For many, bookstores offer a place of solitude, literary refuge, and place to connect with others. Black-owned bookstores around the country have continuously served as community meeting places, hosted events, and offered spots on shelves for up-and-coming Black writers.
During the pandemic, many Black-owned businesses unfortunately shuttered their doors as the economic fallout overwhelmed our cherished eateries, salons, and more. This month, in recognition of National Book Month, the Black Information Network wants to put you on to some Black-owned bookstores around the US who are keeping our local communities engaged in the joy of reading even in the face of hardships.
From Philadelphia, Atlanta, to Chicago, here are 15 Black-owned bookstores you can support this month and beyond.
Harriet's Bookshop –– Philadelphia, PA
Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery –– Chicago, IL
Mahogany Books –– Washington, D.C.
Tattered Cover Book Store –– Denver, CO
Sistah Scifi –– Oakland, CA
Grassrootz Bookstore –– Phoenix, AZ
The Listening Tree Children's Booktique –– Decatur, GA
Community Book Center –– New Orleans, LA
Marshall's Music & Book Store –– Jackson, MS
Liberation Station Bookstore –– Raleigh-Durham, NC
Cafe con Libros –– Brooklyn, NY
Smith & Hannon Bookstore –– Cincinnati, OH
Mocha Books –– Tulsa, OK
Turning Page Bookshop –– Summerville, SC
Positive Vibes Bookstore –– Virginia Beach, VA
For a list of more than 100 Black-owned bookstores across the country, check out this list by Oprah Magazine.