Washington, D.C.’s Politics & Prose Bookstore is bringing books and readers together through a travel program that more closely resembles a roving literary seminar. Working with Academic Travel Abroad, which sponsors travel groups for the Smithsonian and National Geographic, the bookstore is offering overseas tours with curated reading lists and book discussions.
The inaugural Politics & Prose Travel trip, slated for October, is to Ireland and coincides with the Dublin Theater Festival and includes a private poetry reading with award-winning poet and playwright Paula Meehan. It will be led by Gigi Bradford, former NEA director of literature and chair of the Folger Shakespeare Library Poetry board. Also in October, Politics & Prose’s chief buyer, Mark LaFramboise, will lead a trip to France that includes a Left Bank tour with the Paris editor of Tin House Magazine and a trip to the Cote d’Azur, which inspired works by Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In 2013, Politics & Prose Travel will take readers to the Jaipur Literary Festival and to Israel.