Poltics and Prose Up For Sale

Owners Ready to Call It Quits After 21 Years

By Mark Wellborn UrbanTurf
|  Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010  |  Updated 3:31 PM EDT
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Poltics and Prose Up For Sale

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Politics and Prose, the famed local indie bookstore near the intersection of Connecticut and Nebraska avenues N.W., is up for sale, reports to The Washington Post.

Owners Carla Cohen and Barbara Mead, who started the store in 1984, are ready to sell. Cohen is seriously ill, according to The Post.

Politics and Prose became a neighborhood institution over the years and slowly reinvigorated a stretch of Connecticut Avenue near Tenleytown that for years was lined with fairly unimpressive restaurants and businesses. Comet Ping Pong and Buck’s Fishing and Camping are now popular destinations on the block.

Authors speak at Politics and Prose nightly, with well-known novelists including Calvin Trillin and Salman Rushdie making the bookstore a regular stop on book tours. The bookstore also offer runs author events in conjunction with Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.

Reports CityPaper:

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a Politics and Prose employee said of the impending sale, "We're all a little nervous. It's not that we're going out of business. It's just that the owners are getting up there in age."

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