Conor Bracken, author of the forthcoming collection The Enemy of My Enemy Is Me (June 2021), shares his favorite independent bookstores.
[T]wo bookstores that are important to me are Brazos Bookstore in Houston, TX, and Visible Voice Books in Cleveland, OH. Oh! And Chop Suey in Carytown! (I lived in Richmond some years ago and loved every minute.)
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005
2258 Professor Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113
2913 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23221
"For bibliophiles with plenty of time to browse, Richmond’s Chop Suey Books offers a feast of 'gently used' books packed into its two-floor store."
— The New York Times
Conor Bracken is the author of Henry Kissinger, Mon Amour (Bull City Press, 2017), selected by Diane Seuss as winner of the fifth annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition, and translator of Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s Scorpionic Sun (CSU Poetry Center, 2019). His poems and translations have earned fellowships from Bread Loaf, the Community of Writers, the Frost Place, Inprint, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. An assistant poetry editor at Four Way Review, he currently teaches English at the University of Findlay, and lives in Ohio with his wife, daughter, and dog.