(A resource and a work in progress)
I have often gone hundreds of miles out of my way to visit a bookshop someone said was worth knowing. More than a personal anecdote, the habit is a determining factor in making this list. Would I give up another few hours of my ever-shortening life to go there?…Many times I was disappointed. Often they were closed when I finally found them (even in these post-internet days). On a few occasions they were so much better than I hoped, that I thought of moving to that town, just to be close enough to visit regularly. Worse, (or better as you may judge), on our annual family expeditions, the kids became so familiar with my usual refrain upon spotting an interesting but empty store front that they would anticipate me and say “That would make a good bookshop!”
This is not a list of every bookshop in America, or of the ‘best’ bookshops in America, or the biggest, or the cleanest, or the most politically correct. This is especially not a template of what a good bookshop should be (no such thing is possible).
This is simply a useful list of bookshops, both new and used, that a reader might love. Thus, it is prejudicial. It is an accumulation of opinion. An attempt to make note of the better ones by specifically being subjective. The ‘best’ is an illusory vision at best, determined by place and time, and circumstance. As Shel Silverstein once noted: “The world is funny, and people are strange / And man is a creature of constant change, and / After you’ve been havin’ steak for a long time / Beans, beans taste fine.” In the right moment, a modest shop can seem like a garden of earthly delight. Human judgment is not eternal (thankfully). Owner’s change. Key staff leave (or worse!). Financial wherewithal is not a constant.
These are independent bookshops, each with a unique vision and purpose.
The trouble is (a small tragedy for me), I have not been in most of these places. I started this project years ago (some time in the 1980’s), and most of my own favorite bookstores have since closed. Finally accepting that I had to give up the idea of personally visiting each one, (as I once gave up the idea of reading all the great books) I started collecting recommendations from others, from the internet, from published lists. I have not included every bookshop noted in those other gatherings, only the ones which seemed likely to be ‘the goods’ based on a close reading of the review, or a respect for another habitual browser’s judgment after having read their comments about a store I did know very well. I gave extra leeway to specialty dealers because they tend to be smaller and more often an act of sheer love. By nature, specialty stores are rarely great bookshops, but they are often a delight for readers devoted to a given genre.
I have undoubtedly overlooked some excellent shops, both new and used, while there are some listed here which do not belong in the company of the others. I hope to correct that over time, with proper guidance.
Given the time, I intend to add comments about each shop (my own and those of others), as well as a mapping link which would allow a traveler to quickly find each shop. I would also like to add a comment from the booksellers themselves–of their own making–which might give a prospective browser an idea of the purpose of each shop and what to expect.
Clearly, I’ll need a bigger boat. With great expectations, I am publishing the simple beginning of what I now have, and asking for suggestions. Frankly, I think the whole thing needs a separate website. In time.
To repeat: the stores listed have been individually recommended but are not rated here, one better than another. I have my favorites, as do you. If I missed one of yours, I say again, please let me know. I do not wish to offend someone who has devoted their best effort to keeping a good shop. And I am not looking to make some universal template for what a good bookshop is. That is always in the eye of the browser.
For example, a cat does not make a good shop. I am allergic to cats but kept a store cat for most of thirty years. Cats are a pain. But they eat mice, dance a little and remind you of your faults. A grumpy bookseller does not disqualify. That standard is set because I was often one of those myself. There ought to be something special about the place–but that should be directly connected to the books. Another example: a cafe does not make a good bookshop any more than a cat does. They are just convenient to have around.
I would love to receive comments and recommendations, but am not prepared to publish them immediately–I will keep them, and as the opportunity arises in the future, I will collate them and add them to the list as appropriate.
The last apology: typos, misspellings, and omissions are mine and I regret them dearly, but if you want to see them go away, you’ve got to tell me about them. I will remain stupid until disabused.
g: general stock (primarily new books, possibly some used); m: mystery, crime, and thriller; sf: science fiction, fantasy and possibly horror ; u: used and rare and antiquarian; c: children’s and juvenile literature; s: specialty (other than) or small press.
g: Alabama Booksmith ; 2626 19th Place, South Birmingham, AL 35209; (205)870-4242; 10 am – 6 pm; Jake Reiss and crew; http://www.alabamabooksmith.com/
g & u: Gulliver’s Books, 3525 College Road; Fairbanks, AK 99709 ; Dave Hollingsworth; 907-474-9574 / 800-390-8999 ; M-F 9-9, Sat 9-8, Sun 11-6; http://www.gullivers-books.com/
g: The Homer Bookstore, 332 E. Pioneer Ave., #1, Homer, AK 99603
907-235-7496, 1-800-635-BOOK) ; M-F:10-6, S: 10 – 7, Sun 12-5; Jenny Stroyeck, Sue Post, Lee Post; http://www.homerbookstore.com/
u: Title Wave Books, 1360 West Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99503-2510; 278-9283, 1-888-598-9283; Mon- Thu, 10: a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Fri- Sat, 10: a.m. -9:p.m., Sun, 11: a.m.- 7: p.m.
