Literary Site Type: Indie Bookstore

The Salt Eaters Bookshop

The Salt Eaters Bookshop is an independent bookstore in Inglewood, California prioritizing books, comics, and zines by and about Black women, girls, femmes, and gender expansive people. ​Inspired by The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade Bambara, the shop is working to create a resting ground for all, a place to come home.

Zibby’s Bookshop

Zibby’s Bookshop is a highly-curated, warm, and inviting indie bookstore in Santa Monica, California, with intimate, frequent events designed to connect books and authors to readers and each other.

Octavia’s Bookshelf

Octavia’s Bookshelf is an independent bookstore highlighting BIPOC authors. Located in Pasadena, California, the Black-owned bookstore is inspired and named after Octavia E. Butler who lived and worked in the neighborhood.

Oblong Books & Music

Oblong Books & Music began as Oblong Books & Records in Millerton, New York, in October 1975. In 2001, this second location was opened in Rhinebeck. The largest independent book and music store in the Hudson Valley, the shop hosts author events and readings frequently.


Kramers opened in 1976 and is the first bookstore/cafe in Washington, D.C. The shop has a good stock of LGBT and local literature, as well as a healthy general selection, and is open twenty-four hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Events include author signings and readings.  

Unabridged Bookstore

Owner Ed Devereux opened Unabridged Bookstore in its current location in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood in 1980, and while it has expanded since, his vision has remained the same: to promote and sell great books. Unabridged is known for its dedicated and knowledgeable staff, their hand-written personal recommendations, and unparalleled sale book section. The bookstore hosts a variety of author events throughout the year.

Napa Bookmine

Napa Bookmine opened its doors in downtown Napa on Friday the 13th, September 2013. They have since grown to hold over 25,000 books—used and new—and feature a year-round calendar of community events including author events, book clubs, game nights, and more! It is their hope to provide a welcoming, safe, inspiring place for their community to gather and celebrate the love of books.

Third Place Books: Seward Park

Third Place Seward Park is a general-interest bookstore featuring new and used books with a used-book-buying counter open seven days a week. The shop opened its doors in May 2016 in the Seward Park neighborhood of south Seattle.

Lorelei Books

Lorelei Books is located in the historic downtown of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The loft apartment above the bookstore accommodates an audience of twenty to thirty and is ideal for poets who prefer intimate venues.

Murder By the Book

One of the nation’s oldest and largest mystery specialty bookstores, Murder By the Book carries over twenty-five thousand books: new and used, hardcovers and paperbacks, first editions, collectibles, gift items, mystery magazines, and more. The shop regularly hosts hundreds of mystery, crime, and fantasy book signing events throughout the year.


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