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Most Community-Centered Bookstores in Houston

May 20, 2013 7:00 AM

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For bookworms, voracious readers and bibliophiles, there is nothing more satisfying than finding a haven that houses the most interesting reads that anyone can ever get their hands on, located right in the neighborhood.  Check out these community bookstores in Houston and be prepared to be amazed. They may not only have the literary treasures that you have long been looking for, these local and independent bookstores are also giving back to their community.

Murder By The Book
2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 524-8597
www.murderbooks.com

If you are fascinated by mysteries and suspense thrillers, then you have come to the right place. A charming little bookstore that showcases a variety of books that focus on the mystery genre, its guests are treated to an eclectic selection of absorbing reads including crime novels and fictional whodunits. More importantly, this specialty bookstore helps the community by partnering with organizations including schools and libraries to raise money for their specific outreach programs. Apart from inviting various authors to Houston every week, Murder by the Book has also recently partnered with the Montgomery County Book Festival to be its official book vendor this year and in 2014. Comicpalooza and Space City Con are among several comic book conventions that have invited the bookstore to be involved with their individual events as well.

Becker’s Books
7405 Westview Drive
Houston, TX 77055
(713) 957-8088
www.houstonbooks.com

Plan to stay for a few hours if you want to explore the labyrinth of shelves that houses the bookstore’s immense collection.  Located in a residential neighborhood, this shop stocks rare literary treasures and novelties in this bookstore. Owner Ann Becker, author of the book “Houston’s River Oaks,” says Becker’s Books regularly hosts book signings in Houston from various authors.

Katy Budget Books
2450 Fry Road
Houston, TX 77084
(281) 578-7770
www.katybooks.com

For 25 years, this bookstore has been attracting guests with its well-catalogued selection of new and second-hand books and its friendly and accommodating staff. Guests may sell or donate books and get store credit. A volunteer for the American Red Cross, owner Tamra Dore champions community involvement and ensures that her bookstore reaches out. Events that the store participates in include the fundraising cycle ride called “BP MS 150” in support of Multiple Sclerosis, the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” of Katy, the Houston Marine Moms, the local Boy Scout Troop and the Katy Christian Ministry’s “Food Pantry.” The store also offers teachers’ discounts and hosts fundraisers for the local Houston school districts.

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Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 523-0701
www.brazosbookstore.com

It’s cozy yet hip, a cheerful little nook that showcases an amazing collection of books that includes well-organized literature on architecture, history, economics plus an array of newspapers and magazines. It also has a special corner dedicated to children’s books. The bookstore partners with many organizations and institutions in bringing ideas and world-renowned authors to the community. It also regularly hosts book signings and poetry readings throughout the year.

Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
(281) 497-8675
www.bluewillowbookshop.com

A small bookstore that houses a variety of books that will entice young and old readers alike. It also sells toys and games to its guests. The bookstore partners with many organizations to host fundraisers and other programs to help the community. The calendar includes poetry readings, book signings, story-telling and art activities.

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Rainne Mendoza Celespara is a freelance writer living in Houston. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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