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Books for America Closing at the End of June “Fantastic Sales” Until Then

by Prince Of Petworth June 14, 2016 at 10:22 pm 7 Comments

1417 22nd Street, NW

Bummer. From Books for America:

“Our Dupont Bookstore is Closing!

On November 22, 2005 we opened the doors on our bookstore at 22nd & P in Washington, DC. It has been an amazing decade on the edge of Dupont Circle but unfortunately it will soon be time for us to close the doors on the store for the last time. While the bookstore will be closing, we will be continuing our book collection and library-building efforts and more than ever, we need you to donate as many books and other items as you can!

As many of you know, like many other non-profit organizations we have had a tough time financially for several years now and we now must take some time to regroup, reorganize and whatever other “re-” cliche management-speak term we can come up with :) The management of the building the store is in has been very patient and very kind in allowing us to struggle on for a while and I would like to thank them for everything they have done for us over the years.

The store will close at the end of June. Until then we will have fantastic sales on our books, CDs and DVDs. Our hope is that we will be able to open another store in DC sometime soon, but we do not yet have a timeline for that.

So, I would HIGHLY recommend you come on in and stock up!! We will keep bringing new inventory for the next couple weeks. Beginning immediately, all books at the store are 25% off the marked price; CDs and DVDs are $2 each and if the price sticker is dated more than 30 days old, the CDs and DVDs will be just $1. This applies to all CDs & DVDs – singles and box sets.

All of your book purchases and donations and helped us grant more than 1,000,000 books to local schools, shelters and many other organizations. Thank you so much for that.

On a personal note, I have spent much of the past few years working out at our warehouse in Fairfax and I have greatly missed all the regulars at the store who became friends over so many years. Hopefully we will be able to open another bookstore soon and I will be able to see you all once again. Well, most of you. Some of you were, um, well…you know who you are :)

Steve Hersey
Founder & President”


looking towards P Street

  • Rainman

    So few bookstores left around Dupont Circle. Kramerbooks & Second Story Books (and Idle Time in Adams Morgan).

  • dcgator

    This is really too bad. Aside from the great selection, one of the things I always loved here was the former Barnes & Noble signs for “Drama,” “Literature,” etc.

  • TinkerTaylor

    Never bought here, but was happy to donate several dozen books over the years. Hope to see them up and running again somewhere in the District soon!

  • elbows

    Sad news indeed. Don’t know anything about the financial particulars, but they have been a stalwart supporter of DC Books to Prisons and we appreciate them for that.

    As an aside, I’m reading The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs and its interesting to learn how France treats its booksellers more preferentially. (Not that the topic isn’t covered elsewhere.)

  • LGinMt.P

    Nooooo this makes me so sad!Books for America is my most favorite used bookstore, they will be sorely missed.

  • Otis Gal

    This is sad news! Steve is amazing. I remember going out to his storage locker and sorting through books for children living in homeless shelters. Fingers crossed you re-open elsewhere.

  • Oh, no, say it’s not so! Dreadful sorry news.


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