Visitors say, now this is a real bookstore..

Welcome to Poor Richard's Books, home of thousands of books across from the state's beautiful Old Capitol building. Independent bookseller, Lizz, mans the fort, as well as serves with Downtown Frankfort, the local Main Street Program. "Poor Richard" is a former Poet Laureate of Kentucky and retired professor of English & Humanities at Kentucky State University, but now teaches at Transylvania University. Poor Richard's specializes in Kentucky titles, and also has an attic full of bibliophilic treasures awaiting their rightful home. You can listen to music, and ease into your reprieve from the hectic world with a delicious, iced latte. We have been supporting reading and community in Frankfort for over 30 years. You are sure to find what you need to complete your Kentucky collection.

Indie Bookstore Day!

A huge thank you to all of our great readers who came out to support us on Independent Bookstore Day!

We still have some sets left of these beautiful, SIGNED bookmarks from your favorite Kentucky authors (George Ella Lyon, Wendell Berry, and Silas House)!

Stop by the bookstore to get one before they're all gone. Plus, we also have some unsigned individual copies of these great bookmarks!

Retail Across America

The National Retail Federation's "Retail Across America" project visited our great state of Kentucky in April!

Downtown Frankfort was one of the few selected areas to showcase how our small businesses create jobs, drive innovation and give back to the community.

Click here to read a summary of the trip to the bluegrass, written by NRF student correspondent Olufisayo Akanni.



"The Pie Seller, the Drunk, and the Lady"

2014 may have been the year of the Ebola Epidemic...

...But 1833 was the year of the Cholera Epidemic.

Check out Terry Foody's newest book, "The Pie Seller, the Drunk, and the Lady" for an intriguing account of how three unlikely heroes came together to focus on the disaster of Cholera in Lexington, Kentucky, and lessons that can be applied to global health today.

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