Check out these local bookstores so you can tell your grandchildren about the long-lost days when stories were printed on paper and people went into buildings to buy them.
6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe
Full of reading nooks and quirky gifts, Changing Hands is exactly the “community-gathering” place envisioned by co-owner Cindy Dach. The new-and-used book store specializes in author events and has hosted everybody from Barack Obama in his senatorial days to rocker Ozzy Osborne. Attend the free Yallapalooza young-adult-fiction event at Burton Barr Central Library (Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.).
Read This: Desert Lost by Betty Webb, a murder mystery set in Scottsdale.
3508 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
“Our store is very welcoming and it’s very laid back,” owner Sven Rosckowff says of his homey and traditional bookstore. While most events are in the vein of Celtic lit lectures, the store will host a book signing with Arizona author Nancy Lee Burns on Jan. 7 from 1-3 p.m. for her book Retirement: Sacred or Scared.
Read This: David Chorlton’s The Taste of Fog, a fictional account of a real-life murder in Vienna involving the Phoenix author ’s cousin.
1056 S. Country Club Dr., Mesa
Specializing in used books, movies, music and more, Bookmans sports an organized and pleasantly retro feel. The store hosts a monthly “Fantasy Casting” book night (Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m.), when anyone can pitch a movie version of a favorite book to a media professional.
Read This: Local artist Daniel M. Davis’ Monster Commute: A Traffic Novel, a graphic novel about monsters driving to work.
The Poisoned Pen
4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale
With its red brick and twisted pillars, The Poisoned Pen feels like a bookstore of yore, but its innovative programming and fiction-focus are staunchly au courant. “We don’t think of it as a bookstore; we think of it as a theatre with books,” founder/owner Barbara Peters says. Catch techno-thriller author Douglas Preston promoting his novel Gideon’s Corpse on Jan. 14.
Read This: Tempe author Donis Casey’s The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, a historical mystery set in Oklahoma.
Thrifty Joe’s Books & Music
6020 W. Bell Rd., Glendale
This hole-in-the-wall has been buying and selling used books, music and movies for 18 years under the helm of owner Jan Lehrack. Thrifty Joe’s is perfect for treasure hunters willing to search out that first-edition. During January, Lehrack is holding a sale in which clearance books are no more than $3.
Read This: The Monkey Wrench Gang by Arizona anarchist Edward Abbey.