July 31, 2015

Jeff Hobbs spoke about his book, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, at Politics & Prose on Friday, July 31, 2015.

An award-winning writer even before he published his first novel, The Tourists, Hobbs took a break from fiction to research and write this life of Robert Peace, his roommate at Yale and a gifted young scientist who was shot and killed in a Newark drug lab nine years after graduating. What happened? Hobbs looks back to his friend’s impoverished youth, the brilliance and hard work that made him an admired teacher and coach, as well as at the legacy of poverty and dysfunction that made him a drug dealer. This is a story as devastating as it is illuminating.

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League By Jeff Hobbs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476731919
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Published: Scribner - July 28th, 2015


April 7, 2015

Robin Givhanspoke about her book, The Battle of Versailles, at Busboys and Poets Takoma on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic, Givhan in her first book recreates a November, 1973 fashion show organized as a fund-raiser for Versailles Palace. Five American designers were invited to participate, and their combination of fresh style, irreverence, and black models changed the rules of the game. Givhan expertly evokes the work of Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, and Anne Klein, while showing how they drew on socio-cultural currents to crystallize the look of the moment.

The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History By Robin Givhan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250062321
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2016


February 21, 2015

Mary Pilon sat down with Stefan Fatsis to discuss her book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game, at Politics & Prose on Saturday, February 21, 2015.

As a New York Times sports reporter as well as an experienced Wall Street Journal writer on economics and finance, Pilon is admirably suited to tell the story of Monopoly. Make that stories. Legend has it that the board game was invented by an unemployed man who made his fortune by selling it to Parker Brothers. In fact, Monopoly came from the decidedly anti-capitalist Landlord’s Game, the creation of Elizabeth Magie (1866 – 1948). Pilon will be in conversation with Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak and tournament Scrabble contestant.

The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game By Mary Pilon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608199655
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 9th, 2016