Literary Site Type: Indie Bookstore

Friendly City Books

Friendly City Books is a bookstore located in historic downtown Columbus in Mississippi offering books in an array of genres, including children’s books. Launched with the intention of bolstering community in the city, the bookstore intends to be not merely a seller but a gathering place for writers and readers. Their curated events hope to highlight Mississippi’s rich literary tradition, and their publishing imprint seeks to promote new voices from the Hospitality State.

Totem Books

Totem Books is an independent bookstore and record store in Flint, Michigan. The shop has an expansive collection of new and used books, a café, and hosts the Totem Talk series and other live events. They are open Monday through Saturday.

Barnes & Noble: Emeryville

This Barnes & Noble bookstore is located in the Bay Street complex of Emeryville, California. This location hosts frequent literary events including book launches, readings, talks, and conversations. The shop is open seven days a week: Monday through Sunday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

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Wooden Shoe Books and Records

Wooden Shoe Books and Records is an all-volunteer collectively-run bookstore fostering community and activism based in Philadelphia. Since its founding in 1976, the Wooden Shoe has supported “radical and nontraditional” literature with a range of new and used books focused on social justice for both adults and children. Generally open daily from noon to 10:00 PM, it is best to call ahead to make sure they are open.

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Chin Music Press

Founded in 2002 by Bruce Rutledge and Yuko Enomoto, Chin Music Press is a curiously bibliophilic indie publisher located in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. Their books cover a wide range of quirky and eclectic topics and genres including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s books, YA, photography, and translation.

DreamHaven Books

Located in the Standish neighborhood of Minneapolis, DreamHaven specializes in new and used science fiction, fantasy, horror, film and media books, comics, and graphic novels. The independent bookstore is open Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays.

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Mysterious Bookshop

Opened in 1979 by Otto Penzler in New York City, the Mysterious Bookshop proclaims to be “the world’s oldest mystery fiction specialty store.” Originally located in Midtown before moving to Tribeca, the bookstore stocks mystery books in hardcover, paperback, and periodical forms, as well as signed first editions, rare and collective hardcovers, and Sherlockiana. Their Bibliomystery series features novellas by some of the biggest authors in the genre, written exclusively for the store.

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Rizzoli Bookstore

Rizzoli Bookstore has been a literary landmark and long-standing independent bookstore for over fifty years. Previously located at 57th Street for over twenty years, the bookstore is now located by Madison Square Park in New York City’s NoMad neighborhood. A popular destination for readers and writers from across the globe, their collection of books is specialized in literature, in English, Italian, Spanish, and French, as well as illustrated books on architecture, interior design, fashion, photography, cookery, and the fine and applied arts.

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Bookmans: Flagstaff

After his father sold him the store for just one dollar, Bob Oldfather opened Bookmans in 1976. It has since become the largest independent bookseller in Arizona. Now, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has six stores in Tucson, Phoenix, Mesa, and Flagstaff. The Flagstaff location buys, sells, and trades used books, magazines, comics, music, movies, video games, musical instruments, and more.

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Bookmans: Mesa

After his father sold him the store for just one dollar, Bob Oldfather opened Bookmans in 1976. It has since become the largest independent bookseller in Arizona. Now, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has six stores in Tucson, Phoenix, Mesa, and Flagstaff. The Mesa location buys, sells, and trades used books, magazines, comics, music, movies, video games, musical instruments, and more.

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