It’s a treasure in itself for a bustling city like Atlanta to have community-centric bookstores that exist even with tough competitors like mega stores and e-readers. The very unique stock these independent bookstores carry includes a diverse list of authors from strong feminist writers to mystic astrological teachers. Atlanta’s independent bookstore circle also includes an adorable shop that will entertain kids and get them excited to pick out a book and visit again. It’s exciting to support local bookstores, as they support the community with frequent activities, author visits, and a diverse stock of titles and subjects.
A Capella Books
208 Haralson Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Since 1989, A Cappella Books has been the über cool independent bookstore in Atlanta proudly carrying a variety of new and used books and rare and out of print titles. Plus there’s a signed books collection for sale by leading authors. The events calendar is chock full of writers visiting the store and hosting author events at The Carter Center. A Capella’s staff is eager to recommend a book and introduce you to your new favorite author.
Charis Books and More
1189 Euclid Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Located in the happening Little 5 Points shopping town is a little purple house that’s home of Charis Books and More. The store’s specialty is catering to independent feminist books and happens to be the oldest feminist bookstore in the nation. Charis Books is very active in the community and boasts a jam-packed events calendar with everything from yoga classes to writing workshops to author discussions and more! The shop also sponsors a non-profit, Charis Circle, which works to support a healthy feminist communities, social justice, and to build up positive diversity and vocal expression.
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Little Shop Of Stories
133A E. Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
Sitting in the quaint downtown Decatur square is the cutest children’s bookstore – Little Shop of Stories. Not only will kids love meandering the store’s awesome kid’s collection, but they can also have their birthday party there. Little Shop of Stories hosts summer camps for kids and book groups. Be sure to check their events calendar to learn about story times and author appearances in the store.
Bound to be Read Books
481-B Flat Shoals Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30316
Bound to be Read Books is dedicated to its community with donations to organizations such as East Atlanta Kids Club, Grant Park Cooperative Preschool, Oakhurst Cooperative Preschool, Atlanta Charter Middle School, East Lake Family YMC, and lots more! They believe in the idea of used books recycling in the community and the karmic benefits of buying locally. Stop by this store and let Kona, the bookstore kitty, greet you, as a well read employee recommends your next read. The store likes to celebrate things like national poetry month with readings and holds monthly seminars and lectures.
Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore
5531 Roswell Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30342
This gemstone of a bookstore really is that – a bookstore that carries not only mystic books, but crystals, chimes, jewelry, oils, candles and more. When stopping by Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore, save some time to get a tarot reading. The events calendar has things going on daily including meditation, journaling, astrology, past life regressions and more. This is one unique store that can leave you with a great new book to read and a reading on your future!
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Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.