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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
Friday, October 2, 4 - 6 PM
The Bottom
Howard Owen

The Bottom coverRichmond is in a panic. For the fourth time in eighteen months, a young girl or woman has been brutalized and murdered. This time, the body of a fourteen-year-old is found in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom train station. On her ankle is the same perversely cartoonish tattoo that has led the cops and newspapers to dub the perpetrator the Tweety Bird killer. In The Bottom, the fourth Willie Black mystery to follow Oregon Hill (winner of the 2012 Hammett Prize), Richmond's nosiest newspaperman, true to form, chases the story like a bulldog going after a pork chop. But once he's caught it, he'll wish he hadn't.

This is Howard Owen's thirteenth novel and fourth Willie Black mystery. Like Willie, Owen is a newspaperman. He's been a reporter, a sports editor, and editorial page editor. Among Owen's first nine novels were the best-selling Littlejohn, The Reckoning, and Turn Signal. He and his wife Karen live in Richmond.

Discussion Group
Friday, October 16, 5 - 6 PM

Sylvia Clute, Program Coordinator for the Alliance for Unitive Justice will lead a discussion about the "school to prison pipeline", mass incarceration in Virginia, what is being done about it, and how you can join the reform effort.

Book Discussion
Saturday, October 17, 12 - 2 PM
Volunteering & Giving Back
Stuart M. Perkins (discussion leader)

Stuart M. Perkins will be discussing Amy Newmark's Volunteering & Giving Back, the latest in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. This collection of 101 inspiring stories celebrates volunteers and those who give back, and also shows how the biggest beneficiaries are the givers themselves.

Come and Play German Scrabble!
Sunday, October 18, 3 - 5 PM
All German books are half-price on this day!
Author Signing
Saturday, October 24, 3 - 5 PM
Paranormal Petersburg
Pamela K. Kinney

Paranormal Petersburg coverTravel to Petersburg, Virginia, and the surrounding areas of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Prince George, Dinwiddie, and nearby Ettrick-Matoaca, Enon, and Chester to discover what spirits, monsters, UFOs, and legends await the unwary. Why are the Union and Confederate spirits still fighting the Civil War in the battlefields? Who is the lady in blue who haunts Weston Plantation House? Learn what the phantoms at Peter Jones Trading Post will do to keep from being photographed. Drink tea with runaway slaves still hiding on the top floor above the Blue Willow Tea Room. Are Edgar Allan Poe and his bride still on their honeymoon at Hiram Haines Coffee and Ale House? Why does the Goatman stalk young lovers? Meet the ghosts of Violet Bank Museum that greet guests at the house. Hauntingly active as they share space with the living, the dead refuse to give up their undead residency.

Pamela K. Kinney will be signing Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia & the Tri-Cities Area as well as her other books.