CLASSES at Politics and Prose:

Our in-person classes are postponed. Classes are now being offered online. Please see the Classes webpage for listings. All class times are EST.

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All in-person book group meetings are suspended. Please check the individual book group webpages for online meeting information.

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Outdoor day trips will resume on June 30th.

Thank you for your support at this time.


Featured Classes

ONLINE CLASS: Strangers On Our Shores: The 18th and 19th Century Novel  (2167)

Kidnappings, reluctant brides, unrequited love, and rebellion. In this four-week, discussion-based class, we will explore how Letters from a Peruvian Princess (1747), The Woman of Colour (1808), Ourika (1823), and Georges (1843) depict the suffering, triumph, and survival of characters of color in British and French fiction. Four Wednesdays: June 30, July 7, 14, 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST 

ONLINE CLASS: Paris: 21st Century Writers on the City of Light (2174)

In this class we will read three collections of essays by a wide variety of twenty-first century writers. For those who are longing to come to Paris but can’t do so quite yet, this is a lovely way to travel there vicariously through a rich variety of viewpoints. Three Fridays: July 9, 16, 23 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST

ONLINE CLASS: Proust's Time Regained (2189)

Will this concluding volume of In Search of Lost Time impress us as a memento mori or as the revelation of a threshold to hope and joy? While it is not ideal to begin this richly sedimented novel near its end, for those who have read it on your own, or those who want the encouragement of other eager readers, the class should help you to find out why so many readers finish the novel only to begin again from the beginning. Six Mondays: July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST 

Next Book Group Meetings


A Seat at the Table at Union Market

June 27, 3:30 pm
MAGIC CITY, by Rhodes NOTE: Meets Online on 27th this month.
Magic City: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063073227
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper Perennial - May 4th, 2021


Public Affairs

June 27, 7:00 pm
HOW THE SOUTH WON THE CIVIL WAR, by Richardson NOTE: Meeting Online
How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190900908
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 1st, 2020



July 6, 7:00 pm
IMMEASURABLE WORLD, by Atkins NOTE: Meeting Online
The Immeasurable World: A Desert Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101873410
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Anchor - June 11th, 2019

Travel with Politics & Prose

Forest Bathing Walk with Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to noon 

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing and A Year in Rock Creek Park, for a summer forest bathing walk through the enchanting Tregaron Conservancy, a woodland garden tucked away in the midst of northwest Washington that has been restored and stewarded by a non-profit organization since 2006.