Christopher Lancette

I had mixed emotions as I attended the official press event for the opening of the new Baseball Americana exhibit at the Library of Congress last month.

I sat down for lunch with my friend Phil and gave him some news that he found shocking: I told him I was thinking hard about selling my once-treasured personal library. I was ready to let it all go -- every rare book about the American Revolution, a small collection of artifacts like a wrought iron camp stove, my big oil on canvas painting of George

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Rest easy, Washington -- one of our favorite bookstores has been saved. Politics & Prose owners Barbara Meade and David Cohen announced today that they have selected a pair of journalists and politicos as the new owners: Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine, who met while they were reporters with the Washington Post, expect to close the deal in about 45 days.

"Graham and
Washington D.C. lost a literary monument today when Politics and Prose bookstore co-founder Carla Cohen died of bile duct cancer. Family members are asking for people to express their condolences by donating to her favorite charities -- Jews United for Justice, Washington Literary Council and Community Hospice. You can also read about her passing
What would you like to ask an author at Saturday's National Book Festival? 

I'll try to serve as a personal backstage pass for some Fine Books & Collections readers if you send me questions. 

Here's how this will work: I'll step into the media tent off and on throughout the day with notebook and i-phone in hand. You send me a question