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