The Thanksgiving holiday is a welcome opportunity for us to convey our thanks to the many people in the community who support Politics & Prose. We’ve enjoyed another year of great books and literary programs and, as a result of your sustained patronage, P&P continues to thrive.

At a time especially when new terrorist attacks around the world have generated pain, suffering, and fear, places like bookstores remain vital spaces where people can join together as part of a vibrant, free, and engaged community. All of us at P&P value highly whatever contribution the store can make in serving as a reassuring haven in which people can gather, browse, converse, and enjoy coffee or a meal.

In the four-and-a-half years since we assumed ownership, we’ve been especially heartened by the many words of encouragement from customers and by the terrific enthusiasm expressed about the store. This community is so fortunate to have so many people who understand the importance of buying local, who see special value in maintaining an independent bookstore, and who believe in P&P’s larger mission of promoting the discussion of literature and ideas. Such loyal backing enables the store to go on providing expert customer service and hundreds of free author events a year, as well as classes, programs, book groups, trips and an in-house printing machine.

At the same time, we don’t take success for granted. We know we can always do better. And we trust that you won’t be shy about letting us know how we can improve.

Our gratitude to one and all. And Happy Thanksgiving!

— Brad and Lissa


This Weekend!

Saturday, November 28

The retail shopping season is in full swing and what better way to avoid the crush of Black Friday crowds than by supporting local businesses on Small Business Saturday? Save the date, November 28, and help support your local independent bookstore. We have goodies and prizes on tap for customers at all Politics & Prose @ Busboys and Poets locations, while at Connecticut Avenue authors will be lending a hand, acting as celebrity guest booksellers across our main floor and in the Children and Teens department. Shopping has never been this easy or fun. Join us!



Don't Miss!

Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6

Mark your calendar: our Winter Member Sale (and holiday shopping season) is approaching! Members will get 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, movies, music! Not a member? Join now and reap the rewards, including a year-round  frequent buyer program, seasonal store-wide sales, early access to events, discounts, and more.

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Be an Angel

Program Begins November 27

Every year, we celebrate the holiday season by supporting a local charity that needs books. Between November 27 and December 31, you'll get 20% off any books you buy for Genesis. We'll collect them and give them directly to Genesis.

Genesis is a small, inter-generational community in Northwest DC, consisting of 27 affordable apartments for seniors, for young families transitioning out of foster care, and for other families. At Genesis, neighbors commit to supporting each other and the community. Everyone has value and everyone contributes, whatever their talents. Genesis is building its library and needs books for all ages.


Take a Trip with P&P

It’s never too early to begin planning your next adventure, and Politics & Prose is pleased to offer great travel options throughout 2016, whether you’d like to immerse yourself in the culture and history of a new destination or simply enjoy a sumptuous view with a glass of wine and a book. Destinations range from Paris to Tuscany to our newly announced trip to Cuba. That's right, you can now explore the history and contemporary culture of our Caribbean neighbor for the first time in decades.

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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.

Tuesday, December 1, 4:00 pm
at Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom
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Meet NFL Legend Ray Lewis

Tuesday, December 8, 12 p.m.



Meet Judah Friedlander

Monday, November 30, 7 p.m.


 Join Us @ Busboys and Poets Takoma

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 p.m. - Join Pulitzer Prize- winning book critic for the Washington Post, Michael Dirda, as he turns his attention to everyone's favorite Victorian detective, Sherlock Holmes. Dirda has compiled four of Arthur Conan Doyle's most-famous detective novels into one collection, Sherlock Holmes: The Novels, and will discuss what has made Doyle's eccentric leading man endure after all these years.

Monday, December 7, 6:30 p.m. - B.A. Shapiro combines art history and mystery in her latest novel, The Muralist. Join Shapiro as she treks through the 1940s New York art scene, tracing that path from a woman’s mysterious disappearance and the art that may at last resolve the puzzle.

Children & Teens

Blast from the Past

Ezra Jack Keats
Jennie’s Hat
(Puffin Books, $6.99)


Blast from the Past

William Steig
When Everybody Wore a Hat
(Harper Trophy, $8.99)


YA Pick

Scott Westerfeld
(Simon Pulse, $12.99)


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