g: Changing Hands Bookstore ; 6428 S McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283 ; 480-730-0205 ; M-F 10am – 9pm, Sat. 9am – 9pm, Sun. 10am – 6pm; http://changinghands.com/
m: Clues Unlimited, 3146 E. Ft. Lowell, Tucson, AZ 85716; Chris Acevedo & Pat Davis; 520-326-8533; Mon-Sat 9-5, Fri 9-7; cluesunlimited.com
m & s: The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., Ste. 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-4335; Barbara Peters; 480-947-2974; 888-560-9919; M–F 10:am–7:pm; Sat 10:am–6:pm Sun 12–5:pm ; Poisonedpen.com
m: The Well Red Coyote, 3190 W. Highway 89A Suite #400, Sedona, AZ 86336. Kris Neri; 928-282-2284; 866-282-9291; Mon – Sat: 10 am – 6 pm; wellredcoyote.com
g & u: The Paper Chase Bookstore ; 136 West Main Street, Batesville, AR 72501; 870-793-4276 ; Hours ? ; http://paperchasebookstore.com/
g: That Bookstore in Blytheville ; 316 West Main, Blytheville, AR 72315; 870 763-3333; M-S: 9:30am -6: pm; http://www.tbib.com/
m: It’s A Mystery Bookstore, 107 Public Square, Berryville, AR 72616. Melinda Large & Spanky; 870-423-1145; Tue – Fri: 10am – 5pm, Sat: 9am-3pm ; itsmystery.biz
u: Black Oak Books, 2618 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702 ; (510) 486-0698 ; 11:am – 7:pm ; http://www.blackoakbooks.com/
u: Book Alley ; 1252 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106 ; 626.683.8083 ; Mon – Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm; http://www.bookalley.com/
g: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925 ; (415) 927-0960; Mon-Sun 9-9pm ; http://www.bookpassage.com/
m: Book’em Mysteries, 1118 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91030-3212. Barry Martin & Mary Riley; 626-799-9600; 800-4-BOOKEM; Tue- Fri 11am – 6pm, Sat 11am – 5pm, Sun 12 – 5pm; http://www.bookem.com/
m & sf: Book Carnival: Mystery & Dark Fantasy, 348 S. Tustin Ave., Orange, CA 92866-2502; Anne Saller; 714-538-3210 ; Tue – Fri 12:-6: PM, Sat 10:-5: PM
g: Bookshop Santa Cruz; 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 ; 831 423-0900 ; Sun- Sat, 9am to 10 pm; http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/
g: The Booksmith; 1644 Haight Street , San Francisco, CA 94117 ; Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm ; 415.863.8688, or 800.493.7323 ; Christin Evans and Praveen Madan; http://www.booksmith.com/
g: Book Soup ; 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood CA 90069 ; 310 659 3110; Mon – Sat: 9:00am – 10:00pm, Sun: 9:00am – 7:00pm ; http://www.booksoup.com/
g: Chaucer’s Books ; 3321 State St. (Loreto Plaza), Santa Barbara, CA; (805) 682-6787; Mon-Sat: 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun: 9:00am-8:00pm; http://www.chaucersbooks.com/
c: Children’s Book World; 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd.,Los Angeles, CA 90064; (310) 559-BOOK/2665; Mon – Fri 10:pm – 5:30pm, Sat 10:am – 5:pm; http://www.childrensbookworld.com/
g: City Lights, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133 ; (415) 362-8193; 10 am to midnight; http://www.citylights.com/
m & sf: Dark Carnival, 3086 Claremont Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705-2630; Jack Rems; 510-654-7323 ; Mon. – Sat. 10:30am – 7pm, Sun12noon – 6pm; http://www.darkcarnival.com/
g & u: Green Apple Books ; 506 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 ; (415) 387-2272 ; Kevin Hunsanger, Kevin Ryan, Pete Mulvihill; Sun – Thur: 10 am-10:30 pm, Fri- Sat: 10 am-11:30 pm ; http://www.greenapplebooks.com/
g: Kepler’s Books 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025 (650) 324-4321; mon-thurs: 9 to 9, fri-sat : 9-10, sun 10-6 ; http://www.keplers.com/
g & m: Modern Times, 2919 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 ; 415-282-9246 ; Mon-Fri: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sat & Sun: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM; http://www.mtbs.com/
m: Mystery and Imagination Bookshop, 238 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203-2610. Malcolm & Christine Bell; 818-545-0206 ; Tues-Fri 12:30-7, Sat -12:30-8; Sun -12:30-5; http://www.mysteryandimagination.com/
m: Mystery Ink, Goldenwest Plaza, 7176 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Debbie Mitsch ; 714-960-4000; Tue – Thur: 10:00 a.m. – 5: p.m., Fri: 11: a.m. – 6: p.m., Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ; http://mysteryink.com/
m: Mysterious Galaxy, 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Ste. 302, San Diego CA 92111-1040; Elizabeth Baldwin; 858-268-4747; 800-811-4747; Mon – Fri 10am – 7 p.m, Sat – Sun 10 am – 5pm; http://www.mystgalaxy.com/
m: Mysteries To Die For, 2940 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362; Jane Becher, Deanne Harrington and Heidi Sobel; 10 to 6 Wed- Fri Sat 10 -5; 805-374-0084; http://www.mysteriestodiefor.com/
g: Skylight Books; 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; (323) 660-1175; 10 am to 10 pm; http://www.skylightbooks.com/
g: Vroman’s Bookstore ; 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101; 626-449-5320 ; Mon – Sat 9am to 9pm, Sun 10am to 8 pm; http://www.vromansbookstore.com/
s: William Stout Architectural Books; 804 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Mon-Fri: 11:am -6:pm; 415.391.6757; http://www.stoutbooks.com/
