Get 20% off and an amazing literary experience for Independent Bookstore Day on April 27th

Get 20% off and an amazing literary experience for Independent Bookstore Day on April 27th

Saturday April 27th is Independent Bookstore Day. The DC Indie stores will be decked out and celebrating all day with special deals and events (story times, author events, parties, etc.). And this year, there will be extra awesomeness: DC bookstores are hosting the first-ever Bookstore Crawl!

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A Petworth reading list with Walls of Books and Upshur Street Books

A Petworth reading list with Walls of Books and Upshur Street Books

With DC home to many avid readers, myself included, I wondered what wider trends my neighbors were reading. Katie Presley, buyer for Upshur Street Books in Petworth and Pablo Sierra, owner of Walls of Books in Park View, provided a look at what tops our neighborhood bestseller lists and what 2017 trends might shape reading lists for 2018.

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Walls of Books and Pablo Sierra capture hearts, minds and imaginations

Walls of Books and Pablo Sierra capture hearts, minds and imaginations

Pablo Sierra is finding his rhythm and getting a deeper understanding of how much there is to know about community engagement and bookselling at his store Walls of Books. The Park View store opened in January at 3325 Georgia Avenue and features more than 40,000 used books, and it's the first retail business Pablo has ever owned. From the very beginning, Pablo wanted his bookstore to be a community gathering place, and he’s made that happen through free weekly events, including kid’s story time, kid’s yoga, creative writing workshops and author readings.  

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Walls of Books hosts a fundraiser for DC African American Legacy Foundation

Walls of Books hosts a fundraiser for DC African American Legacy Foundation

Walls of Books, the new community bookstore on Georgia Avenue in Park View, is hosting a fundraiser for the DC African American Legacy Foundation (DCAALF), on Saturday, June 25th from 6-9pm. A percentage of money raised going to the DC Books to Prisons project (“Programs like ours are one of the few options available to prisoners seeking books.”).

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Photos from Walls of Books Grand Opening

Photos from Walls of Books Grand Opening

The areas's newest bookstore, Walls of Books, officially opened up Saturday morning with a ribbon cutting, a custom cake and lots of guests and customers. It's a risky business opening up a new retail establishment, especially a bookstore. Looking at the inside of Walls of Books, located at 3325 Georgia Avenue, I think owner Pablo Sierra has something great happening.

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Walls of Books grand opening and activities this weekend

Walls of Books grand opening and activities this weekend

Any neighborhood would be lucky to have even one bookstore located within a 10 miles — Petworth has an amazing library and the phenomenal Upshur Street Books. On Saturday, February 6th, we’ll officially have one more with the grand opening of Walls of Books.

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Walls of Books opens this week, grand opening in February

Walls of Books opens this week, grand opening in February

In one of the speediest openings I've seen, Park View's latest literary achievement, Walls of Books, is set to open on Wednesday, January 13th. The bookstore is located at 3325 Georgia Avenue NW and will sell used books primarily, with some new and best-sellers. 

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Walls of Books is your next neighborhood bookstore

Walls of Books is your next neighborhood bookstore

Besides staying up late to write blog posts, I also stay up way too late to read. For me, being in a bookstore, surrounded by books of all shapes, colors and sizes is a favorite past-time. I even managed a bookstore back in college for a few years. That’s why I was an early Kickstarter supporter of our first, very excellent neighborhood bookstore, Upshur Street Books. And it’s why I’m really interested and excited about the new Park View bookstore opening in January, Walls of Books.

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New bookstore coming to Park View in December

New bookstore coming to Park View in December

I heard from Brightwood resident Pablo Sierra today that he's opening a new, family-focused bookstore in Park View called Walls of Books. As an avid reader (and admitted Kindle addict), I'm thrilled at the idea of another hardcopy bookstore opening up in the area.

Learn more about the bookstore, after the break:

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