Help support Independent and Black-owned bookstores in NYC!
If you are looking to purchase reading materials for the Audre Lorde Great Read, please consider buying them at the stores listed below. Anything marked with a star means it’s Black-owned. Thank you for participating!
★The Lit Bar
131 Alexander Avenue (between 134th Street & Bruckner Boulevard)
Tue -Sun 12 -6 pm
The only independent bookstore in the Bronx, The Lit Bar is owned and operated by Bronx native Noelle Santos. She recognized that the Bronx was severely underserved and decided to open a store that was sustainable, accessible, and served the needs of the unique and diverse community. Available to shop in-store and online.
★Sister’s Uptown Bookstore
Wed, Fri, Sat 1-5 pm
1942 Amsterdam Avenue
Owned and operated by mother-daughter duo Janifer and Kori, Sister’s Uptown Bookstore prides itself on being more than a bookstore; it is a community resource. They provide past and present works from African-American authors as well as a thoughtfully curated selection from other writers. Available to shop in-store and online.
McNally Jackson Books
(Nolita) 52 Prince Street
(Williamsburg) 76 N. 4th Street
(Seaport) 4 Fulton Street
(Downtown Brooklyn) 445 Albee Square West
Daily 11:30 -7 pm
An Independent bookstore chain located in New York City, McNally Jackson Books was founded by Sarah McNally, the daughter of McNally Robinson Booksellers chain founders in Canada. This chain has four locations throughout the city, predominantly in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Available to shop in-store and online.
Tue, Thur, Sat, Sun 2-7 pm
437 Malcolm X Blvd (at 132nd St)
Located in Harlem, Revolution Books is an indie bookstore that caters to patrons seeking books on revolutionary thought on a variety of subjects. With a welcoming atmosphere, Revolutionary Books is a judgment-free zone where all are welcome to come and browse the shelves. Available to shop in-store and online.
126 FRANKLIN ST
Daily 11-6 pm
An independent bookstore chain with locations in Brooklyn and Newark, WORD offers a wide selection of books and has a robust calendar of events every month. Available to shop in-store and online.