Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
February 11, 2016

Posts in "Books"

February 9, 2016

The First Congress, and the First Earmark?

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 1: Capitol visitors walk across the East Plaza of the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Could the Capitol have gone to Trenton, N.J.? (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Was Washington, D.C., the first great earmark?

The Capitol building might not be sitting as the center of a city built along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers if a senator didn’t stand to make a nice profit.

Full story

January 20, 2016

Trent Lott Lets Slip Literary Truth

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 03: Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., second from right, attends a bust unveiling ceremony former Vice President Dick Cheney in the Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall, December 3, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lott, second from right, gave a shout-out to his ghost writer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Senate majority leaders Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Tom Daschle, D-S.D., kicked off the publicity tour for their new book, “Crisis Point” by letting slip one of the great truths about being a Washington author.

When asked whether he or Daschle wrote more of the book, Lott demonstrated some of the candor and wit that earned him respect across the aisle and with journalists during his time running the chamber with his platonic soul mate, Daschle. “He’s not in the room,” Lott told the audience gathered at the National Press Club on Jan. 19. Full story

December 2, 2015

Claire McCaskill’s Book Party a Holiday Tradition for Group of Senators

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is seen on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Monday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is seen on the West Front of the  Capitol. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

When the Christmas tree arrives on Capitol Hill and the large wreaths are hung at Union Station, the senators who remain from the 2006 elections know it is time for a book party at Sen. Claire McCaskill’s place.

Each December since 2007, the Missouri Democrat has hosted the entire group of members with whom she was elected in 2006 — a group that began with eight Democrats, Vermont independent Bernard Sanders and Tennessee Republican Bob Corker — for dinner and a secret book exchange.  Full story

By Eli Yokley Posted at 8:36 a.m.
Books, DC, Parties

November 17, 2015

‘Stabbing in the Senate’ Focuses on Hill Staffers

'Stabbing in the Senate' is a murder-mystery focused on Capitol Hill. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

‘Stabbing in the Senate’ is a murder-mystery focused on Capitol Hill. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Capturing the real-life drama of Capitol Hill in fiction can be a daunting task, but Colleen Shogan had an advantage: She’s been there, done that.

Shogan, 40, now the deputy director of the Congressional Research Service, used her time as a Senate staffer as the basis of her debut mystery novel, “Stabbing in the Senate,” the first installment in her Washington Whodunit series. Full story

October 7, 2015

Library of Congress Staffers Cleaning House With Used Book Sale

Bargain shoppers, rejoice!

The Library of Congress’ annual used book sale is taking place Wednesday through Friday at the Madison Building (101 Independence Ave. SE), and everything is priced to move.

(Courtesy Library of Congress Professional Association)

(Courtesy Library of Congress Professional Association)

The yearly purge, coordinated by the Library of Congress Professional Association, serves as a fundraiser for the Combined Federal Campaign, with 100 percent of the proceeds flowing through to the CFC general fund. Full story

September 9, 2015

Watch Cory Booker and Claire McCaskill Get Literary

Two-term lawmaker turned memoirist Sen. Claire McCaskill Wednesday is expected to open up to fellow Sen. Cory Booker about her life, career and political agenda during a free-form discussion at George Washington University.

 (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The collegial chat about the Missouri Democrat’s autobiography, “Plenty Ladylike,” is scheduled to take place in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre at GW’s Marvin Center (800 21st St. NW) beginning at 7 p.m. This event is part of the ongoing Newsmakers Series, a joint effort of Politics & Prose and GWU.

“It’s not every day that we have two sitting senators on stage together,” an organizer said of the groundbreaking pol-on-pol interaction. Neither Team McCaskill nor staff at Politics & Prose was able to explain to HOH exactly how the freshman New Jersey Democrat got roped into playing interviewer, but the newly minted author sure seemed to be having fun with the unusual arrangement.

Full story

September 4, 2015

John Lewis Aims to Slay ’Em at Dragon Con

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Civil rights leader/graphic novelist Rep. John Lewis this weekend is lending some local star power to Dragon Con.

Congressional aide and “March” co-author Andrew Aydin tells HOH the Georgia Democrat is expected to pull double duty at Hotlanta’s fantasy fest, signing on to help welcome “Star Trek” vet Nichelle Nichols Saturday at the Guest of Honor Awards Banquet before settling in Sunday afternoon for a panel discussion and autograph session. Full story

July 27, 2015

Satirist Sticks It to Prickly Presidents

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

SAN DIEGO — Cartoon Network “Regular Show” writer Patrick Baker once dreamed of running for higher office. He realizes, though, that his reframing of history in “The Presidential Dickerbook” — a satirical examination of the most egregious actions of our all-too-flawed commanders in chief — makes that unlikely.

