Monday, May 20, 2013
The anthology features the work of nearly 50 local writers.
The work of close to 50 DC-area writers is featured in a new anthology—District Lines—published by well-known Chevy Chase, DC, independent bookstore, Politics & Prose. Printed on Politics & Prose’s very own book-printing machine, District Lines contains essays, short fiction, poems, sketches and photography "on quirky and serious subjects ranging from a sighting of Effi Barry on a Metro bus to an August night on the Q Street Bridge to hotcakes at the Florida Avenue Grill to an ode to the Dupont Circle metro escalator," according to a news statement from the bookstore. Read more about the bookstore's book-printing machine—which can print out a book from a PDF file—on Patch. "We really wanted to capture a sense of people and place in DC and …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
First Lady Michelle Obama will be signing her best-selling book, "American Grown: The Story of the White House Garden and Gardens Across America."
Politics & Prose in Chevy Chase, DC, will host First Lady Michelle Obama for a book signing next week. The First Lady will sign copies of her best-selling book American Grown: The Story of the White House Garden and Gardens Across America. The book signing is planned for Tuesday, May 7, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Politics & Prose, located at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The event is open to the public, but there is limited space. To attend, you must line up outside of the store by 9 a.m. to receive one of a limited number of wristbands for admission. Here's how to attend the event, according to the store's website: Customers wishing to attend the signing on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, must pre-purchase (reserve) a copy of …
Monday, April 22, 2013
On World Book Night, more than half a million books will be given away across the country.
World Book Night is Tuesday and more than half a million books will be given away, free-of-charge, across the country by more than 25,000 volunteers, according to a news release from independent Chevy Chase, DC, bookstore Politics & Prose Bookstore. For the second year, Politics & Prose will participate in World Book Night, and nearly 90 book givers will be picking up specially printed paperbacks from Politics & Prose to give away to people in their communities on Tuesday night. Politics & Prose also will participate as a book giver on World Book Night. "We’re excited to be part of World Book Night because its mission—to promote the joy of reading within local communities—is one that is at the core of who we are as a business," Susan Coll…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Stephenie Meyer's only DC stop on her nation-wide tour will be at the famed Chevy Chase, DC, independent bookstore Politics & Prose.
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer will visit Chevy Chase's famed independent bookstore Politics & Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC) from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. She'll be joined by two actors from The Host (the film adaptation based on her novel of the same name): Max Irons (son of Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons) and Jake Abel (I am Number Four, The Lovely Bones). "It’s part of our mission as [Washington, DC's] largest independent bookstore to bring in a wide range of authors. Stephenie is hugely popular and we’re excited to welcome her and her fans," Politics & Prose events coordinator Sarah Baline said. "Politicians and pundits are one thing, but it’s not every day Hollywood actors hang out in our store," …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Barbara Meade will retire from Politics & Prose, the store she helped create with Carla Cohen 29 years ago.
Barbara Meade retired Dec. 31 from Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC, the store she founded with Carla Cohen in 1984 and nurtured for 29 years. According to a history of the store posted on its website, Cohen died in October 2010. In June 2011 Meade sold the business to Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine and she stayed on in an advisory role until December. "She will remain a vital part of the heart and soul of Politics & Prose and will continue to be admired and appreciated for the many ways in which she has influenced our community," according to a press release. Meade wrote a parting note to her loyal customers and fellow book lovers: "On December 31, after a bookselling career that began 35 years ago and …
Friday, November 23, 2012
A partnership between Kobo—which makes e-readers and sells e-books—and the American Booksellers Association makes both e-book reading and supporting independent bookstores like Politics & Prose possible.
The rising popularity of e-readers doesn't have to correspond with decreased business for independent bookstores. The well-known Chevy Chase, DC, independent bookstore Politics & Prose recently started selling e-readers by Kobo, and a portion of the sales from any e-book that customers purchase from Kobo via a link to Kobo's website from the bookstore's website will go to Politics & Prose, thanks to a recent deal between Kobo and the American Booksellsers Association, according to a store statement. "In this way, Kobo [a Toronto-based company] gives customers an easy way to read e-books while still supporting their local, independent bookstore," said Bradley Graham, co-owner of Politics & Prose. “Our decision to carry Kobo e-readers should…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Politics & Prose Bookstore staff went "all out" for Halloween 2012, dressing up in costumes influenced by the literary, political and pop cultural worlds.
Politics & Prose Bookstore staff went "all out" for Halloween 2012, dressing up in costumes influenced by the literary, political and pop cultural worlds, Lacey Dunham, the independent bookstore's marketing director, told Patch. Characters represented included: Politics & Prose is located in Chevy Chase, DC, at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Upcoming events organized by the bookstore this month include readings by Stephen Colbert, Bob Woodward, Barbara Kingsolver, Jon Meacham, Joyce Chaplin and Anne Applebaum. See the store's calendar for more information.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Politics and Prose store owners say they did not censor the playing of a Go-Go mix tape before a book reading by scholar Natalie Hopkinson.
Politics and Prose—the venerable Chevy Chase, DC, bookstore—was caught in a controversy in the blogosphere this week over a scholar and author's criticism it censored the playing of Go-Go music. The store denies the allegation. Shortly before Natalie Hopkinson—go-go scholar and founding editor of The Root—gave a reading from her new book Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City on Monday night, the store played a Go-Go mix tape that Hopkinson had brought with her. But, only about 30 seconds into the first song, "a white woman went to the cashier to complain," Hopkinson wrote on her blog. "The song in question wasn’t even a Go-Go song. It was Parliament’s 1970s funk classic Chocolate City—a song that took on a moniker that…
Monday, May 14, 2012
Writer Jennifer Miller, who grew up in Chevy Chase, talks about her new book—"The Year of the Gadfly"—with Patch.
Summer’s almost here, and with it—a new book by Chevy Chase native Jennifer Miller. The Year of the Gadfly is “a fun, literary prep school novel, with a mystery driven forward by a high school journalist whose only friend is the ghost of Edward R. Murrow,” Miller explained. The journalist, young Iris Dupont, is a teen-age reporter who communes with Murrow’s ghost. A second main character, Jonah Kaplan, is a failed microbiologist-turned biology teacher who is haunted by the ghosts of his past. “Each embarks on a private investigation to uncover a secret society in their remote New England town,” Miller explained on her website. "As Iris and Jonah's paths start to intersect, they are drawn into the darker corners of their town, their school…
Friday, May 11, 2012
The famed independent bookstore in Chevy Chase, DC, has reportedly applied for a liquor license.
Last year, it was the Opus self-book-publishing machine. This year...will it be beer? The "Prince of Petworth" blog reported earlier this week that Politics and Prose—the famed independent bookstore in Chevy Chase, DC—has applied for a liquor license. Politics and Prose, which opened in 1984 and was purchased in June 2011 by writers Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine, is a fixture at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, and is about a dozen blocks south of Chevy Chase Circle. It specializes in "superior service and unusual book choices," according to its website. Subjects covered by its book selection include not just politics and fiction, but also travel, art, architecture, science, cooking, biography, history and other subjects. The store also has…