Thanks from P&P

As has become a tradition for us, we mark the Thanksgiving holiday with this message of thanks to the many people who support Politics and Prose and the role it plays in the civic life of our community. Again this season we look back with much appreciation on a year that produced a bounty of great books and literary programs. P&P’s ability to thrive is in no small measure due to your sustained and enthusiastic patronage.

But these times also present challenges to the very ideals that inspire our work. Over the course of the past few years, we’ve seen our country become even more riven by bitter political partisanship and hostility as intolerance and insensitivity appear on the rise. The prospect of national unity seems so distant. Under such circumstances, the role of independent bookstores as spaces that foster community, dialogue, and inclusivity is more critical than ever. Please know that all of us at P&P remain committed to providing a haven for people to gather, browse, converse, learn, and reflect—as well as to enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal.

It’s now been eight-and-a-half years since the two of us assumed ownership of P&P, and we continue to be inspired by the many words of encouragement that customers offer. P&P is so fortunate to serve a community that understands the importance of buying local, appreciates the special value of an independent bookstore, and believes in the store’s larger mission of promoting the discussion of literature and the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas.

As successful as P&P remains, we don’t take good fortune for granted. We know that as a local business we can always do better—and that many of you won’t be shy about letting us know what should be improved. We look forward to even deeper ties throughout the Washington area in the months ahead.

Our gratitude to one and all. Happy Thanksgiving!

— Brad and Lissa