The fully illustrated guide, which popped onto the scene on July 3 and was on full display here at Comic-Con 2015, takes the measure of each POTUS at his lowest points and ranks them on Baker’s proprietary dickometer. “My mind was [on] how many people died as a result of you being rough,” Baker told HOH about his personal yardstick.

Full story

July 22, 2015

Congressional Bookworms Open Up to C-SPAN

Prefer your C-SPAN coverage a little less combative than vitriolic one-minutes or partisan committee hearings? Then tune that dial over to Book TV’s “Summer Reading” series, a literary love-fest that’s got lawmakers gushing about their favorite page-turners.

(Screenshot)

(Screenshot)

Senior Executive Producer Peter Slen told HOH the quick-hit segments — all prompted by the interrogatory softball, “What are you reading this summer?” — used to focus on Washingtonians from all walks of life. But the team decided to bear down on elected officials this year, and has, to his delight, received an enthusiastic response.

“It’s been difficult, time-consuming and effective,” Slen said of the dozens of interviews conducted with pols on both sides of the aisle. Full story

July 17, 2015

Mark Russell’s ‘Prez’ Hits the Ground Running

SAN DIEGO — What’s a 19-year-old political neophyte to do after getting propelled into the Oval Office by a viral video-obsessed electorate? The short answer is anything and everything satirist Mark Russell can throw at her in his reboot of the civic-minded comic, “Prez.”

(Courtesy DC Comics)

(Courtesy DC Comics)

DC Comics originally toyed with the concept of how an underage POTUS might operate back in 1973 with “Prez: First Teen President;” the short-lived experiment was unceremoniously pulled from spinner racks after just four issues. A lot’s happened since then. Full story

July 14, 2015

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker Comics in the Pipeline

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(150x150)SAN DIEGO — Bluewater Productions is doing its best to keep up with the ever-widening field of 2016 presidential hopefuls.

The independent publishing house expects to release its illustrated look at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush this August.

 

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

(Courtesy Bluewater Productions)

The latest installment in the “Political Power” series appears to focus on Bush’s role in the family business — a tradition that includes former presidents 41 and 43. Full story

‘March’ Team Prods Youths to Change the Future (Video)

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(150x150)

SAN DIEGO — Some 50-plus years since committing to drag a deeply divided nation toward a brighter tomorrow, Rep. John Lewis recently turned not to well-heeled donors or seasoned pols for help, but to a roomful of children.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“When you see something that is not right, you must disturb the order of things,” the Georgia Democrat implored the hundreds of kids who gathered on July 12 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation to hear from the visiting civil rights icon.

Lewis, in town to promote the second installment of his autobiographical graphic novel, “March,” at Comic-Con International, spoke to a group of at-risk youths who live in a world far removed from the pop culture spectacle. Full story

July 13, 2015

John Lewis Grooms Next-Generation Activists at Comic-Con (Video)

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(150x150)

SAN DIEGO – Rep. John Lewis not only dressed as a revolutionary leader during his second appearance at Comic-Con International, he behaved like one — seizing the opportunity to shape young minds by taking the future firmly in his hands.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The Georgia Democrat returned to the pop culture smorgasbord on July 11 to promote the second installment of his illustrated biography, “March.” Lewis co-wrote the ongoing series of graphic novels, which chronicle the life-threatening situations he often found himself in throughout the civil rights era, with right-hand man Andrew Aydin.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The duo has been working for several years now with artist Nate Powell on a trilogy of books detailing Lewis’ ongoing crusade to vanquish inequality, an arduous journey that’s routinely visited pain and suffering upon the 15-term lawmaker’s person but has never succeeded in crushing his spirit.

If anything, it’s made him stronger. Full story

Maloney Hosts Soiree to Bolster Former Colleagues’ Book

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney's office)

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney’s office)

After some partisan drama on the House floor on July 9, some members of Congress spent the evening learning about how to get along from their predecessors, while simultaneously snacking on some finger foods.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., hosted an event at her Capitol Hill digs to bring attention to, “The Partisan Divide,” a book written by two former congressional adversaries: Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Martin Frost, D-Texas, along with journalist Richard E. Cohen. Full story

July 9, 2015

John Lewis to Resurrect Historic Look for Comic-Con

Dressing as one’s favorite fictional character is part of the allure of attending Comic-Con International. Come Saturday, Rep. John Lewis intends to get into the spirit of things by giving dedicated cosplayers a peek at what real heroes wear into battle.

(CQ Roll Call Photo Illustration)

(CQ Roll Call Photo Illustration)

The Georgia Democrat is returning to the fantasy fest to educate attendees about “March,” a three-part series of graphic novels chronicling his decades-long fight for equality.

Instead of donning form-fitting spandex or fetishistic leather gear, Lewis aide and “March” co-author Andrew Aydin tells HOH the 15-term lawmaker plans to recreate the outfit he wore to soldier across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in early 1965. Full story

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...