Literary Site Type: Reading Venue

Grassrootz Books and Juice Bar

Grassrootz Books and Juice Bar is an independent bookstore specializing in African American literature, history, and culture. Inside the bookstore is a juice bar and coffee shop as well as a workspace for the community. Grassrootz has an in-store community library with flexible extensions and the ability to borrow a book for thirty days for only five dollars. Books of all kinds and conditions are also accepted for donation. The shop hosts book signings and other events, and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 

Codex

Codex is an independent bookstore located in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Opened in January 2018, Codex sells new and gently used books with a focus on literary fiction, art, cinema, and philosophy. The shop also hosts book releases and readings. Open seven days a week from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Codex buys gently used books and has a charming cart with $1 books along the sidewalk.

The Kansas City Public Library: Central Library

Located downtown is the Central Library of the Kansas City Public Library. Founded in 1873, it is one of the oldest and third largest public library systems in America. Within the Central Library, the Missouri Valley Room contains a wide collection of items related to Kansas City local history, including original and published materials, news articles, postcards, photographs, maps, and directories dating from the city’s earliest history. The library’s Ramos Collection includes books, pamphlets, journal articles, and other materials relating to African American history and culture.

Blip Roasters

Blip Roasters is a café in a sunny, brick urban building in Kansas City, Missouri, which hosts weekly open mic nights, writing workshops, and bike nights for motorcyclists. Their Poetry Underground series features seasonal showcases and an annual poetry slam, typically requiring a cover fee for entry. There is also a conference room available for booking offering a quiet environment with a conference table, Wi-Fi access, and tinted windows for privacy. 

Community Bookstore: Park Slope

Community Bookstore is an independent bookstore that has served the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, since its establishment in 1971. They are known for their well-curated shelves, garden, and local bookstore cat. The store also hosts monthly events, including readings and panels. 

Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers: Broadway

Shakespeare & Co. is an independent bookstore located in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. The store hosts a plethora of events including book signings, readings, talks, monthly book club meetings, and open mic nights for comics, poets, and musicians. Their flagship shop is located in the Upper East Side on Lexington Avenue.

powerHouse at Industry City

Located in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, powerHouse at Industry City is an offshoot of the famed Dumbo bookstore and event space. PowerHouse brings its brand of curated fiction, nonfiction, art, design, cooking, kids, early readers and novelty books and gifts, married to a robust events programming schedule of signings, events, and appearances. The store features a subterranean photo gallery as well a craft coffee and spirits tasting café.

Books Are Magic: Montague Street

Located in Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, the second location of Books Are Magic opened in 2022. Owned by Emma Straub and Michael Fusco-Straub, the independent community bookstore sells a variety of books, including best-sellers, titles by local authors, and a wide selection of kids’ books. The shop also hosts literary events such as book launches, readings, and talks. Their flagship store is located in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn.

More Than Words: Boston

This bookstore is the second location of More Than Words, an independent nonprofit youth-run bookstore supporting and empowering young adults who are in the foster care system, court-involved, houseless, or out of school. Donations of books and clothing are accepted, and the bookstore also hosts author events and can be rented out for events. Visitors can browse and purchase books, gifts, and music. Their flagship location is in Waltham, Massachusetts.

More Than Words: Waltham

Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, More Than Words is an independent nonprofit youth-run bookstore supporting and empowering young adults who are in the foster care system, court-involved, houseless, or out of school. Donations of books and clothing are accepted, and the bookstore also hosts author events. Visitors can browse and purchase books, gifts, and music. There is a second location in the South End neighborhood of Boston.

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