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Posts Tagged ‘Bradley Graham’

Politics & Prose Owners Urge Readers to Buy Local at Author Events

When readers attend author events at an independent bookstore, should they always buy the writer’s book from that store?

Lissa Muscatine and Bradley Graham, the owners of Politics & Prose bookstore, urged readers to buy at the bookstore arranging the author signing and asked their readers: “why should anonymous, distant Amazon or a big chain profit from all of the indie’s work?” What do you think? Here’s an excerpt from the post:

Politics & Prose has long resisted charging admission for events or requiring customers to buy books for signings. And we have no plans to change this approach. We’re fortunate that the vast majority of people who shop at P&P and attend P&P events are deeply loyal to the store and to the idea of buying local and sustaining community-based institutions.we’re occasionally reminded—as we were last week when a gentleman stood in line to get signed a book he had purchased on Amazon—that some customers are not aware why it matters to buy local. Yes, the book may be cheaper elsewhere. But bricks-and-mortar stores like P&P offer programs that enable customers to meet authors, receive personal advice from expert staff, take classes with others in their communities, and join public book groups. We hope never to have to change our policy of free events or to start policing where books signed by authors at our events were purchased.”

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Politics and Prose Adds Espresso Book Machine

Politics and Prose will bookstore will soon add an Espresso Book Machine, allowing customers to order print-on-demand books in the store.

Since acquiring Politics & Prose, co-owners Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine have made it their mission to ensure that the DC-based independent bookstore stays competitive on both a local and digital level.

Graham talked about the positives of owning such a machine with SecondAct: “You can actually watch a 500-page book being produced and have it in six minutes …We’re still working out the economics, but it’s going to be really affordable. We’re not just talking about full-sized books. People will be able to print family histories, or anything else that can go between soft covers. And it’s very professional-looking.”

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Politics and Prose Bookstore Sold To Former WaPo Reporters

The Washington Post reports that two former Post reporters will buy Washington DC’s Politics and Prose bookstore.

The bookstore has become a hub for media events, hosting everybody from Mika Brzezinski to BookTV. When co-founder Carla Cohen fell ill last year, the owners decided to sell the bookstore. Cohen (pictured, via), passed away in October.

Here’s more about the sale: “Former Washington Post reporters Bradley Graham and his wife Lissa Muscatine are purchasing the iconic upper Northwest bookstore … [the owners narrowed] a flurry of propositions down to about six serious bidders, the most prominent of which was a group that included ex-New Republic editor Franklin Foer and Atlantic magazine writer Jeffrey Goldberg.” (Via Don Linn)