20 Detroit-area independent bookstores for the bookworm in you

While big box bookstores shutter by the numbers and mom-and-pop operations struggle to compete with Amazon and, well, the fact that most people these days seem to digest information in 140 characters or less, it's time to celebrate independently owned bookstores around the country for their impact on their local communities. If you have a passion for reading, stop by one of these metro Detroit stores to support spaces where classic novels and hidden literary treasures fill the shelves.

(Hours listed reflect Saturday hours only.) 

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Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center  
214 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-961-7376; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This independent Ypsi shop specializes in African-American books. Many of their books' subjects cover African culture, religion, and urban fiction. 
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Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center
214 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti; 734-961-7376; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This independent Ypsi shop specializes in African-American books. Many of their books' subjects cover African culture, religion, and urban fiction.
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Literati  
124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor; 734-585-5567; Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
Imagine enjoying a fresh espresso in your hands, a nice book in your lap, and some hip tunes being played softly in the background. Now just walk into Literati in Ann Arbor and realize that you're in a fantastic bookstore. They have poetry readings, open mic nights, book clubs, and special guest author readings. Plus, you can go to the store to browse, but the store also offers online ordering in case you can't make the trip to Literati.
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Literati
124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor; 734-585-5567; Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Imagine enjoying a fresh espresso in your hands, a nice book in your lap, and some hip tunes being played softly in the background. Now just walk into Literati in Ann Arbor and realize that you're in a fantastic bookstore. They have poetry readings, open mic nights, book clubs, and special guest author readings. Plus, you can go to the store to browse, but the store also offers online ordering in case you can't make the trip to Literati.
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Pages Bookshop 
19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-473-7342; Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This new-ish indie bookstore in Detroit’s historic Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood boasts a carefully curated collection of books from and about Detroit, and frequently hosts intimate readings from nationally acclaimed authors. Pro tip: Ask shop cat Pip for suggestions.
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Pages Bookshop
19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-473-7342; Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This new-ish indie bookstore in Detroit’s historic Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood boasts a carefully curated collection of books from and about Detroit, and frequently hosts intimate readings from nationally acclaimed authors. Pro tip: Ask shop cat Pip for suggestions.
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Bookbound  
1729 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-369-4345; Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Peter and Megan Blackshear own this independent Ann Arbor store with a desire to share their love of books with their town. Their canine companion, Shop Dog, can usually be seen lounging around the store while you peruse through Bookbound’s large selection of new and used books.
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Bookbound
1729 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-369-4345; Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Peter and Megan Blackshear own this independent Ann Arbor store with a desire to share their love of books with their town. Their canine companion, Shop Dog, can usually be seen lounging around the store while you peruse through Bookbound’s large selection of new and used books.
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Books Connection 
31208 5 Mile Rd., Livonia; 734-524-1163; Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Books Connection has been corporate-free since opening in 1981. Darby, their popular dog employee, is a frequent sight around the store, which is filled with book titles in mystery, romance, science fiction, self-help, and history. 
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Books Connection
31208 5 Mile Rd., Livonia; 734-524-1163; Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Books Connection has been corporate-free since opening in 1981. Darby, their popular dog employee, is a frequent sight around the store, which is filled with book titles in mystery, romance, science fiction, self-help, and history.
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Brown’s Family Bookstore  
27309 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-773-7370; Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located in a strip mall in St. Clair Shores, Brown's is the sort of place you'd pass right by unless someone told you it was worth a stop. Step inside the shop and you'll find stacks on stacks of books packed nice and tight for your browsing pleasure. With helpful store owners and that great "old book smell," Brown's Family Bookstore is well-stocked with both old and new books for every bookworm.
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Brown’s Family Bookstore
27309 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-773-7370; Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located in a strip mall in St. Clair Shores, Brown's is the sort of place you'd pass right by unless someone told you it was worth a stop. Step inside the shop and you'll find stacks on stacks of books packed nice and tight for your browsing pleasure. With helpful store owners and that great "old book smell," Brown's Family Bookstore is well-stocked with both old and new books for every bookworm.
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Common Language Bookstore   
317 Braun Court, Ann Arbor; 734-663-0036; Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If you’re interested in feminist or LGBTQ literature, Common Language has you covered. Recently, Common Language has received an influx of online orders after a link to their store was shared on Tumblr and went viral, ushering in over 200 online orders for a store that usually only handles a few per month. With their recent boom in business, this queer bookstore has a bright future ahead. 
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Common Language Bookstore
317 Braun Court, Ann Arbor; 734-663-0036; Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If you’re interested in feminist or LGBTQ literature, Common Language has you covered. Recently, Common Language has received an influx of online orders after a link to their store was shared on Tumblr and went viral, ushering in over 200 online orders for a store that usually only handles a few per month. With their recent boom in business, this queer bookstore has a bright future ahead.
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John K. King Used and Rare Books  
901 W Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-961-0622; Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Billed as Michigan's largest used and rare bookstore, John King is a book collector’s wildest dream, with about 1,000,000 books in stock. Get lost in their never-ending collection of literature that Salon magazine described as "one of the largest and strangest collections in North America.”
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John K. King Used and Rare Books
901 W Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-961-0622; Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Billed as Michigan's largest used and rare bookstore, John King is a book collector’s wildest dream, with about 1,000,000 books in stock. Get lost in their never-ending collection of literature that Salon magazine described as "one of the largest and strangest collections in North America.”
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Book Suey 
10345 Joseph Campau., Hamtramck; 313-398-2017; Open noon to 6 p.m.
Only two years in and Hamtramck’s cooperatively owned and managed bookstore has already become a community necessity. Book Suey offers books that are able to bring people together through contemplation, conversation, and a sense of community. They have limited hours and frequent events, so check with them before heading over.
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Book Suey
10345 Joseph Campau., Hamtramck; 313-398-2017; Open noon to 6 p.m.
Only two years in and Hamtramck’s cooperatively owned and managed bookstore has already become a community necessity. Book Suey offers books that are able to bring people together through contemplation, conversation, and a sense of community. They have limited hours and frequent events, so check with them before heading over.
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The Book Nook 
42 Monroe St., Monroe; 734-241-2665; Open noon to 6 p.m.
This locally owned bookstore has been in business long before e-readers and Kindles. Established in 1969, Monroe’s Book Nook boasts 1,000 square feet of books.   
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The Book Nook
42 Monroe St., Monroe; 734-241-2665; Open noon to 6 p.m.
This locally owned bookstore has been in business long before e-readers and Kindles. Established in 1969, Monroe’s Book Nook boasts 1,000 square feet of books.
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