g: Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202 ; 1-800-833-9327; Mon Sat 9: am – 9: pm, Sun, 10: am – 6: pm; http://www.tatteredcover.com/
m: Murder by the Book, 1574 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO 80210-2635;Lauri Verschure & Joan D. Montgomery; 303-871-9401, 800-300-2595 ; http://www.murderbythebook.com/
g: R.J. Julia ; 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT 06443 ; 203-245-3959 ;http://www.rjjulia.com/; Mon. thru Sat. 10 – 8 , Sun. 10-6
u: The Book Barn, 41 West Main St., Niantic, CT ; 9: am to 9: pm ;
(860) 739-5715; http://www.bookbarnniantic.com/
g: The Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Green Hill Rd., Washington Depot CT 06794; 860-868-0525; mon – sat 9 – 5:30 sun 11 – 5; http://www.hickorystickbookshop.com/
g: Barrett Bookshop, 314 Heights Rd., Darien CT 06820 ; 203-655-2712 ; mon – fri 9 – 6, sat 9 – 5; http://www.barrettbookstore.com/
g: Diane’s Books, 8a Grigg St, Greenwich CT 06830 ; 203-869-1515 ; Mon – Sat 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m; http://www.dianesbooks.com/
g: Ninth Street Book Shop, 104 W 9th St., Wilmington, DE 19801 ; (302) 652-3315; Jack and Gemma Buckley ; http://www.indiebound.org/stores/ninth-street-book-shop
District of Columbia
g: Bridge Street Books ; 2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW, (Georgetown) Washington, DC 20007; (202) 965-5200 Mon-Sat 11 am – 9 pm
Sun 12 pm – 6 pm; bridgestreetbooks.com/
g: Politics and Prose; 5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20008 ; 202-364-1919 • 800-722-0790 • 202-966-7532 (fax) ; http://www.politics-prose.com/
g: Kramer Books ; 1517 Conn. Avenue, NW. DC 20036 ; 202 387-1400 ; Open 7 Days a Week ; http://www.kramers.com/
u: Second Story Books ; 2000 P St., NW, Wash., DC 20036, (on the corner of 20th and P Sts.) ; Tel. (202) 659-8884 ; http://www.secondstorybooks.com/
g: Books & Books ; 265 Aragon Avenue ; Coral Gables, FL 33134 ; 305.442.4408 ; Sun-Thur: 9am-11pm | Fri-Sat: 9am-Midnight; http://www.booksandbooks.com/
g: Books & Books; 927 Lincoln Road ; Miami Beach, FL 33139; 305.532.3222 Sun-Thur: 10am-11pm | Fri-Sat: 10am-Midnight ; http://www.booksandbooks.com/
g: Chamblin Bookmine; 4551 Roosevelt Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32210; 904-384-1685; Mon-Sat 10:am – 6:pm, Sun Closed; http://www.chamblinbookmine.com
m: Murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach, FL 33444. Joanne Sinchuk ;561-279-7790 ; http://www.murderonthebeach.com/
g: Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033 ;Tel: 404-486-0307 ; http://www.eagleeyebooks.com/
g: A Cappella Books, 484-C Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta GA 30307 ; mon – sat 11am to 8 pm, sun 12 – 7; 404 681 5128 ; http://www.acappellabooks.com/
g: Shaver’s Book Store, (E. Shaver) 326 Bull Street Savannah GA; 234-7257; 9: a.m. – 6: p.m. Mon – Sat ; http://www.savannahga.net/activities/shaversbookstore.html
g: Basically Books ; 160 Kamehameha Avenue; Hilo, HI 96720; (808) 961-0144, 1-800-903-MAPS ; Mon-Sat 9:am-5:pm, Sun: 11:am-4:pm ; http://www.basicallybooks.com/
g: Middle Earth Books; 75-5719 Ali’i Drive – Kailua-Kona, HI
g: Chapter One Bookstore, 160 N Main St ~ Ketchum, ID 83340 ;(208) – 726-5425 ; Cheryl Thomas ; http://www.chapteronebookstore.com/
g: Iconoclast Books, 671 Sun Valley Road, P.O. Box 806, Ketchum, ID 83340; 208-726-1564 ; http://www.iconoclastbooks.com/
g & u: Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th St. , Boise, ID 83702; 208-376-4229 ; M-Sa: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM ; Su: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM ; http://www.rdbooks.org/
u: Myopic Books; 1564 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL 60622 ; 773.862.4882 ; 9am to 11pm http://www.myopicbookstore.com/
g: Quimby’s Bookstore; 1854 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 ; 773-342-0910; Mon – Thu: 12pm – 9pm, Fri: 12pm – 10pm, Sat: 11am – 10pm, Sun: 12pm – 7pm; http://www.quimbys.com/
g: The Book Stall at Chestnut Court ; 811 Elm Street Winnetka IL 60093
; 847-446-8880 ; Books@thebookstall.com
g: Anderson’s Bookshops, 123 West Jefferson, Naperville, IL 60540 ; (630) 355-2665; and Anderson’s Bookshop, 5112 Main St., Downers Grove, IL 60515 ; (630) 963-2665 ; http://andersons2.indiebound.com/
u: Powell’s ; 1501 East 57th Street ; Chicago, IL 60637 ; (773) 955-7780 ; 9 am to 11 pm ; http://www.powellschicago.com/
u: Seminary Cooperative Bookstore ; 5757 South University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637; 773-752-4381, 1-800-777-1456; 8;30 am to 8 pm ; http://www.semcoop.indiebound.com/about
m: Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130-1502; August Paul Aleksy, Jr. ; 708-771-7243; Tue – Fri 11am – 7 pm, Sat: 10 am – 5 pm, Sun: 12 – 5 pm;http://www.centuriesandsleuths.com/
u: Hyde Brothers, Booksellers ;1428 Wells St., Ft. Wayne, IN 46808, 1-800-264-6369 or 260-424-0197 ; Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 1-5 ; Sam Hyde ; http://www.hydebros.com/
g: Prairie Lights, 15 South Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA 52240; 319-337-2681; 800-295-BOOK • Paul Ingram and crew; 9 am – 9pm daily ; http://www.prairielights.com/
