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Pete Souza - Obama: An Intimate Portrait — Signing ONLY

10 Apr 15:00 - 17:00 10 Apr 15:00 - 17:00 - Washington Washington
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Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Barack Obama during both of his two terms in office. He took nearly two million photos during Obama's...   More info

Samantha Irby | Meaty

10 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 10 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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Irby’s sharp and earthy debut collection of essays, now reissued, marked the arrival of a seriously talented and transgressive feminist humorist, one who’s risen into the...   More info

Todd S. Purdum | Something Wonderful

11 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 11 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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When both Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) were rebuffed by others in their efforts to turn the play Green Grow the Lilacs into a musical, the...   More info

Åsne Seierstad | Two Sisters

12 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 12 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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In her new book, Seierstad, the award-winning Norwegian war correspondent, explores questions of radicalization and East-West tensions through the story of one family’s nightmare...   More info

Book Signing: Elena Delle Donne | My Shot and Elle of the Ball

13 Apr 18:00 - 19:00 13 Apr 18:00 - 19:00 - Washington Washington
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Meet basketball star Elena Delle Donne! We'll have plenty of her books, MY SHOT and ELLE OF THE BALL, available for purchase at the signing. My Shot: Balancing It All and...   More info

William T. Vollmann | No Immediate Danger

13 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 13 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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A writer of stunning ambition and great literary power, Vollmann has written nearly two dozen books, ranging from short stories to the National Book Award-winning novel Europe...   More info

Eileen McNamara | Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World

14 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 14 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 - Washington Washington
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McNamara’s vivid biography argues that Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921-2009), founder of the Special Olympics, was the Kennedy who left the family’s greatest legacy. A woman...   More info

Bruce M. Beehler | North on the Wing

14 Apr 15:30 - 16:30 14 Apr 15:30 - 16:30 - Washington Washington
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Inspired by Edwin Way Teale’s classic North with the Spring, Beehler set out in March 2015 from Texas to follow woodland warblers and other songbirds as they flew from their...   More info

Sylvia Brownrigg | Pages for Her — with Mary Kay Zuravleff

14 Apr 18:00 - 19:00 14 Apr 18:00 - 19:00 - Washington Washington
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Brownrigg won the 2002 Lambda Award for Pages for You, which charted the relationship between seventeen-year-old Flannery and Anne, a teaching assistant eleven years older. Though...   More info

Liam Callanan and Jane Delury

15 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 15 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 - Washington Washington
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Callanan’s Paris by the Book is a playful literary mystery that starts with the search for a missing man and ends in a family finding a new life as proprietors of a Paris...   More info

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan | The China Mission — with Evan Thomas

15 Apr 15:00 - 16:00 15 Apr 15:00 - 16:00 - Washington Washington
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In 1945 Truman dispatched General George Marshall to China as his special presidential envoy. Marshall was charged with negotiating peace between the Chinese Nationalists and...   More info

Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms | New Power

15 Apr 17:00 - 20:00 15 Apr 17:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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If you compare traditional institutions like the military, hospitals, and schools to digital-age organizations like Black Lives Mater, Airbnb, and Reddit, you get a snapshot of...   More info

Sean Penn | Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff— Ticketed In-Store Event

15 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 15 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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Ironically named and brilliantly drawn, Bob Honey, the protagonist of Sean Penn's first novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, is bitter about his divorce, fed up with Tweets, and...   More info

Barbara K. Lipska | The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

16 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 16 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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Lipska’s book is part report on cutting-edge brain science and part extraordinary account of what it’s like to lose your mind. Lipska, director of the Human Brain Collection Core...   More info

PublicAffairs: Publishing Good Books About Things That Matter

17 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 17 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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A panel with Peter Osnos, Clive Priddle, Bradley Graham, Jaime Leifer, Maya Rao, and Vernon Jordan Two decades ago, PublicAffairs was founded by Peter Osnos to publish great...   More info

Madeline Miller: CIRCE reading and signing

18 Apr 19:00 - 20:30 18 Apr 19:00 - 20:30 - Washington Washington
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Madeline Miller reads from and signs her new novel, CIRCE...   More info

