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Indies Unite! Warren Binford & Michael Garcia Bocheneck—Hear My Voice/Escucha Mi Voz

Saturday, October 16, 4:00 pm
Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz: The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States Cover Image
By Warren Binford (Compiled by), Michael Garcia Bochenek (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523513482
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 13th, 2021

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Join Indies UNITE! for this second event in the Hear Our Voices, Share Our Stories fall 2021 series dedicated to children’s books fostering productive conversations on U.S. immigration.

The event is hosted by Indies UNITE!, a group of independent bookstores working together to put on a series of hard hitting virtual events that challenge the status quo, question our current standards, and leave no curiosity left unexplored.

Hear My Voice/Escucha Mi Voz is a moving picture book for educators, older children, and their families that introduces a difficult topic, amplifying the voices and experiences of immigrant children detained at the border between Mexico and the US. The children's actual words (from publicly available court documents) are assembled to tell one heartbreaking story, in both English and Spanish (back to back). Each spread is illustrated in striking full-color by a different Latinx artist. A portion of sales will be donated to human rights organizations that work with children on the border.

Warren and Michael will be in conversation with Christina Scott.

A purchase of Hear My Voice/Escuscha Mi Voice is required to attend this event. Event attendees will also receive an educator guide for classroom or home use.

Warren Binford is the lead organizer of Project Amplify a national campaign launched to establish legal protections for children in government care so that the brutality discovered on the border never happens again. Warren is an internationally recognized children's rights scholar and advocate who holds a tenured position as Professor of Law and serves as the Director of the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University. She founded Willamette's Child and Family Advocacy Clinic, which has provided pro bono legal support to children and families in crisis, as well as guidance on legislation and public policy. She has published nearly 60 law review articles, book chapters, essays, NGO publications, and editorials and has given approximately 150 presentations, primarily on topics related to children's issues, throughout the country and around the world. Binford holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude with distinction, and an Ed.M. from Boston University. She lives in Oregon.

Michael Garcia Bochenek is senior counsel to the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, focusing on juvenile justice and refugee and migrant children. He has researched and reported on criminal and juvenile justice systems and prison conditions, the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons, the exploitation of migrant workers and other labor rights issues, the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, and rights violations in armed conflict, including the use of children as soldiers. From 2006 to 2015, he was director of policy and then director of law and policy for Amnesty International's secretariat in London, where he oversaw strategic litigation, among other responsibilities. He holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Columbia University. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Michael lives in New York.

Christina Scott is a former secondary educator turned public interest attorney. Her legal passion has led her into a job that she loves- working with children and their families to overcome the health harming legal needs that plague families all over the country. Perhaps more importantly, Teena has been an avid bookseller in a local beloved bookstore for several years.

Ages 8 and up

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P&P Live! Tara Laskowski & John Copenhaver — The Mother Next Door & The Savage Kind

Saturday, October 16, 5:00 pm
The Savage Kind: A Mystery Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781643138091
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Published: Pegasus Crime - October 5th, 2021

The Mother Next Door: A Novel of Suspense Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781525804700
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Published: Graydon House - October 12th, 2021

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The Mother Next Door is an atmospheric novel of domestic suspense in which the strive for perfection ends in murder.

Tara Laskowski is the author of One Night Gone, which won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark, Anthony, Macavity, and Lefty Awards. She is also the author of two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders. Tara earned a BA from Susquehanna University and an MFA from George Mason University and currently lives in Virginia. Find her on Twitter and Instagram, @TaraLWrites.

In The Savage Kind, Two lonely teenage girls in 1940s Washington, DC, discover they have a penchant for solving crimes--and an even greater desire to commit them.

John Copenhaver is the author of Dodging and Burning, which won the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel and garnered Anthony, Strand Critics, Barry, and Lambda Literary Award nominations. Copenhaver writes a crime fiction review column for Lambda Literary called "Blacklight," is a co-host on the House of Mystery Radio Show, and is the six-time recipient of Artist Fellowships from the Washington, DC, Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He's a Larry Neal awardee, and his work has appeared in CrimeReads, Electric Lit, Glitterwolf, PANK, New York Journal of Books, and theWashington Independent Review of Books. He lives in Richmond, VA, with his husband, artist Jeffery Paul.

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P&P Live! Anushay Hossain — THE PAIN GAP - with Soraya Chemaly, Jill Filipovic, and Sophia A, Nelson

Sunday, October 17, 5:00 pm
The Pain Gap: How Sexism and Racism in Healthcare Kill Women Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982177775
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Published: Tiller Press - October 26th, 2021

Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501189562
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Published: Atria Books - May 21st, 2019

The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781568588438
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Published: Bold Type Books - May 1st, 2018

The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780757323980
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Published: Health Communications Inc - March 16th, 2021

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Explore real women’s tales of healthcare trauma and medical misogyny with this meticulously researched, in-depth examination of the women’s health crisis in America—and what we can do about it.

When Anushay Hossain became pregnant in the US, she was so relieved. Growing up in Bangladesh in the 1980s, where the concept of women’s healthcare hardly existed, she understood how lucky she was to access the best in the world. But she couldn’t have been more wrong. Things started to go awry from the minute she stepped in the hospital, and after thirty hours of labor (two of which she spent pushing), Hossain’s epidural slipped. Her pain was so severe that she ran a fever of 104 degrees, and as she shook and trembled uncontrollably, the doctors finally performed an emergency C-section.

Giving birth in the richest country on earth, Hossain never imagined she could die in labor. But she almost did. The experience put her on a journey to explore, understand, and share how women—especially women of color—are dismissed to death by systemic sexism in American healthcare.

Following in the footsteps of feminist manifestos such as The Feminine Mystique and Rage Becomes Her, The Pain Gap is an eye-opening and stirring call to arms that encourages women to flip their “hysteria complex” on its head and use it to revolutionize women’s healthcare. This book tells the story of Hossain’s experiences—from growing up in South Asia surrounded by staggering maternal mortality rates to lobbying for global health legislation on Capitol Hill to nearly becoming a statistic herself. Along the way, she realized that a little fury might be just what the doctor ordered.

Meticulously researched and deeply reported, this book explores real women’s traumatic experiences with America’s healthcare system—and empowers everyone to use their experiences to bring about the healthcare revolution women need.

Anushay Hossain is a writer and a feminist policy analyst focusing on women’s health legislation. She is a regular on-air guest at CNN, MSNBC, and PBS, and her writing on politics, gender, and race has been published in Forbes, CNN, USA TODAY, The Daily Beast, and Medium. Hossain is also the host of the Spilling Chai podcast. The Pain Gap is her first book.

Soraya Chemaly is the award-winning author of Rage Becomes Her (2018; Atria Books), writer, and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She is the Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and an advocate for women’s freedom of expression and expanded civic and political engagement. A prolific writer and speaker, her articles appear in Time, the Verge, The Guardian, The Nation, HuffPost, and The Atlantic. Follow her on Twitter at @SChemaly and learn more at SorayaChemaly.com.

Jill Filipovic is a Brooklyn-based journalist, lawyer, and author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness. A weekly columnist for CNN and a 2019 New America Future of War fellow, she is also a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times and a former columnist for The Guardian. Her work has appeared in Time, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the anthologies Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump’s America and Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.

Sophia A. Nelson is an award-winning American author and journalist. You can see her regularly on CNN’s Inside Politics and Newsroom as a legal and political analyst. Nelson is an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. She is a former investigative counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform, and senior counsel with the international law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP. She had the privilege of covering former First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House from 2010–2012. She is the author of The Woman Code, Black Woman Redefined, and E Pluribus ONE. www.iamsophianelson.com/

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P&P Live! Elizabeth Strout — Oh William! - with Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Monday, October 18, 6:00 pm
Oh William!: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812989434
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Published: Random House - October 19th, 2021

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Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are.

So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret—one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us. There are fears and insecurities, simple joys and acts of tenderness, and revelations about affairs and other spouses, parents and their children. On every page of this exquisite novel we learn more about the quiet forces that hold us together—even after we've grown apart.

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling novels The Nest and Good Company. She has been a guest on Today, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and NPR’s All Things Considered. The Nest has been optioned by AMC Studios and is in development as a limited series.

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P&P Live! Jocelyn Nicole Johnson — My Monticello: Fiction - with Venita Blackburn

Monday, October 18, 7:00 pm
My Monticello: Fiction Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250807151
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 5th, 2021

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Tough-minded, vulnerable, and brave, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s precisely imagined debut explores burdened inheritances and extraordinary pursuits of belonging. Set in the near future, the eponymous novella, “My Monticello,” tells of a diverse group of Charlottesville neighbors fleeing violent white supremacists. Led by Da’Naisha, a young Black descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, they seek refuge in Jefferson’s historic plantation home in a desperate attempt to outlive the long-foretold racial and environmental unravel ling within the nation.

United by these characters’ relentless struggles against reality and fate, My Monticello is a formidable book that bears witness to this country’s legacies and announces the arrival of a wildly original new voice in American fiction.

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s writing has appeared in Guernica, The Guardian, Phoebe, Prime Number Magazine, and elsewhere. Her short story “Control Negro” was anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2018, guest edited by Roxane Gay, and read live by LeVar Burton as part of PRI’s Selected Shorts series. Johnson has been a fellow at Hedgebrook, Tin House Summer Workshops, and VCCA. A veteran public school art teacher, Johnson lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Johnson will be in conversation with Venita Blackburn, whose written for numerous publications, which resulted in the release of her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, in 2017. In 2018 she earned a place as a finalist for the PEN/Bingham award for debut fiction, finalist for the NYPL Young Lions award and recipient of the PEN America Los Angeles literary prize in fiction. Her next collection of stories, HOW TO WRESTLE A GIRL, is out now. She is the founder and president of Live, Write, and she is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at California State University, Fresno.

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P&P Live! Catherine Grace Katz — THE DAUGHTERS OF YALTA - with Andrew Roberts

Monday, October 18, 8:00 pm
The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans:  A Story of Love and War Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780358627944
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Published: Mariner Books - October 19th, 2021

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Tensions at Yalta threatened to tear apart the wartime alliance of Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin just as victory was close at hand. Catherine Grace Katz uncovers the dramatic story of the three young women who were chosen by their fathers to travel with them to Yalta, each bound by fierce family loyalty, political savvy, and intertwined romances that powerfully colored these crucial days.

Kathleen Harriman, daughter of U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Averell Harriman, was a war correspondent and champion skier. Sarah Churchill, an actress-turned-RAF officer, was devoted to her brilliant father, who depended on her astute political mind. Roosevelt’s only daughter, Anna, chosen instead of her mother, Eleanor, to accompany the president to Yalta, arrived there as keeper of her father’s most damaging secrets. Situated in the political maelstrom that marked the transition to the postwar world, The Daughters of Yalta is a remarkable story of fathers and daughters whose relationships were tested and strengthened by the history they witnessed and the future they crafted together.