g: Watermark Books, 4701 East Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS 67218-1012 ; (316) 682-1181; Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat-Sun 8 a.m. – 5; http://www.watermarkbooks.com/
g: Kansas City Rainy Day Books, 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, KS 66205-1705 ; Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 10-6, Thu 10-7, Sat 10-5, Closed Sun; 913-384-3126 ; www.RainyDayBooks.com
m: The Raven Bookstore, 6 E. 7th St., Lawrence, KS 66044-2702; Mon to Sat 10am- 8pm, Sun 1pm 5pm Pat Kehde & Mary Lou Wright; 785-749-3300 http://www.ravenbookstore.com/
m: I Love a Mystery, 5460 Martway St., Mission, KS 66205-2915. Mon Sat 10 am – 6:00 pm, Closed on Sun; Karen Spengler; 913-432-2583; http://www.iloveamystery.com/
g: Carmichael’s, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206 ; 502-896-6950 ; 9am-9pm ; and 1295 Bardstown Road Louisville, Kentucky 40204; 502-456-6950 Sun -Thu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-11pm ; http://www.carmichaelsbookstore.com/
g: Poor Richard’s Books, 233 Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601; Tel: (502) 223-8018 ; http://poorrichards.indiebound.com/
A flood of suggestions perhaps?
g: Owl & Turtle Bookshop, 32 Washington Street Camden, ME 04843 ; (207) 236-4769 ; http://www.owlandturtle.com/
u: The Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop, 115 Elm Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543 ; (207) 563-7807 ; http://www.skidompha.org/skidompha/bookshop.asp ; pm mon – fri, 10 am to 4, sat. 10 – 1
s: Rabelais, 86 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101; 207-774-1044; food, wine, farming and gardening ; Samantha Hoyt Lindgren and Don Lindgren ; http://www.rabelaisbooks.com/
g & u: Longfellow Books, Portland Main One Monument Way, Portland, ME 04101; (207) 772-4045 http://www.longfellowbooks.com/ open daily
g: Main Street Books, 2 E. Main Street, Frostburg MD 21532; 301 689 5605 ; Monday – Friday: 10am-8pm, Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 12pm-5pm
g: Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Rd., Baltimore, MD 21211 USA ; MON – SAT 11am – 7pm, SUN; 11am – 6pm; 410.662.4444; http://www.atomicbooks.com/
u: Normals Books & Records, Baltimore ; 425 E. 31st Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 ; (410) 243-6888 ; Open 11 AM – 6 PM daily
m: Mystery Loves Company, 202 S. Morris Street, Oxford, MD 21654. Kathy Harig; 410-226-0010; mysterylovescompany.com
u: Bearly Read Books; 320 Boston Post Rd., Sudbury, MA 01776; Betty Ann Sharp and Jim Ellis; (978) 443-4034; Mon-Sat 9:30-5; Sunday 12-4:30; http://www.bearlyreadbooks.com/
u: Boston Book Company & Book Annex, 705 Centre St. & 906 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02130; Helen Kelly and Charles Vilnis; (617) 522-2100, (800) 653-7767; 11 AM – 7 PM, Mon – Thu; 11 AM – 9 PM, Fri – Sat, Closed Sun; http://www.rarebook.com/
u: Brattle Book Shop; 9 West Street, Downtown Boston, MA 02111
617-542-0210 toll free 1-800-447-9595 ; 9am-5:30pm, Mon-Sat; Ken Gloss and crew; http://www.brattlebookshop.com/
u & s: Bromer Booksellers; 607 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116 ; Anne and David Bromer; (617) 247-2818 ; http://www.bromer.com/
g & u: Brookline Booksmith ; 279 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446-2908 ; 617-566-6660 ; Open 7 days a week ; Dana Brigham and crew; http://www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com/
u: Children’s Bookshop ; 237 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445 ; 617 734 7323 ;; http://www.thechildrensbookshop.net/
s: Grolier Poetry Book; 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square, Cambridge MA 02138; Tue – Wed. : 11am-7pm, Thur-Sat: 11am-6pm, Closed Sun and Mon; http://www.grolierpoetrybookshop.org/
g & u; Harvard Book Store ; 1256 Massachusetts Avenue ; Jeff Mayersohn and crew; Cambridge, MA 02138 ; (617) 661-1515 ; (800) 542-READ ; http://www.harvard.com
u: Heritage Bookshop ; Bruce Coombs and Nicole Goldstein ; 241 College Hwy & Clark St.; Southampton, MA 01073 ; open Saturday 12-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm. 413-527-6200 ; http://www.heritagebks.com/
u: Meetinghouse Books; 70 N. Main St. South Deerfield MA 01373; (413) 665-0500 – Wed-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-6 Judith Tingley and Ken Haverly; http://www.meetinghousebooks.com/
u: The Montague Bookmill ; 440 Greenfield Rd. Montague, MA 01351 ; 413-367-9206 http://www.montaguebookmill.com/
g: New England Mobile Book Fair, 82-84 Needham Street ; Mon – Sat 9:30 – 6, Sun 11 – 5; Newton Highlands, MA 02461; (617) 964-7440 or (617) 527-5817 ; http://www.nebookfair.com/
g: The Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St.; S. Hadley, MA 01075 ; (413) 534-7307 ; (800) 540-7307 ; Mon – Fri: 10:am – 8:pm, Sat: 10:am – 6:0pm, Sun: 12 – 5:pm; Joan Grenier, Neil Novik and crew; http://www.odysseybks.com/
u: Parnassus Book Service; 220 Rt 6a, Yarmouthport, MA 02675 ; Benjamin Muse; (508) 362 6420 ; http://www.parnassusbooks.com/
u: Tim’s Used Books, 386 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601; (508) 778-5550; and 242 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657; (508) 487-0005.