Frederic Wehrey | The Burning Shores

19 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 19 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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After more than forty years under Qadhafi’s brutal regime, Libya had reason to hope for better times. Yet the fall of the dictator in 2011 unleashed civil war, ushered in the...   More info

Robert Kuttner | Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

20 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 20 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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Kuttner’s astute analysis of the post-war golden age starts with measures including the New Deal and the Bretton Woods Agreement, showing how they allowed democracy and capitalism...   More info

Lucy Cooke | The Truth about Animals

21 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 21 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 - Washington Washington
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Cooke, a zoologist who trained under Richard Dawkins, has traveled the world studying the amazing habits of animals. She’s written, produced, and directed award-winning films...   More info

Eliza Robertson and Weike Wang

21 Apr 15:30 - 16:30 21 Apr 15:30 - 16:30 - Washington Washington
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A bold, sensual debut novel by award-winning short-story writer Eliza Robertson, Demi-Gods unfolds between the wild freedoms of British Columbia and the glittering beaches of...   More info

Eric Jerome Dickey | Bad Men and Wicked Women

21 Apr 18:00 - 19:00 21 Apr 18:00 - 19:00 - Washington Washington
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Dickey’s latest novel features the unbeatable combination of fast-paced urban action and sensual, stormy romance that has put so many of his twenty-five books on the bestseller...   More info

Tim Wendel | Cancer Crossings — with Mary Kay Zuravleff

22 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 22 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 - Washington Washington
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Wendel’s younger brother Eric was diagnosed with leukemia in 1966, when patients had a 10 chance of survival. Today, the chance is nearly 90 . In his affecting memoir, Wendel...   More info

Katherine Reynolds Lewis | The Good News about Bad Behavior

22 Apr 15:00 - 16:00 22 Apr 15:00 - 16:00 - Washington Washington
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Lewis’s 2015 Mother Jones article What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong? became the most-read article in the history of the magazine. It argued that kids...   More info

Gregory Pardlo | Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood

22 Apr 17:00 - 18:00 22 Apr 17:00 - 18:00 - Washington Washington
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Pardlo won the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in 2007 for Totem. His second collection of poems, Digest, was awarded the Pulitzer in 2015. Both books explore...   More info

Past Made Present: The Music of Jessica Kresh — in The Den

22 Apr 18:30 - 19:30 22 Apr 18:30 - 19:30 - Washington Washington
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Contemporary-classical composer Jessica Krash presents her exciting new recording that weaves together ancient and modern conversations on social, ethical, political, and musical...   More info

Edward Tenner | The Efficiency Paradox — with Art Molella

23 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 23 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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With his 1996 Why Things Bite Back, Tenner was one of the first to point out the unintended consequences of the computer revolution. In his fourth book, he focuses on the downside...   More info

Stuart E. Eizenstat | President Carter : The White House Years

24 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 24 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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During his tenure as Jimmy Carter’s chief White House domestic policy adviser, Eizenstat was famous for taking diligent notes during meetings. He was transcribing history as it...   More info

Stacey Abrams | Minority Leader — with Kate Nocera

25 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 25 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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The first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly, the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives, and now a candidate in the 2018 Georgia...   More info

Gilbert King | Beneath a Ruthless Sun

26 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 26 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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King won the 2013 Pulitzer for The Devil in the Grove, his riveting account of a 1949 case involving the rape of a white woman and the unjust prosecution of four innocent black...   More info

Clemantine Wamariya | The Girl Who Smiled Beads

27 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 27 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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A human rights advocate, social entrepreneur, and public speaker, Wamariya was born in Kigali and fled Rwanda’s genocidal violence when she was six. She and her older sister lived...   More info

Rebecca Kauffman and Mira T. Lee

28 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 28 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 - Washington Washington
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Kauffman follows her first novel, Another Place You've Never Been, with The Gunners, an affecting and insightful ensemble piece about a group of old friends reuniting for the...   More info

Joseph Rosenbloom | Redemption — with Corby Kummer

28 Apr 15:30 - 16:30 28 Apr 15:30 - 16:30 - Washington Washington
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Rosenbloom’s meticulous reconstruction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final thirty-one hours starts with King’s arrival in Memphis on the morning of April 3, 1968. After the...   More info

