Indie Bookstore Day in Metro Detroit
By: Michael Fossbakk
April 24, 2019
There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a really good book. Unlike with a good movie or video game, where the appearance of the world is imagined by someone else, a book allows you to imagine a world of your own. This makes your experience with the book just that; your experience.
In honor of Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 27, 2019, We thought we’d take some time to highlight a few of the local bookstores found right here in Metro Detroit!
Located in Ann Arbor, Nicola’s Books is a great location for books from local authors and national bestsellers alike. Speaking of local authors, Nicola’s hosts events and signings with local authors on a regular basis. If you’re a local author and want to have an event at Nicola’s, simply fill out the application form on their website.
Found in northwest Detroit, Pages Bookshop is run by owner Susan Murphy, who personally decides which books make it onto Pages’ shelves. It’s a relatively small space, so being selective is important and with a master’s degree in library science, Murphy knows how to curate a great selection of reads. Also, they have a nice cat named Pip. How could you say no to Pip?
Library Bookstore has been serving the great Ferndale area for decades with a wide selection that ranges from Great American Novels to the most popular in young adult fiction. The space may seem small, but there are worlds upon worlds to discover in this shop.
Also found in Ann Arbor, Literati Bookstore has been delighting patrons with stories from around the world since 2013. They host author readings, poetry nights and book clubs, as well. In addition to their main book club, there are also book clubs that tackle a specific theme or topic, such as feminism, the environment and poetry.
One of the oldest bookstores in Metro Detroit, John K. King Used & Rare books has two locations (a flagship in Detroit and one in Ferndale). It is here you will find a wide array of literature that spans decades. Book collectors will revel at the selection of rare finds and casual readers are sure to find something that suits their reading taste.
With more than 30 years in the business, this Livonia-based shop is not only home to a great selection of books, but a wholesome, welcoming environment filled with knick-knacks, reading accessories and more. They also hold regular events and support organizations that promote children’s reading.