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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

Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis Cover Image
Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live Cover Image
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Cover Image
Embattled Freedom: Journeys Through the Civil War's Slave Refugee Camps (Civil War America) Cover Image
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations Cover Image
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers Cover Image

Hardcover Fiction

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Cover Image
Lovely War Cover Image
The Night Tiger: A Novel Cover Image
Cherokee America Cover Image
American Heroin: A Novel (The Lola Vasquez Novels #2) Cover Image
Wunderland: A Novel Cover Image

Children and Young Adult

Nobody Hugs a Cactus Cover Image
The Undefeated Cover Image
Sherwood Cover Image
On the Come Up Cover Image
Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal 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! *