u: Titcomb’s Bookshop; 432 Rte. 6A, East Sandwich, MA, East Sandwich, MA 02537; Ralph, Nancy and Vicky Titcomb; Mon-Sat 9-6; Sun 11-5; (508) 888-2331, (800) 649-2331 ; http://www.titcombsbookshop.com/
m: Aunt Agatha’s, 213 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. James & Robin Agnew. Phone: 734-769-1114. http://auntagathas.com/
g & u: Dawn Treader Book Shop ; 514 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 ; (734) 995-1008
u: John K. King Used & Rare Books ; 901 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 ; Phone: (313) 961-0622 ; 9:30am to 5:30pm, Mon – Sat ; http://www.rarebooklink.com/
u: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers ; Gene Alloway and Paul Hare ; 212 N. 4th Ave ; Ann Arbor, MI 48104 ; 734.669.0451; Mon -Sat 10-7 pm ; http://www.mottebooks.com/
u: West Side Book Shop ; 113 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 ; (734) 995-1891; Mon 11am-6pm; Tue-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 12pm-5pm ; Jay Platt; http://westsidebookshop.com/index.htm
g: The Bookshop; 1940 Lexington Ave N., Roseville, MN 55113; 651 636-3176
Mon. – Fri. 10am – 8pm, Sat. 10am – 6pm, Sun. 12pm – 5pm; http://www.my-bookshop.com/
g: Magers & Quinn Booksellers ; 3038 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408 – 612-822-4611; Sun-Thu: 10:am-10:pm, Fri – Sat: 10:00am -11:00pm; http://www.magersandquinn.com/
m: Once Upon a Crime, 604 W. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN 55405-3303. Patricia Frovarp and Gary Shulze; 612-870-3785; Mon – Sat 11AM to 5:30PM ; http://onceuponacrimebooks.com/
m & sf: Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstore / Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore, 2864 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407-1320; 612-824-9984; M – F 10am-8pm, Sat. 10am – 6pm, Sun. 12 – 5pm ; Jeff Hatfield; http://www.unclehugo.com/
g & u: Lemuria ; 202 Banner Hall, 4465 I-55 North, Jackson, MS 39206 ; 601.366.7619 / 800.366.7619; 8 am – 7 pm (Mon – Sat)
10:30 am – 3 pm (Sun) ; http://www.lemuriabooks.com/
g: Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655 ; (662) 236-2262
or 800-648-4001 ; Mon – Thu 9am -9pm, Fri – Sat 9am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 6pm ; http://www.squarebooks.com/
u: Choctaw used books, 926 North Street, Jackson, MS 39202 ; 601 352 7281; Fred Smith; Mon 10 – 2, Tues – Sat 9am to 5pm.
g: Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 63108 ; and 321 North 10th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101 ; 314.436.3049 ; Mon – Sat
10:am – 10:pm, Sun 11:am – 6:pm; http://www.left-bank.com/
m: Big Sleep Books, 239 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108-1527. Helen Simpson; 314-361-6100 ; http://www.bigsleepbooks.com/
u: Montana Valley Book Store, P.O. Box 152, 512 Railroad Avenue
Alberton, MT 59820 ; 406-722-4950 ; Keren Wales; http://www.montanavalleybookstore.com/
g: The Mystery Bookstore, 1422 S. 13th St., Omaha, NE 68108-3504. Kate Birkel; 402-342-7343; 10 – 6 mon – sat; http://www.mysterybookstore.biz/
Is there someone out there? Anyone? Hello?
