|View of the main entrance from Connecticut Ave. |
The white rectangle is a sign promoting the author events that night.
From the parking lot, you enter directly into the cafe, called The Den, where I immediately ordered a coffee drink. The weather was, for me, ideal book shopping conditions - chilly and rainy with overcast skies. On days like this, I love nothing more than a hot beverage and endless stacks of books! In addition to the cafe, the bottom floor is also home to the Children's Books area, a large selection of occasion cards, and remaindered books. There were plenty of seats available, and a long table where a children's literacy group was holding a meeting.
|Remaindered Cookbook Corner|
The week of September 25 - October 1, 2016 was Banned Books Week, and P&P was certainly participating in it. You can read more about Banned Books Week here. There was a large, beautiful window display about censorship and celebrating the freedom to read diversely. Inside the store, there was a thoughtful display of books that have traditionally/historically/continually been challenged or banned.
In conjunction with Banned Books Week, the DC Public Library System held a week-long series of events called #Uncensored. As part of this, the library system put special covers over hundreds of copies of the six the most-often challenged books across the USA. Copies of those books were hidden all around DC in spots like libraries and partner businesses, as an urban scavenger hunt. When you "find" one of these books in the wild, it's yours to keep for free!
|I found a copy of Alice Walker's The Color Purple with "SMUT" printed on the extra cover. |
Here is another book, just waiting for someone to come across it!
After his presentation was over, Alton was willing to sign books or other ephemera the people brought. I saw one woman, a few rows in front of me, with a ceramic turkey pepper shaker. He was also taking pictures with everyone, so it was a very long evening, It was worth it, though! I had a wonderful time and can't wait to visit Politics & Prose again!