9 Indie Bookstores In Detroit We Love

Independent booksellers foster a lively literary community in the heartland, and Motor City is no different. With classic standards that anchor the community and newer stores offering fresh voices, these nine indie bookshops offer Detroit book-lovers a diverse pool of shops to frequent. Keep scrolling to read more and have a look at our curated list of bookstores in St. Louis and Chicago as well.

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Literati, Ann Arbor
Located in downtown Ann Arbor, forward-thinking Literati is owned and operated by a husband-wife duo. Passionate and helpful staff, well-balanced offerings and frequent events make this a must-visit indie bookshop.

Pages Bookshop, Grandmont Rosedale
After starting as a pop-up bookshop, Pages opened its brick-and-mortar location in 2015. A community gem, Pages brings contemporary and classic reads to Detroit, as well as a number of exciting author events.

Library Bookstore, Downtown Ferndale
This quaint shop offers used titles at reasonable prices and is a particularly great place to hunt for vintage books and magazines.

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Lo & Behold!, Hamtramck
Both a record shop and bookstore, Lo & Behold has a bohemian vibe and features work by local writers and musicians. The place to go if you’re searching for something rare or unusual, owner Richie Wohlfeil can recommend a unique read.

Common Language Bookstore, Ann Arbor
One of only a handful of self-identifying feminist and LGBTQ bookstores in North America, Common Language has popular reads and is also a reliable place to find fascinating gender and sexuality studies titles, in addition to graphic novels, children’s books and literature.

The Book Beat, Southfield
A small, eclectic shop, The Book Beat is a community bookstore that specializes in art, photography, literature and children’s titles.

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John K. King Bookshop, Downtown
Michigan’s largest used bookstore, one can get lost for days in John K. King’s downtown location, housed inside a building that was formerly a glove factory. The downtown location is a limitless place to browse, and with an additional location in Ferndale, this shop offers nearly infinite selections.

Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor
With just what you’re looking for in a community bookstore, Nicola’s has a broad but not overwhelming selection and a knowledgeable staff who can help you hunt down a book—even when you can’t quite remember the title.

Source Booksellers, Midtown
Specializing in non-fiction books, Source is the place to go if you’re looking for a book about health and wellness, history and culture, spirituality or women’s studies.

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