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P&P Live! Bob Woodward & Robert Costa — PERIL - in conversation with Eugene Robinson

Thursday, September 23, 6:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781982182915
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 21st, 2021

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The transition from President Donald J. Trump to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stands as one of the most dangerous periods in American history. But as #1 internationally bestselling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa reveal for the first time, it was far more than just a domestic political crisis.

Woodward and Costa interviewed more than 200 people at the center of the turmoil, resulting in more than 6,000 pages of transcripts—and a spellbinding and definitive portrait of a nation on the brink. This classic study of Washington takes readers deep inside the Trump White House, the Biden White House, the 2020 campaign, and the Pentagon and Congress, with vivid, eyewitness accounts of what really happened.

Peril is supplemented throughout with never-before-seen material from secret orders, transcripts of confidential calls, diaries, emails, meeting notes and other personal and government records, making for an unparalleled history. It is also the first inside look at Biden’s presidency as he faces the challenges of a lifetime: the continuing deadly pandemic and millions of Americans facing soul-crushing economic pain, all the while navigating a bitter and disabling partisan divide, a world rife with threats, and the hovering, dark shadow of the former president.

Woodward and Costa will be joined in conversation with Washington Post columnist, Eugene Robinson.

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P&P Live! Brendan Kiely-The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege—with Jason Reynolds

Thursday, September 23, 7:00 pm
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By Brendan Kiely, Jason Reynolds (Introduction by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534494046
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 21st, 2021

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316453691
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2020

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Talking about racism is hard but kids of color often have “The Talk” with their parents – an honest talk about survival in the racist world. Oftentimes, white kids don’t have this conversation and it needs to change. The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege starts the much-needed conversation about race and white privilege with white kids. Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Brendan Kiely discusses why allyship is so vital and how we can all start doing our part.

Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys with Jason Reynolds. He has written a number of books and has received the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Meyers Award, and ALA’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. A former high school teacher, Brendan is now on the faculty for the Solstice MFA program.

Jason Reynolds is the award-winning and bestselling author of many books including Miles Morales: Spider-Man, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor, and Look Both Ways, which was a National Book Award Finalist. His latest book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, is a collaboration with Ibram X. Kendi. Jason is the 2020-2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and lives in Washington, D.C.

Ages 12 and up

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P&P Live! Tarana Burke — UNBOUND: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

Thursday, September 23, 7:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9781250621733
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - September 14th, 2021

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Tarana Burke didn’t always have the courage to say "me too." As a child, she reeled from her sexual assault, believing she was responsible. Unable to confess what she thought of as her own sins for fear of shattering her family, her soul split in two. One side was the bright, intellectually curious third generation Bronxite steeped in Black literature and power, and the other was the bad, shame ridden girl who thought of herself as a vile rule breaker, not of a victim. She tucked one away, hidden behind a wall of pain and anger, which seemed to work...until it didn’t.

Tarana fought to reunite her fractured soul, through organizing, pursuing justice, and finding community. In her debut memoir she shares her extensive work supporting and empowering Black and brown girls, and the devastating realization that to truly help these girls she needed to help that scared, ashamed child still in her soul. She needed to stop running and confront what had happened to her, for Heaven and Diamond and the countless other young Black women for whom she cared. They gave her the courage to embrace her power. A power which in turn she shared with the entire world. Through these young Black and brown women, Tarana found that we can only offer empathy to others if we first offer it to ourselves.

Unbound is the story of an inimitable woman’s inner strength and perseverance, all in pursuit of bringing healing to her community and the world around her, but it is also a story of possibility, of empathy, of power, and of the leader we all have inside ourselves. In sharing her path toward healing and saying "me too," Tarana reaches out a hand to help us all on our own journeys.

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P&P Live! Amy Timberlake & Jon Klassen-Skunk and Badger Book 2: Egg Marks the Spot

Friday, September 24, 2:00 pm
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By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643750064
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

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By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

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Follow Skunk and Badger on their next great adventure, this time involving chickens, dinosaur eggs, and yes – Important Rock Work. Skunk and Badger’s rock hunting day is thrown off course when Badger’s sneaky cousin, Fisher, arrives. Soon, the two are thrown into a mysterious journey full of secrets, betrayals, and lies in Skunk and Badger Book 2: Egg Marks the Spot. Amy Timberlake and Jon Klassen pair up once again to bring young readers a whimsical tale of friends, new and old.

Amy Timberlake has received a Newbery Honor, an Edgar Award, a Golden Kite Award, and the China Times Best Book Award for her many novels for young readers. Timberlake is the author of One Came Home, as well as the middle-grade novel That Girl Lucy Moon and picture book The Dirty Cowboy. She grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and now lives in Chicago.

Jon Klassen is a Canadian born author/illustrator. His works such as I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat, and We Found a Hat have received a Caldecott medal, two Caldecott honors and other international awards. He is a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of his influence on children’s literature. He currently lives in Lost Angeles with his wife and sons.

Ages 7-10

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P&P! Anderson Cooper — Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty - with Katherine Howe

Friday, September 24, 6:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780062964618
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Published: Harper - September 21st, 2021

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When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father’s small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires—one in shipping and another in railroads—that would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was fought over by his heirs after his death in 1877, sowing familial discord that would never fully heal. Though his son Billy doubled the money left by “the Commodore,” subsequent generations competed to find new and ever more extraordinary ways of spending it. By 2018, when the last Vanderbilt was forced out of The Breakers—the seventy-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Cornelius’s grandson and namesake had built—the family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all.

Now, the Commodore’s great-great-great-grandson Anderson Cooper, joins with historian Katherine Howe to explore the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence. Cooper and Howe breathe life into the ancestors who built the family’s empire, basked in the Commodore’s wealth, hosted lavish galas, and became synonymous with unfettered American capitalism and high society. Moving from the hardscrabble wharves of old Manhattan to the lavish drawing rooms of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue, from the ornate summer palaces of Newport to the courts of Europe, and all the way to modern-day New York, Cooper and Howe wryly recount the triumphs and tragedies of an American dynasty unlike any other.

Anderson Cooper joined CNN in 2001 and has anchored his own program, Anderson Cooper 360°, since March 2003. Cooper has won 18 Emmys and numerous other major journalism awards.

Katherine Howe is a novelist and historian of America. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and The House of Velvet and Glass, as well as the young adult novels Conversion and The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen. She served as editor of The Penguin Book of Witches. She has appeared on NPR, National Geographic, Smithsonian TV, the Travel Channel, and Good Morning America.

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P&P Live! George F. Will — American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020

Friday, September 24, 7:00 pm
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$32.00
ISBN: 9780306924415
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Published: Hachette Books - September 14th, 2021

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Examine the ways in which expertise, reason, and manners are continually under attack in our institutions, courts, political arenas, and social venues with this collection from the Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist. American Happiness and Discontents: The Unruly Torrent, 2008-2020

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, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, and Statecraft as Soulcraft. Will grew up in Champaign, Illinois, attended Trinity College and Oxford University, and received a Ph.D. from Princeton.

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P&P Live! and DC Public Library Present Tyler Gordon-We Can: Portraits of Power

Saturday, September 25, 3:00 pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9780374389666
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 28th, 2021

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Politics and Prose is delighted to partner with DC Public Library, the DC Public Library Foundation, and Pepco for an inspirational program for teens with teen artist Tyler Gordon who will discuss his debut book We Can: Portraits of Power and his art process.

Tyler Gordon skyrocketed to fame when he painted a portrait of Kamala Harris and landed a Time cover of LeBron James. His debut picture book We Can: Portraits of Power features his graphic paintings of the American heroes who’ve inspired him —musicians, artists, writers, civil rights leaders, sports legends, change-makers, record-setters, and more—paired with short profiles of each. Born with deafness, battling bullies, and a stutter, Gordon embraced art as a way to communicate his big thoughts and feelings with the world. Just like the icons featured in his book, Gordon is an inspiration for all ages.

Tyler Gordon is a fourteen-year-old painter whose work has been featured in Time Magazine, Essence, Good Morning America, and ABC News. In 2020, he was awarded the Global Child Prodigy Award. He currently lives in San Jose, California with his family.

This event will be broadcast live from the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in the auditorium as part of DCPL's Reopening Day open house. Audience members present during the live broadcast will receive a free copy of We Can: Portraits of Power. These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation.

If you're unable to attend in person, you can register to join us virtually. There is no cost for virtual registration and there is an opportunity to purchase the book at check out. Signed bookplates available with purchase, while supplies last.

This program is presented in conjunction with D.C. Public Library’s Know Your Power contest, sponsored by Pepco. Teens were invited to submit an original work of writing, photography, illustration, or music that expresses their feelings on a social issue that matters to them. The Know Your Power contest winners will be announced directly following the event.

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P&P Live! Patricia Sullivan—JUSTICE RISING

Saturday, September 25, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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$39.95
ISBN: 9780674737457
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Published: Belknap Press - June 8th, 2021

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History, race, and politics converged in the 1960s in ways that indelibly changed America. In Justice Rising, a landmark reconsideration of Robert Kennedy’s life and legacy, Patricia Sullivan draws on government files, personal papers, and oral interviews to reveal how he grasped the moment to emerge as a transformational leader.

When protests broke out across the South, the young attorney general confronted escalating demands for racial justice. What began as a political problem soon became a moral one. In the face of vehement pushback from Southern Democrats bent on massive resistance, he put the weight of the federal government behind school desegregation and voter registration. Bobby Kennedy’s youthful energy, moral vision, and capacity to lead created a momentum for change. He helped shape the 1964 Civil Rights Act but knew no law would end racism. When the Watts uprising brought calls for more aggressive policing, he pushed back, pointing to the root causes of urban unrest: entrenched poverty, substandard schools, and few job opportunities. RFK strongly opposed the military buildup in Vietnam, but nothing was more important to him than “the revolution within our gates, the struggle of the American Negro for full equality and full freedom.”

