The owners and operators of independent bookstores have never been above stealing a good idea. Having repeatedly survived premature predictions of their demise—whether as a result of big chains, giant discount stores or internet retailers—indies are constantly on the prowl for fresh approaches and ready to adapt them to the book business.
So it is that bookstores around the country have decided to borrow an idea from the record business. Each spring, music enthusiasts line up outside their favorite indie record stores for a chance to buy limited edition recordings produced for that day only.
After witnessing the boost in sales that these annual Record Store Days have generated over the years, bookstores are now preparing to launch their own version. The first national Independent Bookstore Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, a celebration featuring the sale of exclusive books and special literary items as well as author appearances and other festivities in hundreds of bookstores, including Politics and Prose.
California tested the concept last year with a statewide bookstore day that proved a big hit with customers. Now America’s nine regional bookseller associations have joined to support a nationwide effort, with help also from the American Booksellers Association.

Many publishers and authors are backing the initiative as well, contributing a range of items just for this day. Included are limited edition box sets of books about books, essays by Roxane Gay, tote bags by Roz Chast, prints by Chris Ware and Allie Brosh, joke books from leading illustrators, cotton “I Love to Read” onesies, and more. [For a complete list, click here]
Why have many in the book industry rallied with indies for this cause? Because independent bookstores play a unique role in local communities and in the broader book market. When indies get behind a title or author, they can make a difference, turning a previously little known work into a bestseller. We know our communities and what our customers like to read. And we know how to embrace social media and employ various marketing strategies to promote books we hold dear.
As Independent Bookstore Day approaches, keep an eye out for a detailed itinerary of special events being planned for P&P. And on May 2, we hope you’ll be able to stop by to celebrate with us and show your support for independent bookstores.

— Brad and Lissa


Fun Run and Author Talk

Sunday, April 26, 4 p.m.

Both the author talk and the optional fun run are free.


A Summertime Parisian Experience

Sunday, July 19 to Saturday, July 25 or
Sunday, August 2 to Saturday, August 8

Join us and a small group of like-minded book-loving travelers for an exclusive and affordable week in Paris. This is not group travel as you know it; there will be no clambering onto buses or jamming en masse into touristy restaurants. Instead, you’ll be introduced to some of the small gems of Paris—lesser known museums, spectacular parks, and off the beaten track cafés.



Politics & Prose in Provence

Sunday, October 4 to Saturday, October 10

Spend three days in Aix-en-Provence, known for its abundance of beautiful fountains, followed by three days in St. Rémy, with side trips to Arles and Les Baux. All the while, enjoy classic Provençal food, wine and culture and enjoy visits to beautiful sites, including those associated with artists Cézanne and Van Gogh and writer Émile Zola.



A Parisian Experience

Sunday, November 1 to Saturday, November 7

Soho Press has partnered with Politics & Prose to send one lucky winner on the first of two “Killer Trips” to Paris hosted by New York Times bestselling mystery author Cara Black—for free! The contest runs 3/3/15 – 4/30/15.

For details on how to enter:



Children & Teens

New in Hardcover

Kate Messner
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
(Chronicle Books, $16.99)


Blast from the Past

Helene J. Jordan
How a Seed Grows
(HarperCollins, $5.99)


read more about these books.

Monday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.



Monday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.



Thursday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.



Monday, May 25, 6:30 p.m.

This event is sold out.


Just Announced

Monday, May 4, 7 p.m.



Thursday, June 4, 7 p.m.



Ashland Writers' Cottage

Enjoy a week of writing, reading and relaxing while staying at the peaceful Writers’ Cottage in Ashland, Virginia. The cottage is a beautiful Craftsman-style bungalow that is available for individual writers and those looking for instruction, with the option of receiving one-on-one editorial instruction from author Phyllis Theroux while renting. The cottage, only 90 miles from D.C. and easily accessible by either car or train, is a charming getaway equipped with everything that you need for writing and relaxing, which includes a writing room, kitchen, bedroom, Wi-Fi access, a garden and more.



Writing & Journaling for Kids

Sunday, May 17, 9:30 a.m.
@ Busboys and Poets Takoma

Marissa Moss, acclaimed author and illustrator of the Amelia's Notebook series, invites kids from grades 4 through 8 to write, guiding them through fun, easy ways to build and hone their language skills in this class. Moss will lead the class through character and plot development, helping create great beginnings, interesting middles and strong ends. Come with a journal and pens and be prepared to have fun writing!

Register Now


Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m.



Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.

This event is sold out.


Monday, May 11, 7 p.m.



Tuesday, May 26, 7 p.m.



Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m.



Supported Events

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

Monday, April 20, 7:00 pm
at Sixth & I
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