Paper Boat Booksellers has books for everyone, whether it is fiction, nonfiction, young reader, or a cookbook. The West Seattle shop is open Tuesday through Sunday and holds events throughout the year, including author readings, book clubs, and open mics.
Sister’s Uptown Bookstore opened in 2000, and the Cultural Center was added in 2007. A staple in the community of Washington Heights, the shop features books by African American authors and holds events for writers, including workshops, poetry readings, and spoken word performances.
Detroit Book City is a small, independent bookstore that specializes in African American books, media, and events. They carry new and gently used adult and children books (i.e. self-help, Black-consciousness, spiritual, how to, urban fiction, memoirs, biographies, and more), and sell books written by local and national indie authors, as well as, rare, hard to find or out-of-print African American books.
Tubby & Coo’s is a locally owned, progressive, nerdy new and used book shop and tabletop gaming store in Mid-City New Orleans. The book shop is named after the owner’s grandparents: Tubby & Coo, who grew up in the same neighborhood where the shop is located.
A niche genre fiction bookstore, they carry science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, and children’s books. There is also a board game demo library of more than 250 games for customers to peruse.
Know Allegiance Nation Books or KAN Books is a bookstore dedicated to authors and artists of color in Michigan and around the globe. New and used fiction and nonfiction titles are available for children and adults. Located in the North End of Detroit, the shop also hosts open mics, and writing and self-publishing workshops for aspiring local writers.
WORD has two bookstores, one in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and one in Jersey City. Established in 2013, the Jersey City location has an inventory of current and past favorites from all genres and categories as well as a café serving coffee and treats. They host a full calendar of events each month, from provocative and thoughtful to flat-out fun.
Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers was established in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg in 1999. The shop specializes in used, rare, and new books on contemporary art, architecture, and various design fields with an emphasis on imported or hard-to-find selections. Thousands of books are hand-picked for clientele from the eclectic collection of philosophy, literature, cinema, and children’s books. Their second location is located in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Shakespeare & Co. is an iconic Manhattan bookstore founded in 1983. The store is adjacent to the Hunter College campus and hosts book signings, readings, talks, and writing workshops.
The Lexington Avenue store also includes a high-quality café and the patented Espresso Book Machine technology, which can produce on-site bookstore-quality books in minutes from a catalog of over 7,000,000 in-copyright and public domain titles.
PowerHouse on 8th is a bookstore, reading club, mini-gallery, and community space bringing South Slope the best in fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, YA, novelty, cooking, decorating, stationery, and more, all from the curatorial minds hived at Dumbo’s famed powerHouse Arena. The shop hosts book launches, readings, and a Sunday Story Time series.
Chartwell considers itself “a bookstore in the classic tradition.” For thirty years they have been selling rare and out-of-print Winston Churchill books, as well as books on the military, motors, baseball, photography, jazz, classic fiction, and nonfiction. The store is named after Sir Winston Churchill’s home in England’s Kent countryside, and is the only standing bookshop in the world devoted to his writings.