Sure Cleveland has its Barnes and Noble's, and they are great stores, but to really get the feel of Cleveland, seek out one of the quirky independent bookstores around town. They're an eclectic bunch, specializing in poetry, used books, and local favorites. Try one of these the next time you're looking for something to read:
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is a friendly and welcoming store, filled with gently used books on topics ranging from fiction to philosophy. Loganberry specializes in books on women's topics and the arts, and has a large selection of children's books as well. They are a huge supporter of local writers and feature four to five local author events per month in addition to an annual local author book fair.
13015 Larchmere Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44120
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Located along Bohemian Coventry Road, Macs Back's is something of a local icon. This independent bookseller was self-publishing books long before the advent of the Internet. Today, they still encourage young writers and poets, and host bi-weekly readings and open houses to give local authors a chance to share their work. The shelves here are piled with books, not all of them paperbacks, in all genres and subjects.
Mac's Backs Paperbacks
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Hts., OH 44118
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The Learned Owl Book Shop is the quintessential small town bookstore, complete with a resident long-haired bookstore dog named Maggie. The store features three floors of books for readers of all ages, from the latest fiction to venerable classics, from travel guides to fun childrens story books. The service here is excellent and browsers are encouraged.
The Learned Owl
204 N. Main St
Hudson, OH 44236
Who would think that the nation's largest antiquarian Internet book business is located in a brick warehouse not far from downtown Cleveland? It's Zubal Books and it's been in business since 1961. They have more than five million titles and carry most genres and subjects. The only drawback: you can't actually browse the shelves at Zubal's, at least not in person, but their easy-to-navigate website makes shopping a breeze. The company was even featured on Tony Bourdain's Cleveland segment of "No Reservations"
on the Travel Channel.
Located in the charming village of Chagrin Falls
, Fireside Books has been a Cleveland booklover's favorite for more than 42 years. They carry a personally selected variety of new and classic books, with an emphasis on local authors and topics. A regular schedule of events includes poetry readings, seminars with local writers, theater presentations, and live music. The attentive and knowledgeable staff is always ready with a recommendation.
Fireside Book Shop
29 N. Franklin St
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Located in Cleveland Heights, Appletree Books is a delightful oasis in a sea of cookie cutter bookstores. The brainchild of retired CWRU
professor, Jane Kessler, Appletree Books features an interesting selection of new hardback and paperback titles in an array of subjects. You'll find the expected here, but also the unexpected. The store's tranquil atmosphere makes it a welcome place to shop.
12419 Cedar Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
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This small and charming independent bookstore opened in 2007 in the heart of Tremont
. In addition to a good selection of new, used, and rare books, including many by local authors, Visible Voice has a wine bar, a brick courtyard with tables, and a free meeting room. The store hosts a regular schedule of free poetry readings, book signings, lectures, and music events.
Visible Voice Books
1023 Kenilworth Ave. (Tremont)