Jen Sincero | You Are a Badass at Making Money

28 Apr 18:00 - 19:00 28 Apr 18:00 - 19:00 - Washington Washington
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Sincero’s feisty and humorous follow-up to her bestselling You Are a Badass focuses on how to achieve financial success. A motivational speaker and life coach, Sincero offers many...   More info

Alan Lightman | Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine

29 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 29 Apr 13:00 - 14:00 - Washington Washington
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Lightman, a physicist and novelist of works like the landmark Einstein’s Dreams, views science and religion as two different but equally essential routes to the truth. Science...   More info

David I. Kertzer | The Pope Who Would Be King

29 Apr 15:00 - 16:00 29 Apr 15:00 - 16:00 - Washington Washington
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Kertzer, one of today’s foremost experts on the history of the Vatican and modern Italy, uses the papacy of Pius IX as a lens to view the revolutionary politics of mid-nineteenth...   More info

Opus Open Mic

29 Apr 17:00 - 19:00 29 Apr 17:00 - 19:00 - Washington Washington
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Since 2011 P&P has been proud to offer authors self-publishing services. From memoirs to novels to instruction manuals to staff directories, our Opus Self-Publishing Program has...   More info

Steve Israel | Big Guns

30 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 30 Apr 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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Steve Israel, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2017, combines his political insight with a terrific sense of humor for this hard-hitting satire of the...   More info

Chasing New Horizons by Alan Stern & David Grinspoon

01 May 19:00 - 20:00 01 May 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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Alan Stern and David Grinspoon will discuss, and read from, their new book CHASING NEW HORIZONS: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto. The up close, inside story of the...   More info

Melissa Broder with Tayla Burney | The Pisces

04 May 19:00 - 20:00 04 May 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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Creator of the Twitter account @sosadtoday, Melissa Broder continues her exploration of anxiety and obsession in a novel that starts dark, turns fantastic, and stays wise and...   More info

From Novice to Novelist – Crash Course

12 May 10:00 - 17:00 12 May 10:00 - 17:00 - Washington Washington
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Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, Roy Peter Clark The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery, Robert J. Ray John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN's...   More info

Dambisa Moyo | Edge of Chaos

12 May 15:30 - 16:30 12 May 15:30 - 16:30 - Washington Washington
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While for many decades liberal democracy has proven itself a reliable engine of growth, today it is failing. Moyo, one of today’s leading economists, argues that unless democracy...   More info

A Class on The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

17 May 18:30 - 20:30 17 May 18:30 - 20:30 - Washington Washington
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Join this discussion about the bestselling (and highly entertaining) novel, Chloe Benjamin's The Immortalists, as we dissect the themes of destiny, magic and the power of belief...   More info

Parlez-Vous Anglais? Survival French & French Travel Tips

19 May 13:00 - 15:00 19 May 13:00 - 15:00 - Washington Washington
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This two-hour crash course will give you the basic vocabulary, cultural knowledge, and psychological orientation you need to get off on the right foot in France. You will learn...   More info

Franchesca Ramsey in Conversation with Damon Young | WTEQ

23 May 19:00 - 21:00 23 May 19:00 - 21:00 - Washington Washington
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Franchesca Ramsey's sharp, funny, and timely collection of personal essays explores race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of social...   More info

Bret Baier | Three Days in Moscow

31 May 19:30 - 20:30 31 May 19:30 - 20:30 - Washington Washington
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Baier’s Three Days in January looked back at the early years of the Cold War, analyzing the historical moment through Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address. His new book recreates a...   More info

Andrew Sean Greer at Politics & Prose

05 Jun 19:00 - 20:00 05 Jun 19:00 - 20:00 - Washington Washington
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I have done a reading here for every one of my 6 books, despite being recalled as P&P's worst former employee. Happy to be back for the paperback of LESS...   More info

Right Brain Writing: The Art of Losing

13 Jun 18:30 - 21:00 13 Jun 18:30 - 21:00 - Washington Washington
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Explore your creative side in this session, one of a series of stand-alone classes with prompts designed to get your subconscious flowing. Through guided exercises, we’ll focus on...   More info


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