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A readers' respite for 35 years

When entering through the red front door at the front of the shop, many a customer has remarked, "Wow, a real bookstore!" We have been proudly serving readers around the world from the West End of Richmond, Virginia for 35 years. Visitors to the store are free to explore our four rooms filled with 20,000 new, used, and collectible titles. More about us...

Joshua Hinneh: Hidden Manna

Author Signing
Saturday, April 16, 1 - 3 PM

Hidden Manna coverAre you confused by the symbols and metaphors of the Bible? Do you struggle with messages that might seem confusing? Is it difficult to comprehend the context of current world events in a Biblical sense?

Let the confusion end. In his comprehensive study of both the Old and New Testaments, author Joshua Hinneh unravels the knotty issues that can become prevalent in anyone's walk with the Lord. By addressing confusing language, symbols, and hidden meanings scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments, Joshua is able to shed light on some of the most illuminating messages the Lord has to offer, and now, in Hidden Manna: Revelation, he shares them with you. Join Joshua Hinneh on an incredible journey of faith, discovery, and intimacy with God, and forever change the way you view your own spiritual life.

David Coogan: Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail

Author Signing, with multiple authors attending
Saturday, April 16, 3 - 5 PM

Writing Our Way Out cover"This is a work of creative non-fiction. It's my memoir of teaching a writing class to prisoners. And it's ten prisoners' memoirs, written with this hope in mind: that each man might understand the story of his life, and in so doing, change its course."--David Coogan

Detailing the formative and transformative memories of ten men, Writing Our Way Out is the creative culmination of a writing class that began in the Richmond City Jail in Virginia, and grew into a journey to re-entry. Compiled in a narrative by their teacher, Dr. David Coogan, these stories explore the conditions, traps, and turning points on the path to imprisonment in modern America, as well as the redemptive and rehabilitative power of memoir.

David Coogan is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches courses in writing and literature. He is the founder and co-director of Open Minds, a program that enables college students to take courses in the arts and humanities with men and women incarcerated at the Richmond City Justice Center (formerly the Richmond City Jail).

Come and Play German Scrabble!

Sunday, April 17, 3 - 5 PM
Auch Anfänger sind willkommen!

Walter Griggs: Historic Disasters of Richmond

Author Signing
Sunday, April 24, 2 - 4 PM

Historic Disasters of Richmond coverRichmond has had its share of man-made and natural calamities throughout its illustrious history. In 1811, fire destroyed the Richmond Theatre on Broad Street, tragically claiming seventy-two lives in one of the worst urban disasters in American history. As Union forces approached Richmond in the final months of the Civil War, Confederate troops ignited the city in flames, leaving scars still visible today. The international Spanish flu epidemic did not spare the city in the early twentieth century. The worst airplane crash in Virginia history occurred near Byrd Airport in 1961. Local author Walter S. Griggs tells these stories and more as he traces the harrowing history of Richmond's most famous disasters. He will be signing Historic Disasters of Richmond as well as copies of his other titles.

National Independent Bookstore Day!

Saturday, April 30
Everything will be 40% off all day!

Emily Kimball: A Cotton Rat for Breakfast

Author Signing
Friday, May 13, 4 - 6 PM

A Cotton Rat for Breakfast coverThe entertaining and insightful memoir focuses on adventurer Emily Kimball's transitions from ages 45 through 84, starting when she resigned a well-paying but unsatisfying job, arranged for her children to live with their father for a year, and headed off on her own to search for a new career in environmental education. Along the way she faced many challenges—hiking alone to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, paddling a canoe for over 200 miles on Florida's Suwannee River, and participating in a 10-day survival trip in Utah with only a knife, a toothbrush, an extra pair of socks, and the clothes she wore.

In her job hunt across the country, Emily interviewed with 60 environmental agencies. Traveling on a very limited budget, she camped out and cooked meals, enduring anxiety about her future and that of her children. After arriving home empty handed, she worked 10 part-time jobs over 12 months before securing a permanent job in environment education.

This collection of stories is a must-read for anyone who has ever pondered stepping out of their comfort zone. It is a source of inspiration for people in midlife and beyond, helping them to take risks, explore new directions, and move ahead after failures.

Robert Layton: Herd About Town: Animals' Influence on Man

Author Signing
Saturday, May 14, 2 - 4 PM

Herd About Town coverThey are more than cute. Just as music speaks an international language, animals have a way of communicating with people of all tongues. Their methods are intelligent, reliable, and often humorous.

Animals appear in our literature, word origins, clichés, superstitions and myths. They are found in our military, working with law enforcement, and are making giant strides in human therapy. Many are good at predicting weather and others are used on heraldry and coins all over the world. It’s high-time someone compiled the tremendous impact animals have had on society.

Animal’s Influence on Man meets the challenge demonstrating through, stories, poetry, games, and facts to explain the outstanding contribution creatures and critters have made to mankind; inspiring much of everything we do.

Come and Play German Scrabble!

Sunday, May 15, 3 - 5 PM
Auch Anfänger sind willkommen!

Charnora Reid

Poetry Reading
Sunday, May 22, 2 - 4 PM

Charnora Reid will read from her three books of children's poetry: Seriously Silly, , Smiles and Laughter, and Something to Giggle About. She is a Richmond-area Registered Dental Hygenist by trade, but also wrote poetry for years before deciding it was a buried talent and following her desire to leave a legacy as a children's author. She hopes to put a smile on your face and chuckle in your throat.

Rare books make great gifts!

In the digital information age, a hand-picked rare book stands out as something truly special. Did you know that we have thousands of used and rare books available online? We have been collecting for over 30 years. Go ahead and browse awhile.