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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.


The Queen of Hearts Cover Image
Weedeater: An Illustrated Novel Cover Image
Patchwork: A Bobbie Ann Mason Reader Cover Image
Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel Cover Image
Southernmost Cover Image
The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry Cover Image

Hardcover Fiction

Varina: A Novel Cover Image
The President Is Missing Cover Image
The Overstory Cover Image
West: A Novel Cover Image
Warlight Cover Image
Island of the Mad: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Cover Image

Children and Young Adult

Good Day, Good Night Cover Image
Rocks Fall Everyone Dies Cover Image
Sometimes You Fly Cover Image
Beyond the Bright Sea Cover Image
Square Cover Image
The Night Diary Cover Image

*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! *