THE place in Staunton for your next reading adventure -- stop by soon & pick up something good to read! 

About Us

Early in the summer of 2008, Staunton lost a local institution when The Bookstack closed after 30 years as our favorite local bookshop.  Soon after that, the 1 chain bookdealer in town announced it was moving away ... which meant Staunton would be without a bookstore for the 1st time in over a generation!  That started a number of conversations between other downtown business owners & members of the community, wondering what could be done to ensure we'd still have an indie bookstore in town ... and after a very winding path of conversations I was convinced to quit my job & do something to fill that hole.  Skip ahead to mid-September -- after several months of planning & painting & organizing (& more than a little worrying!), Bookworks quietly opened on the 17th, ... & 'officially' opened for business on October 1st, 2008.

In 2012, Bookworks was chosen by readers of "Virginia Living" magazine as one of the 3 favorite independent bookstores in the Shenandoah Valley!

Wanting to fill the 'literary niche' as best as possible, Bookworks carries a wide selection of titles & genres for all ages of reader, ranging from board books for the youngest of us, to a section devoted entirely to William Shakespeare (after all, Staunton IS home to the American Shakespeare Center & the world-famous Blackfriars Playhouse!) ... from a range of 'grown-up' fiction genres, to autobiographies, to a section focused on local authors & local interests.  Beyond books, there are a number of newspapers out front -- locals like Staunton's "News Leader" & Waynesboro's "News Virginian" ... a regional, "The Richmond Times-Dispatch" ... and national papers, too -- "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," "USAToday" & "Wall Street Journal."  Beyond that, a rack of magazines ranging from "Time" & "Rolling Stone" to "The Oxford American," from "People" & "Mad Magazine" to "Virginia Living" & "Garden & Gun" soon appears.  Just to round out the possibilities, a rack of postcards & a few racks of greeting cards pop up to fit in with the fun, gift-y items like the literary action figures, bookplates, refrigerator magnets, fun coffee mugs, Knowledge Cards, & CDs from some local musical talents like Robin & Linda Williams, Jennifer Kirkland, The Findells & The Steel Wheels. A section of coloring books & sticker books was added not long after that.  The latest change has been pulling together items from all over the shop to create a section specifically for the longest-running TV show in history that has a growing popularity -- Doctor Who! ... containing a range of books, coffee mugs, glasses, posters & more!

For more information, send a message via our Contact Us page,
or call (540) 887-0007.

Need directions to find the shop?  It's not hard, promise!

Bookworks is in historic downtown Staunton at 101 W. Beverley Street ... the corner of W. Beverley & Central Avenue.  If you use landmarks, it's the intersection that's also 'home' to the town clock tower ... across the street (at an angle) from the former Grand's Furniture store (now Queen City Marketplace) and City Hall.  Parking is available on the street, as well as is in the Johnson Street parking deck or the Wharf parking lot (both located just a block away on Central Avenue).

Should you need actual driving directions, just call!
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