Andrew Roberts is a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department of King’s College, London, the Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, and the author of 13 books, including Hitler and ChurchillThe Storm of War: A History of the Second World War, and Napoleon: A Life. He is also the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

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P&P Live! John Rocco—Hurricane

Tuesday, October 19, 10:00 am
Hurricane Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780759554931
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

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A young boy and his family barricade their home against an encroaching Hurricane. The winds roar while the boy sleeps, dreaming of the dock where he spends lazy summer days swimming and playing. When dawn arrives, he is distressed to find his beloved dock in disrepair, but develops a more hopeful outlook by joining other community members in rebuilding. In almost photo-realistic artwork, Rocco uses color to transport the reader through the darkness of the hurricane and into the light of renewed hope. Fans of Rocco’s Blackout and Blizzard will delight in his newest picture book.

John Rocco is a New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including Wolf! Wolf!, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book; Moonpowder; Blizzard; and Blackout, a winner of the Caldecott Honor. Rocco also illustrated Whoopi Goldberg's Alice and the covers for Rick Riordan's internationally bestselling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, among others. Most recently, Rocco’s first book of nonfiction, How We Got To The Moon, was longlisted for the National Book Award.

Ages 4 to 8

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P&P Live! Farah Stockman—AMERICAN MADE - with Connie Schultz

Tuesday, October 19, 5:00 pm
American Made: What Happens to People When Work Disappears Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984801159
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Published: Random House - October 12th, 2021

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What happens when Americans lose their jobs? In this illuminating story of ruin and reinvention, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Farah Stockman gives an up-close look at the profound role work plays in our sense of identity and belonging, as she follows three workers whose lives unravel when the factory they have dedicated so much to closes down.

Shannon, Wally, and John built their lives around their place of work. Shannon, a white single mother, became the first woman to run the dangerous furnaces at the Rexnord manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was proud of producing one of the world’s top brands of steel bearings. Wally, a black man known for his initiative and kindness, was promoted to chairman of efficiency, one of the most coveted posts on the factory floor, and dreamed of starting his own barbecue business one day. John, a white machine operator, came from a multigenerational union family and clashed with a work environment that was increasingly hostile to organized labor. The Rexnord factory had served as one of the economic engines for the surrounding community. When it closed, hundreds of people lost their jobs. What had life been like for Shannon, Wally, and John, before the plant shut down? And what became of them after the jobs moved to Mexico and Texas?

American Made is the story of a community struggling to reinvent itself. It is also a story about race, class, and American values, and how jobs serve as a bedrock of people’s lives and drive powerful social justice movements. This revealing book shines a light on this political moment, when joblessness and uncertainty about the future of work have made themselves heard at a national level. Most of all, it is a story about people: who we consider to be one of us and how the dignity of work lies at the heart of who we are.

Farah Stockman joined the New York Times editorial board in 2020 after covering politics, social movements, and race for the national desk. She previously spent sixteen years at the Boston Globe, nearly half of that time as the paper’s foreign policy reporter in Washington, D.C. She has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Guantánamo Bay. She also served as a columnist and an editorial board member at the Globe. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for a series of columns about the efforts to desegregate Boston’s schools.

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and a professional-in-residence in the journalism school at Kent State University, her alma mater. She is the author of two memoirs, Life Happens, ...And His Lovely Wife, and most recently, the novel The Daughters of Erietown.

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P&P Live! Amor Towles — THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY - with Ken Burns

Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 pm
The Lincoln Highway: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735222359
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Published: Viking - October 5th, 2021

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In June, 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction—to the City of New York.

Spanning just ten days and told from multiple points of view, The Lincoln Highway will satisfy fans of his multi-layered literary styling while providing them an array of new and richly imagined settings, characters, and themes.

Amor Towles is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow. The two novels have collectively sold more than four million copies and have been translated into more than thirty languages.

Towles is in conversation with Ken Burns, a documentary filmmaker for over 40 years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil WarBaseballJazzThe War; The National Parks: America’s Best IdeaThe Roosevelts: An Intimate History; Jackie RobinsonThe Vietnam War; and Country Music.

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P&P Live! Jack Fairweather—A Rebl in Auschwitz: The True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Fought the Nazis from Inside the Camp-with Neal Bascomb

Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 pm
A Rebel in Auschwitz: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Fought the Nazis from Inside the Camp (Scholastic Focus) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338686937
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Published: Scholastic Focus - October 19th, 2021

Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb (Scholastic Focus) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545732444
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Published: Scholastic Focus - September 21st, 2021

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This true account follows Witold Pilecki, a Polish underground operative who accepted a mission in 1940 and put his life on the line in the name of truth and country. For over two years, under the cruelest conditions, Pilecki infiltrated the concentration camp – Auschwitz – to report Nazi crimes, raise a secret army, and stage an uprising. Journalist Jack Fairweather uncovers previously hidden diaries, family and camp survivor accounts, and recently declassified files, introducing young readers to this unsung heroic figure. A Rebel in Auschwitz: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Fought the Nazis from Inside the Camp is a definitive look at one of the first outsiders to bear witness to the horrors of the Holocaust.

Jack Fairweather is a former war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan and the author of several books for adults. Including the story of Witold Pilecki titled The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Infiltrated Auschwitz. This book won the Costa Award and was a #1 Sunday Times bestseller. His war coverage has won a British Press Award and an Overseas Press Club award citation. He divides his time between the UK and Vermont.

Neal Bascomb is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of a number of non-fiction narratives for all ages. Books for young adults include Sabotage and The Grand Escape. He lived in Europe for several years as a journalist and worked as an editor at St. Martin’s Press. In 2000, he started writing books full time.

Ages 14 and up

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P&P Live! Sarah Ruhl — Smile: The Story of a Face - in conversation with Catherine Lacey

Wednesday, October 20, 6:00 pm
Smile: The Story of a Face Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982150945
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 5th, 2021

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With a play opening on Broadway, and every reason to smile, Sarah Ruhl has just survived a high-risk pregnancy when she discovers the left side of her face is completely paralyzed. She is assured that 90 percent of Bell's palsy patients see spontaneous improvement and experience a full recovery. Like Ruhl's own mother. But Sarah is in the unlucky ten percent. And for a woman, wife, mother, and artist working in theater, the paralysis and the disconnect between the interior and exterior brings significant and specific challenges. So Ruhl begins an intense decade-long search for a cure while simultaneously grappling with the reality of her new face--one that, while recognizably her own--is incapable of accurately communicating feelings or intentions.

In a series of piercing, witty, and lucid meditations, Ruhl chronicles her journey as a patient, wife, mother, and artist. She explores the struggle of a body yearning to match its inner landscape, the pain of postpartum depression, the story of a marriage, being a playwright and working mom to three small children, and the desire for a resilient spiritual life in the face of illness.

Sarah Ruhl is a playwright and writer of other things. Her fifteen plays include In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play), The Clean House, and Eurydice. She has been a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Tony Award nominee, and the recipient of the MacArthur "genius" Fellowship. Her plays have been produced on- and off-Broadway, around the country, internationally, and have been translated into many languages. Her book 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write was a New York Times Notable Book. Her other books include Letters from Max, with Max Ritvo, and 44 Poems for You. You can read more about her work at SarahRuhlPlaywright.com.

Ruhl will be joined in conversation with, Catherine Lacey, the author of four books. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages and earned the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Award.

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P&P Live! Mary Gaitskill — The Devil's Treasure - with Yiyun Li

Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 pm
The Devil's Treasure Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781733540155
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Published: ZE Books - October 19th, 2021

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"What is in the bag behind the Devil's chair? Knowledge of some kind? Surely something a little girl did not know should be left alone. I've been criticized-- and sometimes admired--for what some readers see as my affinity with cruelty, both in my depictions of it and my supposed infliction of it on characters."

In The Devil's Treasureaptly subtitled "A Book of Stories and Dreams"—Mary Gaitskill has created a chimerical hybrid of fiction, memoir, essay, criticism, and visual art that transcends categorization. This collage of four novels (one a work in progress), interspersed with and thematically linked by a single short story, then woven together with the author's commentary, is a kind of director's cut revealing the personal and societal forces that inform each individual piece of work, an ongoing, passionate exploration of core human emotions and experience, the ideally, sometimes quixotically high and grossly, confusedly low. With the stylistic daring and preternatural acuity that has made her one of America's most original writers, Gaitskill has created a layered vision of modern life that simultaneously blends the huge prehistoric creatures that swim at the bottom of our collective ocean with a family that picnics on the beach while a podcast natters about politics and a perhaps dangerously curious child explores the lapping waves.

Yiyun Li is the author of eight books, including her novel Where Reasons End; the essay collection Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life; and her most recent, Tolstoy Together: 85 Days of War and Peace with Yiyun Li. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Windham-Campbell Prize, among other honors. A contributing editor to A Public Space, she teaches at Princeton University.

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P&P Live! Paula Chase, Varian Johnson and Kekla Magoon—"My So-Called Family" Panel-with Dr. Kimberly N. Parker

Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 pm
Keeping It Real Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062965691
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 19th, 2021

Playing the Cards You're Dealt Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338348538
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 5th, 2021

The Season of Styx Malone Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524715984
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Published: Yearling - December 3rd, 2019

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In recognition of the complicated intricacies of families and family secrets we present the panel: My So-Called Family. Each book has delved into the complex relationships we share with our parents and the importance of friendships and found families.

Marigold Johnson can’t wait to attend a special program at her family’s business, Flexx Unlimited, for teens who love fashion. Throughout the program Mari uncovers some hard truths about her family and what happens when parents pick and choose what they shield from their children. Keeping it Real by Paula Chase explores complex themes about betrayal, conformity, and forgiveness.

While all of Anthony Joplin’s friends are stressed about fifth grade homework and class, Ant is concerned about one thing: how he’ll measure up to his father’s expectations at the card table. Ant is finally old enough to play in the Spades tournament every Joplin man before him seems to have won. Secrets seem to be another Joplin Man tradition, and Ant’s father is hiding one so big it may tear the family apart. Varian Johnson’s Playing the Cards You’re Dealt delves into themes of toxic masculinity, family, and legacy.

Dreaming of adventures that extend beyond their small town, Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene meet their new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx promises the brothers that together, the three of them can pull off the Great Escalator Trade–bartering one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. In The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon, the boys learn about friendships and found family.

Paula Chase is the author of many novels for middle grade and young adult readers such as Dough Boys, So Done, and Turning Point. She is also the co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf, an organization that increases awareness of African American voices writing for young readers.

Varian Johnson has written a number of award-winning books for young readers, including The Parker Inheritance, The Great Greene Heist, and the graphic novel Twins.

Kekla Magoon is the award-winning author of many fiction and nonfiction books for young readers, including The Season of Styx Malone, The Rock and the River, How It Went Down, and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventure series.

Dr. Kimberly N. Parker is currently the Director of the Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard University, based in Boston. Dr. Parker is the 2020 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Outstanding Elementary Educator Award; a co-founder of #DisruptTexts and #31DaysBIPOC; and the current president of the Black Educators’ Alliance of MA (BEAM).

