At Second Story Books we believe reading is more than entertainment; it is an intellectual, emotional and spiritual journey. As we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our Dupont Circle store, we invite everyone to share some of the milestones in their own literary journeys. 


Send us a list of books (at least four books but no more than forty) that you wish everyone might read to make the world a better place. Please tell us (briefly or at length) why the books on your list make a difference. A panel of judges will select the most noteworthy entries in September.


One $400 Gift Certificate + 40th Anniversary Tote Bag

Four $100 Gift Certificates + 40th Anniversary Tote Bags

Forty 40th Anniversary Tote Bags

Email us at 40yearjourneycontest@gmail.com with the subject heading 40 YEAR JOURNEY, submit your entry on our Facebook page, drop a letter in the mail or bring your entry in person to either one of our stores: 2000 P Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 or 12160 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20852. Please include contact information with your submission. Contact information will be used to notify award winners and will not be shared, sold or otherwise distributed by Second Story Books. If you do wish to create a customer account, use our online notification system, or sign up for our free email newsletter, go to our HOME PAGE.

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40 Years at Dupont

The Dupont Circle store, frequently cited as one of the best bookstores in the Washington metropolitan area by Washingtonian Magazine, The City Paper and various consumer polls, marks its 40th anniversary in 2018 

As we dig through our archives of memorabilia, we're asking our loyal customers to come forward with their own precious items of Second Story Books history: from promotional items of the distant past to photographs of the bookstore itself or nearby buildings, streets, alleys and parks. 

Remember when it was sometimes inconvenient (or downright impossible) to take photographs or movies at a moment's notice? And expensive to process film that might not contain anything worthwhile? You know, the pre-digital camera / smart phone era. 

Anyone have photograhpic proof such a time actually existed?  We hope you'll share, in words and when possible in pictures, those bygone days.