Reading books seems to be a bit of a lost art with today’s generation. I’ll admit I kind of slack in this department, but I want to start reading them more often. Getting lost in a good book can help you relax, sharpen your intellect and even help you sleep at night. With that being said, I know there are plenty of avid readers still out there!
Metro Detroit is full of local, independent bookstores. Let’s check some out:
Nicola’s Bookstore located at 2513 Jackson Ave in Ann Arbor is the only full-sized independent bookstore in Ann Arbor. Nicola’s has earned several awards; including the 2013 Pannell Award; which is awarded annually by the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) to two bookstores “that excel in contributing to their communities in a way that brings books and young people together.” Author events are a usual occurrence here, with about 250 events a year! With more than 55,000 books, Nicola’s has an impressive arsenal of reading materials, with a strong collection of fiction and children’s books. After speaking with Nicola, I could easily tell the passion she had for both the store and the Ann Arbor community.
Literati Bookstore is also in Ann Arbor on 124 E. Washington St. This 2,600-square-foot facility has two floors. Literati is a newer bookstore, open for about a year now. In fact, today is its anniversary. Happy Anniversary! With about 15,000 books this store has something for everyone, but literary fiction, poetry, memoir and social science books are Literati’s forte. I spoke with Hilary from this bookstore and she also makes it very evident how much she cares about both books and the community. It’s great to know that!
John K. King Used & Rare Books has locations in both Detroit and Ferndale and was featured on Business Insider’s list of “18 Bookstores Every Book Lover Must Visit At Least Once,” as well as Trazzler’s article on “The world’s most inspiring bookstores.” The Detroit location is in an abandoned glove factory, but has an impressive five-story facility and the collection of King stores boasts more than a million books! It has one of the largest collections in North America. John K. King prides itself on rare and odd books. Be careful though, I heard it is quite easy to get lost in that old factory. This is definitely a place I am going to need to check out.
The Books Connection, 19403 Middlebelt in Livonia is a new and used bookstore serving the Metro Detroit area for more than 30 years. This 4,000-square-foot store has more than 60,000 books, with a very diverse collection from romance to history. If you need to get your hands on a book, but can’t get to the store in time, don’t worry! The Books Connection will reserve it for you free of charge and will let you know when a book has been traded in. You can trade in books for store credit as well; however, the store does not buy books.
The Book Beat resides at 26010 Greenfield Rd., in Oak Park. This bookstore does a multitude events and workshops with artists, authors and activists. It has several collections of books including art, quality literature, film, music and more! The art collection is impressive. It is broken down into several subcategories including modernism & contemporary, pop art, sculpture, graphic design and much more. In fact, all of the collections are broken down into subcategories. The Book Beat prides itself on being an independent bookstore and supporting its community!
There are several other great independent bookstores in Metro Detroit. The next time you are itching to read a new book consider going to one of these local stores. Besides, who wants to go to a crowded chain store anyway?