Ages 8-12

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P&P Live! General Stanley McChrystal — RISK: A USER'S GUIDE - with Anna Butrico

Wednesday, October 20, 8:00 pm
Risk: A User's Guide Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593192207
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Published: Portfolio - October 5th, 2021

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Retired four-star general Stan McChrystal has lived a life associated with the deadly risks of combat. From his first day at West Point, to his years in Afghanistan, to his efforts helping business leaders navigate a global pandemic, McChrystal has seen how individuals and organizations fail to mitigate risk. Why? Because they focus on the probability of something happening instead of the interface by which it can be managed.

In Risk: A User’s Guide, General McChrystal offers a battle-tested system for detecting and responding to risk. Instead of defining risk as a force to predict, McChrystal and coauthor Anna Butrico show that there are in fact ten dimensions of control we can adjust at any given time. By closely monitoring these controls, we can maintain a healthy Risk Immune System that allows us to effectively anticipate, identify, analyze, and act upon the ever-present possibility that things will not go as planned.

Drawing on examples ranging from military history to the business world, and offering practical exercises to improve preparedness, McChrystal illustrates how these ten factors are always in effect, and how by considering them, individuals and organizations can exert mastery over every conceivable sort of risk that they might face.

We may not be able to see the future, but with McChrystal's hard-won guidance, we can improve our resistance and build a strong defense against what we know--and what we don't.

General Stanley McChrystal retired in July 2010 as a four-star general in the U.S. Army. His last assignment was as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force and as the commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He had previously served as the director of the Joint Staff and as the commander of the Joint Special Operations Command. The author of My Share of the Task, Team of Teams, and Leaders, he is currently a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the cofounder of the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting firm.

Anna Butrico is an Associate at McChrystal Group where she focuses on thought leadership. She is the co-author of Risk: A User's Guide.

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P&P Live! Myisha Cherry — The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle - with Kate Manne

Thursday, October 21, 6:00 pm
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$19.95
ISBN: 9780197557341
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 19th, 2021

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Anger has a bad reputation. Many people think that it is counterproductive, distracting, and destructive. It is a negative emotion, many believe, because it can lead so quickly to violence or an overwhelming fury. And coming from people of color, it takes on connotations that are even more sinister, stirring up stereotypes, making white people fear what an angry other might be capable of doing, when angry, and leading them to turn to hatred or violence in turn, to squelch an anger that might upset the racial status quo.

According to philosopher Myisha Cherry, anger does not deserve its bad reputation. It is powerful, but its power can be a force for good. And not only is it something we don't have to discourage, it's something we ought to cultivate actively. There is a form of anger that in fact is crucial in the anti-racist struggle today. This anti-racist anger can use its mighty force to challenge racism: it aims for change, motivates productive action, builds resistance, and is informed by an inclusive and liberating perspective. Above all, this book is a resource for the activist coming to grips with a seemingly everyday emotion that she may feel rising up within her and not know what to do with. It shows how to make sure anger doesn't go to waste, but instead leads to lasting, long-awaited change.

Myisha Cherry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. Her books include UnMuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2018) and, co-edited with Owen Flanagan, The Moral Psychology of Anger (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). Her work on emotions and race has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Huffington Post, WomanKind, and New Philosopher. She has also offered social commentary on race for BBC Radio, BET, and other outlets. Cherry is also the host of the UnMute Podcast, where she interviews philosophers about the social and political issues of our day.

Kate Manne is an associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University, where she has taught since 2013. Before that, she did her graduate work at MIT and was a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. The author of Down Girl, she has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, and Politico, among other publications. She was recently named one of the world's top ten thinkers by Prospect (UK).

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P&P Live! Daniel de Visé — King of the Blues: The Rise and Reign of B.B. King - in conversation with Diane Williams

Thursday, October 21, 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780802158055
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Published: Grove Press - October 5th, 2021

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Riley "Blues Boy" King (1925-2015) was born into deep poverty in Jim Crow Mississippi. Wrenched away from his sharecropper father, B.B. lost his mother at age ten, leaving him more or less alone. Music became his emancipation from exhausting toil in the fields. Inspired by a local minister's guitar and by the records of Blind Lemon Jefferson and T-Bone Walker, encouraged by his cousin, the established blues man Bukka White, B.B. taught his guitar to sing in the unique solo style that, along with his relentless work ethic and humanity, became his trademark. In turn, generations of artists claimed him as inspiration, from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to Carlos Santana and the Edge.

King of the Blues presents the vibrant life and times of a trailblazing giant. Witness to dark prejudice and lynching in his youth, B.B. performed incessantly (some 15,000 concerts in 90 countries over nearly 60 years)--in some real way his means of escaping his past. Several of his concerts, including his landmark gig at Chicago's Cook County Jail, endure in legend to this day. His career roller-coasted between adulation and relegation, but he always rose back up. At the same time, his story reveals the many ways record companies took advantage of artists, especially those of color.

Daniel de Vis has interviewed almost every surviving member of B.B. King's inner circle--family, band members, retainers, managers, and more--and their voices and memories enrich and enliven the life of this Mississippi blues titan, whom his contemporary Bobby "Blue" Bland simply called "the man."

Daniel de Visé is the author of the critically acclaimed Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show and The Comeback: Greg LeMond, The True King of American Cycling, and a Legendary Tour de France, and coauthor of I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia. He shared a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for his journalism and has worked at the Washington Post and Miami Herald, among other newspapers. He lives in Maryland.

Daniel de Visé will be in conversation with, Diane Williams, the author of The Life and Legacy of B.B. King: A Mississippi Blues Icon. She has authored, edited, and been included in numerous publications and anthologies. She is also a professional storyteller, public speaker, and mixed media fiber artists. Diane retired from state government as a grant administrator for the Mississippi Arts Commission.

 

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P&P Live! Mags DeRoma—Awake

Friday, October 22, 11:00 am
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By Mags DeRoma, Mags DeRoma (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250753199
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 19th, 2021

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A sleepy little girl in striped pajamas and her canine companion are about to curl up in bed when an unwanted visitor appears – a spider! The offending arachnid watches innocently as the girl – now wide awake – works herself into a frenzy plotting its demise. The spider is scary, but the girl perseveres and finds a way to scoop up her tiny visitor without harming him. DeRoma’s papercut art forms a cozy bedroom space that emphasizes the spider’s petiteness, reminding us that we need not fear something just because it is ‘different’.

Mags DeRoma is an artist and storyteller. She makes, writes, designs, draws, paints, and builds thoughtful works, many of them for a young (but discerning) audience. Awake is her debut picture book.

Ages 4-8

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P&P Live! Marita Golden — The Strong Black Woman - with Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Friday, October 22, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781642506839
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Published: Mango - October 12th, 2021

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Meet Black women who have learned though hard lessons the importance of self-care and how to break through the cultural and sometimes family resistance to seeking therapy and professional mental health care.

In The Strong Black Woman, hear the stories of African American women who:

Asked for help when they needed it

Built lives that offer healing every day

Learned to accept that healing

Marita Golden is the author of 17 works of fiction and nonfiction. She is the recipient of many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets and Writers, just to name a few. Co-founder and President Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Foundation, Marita Golden is a veteran teacher of writing.

Golden will be in conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the New York Times bestselling author of Wench and Balm. Her forthcoming novel Take My Hand will be published by Berkley Books/Penguin Random House in April 2022. Dolen is the current Chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is Associate Professor in the Literature Department at American University in Washington, DC.

 

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Rep. Adam Schiff — Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could - with Ben Rhodes

Friday, October 22, 7:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780593231524
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Published: Random House - October 12th, 2021

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In the years leading up to the election of Donald Trump, Adam Schiff had already been sounding the alarm over the resurgence of autocracy around the world, and the threat this posed to the United States. But as he led the probe into Donald Trump’s Russia and Ukraine-related abuses of presidential power, Schiff came to the terrible conclusion that the principal threat to American democracy now came from within.

In Midnight in Washington, Schiff argues that the Trump presidency has so weakened our institutions and compromised the Republican Party that the peril will last for years, requiring unprecedented vigilance against the growing and dangerous appeal of authoritarianism. Schiff takes us inside his team of impeachment managers and their desperate defense of the constitution amid the rise of a distinctly American brand of autocracy.

It is a story that began with Trump but does not end with him, taking us through the disastrous culmination of the presidency and Schiff’s account of January 6, 2021, and how the anti-democratic forces Trump unleashed continue to define his party, making the future of democracy in America more uncertain than ever.

Schiff will be in conversation with Ben Rhodes, author of the New York Times bestsellers After the Fall and The World as It Is, co-host of Pod Save the World, a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, and an adviser to former president Barack Obama.

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P&P Live! Michael Krepon—WINNING AND LOSING THE NUCLEAR PEACE - with Steven E. Miller

Saturday, October 23, 5:00 pm
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$45.00
ISBN: 9781503629097
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Published: Stanford University Press - October 19th, 2021

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The definitive guide to the history of nuclear arms control by a wise eavesdropper and masterful storyteller, Michael Krepon.

The greatest unacknowledged diplomatic achievement of the Cold War was the absence of mushroom clouds. Deterrence alone was too dangerous to succeed; it needed arms control to prevent nuclear warfare. So, U.S. and Soviet leaders ventured into the unknown to devise guardrails for nuclear arms control and to treat the Bomb differently than other weapons. Against the odds, they succeeded. Nuclear weapons have not been used in warfare for three quarters of a century. This book is the first in-depth history of how the nuclear peace was won by complementing deterrence with reassurance, and then jeopardized by discarding arms control after the Cold War ended.

Winning and Losing the Nuclear Peace tells a remarkable story of high-wire acts of diplomacy, close calls, dogged persistence, and extraordinary success. Michael Krepon brings to life the pitched battles between arms controllers and advocates of nuclear deterrence, the ironic twists and unexpected outcomes from Truman to Trump. What began with a ban on atmospheric testing and a nonproliferation treaty reached its apogee with treaties that mandated deep cuts and corralled "loose nukes" after the Soviet Union imploded.

After the Cold War ended, much of this diplomatic accomplishment was cast aside in favor of freedom of action. The nuclear peace is now imperiled by no less than four nuclear-armed rivalries. Arms control needs to be revived and reimagined for Russia and China to prevent nuclear warfare. New guardrails have to be erected. Winning and Losing the Nuclear Peace is an engaging account of how the practice of arms control was built from scratch, how it was torn down, and how it can be rebuilt.

Michael Krepon is the cofounder of the Stimson Center, a prolific author, and the winner of a lifetime achievement award from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for his work to reduce nuclear dangers.

