With our coffeehouse temporarily closed for renovation, some enterprising staff members have started a pop-up café in a nearby hallway. Using a cart and table and exuding lots of good cheer, they’re selling coffee, teas, and several snack items until the full coffeehouse re-opens its doors. Come check out their excellent blend of Brazilian and Peruvian beans, or munch on cookies or shortbread treats. The site is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As for the renovation itself, it remains on schedule. We don’t want to spoil the surprise by revealing too many details just yet. But we can say that the place will be somewhat larger than before, with more seating, improved lighting, and better traffic flow. The menu will still consist largely of light fare—sandwiches, salads, and soups. But most of the food selections will be new, and added to the list of available beverages will be beer and wine.

In the waning days of the old coffeehouse, we received messages from customers praising the cozy, friendly atmosphere of the old place and urging us to retain those qualities. "Please keep it homey and quirky," one customer urged. Another wrote: "This place is low key, reasonably priced, and welcoming. Keep it that way!" We fully intend to do so.

At the same time, many customers had expressed a desire for an updated menu and interior makeover. We’re excited by the prospect of a renovated space that offers some improvements without losing its rustic character and casual atmosphere. "One of the few authentic non-trendy places in DC"—that’s how one patron described it. Rest assured that we plan to retain a simple layout and den-like quality.

Many of the old coffeehouse staff will be returning, so customers can count on seeing familiar faces behind the counter. But overseeing the operation will be someone new to P&P (although not to the neighborhood): Matt Carr, an owner of Little Red Fox up the street from the bookstore.

Closer to the date of the re-opening, we’ll tell you more about what to expect. So stay tuned.

— Brad and Lissa


Last Chance!

March 25 through April 1

For the first time in decades, we can visit our Caribbean neighbor. We invite you to a trip to Cuba! Join us for a unique travel opportunity and discover Cuba—retrace its paths of revolution and deepen your understanding of the country today—with the help of acclaimed author Wil Hylton acting as the trip leader on this eight-day journey.



Women's History Month

Tuesday, March 1, 1 p.m.

To mark Women’s History Month, we invite readers to join this class which focuses on four major events that helped spark reform. In focusing on these major themes—employment, suffrage, birth control, and civil rights—we will discuss women’s progress and setbacks in the press, and the ongoing quest for equal rights for all.



Just Announced

Sunday, April 17

This Spring, Politics & Prose invites you to a perennial P&P favorite: the wonder of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece, Fallingwater! We are leading a trip to the wooded area of western Pennsylvania where you can enjoy spring blossoms and explore the house known worldwide as a feat of architectural achievement.


@ Bethesda Library

Thursday, February 11, 7 p.m.

Join us for a stellar evening of YA fantasy. Susan Dennard's Truthwitch follows the path of two friends—one with the power to detect lies, the other to see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—as they strive to save their homeland from an existential threat. Kami Garcia continues her Dangerous Creatures series with Dangerous Deception, which opens with our heroine kidnapped and struggling to survive at the hands of her nefarious captors. Finally, Veronica Rossi will discuss Riders, the saga of young solder's venture into the paranormal and the upcoming apocalypse he may herald.


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Second Season of Contemporary Fiction Reading Series from Politics & Prose and PEN/Faulkner

Politics & Prose and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation invite you to join us for the second season of our Contemporary Fiction Reading Series. Following a fantastic fall launch, we’re back with an incredible lineup of events for spring – all free and open to the public! – hosted at P&P’s Busboys and Poets locations throughout the city and featuring some of the most exciting voices in American and international fiction.

February 11, 2016 – Alexander Chee 
Queen of the Night  
6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets @ Brookland  

February 21, 2016 – Hanya Yanagihara  
A Little Life  
6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets @ Takoma 

March 7, 2016 – A. Igoni Barrett  
6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets @ 14th & V 

April 21, 2016 – Helen Oyeyemi 
What is Not Yours is Not Yours 
6:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets @ Takoma


Children & Teens

New in Hardcover

Benji Davies
I Love You Already!
(HarperCollins, $17.99)


Blast from the Past

Mac Barnett
The Skunk
(Roaring Book Press, $17.99)


YA Pick

Mildred D. Taylor
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
(Dial Books, $18.99)

read more about these books.

Supported Events

Reservations and tickets should be acquired from the hosting organization. Contact Kate Shawcross if you are planning an event and would like us to supply the books.

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