u: Old Number Six Book Depot, 166 Depot Hill Road, Henniker, NH 03242 (603) 428-3334; seven days, 10am to 5pm; Ian and Helen Morrison (also Northwood Old Books (603)942-8107, 1563 First New Hampshire Turnpike)
g: Riverrun Bookstore, 20 Congress Street ; Portsmouth, NH 03801 ; 603-431-2100 ; http://www.riverrunbookstore.com
g: The Village Book Store, Littleton, NH 81 Main Street, Littleton N.H.O3561; 800-640-WORD; open seven days, 9am to 6pm except Sun to 5 and Fri to 7; Ned Densmore and Rusty White; firstname.lastname@example.org
m: The Cloak and Dagger, 349 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08540-4614. Aline Lenaz; Tue-Sat 12 noon to 5 PM; 609-688-9840; thecloakanddagger.com
m: Moby Dickens Bookshop, 124A Bent St., Taos, NM 87571-5992. Art & Susan Bachrach. Phone: 505-758-3050; toll free: 888-442-9980; mobydickens.com
m: Mystery Ink Bookshop, 121 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571. Phone: 505-751-1092.
g: Bookcourt, 163 Court Street (between Pacific & Dean), Brooklyn, NY 11201 ; (718) 875.3677 ;http://www.bookcourt.org/store/ MON – SAT, 9AM TO 10PM, SUN, 10AM TO 9PM
s: Books of Wonder; 18 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011; (212) 989-3270 Mon – Sat, 10: am – 7: pm, Sun 11: am – 6: pm; http://www.booksofwonder.com/
g: Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 10 AM to 10 PM ; (718) 246-0200 ; Rebecca Fitting and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo ; http://greenlightbookstore.com/
m: The Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren Street (between Church and W. Broadway), New York, NY 10007. Otto Penzler; 212-587-1011. http://www.mysteriousbookshop.com/
m: Partners & Crime, 44 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011. Marshall Mintz; 212-243-0440. http://www.crimepays.com/
g: St. Marks Books, 31 Third Avenue , New York, New York 10003 ; Tel: 212-260-7853 http://www.stmarksbookshop.com/;Mon – Sat 10 am to Midnight, Sun 11am to Midnight
u & g: The Strand; 828 Broadway, New York, 10003; (212) 473-1452; Mon-Sat 9:30am-10:30pm; Sun 11am-10:30pm
g: Talking Leaves; 3158 Main Street in Buffalo, NY, 14214; Mon, Tue, Fri and Sat: 10am to 6pm, Wed, Thur: 10am to 8pm.; (716) 837-8554 ; http://www.tleavesbooks.com/
g: Three Lives, 154 West 10 St., New York, NY 10014; 212-741-2069; Greenwich Village NY; http://www.threelives.com/
g: Word ; 126 Franklin Street Brooklyn, NY 11222 ; 718-383-0096
Store Hours: 11am-9pm every day ; email@example.com
g & u: Malaprop’s Bookstore; 55 Haywood St., Ashville, NC 28801; Monday-Saturday 9am – 9pm, Sunday 9am – 7pm; 1-800-441-9829 or 828-254-6734; http://www.malaprops.com/
g: Quail Ridge Books, Ridgewood Shopping Center, 3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh, N.C ; http://www.quailridgebooks.com
g: The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham, NC 27705; (919) 286-2700
; Mon – Sat10 am – 9 pm, Sun 12 pm – 6 pm ; http://regulatorbookshop.com/
The wind whispers, “Booooooksss” Where?
g: Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; Cincinnati, OH 45208(513) 396-8960; Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 9:00 pm, Fri 7:30 am – 10: pm, Sat 8: am to 10: pm, Sun 9: am to 8: pm; http://www.josephbeth.com
m: Foul Play Mystery Bookshop, 27 E. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43091-2101. John & Toni Cross; 614-818-CLUE; Tue -Fri 12- 6: pm, Sat: 10:am to 5:pm, Closed Sun -Mon ; http://www.foulplaybooks.com/
g: The Learned Owl Bookshop ; 204 N. Main St., Hudson, OH 44236; 330-653-2252 or 1-800-968-2685 ; Mon – Thu: 9 AM – 8 PM, Fri: 9 AM – 7 PM, Sat: 10 AM – 7 PM, Sun: 12 – 5 PM; firstname.lastname@example.org
g: Fireside Book shop ; 29 N. Franklin St. Chagrin Falls OH 44022 ; Daily 10am-8:30pm, Sun 10am–6pm ; 440 247 4050; http://www.firesidebookshop.com/
g: Full Circle Bookstore; 1900 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK; Mon-Thurs 10 am-9 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am-10 pm Sun 12-5; (405) 842-2900 or 1-800-683-READ; http://www.fullcirclebooks.com/
u: Second Chance Books; 3909 North MacArthur, Warr Acres, OK 73122; 1-877-706-READ; MON-FRI 10am to 8pm, SAT 10am to 7pm and SUN 12pm to 6pm; http://www.second-chance-books.com/
g: Powell’s City of Books ; 1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209; 503-228-4651 or 800-878-7323 ; 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m ; Powells.com.
m: Murder by the Book, 3210 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214-5045; Barbara Tom & Carolyn Lane; 503-232-9995. http://www.mbtb.com/
g: Joseph Fox Bookshop ; 1724 Sansom Street ; Philadelphia, PA 19103; 215-563-4184; http://www.foxbookshop.com; Mon – Sat 9:30am – 6:00pm , Wed 9:30am to 7:pm Closed Sun
u: Caliban Books ; 410 South Craig St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 ; 412-242-9040 ; http://www.calibanbooks.com/
g: Robin’s Books:
110A South 13th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19107.