Steven E. Miller is Director of the International Security Program in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the scholarly journal, International Security, and co-editor of the International Security Program's book series, BCSIA Studies in International Security. Previously, he was Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, in Stockholm, Sweden, and he taught Defense and Arms Control Studies in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Miller has also written extensively on nuclear weapons issues, US security policy, and US foreign policy

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P&P Live! Bruce A. Ragsdale — Washington at the Plow: The Founding Farmer and the Question of Slavery - with Cynthia A. Kierner

Sunday, October 24, 3:00 pm
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Published: Belknap Press - October 12th, 2021

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Washington at the Plow depicts the "first farmer of America" as a leading practitioner of the New Husbandry, a transatlantic movement that spearheaded advancements in crop rotation. A tireless experimentalist, Washington pulled up his tobacco and switched to wheat production, leading the way for the rest of the country. He filled his library with the latest agricultural treatises and pioneered land-management techniques that he hoped would guide small farmers, strengthen agrarian society, and ensure the prosperity of the nation.

Slavery was a key part of Washington's pursuits. He saw enslaved field workers and artisans as means of agricultural development and tried repeatedly to adapt slave labor to new kinds of farming. To this end, he devised an original and exacting system of slave supervision. But Washington eventually found that forced labor could not achieve the productivity he desired. His inability to reconcile ideals of scientific farming and rural order with race-based slavery led him to reconsider the traditional foundations of the Virginia plantation. As Bruce Ragsdale shows, it was the inefficacy of chattel slavery, as much as moral revulsion at the practice, that informed Washington's famous decision to free his slaves after his death.

Bruce A. Ragsdale served for twenty years as director of the Federal Judicial History Office at the Federal Judicial Center. The author of A Planters' Republic: The Search for Economic Independence in Revolutionary Virginia, he has been a fellow at the Washington Library at Mount Vernon and the International Center for Jefferson Studies.

Cynthia Kierner is a professor of history at George Mason University and author of multiple books on Virginia during the founding era.

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P&P Live! Chris Hedges — Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison - in conversation with Boris Franklin

Sunday, October 24, 5:00 pm
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 19th, 2021

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges has taught courses in drama, literature, philosophy, and history since 2013 in the college degree program offered by Rutgers University at East Jersey State Prison and other New Jersey prisons. In his first class at East Jersey State Prison, where students read and discussed plays by Amiri Baraka and August Wilson, among others, his class set out to write a play of their own. In writing the play, Caged, which would run for a month in 2018 to sold-out audiences at The Passage Theatre in Trenton, New Jersey, and later be published, students gave words to the grief and suffering they and their families have endured, as well as to their hopes and dreams. The class's artistic and personal discovery, as well as transformation, is chronicled in heart-breaking detail in Our Class. This book gives a human face and a voice to those our society too often demonizes and abandons. It exposes the terrible crucible and injustice of America's penal system and the struggle by those trapped within its embrace to live lives of dignity, meaning, and purpose.

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief in the Middle East and the Balkans for fifteen years for The New York Times. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He is host of the Emmy Award­-nominated RT America show On Contact. Hedges, who holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, is the author of numerous books and was a National Book Critics Circle finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto. He has taught college credit courses through Rutgers University since 2013 in the New Jersey prison system.

Hedges will be joined in conversation with, Boris Franklin, a graduate of Rutgers University, is a community organizer with The Industrial Areas Foundation. He was incarcerated for eleven years and was one of the principle authors of the play Caged.

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P&P Live! Eugene Yelchin—The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

Monday, October 25, 1:00 pm
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By Eugene Yelchin, Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536215526
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Published: Candlewick - October 12th, 2021

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Yevgeny is sharing a tiny apartment with his Baryshnikov-obsessed mother, poetry-loving father, continually outraged grandmother, and safely talented brother. Not to mention the KGB spy living next door. How will Yevgeny ever fulfill his parents' dream that he become a national hero when he doesn't even have his own room? The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain is a hilarious and poignant memoir presenting a realistic view of being raised and coming of age in the USSR. Eugene Yelchin tackles a tough topic with equal parts charm and tenderness, building upon the narrative with pen and ink illustrations.

Eugene Yelchin received a Newbery Honor for his novel Breaking Stalin’s Nose. He is the co-author and illustrator of the 2018 National Book Award Finalist The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, co-written with M. T. Anderson.

Ages 10 and up

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P&P Live! Mary Beard — Twelve Caesars - with Daniel Mendelsohn

Monday, October 25, 5:00 pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780691222363
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 12th, 2021

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From Beard's reconstruction of Titian's extraordinary lost Room of the Emperors to her reinterpretation of Henry VIII's famous Caesarian tapestries, Tweleve Caesrs includes fascinating detective work and offers a gripping story of some of the most challenging and disturbing portraits of power ever created.

Mary Beard is one of the world’s leading classicists and cultural commentators. A specialist in Roman history and art, she is professor of classics at the University of Cambridge and the author of bestselling and award-winning books, including SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome and Women and Poer: A Manifesto. She has also written and presented many television programs, from Civilisations and Meet the Romans to The Shock of the Nude.

Beard will be in conversation with Daniel Mendelsohn, is an internationally bestselling author, critic, essayist, and translator. He has also been a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and a columnist for The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, and New York magazine, where he was the weekly book critic. In February 2019, he was named Editor-at-Large of the New York Review of Books and the Director of the Robert B. Silvers Foundation.

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P&P Live! Saru Jayaraman — ONE FAIR WAGE

Monday, October 25, 8:00 pm
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$24.99
ISBN: 9781620975336
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Published: New Press - November 2nd, 2021

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the country, more than six million people earned their living as tipped workers in the service industry. They served us in cafes and restaurants, they delivered food to our homes, they drove us wherever we wanted to go, and they worked in nail salons for as little as $2.13 an hour—the federal tipped minimum wage since 1991—leaving them with next to nothing to get by.

These workers, unsurprisingly, were among the most vulnerable workers during the pandemic. As businesses across the country closed or drastically scaled back their services, hundreds of thousands lost their jobs. As in many other areas, the pandemic exposed the inadequacies of the nation’s social safety net and minimum-wage standards.

One Fair Wage shines a light on these workers, illustrating how the people left out of the fight for a fair minimum wage are society’s most marginalized: people of color, many of them immigrants; women, who form the majority of tipped workers; disabled workers; incarcerated workers; and youth workers. They epitomize the direction of our whole economy, reflecting the precariousness and instability that is increasingly the lot of American labor.

Saru Jayaraman is the President of One Fair Wage, a national organization working to raise wages for service workers nationwide, and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. She was listed in CNN’s 'Top 10 Visionary Women' and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s ‘Visionary of the Year’ in 2019. She is the author of Behind the Kitchen Door, Forked: A New Standard for American Dining, and co-editor of Bite Back: People Taking on Corporate Food and Winning.

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P&P Live! Scott D. Seligman — A Second Reckoning: Race, Injustice, and the Last Hanging in Annapolis

Tuesday, October 26, 6:00 pm
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$32.95
ISBN: 9781640124653
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Published: Potomac Books - October 1st, 2021

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A Second Reckoning tells the story of John Snowden, a Black man accused of the murder of a pregnant white woman in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1917. He refused to confess despite undergoing torture, was tried--through legal shenanigans--by an all-white jury, and was found guilty on circumstantial evidence and sentenced to death. Despite hair-raising, last-minute appeals to spare his life, Snowden was hanged for the crime. But decades after his death, thanks to tireless efforts by interested citizens and family members who believed him a victim of a "legal lynching," Snowden was pardoned posthumously by the governor of Maryland in 2001.

Scott D. Seligman uses Snowden's case to bring posthumous pardons into the national conversation about amends for past racial injustices. Seligman argues that the repeal of racist laws and policies must be augmented by reckoning with America's judicial past, especially in cases in which prejudice may have tainted procedures or perverted verdicts, evidence of bias survives, and a constituency exists for a second look. Seligman illustrates the profound effects such acts of clemency have on the living and ends with a siren call for a reexamination of such cases on the national level by the Department of Justice, which officially refuses to consider them.

Scott D. Seligman is a writer and historian. He is the author of numerous books, including The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots That Shook New York City (Potomac Books, 2020), the award-winning The Third Degree: The Triple Murder That Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice (Potomac Books, 2018), and The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo.

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P&P Live! Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel-Tiny Dancer

Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 pm
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By Siena Cherson Siegel, Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481486675
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - November 2nd, 2021

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By Siena Cherson Siegel, Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481486644
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

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Teenage Siena lives and breathes ballet. Her dedication earns her a spot at the School of American Ballet; her long-term plan is New York City Ballet or bust. In spite of her talent, Siena struggles with self-doubt and injury, leading her to question her dream. But what else could she do, when ballet is all she knows? This loving ode to ballet also questions its sometimes grueling practices. Siena Cherson Siegel’s graphic memoir of her own experiences as a young ballet dancer will engage readers of all ages who love dance. Illustrations by Mark Siegel exquisitely capture the dancers’ graceful movements.

Siena Cherson Siegel is an author and former dancer who trained at the School of American Ballet. To Dance  and Tiny Dancer  are stories from her life.

Mark Siegel is known both as an author, illustrator, and as the editorial director of First Second Books, a Macmillan imprint that publishes graphic novels for all ages.

Ages 12 to adult

Each purchase of Tiny Dancer will come with a signed bookplate, while supplies last.

Due to supply chain issues beyond our control, publication of Tiny Dancer has been delayed. Books will be pre-ordered for this event and will be available for pick up and shipping on November 2.

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P&P Live! Jayne Allen, Mia McKenzie, and LaTanya McQueen In Conversation

Tuesday, October 26, 8:00 pm
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Published: Harper - September 28th, 2021

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Published: Random House - June 22nd, 2021

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ISBN: 9780063035041
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 3rd, 2021

 

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Jayne Allen is the pen name of Jaunique Sealey, a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.Black Girls Must Die Exausted is her first novel which she calls “the epitaph of my 30s.”

Mia McKenzie is the award-winning author of The Summer We Got Free and the creator of Black Girl Dangerous Media, an independent media and education project that centers queer Black women and girls. Skye Falling is her second novel.

LaTanya McQueen has an MFA from Emerson College, a PhD from the University of Missouri, and was the 2017-2018 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Coe College. She published an essay collection, titled, And It Begins Like This and has been featured in Best American Essays, Carve Magazine, and Bennington Review. When the Reckoning Comes is her first novel.

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P&P Live! Joshua Myers — Cedric Robinson: The Time of the Black Radical Tradition - with Chigozie Onyema

Wednesday, October 27, 6:00 pm
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Published: Polity Press - November 2nd, 2021

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Cedric Robinson - political theorist, historian, and activist - was one of the greatest black radical thinkers of the twentieth century. In this powerful work, the first major book to tell his story, Joshua Myers shows how Robinson's work interrogated the foundations of western political thought, modern capitalism, and changing meanings of race.

Tracing the course of Robinson's journey from his early days as an agitator in the 1960s to his publication of such seminal works as Black Marxism, Myers frames Robinson's mission as aiming to understand and practice opposition to "the terms of order." In so doing, Robinson excavated the Black Radical tradition as a form of resistance that imagined that life on wholly different terms was possible.

