Politics & Prose, Washington D.C.’s leading independent bookstore, has long been regarded as a civic forum and community gathering spot, a place where serious readers and lovers of books can attend author talks, take classes, join book groups, and exchange ideas about the salient issues of the day. Now we are excited to expand on the store’s tradition of bringing people together around books and literally take readers and authors on the road. We invite you to join us as we launch Politics & Prose Travel, a series of journeys that will merge great books with great travel.
Consider reading Yeats’s seminal “Easter 1916” while standing in the middle of a Dublin square, or Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night while overlooking the Cote d’Azur beach where the novel is set. Whether walking through Paris with a poet as your guide, meeting with an author over tea at the Jaipur Literary Festival, or reading David Grossman’s latest novel as you touch down in Tel Aviv, you will be immersed in a kind of roving literary seminar. Each P&P trip will be led by an accomplished guide eager to engage you in lively and informative discussions that are sure to deepen your travel experience.
Of course, travel is about food and drink, recreation and leisure, shopping and theater, which is to say that our trips are meant to be good fun. You will take in each destination as fully as your itinerary allows, with plenty of free time built into the schedule. And don’t worry: Reading is not required. And there will be no final exam.
A trip to India next January is now ready for registration. Keep an eye out for announcements about later adventures.
Bradley Graham & Lissa Muscatine