On the night of Martin Luther King’s assassination, Kennedy’s anguished appeal captured the hopes of a turbulent decade: “In this difficult time for the United States it is perhaps well to ask what kind of nation we are and what direction we want to move in.” It is a question that remains urgent and unanswered.

Patricia Sullivan is the author of Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement, the first history of the formative decades of America’s oldest civil rights organization; Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era; and Freedom Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters from the Civil Rights Years. She is William Arthur Fairey II Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.

Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, and is faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. On the faculty since 1982, he has also served in all three branches of government, beginning his career working for Robert Kennedy in the DOJ, and going on to serve on both RFK's senatorial and presidential campaigns. Edelman also served as a legislative aid to Senator Kennedy, and is the author of Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America and So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America.

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P&P Live! Ian Brennan — Muse Sick: A Music Manifesto in Fifty-Nine Notes - with Judith Heumann

Saturday, September 25, 7:00 pm
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By Ian Brennan, John Waters (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781629639093
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Published: PM Press - October 19th, 2021

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Grammy-winning music producer, Ian Brennan's seventh book, Muse Sick: a music manifesto in fifty-nine notes, acts as a primer on how mass production and commercialization have corrupted the arts. Broken down into a series of core points and actions plans, Muse Sick is a concise and affordable pocket primer follow-up to Brennan's two previous music missives, How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the arts and Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth.

In fifty-nine concise and clear points, Brennan reveals how corporate media has constricted local culture and individual creativity, leading to a lack of diversity within "diversity." Muse Sick's narrative portions are driven and made corporeal via the author's ongoing field-recording chronicles with widely disparate groups, such as the Sheltered Workshop Singers.

Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer and the author of four books. He has worked with the likes of John Waters, Merle Haggard, and Green Day, among others. His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and on an Emmy-winning 60 Minutes segment.

Judith (Judy) Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She contracted polio in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York and began to use a wheelchair for her mobility. She was denied the right to attend school because she was considered a "fire hazard" at the age of five. Her parents played a strong role in fighting for her rights as a child, but Judy soon determined that she, working in collaboration with other disabled people, had to play an advocacy role due to continuous discrimination.

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P&P Live! Jennifer Rubin — Resistance: How Women Saved Democracy from Donald Trump - with Emma Brown

Sunday, September 26, 3:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062982131
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Published: William Morrow - September 21st, 2021

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Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin provides an insider's look at how women across the political spectrum carried a revolution to the ballot box and defeated Donald Trump, based on interviews with key figures such as Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Stacey Abrams, Nancy Pelosi, and many more.

In a compelling narrative, bookended by Donald Trump's 2016 victory and his 2020 defeat, Rubin delivers an absorbing analysis of the women's counter-Trump revolution. Resistance tracks a set of dynamic women voters, activists and politicians who rose up when Donald Trump took the White House and fundamentally changed the political landscape. From the first Women's March the day after Trump's inauguration to the Blue Wave in the 2018 midterms to the flood of female presidential candidates in 2020 to the inauguration of Kamala Harris, women from across the ideological spectrum entered the political arena and became energized in a way America had not witnessed in decades. They marched, they organized, they donated vast sums of cash, they ran for office, they made new alliances. And they defeated Donald Trump.

Jennifer Rubin writes reported opinion for the Washington Post. She covers politics and policy, foreign and domestic, and provides insight into the conservative movement, the Republican and Democratic parties, and threats to Western democracies. Rubin, who is also an MSNBC contributor, came to the Post after three years with Commentary magazine. Prior to her career in journalism, Rubin practiced labor law for two decades, an experience that informs and enriches her work. She is a mother of two sons and lives with her husband in D.C.

Emma Brown is a reporter on the investigative team at The Washington Post. She is also the author of TO RAISE A BOY: Classrooms, Locker Rooms, Bedrooms and the Hidden Struggles of American Boyhood.

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P&P Live! Rabih Alameddie —The Wrong End of the Telescope - in conversation with Aminatta Forna

Sunday, September 26, 5:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780802157805
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Published: Grove Press - September 21st, 2021

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Mina Simpson, a Lebanese doctor, arrives at the infamous Moria refugee camp on Lesbos, Greece, after being urgently summoned for help by her friend who runs an NGO there. Alienated from her family except for her beloved brother, Mina has avoided being so close to her homeland for decades. But with a week off work and apart from her wife of thirty years, Mina hopes to accomplish something meaningful, among the abundance of Western volunteers who pose for selfies with beached dinghies and the camp's children. Soon, a boat crosses bringing Sumaiya, a fiercely resolute Syrian matriarch with terminal liver cancer. Determined to protect her children and husband at all costs, Sumaiya refuses to alert her family to her diagnosis. Bonded together by Sumaiya's secret, a deep connection sparks between the two women, and as Mina prepares a course of treatment with the limited resources on hand, she confronts the circumstances of the migrants' displacement, as well as her own constraints in helping them.

Not since the inimitable Aaliya of An Unnecessary Woman has Rabih Alameddine conjured such a winsome heroine to lead us to one of the most wrenching conflicts of our time. Cunningly weaving in stories of other refugees into Mina's singular own,The Wrong End of the Telescope is a bedazzling tapestry of both tragic and amusing portraits of indomitable spirits facing a humanitarian crisis.

Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novels The Angel of History; An Unnecessary Woman; The Hakawati; I, the Divine; Koolaids; and the story collection, The Perv. In 2019, he won the Dos Passos Prize.

Alameddine will be in conversation with Aminatta Forna, the author of the novels Ancestor StonesThe Memory of LoveThe Hired Man, and Happiness, as well as the essay collection The Window Seat and memoir The Devil That Danced on the Water. Forna’s books have been translated into twenty two languages. Her essays have appeared in Brick, Freeman’s, Granta, The Guardian, Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, The New York Review of Books Daily, The Observer, and Vogue. She is currently Director and Lannan Foundation Chair of Poetics at Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University.

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P&P Live! Elizabeth F. Thompson — How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: The Syrian Congress of 1920 and the Destruction of its Historic Liberal-Islamic Alliance

Monday, September 27, 6:00 pm
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$20.00
ISBN: 9780802148605
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Published: Grove Press - September 21st, 2021

Join this discussion on the historical roots of US involvement in the Middle East and the rise of anti-Western Islamism in the past century.

How the West Stole Democracy from the Arabs: : The Syrian Congress of 1920 and the Destruction of its Historic Liberal-Islamic Alliance is the story of a pivotal moment in modern world history, when Arabs established a representative democracy--and how the West crushed it.

Elizabeth F. Thompson is a leading historian of the modern Middle East and Mohamed S. Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace at American University's School of International Service. She is the author of two previous books, Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privilege and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon, winner of two national book prizes, and Justice Interrupted: The Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East.

Thompson will be joined in conversation with Erez Manela, professor of international history at Harvard University and author of The Wilsonian Moment.

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P&P Live! Jill Louise Busby — UNFOLLOW ME - with Jason Reynolds

Monday, September 27, 7:00 pm
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$26.00
ISBN: 9781635577112
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 7th, 2021

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This event is in partnership with Books & Books and Harvard Book Store.

Unfollow Me is a memoir-in-essays about these scripts; it's about tokenism, micro-fame, and inhabiting spaces-real and virtual, black and white-where complicity is the price of entry. Busby's social commentary manages to be both wryly funny and achingly open-hearted as she recounts her shape-shifting moves among the subtle hierarchies of progressive communities. Unfollow Me is a sharply personal and self-questioning critique of white fragility (and other words for racism), respectability politics (and other words for shame), and all the places where fear masquerades as progress.

Jill Louise Busby is a writer and filmmaker critiquing, imploding, and barrel-laughing at our personal and communal hierarchies; the myth of white fragility (and other words for racism); the endlessly-pending and highly-exclusive revolution, identity, and reaction-based illusions of societal progress; and the boundaries that all place on our lives.

Jason Reynolds is an award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author whose many books include Miles Morales: Spider Man, the Track series, Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Correta Scott King Honor, and Look Both Ways, which was a National Book Award Finalist. His book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, is a collaboration with Ibram X. Kendi. He is the 2020-2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and has appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor NoahLate Night with Seth Meyers, and CBS This Morning. He is on faculty at Lesley University for the Writing for Young People MFA Program. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

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P&P Live! Malcolm Gladwell — TALKING TO STRANGERS - with David Plotz

Monday, September 27, 8:00 pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9780316299220
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 28th, 2021

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How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to one another that isn’t true?

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt.

Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller David and Goliath, Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

 Gladwell will be in conversation with David Plotz, the CEO of City Cast, a network of daily local news podcasts. He also hosts the Slate Political Gabfest, the popular weekly podcast. Earlier in his career he was CEO of Atlas Obscura and the Editor in Chief of Slate.

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P&P Live! Alec Ross — THE RAGING 2020s - with Hillary Rodham Clinton

Tuesday, September 28, 1:00 pm
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$28.99
ISBN: 9781250770929
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 14th, 2021

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For 150 years, there has been a contract: Companies hold the power to shape our daily lives; the state holds the power to make them fall in line; and the people hold the power to choose their leaders. But now, this balance has shaken loose.

As the market consolidates, the lines between Walmart and the Halls of Congress have become razor-thin. Private companies have begun to behave like nations, and with the government bogged down in bureaucratic negotiations and partisan wars, people look to nimble, powerful firms to solve societal problems—and to be our moral standard-bearers. As Walter Isaacson said about Ross’s first book, “The future is already hitting us, and Ross shows how it can be exciting rather than frightening.”

Through interviews with the world’s most influential thinkers and stories of corporate activism and malfeasance, government failure and renewal, and innovative economic and political models, The Raging 2020s proposes a new social contract—one that resets the equilibrium between corporations, the governing, and the governed.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and US Senator. She is the author of seven previous books, all published by Simon & Schuster.

