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Politics and Prose: Bookstore of the Washington Cognoscente

Politics and Prose: Bookstore of the Washington Cognoscente

If you are having no luck at all finding a parking place near Connecticut Avenue and Fessenden Streets, it's probably because some Pulitzer Prize winner is doing a lecture and book signing at my favorite book store, Politics and Prose.

It's a book store.

It's a coffee house.

And oops! It's a cell phone free zone.  Well, I do put mine on vibrate when I go inside, but then if it rings, I run outside to answer.

Whether it's a children's book for a friend's new baby or a volume on Washington neighborhood history, you can find it at Politics and Prose.  And whether you are liberal or conservative, all of your favorite presidents will be on their shelves.  I remember getting Bill Clinton's autograph in his autobiography when it came out.

Politics and Prose sponsors many local book groups, and any group can register and arrange to order whatever you are reading at the special book club discount. And they offer many courses with themes, like literature set in Paris - my personal favorite.

Visit their web site for a calandar of events, a list of courses they offer and book groups they host. 

Or if you're hungry, drop by for lunch or a healthy afternoon snack at the cafe downstairs.

In addition to any book you could want, they also have a great collection of music, greeting cards, and T-shrts in all sizes with their "So many books!  So little time!" motto printed on the back. 

There is free parking in the rear of the store (all bets are off when someone famouse is doing a book signing). 

Politics and Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW.

If you are planning a move to or from the Washington, DC area, I can help!  I am licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.  You may call, email or text me at:, 202-549-5167




Comment balloon 4 commentsPatricia Kennedy • March 11 2012 06:35PM


Patricia, I'll skip the politics and go straight to the books, I love books as if my "Whale Tales" told show everyone how I like stories!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Patricia,

What a great Localism the Politics and Prose name!! Very clever!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 8 years ago

Politics and Prose sounds like a lovely bookstore! I can spend hours at bookstores, and I'm sure I could easily spend a good part of the day enjoying this one!

Posted by Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area (David Tracy Real Estate) over 8 years ago

This is one of my favorite bookstores in DC! My son took me there early on during a visit and I love going back! GREAT post!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago