Book Gem in Grand Rapids (MI) for the Traveling Bibliophile

14 Apr

I’ve decided to use my travels to explore as many indy and used bookstores as I can. Two weeks ago, my husband and I took a long weekend vacation over to Grand Rapids, MI to explore the local breweries. Of course, I squeezed in a bookstore visit. This time around, I chose Argo Books for my exploration.

Yes, it was snowing in April.

Yes, it was snowing in April.

This is one of several bookstores in Grand Rapids, but the only one open while my husband was OK with me striking out alone. It’s situated a bit off Wealthy Street west of the city in a very cool ‘hipster’ area. Needless to say, there are a few breweries within walking distance (one with excellent Vegan pizza, I can report).

Walking in, the store had a limited general fiction and a large assortment of comic books. Many of them were collectors pieces stored in plastic bags. I’ve never seen such a large collection in a large bookstore, it’s something I’m more used to when I go to comic book stores or hobby shops with my husband.

img_2915-1There was a second room separate from the fiction/comic room that held primarily sci-fi books but other odds and ends. I looked through biographies (separated by general, political, sports, and pop culture) and a small foreign language section (mostly French and German, unfortunately for me). Another section that I was really surprised about was a large collection of LIFE magazines dating back to the 50s. My quick inspection left me impressed. It looked like they had most issues sequentially. It was a fun place to look through. There were a few other people in the shop, two looking at fashion books for a friend and another couple looking for vampire literature.

img_2916I went back to the front before I left and overheard the employees talking about a kazoo symphony while I looked through children’s and YA. I did find one book I wanted to purchase, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing by Marilyn Durham. Durham is the only listed ‘novelist’ on my university’s notable alumni page. I hope to be the second. I felt I should read her book and see what company I might be among.

I’m likely heading about a few times this summer. I’ll be sure to report back with some great bookstore findings!

Until next time, write on.

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6 Responses to “Book Gem in Grand Rapids (MI) for the Traveling Bibliophile”

  1. Megan April 14, 2016 at 6:20 PM #

    Awesome! Will have to check out next time I’m in GR!


    • Sam April 15, 2016 at 6:34 AM #

      Awesome! We had a great time visiting GR overall. This bookstore was a great part of the trip and the city has so much to offer! Happy travels.


  2. Ashley @ Sitting in the Stacks April 14, 2016 at 7:33 PM #

    Yea for more people writing about bookstores!! I can’t believe I missed Argo on my multiple trips to GR!

    Aren’t the heat lamps at Founder’s outdoor patio wonderful? Or was it too cold?


    • Sam April 15, 2016 at 11:32 AM #

      It was freezing the day we went to Founders. I tried sitting by a heater but I couldn’t eat my sandwich with gloves on so we sat inside. I hope you get to check out Argo next time you visit. Happy travels!


  3. Sya @ Bookish Sya April 15, 2016 at 3:41 AM #

    Bookstores are always fun to explore! This definitely give me some ideas for my next trip 🙂


    • Sam April 15, 2016 at 11:33 AM #

      I’m so glad! I try to work a bookstore or library into every trip. Happy travels!


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