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Posts Tagged ‘Barbara Meade’

Politics and Prose Bookstore for Sale

pp23.pngToday The Washington Post reported that owners of Politics and Prose are trying to sell the indie bookstore.

Here’s an excerpt: “The 26-year-old store’s owners, Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade, both 74 and so in sync they often wear the same colors without planning to, say they are simply too tired to keep steering Washington’s most prominent non-chain bookstore–a premier stop on top-shelf author tours and a frequent setting for book talks televised on C-SPAN–through the uncertainty of an industry threatened by e-books. Cohen is also seriously ill.”

The bookstore has become a valuable hub for media events, hosting everybody from Mika Brzezinski to BookTV. (Via Michele Filgate)

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Finding Something to Gripe about Greenspan’s BEA Appearance

AP’s Hillel Italie picked up on the story that Alan Greenspan, who will be Book Expo America‘s keynote speaker this year, will be interviewed by NBC newscaster Andrea Mitchell, who also happens to be his wife. And some people, like Politics & Prose co-owner Barbara Meade, are taking issue. “I think it would be pretty awkward for a wife to interview her husband,” she said. Not so, says BEA’s special events director Roger Billheimer. “Sure, she’s his wife, but she’s a smart lady and she’s been around the block. I certainly think this is an opportunity for a stimulating conversation.”

And let’s be honest here: anyone going to BEA expecting anything but softball, overly positives directed at any keystone speaker’s way – not just the former Federal Reserve Director – is in for a rude awakening. Besides, if Mitchell can get her husband off-script even once, that would be the “major coup” Billheimer touts in the PA piece…