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P&P Live! Ben Hatke: Julia's House Goes Home

Tuesday, September 28, 6:00 pm
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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250769329
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Published: First Second - October 19th, 2021

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By Ben Hatke, Ben Hatke (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250191373
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Published: First Second - September 29th, 2020

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By Ben Hatke, Ben Hatke (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596438668
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Published: First Second - September 2nd, 2014

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Julia’s enchanted flying house has grown legs and is traversing the land, looking for its new home. Just as they spot the perfect location, the house trips and falls down a rocky hillside. Julia and her found family of magical creatures manage to escape as the house continues to tumble. Will they ever find their perfect home? Ben Hatke’s charming Julia’s House picture book series continues in this third and final installment. With new whimsical creatures and Julia’s trademark perseverance, the book provides a heartwarming conclusion to a beloved series.

Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of the New York Times–bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia's House for Lost Creatures, Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novels Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.

Ages 4 to 8

Each purchase of Julia's House Goes Home will come with a signed bookplate, while supplies last.

Books are delayed due to supply chain issues beyond our control. Books will be pre-ordered for this event and will be available on October 19.

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P&P Live! Deborah Tuerkheimer—CREDIBLE: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers - with Donna Freitas

Tuesday, September 28, 6:00 pm
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780063002746
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Published: Harper Wave - October 5th, 2021

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Sexual misconduct accusations spark competing claims: her word against his. How do we decide who is telling the truth? The answer comes down to credibility. But as this eye-opening book reveals, invisible forces warp the credibility judgments of even the well- intentioned among us. We are all shaped by a set of false assumptions and hidden biases embedded in our culture, our legal system, and our psyches.

In Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers, Deborah Tuerkheimer provides a much-needed framework to explain how we perceive credibility, why our perceptions are distorted, and why these distortions harm survivors. Social hierarchies and inequalities foster doubt that is commonplace and predictable, resulting in what Tuerkheimer calls the “credibility discount”—our dismissal of claims by certain kinds of speakers—primarily women, and especially those who are more marginalized.

The #MeToo movement has exposed how victims have been badly served by a system that is designed not to protect them, but instead to protect the status quo. Credibility lies at the heart of this system. Drawing on case studies, moving first-hand accounts, science, and the law, Tuerkheimer identifies widespread patterns and their causes, analyzes the role of power, and examines the close, reciprocal relationship between culture and law—guiding us toward accurate credibility judgments and equitable treatment of those whose suffering has long been disregarded.

Tuerkheimer is in conversation with Donna Freitas, author of over twenty books, both fiction and nonfiction, for adults, children, and young adults. Among them are Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention, and Consent on Campus: A Manifesto. She has spoken at nearly two hundred colleges and universities about her nonfiction research and has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe. She is currently a member of the faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA program.

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P&P Live! Reece Jones — White Borders - with Brendan O'Connor

Tuesday, September 28, 8:00 pm
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$25.95
ISBN: 9780807054062
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Published: Beacon Press - October 12th, 2021

 

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White Borders is the first book to show that immigration laws in the US have always been motivated by racial exclusion and the desire to save the idea of a white America.

Racist anti-immigration policies, from the border wall to the Muslim ban, have left many Americans wondering: How did we get here? In a sweeping account, Reece Jones reveals that although the US is often mythologized as a nation of immigrants, it has a long history of immigration restrictions that are rooted in the racist fear of the “great replacement” of whites with non-white immigrants. After the arrival of the first slave ship in 1619, the colonies that became the United States were based on the dual foundation of open immigration for whites from Northern Europe and racial exclusion of slaves from Africa, Native Americans, and, eventually, immigrants from other parts of the world.

Reece Jones is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow and a professor in and the chair of the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawai‘i. He has researched immigration for over 20 years and is the author of Border Walls and Violent Borders, over 2 dozen journal articles, and 4 edited books. He is editor in chief of the journal Geopolitics and lives in Honolulu with his family.

Jones will be in conversation with Brendan O'Connor, a writer and student in Geography at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Blood Red Lines: How Nativism Fuels the Right. He writes frequently for publications like The Baffler, The Nation, and Vice, and his work has also appeared in The Guardian, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

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P&P Live! Marie Lu—Steelstriker Launch Event-with Adam Silvera

Tuesday, September 28, 8:00 pm
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$19.99
ISBN: 9781250221728
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 28th, 2021

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Published: Square Fish - August 31st, 2021

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ISBN: 9780062882318
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 2nd, 2021

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Mara was one of the last free nations on earth and now that nation has fallen. Everything Talin knows is thrown out of balance. With Talin’s friends scattered by combat and her mother held captive by the Premier, she is forced to betray her fellow Strikers and her adopted homeland. Talin has no choice but to become the Federation’s most deadly war machine as their newest Skyhunter. In order to defend her future, Talin must find her way back to Red and her friends while the fate of the broken world hangs in the balance. In Steelstriker, Marie Lu brings readers the highly anticipated conclusion to the Skyhunter duology.

Signed bookplates available while supplies last!

Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling novels Legend and Prodigy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing and playing Assassin's Creed. She lives in Los Angeles, California with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Adam Silvera is the number one New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, They Both Die at the End, Infinity Son, Infinity Reaper, and—with Becky Albertalli—What If It’s Us. He was a bookseller before shifting to children’s publishing and has worked at a literary development company and a creative writing website for teens and as a book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels

Ages 12 and up

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P&P Live! Ways of Hearing: Reflections on Music in 26 Pieces

Wednesday, September 29, 6:00 pm
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By Scott Burnham (Editor), Marna Seltzer (Editor), Dorothea Von Moltke (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780691204475
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 28th, 2021

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An outstanding anthology in which notable musicians, artists, scientists, thinkers, poets, and more—from Gustavo Dudamel and Carrie Mae Weems to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Paul Muldoon—explore the influence of music on their lives and work.

Jane Hirshfield is one of American poetry’s central spokespersons for concerns of the biosphere. Her poems, essays, and translations are devoted to the heightening of awareness and attention and to the recognition of interconnection, between disciplines, cultures, eras, and beings. A former Chancellor of the Academy of Ameri-can Poets, she is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Ledger (2020); The Beauty (2015), long-listed for the National Book Award; and Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2019, she was elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Elaine Pagels’s ability to make her renowned study of religion accessible and relevant to millions of people through her books— including National Book Award winner The Gnostic Gospels and, most recently, best- seller Why Religion?— is emblematic of her tal-ent for tapping into our humanity. The Princeton University Professor and National Humanities Medal recipient has often spoken of music’s profound role within this collective consciousness.

Abigail Washburn is as comfortable within the field of Chinese law as she is touring the world as a Grammy Award–winning vocalist, songwriter, and clawhammer banjo player. The combination of these passions has garnered her a reputation as an unofficial musical ambassador to China with a singular talent for creating inventive cross-cultural syntheses across seemingly disparate folk traditions, including projects with collaborator Wu Fei. She is also a Ted Fellow, the first US-China Fellow at Vanderbilt University, and an Andrew W. Mellon DisTIL Fellow at UNC–Chapel Hill.

Wu Fei is one of the world’s foremost masters of the guzheng, a 21-string Chinese zither that she has transformed from a relic of ancient classicism into a genre-bending contemporary instrument. The Beijing-born, Nashville-based performer, composer, and improviser has fused Western and Chinese musical idioms into a new, cosmopolitan voice that has captivated sold-out audiences around the world. She shares her passion for building transcultural musical bridges with longtime collaborator Abigail Washburn

Scott Burnham is Distinguished Professor of Music at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and Scheide Professor of Music History Emeritus at Princeton University. Marna Seltzer is artistic and administrative director of Princeton University Concerts. Twitter @mseltzer Dorothea von Moltke is co-owner of Labyrinth Books in Princeton, New Jersey.

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P&P Live! Hispanic Heritage Month Panel with Alda Dobbs, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Karla Arenas Valenti and David Bowles

Wednesday, September 29, 7:00 pm
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

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By Karla Arenas Valenti, Dana SanMar (Illustrator)
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 7th, 2021

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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - November 27th, 2018

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month we present a panel of Latinx children’s book authors who will discuss the use of Mexican history and folklore in their stories and the importance of diverse literature for young readers.

Alda Dobbs tells a fictionalized account of her grandmother’s perilous border crossing in the wake of the Mexican Revolution in Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna. Petra Luna must protect her family from dangerous Federales and the unforgiving desert as she dreams of a better life.

In Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Mañanaland a boy sets off to seek the truth his grandfather’s legend about a mythical gatekeeper who guides seekers into the future. His search uncovers truths about his missing mother and an underground network helping refugees flee to America.

In Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti, Life and Death play a game of chance with the life of a young girl named Clara. While they deal the Mexican Lotería cards that will determine her fate, Clara searches for her lost cousin Esteban, eventually finding herself in the mythical Kingdom of Las Pozas. Are Life and Death in total control, or can Clara break free of their game and choose her own path?

Alda P. Dobbs was born in a small town in northern Mexico but moved to San Antonio, Texas as a child. Dobbs studied physics and worked as an engineer before pursuing her love of storytelling. She’s as passionate about connecting children to their past, their communities, different cultures and nature as she is about writing.

Pam Muñoz Ryan is the author of over forty books for young people—picture books, early readers, and middle grade and young adult novels. Her novels include Esperanza Rising, Riding Freedom, Becoming Naomi León, Paint the Wind, The Dreamer, and Echo. She is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, the Willa Cather Award, the Pura Belpré medal, the PEN USA award, the Newbery Medal, and many others.

Karla Arenas Valenti writes stories for and about kids, taking readers on journeys steeped in magical realism and philosophical questions. She is the creator of the My Super Science Heroes series. She currently resides in the Chicago area with her husband and three kids, two cats, and hundreds of books.

David Bowles is a Mexican-American author and translator from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. He has written several award-winning titles, most notably The Smoking Mirror and They Call Me Güero. In 2019, he co-founded the hashtag and activist movement #DignidadLiteraria, which has negotiated greater Latinx representation in publishing. His debut picture book, My Two Border Towns, has just been published.

Age 8-12

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P&P Live! Joshua Prager — The Family Roe: An American Story - with Mary Ziegler

Wednesday, September 29, 8:00 pm
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$35.00
ISBN: 9780393247718
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 14th, 2021

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A masterpiece of reporting on the Supreme Court’s most divisive case, Roe v. Wade, and the unknown lives at its heart.

