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BookStore1 on Main Street, Sarasota

BookStore1 on Main Street, Sarasota

| Laura Bell Adams |

There’s nothing better than having a lovely, independently-owned bookstore in your downtown district. Sarasota is very lucky to have Bookstore1, located on the southwest corner of Main Street and Palm Avenue.

Bookstore1 has been host to many accomplished authors signing their books for adoring readers. Authors such as Stephen King, Presidential candidate Ben Carson, Dave Barry, Jerry Springer, and many, many more have made appearances at Bookstore1.




Founded in 2011, owner Georgia Court and her dedicated staff bring you the finest in book services and local contributions. Whether participating in a Book Fair in conjunction with the Selby Public Library, The Suffragist Project Book Fair, or The CreArte Latino project, the bookstore always offers something for everyone. The bookstore also offers periodic Poetry Foundation readings at the Florida Studio Theatre. Check their website for upcoming events.

The website also has interesting and helpful reviews of the lastest books, and a cool segment called “From The Owner” where Georgia Court puts down her thoughts; the lastest is on her friend who helped her start Bookstore1, David Chaplin, who passed away last year. She writes what is on her mind and encourages comments from the public. There’s also another area where you can check out “Your Neighbor’s Picks”; people from Sarasota, Palmer Ranch, etc. let you know what they think of certain books. There’s a button for you to enter the book you’d like to recommend! How cool is that? Bookstore1 is really into poetry. They have a Poetry Book Club and a PoetryMic for the customers who share the love of poetry and want to connect with others who love it, too. 

On their FB page: At Bookstore1Sarasota readers will find unexpected literary pleasures alongside their favorites, both new and classic. We feature a wide range of author events and offer customized literary event management. We are a place for celebrating the written word.
Our motto: Joie de Livres.
We love books and authors. Plain and simple.

12 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota
Phone: 941.365.7900
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10-7, Sunday 10-4

Photos courtesy of Bookstore1Sarasota FB Page

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