our favorite bookstores – by city


Here’s the ever-growing list of my favorite local, independent bookstores, organized here by city & state (to see an alphabetical list, click here).


Asheville, North Carolina …

Battery Park Book Exchange  |  828-252-0020  |  website 

The Captain’s Bookshelf  |  828-253-6631  |  website  


Cincinnati, Ohio …

Downbound Books  |  513-541-1394  |  website 


Columbus, Indiana …

Viewpoint Books  |  812-376-0778  |  website 


Frankfort, Kentucky …

Poor Richard’s Books  |  502-223-8018  |  website 


Greenville, South Carolina …

M. Judson Booksellers  |  864-603-2412  |  website 


Knoxville, Tennessee …

Union Ave Books  |  865-951-2180  |  website 


Lexington, Kentucky …

Black Swan Books  |  859-252-7255  |  website  

Joseph-Beth Booksellers  |  website


Louisville, Kentucky …

Carmichael’s Bookstore  |  502-896-6950  |  website 


Madison, Indiana …

Village Lights Bookstore  |  812-265-1800  |  website


New York City …

Argosy Book Store  |  212-735-4455  |  website

The Corner Bookstore  |  212-735-4455  |  website

Three Lives & Company  |  212-741-2069  |  website



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