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in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

This flagship independent – which leapt into First Amendment history when it refused to release Monica Lewinsky’s book-buying list to Ken Starr's snoops – features first-rate literature, travel and politics sections. The big, sunny bookstore attaches to the fun-loving Afterwords Cafe, where a frisky crowd flirts over drinks and pages into the wee hours.

Author readings and other literary events take place several nights each week.