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A respite for readers for 35 years

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
Saturday, April 25, 2 - 4 PM
Charnora Reid
Seriously Silly

Seriously Silly coverCharnora Reid will read and sign her new poetry book for children. Seriously Silly is an anthology of 13 comical poems for children and the young at heart. The author wrote about familiar experiences that occur in the lives of children ranging from a hole in a sock, teeth brushing, the love of chocolate, and online friends. The author, a dental hygienist by day and writer of poetry by night, also encourages young children to be mindful of their dental habits...or the tooth fairy may not visit again.

Author Signing
Saturday, May 2, 12 - 3 PM
Marie Dempsey Carter
Daily Bread: From My Kitchen to Yours

Daily Bread coverIn her cookbook, Marie Carter shares over 365 easy to follow recipes along with an inspirational quote for each day of the year to nourish your soul. Daily Bread includes traditional French Canadian favorites such as hearty soups, les frites, tourtière, boeuf Bourgignon, and sucre à la crème, as well as Southern classics like ham biscuits, cheese straws, bourbon pork tenderloin, succotash with bacon, man n’ cheese, and the ultimate lemon butter cake.

Author Signing
Saturday, May 9, 11 AM - 1 PM
Sharon French Harris
NPH: Journey Into Dementia and Out Again

NPH coverMeet author Sharon French Harris, who will share her well-written, informative, and inspiring story of recovery from NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus) dementia. Her husband, novelist Hugh Harris, will be on hand as well. Hugh chronicles the various stages of the journey, while Sharon tells what it was like to experience them. In a time when we hear much about dementia, Sharon's story of recovery is refreshing. Books will be available for signing.

Author/Artist Signing
Saturday, May 16, 1 - 4 PM
Bob Anderson
Little Rhino Coloring Books for Adults and Kids

Little Rhino coloring book coverChildren and adults alike can enjoy artist Bob Anderson's over-sized nature coloring books of Costa Rica and Africa. In his extensive travels, Bob, who resides in Charlottesville, has captured wildlife in full color, and includes over-sized black and white plates for you to color yourself. Fresh from Virginia Festival of the Book and NPR. With lush details on every page, your inner natural artist is sure to enjoy!