This & That


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

They Leave Us

It's inevitable. But the day it happens is a startling one. And it seems we've had so many such days over the last few months. Still, the voice on the page remains. Philip Levine January 10, 1928 – February 14, 2015 Tomaž Šalamun July 4,… Read More

January 1st and Counting

Since 1988 (beginning with the original incarnation of Open Books), the first week of the new year has meant inventory for us. This year was no different -- nor were the tools we used to count every book on our shelves. It's a two-person operation,… Read More

The Season is Upon Us…

Yes, this is the month for celebrations of all sorts. To make it easier for you to do your holiday poetry shopping (Bukowski for Uncle Leo? Olena Kalytiak Davis for Cousin Lisa?), we'll be open every Sunday in December from noon until 4 PM, as… Read More

A Great Saturday with Great Assistants!

November 29th, Small Business Saturday (or what we're calling Plaid Saturday), was an utter delight here at the Poem Emporium. We were so fortunate to be able to benefit from the brains and charm of our four guest booksellers -- Elizabeth Austen, Don Mee Choi, Ed Skoog, and Maged Zaher… Read More

Remembering Judith Kitchen

The poet, essayist, critic, and educator Judith Kitchen died November 6, after years of complicating health issues challenged her body but left her terrific spirit undented. She and her husband, the poet and educator Stan Rubin, were friends of Open Books and we note her… Read More