op.cit. specializes in new and used books in all subjects, first editions, and a selection of remainders. The bookstore also hosts local author showcases and readings—including the Nickel Stories reading series on the second Thursday of every month—throughout the year.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop is the largest nonprofit literary center in Colorado and the Mountain West. Since 1997, they have offered writing instruction and workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, and many other genres. A community-based center for the art and craft of writing, they also offer master classes, seminars on publishing, a year-long fellowship, and off-site retreats, as well as sponsor the annual Lighthouse Lit Fest conference.
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is a nonprofit creative hub that uses art and design as a vehicle for civic engagement. On the third Friday of each month, the Bridge PAI hosts the Charlottesville Reading Series, a monthly event of live readings of poetry and prose. Emerging and established writers from diverse backgrounds, both locally and nationally are recruited for the series.
Source Booksellers is an independent bookstore in Detroit's Midtown district that specializes in nonfiction books. They also host literary readings, book talks, and conversations with local and national authors; mind, body, and spirit classes and workshops; and other community events.
Book Soup is located on the world famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. The bookstore has been serving readers, writers, artists, rock and rollers, and celebrities since it was founded by Glenn Goldman in 1975. With over 60,000 titles, specializing in art, film, photography, music, controversial nonfiction, and literary fiction, the shop hosts author events and is open daily.
In the location that was formerly Endicott Booksellers, this third Book Culture location in Manhattan hosts weekly readings with authors and poets. Book Culture is a true community bookstore. Founded in 1997, the stores feature new and classic fiction and nonfiction, cookbooks, mystery novels, graphic novels, home and craft books, and travel guides.
The Mercantile Library maintains and expands a large, historic collection of books while presenting a healthy schedule of events including author and writer visits and events, book discussions, lectures, workshops, and forums. Additionally, the library is home to a diverse collection of artworks including portrait busts, paintings, and sculpture.
Founded in 1974, Changing Hands Bookstore is an independent community bookstore and online bookseller that gives a portion of its proceeds to local schools and over two hundred local, national, and international charities and service organizations. A second location, in Tempe, was opened in 1998. The bookstores host frequent author readings and signings, writing classes and workshops, and other literary events. The Phoenix branch of the bookstore also has the First Draft Book Bar, which serves beer, wine, coffee, and food, and hosts a happy hour book club.
Main Street Books has been an independent book provider for over twenty years. In addition to books, patrons can purchase a multitude of gift items, including greeting cards, bookmarks, journals, card games, and children’s toys. Main Street Books also coordinates several author events per month, both at the store and with the St. Charles City-County Library District. They have hosted local favorites as well as national bestseller authors.
The Focal Point is a live music venue and listening room that hosts live bands and musical acts, as well as other performances and events. The St. Louis Poetry Center hosts the Poetry at the Point reading series at Focal Point on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM.