Category Archives: books

Robert MacFarlane at Politics and Prose June 8

Robert MacfarlaneUnderland: A Deep Time Journey — in conversation with Ross Andersen

Saturday, June 8, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Underland: A Deep Time Journey Cover Image

Macfarlane has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “the great nature writer of this generation,” and his beautiful and wise books—Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, and Landmarks—don’t just show us marvelous landscapes, they explore the traditions, beliefs, and language these places have fostered. His new book delves even further, exploring the “deep time” of caves, glaciers, and burial chambers as well as reflecting on the meaning of our most ancient myths and primal dreams. In a wide-ranging look at the wonderlands beneath our feet—from geological formations of limestone and karst to the ancient art in Lascaux and Chauvet to the many surprises of the Paris catacombs—Macfarlane takes us on a unique and unforgettable adventure. Macfarlane will be in conversation with Ross Andersen, senior editor at The Atlantic.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW   Washington   DC    20008

Kirk Johnson at Politics & Prose

Kirk R. Johnson – Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline: The Travels of an Artist and a Scientist Along the Shores of the Prehistoric Pacific

Sunday, February 3, 2019 – 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Johnson’s sequel to Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway takes readers up the Pacific coast from Mexico to Alaska in search of fossils and the people fascinated with them. Again partnering with the artist Ray Troll, Johnson, a paleobotanist and the Sant Director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History, flies, boats, and drives through one of the richest troves of fossils on the continent. He visits museums and labs as well as the far-flung sites that have turned up creatures like pygmy mammoths, oyster bears, immense ammonites, shark-bitten camels, polar dinosaurs, Alaskan palms, California walruses, and a lava-baked rhinoceros. A combination field trip, adventure, and graphic novel, the book is a masterful celebration of the wonders of the geologic record.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Click here for more information.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW   Washington   DC    20008

Garret Peck on the Seneca sandstone: Arlington, VA

Wed, Feb 13 at 7 pm: We’re pleased to welcome back Garrett Peck as he shares from his latest book The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry. In this sequel to The Potomac River: A History and Guide, Garrett traces the unlikely story of the Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry. In this first-ever book about the Seneca quarry, learn why “the story of the stones is just as remarkable as that of the building which they grace.”

One More Page
2200 N. Westmoreland Street, #101
Arlington, VA 22213

Michael Mann at Politics & Prose

Michael Mann – The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

Start: Mar 15 2012 7:00 pm
End: Mar 15 2012 8:00 pm

Mann was the lead author of the 2001 report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize) that documented the correlation between rising temperatures and increased use of fossil fuels. The chart resembled a hockey stick and became a focal point for climate-change deniers. In his account of the politics behind the science, Mann discusses the attacks he and other scientists have faced from business and energy interests.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
District Of Columbia

John McPhee @ Politics & Prose

Ooh! Ooh! John McPhee will be speaking tomorrow (Monday) night at the Politics & Prose bookstore in N.W. D.C., promoting his new collection Silk Parachute. McPhee, of course, is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for his geological quadrilogy Annals of the Former World.