Bookstores in the United States that Specialize in Black Literature

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13 Bookstores Found in New York


Becoming Gods Answer Bookstore

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Click for Map1832 Madison Ave (between 119th and 120th st)
New York, NY 10035

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Profile Page for: Becoming Gods Answer Bookstore
Store Hours: Tu - Fr 11 a.m. - 7p.m., Sa 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sun 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 2:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Owner/Proprietor: Carla Brown - Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 646-215-6119
Stored Opened in: 0000
"Your Christian Resource Specialist"
Becoming Gods Answer Bookstore Information Updated: 2014-03-19

Blenheim Hill Books

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Hobart, NY 13788

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Owner/Proprietor: Cheryl Clarke Barbara Balliet &
Phone: 607-538-9222
Stored Opened in: 2005

Blenheim Hill Books Information Updated: 2017-03-10

Cafe con Libros

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Click for Map724 Prospect Place
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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Profile Page for: Cafe con Libros
Store Hours: Tue to Fri 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Sun 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Owner/Proprietor: Kalima DeSuze
Phone: 347-460-2838
Stored Opened in: 2017
Cafe con Libros (coffee with books) is an intersectional Feminist community bookstore and coffee shop. Through our choice of books, programming and great coffee, we endeavor to create a vibrant community space where everyone; specifically female identified folx, feel centered, affirmed and celebrated.
Cafe con Libros Information Updated: 2018-02-02

Grandma’s Place

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Click for Map84 West 120th Street
Harlem, NY 10027

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Profile Page for: Grandma’s Place
Store Hours: Tue - Thu: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, Fri - Sat: 10:30 am - 8:30 am, Sun: 10:30 am - 6:30 pm
Owner/Proprietor: Grandma Dawn
Phone: (212) 360-6776
Stored Opened in: 2009
Harlem's Premier Children's Book and Toy Store
Grandma’s Place Information Updated: 2015-01-25

Jumel Terrace Books

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Click for Map426 W. 160th St.
New York, NY 10032

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Profile Page for: Jumel Terrace Books
Store Hours: By Appointment Only
Owner/Proprietor: Kurt Thometz
Phone: 212-928-9525
Stored Opened in: 2004

Jumel Terrace Books Information Updated: 2014-03-19

Mood Makers Books & Art Gallery Village Gate Square

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Rochester, NY 14607

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Profile Page for: Mood Makers Books & Art Gallery Village Gate Square
Store Hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Closed Sun
Owner/Proprietor:
Phone: 877.223.1730
Stored Opened in: 1994

Mood Makers Books & Art Gallery Village Gate Square Information Updated: 2014-03-19

Revolution Books

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Click for Map437 Malcolm X Blvd/Lenox Ave.
New York,, NY 10037

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Profile Page for: Revolution Books
Store Hours: Mon - Sun 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Owner/Proprietor: Not-for-Profit
Phone: 212-691-3345
Stored Opened in: 1978
Grand Opening Benefit Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 Scientific and poetic, wrangling and visionary, Revolution Books is at the center of building a movement for revolution.
Revolution Books Information Updated: 2015-11-11

Schomburg Center for Research Into Black Culture

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Click for Map515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10037-1801

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Profile Page for: Schomburg Center for Research Into Black Culture
Store Hours: Mon 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Tues - Thur 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Fri - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m
Owner/Proprietor:
Phone: (212) 491-2206
Stored Opened in: 1926
Books Located in the Library's Gift Shop
Schomburg Center for Research Into Black Culture Information Updated: 2014-03-19

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore

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Click for Map1942 Amsterdam Avenue (at 156th Street)
New York, NY 10032

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Profile Page for: Sister’s Uptown Bookstore
Store Hours: Mon - Fri: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sat: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Sun 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Owner/Proprietor: Janifer P. Wilson
Phone: 212-862-3680
Stored Opened in: 2000
African-centered, homework help, internet, lectures, sign language classes, spoken word poetry, theatrical productions, yoga
Sister’s Uptown Bookstore Information Updated: 2014-03-19

The Lit. Bar

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Click for Map131 Alexander Avenue (btwn 134th St. & Bruckner Blvd)
Bronx, NY 10454

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Store Hours: Sun & Mon 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tues through Sat 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Owner/Proprietor: Noëlle Santos
Phone: (347) 955-3610
Stored Opened in: 2019

The Lit. Bar Information Updated: 2019-08-02

The Studio Museum of Harlem

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New York, NY 10027

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Profile Page for: The Studio Museum of Harlem
Store Hours: Thurs - Fri 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sun 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Owner/Proprietor:
Phone: 212-864-4500
Stored Opened in: 1968

The Studio Museum of Harlem Information Updated: 2014-03-19

Word Up: Community Bookshop - Libreria Comunitaria

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Click for Map2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10032

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Store Hours: Tues - Fri 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Sat 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Sun 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Owner/Proprietor: Veronica Liu
Phone: (347) 688-4456
Stored Opened in: 2013

Word Up: Community Bookshop - Libreria Comunitaria Information Updated: 2014-03-19

Zawadi Books

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Click for Map1382 Jefferson Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14208

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Profile Page for: Zawadi Books
Store Hours: 12:00 - 4:00 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and SaturdaysKenneth and Sharon Holley
Owner/Proprietor: Kenneth and Sharon Holley
Phone: (716) 903-6740
Stored Opened in: 2012
Specialize in books by and about people of African descent.
Zawadi Books Information Updated: 2020-11-25

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