birds including the magnificent Grey Crown Crane from Africa and the Marvellous Spatuletail of Peru. Rich backmatter outlines details about each bird, including where they are from and courtship rituals.

Susan Stockdale, a former textile designer for the apparel industry, is the author-illustrator of critically acclaimed picture books that celebrate nature, including Fabulous Fishes, Stripes of All Types, and Fantastic Flowers. Her books have appeared on various lists including the ALSC Notable Children’s Books, NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12, and the Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year. Susan lives in Maryland with her husband.

Ages 4-7

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P&P Live! Melissa Scholes Young — The Hive - in conversation with Jared Yates Sexton

Tuesday, June 8, 6:00 pm
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$29.99
ISBN: 9781684426430
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Published: Keylight Books - June 8th, 2021

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In The Hive, The Fehler sisters wanted to be more than bug girls but growing up in a fourth- generation family pest control business in rural Missouri, their path was fixed. The family talked about Fehler Family Exterminating at every meal, even when their mom said to separate the business from the family, an impossible task. They tried to escape work with trips to their trailer camp on the Mississippi River, but the sisters did more fighting than fishing. If only there was a son to lead rural Missouri insect control and guide the way through a crumbling patriarchy.

Facing an economic recession amidst the backdrop of growing Midwestern fear and resentment, the Fehler sisters unite in their struggle to save the company's finances and the family's future. To survive, they must overcome a political chasm that threatens a new civil war as the values that once united them now divide the very foundation they've built. Through alternating point-of-views, grief and regret gracefully give way to the enduring strength of the hive.

Melissa Scholes Young is the author of the novels Flood and The Hive. She’s a Contributing Editor for Fiction Writers Review and Editor of two volumes of D.C. Women Writers: Grace in Darkness (2018) and Furious Gravity (2020). Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, Ploughshares,Narrative, Lit Hub, Poet Lore, and Poets & Writers Magazine. Scholes Young was named a Bread Loaf Camargo Fellow and a Quarry Farm Fellow at the Center for Mark Twain Studies. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C.

Young will be in conversation with Jared Yates Sexton, a political analyst, co-host of The Muckrake Podcast, and author of American Rule: How A Nation Conquered The World But Failed Its People.

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