It’s a good season for book lovers: Upshur Books just opened in Petworth, and two beloved local book purveyors are teaming up for good in the coming year. According to a press release issued this morning, Politics & Prose will take over the bookstores in two Busboys and Poets restaurants scheduled to open late this year and early next year, in Brookland and Takoma, respectively, as well as Busboys’ current Hyattsville, Shirlington, and 5th and K streets NW locations. Teaching for Change, an education nonprofit, will continue to oversee the bookstore at Busboys’ flagship 14th St. NW spot.
What does this mean for fans of the written word? More events, since every restaurant has a separate space that Politics & Prose can now access. Politics & Prose staff members will work at the satellite spots which, according to Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal, will feature smaller collections tailored to each community. Shoppers can also order books from the Connecticut Avenue store and pick them up at Busboys.
The plan, pitched by Shallal to Politics & Prose owners Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine, furthers the literary mission of Busboys and Poets while allowing Politics & Prose to expand beyond its single location. Readers throughout the D.C. area benefit from greater access to literary programming: The new Brookland venture will be the only bookstore in Northeast not affiliated with a college or university. While casual spectators might argue that readers would rather order online, with this expansion and the recent opening of Upshur, D.C. is clearly still eager to browse and buy in person.
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