215-735-9600 fax 215-735-2670 ; http://www.robinsbookstore.com
u: Brickbat Books ; 709 South Fourth St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 ; Tue: thru Sat, 11am to 7pm, Sun: 11am to 6pm, Closed Mon ;215-592-1207 ; http://brickbatbooks.blogspot.com/
m: Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop, 6 Clouser Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-9735. Deborah Beamer. 717-795-7470; 866-MY-ALIBI (866-692-5424http://www.mysterybooksonline.com/
m: Mystery Lovers Bookshop, 514 Allegheny River Blvd., Oakmont, PA 15139-1648. Richard Goldman and Mary Alice Gorman ;412-828-4877; 888-800-6078; http://www.mysterylovers.com/
m & u: Whodunit? 1931 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103-3530. Art Bourgeau & Henry Reifsnyder. Phone: 215-567-1478; Monday-Saturday, Noon-6:30 PM; 800-567-1478; www.abebooks.com/home/whodunit
g & u: Midtown Scholar Bookstore ; Sun, Mon: 12-7pm; Tues, Wed, Thurs: 9am-9pm; Fri, Sat: 9am-10pm; 1302 North Third Street, Harrisburg PA 17102 ; 717-236-1680 ; http://www.midtownscholar.com
u: Cellar Stories; 111 Mathewson St., Providence, RI 02903; 401.521.2665
Mon- Sat 10 am – 6 pm ; http://www.cellarstories.com/shop/cellar/index.html
m: Murder by the Book, 1645 Warwick Avenue, Suite 202, Warwick, RI 02889-1524. Open by appointment. Kevin J. Barbero. Phone: 401-781-1300. Web site: http://www.abebooks.com/murder-by-the-book-warwick-ri/3825/sf
u: Myopic Books; 5 South Angell, Providence, RI 02906; (401) 521-5533; Mon – Sat 10am-7pm & Sun 12-5 pm; http://www.myopicbooks.com/
u: Ed’s Editions; 406 Meeting St., Columbia SC ; Mon – Thu 10am – 7pm, Fri – Sat 10am – 5 pm, Sun 1pm – 5pm; http://www.edseditions.com/
g: The Hub City Bookshop; 186 West Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29306; 864-577-9349; Mon-Thurs 10am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun Closed; http://www.hubcity.org/bookshop
Any thoughts? Don’t give me that stone face routine.
g: Elder’s Bookstore; 2115 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-327-1867; hours? ; http://www.eldersbookstore.com/
m: Mysteries and More, Lenox Village, 6965 Sunnywood Drive, Nashville, TN 37211. Mary and Greg Bruss; 615-837-3300; Tue- Sat 10am – 6pm; http://www.mysteriesandmore.net/
m: Adventures in Crime and Space, 1504 Norris Dr., Austin, TX 78704; Open by appointment. Willie Siros; 512-383-1376; CrimeAndSpace.com
u: Booked Up ; Box 1286, 216 S. Center, Archer City, TX 76351; Mon – Sat 10:am to 5:pm; Closed Sun; (940) 574-2511; Larry McMurtry and crew; http://www.bookedupac.com/index.html
g: Brazos Bookstore; 2421 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005; (713) 523-0701; Mon – Sat 10: am – 6: pm, Sun 12: pm – 6: pm; http://www.brazosbookstore.com/
m: Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77005-1512. Phone: 713-524-8597; toll free: 888-4-AGATHA; murderbooks.com
s: Marfa Book Company , 105 South Highland, Marfa, TX 79843; 432 – 729 – 3906 ; Wed – Sun, 10 – 7 pm ; http://www.marfabookco.com/
g: Book People, 603 N. Lamar, Austin TX 78703 ; Open daily, 9am to 11pm ; (512) 472-5050 ; http://marfabookcompany.wordpress.com/
m: Remember the Alibi Mystery Bookshop, 8055 West Avenue #101, San Antonio, TX 78213. Ray Hengst. Phone: 210-344-7776; 888-272-5135; 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; http://alibimystery.tripod.com/
g & u: Sam Weller’s Bookstore, 254 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101; (801)328-2586; 800-333-SAMW; http://www.samwellers.com/
g & u: Back of Beyond Books, 83 N. Main St., Moab, UT 84532 ; 800-700-2859 (toll-free); 9am to 8pm everyday; www.backofbeyondbooks.com/
g: Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main Street Manchester Center, VT 05255; 802-362-2200, 800-437-3700; 7pm Tue – Sat 10am – 9pm; http://www.northshire.com/
m: Mystery on Main Street, 119 Main St., Brattleboro, VT 05301; David Lampe-Wilson; 802-258-2211; 10am – 6pm, Sun: 11am – 5pm, Closed Wed ; mysteryonmain.com
m: Kingdom Books, 283 East Village Road, Waterford, VT 05819. Open by appointment; check blog for schedule; Beth & Dave Kanell; 802-751-8374; http://www.kingdombks.com/
u: Black Swan Books ; 2601 West Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220 ; http://www.blackswanbooks.com/
g: Fountain Bookstore, 1312 E Cary St. , Richmond, VA 23219 ; (804) 788-1594; Richmond VA ; Mon-Thurs 10-8, Fri-Sat 10-9, Sunday 12-5 ; http://fountainbookstore.com/
g: Elliot Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle WA 98122 ; (206) 624-6600 ; Toll Free 1-800-962-5311; Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.. Friday – Saturday. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday10 a.m. – 9 p.m; http://www.elliottbaybook.com
m: Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., Seattle, WA 98104. J.B. Dickey. Phone: 206-587-5737. http://www.seattlemystery.com/
g: Aunties Bookstore, 402 West Main Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201 ; open 7 days; 509-838-0206 ; http://www.auntiesbooks.com/
…a mountain echo, please?
