Our announcement two weeks ago that we are beginning to plan for our retirement has generated some attention in the press. We again wish to reassure our customers that any changes will take some time.

As Sam Jewler from The Northwest Current reported,"According to Meade, customers need not fear any drastic changes in the store’s style. 'The price is not necessarily the greatest consideration' in selling the store, Meade said. 'The greatest consideration is what somebody coming in plans to do with the store, and we feel it’s important that they need to stay on the same model that we have run the store on.'" Furthermore,we wish to reiterate that it is all of your loyalty that will sustain the store in the future. Again as Jewler reported, "Regardless of whom the owners choose, Meade is confident about the store’s future. 'Loyalty is tremendous here to Politics and Prose.... Whatever the threats out there, our sales have continued to increase, and I expect that will continue.'” Click here to read the full article.

The New York Times, also reported on "Our Next Chapter" in an excellent article. As Yeganeh June Torbati wrote:

All viable candidates will be subject to a “good long talk,” Ms. Meade said, “about what they plan to do with the store.”
And if they fail to find someone who meets their high standards?
“We’ll just keep on looking,” Ms. Meade said. “We’re not going to sell unless it’s a person we feel completely comfortable with and would be as devoted to books and our customers as we have been.”

There were so many nice accolades in the New York Times article. These are just two that we would like to share with you.

Esther Newberg, a New York literary agent whose clients include the writers Thomas L. Friedman, Seymour Hersh, Maureen Dowd and Caroline Kennedy, said what makes Politics and Prose so attractive to authors is that Ms. Cohen and Ms. Meade manage to get large audiences for even relatively unknown writers.
“In many bookstores, in bigger bookstores, in less specialized bookstores, you have to have a name — forget what the book is,” Ms. Newberg said. “In this bookstore, they’re turning out for books that have ideas. They have a list of people that trust them.”
Like any independent bookstore, Politics and Prose is a reflection of its owners’ personalities. “It’s like going to a chef-owned restaurant,” said Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an author who has read at the store.

Click here to read the whole article. And thank you to both reporters as well as to all of you who contributed your observations and appreciations in conversation. We are grateful.

- Barbara Meade