Austin >Shopping > Bookpeople Book Store
603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX | Directions 7870330.271740 -97.753168
Austin's iconic indie bookstore has hosted everyone from Lauren Conrad to David Sedaris to Bill Clinton, and curates a wonderfully colorful space that peddles even more than books. In addition to jewelry by local artisans and Dress Up Leslie magnets (Leslie, for the uninitiated, is Austin's late, great homeless individual who dressed in bikinis and once ran for mayor), you can find plenty of signed copies of works by your favorite writers.
Bookpeople Rocks! – wow! bookpeople rocks! this is my absolute favorite book store ever! not only are the staff all amazing, but the fun events they have are just splendid. Not only do they have rare books, but they have cool trinkets like squirell underwear, and silly bandz. You should come here!
Judgemental Purse Checkers – I usually love this store. But I found the last time I went in, they lady at the desk when you first walk into the store was very judgemental about checking my purse. After uncomfortably handing over my purse, I wonder why she's not checking my friends purse who's was the same size as mine. Then I look around at books and cards, and notice 3 people around me with bags bigger than mine on! So my advice is dress nicely... keep your bag, wear cut off jeans and a t-shirt be prepared to hand over the bag. When I expressed concern, she blamed it on different employee standards when following the bag size rule, and said i could lock my purse in the locker. I dont know if I will go back there ever because of this.
"The Largest Bookstore in Texas" also has a full events calendar and a knowledgeable staff for every subject. – In Short
A literary mover and shaker, BookPeople has books and magazines for all, and sells gifts and jewelry. It also serves as a popular stop-off for author tours. Austin's New Age bent makes those authors a major draw, but they also bring in major names like Gregory Maguire, Joyce Carol Oates, and Neil Gaiman. Many of their sections also have a decorative theme, such as the Buddhism department, which also holds bells, bowls and meditation pillows.
A center of community in every way – BookPeople is truly the best bookstore in Texas (and maybe the world). They have a fabulous inventory of Austin and Texas authors as well as beautiful jewelry, stationary and gifts of all kinds. Don't miss the funky toy section on the second floor. They have a coffeehouse in store, author visits, book groups and much more. BookPeople is truly a community bound by books.
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