Politics and Prose bookstore in D.C. gets a buyer


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A pair of former Washington Post reporters will buy the iconic Washington bookstore Politics and Prose, the newspaper reports.

This is not the first partnership for former Washington Post reporters Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine -- they’re married. And have three children.


Politics and Prose co-founders Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade put the store up for sale in June after Cohen became seriously ill and neither had the energy to continue running the demanding operation. Cohen died in October. The Washington Post reports that there were several offers on the table.

Meade and Cohen’s husband David settled on Graham’s offer after narrowing 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.The deal will close within 45 days. Meade and Cohen introduced the new owners this morning, with Graham calling themselves “owners-elect” in Washington parlance.

Graham, the author of two books, has worked at the Washington Post since 1978 and is said to be a confidante of former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Muscatine was most recently the director of speech writing for the State Department. So look for some serious Washington book signings to come.


Politics and Prose’s Carla Cohen has died

-- Carolyn Kellogg