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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

On Richmond's Wheel: A Celebration of Cycling
Sunday, September 13, 1 - 3 PM
Tom Houff and Aysley Miller Fisher

On Richmond's Wheel coverOn Richmond's Wheel: A Celebration of Cycling is a beautiful coffee table book celebrating Richmond's love affair with the bicycle. Through first hand interviews, old photographs, newspaper images and newspaper accounts, journey back in time to see the first bicycle rider in Richmond. Feel your heart pump riding down Brook Road in 1895 to break a cycling record that likely still stands today. Hear the lingering cheers of 15,000 fans watching a 1892 cycling race. Learn how early cycling advocates shaped the modern landscape. Revisit the 1983 Tour of America and the dusted off memories of the re-emergence of bike clubs and racing in the 1990s. After splitting Richmond’s cycling history into four eras, the book ends by looking forward to Richmond's hosting of the 2015 World Cycling Championship.

Come and Play German Scrabble!
Sunday, September 20, 3 - 5 PM
All German books are half-price on this day!
Poetry Reading
Saturday, September 26, 2 - 4 PM
Mike Maggio, Patsy Anne Bickerstaff and Derek Kannemeyer

Local poets Mike Maggio, Patsy Anne Bickerstaff, and Derek Kannemeyer will all be on board for a great afternoon of poetry reading. They will be signing copies of their works as well.

Tuksook's Story
Tuesday, September 29, 4 - 6 PM
Bonnye Matthews

Tuksook's Story coverCome meet Bonnye Matthews, award winning author of prehistoric fiction, as she signs her newest book, Tuksook's Story, the fourth in the Winds of Change series of novels about the peopling of the Americas before the Ice Age. In this novel, part of the people remaining in China/Mongolia migrate to the Cook Inlet area of Alaska. They flee a terrible drought in their old land. Some remain behind, hoping things will improve and fearing boat travel. They find a wonderful land in Alaska and try to encourage the remaining ones to join them. Wisdom provides the people a revelation of what will come in the distant future.