Washington City Paper: La Mano Coffee Bar Hosts Duende District Roving Bookstore in July

La Mano Coffee Bar Hosts Duende District Roving Bookstore in July

LAURA HAYES 

JUN 28, 2017

Duende DistrictLa Mano Coffee Bar in Takoma Park will look a little different next month. It's the next locale to play host to Duende District, a roving bookstore that celebrates authors of color. Founder Angela Maria Spring left her longstanding job at Politics & Prose to "create a bookstore by and for people of color where all are welcome."

From July 11-23, La Mano Coffee Bar customers will be able to browse a selection of both general adult and children's books while they nosh on La Mano's house-made pastries, including hand-pies. Then there's their addictive smoked trout sandwich.

Spring's bookstore is constantly on the move for several reasons. First, she's hoping to reach diverse neighborhoods and audiences throughout the D.C. area. "It will also be a way to connect with a community to test the market and see where the best place to open Duende District's first brick-and-mortar location," she says.

Finally, Spring is trying to test whether the model is a good template for other entrepreneurs of color across the country.

Customers will be able to buy books whenever La Mano is open, and Spring plans to be on site Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays through Sundays from 12-6 p.m.

The pop-up is a reunion of sorts, as La Mano Coffee Bar owner Javier Rivas ran the Modern Times Coffeehouse in the basement of Politics & Prose while Spring was employed there.

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Angela Maria Spring