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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...

Author Signing

Howard Owen
Grace
Monday, December 12, 5 - 7 PM
Grace cover

Life is cheap on the poor side of town. For more than two decades, young black kids have been disappearing from Richmond's East End. No bodies have ever been found, and the missing boys haven't received much attention from police or the media. When the uncle of the latest missing kid takes matters into his own hands and holds the daily newspaper's publisher hostage in the paper's lobby, Willie Black--the world's oldest night cops reporter--gets involved, and things start to change. He forms a strange alliance with Big Boy Sunday, a dangerous man who exhibits a strong interest in seeing that Willie finds the truth--although Willie will learn that Big Boy wants parts of that truth to remain hidden.

This is Howard Owen's 14th novel and the fifth Willie Black mystery. The first, Oregon Hill, won the Dashiell Hammett Prize for best crime literature in the U.S. and Canada. It was followed by The Philadelphia Quarry, Parker Field and The Bottom.

Author Signing

William Hamby
A Gambler's Feast
Saturday, December 17, 1 - 3 PM
A Gambler's Feast cover

In June 1969, Victor Sinclare leaves conservative Cincinnati, Ohio, to join a former high school friend for a summer job in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Victor is 1-A in the Draft, flunking out of college, reeling from the news that a fraternity brother has been killed in Vietnam, and running from the inevitable disappointment he is about to be to his parents. Victor is habitually stoned, drinking too much, frustrated at sex, tormented by dreams and feeling smothered by his hometown. He is bewildered about his future and Tahoe seems as good a place as any to avoid himself and the world. Only after an explosive and violent incident is he finally forced to confront his future. Victor makes an emotional sprint down the California coast to Mexico and onto New Orleans, then north. On the side of a road in Mississippi he finally faces his truth.

Come and Play German Scrabble!

Sunday, December 18, 3 - 5 PM
Auch Anfänger sind willkommen!

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.