D.C. Area Book News: Politics & Prose Icon Retires

Today’s inaugural post about Washington, D.C., area book news is something I hope will become an occasional blog feature in 2013. I hope you find these posts interesting and that you’ll feel free to contribute book news or tidbits from the D.C. area — of course, I’ll credit you in the post if you supply some news.

Local bookstore and icon of the D.C. book scene, Politics & Prose, was founded in 1984 by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade, but the store was sold in 2011 to Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine after a failed sale in 2005. Barbara Meade has been serving as an advisor to the current owners since the sale, and her frequent presence in the store was welcomed by the store’s faithful patrons. Moreover, her advice helped foster a smooth transition to the new ownership and helped Muscatine and Graham establish their own foundations in the book business.

barbara meadeHowever, recently, Meade has told the staff and others that she was officially retiring to make more time for her own reading. In a letter to the book community, Meade said, “I’ve been so tightly wrapped up in Politics & Prose for the last 29 years that I’ll never be able to totally leave. . . . So I’ll continue my involvement in the store by hosting events, hanging out in the coffeehouse, and leisurely browsing what’s new on the bookshelves. You may even find me sitting in a chair somewhere in one of P&P’s inviting alcoves, trying out a chapter before I commit to a book purchase.” Her departure as an advisor means that the latest incarnation of Politics & Prose can spread its new wings and fly solo.


  1. Neat new feature. I’ll have to visit that store someday.
    Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)´s last blog post ..Review: The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock

  2. “Her departure as an advisor means that the latest incarnation of Politics & Prose can spread its new wings and fly solo.” How very kind (and true)! Thanks!

  3. Beth Hoffman says

    I agree with rhapsodyinbooks … you really have a fabulous indie. Lucky you!

  4. I have to say one of the very best things about my short stay in the D.C. area was getting to go to Politics & Prose and take advantage not only of the great selection of books but the great ongoing program of author presenters. You are so lucky to be in the area! What a fabulous indie!!!
    rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog post ..Review of “I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me” by Joan Rivers

    • I’m glad you were able to get to the bookstore while you were here. I love that store and don’t get there as often as I would like.