The Brookline Booksmith.
What can we say other than this joint is a Coolidge Corner institution through and through. Originally named Paperback Booksmith when they opened their doors waaayy back in 1961, the Booksmith has always held a progressive, almost bohemian feel inside. They have and continue to live by their original slogan of being “dedicated to the fine art of browsing”. It’s lively and friendly inside- a perfect atmosphere to spend your time when you’re just done with the outside world. You’ll pop in and before you know it, an hour has passed and you suddenly find yourself with an arm full of books at the checkout line. Go and while away the day in the best possible way ™?(<- that’s mine)
The Booksmith carries everything from the best sellers from big name authors to obscure and unconventional hidden gems which only the most passionate readers would know about. Lucky for you, their staff is chock full of said passionate readers and someone is always on tap to lend you recommendations which are always on point.
The Booksmith also holds regular events including children’s events and various book clubs and frequently co-op’s with their neighbor, @thecoolidge for special events. They also hold regular book signings with a wide variety of authors both local and nationally-acclaimed. Check out tomorrow night’s (June 20th) event with local author Steve Almond who will be signing and reading from his new book titled “Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country”.
Don’t leave without checking out their gift area (appropriately called “Giftsmith”) where you’ll find great greeting cards and an award-winning selection of quirky-yet-useful merch and tchotchkes.
Brookline Booksmith is located at 279 Harvard St. in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. Give them a follow @brooklinebooksmith – they have a great IG account. @kingston.rem gives a special shoutout to their GM @drinkswithnick for being super helpful, a great neighbor and for supporting the local biz philosophy.