March 29, 2011

Politics and Prose has a buyer


The venerable Washington DC bookseller Politics and Prose has found a buyer, two in fact: former Washington Post reporters Bradley Graham and his wife Lissa Muscatine. The store, which was founded by Barbara Meade and the legendary Carla Cohen, who died in October, has been up for sale since June.

The sale of the store was negotiated by Meade and Cohen’s husband, David. According to the Washington Post, “Meade and … 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.”

Graham still contributes to the Post and is the author of two books. Muscatine was most recently the State Department’s director of speechwriting; she has also served as an adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The sale price of the store was not disclosed. Neither the Post dispatch, nor this AP report, clarify whether the couple is related to the Graham family, which owns the Washington Post, among other properties.


Kelly Burdick is the former executive editor of Melville House.