m: Booked for Murder, 2701 University Ave., Madison, WI 53705-3700; Sara Barnes; 608-238-2701; 800-200-5996; Tue-Fri 10-6
Sat 10-5, Closed Mon, Sun 12-5; http://www.bookedformurder.com/
g: Boswell Book Company; 2559 N. Downer Ave. ; Milwaukee, WI 53211 ; (414) 332-1181; Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm , Sun 10 am. – 6 pm; Daniel Goldin, et al; http://boswell.indiebound.com/
m: Mystery One Bookshop, 2109 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202-1110; Richard Katz; 414-347-4077; 800-207-0084; http://mysteryone.com/
g: Next Chapter, 10976 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI 53092; Mon – Wed: 10-7; Thu-Sat: 10-8, Sun: 11-5; http://www.nextchapterbookshop.com/
s: Polonia Bookstore; 4738 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60630; (773) 481-6968, (866) 210-6451; Mon – Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm, Sun Closed; http://www.polonia.com/
A tetons amongst the buffalo?
g: Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires
g: Avenue Bookstore, 127 Dundas Place, Albert Park, Melbourne
g: Coventry Bookstore, 265 Coventry St, South Melbourne
g: Goulds Book Arcade, Sydney
m: Dead Write Books, #1 4333 West Tenth Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6R 2H6; (604)-228-8221; Mon-Thu 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-6pm; http://www.deadwrite.com/dw.html
g: McNally Robinson Booksellers; 1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, MB Canada R3M 2A6 ; 1-800-561-1833; Mon – Thu 9 am – 10 pm, Fri – Sat 9 am – 11 pm, Sun 12 – 6 pm ;http://www.mcnallyrobinson.com
m: Sleuth of Baker Street ; 907 Millwood Rd., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4G 1X2; 416-483-3111; Thu – Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 12 – 4pm; http://www.sleuthofbakerstreet.ca/
u: The Monkey’s Paw ; 1229 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON M6J 1X6 ; 416.531.2123 ; tues-sat 11am-6pm, sun 12pm-5pm ; www.monkeyspaw.com
g: Blackwells, Waterstones, and Foyles are all excellent new bookshops, but they are chains, not independent shops.
g & u: Hay-on-Wye is a town of small independent booksellers on the border of Wales and England.
g: Hatchards ; 187 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LE; 020 7439 9921; Mon to Sat 9.30 – 7 pm, Sun 12. – 6. pm ; http://www.hatchards.co.uk/
u & g: Scarthin Books, Cromford, Derbyshire; +44 (0)1629 823272 ; Mon-Sat – 9 am to 6 pm, Sun – 12 – 6 pm; http://www.scarthinbooks.com
Abbey Books, 29 rue de la Parcheminerie, Paris, France
La Bouquinèrie, 88 La Canebiere, Marseille
Shakespeare and Company ; 37 Rue de la Bücherie, Paris http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com
Another Country, Riemannstr.7, 10961 Berlin (U7-Gneisenau) ; Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. & Sun 12 a.m.-4 p.m ; http://www.anothercountry.de/
Atlantis Books, Oia, Santorini, T.K. 84702, Kyklades ; http://www.atlantisbooks.org/bookshop/
Holland (The Netherlands)
g: The American Book Center ; Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam; tel: +31(0)20 625 55 37; Mon 11 am – 10 pm, Tue – Wed – Fri – Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Thur 10am – 11pm, Sun 11 am – 6:30 pm; http://www.abc.nl
g: Selexyz Dominicanen, Dominicanenkerkstraat 1, Maastricht ; 043 321 08 25 ; http://www.selexyz.nl/
g: Strand Book Stall (www.strandbookstall.com) well thought of, but part of a chain in Mumbai and other cities.
g: Bookàbar, Via Milano 15-17, Rome ; 06 489 13 361; 10:00-20:00 Tue-Thu & Sun, to 22:30 Fri & Sat; www.bookabar.it
g: Livraria Lello, Rua das Carmelitas 144, Porto; 222 002 037; 10am-7pm Mon-Sat.
Though the mistakes and omissions are all mine, listings have been drawn from diverse sources including personal visits, internet research, and the following sites:
American Booksellers Association; http://www.bookweb.org/index.html
The Guardian (UK) Best Bookshops list, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/bestbookshops ;
Sean Dodson 10 Best Bookshops , http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/jan/11/ ;
Jeremy Mercer’s Top 10 Bookshops at The Guardian UK; http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2005/dec/06/top10s.bookshops;
Newpages.com: http://www.newpages.com / Indie Bookstores /;Mystery Readers International list of mystery bookstores : http://www.mysteryreaders.org/bookstores.html ;
Bookstore Guide : (Sonja and Ivan); http://www.bookstoreguide.org/
Flavorwire’s list of the top 10 bookstores in the US : http://flavorwire.com/115586/the-top-10-bookstores-in-the-US (and especially the responses to that list) ;
Robert Teeter’s Home Page : Bookstore Hall of Fame, http://www.interleaves.org/~rteeter/bkstrhof.html /
Please let me know of other resources.
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