Latest Happenings at
   P&P@Busboys and Poets

The newest Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets is now operating at 14th and V Streets NW. Our mini-store there is staffed by P&P booksellers, offering the same helpful service and informed advice about books that you’ll find at the main store and featuring periodic author talks and occasional literary classes. This is our third satellite operation—we opened earlier in the year in the Busboys and Poets in Brookland and Takoma—and are grateful for the warm welcomes we’ve received in each of the new locations. Still to come in the months ahead are P&P branches in three other Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Streets NW, Shirlington, and Hyattsville.

By joining with Busboys and Poets, we’re able to bring a broad array of books, author events, and special programs to wider audiences in the Washington area. So far this year we’ve sponsored 40 author events at Busboys and Poets and have plans for many more. We’ve also offered classes, including a one-off with mystery writer Jim Grady and a five-class series on Middle East literature, both at Brookland. At Takoma, author Marissa Moss has taught a writing class for kids, and P&P bookseller Hannah Depp has led a class on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes novel.

Looking ahead to summer, there’ll be some exciting programs for kids at Brookland, Takoma, and Connecticut Avenue NW. Among them:

The cartoonist and comedian T.R. Logan, who enthralled kids during a cartoon session at the Connecticut Avenue store earlier this month, will teach mini-comics workshops for two age groups. Places and times include: 

For ages 5 to 7

   • At Takoma: Wednesday, June 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

   • At Brookland: Wednesday, June 24, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

For ages 8 to 10

  • At Takoma: Monday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • At Brookland: Monday, June 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

Later in the summer, the always popular Dave Burbank will encourage kids (and adults if they care to join) to use their imaginations through sessions of Dungeons & Dragons. This class is for kids (and adults) 10 and up. In this story-telling game, one player narrates the framework of an adventure, while the other players control the actions of characters within the story. The sessions will be heavy on story-telling and have proven effective at inspiring literacy without requiring a great deal of reading. Places and times include:

  ▪ At Takoma: July 6–8, 10 a.m. to noon

  ▪ At Connecticut Ave NW: July 13–17, 10 a.m. to noon

  ▪ At Brookland: July 20–22, 10 a.m. to noon  

Dave also will offer his Scribbler’s Cabal & Comics Jam for kids from age 8 up. This class will focus less on technical aspects of drawing and more on artistic enjoyment. Kids will read aloud, draw their own comics, invent their own characters, and have a good time in the process. Dave is a writer and illustrator and has been the curator of the graphic novel collection at the Takoma Park Library for more than 15 years. He also teaches graduate courses at the University of Maryland on the importance of comics. Places and times include:

  ▪ At Connecticut Ave NW: August 3–7, 10 a.m. to noon

  ▪ At Takoma: August 10–12, 10 a.m. to noon

Please visit our website for more details about all of the events and programs going on at all P&P locations. 

— Brad and Lissa


Thursday, June 4

In the spirit of Do More 24, a movement to encourage support among local organizations, we are running a book drive in support of PEN/Faulkner!

For one day only, customers may purchase copies of Susan Shreve's A Student of Living Things, Morowa Yejide's Time of the Locust, Alan King's Drift, or Ralph Eubanks' The House at the End of the Road and donate them directly to students and PEN/Faulkner's Summer Supper & Book Club. Purchase these titles online or in the store.
* for online orders please choose "Store Pickup"
and type "do more" in the comments field"


Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover is a quarterly P&P staff pick, the book we have all been reading and recommend, cover to cover.

In The World is On Fire, Joni Tevis wanders the American landscape like an explorer: jotting down everything she sees, questioning everything around her. These are the sorts of essays that make you sit up straight and wonder aloud, to feel the knots in your body, to look at the world through prismatic glass in sparkling wonder.

read on


Rediscover Melville

June 11 through August 6

Everyone knows Moby-Dick, but what about Herman Melville's other work? This class will discuss three stories and two novellas, in which Melville grapples with the same issues he raised in Moby-Dick, including sea life, individualism, gender, race, slavery, and resistance to power and nature. How is this Melville different from what you've already read of him? Is shorter Melville the better Melville? Join us to find out


Children & Teens

Download the 2015 Children & Teens
Department Summer Favorites PDF

or read the reviews online here.


Classes for Children & Teens!

We have lots of creative fun planned for children and teens this summer!  Our new line-up of classes for ages 5 through 16, taught by local artists and writers, runs the gamut from cooperative story-telling in the form of role playing games to workshops on comic book creation.  Classes will be held at our new Busboys and Poets locations, as well as at the Connecticut Avenue store.  Sign up now before they fill up!



New in Hardcover

David Adler
Don’t Throw it to Mo!
(Penguin, $14.99)


Blast from the Past

Tony & Lauren Dungy
Go, Jade, Go!
(Simon Spotlight, $3.99)

read more about these books.

Music News

Thursday, June 4, 7 p.m.

At Sixth & I



John Lewis

Sunday, June 7, 12 p.m.

In the eagerly-awaited second volume of his civil rights trilogy, Congressman John Lewis again collaborates with writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to put historic events into the immediate context of a graphic memoir. Questions will be fielded from children in the audience, presenting a wonderful opportunity for kids to engage personally with living history.



Summer Sale!


Mark your calendars for one of our favorite weekends of the year—three days of deals on almost everything in the store, even at our satellite locations in Brookland, Takoma and 14 and V! Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14 at during our Summer Member Sale members will receive 20% off most any item in our current in-store inventory that catches their eye—books, DVDs, and CDs.



Deadline Extended to June 15!

District Lines is an anthology intended to capture a sense of people and place in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan areas. Once again, we’re accepting submissions—poems, essays, short stories. We’re also accepting submissions for cover and interior artwork—we welcome photographs, graphics, and other original pieces. The new deadline for submissions is noon on June 15.


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

Politics & Prose invites you to join us for an exclusive and affordable week in Paris. On some days, Cara will lead you to the “scene of the crime” and settings in her series. Other days, you’ll choose from a couple of adventures.


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.

Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 pm
at Comet Ping Pong
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