In the era of Black Lives Matter, that resistance is as necessary as ever, and Robinson's contribution only gains in importance. This book is essential reading for anyone wanting to learn more about it.

Joshua Myers is Assistant Professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University.

Myers will be joined in conversation with, Chigozie U. Onyema, a Newark-based attorney, activist, and community organizer, running for Newark West Ward City Council.

 

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P&P Live! Thriller Panel with Wiley Cash and Kimi Cunningham Grant

Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 pm
These Silent Woods: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250793393
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 16th, 2021

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ISBN: 9780062312662
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Published: William Morrow - September 21st, 2021

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Vividly atmospheric and masterfully tense, These Silent Woods is a poignant story of survival, sacrifice, and how far a father will go when faced with losing it all.

Kimi Cunningham Grant is the author of Fallen Mountains, Silver Like Dust, and These Silent Woods. Kimi is a two-time winner of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize in Poetry and a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship in creative nonfiction. Her poems and essays have appeared in Fathom, Literary Mama, RATTLE, Poet Lore, and Whitefish Review.

As the suspense builds and this compelling mystery unfolds, in When Ghosts Come Home, Wiley Cash delves deep into the hearts of these richly drawn, achingly sympathetic characters to reveal the nobility of an ordinary man struggling amidst terrifying, extraordinary circumstances.

Wiley Cash is the New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home, the acclaimed This Dark Road to Mercy, and most recently The Last Ballad. He won the SIBA Book Award and the Conroy Legacy Award, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel, and has been nominated for many more. A native of North Carolina, he is the Alumni Author-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

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P&P Live! Susan Orlean — ON ANIMALS

Thursday, October 28, 7:00 pm
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How we interact with animals has preoccupied philosophers, poets, and naturalists for ages," writes Susan Orlean. Since the age of six, when Orlean wrote and illustrated a book called Herbert the Near-Sighted Pigeon, she's been drawn to stories about how we live with animals, and how they abide by us. Now, in On Animals, she examines animal-human relationships through the compelling tales she has written over the course of her celebrated career.

These stories consider a range of creatures--the household pets we dote on, the animals we raise to end up as meat on our plates, the creatures who could eat us for dinner, the various tamed and untamed animals we share our planet with who are central to human life. In her own backyard, Orlean discovers the delights of keeping chickens. In a different backyard, in New Jersey, she meets a woman who has twenty-three pet tigers--something none of her neighbors knew about until one of the tigers escapes. In Iceland, the world's most famous whale resists the efforts to set him free; in Morocco, the world's hardest-working donkeys find respite at a special clinic. We meet a show dog and a lost dog and a pigeon who knows exactly how to get home.

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992. She is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including The Library Book, Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film Adaptation.

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P&P Live! Roger Luckhurst—GOTHIC: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY

Friday, October 29, 12:00 pm
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The word Gothic conjures associations with the dark and melancholy, the weird and feared, and haunted places and people. In Gothic, Roger Luckhurst offers readers an unprecedented look at the ways this uncanny style has manifested itself through architecture, literature, film, art, video games, and more. From the works of Victor Hugo and E. T. A. Hoffmann to Southern Gothic, ancient folklore, and classic horror movies, Luckhurst explores how an aesthetic that began in the margins has been reinvented through the centuries to become part of mainstream global culture.

Organizing his wide-ranging history by theme, Luckhurst begins with Gothic architecture and form, including such elements as the arch, the house, and ruins. He considers how the Gothic is depicted in rural and urban settings, as well as in the wilderness and borderlands. And he delves into Gothic traditions and settings around the world, from the sublime Alps and Australian outback to the Arctic wasteland, from the dark folkloric realm of the forest to the postindustrial landscapes of abandoned hospitals and asylums, and then beyond the bounds of the planet to unknowable cosmic horror. Luckhurst investigates the monsters that mirror ourselves and society, and demonstrates that as the Gothic has traveled across the globe and through time, it has morphed according to the shape of our changing fears and anxieties.

Filled with a wealth of color illustrations, Gothic will enthrall anyone yearning to lift the veil on our fascination with the eerie, morbid, and supernatural.

Roger Luckhurst is professor of modern literature at Birkbeck, University of London. His many books include Zombies: A Cultural History and The Shining. Twitter @TheProfRog

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P&P Live! Wil Haygood — Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World

Friday, October 29, 7:00 pm
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This unprecedented history of Black cinema examines 100 years of Black movies--from Gone with the Wind to Blaxploitation films to Black Panther--using the struggles and triumphs of the artists, and the films themselves, as a prism to explore Black culture, civil rights, and racism in America. From the acclaimed author of The Butler and Showdown.

Beginning in 1915 with D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation--which glorified the Ku Klux Klan and became Hollywood's first blockbuster--Wil Haygood gives us an incisive, fascinating, little-known history, spanning more than a century, of Black artists in the film business, on-screen and behind the scenes.

He makes clear the effects of changing social realities and events on the business of making movies and on what was represented on the screen: from Jim Crow and segregation to white flight and interracial relationships, from the assassination of Malcolm X, to the O. J. Simpson trial, to the Black Lives Matter movement. He considers the films themselves--including Imitation of Life, Gone with the Wind, Porgy and Bess, the Blaxploitation films of the seventies, Do The Right Thing, 12 Years a Slave, and Black Panther. And he brings to new light the careers and significance of a wide range of historic and contemporary figures: Hattie McDaniel, Sidney Poitier, Berry Gordy, Alex Haley, Spike Lee, Billy Dee Willliams, Richard Pryor, Halle Berry, Ava DuVernay, and Jordan Peele, among many others.

An important, timely book, Colorization gives us both an unprecedented history of Black cinema and a groundbreaking perspective on racism in modern America.

Wil Haygood is a former Boston Globe (where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Washington Post reporter. Haygood has received writing fellowships from the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Alicia Patterson Foundations. His biographies of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, and Thurgood Marshall have been widely acclaimed. Haygood also wrote the New York Times bestseller, The Butler: A Witness to History, which was adapted into an award-winning movie. Haygood is currently serving an appointment as Boadway Visiting Distinguished Scholar at his alma mater, Miami University, Ohio.

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P&P Live! Jo Nesbø — The Jealousy Man and Other Stories

Saturday, October 30, 3:00 pm
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Published: Knopf - October 5th, 2021

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A veritable crime lover’s delight from a true master of mystery and suspense. Experience the #1 New York Times best-selling author as never before in this dark and thrilling short story collection that takes us on a journey of twisted minds and vengeful hearts. The Jealousy Man and Other Stories

Jo Nesbø is a musician, songwriter, economist, and #1 New York Times best-selling author. He has won the Raymond Chandler Award for Lifetime Achievement as well as many other awards. His books have sold 45 million copies worldwide and have been translated into fifty languages. His Harry Hole novels include The Redeemer, The Snowman, The Leopard, Phantom, and most recently Knife, and he is also the author of The Son, Headhunters, Macbeth, and several children's books. He lives in Oslo.

 

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P&P Live! Terence Smith—FOUR WARS, FIVE PRESIDENTS - with Elisabeth Bumiller

Sunday, October 31, 5:00 pm
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Four Wars, Five Presidents recounts Terence Smith’s extraordinary journalistic career with The New York Times, CBS News and PBS, covering everything from the inner workings of the White House, four wars, and stories drawn from the daily lives of people in 44 countries. He also provides a first-hand account of the evolution of journalism from print to digital.

Terence Smith is an award-winning journalist who has been a political reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and television analyst over the course of an almost five-decade career that included The New York Times, CBS News, and the Newshour on PBS. In 2013 Smith was inducted into the Professional Journalists Hall of Fame. He resides in Annapolis, Maryland.

Elisabeth Bumiller is an assistant managing editor of The New York Times and the Washington bureau chief, overseeing daily operations and leading all news coverage from Washington. In addition to her extensive career in journalism, Bumiller has published three books: Condoleezza Rice: An American Life; May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India; and The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family.

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P&P Live! Pamela Paul — 100 THINGS WE'VE LOST TO THE INTERNET - with Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Monday, November 1, 6:00 pm
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It is hard to think of a single aspect of modern life that hasn't been altered by the Internet. Today we exist, for the most part, in filtered, isolated corners of cyberspace--a place that has slowly subsumed our physical habitats and all at once become our local library, office, bar, movie theater, and concert hall. But as we've gained the ability to gather without leaving our bedrooms or looking another person in the eye, many of the fundamentally human experiences that sustained us have silently disappeared.

In 100 short, never-before-published essays, enlivened with illustrations by Nishant Choksi, Pamela Paul presents a record of all the things we long for without realizing that they're gone as well as the things we're all too happy to let slip into the pre-Internet past—from voicemails to punctuation to civility. There are the small losses: postcards, the blessings of an adolescence largely spared of documentation, and the genuine surprises at high school reunions. But there are larger repercussions, too: weaker memories, the inability to entertain oneself, and the utter demolition of privacy.

Paul will be in conversation with Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. She has also written for GQ, ESPN the Magazine, and many other publications. Fleishman Is in Trouble is her first novel.

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P&P Live! Kati Marton — The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel - in conversation with Peter Bergen

Monday, November 1, 7:00 pm
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The definitive biography of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, detailing the remarkable rise and political brilliance of the most powerful—and elusive—woman in the world. The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel

Kati Marton is the author of True Believer: Stalin's American Spy; Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World; Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History; Wallenberg; The Polk Conspiracy; and A Death in Jerusalem. She is an award-winning former NPR and ABC News correspondent. She lives in New York City.

Marton will be joined in conversation with, Peter Bergen, vice president at New America in Washington, D.C. as well as national security analyst for CNN, where he writes a weekly online column. He is also a professor and codirector of the Center on the Future of War at Arizona State University and has held teaching positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Bergen is the author of five previous books about national security, including three New York Times bestsellers and four Washington Post nonfiction books of the year.

 

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P&P Live! Kristen Powers — Saving Grace: Speak Your Truth, Stay Centered, and Learn to Coexist with People Who Drive You Nuts - with Eugene Scott

Tuesday, November 2, 5:00 pm
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Published: Convergent Books - November 2nd, 2021

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For years, New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Powers has been center stage for many of our nation’s most searing political and cultural battles as a columnist, TV analyst, and one-time participant in the thunderdome of Twitter. On a good day, there will be civil disagreement. On a bad day, it’s all-out trench warfare—nothing but a cycle of outrage and self-righteousness. More and more, Powers finds herself wondering, along with countless Americans: How are we to cope with this non-stop madness?

Saving Grace offers a template for a different kind of America, one where we can engage with people who hold opposing views without sacrificing our values or our passionate beliefs in the causes we care about. It’s a culture that embraces repentance and repair, a process through which those who have caused harm can take responsibility and work toward righting the wrongs in which they have participated. It’s a place where we’re empowered to see the possibility in other people, even people who are driving us nuts.

