This & That


April Is National Poetry Month!

Dear Friends of Open Books, Happy National Poetry Month! We’ll be updating our website and sending out a more robust newsletter next week, but we wanted to give you a quick heads up about some of the events we have going on this month: —… Read More

March Newsletter

Dear Friends of Open Books, March is here at last, and with it comes an abundant calendar of events: readings, discussions, book launches—even a full day of Italian poetry through tarot. Head over to our events page for all the details. For those who like visual… Read More

December News

We’re writing this letter late in the day on the Saturday before the Saturday before our winter close. There’s a light flurry of snow falling outside. It’s warm in here and every once in a while a customer waves goodbye and heads back outside holding… Read More

Updates … and more updates!

It’s been a busy few weeks since our grand re-opening—and what a wonderfully abundant day of cake and customers that was! Your generous outpouring of support and well wishes exceeded our wildest expectations. Thank you! Also, as many of you have noticed, there are a… Read More

Open Books: Open Again!

Please join us for the store’s re-opening on Saturday, September 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’ll have treats (eatable, drinkable, readable) on hand to welcome you back to the shelves and shelves and shelves of poetry you’ve grown accustomed to. I’m also excited… Read More

A Few Final Words from John and Christine

The transition draws near, friends. On August 29, 2016, 29 years to the day that John opened the first incarnation of this bookstore up the street, Open Books: A Poem Emporium will officially move from our hands to Billie Swift's. It's been a wonderful journey,… Read More

Change of Ownership celebratory OPEN HOUSE(S)

Yep, the time has come! After the store's traditional closing hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, the door will remain unlocked for two (or so) hours to celebrate the change of ownership. Come reminisce, socialize, and look towards Open Books's bright future… Read More

Ownership Transition News, July 2016

The upcoming shift in ownership of Open Books, from John Marshall and Christine Deavel to Billie Swift, is moving along quite nicely, thank you. The transition happens August 31, and there will be a public ceremony to commemorate the change. We just don't know what or… Read More

Open Books: A Poem Emporium,
the twenty-first anniversary!

On April 28th, 2016, Open Books: A Poem Emporium will turn twenty-one years old. Seems like a monumental age, doesn't it? For most of us that particular birthday is a distant memory. There is a symbolic stature that comes with surviving twenty-one years, a nascent maturity, but there's also a… Read More


It took us 20 years to do it, but by gum we've got 'em now! They are available for sale at $14 for sizes small through XL; $15 for XXL; and $16 for XXXL. If you are one of our Gross Customers (that is, you've… Read More