Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington DC

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Politics & Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.’s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics & Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online. Visit them on the web at www.politics-prose.com.
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  • just the perfect local bookstore! they have also coffee ☕️! nice variety on the architecture section and very actual also. It's always nice to stop by!  more »
  • Bustling to boot! Great little vibe with an upstairs and downstairs (where the coffee shop is). Parking in back behind the stores too.  more »
  • Bookstores and Libraries are my go to in every city and Politics and Prose was awesome. I try to get there each time I’m in DC. I picked up some magnets and bookmarks.  more »
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  • Fabulous local store with really incredible staff. They will help you find anything they can, and will hunt down what isn't in stock. They have an entire information department devoted to it. I also can't say enough about their frequent speakers and book signings. Having the cafe in store is very nice too.
  • This is a wonderful place to buy books. The people are helpful and the place is very easy to find. They also have a little restaurant that serves lunch and soups and sandwiches. The downside is it has a limited parking space. Otherwise it is a nice place to shop if your looking for books or just to have some lunch
  • Our favorite bookstore in DC Metropolitan area. They carry a great selection of quality books and music (contemporary and classical). The offer a wide array of discounted books in the basement along with a huge space for children's books. They can even print books out of circulation or your own work. Their staff is attentive to your needs. There are always on a daily basis authors invited to speak about their work. The cafe recently redesigned offers a great selection of drinks and food items that change seasonally. The space is a bit cramped. Wish laptops were banned on the weekend like A Baked Joint does.
  • A great book store, make sure to check their schedule for special events! Either to hear interviews from awesome authors or to avoid the large crowds that want to see the authors.
  • This is the greatest bookstore in the world. They have a great selection, an awesome kids section, and bring in fantastic speakers. Also, a local bookstore that's succeeding!

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