>I'll be in Washington in the middle of May ( I don't know the town) and I
>wonder if anyone can offer the lowdown on worthwhile bookshops there. I'll
>be on foot and Metro-ing; hoteling some place in Arlington and conferring
>at the USPS headquarters on L'Enfante Plaza.
>I know of Second Story (and don't have a clue where it [they?] are....
Its been a few years (5?) since I was in Washington, but ...
Second Story is located at Dupont Circle. And a second location in Bethesda, a
short walk from the Metro -- and there are (or were) several other interesting
bookstores in Bethesda.
Interested in collectable science? Try John Ptak (located in Arlington, an easy
walk across Key Bridge, from Georgetown, last I knew). Great stuff (at
great prices) but fun just to look and John seemed to enjoy talking
about the books even when he knew I wasn't going to be a buyer.
Logic and Literature, Georgetown, always had interested books. Closes
at 6pm and thus hard to get to after a meeting. Also in Georgetown, the
Lantern - a Bryn Mawr alumni operated shop.
I seemed to buy a book at every visit to Idle Time Books on 18th (a
short walk from DuPont circle). Closes at 9pm.
And just for kicks, visit the Library of Congress disposal. Ba***t
of the Madison building (across the street from the old builing).
Never know what you will find --but the purchasing system is designed
for dealers -- good luck.
Overall, a good town for books