There is nothing like a bookstore for browsing and getting up close and personal with books. In addition, they are great community hubs: many host readings by both local and international authors, and many have book clubs where you can discuss favorites with like-minded people. Here is a selection of some of the best bookstores in Houston near Alexan Enclave Apartments.
Brazos Books specializes in history, architecture, poetry, and more. They have a terrific, vibrant series of readings: past authors have included Jonathan Franzen, Sandra Cisneros, and Salman Rushdie. Upcoming in the Spring are readings from Mat Johnson, fiction writer and graphic novelist; Sharon Olds, a trailblazer in confessional poetry; and memoirist Tracy K. Smith. For reading pleasure, they have the Brazos Book Club, which focuses on fiction and poetry, and whose members vote on upcoming books at each meeting.
Kaboom Books was declared Best Bookstore by the Houston Press. It’s a used bookstore with a highly eclectic collection of 100,000 books. Their background: used bookstores for 3 decades in New Orleans’s French Quarter, now Houston’s gain. To quote their web site: “our purpose is to provide an inventory of ideas and to act as a sounding board for social discourse.” They sponsor readings by Poets and Writers in a lovely outdoor space.
Murder by the Book specializes in mysteries and crime, both fiction and nonfiction. Its clever slogan is “where a good crime is had by all.” It stocks more than 25,000 books -- new and used, hardbacks and paperbacks, first editions, collectibles, gift items, mystery magazines, and more. It also hosts an amazing series of readings by every well-known mystery writer you can think of: Sue Grafton, James Lee Burke, Dick Francis, and more.
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