There's nothing like the neighborhood book store—a place for like-minded literary lovers to gather and share their finds. The smell instantly transports you back to childhood, exploring other worlds through the pages of a favorite book. Mississippians know good literature—we boast literary giants such as Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, John Grisham, and so many more. It only stands to reason that we would have bookstores that are just as impressive. Here are 7 of the best spots to find a great read.
Square Books opened in Oxford's town square in 1979, and it's been feeding the love of reading ever since. Enjoy coffee or tea on the balcony while you read. Don't forget to check for events at the annex, Off Square Books. And if you have a young book-lover, visit the nearby Square Jr., devoted to children's books, games, toys, and more.
Lemuria is one of the best-known bookstores in the state of Mississippi. Located in Jackson's artsy Fondren neighborhood, Lemuria has been in business for over 40 years, offering everything from first editions to the most popular paperbacks. Children will love the kid's section (named "Oz"), and adults will enjoy Literary Brews, where beer meets books.
At Reed's Gum Tree in Tupelo, the owners want to focus on bringing Southern writers and readers together. The business is family-owned and hosts regular readings and books signings. One of their most notable fans is John Grisham, whose first book was carried by Reed’s when few other sellers would consider him.
This charming independent bookstore is located within walking distance from the beach in Bay St. Louis, a town known for supporting its local businesses. The owners host book signings and sell gifts in addition to new and used books. Drop by on a Second Saturday for community-wide events.
When Lorelei Books opened in Vicksburg in 2006, it brought an enthusiasm for reading to the area that still exists today. Although an ownership change was recently announced, customers are sure to see the same passion for service and love of books that they've come to expect from this sweet little bookstore.
Turnrow Books has found a home in Greenwood by providing an incredible selection of new, used, and children's books, as well as a book club, music selections, a cafe, and much more. Be sure to check out their collection of signed novels, including first-editions from the likes of John Grisham and Malcolm White.
Pass Christian Books is tucked into a beautiful building overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. It shares a building with Cat Island Coffeehouse, so shoppers can enjoy lunch as they browse through books. The second floor of Pass Christian books is dedicated entirely to all things Mississippi, from local authors to historical tomes.