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Book People Turns 35 On December 5!

You are all invited to the party starting at 5 PM, December 5! Everything in the store will be 35% off all weekend long. Hope to see you here!

We have been 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 and browse through 20,000 titles in stock—half new and half a combination of used and collectible volumes—all within a 1200 square-foot house. We offer...

  • Convenient, Ample Parking
  • Discounts on New York Times Bestsellers
  • Delivery and shipping available
  • Cozy, old-fashioned bookstore atmosphere
  • New, used, and rare books
  • Foreign language section
  • Out-of-print book search
  • Discounts to institutions and book clubs

Book People is located just south of the corner of Granite and Patterson Avenues with ample parking to the side of the store.

We special order books, read books and have an excellent track record of locating out of print books for our customers. Both in-store shoppers and telephone orders are welcome. We delight in face-to-face transactions, but attend to domestic and international phone-in mail orders promptly as well. Our inventory is NOT computerized, apart from over 3,700 collectible titles listed with AbeBooks. We are proud to rely on our brains instead.

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.

Upcoming events

Author Signing
Quilt of Souls
Saturday, November 7, 1 - 3 PM, Richmond Public Library
Sunday, November 8, 2 - 4 PM at Book People
Phyllis Lawson

Quilt of Souls coverQuilt of Souls is about the strength of Black women who prevailed before and after the turn of the century, a demographic that has gone unrecognized, with no celebration of the lives they endured and upheld. The untold stories of these women who were quilt makers, laundresses, and butter churners are revealed in this book. It tells of how they survived and provided for their children and the grandchildren they raised.

"At the age of four years old, I was plucked off my front porch, from the only family I knew, and delivered sixteen hours away to land on the doorstep of Grandmother Lula, who I never met before. I was abandoned by my mother, pure and simple. I needed a miracle and that miracle took the form of an old tattered quilt (a family heirloom) that my grandmother made out of the clothing of long lost loved ones who died in the face of extreme bigotry, racism and ugliness that was pervasive to that time.

"Lula Horn (1883-1986), through oral tradition, and through the weaving of ripped up pieces of clothes transformed into quilts, told me the tragic stories of my ancestor's lives and deaths. Each piece of cloth woven into the quilt had the blood, sweat and tears of Black people living and dying at the hands of unconscionable injustices. The weaving of their clothing into a quilt mended each broken life back together with each pull of the thread."

Please note that the signing on November 7 is at the Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street. For more information on this event, please call 804-646-7223.

Author Signing
Homo Sapiens: An Appraisal of Modern Humans
Friday, November 13, 5 - 7 PM
Rajan Jaisinghani

Homo Sapiens coverWhy Homo sapiens, a seemingly intelligent species, continues to irreparably damage the Earth, so vital to not only our own survival but to that of all the intertwined living things around us, is passionately and insightfully addressed here by Rajan Jaisinghani. The book encompasses almost everything related to Homo sapiens-the environment, collective behaviour and psychology, population and economics, governance and politics, philosophy and art. It discusses the difficult steps we might take to begin to ameliorate this damage, the necessary pre-requisites for such repair, and ends with a semi-fictional chapter on life in 2050. Uniquely, the book uses the conditions in India as a warning to the rest of the world; India is akin to a laboratory experiment in which extreme population is the dominant parameter. While it is technically accurate and includes much research, the book is written in a style easily understood by everyone. It is a must read for anyone interested in a realistic and logistical view of the trends that have been developing over the last 200 years and which look set to continue into the future.

Come and Play German Scrabble!
Sunday, November 15, 3 - 5 PM
All German books are half-price on this day!
Book Discussion
Go Set a Watchman
Saturday, November 21, 1 - 3 PM

Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman. Did you read it? Just heard about it? Intentionally didn't read it? Come join the discussion.

Author Signing
Secrets at Lighthouse Point
Saturday, November 28, 12 - 2 PM
Hugh Harris

Secrets at Lighthouse Point coverMarty lay back on his pillow and stared at the ceiling. "It's sort of like Lighthouse Point is loaded with deep, dark secrets." He and Gracie lay together in silence, and presently he sat up. "I know God's light is brighter and stronger than all the dark secrets put together. We're on the right track, hon. With God's help, we'll make it. We have to hang on with absolute trust."

Sometimes even your best intentions are tested by things you can't control. Just when Gracie Love and Marty need a break from the gospel music circuit, Fanny Grayson calls with a challenge that takes them back to Dinkel Island. Fanny needs help launching a spiritual retreat center on the old lighthouse property that she has purchased. Gracie soon finds herself in the center of gossip as volatile as a thunderstorm's damaging winds. The seller tries to back out of closing. Secret activities at the lighthouse begin to be exposed. Gracie and Marty question their commitment, and Pastor Kate Sheppard helps them stay on course. A crime syndicate surfaces when a local businessman suddenly disappears. Will the secrets ever end?

Secrets at Lighthouse Point is a story of intrigue, challenge, and the ultimate triumph of faith, centered in Matthew 5:15: "No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house."

Author Signing
Radical Sending: Go to Love and Serve
Wednesday, December 2, 5 - 7 PM
Fletcher Lowe

Radical Sending coverAs congregations explore their emerging visions, they need support in "equipping the saints" for their day-to-day lives and ministries beyond the doors of the building. The Dismissal - "go in peace, to love and serve the Lord" - becomes as important as the Eucharist in feeding the people for the journey. But churches often fail to focus on this baptismal calling to "go" into the worlds of work, family, and community. This book fills that void, focusing on how the baptized become "go-ers," providing practical and tested ways of fulfilling that calling.

Go to Love and Serve builds on and complements the work of Stephanie Spellers' Radical Welcome, which called congregations to move beyond diversity and inclusion to be places where the transforming gifts, voices, and power of marginalized cultures and groups bring new life to the mainline church. Each chapter is followed by discussion questions for use with small groups or for personal reflection.

35-Year Anniversary Celebration!
Saturday, December 5, 5 PM
Book People is turning 35 and you are all invited to the party starting at 5 PM! Everything in the store will be 35% off all weekend long. Hope to see you here!
Come and Play German Scrabble!
Sunday, December 20, 3 - 5 PM
All German books are half-price on this day!