Despite her famous pseudonym, no one knows the truth about “Jane Roe,” Norma McCorvey (1947–2017), whose unwanted pregnancy in 1970 opened a great fracture in American life. Journalist Joshua Prager spent years with Norma, discovered her personal papers, a previously unseen trove, and witnessed her final moments. With an explosive revelation at the core of the case, he tells her full story for the first time.

Essential to our understanding of this key debate, the right to choose or the right to life, The Family Roe will change the way you think about our enduring American divide.

 

Joshua Prager has written for Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. A former Harvard Nieman Fellow, he is the author of The Echoing Green (a Washington Post Best Book of the Year) and lives in New Jersey.

Prager will be in conversation with Mary Ziegler, one of the world’s leading experts on the law, history, and politics of the abortion debate in the United States. She is the author of three books on social movement struggles around abortion, including the award-winning After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate. She often contributes to the Atlantic, CNN, the New York Times, PBS Newshour, and the Washington Post. Her latest book, Dollars for Life: The Anti-Abortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment, will be published in the summer of 2022.

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P&P Live! and DC Public Library Present Ronald Smith—Black Panther: The Young Prince

Thursday, September 30, 4:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781368008495
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Published: Marvel Press - January 8th, 2019

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Politics and Prose is delighted to partner with DC Public Library and the DC Public Library Foundation for an inspirational program with author Ronald L. Smith who will discuss his book Black Panther: The Young Prince and give a preview of its sequel Black Panther: Spellbound with viewers.

The first 50 people to register for the event and select the "Free Event Admission + Free Book" option at registration will receive a complimentary copy of Black Panther: The Young Prince for their home library (one book per family please). Recipients of the complimentary copy will pick their book up in the Alma Thomas Teen Space at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, Washington, DC, beginning Thursday, September 30. These books are generously donated by the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation. Please note that complimentary book copies must be picked up by Saturday, October 9.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old T’Challa in his home of Wakanda. When he’s not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father—the reigning Black Panther—or testing out the latest tech, he’s off breaking rules with his best friend, M’Baku. But as conflict brews near Wakanda, T’Challa’s father makes a startling announcement: he’s sending T’Challa and M’Baku to school in America. This is no prestigious private academy—they’ve been enrolled at South Side Middle School in the heart of Chicago. Despite being given a high-tech suit and a Vibranium ring to use only in case of an emergency, T’Challa realizes he might not be as equipped to handle life in America as he thought. Especially when it comes to navigating new friendships while hiding his true identity as the prince of a powerful nation, and avoiding Gemini Jones, a menacing classmate who is rumored to be involved in dark magic. When strange things begin happening around school, T’Challa sets out to uncover the source. But what he discovers in the process is far more sinister than he could ever have imagined.

Ronald L. Smith is an award-winning author of middle grade novels such as Gloomstown, and The Mesmerist. His first novel, Hoodoo, earned him the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award and the ILA Award for Intermediate Fiction from The International Literacy Association. Smith used to work in advertising for big corporations but now spends his time writing Children’s fiction.

Ages 9 to14

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P&P Live! Kristin Henning — The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth - with Lisa Lucas

Thursday, September 30, 7:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781524748906
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Published: Pantheon - September 28th, 2021

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Henning explains how discriminatory and aggressive policing has socialized a generation of Black teenagers to fear, resent, and resist the police, and she details the long-term consequences of rac­ism that they experience at the hands of the police and their vigilante surrogates. She makes clear that unlike White youth, who are afforded the freedom to test boundaries, experiment with sex and drugs, and figure out who they are and who they want to be, Black youth are seen as a threat to White Amer­ica and are denied healthy adolescent development. She examines the criminalization of Black adoles­cent play and sexuality, and of Black fashion, hair, and music. She limns the effects of police presence in schools and the depth of police-induced trauma in Black adolescents.

Especially in the wake of the recent unprece­dented, worldwide outrage at racial injustice and inequality,The Rage of Innocence is an essential book for our moment.

Kristin Henning is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on the intersection of race, adolescence, and policing. She is the Blume Professor of Law and director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at the Georgetown University Law Center; from 1998 to 2001 she was the lead attorney of the Juvenile Unit at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Awards she has received include the 2021 Leadership Prize from the Juvenile Law Center and the 2013 Robert E. Shepherd, Jr. Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense from the National Juvenile Defender Center.

Henning will be in converstion with Lisa Lucas, a prominent leader with unparalleled passion, she serves as an essential champion of literature. She was the youngest, first woman, and first person of color to be the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. In 2020, she accepted a position to head Pantheon and Schocken Books as the Senior Vice President. Lisa has been the Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus, and Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute, on the development team at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and a consultant for the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and ReelWorks Teen Filmmaking.

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P&P Live! Karl Ove Knausgaard — The Morning Star - with Lauren Oyer

Thursday, September 30, 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780399563423
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Published: Penguin Press - September 28th, 2021

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This event is in partnership with Harvard Book Store and Community Bookstore

It's a normal night in August. Literature professor Arne and artist Tove are with their children at the resort in S rlandet. Their friend, Egil, a driver by day, is staying in a cabin nearby. Kathrine, a priest, is on her way home from a seminar, the journalist Jostein is out on the town, and his wife Turid, who is an assistant nurse, has a night shift. Above them all, a huge star suddenly appears in the sky. No one, not even the astronomers, knows for sure what kind of phenomenon it is. Is there a star burning itself out? Why then has no one seen it before? Or is it a brand new star? Slowly the interest in the news subsides, and life goes on, but not quite as before, for unusual phenomena begin to occur on the fringes of human existence. Over these days in August, the characters the novel follows will each understand what is happening differently, and all face new struggles in their own lives.

The Morning Star is a novel about what we do not understand, about great drama seen through the limited lens of little lives. But first and foremost, it is a novel about what happens when the dark forces in the world are set free.

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s first novel, Out of the World, was the first ever debut novel to win the Norwegian Critics’ Prize and his second, A Time for Everything, was widely acclaimed. The My Struggle cycle of novels has been heralded as a masterpiece wherever it has appeared, and the first volume was awarded the prestigious Brage Prize.

Knausgaard will be in converstion with Lauren Oyler, whose essays on books and culture have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, Harper's, the Guardian, New York Magazine's The Cut, Bookforum, and elsewhere. She is the author of the novel Fake Accounts.

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P&P Live! Lucy Ruth Cummins-Vampenguin

Friday, October 1, 10:00 am
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$17.99
ISBN: 9781534466982
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 20th, 2021

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The Dracula family is spending the day at the zoo when baby Dracula makes a surprising, sly switch with baby penguin, exploring the zoo in an entirely new way. Observant readers will notice baby Dracula as he hangs out in the Penguin House, eating and playing around while baby penguin stays strapped in the stroller with the Dracula family all day long with no one the wiser. Will the Dracula family bring the right baby home? Vampenguin is sure to keep adventurous young readers on their toes.

Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, an illustrator, and an art director of children’s books. Her debut picture book,A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, an Irma Black Honor Book, and an ALA Notable Book. She is also the author-illustrator of Stumpkin. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Ages 4-8

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P&P Live! Kathryn Paige Harden — The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality - with Angela Duckworth

Friday, October 1, 6:00 pm
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$29.95
ISBN: 9780691190808
Availability: Backordered
Published: Princeton University Press - September 21st, 2021

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In recent years, scientists like Kathryn Paige Harden have shown that DNA makes us different, in our personalities and in our health—and in ways that matter for educational and economic success in our current society.

In The Genetic Lottery, Harden introduces readers to the latest genetic science, dismantling dangerous ideas about racial superiority and challenging us to grapple with what equality really means in a world where people are born different. Weaving together personal stories with scientific evidence, Harden shows why our refusal to recognize the power of DNA perpetuates the myth of meritocracy, and argues that we must acknowledge the role of genetic luck if we are ever to create a fair society.

Reclaiming genetic science from the legacy of eugenics, this groundbreaking book offers a bold new vision of society where everyone thrives, regardless of how one fares in the genetic lottery.

Kathryn Paige Harden is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is director of the Developmental Behavior Genetics Lab and co-director of the Texas Twin Project. She lives in Austin.

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

 

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P&P Live! Caoilinn Hughes and Mona Awad—THE WILD LAUGHTER and ALL'S WELL

Friday, October 1, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$16.00
ISBN: 9781786078599
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Published: Oneworld Publications - July 13th, 2021

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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 3rd, 2021

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In The Wild Laughter, it's 2008, and the Celtic Tiger has left devastation in its wake. Brothers Hart and Cormac Black are waking up to a very different Ireland – one that widens the chasm between them and brings their beloved father to his knees. Facing a devastating choice that risks their livelihood, if not their lives, their biggest danger comes when there is nothing to lose.

A sharp snapshot of a family and a nation suddenly unmoored, this epic-in-miniature explores cowardice and sacrifice, faith rewarded and abandoned, the stories we tell ourselves and the ones we resist. Hilarious, poignant and utterly fresh, The Wild Laughter cements Caoilinn Hughes' position as one of Ireland's most audacious, nuanced and insightful young writers

In All’s Well, Miranda Fitch’s life is a waking nightmare. The accident that ended her burgeoning acting career left her with excruciating, chronic back pain, a failed marriage, and a deepening dependence on painkillers. And now she’s on the verge of losing her job as a college theater director. Determined to put on Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, the play that promised, and cost, her everything, she faces a mutinous cast hellbent on staging Macbeth instead. Miranda sees her chance at redemption slip through her fingers.

That’s when she meets three strange benefactors who have an eerie knowledge of Miranda’s past and a tantalizing promise for her future: one where the show goes on, her rebellious students get what’s coming to them, and the invisible, doubted pain that’s kept her from the spotlight is made known.

