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

Books We Recommend

If your New Years resolution is to read more, you may want to add these two to your list!

Busboys and Poets Book Review: Anger is a Gift

Mark Oshiro’s contemporary YA fiction is an incredibly moving story about community, about love, and about taking a stand against prejudice and violence, even when it seems completely hopeless, and it is especially difficult to read. Especially for someone like me, caught up in my own privilege and ignorant of the struggles faced by people … Continued

Pop-Up Cafe at Artomatic

Serving vegan and non-vegan items on the first floor of Artomatic, DC’s “biggest creative event” in Crystal City

Accessibility For All

Busboys is a community space that strives to be welcoming, uplifting and accessible to all, regardless of physical ability.