A Compilation of Independent Booksellers of Central Appalachia

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A New Chapter, 922 Washington Street, West Lewisburg, W. Va., 24901, (681) 318-3501, https://www.facebook.com/anewchapterwv/

Cicada Books & Coffee, 604 14th St. West, Huntington, W.Va. 25704, (681) 378-3463, https://www.facebook.com/CicadaBooks/

Four Seasons Books 116 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. 25443 (304) 876-3486, http://www.fourseasonsbooks.com/contact.html

Taylor Books, 226 Capitol Street, Charleston, W.Va. 25301, (304) 342-1461,   http://www.taylorbooks.com/contact/  An independent bookstore, coffee shop, café, and art gallery.

The Book Store, 161 North St., New Martinsville, W.Va. 26155, (304) 455-5080,  https://www.facebook.com/wetzelcountybookstore/

The Paradox Book Store 2228 Market St., Wheeling, W.Va. 26003 With more than 20,000 used books, plus a collection of rare books, The Paradox Book Store has something for everyone and is the oldest used book store in West Virginia. https://paradoxbookstore.com/contact-us


Appalachian Mountain Books, 123 Walnut St., Berea, Ky. 40403, 859-248-0191, https://apmtbooks.com/  Owner and activist, George Brosi, stocks a big selection of regional books on varied topics, including activists and activism.

Coffee Tree Books, 159 E. Main St., Morehead, Ky. 40351, 606-784-8364  https://www.coffeetreebooks.com A wide selection of regional titles from local authors (and a coffee shop).

Jesse Stuart Foundation Bookstore, 4440 13th St., Ashland, Ky. 41102, (606) 326-1667, https://www.jsfbooks.com/


Book Eddy, 1621 N. Central St., Knoxville, Tenn. 37917, (865) 247-7292, https://www.facebook.com/bookeddy/ Used and rare books of many kinds, good selection of local history and radical politics.

Southland Books & Café, 1505 E. Broadway Ave., Maryville, Tenn. 37804, (865) 984-4847, http://southlandbooksandcafe.com/ Used books, café, and anti-Nazi t-shirts.

Star Line Books, 1467 Market St., Ste. 106, Chattanooga, Tenn. 37402, (423) 777-5629, http://starlinebooks.com/ Chattanooga’s only independent bookstore.

Union Ave Books, 517 Union Ave., Knoxville, Tenn. 37902, (865) 951-2180,  https://unionavebooks.indielite.org/ Site of many book signings and readings, Union Ave has also been known to help ACF with a fundraiser.

The Willowtree Coffeehouse and Music Room, 216 E. Main St., Johnson City, Tenn. 37604, https://www.thewillowtreejc.com/  Live music venue, coffeehouse, art gallery, and bookstore.


Chapters Bookshop and Wine Cellar, 101 E. Grayson St, Galax, Va. 24333 (276) 236-9703, https://chaptersbookshop.com/  “When we opened our doors in 1996, we sold books.  Actually, we didn’t just sell books. We read them. We loved them. We discussed them. We shared them.”

Whistle Stop Books and Cambria Toy Shop, 630 Depot St. NE, Christiansburg, Va. 24073, (540) 382-6431, https://www.facebook.com/whistlestopbooks


The following independent booksellers are just outside of Central Appalachia, but provide support to regional writers and encourage literacy in our region.

Book No Further, 112 Market St. SE, Roanoke, Va. 24011, (540) 206-2505, https://www.booknofurther.com/

City Lights Bookstore,  3 East Jackson St., Sylva, N.C. 28779, (828) 586-9499, https://www.citylightsnc.com/

Main Street Books, 2 E Main St, Frostburg, Md. 21532, ( 301) 689-5605, https://www.facebook.com/Main-Street-Books-Frostburg-MD-397433120540/

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, N.C. 28801, (828) 254-6734,  https://www.malaprops.com/

Wild Fig Books and Coffee, 726 N. Limestone, Lexington, Ky. 40508, (859) 739-3207,  https://www.wildfigbooksandcoffee.com/