With prose Margaret Atwood has described as “no punches pulled, no hilarities dodged...genius,” Mona Awad has concocted her most potent, subversive novel yet. All’s Well is the story of a woman at her breaking point and a formidable, piercingly funny indictment of our collective refusal to witness and believe female pain.

Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer. Her latest novel, The Wild Laughter won the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award. It was also shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards' Novel of the Year and RTÉ Radio 1 Listener's Choice Award 2020, the Dalkey Literary Awards, and was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Her first novel Orchid and the Wasp (2018) won the Collyer Bristow Prize 2019, and was shortlisted for the Hearst Big Book Awards, the Butler Literary Award and longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award and the International DUBLIN Literary Award. Her poetry collection, Gathering Evidence, won the Irish Times Strong/Shine Award. Her short fiction won The Moth Short Story Prize 2018, the An Post Irish Book Awards' Story of the Year 2020, and an O.Henry Prize in 2019. She is the 2021 Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.

Mona Awad is the author of Bunny, named a Best Book of 2019 by TIME, Vogue, and the New York Public Library. It was a finalist for the New England Book Award and a Goodreads Choice Award. It is currently in development for film with Jenni Konner and New Regency Productions. Awad's first novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, TIME, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She teaches fiction in the Creative Writing program at Syracuse University. Her new novel, All’s Well, has been named a best or most anticipated book of summer by Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, Goodreads, and many more.

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P&P Live! Kris O'Shee — Our Last Blue Moon - with Nicholas Delbanco

Saturday, October 2, 3:00 pm

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In Our Last Blue Moon, dancer Kris O'Shee, widow of Alan Cheuse—the beloved teacher, novelist, and literary commentator known as the "voice of books" on NPR—tells the story of the loss of her husband after he sustained injuries in a car crash in the summer of 2015. O'Shee chronicles the days in the Northern California hospital, the bedside vigil after Cheuse lapsed into a coma, and ultimately, his death.

O'Shee never exoected to author a book because, as she writes, Cheuse was the writer and she was the choreographer. But the grief she experienced sparked her own desire to write, and so she found herself sitting in the very desk where Cheuse had sat. The uniquely interwoven storytelling unfolds with lyricism and grace, like the most intricate danced she herself choreographed in her days as a dancer, and gives voice to what Cheuse and O'Shee found in each other and what she lost when he died. The result is a compelling memoir that offers insight into finding lasting love at the midpoint of life, navigating grief in the face of tragedy, and working through loss by telling the story.

O'Shee is in conversation with Nicholas Delbanco, author of numerous books of fiction and non-fiction, including his most recent novel It Is Enough,as well as Why Writing Matters. Among the dozen books for which he served as editor are two with Alan Cheuse: Talking Horse: Bernard Malamud on Life and Work and the three-volume textbook, Literature: Craft and Voice. He is the Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Michigan.

Proceeds from the book will be going to the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center at George Mason University. The Cheuse Center aims to support international writers and translators and to provide young American writers with travel fellowships in order to pursue international creative projects.

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P&P Live! Jess Walter — The Cold Millions

Saturday, October 2, 5:00 pm
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$17.00
ISBN: 9780062868091
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 5th, 2021

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An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice, and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams.

Jess Walter is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins, the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, the National Book Award finalist The Zero, the Edgar Award-winning Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, and the New York Times Notable Book Over Tumbled Graves.

 

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P&P Live! Anita Hill — Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence

Saturday, October 2, 7:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780593298299
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Published: Viking - September 28th, 2021

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In 1991, Anita Hill began something that's still unfinished work. The issues of gender violence, touching on sex, race, age, and power, are as urgent today as they were when she first testified. Believing is a story of America's three decades long reckoning with gender violence, one that offers insights into its roots, and paths to creating dialogue and substantive change. It is a call to action that offers guidance based on what this brave, committed fighter has learned from a lifetime of advocacy and her search for solutions to a problem that is still tearing America apart.

Anita Hill began her career in private practice in Washington, D.C. Before becoming a law professor, she worked at the U. S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Hill became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law, where she taught contracts and commercial law. She has made presentations to hundreds of business, professional, academic and civic organizations in the United States and abroad. She has previously published three books, appeared on numerous television programs, and has contributed pieces in the pages of TIME, NEWSWEEK, and other major publications. Professor Hill has received numerous honorary degrees and civic awards. She has chaired the Human Rights Law Committee of the International Bar Association. In addition, she is on the Board of Governors of the Tufts Medical Center and the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Law Center and the Boston Area Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

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P&P Live! Poetry Panel with Michael Collier, Hannah Baker Saltmarsh & Charlie Clark

Sunday, October 3, 3:00 pm
The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems (Phoenix Poets) Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780226795256
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Published: University of Chicago Press - August 27th, 2021

Hysterical Water: Poems (Georgia Review Books) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780820359007
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Published: University of Georgia Press - March 15th, 2021

The Newest Employee of the Museum of Ruin Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945588525
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Published: Four Way Books - September 8th, 2020

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Join these three poets as they each read and share from their recently released poetry collections, The Missing Mountain, Hysterical Water and The Newest Employee of the Museum of Ruin.

Michael Collier is the author of eight collections of poems, including An Individual History, a finalist for the Poet’s Prize, and The Ledge, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is emeritus professor of English at the University of Maryland and emeritus director of the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. He has received numerous honors, including a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he was the poet laureate of the State of Maryland from 2001 to 2004. He currently lives in Vermont. The Missing Mountain: New and Selected Poems is his most recent collection.

Hannah Baker Saltmarsh is the author of the poetry collection, Hysterical Water (University of Georgia Press), and a book of literary criticism Male Poets and the Agon of the Mother: Contexts in Confessional and Postconfessional Poetry (Univ of South Carolina P). She has published essays and poems in Feminist Studies, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, and others. She lives with her husband and three children in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and teaches at Mount Mercy University.

Charlie Clark studied poetry at the University of Maryland. His work has appeared in The New England Review, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Smartish Pace, Threepenny Review, West Branch, and other journals. A 2019 NEA fellow and recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, he is the author of The Newest Employee of the Museum of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2020). He lives in Austin, TX.

 

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P&P Live! Steven Pinker—RATIONALITY - with Dacher Keltner

Sunday, October 3, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780525561996
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Published: Viking - September 28th, 2021

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Today humanity is reaching new heights of scientific understanding–and also appears to be losing its mind. How can  a species that developed vaccines for Covid-19 in less than a year produce so much fake news, medical quackery, and conspiracy theorizing?

Steven Pinker rejects the cynical cliché that humans are simply irrational–cavemen out of time saddled with biases, fallacies, and illusions. After all, we discovered the laws of nature, lengthened and enriched our lives, and set out the benchmarks for rationality itself. We actually think in ways that are sensible in the low-tech contexts in which we spend most of our lives, but fail to take advantage of the powerful tools of reasoning we’ve discovered over the millennia: logic, critical thinking, probability, correlation and causation, and optimal ways to update beliefs and commit to choices individually and with others. These tools are not a standard part of our education, and have never been presented clearly and entertainingly in a single book–until now.

Rationality also explores its opposite: how the rational pursuit of self-interest, sectarian solidarity, and uplifting mythology can add up to crippling irrationality in a society. Collective rationality depends on norms that are explicitly designed to promote objectivity and truth.

Rationality matters. It leads to better choices in our lives and in the public sphere, and is the ultimate driver of social justice and moral progress. Brimming with Pinker’s customary insight and humor, Rationality will enlighten, inspire, and empower.

Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. He grew up in Montreal and earned his BA from McGill and his PhD from Harvard. Currently the Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, and Enlightenment Now. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public  Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He was Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and writes frequently for the New York Times, the Guardian, and other publications.

Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Dacher is the host of the Greater Good Science Center’s award-winning podcast, The Science of Happiness and is a co-instructor of the GGSC’s popular online course of the same name. He is also the best-selling author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence and Born to Be Good, and a co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct.

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P&P Live! Ayana Gray-Beasts of Prey—with Namina Forna

Monday, October 4, 7:00 pm
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

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Published: Delacorte Press - February 9th, 2021

Beasts of Prey follows two teens Koffi and Ekon who have made a tentative alliance and struck a deal to enter the magical jungle. Together they must hunt the treacherous creature called Shetani who has threatened their city for one hundred years. Ayana Gray writes a Pan-African inspired fantasy full of twists, mythos, and magical quests. This series opener deftly builds its world with vivid imagery, romance, and mythology.

Ayana Gray is the debut author of Beasts of Prey. She is a lover of all things monster, mythos, and #MelaninMagic. Originally from Atlanta, she now lives in Florida, where she reads avidly, follows Formula One racing, and worries over her adopted baby black rhino, Apollo.

Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles, and the New York Times and Indie bestselling author of the epic fantasy YA novel The Gilded Ones. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to the US when she was nine and has been traveling back and forth ever since. Namina loves building fantastical worlds and telling stories with fierce female leads.

Ages 12 and up

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P&P Live! "Race in America" Panel moderated by April Ryan

Monday, October 4, 7:00 pm
Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House Cover Image
By April Ryan, Tamron Hall (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781538113363
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - September 1st, 2018

My Vanishing Country: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
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Published: Amistad - May 18th, 2021

We Speak for Ourselves: How Woke Culture Prohibits Progress Cover Image
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Published: Atria Books - February 4th, 2020

Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781645037262
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Published: Bold Type Books - September 14th, 2021

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Join April Ryan, Washington Bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks and author of Under FireAt Mama’s Knee, and The Presidency in Black and White for the eighth installment in an ongoing series of discussions focusing on the panelists' most recent books and current events. Ryan will examine recent and longstanding issues with the following panelists:

Bakari Sellers is the author of My Vanishing Country, a memoir that illuminates the lives of America’s forgotten black working-class men and women. Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor in the state of South Carolina. Sellers is a CNN political analyst and served in the South Carolina state legislature.

D. Watkins is Editor at Large for Salon and the author of The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America and We Speak for Ourselves: How Woke Culture Prohibits Progress. He is a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project, an archival website of original interviews, personal narratives, profiles, music, and short films created and curated by high school students from Baltimore City Public Schools.

