FIELD TRIP: How to Go on a DC Indie Bookstore Crawl

A plucky band of 730DC book lovers took on DC’s first annual bookstore crawl…and lived to tell the tale.

Nina Kanakarajavelu
May 22 · 4 min read

The Route

● Politics and Prose (NoMa)

The Plan

Visit each of the participating bookstores on the list, moving at a somewhat brisk pace — staying long enough to take in the unique ambiance of each store and peruse the goods, but not, you know, posting up in a corner with Finnegan’s Wake. Our journey would begin at the Politics and Prose in NoMa and conclude at the last stop with celebratory drinks and, lord willing, one of the free Independent Bookstore Day tote bags promised to all those who made it to the end.

Notes from the field:

● Captain’s log: It’s 10AM and our group is the first in the door at the Politics and Prose in NoMa. We quickly make our presence known by cleaning out the poor owner’s supply of IBD book crawl maps.

Smart, Kramers. Very smart.

The things we carried

A semi-exhaustive eclectic list of books our merry band of readers picked up along the way:

On the road.

The real tote bag was the friendships we made along the way

Although this writer sadly succumbed to book crawl induced fatigue after only four stops, a handful soldiered through to the bitter end. …And no, these pure souls did not do it all for the elusive free tote bag (as borne out by our highly scientific survey data!):

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