Powers is in conversation with Eugene Scott, a national political reporter on The Washington Post's breaking news team. He previously wrote about identity politics for The Fix and was host of The Next Four Years podcast available exclusively on Amazon Music. Scott was recently a fellow at the Georgetown University Institute of Politics. Prior to joining the Washington Post, Scott was a Washington correspondent at CNN Politics.

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P&P Live! Natasha Bowen—Skin of the Sea-with Nicola Yoon

Tuesday, November 2, 6:00 pm
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Simidele is a Mami Wata – a mermaid – dutybound to collect souls of those who die at sea and bless their journeys to the Supreme Creator. When a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unimaginable, she saves his life. To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must make the dangerous journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. Skin of the Sea is a story of great love and resistance based in West African mythology.

Natasha Bowen is a writer, teacher, and mother of three. Skin of the Sea is her debut novel.

Nicola Yoon is the bestselling author of Instructions for Dancing, The Sun is Also a Star, and Everything Everything. She’s also a National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient, a Walter Award winner, and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. Two of her novels have been made into major motion pictures.

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P&P Live! Celeste Headlee — Speaking Of Race- with Jenn White

Tuesday, November 2, 8:00 pm
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Speaking of Race is the book for people who have tried to debate and educate and argue and got nowhere; it is the book for those who have stopped talking to a neighbor or dread Thanksgiving dinner. It is an essential and timely book for all of us.

Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist, author, and professional speaker, who has appeared on NPR, PBS World, PRI, CNN, BBC and other international networks. She was formerly a host at National Public Radio, anchoring shows including Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. For many years, Celeste has been a mentor and managing editor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project, training young reporters and editors in broadcasting.

Headlee will be in conversation with Jenn White, an award winning journalist and host of WAMU and NPR's daily talk show 1A. She is also host of the critically acclaimed podcasts Making Oprah, Making Obama, and Sixteen Shots: The Police Shooting of Laquan McDonald.

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P&P Live! Katharine Blake — THE UNINNOCENT - with Stephanie Danler

Wednesday, November 3, 6:00 pm
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Published: FSG Originals - November 2nd, 2021

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A harrowing intellectual reckoning with crime, mercy, justice and heartbreak through the lens of a murder.

On a Thursday morning in June 2010, Katharine Blake's sixteen-year-old cousin walked to a nearby bike path with a box-cutter, and killed a young boy he didn’t know. It was a psychological break that tore through his brain, and into the hearts of those who loved both boys—one brutally killed, the other sentenced to die at Angola, one of the country’s most notorious prisons.

In The Uninnocent, Blake, a law student at Stanford at the time of the crime, wrestles with the implications of her cousin’s break, as well as the broken machinations of America’s justice system. As her cousin languished in a cell on death row, where he was assigned for his own protection, Blake struggled to keep her faith in the system she was training to join.

Consumed with understanding her family’s new reality, Blake became obsessed with heartbreak, seeing it everywhere: in her cousin’s isolation, in the loss at the center of the crime, in the students she taught at various prisons, in the way our justice system breaks rather than mends, in the history of her parents and their violent childhoods. As she delves into a history of heartbreak—through science, medicine, and literature—and chronicles the uneasy yet ultimately tender bond she forms with her cousin, Blake asks probing questions about justice, faith, inheritance, family, and, most of all, mercy.

Sensitive, singular, and powerful, effortlessly bridging memoir, essay, and legalese, The Uninnocent is a reckoning with the unimaginable, unforgettable, and seemly irredeemable. With curiosity and vulnerability, Blake unravels a distressed tapestry, finding solace in both its tearing and its mending.

Katharine Blake is an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School’s Center for Justice Reform. She received her JD, with pro bono distinction, from Stanford Law School, where she was an editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. She has taught English at San Quentin Prison and served as director of special projects for the Children’s Defense Fund. She lives with her family in Virginia.

Stephane Danler is a novelist and screenwriter. She is the author of the memoir, Stray, the international bestseller Sweetbitter and the creator and executive producer of the Sweetbitter TV series. Her work has appeared in The Sewanee Review, Vogue, The New York Times Book Review, and The Paris Review Daily. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Huma Abedin — Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds - with Joy-Ann Reid

Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 pm
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Published: Scribner - November 2nd, 2021

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From her deeply personal relationship with Hillary Clinton as mentor, confidante, and role model which has seen both women through extraordinary personal and professional highs as well as unimaginable lows, Both/And is also a timeless story of a young woman with aspirations and ideals coming into her own in high-pressure jobs. A testament to the potential for women in leadership to blaze a path forward while supporting those who follow in their footsteps, Both/And grapples with family, legacy, identity, faith, marriage, motherhood — and work.

Huma Abedin has spent her entire career in public service and national politics, beginning as an intern in First Lady Hillary Clinton’s office in 1996. After four years in the White House, she worked in the US Senate as Senior Advisor to Senator Clinton and was traveling Chief of Staff for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. In 2009, she was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff at the US Department of State. Huma served as Vice Chair of Hillary for America in 2016, resulting in the first woman elected nominee of a major political party. She currently serves as Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff.

Joy-Ann Reid is the host of “AM Joy” on MSNBC, the author of the books Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide, We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama, and The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story. She co-hosts the podcast Reid This / Reid That with journalist and “New York Live” co-host Jacque Reid.

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P&P Live! John Pomfret — FROM WARSAW WITH LOVE - with Evan Osnos

Wednesday, November 3, 8:00 pm
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 26th, 2021

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From Warsaw with Love is the epic story of how Polish intelligence officers forged an alliance with the CIA in the twilight of the Cold War, told by the award-winning author John Pomfret.

Spanning decades and continents, from the battlefields of the Balkans to secret nuclear research labs in Iran and embassy grounds in North Korea, this saga begins in 1990. As the United States cobbles together a coalition to undo Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, six US officers are trapped in Iraq with intelligence that could ruin Operation Desert Storm if it is obtained by the brutal Iraqi dictator. Desperate, the CIA asks Poland, a longtime Cold War foe famed for its excellent spies, for help. Just months after the Polish people voted in their first democratic election since the 1930s, the young Solidarity government in Warsaw sends a veteran ex-Communist spy who’d battled the West for decades to rescue the six Americans.

John Pomfret’s gripping account of the 1990 cliffhanger in Iraq is just the beginning of the tale about intelligence cooperation between Poland and the United States, cooperation that one CIA director would later describe as “one of the two foremost intelligence relationships that the United States has ever had.” Pomfret uncovers new details about the CIA’s black site program that held suspected terrorists in Poland after 9/11 as well as the role of Polish spies in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

In the tradition of the most memorable works on espionage, Pomfret’s book tells a distressing and disquieting tale of moral ambiguity in which right and wrong, black and white, are not conveniently distinguishable. As the United States teeters on the edge of a new cold war with Russia and China, Pomfret explores how these little-known events serve as a reminder of the importance of alliances in a dangerous world.

John Pomfret was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and served as a correspondent for The Washington Post for two decades, covering wars, revolutions, and China. His recent book, The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom, won the Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. The recipient of numerous journalism awards, he lives with his wife and three children in Berkeley, CA.

Evan Osnos has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2008, where he covers politics and foreign affairs. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, based on eight years of living in Beijing, Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now, and most recently, Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury.

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P&P Live! Donna Barba Higuera—The Last Cuentista-with Nick Thomas

Wednesday, November 3, 8:00 pm
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Washington, DC area Bookstores Politics and Prose, Loyalty Books and East City Bookshop present a conversation between Donna Barba Higuera and Nick Thomas about The Last Cuentista.

Petra wakes up on a new planet after traveling for centuries away from a destroyed Earth. She soon finds that she is the only one among those specially chosen for the journey who remembers any of her past on Earth. The sinister Collective has been purging memories of those aboard the ship leaving Petra as the lone bringer of Earth's now forbidden stories and her grandmother's Mexican folklore and its wisdom to a changing humanity.

Donna Barba Higuera is the author of the middle grade novel Lupe Wong Won’t Dance which received a Pura Belpré Honor Award in 2020 and the picture book El Cucuy is Scared Too. Donna has spent her whole life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination.

Nick Thomas is a Senior Editor with Levine Querido. Previously, he was Senior Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, where he started as an Editorial Assistant. He has also held positions with Bloomsbury, Chicken House, and David Fickling Books before returning to his Arthur A Levine Books roots. He edits middle grade and young adult books, and looks for stories that change something about you by the time you’re finished.

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P&P Live! Philipp Dettmer—IMMUNE - with John Green

Thursday, November 4, 5:00 pm
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Published: Random House - November 2nd, 2021

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Most of us never really stop to ask: What even is our immune system?

Second only to the human brain in its complexity, it is one of the oldest and most critical facets of life on Earth. Without it, you would die within days. In Immune, Philipp Dettmer, the brains behind the most popular science channel on YouTube, takes readers on a journey through the fortress of the human body and its defenses. There is a constant battle of staggering scale raging within us, full of stories of invasion, strategy, defeat, and noble self-sacrifice. In fact, in the time you’ve been reading this, your immune system has probably identified and eradicated a cancer cell that started to grow in your body.

Each chapter delves into an element of the immune system, including defenses like antibodies and inflammation as well as threats like bacteria, allergies, and cancer, as Dettmer reveals why boosting your immune system is actually nonsense, how parasites sneak their way past your body’s defenses, how viruses work, and what goes on in your wounds when you cut yourself.

Enlivened by engaging full-color graphics and immersive descriptions, Immune turns one of the most intricate, interconnected, and confusing subjects—immunology—into a gripping adventure through an astonishing alien landscape. Immune is a vital and remarkably fun crash course in what is arguably, and increasingly, the most important system in the body.

Philipp Dettmer is the founder and head writer of Kurzgesagt, one of the largest science channels on YouTube with over fourteen million subscribers and one billion views. After dropping out of high school at age fifteen, Dettmer met a remarkable teacher who inspired in him a passion for learning and understanding the world. He went on to study history and information design with a focus on infographics. Dettmer started Kurzgesagt as a passion project to explain complicated ideas from a holistic perspective. When the channel took off, Dettmer dedicated himself full-time to making difficult ideas engaging and accessible.

John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was the 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than 55 languages and over 24 million copies are in print.

 

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P&P Live! Walter Pincus — Blown to Hell: The Dark History of America's Deadliest Nuclear Test - in conversation with David Ignatius

Thursday, November 4, 7:00 pm
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Walter Pincus exposes the darkest secret in American nuclear history--sixty-seven nuclear tests in the South Pacific's Marshall Islands that decimated a people and their land. Blown to Hell: The Dark History of America's Deadliest Nuclear Test

Walter Pincus reported on intelligence, defense, and foreign policy for The Washington Post from 1966 through 2015. He was among Post reporters awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Among many other honors were the 1977 George Polk Award for articles exposing the neutron warhead, a 1981 Emmy for writing a CBS documentary on strategic nuclear weapons, and the 2010 Arthur Ross Award from the American Academy for Diplomacy for columns on foreign policy. Currently a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief, he lives in Washington, DC.