Keith Boykin is a CNN political commentator, New York Times best-selling author, and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. Boykin teaches at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York and previously taught at American University in Washington, D.C. He is a co-founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition. His latest book is Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America.

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P&P Live! Christian McKay Heidicker-Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City

Tuesday, October 5, 2:00 pm
Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250181442
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 31st, 2021

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Published: Square Fish - August 31st, 2021

After harrowing escapes from their own gruesome realities, a fox kit called O-370, also known as Oleo, and young Cozy and a group of foxes are forced to make their way in a terrifying new world: the City. The foxes must fight for their lives against mad hounds, killer robots, and the most dangerous of all creatures: humans. Author Christian McKay Heidicker brings readers Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City, the thrilling standalone companion to 2020 Newbery Honor recipient Scary Stories for Young Foxes that tells the creepy stories of young foxes making their way in a frightening new place told with illustrations by Junyi Wu.

Christian McKay Heidicker is the award-winning author known for Scary Stories for Young Foxes, Thieves of Weirdwood, Cure for the Common Universe, and Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ages 9 to 12

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P&P Live! Derecka Purnell — Becoming Abolitionists - with Michelle Alexander

Tuesday, October 5, 6:00 pm
Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781662600517
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Published: Astra House - October 5th, 2021

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In Becoming Abolitionists, Purnell draws from her experiences as a lawyer, writer, and organizer initially skeptical about police abolition. She saw too much sexual violence and buried too many friends to consider getting rid of police in her hometown of St. Louis, let alone the nation. But the police were a placebo. Calling them felt like something, and something feels like everything when the other option seems like nothing.

Derecka Purnell is a human rights lawyer, writer, and organizer. She received her JD from Harvard Law School and works to end police and prison violence by providing legal assistance, research, and training to community-based organizations through an abolitionist framework. Her work and writing has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, The Appeal, Truthout, Slate, and many other publications. She is the co-creator of the COVID19 Policing Project at the Community Resource Hub for Safety Accountability.

Purnell will be in conversation with Michelle Alexander, a highly acclaimed civil rights attorney, advocate, legal scholar and author of The New York Times bestseller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Jim Crow helped spark a national debate about the crisis of mass incarceration in the United States and inspired racial justice organizing and advocacy efforts nationwide.

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

Tuesday, October 5, 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 - October 26th, 2021

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By Siena Cherson Siegel, Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
$11.99
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

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P&P Live! Joshua Ferris — A Calling For Charlie Barnes - with Lynne Tillman

Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316333535
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - September 28th, 2021

 

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A Calling for Charlie Barnes is a profound and tender portrait of a man whose desperate need to be loved is his downfall, and a brutally funny account of how that love is ultimately earned.

Joshua Ferris is the author of three previous novels, Then We Came to the End, The Unamed, and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, and a collection of stories, The Dinner Party. He was a finalist for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize, winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Award. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Best American Short Stories.

Ferris will be in conversation with Lynne Tillman, who's recent writing includes the novel Men and Apparitions; a short story “The Dead Live Longer,” in N+1, and an essay “Homage to Homage,” on painter Steve Locke. In 2022, a book-length, autobiographical essay, Mothercare, will be published by Soft Skull, and, in 2023, a book of selected stories. Tillman has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation grant for Arts Writing.

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P&P Live! Maggie Nelson — On Freedom: Four Songs of Care and Constraint - with Grace Lavery

Tuesday, October 5, 8:00 pm
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$27.00
ISBN: 9781644450628
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 7th, 2021

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So often deployed as a jingoistic, even menacing rallying cry, or limited by a focus on passing moments of liberation, the rhetoric of freedom both rouses and repels. Does it remain key to our autonomy, justice, and well-being, or is freedom’s long star turn coming to a close? Does a continued obsession with the term enliven and emancipate, or reflect a deepening nihilism (or both)? On Freedom examines such questions by tracing the concept’s complexities in four distinct realms: art, sex, drugs, and climate.

Drawing on a vast range of material, from critical theory to pop culture to the intimacies and plain exchanges of daily life, Maggie Nelson explores how we might think, experience, or talk about freedom in ways responsive to the conditions of our day. Her abiding interest lies in ongoing “practices of freedom” by which we negotiate our interrelation with—indeed, our inseparability from—others, with all the care and constraint that entails, while accepting difference and conflict as integral to our communion.

For Nelson, thinking publicly through the knots in our culture—from recent art-world debates to the turbulent legacies of sexual liberation, from the painful paradoxes of addiction to the lure of despair in the face of the climate crisis—is itself a practice of freedom, a means of forging fortitude, courage, and company. On Freedom is an invigorating, essential book for challenging times.

Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, many of which have become cult classics defying categorization. She first published Bluets with Wave Books in 2009; in 2015, Bookforum named Bluets one of the top 10 best books of the past 20 years. Her other nonfiction titles include the National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial, and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions. Her poetry titles include Something Bright, Then Holes and Jane: A Murder. She was awarded a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship in 2016.

Grace Lavery is an associate professor of English at University of California, Berkeley. A prominent public intellectual and activist, she has contributed to the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Guardian, and Slate, among others. She’s been sober since January 2016 and “full time” as a trans person since March 2018. Her forthcoming Please Miss: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Penis will be published by Seal Press in 2022.

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P&P Live! Jo Piazza and Christine Pride — We Are Not Like Them - in conversation with Sarah Pekkanen

Wednesday, October 6, 5:30 pm
We Are Not Like Them: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982181031
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Published: Atria Books - October 5th, 2021

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Told from alternating perspectives, an evocative and riveting novel about the lifelong bond between two women, one Black and one white, whose friendship is indelibly altered by a tragic event—a powerful and poignant exploration of race in America today and its devastating impact on ordinary lives.

Christine Pride is a writer, editor, and longtime publishing veteran. She’s held editorial posts at many different trade imprints, including Doubleday, Broadway, Crown, Hyperion, and Simon & Schuster. As an editor, Christine has published a range of books, with a special emphasis on inspirational stories and memoirs, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. As a freelance editorial consultant, she does select editing and proposal/content development, as well as teaching and coaching, and pens a regular column—“Race Matters”—for Cup of Jo. She lives in New York City.

Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist, editor and podcast host. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Marie Claire, Glamour, and other notable publications. She is also the author of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, How to Be Married, The Knockoff, Fitness Junkie, and If Nuns Ruled the World. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two small children.

Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of several novels, including The Wife Between Us, The Perfect Neighbors and The Best of Us. A former investigative journalist and feature writer, her work has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, and many others.

 

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P&P Live! Jonathan Franzen — CROSSROADS - with Tony Tulathimutte

Wednesday, October 6, 7:00 pm
Crossroads: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374181178
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 5th, 2021

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It’s December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless—unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college on fire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem’s sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has sharply veered into the counterculture, while their brilliant younger brother Perry, who’s been selling drugs to seventh graders, has resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate.

Jonathan Franzen’s novels are celebrated for their unforgettably vivid characters and for their keen-eyed take on contemporary America. Now, in Crossroads, Franzen ventures back into the past and explores the history of two generations. With characteristic humor and complexity, and with even greater warmth, he conjures a world that resonates powerfully with our own.

Franzen is in conversation with Tony Tulathimutte, whose novel Private Citizens was called “the first great millennial novel” by New York Magazine. Tony has written for The New York Times, VICE, WIRED, N+1, Playboy, The New Yorker, and The New Republic, and has received a Whiting Award and an O. Henry Award. He currently runs CRIT, a writing class in Brooklyn.

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P&P Live! Amber McBride-Me (Moth)—with Ashley Woodfolk

Wednesday, October 6, 7:00 pm
Me (Moth) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250780362
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - August 17th, 2021

Blackout Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063088092
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Published: Quill Tree Books - June 22nd, 2021

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ISBN: 9781524715946
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Published: Ember - March 9th, 2021

Amber McBride’s debut novel in verse Me (Moth) invites readers on a surreal journey of self-discovery. Moth experiences survivor syndrome after losing her entire family in an accident. She is lonely and aching until she meets Sani, a boy sifting through his ancestral roots in search of healing. They join forces for a cross-country trip that finds them hunting ghosts, confessing secrets and falling in love. They release their pain as they write their ‘summer song’. Moth and Sani’s stories are told in exquisite verse that is worth a slow, lingering read. Me (Moth) is affecting and thought-provoking, ultimately culminating with a surprising twist.

Amber McBride is a professor of English at the University of Virginia. She received her BA in English from James Madison University in 2010 and acquired her MFA in Poetry from Emerson College in 2012. Amber has taught English Composition, English Literature, and Poetry Composition at James Madison University, Strayer University, and Northern Virginia Community College.

Ashley Woodfolk has loved reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated from Rutgers University and worked in children’s book publishing for over a decade. Now a full-time mom and writer, Ashley lives in a sunny Brooklyn apartment with her cute husband, her cuter dog, and the cutest baby in the world. Her books include The Beauty That Remains, When You Were Everything, and the Flyy Girls series. Find her on Twitter or Instagram @ashwrites.

Ages 12 and up

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P&P Live! Parag Khanna — Move: The Forces Uprooting Us - in conversation with Michael Hirsh

Thursday, October 7, 5:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168971
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Published: Scribner - October 12th, 2021

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A compelling look at the powerful global forces that will cause billions of us to move geographically over the next decades, ushering in an era of radical change. Move: The Forces Uprooting Us

Parag Khanna is the founder and managing partner of FutureMap, a global strategic advisory firm that specializes in data-driven scenarios and visualizations. He is the internationally bestselling author of seven books including The Second World, Connectography, and The Future Is Asian. Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has traveled to more than 150 countries.

