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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...

Poetry Collection Signing

Susan Hankla
Clinch River
Sunday, October 22, 2 - 4 PM
Clinch River cover

In Susan Hankla's debut poetry collection, Appalachian women can dirt in Mason jars, push husbands down wishing wells, and try to read the signs on Hostess cupcakes. Through lyrical narrative poems peopled by school friends, veterans, and ghosts, Hankla presents the poverty of the psychic wound, such as regret, as well as the wounds that poverty asserts, such as longing. The axe of fate chops off the tip of Junior's index finger, and we follow him till he is transparent. Some wounds heal over time and a narrator enters her doppelganger, Glenda, to give us that sturdy girl's one-eyed view. Following her into middle age, we'll hear her tell it like it is, when her friend can't. Wearing a red sweater, the narrator tries to leave the premises, but comes unravelled, as if it's Glenda who makes sure of her return, so that together, they bear witness to the issues of cooking with lard and slaughtering hogs, of crazy men and the deaths of them.

Author Signing

Gerald Sheinfeld
At the Feet of the Spiritual Master:
Stories from My Life with Avatar Adi Da Samraj

Thursday, November 2, 6 - 8 PM
At the Feet of the Spiritual Master cover

This is an audio book of Leelas, or true stories from a life of over 45 years with Avatar Adi Da Samraj. How he awakened ordinary people into loving devotees. And how He revealed Prior Unity as the truth of all beings.

Author Signing

Randy and Barbara Fitzgerald
Flights of Fancy
Saturday, November 4, 1 - 3 PM
Flights of Fancy cover

Award-winning columnist Randy Fitzgerald and his wife, Barbara, get the humor soaring in their new book, Flights of Fancy: Stories, Conversations and Life Travels with a Bemused Columnist and His Whimsical Wife, a collection of columns and anecdotes shared by Randy--columnist for The Richmond News Leader, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Boomer magazine--and Barbara--freelance writer and advertising/marketing expert.

Come and Play German Scrabble!

Sunday, November 19, 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.

Author Signing

Clay Blancett
Avenue of Champions
Saturday, December 2, 1 - 3 PM
Avenue of Champions cover

A recently divorced single father struggles to maintain his identity and integrity working for the City of Richmond's Solid Waste pick up. The protagonist negotiates the environments of manual labor and family life while trying to avoid the costs of his alcoholism on his family, his past, and his sense of himself. Nearly brought to suicide, the protagonist survives by discovering the basic beauty of the humanity he shares with the people he works with.

Author Signing

Walter Griggs
Historic Richmond Churches & Synagogues
Sunday, December 3, 2 - 4 PM
Historic Richmond Churches and Synagogues cover

Richmond's historic houses of worship cannot be separated from the city's storied past. A young Patrick Henry sparked a revolution with his "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech inside St. John's Episcopal Church on Church Hill. Congregation Beth Ahabah, with its awe-inspiring windows and adjoining museum, is one of the oldest and most revered synagogues in the country. An interstate highway was moved to save the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, where John Jasper asserted, "De Sun do move," in the most famous sermon ever preached in the city. Beloved local author Walter Griggs Jr. tells the compelling history of Richmond's most holy places, with photography by Robert Diller.

Author Signing

Howard Owen
The Devil's Triangle
Friday, December 8, 5 - 7 PM
Devil's Triangle cover

When a twin-engine Beechcraft crashes into one of Richmond's watering holes and turns happy hour into Hell, theories run rampant. Was it terrorists who, for some reason, decided to vent their spleens on unsuspecting Richmond? Was it a statement by homegrown killers less-than-thrilled that the city still, in the 21st century, chooses to honor Confederate leaders on its most prominent avenue? For Willie Black, the daily newspaper's hard-charging, hard-drinking night cops reporter, the question still remains: Why? This is Howard Owen's 15th novel, and the sixth starring intrepid night police reporter Willie Black. Like Willie, Owen has been a longtime newspaperman, working at everything from reporter to sports editor to editorial pages editor. He has been writing fiction since Jan. 1, 1989. He and his wife, Karen, live in Richmond and often bump into Willie in the dives and joints that they all enjoy.

Author Signing

J.L. Canfield
What Hides Beneath
Saturday, December 9, 1 - 3 PM
What Hides Beneath cover

Hidden beneath a lump of clay and dirt is a very rare art work crafted by a Japanese artist known as a warrior. Two museum curators, who specialize in Asian art say it is valuable but renowned appraiser, Annette Williams claims it is worthless and her words carry weight in the art world. So which is it? Pete White, an insurance investigator disappears from the museum where he is researching the treasure. Did he uncover it's true value or find it's a fake? Lieutenant Detective Philip Samyn wonders why he is assigned to investigate a low priority robbery from a museum. Is his boss trying to push him to retire? He never thought his last case would be a missing laptop. That's not how he envisioned leaving the force. His investigation proves we see never the complete picture. There is always something hidden beneath. The first in a new series by J.L. Canfield.

Author Signing

Glenda Kotchish and Janie Wilson
Make No Assumptions
Sunday, December 10, 2 - 4 PM
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Make no assumptions that your perspective will be mine. We may both be Southerners, both have grown up within miles of one another, gone to rival high schools within shouting distance, both had difficult first marriages, raised two children, found love at last. But that doesn't mean that we write the same stories, about the same things. Make No Assumptions is an anthology comprised of stories Kotchish and Wilson wrote together. Over a year, they met every Wednesday and chose a topic. Both wrote whatever struck their fancy--poetry, short stories, memoir, or a combination of them all. Then they went home and feverishly developed, edited and developed some more, as all writers must. Sit back in an easy chair with a nice glass of iced tea (sweet of course), and enjoy.

Editors' Signing

Deirdra McAfee and Betty Joyce Nash, editors
Lock & Load: Armed Fiction
Friday, December 15, 5 - 7 PM
Lock and Load cover

Nothing says America louder than a gun. As the short stories assembled here demonstrate, firearms loom as large in our imaginations as in the news. In this unforgettable anthology, the common theme, and the essential object, is the gun. These striking stories, from such famous authors as Annie Proulx, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and John Edgar Wideman, plus a talented group of newcomers, range widely--from tender to violent, from chilling to hilarious. Tales of love, war, coming of age, and revenge, they occur in landscapes familiar or ordinary, distant or dystopian, and reflect Americans' particular obsession with, and paranoia about, guns. This masterful and thought-provoking collection moves beyond the polarized rhetoric surrounding firearms to spark genuine discussion.

Author Signing

Kevin Hopson
Dry Drowning
Saturday, December 16, 1 - 3 PM
Dry Drowning cover

Some men prey on weakness. Some use force to display power. And some will use words to break a soul. But Jacob Schmidt is not one of those men. He'll take his nicks in order to protect others and stand up against injustice.

All author proceeds from this story, which touches on domestic violence, will go to Safe Harbor Shelter. Learn more at www.safeharborshelter.com.

Come and Play German Scrabble!

Sunday, December 17, 3 - 5 PM
Auch Anfänger sind willkommen!