Pincus will be joined in conversation with, David Ignatius, a prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for four decades. He has written several New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Paladin: A Spy Novel. He lives in Washington, D.C.

 

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P&P Live! Dan Jones — Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages - with Niall Ferguson

Friday, November 5, 5:00 pm
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Published: Viking - November 9th, 2021

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When the once-mighty city of Rome was sacked by barbarians in 410 and lay in ruins, it signaled the end of an era--and the beginning of a thousand years of profound transformation. In a gripping narrative bursting with big names--from St. Augustine and Attila the Hun to the Prophet Muhammad and Eleanor of Aquitaine--Dan Jones charges through the history of the Middle Ages. Powers and Thrones takes readers on a journey through an emerging Europe, the great capitals of late Antiquity, as well as the influential cities of the Islamic West, and culminates in the first European voyages to the Americas.

The medieval world was forged by the big forces that still occupy us today: climate change, pandemic disease, mass migration, and technological revolutions. This was the time when the great European nationalities were formed; when the basic Western systems of law and governance were codified; when the Christian Churches matured as both powerful institutions and the regulators of Western public morality; and when art, architecture, philosophical inquiry and scientific invention went through periods of massive, revolutionary change.

Dan Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of Crusaders, The Templars, The Plantagenets, Wars of the Roses, and Magna Carta. He wrote and presented the popular Netflix series Secrets of Great British Castles, and has an exclusive deal with Sony Pictures Television to produce and develop historical TV series, including adaptations of his books.

Jones will be joined in conversation with, Niall Ferguson, one of the world's most renowned historians. He is the author of sixteen books, including Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, and The Ascent of Money. He is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the managing director of Greenmantle LLC. His many prizes include the International Emmy for Best Documentary (2009), the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service (2010), and the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award (2016).

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P&P Live! Kal Penn — You Can't Be Serious

Friday, November 5, 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982171384
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Published: Gallery Books - November 2nd, 2021

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This event is presented in partnership with Literati Bookstore, Oblong Books, and Watchung Booksellers.

You Can’t Be Serious is a series of funny, consequential, awkward, and ridiculous stories from Kal’s idiosyncratic life. It’s about being the grandson of Gandhian freedom fighters, and the son of immigrant parents: people who came to this country with very little and went very far—and whose vision of the American dream probably never included their son sliding off an oiled-up naked woman in a raunchy Ryan Reynolds movie…or getting a phone call from Air Force One as Kal flew with the country’s first Black president.

The book shows that everyone can have more than one life story. Kal demonstrates by example that no matter who you are and where you come from, you have many more choices than those presented to you. It’s a story about struggle, triumph, and learning how to keep your head up. And okay, yes, it’s also about how he accidentally (and very stupidly) accepted an invitation to take the entire White House Office of Public Engagement to a strip club—because, let’s be honest, that’s the kind of stuff you really want to hear about.

Kal Penn has played leading roles in some of the world’s most-watched television shows, including How I Met Your Mother, 24, Designated Survivor, House, and more. He currently stars in the CBS series Clarice, a sequel to Silence of the Lambs, and the Disney Junior animated series Mira, Royal Detective. He was also the cocreator and star of the NBC/Universal comedy Sunnyside, and host, cocreator, and executive producer of a six-episode series in October 2020 for Disney’s Freeform Channel called Kal Penn Approves This Message, aimed at entertaining and informing young voters. He has also served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology and Film Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and in Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kal has worked at the very highest levels of politics, as an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he was President Obama’s Liaison to Young Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Arts communities in America.

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P&P Live! Claire Tomalin—THE YOUNG H.G. WELLS - with Benjamin Moser

Saturday, November 6, 3:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781984879028
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Published: Penguin Press - November 2nd, 2021

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From acclaimed literary biographer Claire Tomalin, a complex and fascinating exploration of the early life of the influential writer and public figure H.G. Wells

Upon the death of H.G. Wells, in 1946, George Orwell remarked, “If he had stopped writing in 1920 his reputation would stand quite as high as it does: if we knew him only by the books he wrote after that date, we should have rather a low opinion of him.” For though Wells is remembered as the author of such influential books of science fiction as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds, and as a man whose visions of the future remain unsurpassed, his success as a writer of fiction stopped short in his forties. He remained famous, with an established reputation across England, America, and France, but, remarkably, never again equaled his early writing achievements.

In The Young H.G. Wells, Claire Tomalin brings to life the early years of H.G. Wells, and traces his formation as a writer of extraordinary originality and ambition. Born in 1866, the son of a gardener and a housekeeper, Wells faced poverty and ill health from a young age. At 12, he was taken out of school, torment for a child with intellectual aspirations. Determined, Wells won scholarships and worked towards science degrees. Though he failed his final exams, he was soon writing text books, involving himself in politics, and contributing to newspapers. Still suffering from serious illness, as well as multiple physical breakdowns, Wells understood early on the impulse to escape—through books, art, and his imagination—and he began to make his name by writing short stories. But it wasn’t until the publication of his first novel, The Time Machine, in 1895, that Wells attained the great success he had so longed for. His book, which transformed the way readers saw the world, was hailed as an extraordinary accomplishment.

Until the period leading up to the first world war, Wells wrote books at an almost unprecedented speed—about science, mysteries, and prophecies; aliens, planets, and space travel; mermaids, the bottom of the sea, and distant islands. He chronicled social change, and forecasted the future of technology and politics; formed friendships with Winston Churchill, Henry James, and Bernard Shaw, and shaped the minds of the young and old. His most famous works have never been out of print, and his influence is still felt today. In this unforgettable portrait of this complicated man, Tomalin makes clear his early period was crucial in making him into the great writer he became, and that by concentrating on the young Wells, we get the best of his life, and of his work.

Claire Tomalin is the author of eight highly acclaimed biographies, including Charles Dickens: A Life and Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self, which won the 2002 Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and a memoir A Life of My Own. She has previously won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, the Hawthornden Prize, the NCR Book Award for Non-Fiction, and the Whitbread First Book Prize. Educated at Cambridge University, she served as literary editor of the New Statesman and The Sunday Times. Claire Tomalin lives in London and is married to the playwright Michael Frayn.

Benjamin Moser was born in Houston. He is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and a New York Times Notable Book of 2009. For his work bringing Clarice Lispector to international prominence, he received Brazil’s first State Prize for Cultural Diplomacy. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017and his latest book, Sontag: Her Life and Work, won the Pulitzer Prize.

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P&P Live! Sam Quinones — THE LEAST OF US

Sunday, November 7, 3:00 pm
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - November 2nd, 2021

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Weaving analysis of the drug trade into stories of humble communities, The Least of Us delivers an unexpected and awe-inspiring response to the call that shocked the nation in Sam Quinones's award-winning Dreamland.

Sam Quinones traveled from Mexico to main streets across the U.S. to create Dreamland, a groundbreaking portrait of the opioid epidemic that awakened the nation. As the nation struggled to put back the pieces, Quinones was among the first to see the dangers that lay ahead: synthetic drugs and a new generation of kingpins whose product could be made in Magic Bullet blenders. In fentanyl, traffickers landed a painkiller a hundred times more powerful than morphine. They laced it into cocaine, meth, and counterfeit pills to cause tens of thousands of deaths-at the same time as Mexican traffickers made methamphetamine cheaper and more potent than ever, creating, Sam argues, swaths of mental illness and a surge in homelessness across the United States.

Quinones hit the road to investigate these new threats, discovering how addiction is exacerbated by consumer-product corporations. “In a time when drug traffickers act like corporations and corporations like traffickers,” he writes, “our best defense, perhaps our only defense, lies in bolstering community.” Amid a landscape of despair, Quinones found hope in those embracing the forgotten and ignored, illuminating the striking truth that we are only as strong as our most vulnerable.

Sam Quinones is a journalist, author and storyteller whose two acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction about Mexico and Mexican immigration made him, according to the SF Chronicle Book Review, "the most original writer on Mexico and the border." His book, Dreamland, won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction.

 

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P&P Live! Steven V. Roberts — Cokie: A Life Well Lived - with George Will

Sunday, November 7, 5:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780062851475
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Published: Harper - November 2nd, 2021

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Through her visibility and celebrity, Cokie Roberts was an inspiration and a role model for innumerable women and girls. A fixture on national television and radio for more than 40 years, she also wrote five bestselling books focusing on the role of women in American history. She was portrayed on Saturday Night Live, name checked on the West Wing, and featured on magazine covers. She joked with Jay Leno, balanced a pencil on her nose for David Letterman, and was the answer to numerous crossword puzzle clues. Many dogs, and at least one dairy cow, were named for her.

In this loving tribute, Cokie’s husband of 53 years and bestselling-coauthor Steve Roberts reflects not only on her many accomplishments, but on how she lived each day with a devotion to helping others. For Steve, Cokie’s private life was as significant and inspirational as her public one. Her commitment to celebrating and supporting other women was evident in everything she did, and her generosity and passion drove her personal and professional endeavors. In Cokie, he has a simple goal: “To tell stories. Some will make you cheer or laugh or cry. And some, I hope, will inspire you to be more like Cokie, to be a good person, to lead a good life.”

Steve Roberts has been a journalist for more than fifty years. He is the author of My Father’s House and From This Day Forward, which he cowrote with Cokie. He is the chief political analyst for the ABC radio network, a professor of journalism and politics at George Washington University, and a nationally syndicated columnist. He lives in Cokie’s childhood home in suburban Washington, which he and Cokie shared for forty-two years.

George F. Will writes a twice-weekly syndicated column on politics and domestic and foreign affairs for the Washington Post. He began his column with the Post in 1974, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1977. His fifteen previous books include The Conservative Sensibility, One Man's America, and American Happiness and Discontents.

 

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P&P Live! Elif Shafak — THE ISLAND OF MISSING TREES - with Anna North

Monday, November 8, 5:00 pm
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A rich, magical new novel on belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker-shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.

Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home. In the taverna, hidden beneath garlands of garlic, chili peppers and creeping honeysuckle, Kostas and Defne grow in their forbidden love for each other. A fig tree stretches through a cavity in the roof, and this tree bears witness to their hushed, happy meetings and eventually, to their silent, surreptitious departures. The tree is there when war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to ashes and rubble, and when the teenagers vanish. Decades later, Kostas returns. He is a botanist looking for native species, but really, he's searching for lost love.

Years later a Ficus carica grows in the back garden of a house in London where Ada Kazantzakis lives. This tree is her only connection to an island she has never visited---her only connection to her family's troubled history and her complex identity as she seeks to untangle years of secrets to find her place in the world.

A moving, beautifully written, and delicately constructed story of love, division, transcendence, history, and eco-consciousness, The Island of Missing Trees is Elif Shafak's best work yet.

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels. Her work has been translated into 55 languages. Her latest novel 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and chosen as Blackwell's Book of the Year. Her previous novel, The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by BBC among 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice TED Global speaker; she contributes to major publications around the world and she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. elifshafak.com

Anna North is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of three novels: Outlawed, a New York Times bestseller; 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 JezebelBuzzFeedSalon, and the New York Times, and she is now a senior reporter at Vox. She grew up in Los Angeles and lives in Brooklyn.

