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Poor Richard's BookstoreWelcome 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.

Hardcover Nonfiction

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington Cover Image
Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live Cover Image
The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine Cover Image
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive Cover Image
Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction Cover Image
Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir Cover Image

Hardcover Fiction

Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel Cover Image
Save Me from Dangerous Men: A Novel (Nikki Griffin #1) Cover Image
Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
Cherokee America Cover Image
American Heroin: A Novel (The Lola Vasquez Novels #2) Cover Image
The Gilded Wolves Cover Image

Children and Young Adult

Hello Lighthouse Cover Image
The Undefeated Cover Image
Another Cover Image
On the Come Up Cover Image
Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
To Night Owl From Dogfish Cover Image

Larkspur Press Books

    Poor Richard's proudly carries the finely crafted letterpress books from Larkspur Press.

    Each book is a work of art. The type is hand-set; the pages hand-sewn.

    Our selection includes works of poetry and prose, including:

    Sabbaths 2016, Wendell Berry with wood engravings by Wesley Bates

     Book of Earthly Delights, Fred Smock

    A Simple Human Motion, Jeff Worley, Kentucky Poet Laureate

      Call us at (502) 223-8018 for titles available or to order a book.

*Search results on this website are not a real-time indication of our in-store stock. To see if a title is available for immediate pick-up, please contact us by phone (502-223-8018) or by email ( Thank you! *