Stoked to open our second and third locations of Busboys and Poets Books at our Shirlington and 5th & K locations.  In January 2013, we opened our first bookstore in Hyattsville with fantastic reception from the Hyattsville community. 

As common as it is to watch local, independent bookstores reluctantly close, we’re proud to be enthusiastically opening in 2013! We feel that books build community, enrich our minds and are an integral part of Busboys and Poets. Busboys and Poets is a space in which intellectual, cultural, political and social issues can come together for a discussion that benefits everyone. Our bookstore, Busboys and Poets Books, aims to be a space in which literature, politics, society and social justice can be engaged with in a productive and exciting atmosphere.

Why support local, indie books?
“There are lots of reasons to support local businesses, whether it’s mom-and-pop hardware stores or neighborhood farmers’ markets. But when you buy from an independent bookseller, you’re doing something more. You’re helping to keep alive an important force in making our national literary culture more diverse, interesting and delightful. Your shelves are full of books that wouldn’t be there if not for indie booksellers you’ve never met, struggling to get by in shops you’ve never heard of. That’s why it’s so important to support the one next door.”

We are also planning on creating Busboys and Poets book clubs at both locations.  If you’re interested in joining a book club at Shirlington, 5th & K, or our existing one in Hyattsville, please email Laela at laela@busboysandpoets.com

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Trivia Night at Busboys and Poets

By: Trivia Lord, the Minutia Master, the Human Wikipedia, Busboys Trivia Host, Max Johansen The First Takoma Trivia of 2019 kicked off with a full house and an epic three way tie! In honor of the (now record-breaking) government shutdown, the theme of our first trivia event of the year was: SHUT IT DOWN! Ten … Continued

Busboys and Poets 14th & V team dressed in pajamas for annual pajama brunch at all locations

New Year’s Day Pajama Brunch

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Busboys and Poets Book Interview: Mamta Jain Valderrama

Busboys and Poets Book Interview: Mamta Jain Valderrama

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