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Saturday, November 29, 10:00 am

 Politics & Prose is excited to join the Small Business Saturday festivities again this year. A great way to support local businesses in our community right as the holiday season gets into full swing, we hope you can join us and “Shop Small” on Saturday, November 29. We have a great lineup of authors who’ve answered the Indies First challenge and will be moonlighting as booksellers—joining our own fantastic staff—in support of the day. Come by and have one of the following writers rummage the shelves to recommend the perfect book for you or a great gift for a loved one of any age.

10 a.m. - 12 p.m.   Cathy Barrow, better known as the passionate cook Mrs. Wheelbarrow
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.   Jessica Spotswood, author of popular YA trilogy, The Cahill Chronicles  
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.   #1 New York Times Bestselling author, David Baldacci
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.   Debbie Levy, award-winning author for young people
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.   Azar Nafisi, author of national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.   author of 2012 New York Times Notable Children’s Book, Jepp Who Defied the Stars, Katherine Marsh
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.   award-winning novelist, most recently of All Our Names, Dinaw Mengestu
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.   Rashin Kheiriyeh, children’s book author, illustrator, and animator
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.   two-time National Book Award nominee, Howard Norman


A Saturday for Indies First

A year ago, author Sherman Alexie put forward a great idea to promote independent bookstores. He suggested that writers volunteer to work in local stores on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a day that already had become known as Small Business Saturday, thanks to a vigorous campaign begun several years earlier by American Express. It didn’t take long for Alexie’s appeal to resonate with hundreds of authors, who showed up in 2013 as guest booksellers in stores across the country, giving birth to what’s been dubbed the Indies First movement.

In the run-up to this holiday season, bestselling author Neil Gaiman and musician-author Amanda Palmer have published an open letter urging even more authors to go to local bookstores and help out on Small Business Saturday. “Now is your chance to persuade people that they need your books—especially if you’ve signed them—and your friends’ books, and books you’ve always loved that, if widely read, would make the world a better place,” their letter said. “It will be, we promise you, a much more sociable day than the ones you spend staring at a blank screen or a white sheet of paper, communing with imaginary people and suchlike.”

A number of Washington area writers have answered the appeal and will be joining us at Politics & Prose on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29, to moonlight as booksellers. We encourage customers to come by the store and ask a participating author to help look for a book or recommend a favorite work as a gift for a relative or friend. Each author will be on-hand for a two-hour period. On the main floor, you’ll find:

10 a.m. to noon – Cathy Barrow
(Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry)
Noon  to 2 p.m. – David Baldacci
(The Escape)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Azar Nafisi 
(The Republic of Imagination)
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Dinaw Mengestu
(All Our Names)
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Howard Norman
(Next Life Might Be Kinder)

And in the Children and Teens Department:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Jessica Spotswood
(The Cahill Chronicles)
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Debbie Levy
(We Shall Overcome)
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Katherine Marsh
(Jepp, Who Defied the Stars)
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Rashin Kheiriyeh
(There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly)

Hope you’ll join us. Along with these celebrated authors, it’s anyone’s guess who else might decide to visit the store. On Small Business Saturday last year, President Obama made a surprise appearance at P&P to do a little holiday book shopping of his own.

--Brad and Lissa

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Small Business Saturday

A number of Washington area writers, such as Jessica Spotswood, David Baldacci and Howard Norman, will be joining us on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29, to moonlight as booksellers. We encourage customers to come by the store and ask a participating author to help look for a book or recommend a favorite work as a gift for a relative or friend. Each author will be on-hand for a two-hour period.



NERDS! Trivia Night

How many rings were forged by Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkein’s Middle Earth? Excluding monuments, what is the tallest building in D.C.? On Saturday, November 29 at 8 p.m. Put on your thinking cap, grab a drink, and join us for our monthly trivia night, featuring three rounds of mind-bending trivia questions. Prizes will be awarded. Trivia night is open to all ages.


Mark Your Calendars!

Join us for our Holiday Member Sale, December 5 through 7, members will receive 20% off almost all of our current in-store inventory—books, DVDs, and CDs! Members' online and phone purchases will also receive the same discounts as long as the items selected are on our shelves and payment is provided at the time of the order. Discounts do not apply to specially ordered items.



Kobo E-reader Sale

A perfect gift for the reader in your life, celebrate Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday with the Kobo eReader sale. From November 28 through December 1 get the ever-portable Kobo Aura for only $99.99. Like all Kobo devices, the Kobo Aura allows you to instantly download titles while supporting Politics & Prose.



Supported Events

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

Tuesday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.

at MLK Memorial Library

Please join is for a very special event as Azar Nafisi, bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, comes to the MLK Memorial Library to read from her latest book, The Republic of Imagination (Viking, $28.95), which makes a passionate case for the vital importance of fiction in America today. Signed books will be available for purchase.

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Children and Teens

Be an Angel!

Every year, Politics & Prose supports a local charity in need of books. This year, in memory of beloved author Walter Dean Myers, our book angel recipient is Hope House. Myers wrote over 100 books, many award-winning, for children and teens. His experiences, growing up in Harlem, dropping out of high school, and enlisting in the Army, informed much of his writing and appealed to a wide range of readers from a variety of backgrounds.

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As an Oak Tree Grows
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The Little House
(Houghton Mifflin, $7.99)

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