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P&P Live! Glory Edim — On Girlhood - with Christine Platt

Monday, November 8, 7:00 pm
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By Glory Edim (Editor)
$23.95
ISBN: 9781631497698
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Published: Liveright - October 26th, 2021

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Proudly introducing the Well-Read Black Girl Library Series,On Girlhood is a lovingly curated anthology celebrating short fiction from such luminaries as Rita Dove, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and more.

Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a book club and digital platform that promotes Black literature and sisterhood. She won the Innovator's Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.

Edim will be in conversation with Christine Platt currently serves as Managing Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African and African American Studies from The Ohio State University, and J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. She is a member of the Association of Black Women Historians, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and serves as an Ambassador for Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History & Culture.

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P&P Live! and BookTalk Present Roseanne A. Brown—A Psalm of Storms and Silence-with Booktokers @azantareads, @caitsbooks and @jennaslitpicks

Monday, November 8, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780062891525
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Published: Balzer + Bray - November 2nd, 2021

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ISBN: 9780062891501
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Politics and Prose and BookTalk are pleased to partner on a conversation and a YA book-themed game of Scattergories played between author Roseanne Brown and popular BookTokers @azantareads, @caitsbooks and @jennaslitpicks in conjunction with the publication of A Psalm of Storms and Silence.

A violent coup left Karina without her Kingdom or her throne. She is the most wanted person in Sonande and her only chance to recover what is hers lies in the divine power hidden in the long-lost city of her ancestors. Meanwhile, Malik’s hard-won peace as Farid’s apprentice is threatened with disaster after disaster. In A Psalm of Storms and Silence Malik and Karina find themselves once again torn between their duties and desires. Inspired by West African folklore, this highly anticipated finale to the fantasy duology that began with A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, follows Malik and Karina as they decide what they value most.

Roseanne Brown is an immigrant from Ghana and a bestselling writer whose work has been featured by Voice of America, among other outlets. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin was her debut novel.

Azanta (she/her), @azantareads, is a BookToker and the founder of BookTalk events. She started BookTalk to connect authors, readers, and those in the publishing industry.

Caits (she/they), @caitsbooks, is a BookToker and blogger. They were one the first tiktokers to start Booktok and created The Bookington Book Club, an online book club.

Jenna (she/her), @jennaslitpicks, is an avid Booktoker and Bookstagrammer.

Ages 13 and up

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P&P Live! Kyle Lucia Wu — Win Me Something - with Rion Amilcar Scott

Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 pm
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142735
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Published: Tin House Books - November 2nd, 2021

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Willa Chen has never quite fit in. Growing up as a biracial Chinese American girl in New Jersey, Willa felt both hypervisible and unseen, too Asian to fit in at her mostly white school, and too white to speak to the few Asian kids around. After her parents’ early divorce, they both remarried and started new families, and Willa grew up feeling outside of their new lives, too.

For years, Willa does her best to stifle her feelings of loneliness, drifting through high school and then college as she tries to quiet the unease inside her. But when she begins working for the Adriens—a wealthy white family in Tribeca—as a nanny for their daughter, Bijou, Willa is confronted with all of the things she never had. As she draws closer to the family and eventually moves in with them, Willa finds herself questioning who she is, and revisiting a childhood where she never felt fully at home. Self-examining and fraught with the emotions of a family who fails and loves in equal measure, Win Me Something is a nuanced coming-of-age debut about the irreparable fissures between people, and a young woman who asks what it really means to belong, and how she might begin to define her own life.

Kyle Lucia Wu has received the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Margins Fellowship and residencies from The Millay Colony, The Byrdcliffe Colony, Plympton’s Writing Downtown Residency, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. She is the Programs & Communications Director at Kundiman and has taught creative writing at Fordham University and The New School.

Rion Amilcar Scott's first book, Insurrections, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His latest story collection, The World Doesn't Require You, was a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and winner of the 2020 Towson Prize for Literature.

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P&P Live! Sharon Draper—Out of My Heart-with Jason Reynolds

Tuesday, November 9, 7:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781665902168
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - November 9th, 2021

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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316167581
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 11th, 2021

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Melody is a year older and a year braver. She knows there has to be summer camps for differently-abled kids like her, and she’s going to find it. In this sequel to the bestselling middle grade novel Out of My Mind, Out of My Heart follows Melody as she sits by the campfire, hunkers down during a thunderstorm, feels the sparkles of a new crush, and discovers how brave and strong truly is.

Sharon Draper is the bestselling author of Blended, Out of My Mind, Copper Sun, Forged by Fire, and Stella by Starlight. She is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner.

Jason Reynolds is currently the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and the number-one New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Stamped (For Kids), Long Way Down, Look Both Ways, All American Boys, As Brave As You, and many others. He is a two-time National Book Award finalist and the recipient of a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor and multiple Coretta Scott King Honors. He also received a Kirkus Prize, two Walter Dean Myers Awards, and an NAACP Image Award and Carnegie medal.

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Ages 10 and up

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P&P Live! Brian Klaas — CORRUPTIBLE - with Mary L. Trump

Wednesday, November 10, 6:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982154097
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Published: Scribner - November 9th, 2021

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Does power corrupt, or are corrupt people drawn to power? Are entrepreneurs who embezzle and cops who kill the result of poorly designed systems or are they just bad people? Are tyrants made or born? If you were suddenly thrust into a position of power, would you be able to resist the temptation to line your pockets or seek revenge against your enemies?

To answer these questions, Corruptible draws on over 500 interviews with some of the world’s top leaders—from the noblest to the dirtiest—including presidents and philanthropists as well as rebels, cultists, and dictators. Some of the fascinating insights include: how facial appearance determines who we pick as leaders, why narcissists make more money, why some people don’t want power at all and others are drawn to it out of a psychopathic impulse, and why being the “beta” (second in command) may actually be the optimal place for health and well-being.

Corruptible also features a wealth of counterintuitive examples from history and social science: you’ll meet the worst bioterrorist in American history, hit the slopes with a ski instructor who once ruled Iraq, and learn why the inability of chimpanzees to play baseball is central to the development of human hierarchies.

Based on deep, unprecedented research from around the world, Corruptible will challenge your most basic assumptions about becoming a leader and what might happen to your head when you get there. It also provides a roadmap to avoiding classic temptations, suggesting a series of reforms that would facilitate better people finding a path to power—and ensuring that power purifies rather than corrupts.

Brian Klaas grew up in Minnesota, earned his DPhil at Oxford, and is now a professor of global politics at University College London. He is also a weekly columnist for The Washington Post, host of the award-winning Power Corrupts podcast, and frequent guest on national television. Klaas has conducted field research across the globe, interviewing despots, CEOs, torture victims, dissidents, cult leaders, criminals, and everyday power abusers. He has also advised major politicians and organizations including NATO, the European Union, and Amnesty International. You can find him at BrianPKlaas.com and on Twitter @brianklaas. 

Mary L. Trump is the author of the international #1 bestseller, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man and New York Times bestseller The Reckoning: Our Nation's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal. She holds a Ph.D from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, and has taught graduate courses in trauma, psychopathology, and developmental psychology.

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P&P Live! JR and Vanessa Ford—Calvin-with David Johns

Wednesday, November 10, 6:00 pm
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By JR Ford, Vanessa Ford, Kayla Harren (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593108673
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - November 9th, 2021

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Calvin has always been a boy, even if the world sees him as a girl. He knows who he is in his heart and in his mind but he hasn’t yet told his family. Finally, he can wait no longer: “I’m not a girl,” he tells his family. “I’m a boy–a boy in my heart and in my brain.” Quick to support him, his loving family takes Calvin shopping for the swim trunks he’s always wanted and back-to-school clothes and a new haircut that helps him look and feel like the boy he’s always known himself to be. As the first day of school approaches, he’s nervous and the “what-ifs” gather up inside him. But as his friends and teachers rally around him and he tells them his name, all his “what-ifs” begin to melt away. Calvin includes resources for parents of transgender children.

JR and Vanessa Ford are nationally-known advocates for LGBTQIA+ rights, specifically rights for transgender youth. Their advocacy and work has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and in “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric.” They were both founding members of the Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality. They live with their two children, one of whom is trans, in the Boston, MA area.

David J. Johns is the Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC). Prior to joining NBJC, Johns was the first Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Initiative.  Johns also served as Senior Education Policy Advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow.

Ages 4-8

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P&P Live! Rax King — Tacky - with Kelsey McKinney

Wednesday, November 10, 8:00 pm
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Published: Vintage - November 2nd, 2021

 

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Tacky is about the power of pop culture—like any art—to imprint itself on our lives and shape our experiences, no matter one's commitment to "good" taste. These fourteen essays are a nostalgia-soaked antidote to the millennial generation's obsession with irony, putting the aesthetics we hate to love—snakeskin pants, Sex and the City, Cheesecake Factory's gargantuan menu—into kinder and sharper perspective.

 

Rax King is a James Beard award-nominated writer and host of the podcast Low Culture Boil. Her writing can be found in Glamour, MEL Magazine, Catapult, and elsewhere.

King will be in conversation with Kelsey McKinney, a freelance features writer and cofounder of Defector Media. She previously worked as a staff writer at Vox, Fusion, and Deadspin. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Cosmopolitan, and New York magazine, among other publications. God Spare The Girls is her first novel.

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P&P Live! Danny Goldberg — Bloody Crossroads 2020: Art, Entertainment, and Resistance to Trump - with Sidney Blumenthal

Thursday, November 11, 5:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781617759796
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Published: Akashic Books - November 2nd, 2021

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A deep dive into the role that mass-appeal movies, television, videos, and music played in Donald Trump's failed reelection campaign, including brand-new interviews with some of the major players. Bloody Crossroads 2020: Art, Entertainment, and Resistance to Trump

Danny Goldberg is the author of the acclaimed books How The Left Lost Teen Spirit, Bumping into Geniuses, In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea (Akashic, 2017) and Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain. He began his career in 1969 with Billboard, for whom he reviewed the Woodstock Festival, and later wrote for Rolling Stone and Crawdaddy. He worked as a personal manager for Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers Band, and Sonic Youth, and was president of several major record companies. He currently runs Gold Village Entertainment, a management company whose clients include Steve Earle, Martha Wainwright, and the Waterboys. Goldberg is former chair of the ACLU of Southern California, serves on the board of Public Citizen, and frequently writes about politics and culture for the Nation.

Goldberg will be joined in conversation with, Sidney Blumenthal, the acclaimed author of A Self-Made Man and Wrestling with His Angel, the first two volumes in his five-volume biography, The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln. He is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has been a national staff reporter for The Washington Post and Washington editor and writer for The New Yorker. His books include the bestselling The Clinton Wars, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment, and The Permanent Campaign. Born and raised in Illinois, he lives in Washington, DC.

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