P&P at Busboys and Poets: The Summer Ahead

P&P is looking forward to hosting plenty of exciting (and free) author events at Busboys and Poets locations this summer! Check out what’s on the way:

Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufecki (@zeynep)
Direct Action by L.A. Kauffman (@LAKauffman)
Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
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Zeynep Tufekci, a New York Times contributor and a faculty member at Harvard’s Berkman Center and the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science, looks in detail at the role of technology in three recent uprisings: the Zapatistas in Mexico in 1994, Egypt’s Tahrir Square in 2011, and the Occupy movements in the U.S.

Kauffman is a long-time organizer, strategist, and journalist. She’s been at work on this detailed and insightful history of protest for twenty-five of the thirty-plus years she’s been involved in organizing. The book starts with the myriad socio-political movements of the 1960s and traces activism through ACT UP to Occupy & Black Lives Matter.

Tufecki and Kauffman will be in conversation. Tufecki’s Twitter account, linked above, is very active, and often links out to other must-read pieces. Check out this essay Kauffman wrote earlier this year as a teaser of her experience as an activist.

The Reminders by Val Emmich (@ValEmmich)
Wednesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.
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Emmich’s bittersweet first novel focuses on Gavin Winters, who has just lost his partner. After burning all the mementos and relics of his relationship with Sydney, he tries another way to relieve his pain: he moves from Los Angeles to New Jersey and asks his friend’s daughter Joan to use her preternatural memory to help him. If she can bring back Sydney by recalling his visits over the years, Gavin will use his musical talents to help her win a songwriting contest. But he hadn’t bargained on some of the surprises lingering in her uncanny memory, and Gavin soon has different kinds of loss to grapple with.

Emmich is also a singer-songwriter and actor, and his presentation will include an acoustic performance. If you want a preview, Emmich put out a series of YouTube videos talking about his process for the book. For more info about the event, click here.

Loving by Sheryll Cashin (@SheryllCashin)
Monday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.
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Cashin’s study of racism in America uses the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision as a fulcrum for her investigation of the history of the idea of whiteness and her vision of a future that’s not merely color blind, but truly diverse and celebrated as such. A professor of law at Georgetown, frequent media commentator on law and race relations, and author of books including Place, Not Race, Cashin observes that approval for interracial marriage was just 4% in 1967, while today some 87% approve. Combined with rising rates of cross-racial adoption and immigration, interracial romance heralds the social revolution of a new “culturally dexterous” population.

Cashin will be in conversation with WAMU Editorial Director Alicia Montgomery as part of the WAMU Books series. Earlier this year, Cashin made an appearance on C-SPAN assessing Obama’s legacy on race relations. For more information about the event, click here.

The Least Among Us by Rosa L. DeLauro (@rosadelauro)
Tuesday June 13 at 6:30 p.m.
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DeLauro has represented Connecticut’s Third District in Congress since 1991, and is known for her impassioned advocacy of the social safety net. The ranking member on the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, DeLauro grew up with the Roman Catholic values of hard work and compassion. Acting on her parents’ model, DeLauro has used her office to fight for programs including food stamps, housing assistance, worker protection, and more. Her book recounts both her legislative battles, including the challenge of coming into office in the wake of the Gingrich Revolution, as well as the stories of people whose lives have been changed by progressive social policies.

Before attending the event, discover more about the Congresswoman’s platform and the actions she takes on a day-to-day basis by perusing her official website. For more info about the event, click here.

The Ends of the World by Peter Brannen (@PeterBrannen1)
Wednesday June 14 at 6:30 p.m.
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As the world enters the Anthropocene, there’s a lot of talk about the sixth extinction. But what about the previous five? Brannen, an award-winning science journalist and former journalism fellow at Woods Hole, broadens our views of both climate and climate change with this vivid tour of the pivotal events of the Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, and other eras. Using fossils and myriad geological records, he shows us the globe as we’ve never seen it before, tracing the scars of asteroids, glaciers, fire, and other literally Earth-shaking calamities. By piecing together what happened in deep time, Brannen shows us what to expect in the near future.