Khanna will be joined in conversation with, Michael Hirsh, a senior correspondent and deputy news editor at Foreign Policy. Previously, he was the national editor forPolitico magazine. He has also served as foreign editor, chief diplomatic correspondent, and national economic correspondent forNewsweek. Hirsh was a co-winner of the Overseas Press Club award for best magazine reporting from abroad in 2001 for "prescience in identifying the al Qaeda threat half a year before the September 11 attacks" and for Newsweek's coverage of the global war on terrorism, which also won two National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. He is the author of two books: Capital Offense: How Washington’s Wise Men Turned America’s Future Over to Wall Street and At War With Ourselves: Why America Is Squandering Its Chance to Build a Better World.

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Anthony Doerr — CLOUD CUCKOO LAND: A Novel

Thursday, October 7, 7:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781982168438
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Published: Scribner - September 28th, 2021

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Politics and Prose & George Washington University proudly present this in-person event for Pulitzer Prize–winning author Anthony Doerr!

The heroes of Cloud Cuckoo Land are trying to figure out the world around them: Anna and Omeir, on opposite sides of the formidable city walls during the 1453 siege of Constantinople; teenage idealist Seymour in an attack on a public library in present day Idaho; and Konstance, on an interstellar ship bound for an exoplanet, decades from now. Like Marie-Laure and Werner in All the Light We Cannot See, Anna, Omeir, Seymour, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders who find resourcefulness and hope in the midst of peril.

An ancient text—the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky—provides solace and mystery to these unforgettable characters. Doerr has created a tapestry of times and places that reflects our vast interconnectedness—with other species, with each other, with those who lived before us and those who will be here after we’re gone.

*Special signed books will be available for early purchasers while supplies last!

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P&P Live! Rex Ogle—Punching Bag-with Deborah Taylor

Thursday, October 7, 7:00 pm
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$17.95
ISBN: 9781324016236
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Published: Norton Young Readers - October 5th, 2021

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$9.95
ISBN: 9781324016946
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Published: Norton Young Readers - August 17th, 2021

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Rex Ogle writes an absorbing true story about his own teenage years defined by poverty and domestic abuse. Punching Bag reveals Ogle’s experiences struggling to survive, reflecting on his complicated and often paradoxical relationship with his mother and stepdad. Told with moments of grace and humor, this heart-wrenching and authentic memoir delves into one teen’s struggle to break the cycle of violence and his attempts to forgive his parents – and himself.

Rex Ogle was born and raised mostly in Texas. He received the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award for his memoir Free Lunch. A former children’s book editor in New York City, Rex and his partner now live in Los Angeles.

Deborah D. Taylor recently retired from the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD. She has chaired and served on many American Library Association committees and on the National Book Awards Jury for Young People’s Literature. She was named the 2015 recipient of the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is a reviewer and an adjunct professor teaching young adult literature at the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies.

Ages 13 and up

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P&P Live! Fiona Hill — There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century - with Susan Glasser

Friday, October 8, 6:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780358574316
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Published: Mariner Books - October 5th, 2021

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Fiona Hill grew up in a world of terminal decay. The last of the local mines had closed, businesses were shuttering, and despair was etched in the faces around her. Her father urged her to get out of their blighted corner of northern England: “There is nothing for you here, pet,” he said.

The coal-miner’s daughter managed to go further than he ever could have dreamed. She studied in Moscow and at Harvard, became an American citizen, and served three U.S. Presidents. But in the heartlands of both Russia and the United States, she saw troubling reflections of her hometown and similar populist impulses. By the time she offered her brave testimony in the first impeachment inquiry of President Trump, Hill knew that the desperation of forgotten people was driving American politics over the brink—and that we were running out of time to save ourselves from Russia’s fate. In this powerful, deeply personal account, she shares what she has learned, and shows why expanding opportunity is the only long-term hope for our democracy.

Hill will be in conversation with Susan Glasser, a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of its weekly "Letter from Trump's Washington" as well as a CNN global affairs analyst.

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P&P Live! Sharon Cameron—Bluebird-with L.M. Elliott

Friday, October 8, 7:00 pm
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 5th, 2021

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Published: Scholastic Inc. - September 7th, 2021

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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - July 27th, 2021

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At the end of World War II, Eva flees a bombed-out Berlin to start over in New York City. She carries with her a dark secret: her father is a doctor who was responsible for medical experiments in a concentration camp, known as Project Bluebird. Although Eva was raised a Nazi, she is determined to avenge those harmed. Eva agrees to work as an informant to capture her father, soon realizing the boundaries between good and evil aren’t always clear-cut. Fans of Cameron’s well-researched historical fiction will embrace Bluebird, its dark, twisting plot illuminating the barbarity of a little known part of World War II.

Sharon Cameron’s debut novel The Dark Unwinding was awarded the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Sue Alexander Award for Most Promising New Work, and the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and was named a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. Succeeding novels by Sharon have been critically acclaimed and received numerous awards. Her World War II novel, The Light in Hidden Places, received two starred reviews, was a Reese's YA Book Club pick, and received extensive media coverage for Sharon's strong research and affecting prose.

L. M. Elliott is a New York Times best-selling author of historical and biographical fiction for teens. Her twelve novels explore a variety of eras (the Italian Renaissance, the American Revolutionary War, WWII, and the Cold War), including her latest work, Walls.

Ages 14 and up

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P&P Live! Panel Discussion — A Harp in the Stars

Saturday, October 9, 3:00 pm
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By Randon Billings Noble (Editor)
$24.95
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - October 1st, 2021

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In A Harp in the Stars, Randon Billings Noble has collected lyric essays written in four different forms—flash, segmented, braided, and hermit crab—from a range of diverse writers. The collection also includes a section of craft essays—lyric essays about lyric essays. And because lyric essays can be so difficult to pin down, each contributor has supplemented their work with a short meditation on this boundary-breaking form.

 

Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her collection Be With Me Always and anthology A Harp in the Stars were published by the University of Nebraska Press. She is the founding editor of the online literary magazine After the Art and teaches in West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA Program and Goucher's MFA in Nonfiction Program

Tyrese L. Coleman is the author of How to Sit, a 2019 Pen Open Book Award finalist published with Mason Jar Press in 2018. She is also the writer of the forthcoming book, Spectacle, with One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Writer, wife, mother, attorney, and writing instructor, she is a contributing editor at Split Lip Magazine and occasionally teaches at American University. Her essays and stories have appeared in several publications and noted in Best American Essays and the Pushcart Anthology. She is an alumni of the Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University.

Lia Purpura is the author of nine collections. A National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, she is a Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellow, and has been awarded five Pushcart Prizes, among others. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Orion, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Agni, Emergence, and elsewhere. She is the Writer in Residence at UMBC, and has taught at conferences, workshops, prisons, and in communities and MFA programs throughout the country. It Shouldn't Have Been Beauiful and All the Fierce Tethers are her latest collections.

 

 

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P&P Live! St. Clair Detrick-Jules — My Beautiful Black Hair - with Markette Sheppard

Saturday, October 9, 5:00 pm
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$24.95
ISBN: 9781797212197
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 28th, 2021

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My Beautiful Black Hair is a book about Black women embracing their natural hair. One hundred and one Black women share their stories of learning to love their natural hair and the immense power in that self-love.

St. Clair Detrick-Jules has a BA from Brown University in French and Francophone Studies. She has been featured on NPR's Strange Fruit, BuzzFeed News, The Washington Post and Everyday Black History: Afro Appreciation. Her documentary DACAmented has received awards at Immigration Film Fest, Baltimore International Black Film Festival, Ogden City Latino Film Festival, and Cornell University’s Centrally Isolated Film Festival.

Detrick-Jules will be in conversation with Markette Sheppard, an Emmy Award–winning journalist and children’s book author. Her bestselling debut book, What Is Light?, inspired children to discover the light within through everyday surroundings. Markette is also founder of The GLOW Brands, LLC, a media company aimed at illuminating perspectives around the world.

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P&P Live! Ferren Gipson—The Ultimate Art Museum

Sunday, October 10, 2:00 pm
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$39.95
ISBN: 9781838663780
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 29th, 2021

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Calling all art detectives! Join author Ferren Gipson on a virtual adventure throughout her magnificent museum-in-a-book, The Ultimate Art Museum. This special event will include interactive games and easy at-home activities to introduce children ages five and up to the power of art and imagination.

Free with RSVP and open to the public. Phaidon Press presents this event in partnership with Politics & Prose and several other bookstores/art museums across the country.

Ferren Gipson is an art historian, writer, speaker, educator, and advocate for making art and art history accessible and representative. She hosts and produces the Art Matters podcast and is a doctoral researcher at SOAS, University of London. She has worked with institutions such as Tate, BBC, Pinterest, Lomography, and Esquire Magazine, as an art and design content specialist. Ferren lives in London with her husband and 5-year-old son.

Ages 5 and up

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P&P Live! Sofi Oksanen — Dog Park: A Novel

Sunday, October 10, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780525659471
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Published: Knopf - September 21st, 2021

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Helsinki, 2016. Olenka sits on a bench, watching a family play in a dog park. A stranger sits down beside her. Olenka startles; she would recognize this other woman anywhere. After all, Olenka was the one who ruined her life. And this woman may be about to do the same to Olenka. Yet, for a fragile moment, here they are, together—looking at their own children being raised by other people.

Moving seamlessly between modern-day Finland and Ukraine in the early days of its post-Soviet independence, Dog Park is a keenly observed, dark, and propulsive novel set at the intersection of East and West, centered on a web of exploitation and the commodification of the female body.

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P&P Live! Andrea Elliott — Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City

Sunday, October 10, 5:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9780812986945
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Published: Random House - October 5th, 2021

 

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By turns heartbreaking and inspiring, Invisible Child tells an astonishing story about the power of resilience, the importance of family, and the cost of inequality. Based on nearly a decade of reporting, Invisible Child illuminates some of the most critical issues in contemporary America through the life of one remarkable girl.

Andrea Elliott is an investigative reporter for The New York Times and a former staff writer at the Miami Herald. Her reporting has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, a George Polk Award, a Scripps Howard Award, and prizes from the Overseas Press Club and the American Society of News Editors, among other honors. In 2015, she was awarded Columbia University's Medal for Excellence, given to one alumnus or alumna under the age of forty-five.

 

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P&P Live! Rick Riordan-Daughter of the Deep

Monday, October 11, 6:00 pm
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ISBN: 9781368077927
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 5th, 2021

Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana's parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family she's got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it'll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

But wait, there's more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that the cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time. Rick Riordan's trademark humor, fast-paced action, and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure.

Purchase of Daughter of the Deep from Politics and Prose is required to attend the event. Attendees will receive one signed copy of Daughter of the Deep and an exclusive Daughter of the Deep tour T-shirt. Ticket packages are available for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. For other countries, please contact the store directly for options by emailing: PoliticsProseKids@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rick Riordan, dubbed “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, the Kane Chronicles, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. Rick collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two collections of Greek myths for the whole family: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes. Rick is also the publisher of an imprint at Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents, dedicated to finding other authors of highly entertaining fiction based on world cultures and mythologies. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @camphalfblood.

Ages 11-14

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P&P Live! Margaret D. Jacobs — After One Hundred Winters - with Alaina E. Roberts

Monday, October 11, 8:00 pm
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ISBN: 9780691224336
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 19th, 2021

I've Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land (America in the Nineteenth Century) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812253030
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Published: University of Pennsylvania Press - April 5th, 2021

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After One Hundred Winters confronts the harsh truth that the United States was founded on the violent dispossession of Indigenous people and asks what reconciliation might mean in light of this haunted history. In this timely and urgent book, settler historian Margaret Jacobs tells the stories of the individuals and communities who are working together to heal historical wounds--and reveals how much we have to gain by learning from our history instead of denying it.

Margaret D. Jacobs is professor of history and director of the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her books include White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Removal of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940. Website: reconciliationrising.org.

Jacobs will be in conversation with Alaina E. Roberts, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on the intersection of Black and Native American life from the nineteenth century to the modern day with particular attention to identity, settler colonialism, and anti-Blackness. In addition to her first book, I've Been Here All The While: Black Freedom on Native Land, and multiple academic articles, her writing has appeared in outlets like the Washington Post and TIME magazine and her work has been profiled by the likes of CNN and the Boston Globe. Find her on Twitter @allthewhile1.

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P&P Live! Toufah Jallow — Toufah: The Woman Who Inspired an African #Metoo Movement

Tuesday, October 12, 6:00 pm
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781586423001
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Published: Truth to Power - October 12th, 2021

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An incandescent and inspiring memoir of resilience from a courageous young woman whose powerful advocacy brings to mind the presence, resolve, and moral authority of Amanda Gorman and Greta Thunberg. Toufah: The Woman Who Inspired an African #Metoo Movement

TOUFAH JALLOW is an African anti-rape activist who inspired a #MeToo movement in West Africa. A compelling and poised speaker, she has told her story to her nation on live television, as well as to reporters from the BBC, CBC, NPR, New York Times, Globe and Mail, Guardian, Al Jazeera and more. She has spoken before the United Nations, presented at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and given testimony at The Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission. Jallow heads The Toufah Foundation in support of survivors of sexual assault in The Gambia. She lives in Toronto, where she is studying to become a sexual assault victim advocate.

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P&P Live! Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods — This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life

Tuesday, October 12, 8:00 pm
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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593238868
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Published: Crown - October 19th, 2021

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When Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods met, Nigel was a photography professor volunteering with the Prison University Project and Earlonne was serving thirty-one years to life at California's San Quentin State Prison. Initially drawn to each other by their shared interest in storytelling, neither had podcast production experience when they decided to enter Radiotopia's contest for new shows . . . and won. Using the prize for seed money, Nigel and Earlonne launched Ear Hustle, named after the prison term for "eavesdropping." It was the first podcast created and produced entirely within prison and would go on to be heard millions of times worldwide, garner Peabody and Pulitzer award nominations, and help earn Earlonne his freedom when his sentence was commuted in 2018.

In This Is Ear Hustle, Nigel and Earlonne share their own stories of how they came to San Quentin, how they created their phenomenally popular podcast amid extreme limitations, and what has kept them collaborating season after season. They present new stories, all with the same insight, balance, and rapport that distinguish the podcast. In an era when more than two million people are incarcerated across the United States--a number that grows by 600,000 annually--Nigel and Earlonne explore the full and often surprising realities of prison life. With characteristic candor and humor, their moving portrayals include unexpected moments of self-discovery, unlikely alliances, inspirational resilience, and ingenious work-arounds.

Nigel Poor is the co-creator, co-host, and co-producer of Ear Hustle (PRX & Radiotopia). A visual artist and photography professor at California State University, Sacramento, Nigel has had her work exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the SFMOMA and de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Nigel got involved with San Quentin State Prison as a volunteer teacher for the Prison University Project.

Earlonne Woods is the co-creator, co-host, and co-producer of Ear Hustle (PRX & Radiotopia). In 1997, Earlonne was sentenced to thirty-one years to life in prison. While incarcerated, he received his GED, attended Coastline Community College, and completed many vocational programs. He also founded CHOOSE1, which aims to repeal the California Three Strikes Law, the statute under which he was sentenced. In November 2018, then-California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Earlonne's sentence after twenty-one years of incarceration and Earlonne became a full-time producer for Ear Hustle. His efforts with CHOOSE1 continue, as he advocates for restorative justice and works to place a repeal initiative on the ballot in 2022. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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P&P Live! Louise Penny & Hillary Rodham Clinton | STATE OF TERROR: A NOVEL

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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$30.00
ISBN: 9781982173678
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Published: Simon & Schuster/St. Martin’s Press - October 12th, 2021

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After a tumultuous period in American politics, a new administration has just been sworn in, and to everyone’s surprise the president chooses a political enemy for the vital position of secretary of state. There is no love lost between the president of the United States and Ellen Adams, his new secretary of state. But it’s a canny move on the part of the president. With this appointment, he silences one of his harshest critics, since taking the job means Adams must step down as head of her multinational media conglomerate.

As the new president addresses Congress for the first time, with Secretary Adams in attendance, Anahita Dahir, a young foreign service officer (FSO) on the Pakistan desk at the State Department, receives a baffling text from an anonymous source.

Too late, she realizes the message was a hastily coded warning.

What begins as a series of apparent terrorist attacks is revealed to be the beginning of an international chess game involving the volatile and Byzantine politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran; the race to develop nuclear weapons in the region; the Russian mob; a burgeoning rogue terrorist organization; and an American government set back on its heels in the international arena.

As the horrifying scale of the threat becomes clear, Secretary Adams and her team realize it has been carefully planned to take advantage of four years of an American government out of touch with international affairs, out of practice with diplomacy, and out of influence in the places where it counts the most.

To defeat such an intricate, carefully constructed conspiracy, it will take the skills of a unique team: a passionate young FSO; a dedicated journalist; and a smart, determined, but as yet untested new secretary of state.

Louise Penny is an international award winning and bestselling author whose books have hit #1 on the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Globe and Mail (Toronto) lists. Her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels have been translated into thirty-one languages. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and US Senator. She is the author of seven previous books.

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P&P Live! Michelle Coles—Black Was the Ink-with Danielle Holley-Walker

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm
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By Michelle Coles, Justin Johnson (Illustrator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781643794310
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Published: Tu Books - October 12th, 2021

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Malcolm and his family are working to save his family farm in present day Mississippi when he is suddenly looking through the eyes of his ancestor Cedric Johnson. As Cedric, Malcolm meets the real-life Black statesmen who fought for change during the Reconstruction era: Hiram Revels, Robert Smalls, and other leaders who made American history. Michelle Coles, civil rights attorney with the United States Department of Justice and New Visions Award Honor winner, writes this timely novel about 16-year-old Malcolm as he takes a fantastical journey through Reconstruction Era America. Black Was the Ink is a powerful coming-of-age story and an eye-opening exploration of an era that continues to define modern America.

Michelle Coles is a debut novelist, experienced civil rights attorney, and mother of four. She is a proud alumna of Howard University School of Law and the University of Virginia. As a 9th generation Louisianan, she is highly attuned to the struggles African Americans have faced in overcoming the legacy of slavery and the periods of government-sanctioned discrimination that followed. She lives in Maryland with her family.

Danielle Holley-Walker is the Dean and Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law.  Dean Holley-Walker earned a B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard University.  After law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She also practiced civil litigation at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining the Howard faculty, she was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina.

Ages 13 and up

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P&P Live! Louise Penny & Hillary Rodham Clinton — State of Terror: A Novel

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm
State of Terror: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982173678
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/St. Martin’s Press - October 12th, 2021

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After a tumultuous period in American politics, a new administration has just been sworn in, and to everyone’s surprise the president chooses a political enemy for the vital position of secretary of state. There is no love lost between the president of the United States and Ellen Adams, his new secretary of state. But it’s a canny move on the part of the president. With this appointment, he silences one of his harshest critics, since taking the job means Adams must step down as head of her multinational media conglomerate.

As the new president addresses Congress for the first time, with Secretary Adams in attendance, Anahita Dahir, a young foreign service officer (FSO) on the Pakistan desk at the State Department, receives a baffling text from an anonymous source.

Too late, she realizes the message was a hastily coded warning.

What begins as a series of apparent terrorist attacks is revealed to be the beginning of an international chess game involving the volatile and Byzantine politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran; the race to develop nuclear weapons in the region; the Russian mob; a burgeoning rogue terrorist organization; and an American government set back on its heels in the international arena.

As the horrifying scale of the threat becomes clear, Secretary Adams and her team realize it has been carefully planned to take advantage of four years of an American government out of touch with international affairs, out of practice with diplomacy, and out of influence in the places where it counts the most.

To defeat such an intricate, carefully constructed conspiracy, it will take the skills of a unique team: a passionate young FSO; a dedicated journalist; and a smart, determined, but as yet untested new secretary of state.

Louise Penny is an international award winning and bestselling author whose books have hit #1 on the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Globe and Mail (Toronto) lists. Her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels have been translated into thirty-one languages. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman in US history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and US Senator. She is the author of seven previous books.

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