Brannen will be in conversation with Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes. Late last year, Brannen wrote a great essay about whales’ strange evolutionary journey. For more info on the event, click here.

In Search of the Lost Chord by Danny Goldberg
Monday, June 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
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In his magical mystery tour of a book, Goldberg, president of Gold Village Entertainment, and former head of Atlantic Records, looks back over 1967, a year that included the release of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and debut albums from the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. Then there was the Summer of Love, LSD, Muhammad Ali’s draft-dodging conviction, Stokely Carmichael and Black Power, the murder of Che Guevara, and much more. Goldberg gives us 1967 as he experienced it and draws on interviews with some of its stars, including Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Tom Hayden, and Gil Scott-Heron, showing the year’s lasting cultural and political significance.

Goldberg will be in conversation with Sidney Blumenthal, author of A Self-Made Man and Wrestling with His Angel. At his personal website, Goldberg has a personal blog for those curious to know more about him. For more info about the event, click here.

Radicals Chasing Utopia by Jamie Bartlett (@JamieJBartlett)
Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m.
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The number of radical groups worldwide has surged in recent years, and ranges from ISIS to followers of Bernie Sanders to the citizens of Liberland, the world’s first libertarian nation. However extreme some of these subcultures are, Bartlett, author of The Dark Net and one of today’s leading thinkers on radical politics, argues that all must be taken seriously. Each makes an important contribution to social change, whether by being symptomatic of society’s deeper malaise or by offering a viable vision for the future. Bartlett, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos and a technology columnist for the Telegraph, reports in detail on a variety of underground and radical sub-cultures, exploring their members’ motivations, goals, and overall critique of the status quo.

Bartlett’s talks page on his personal website has links to many of his appearances in the last several years. For more info about the event, click here.

Life’s Work by Dr. Willie Parker (@DrWillieParker)
Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.
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As access to legal abortion becomes more restricted and organizations providing the service face cuts in federal funding, the fate of Roe v. Wade is in peril. To understand what the Trump era means for reproductive rights, join us for a discussion of the issues with a panel of distinguished writers and public figures headed by Dr. Willie Parker, winner of the 2015 Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Award, and whose Pink House is the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi. Parker will be in conversation with Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America and Reverend Dr. Christine Wiley and Reverend Dr. Dennis Wiley, co-pastors of the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ.

The discussion will be moderated by Jamila Taylor, a senior fellow at American Progress who specializes in domestic and international women’s health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice. Dr. Parker was also at Politics and Prose’s Connecticut Ave. store in April. Here’s video of that event, in conversation with Katha Pollitt. For more information about the event, click here.

A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun by Angela Jackson
Sunday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m.
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Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000) was the first African American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, winning it in 1950 for her collection, Annie Allen. Mentored by writers including Langston Hughes and Richard Wright, Brooks chronicled the realities of urban black life in works of both lyrical power and narrative urgency. She became a leader of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s and ’70s, was appointed the Illinois Poet Laureate in 1968, and served as the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of congress — forerunner of today’s U.S. Poet Laureate — in 1985-‘86. In her warm and deeply researched biography, Jackson, an award-winning novelist, poet, and playwright, celebrates a poet whose work is as fresh and inspiring today as when it was first published.

Here’s a video of Jackson reading her poetry aloud in a collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.

Beyond June

P&P is hosting three further author events at Busboys and Poets through July and August. Basic details are below, check back on this post soon or visit our online events calendar for more information!

Chester B. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. Jackson
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. 
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Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler, in conversation with Kojo Nnamdi as a WAMU Books event 
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. 
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Hurston Wright Foundation Summer Workshop Reading featuring Kyle Dargan, Tiphanie Yanique, and Sheri Booker
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. 
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