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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

Separate: The Story of Plessy V. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation Cover Image
How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender Cover Image
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know Cover Image
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations Cover Image
Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World's Deadliest Special Operations Force Cover Image
Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead Cover Image

Hardcover Fiction

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Cover Image
The American Agent: A Maisie Dobbs Novel Cover Image
Knife: A New Harry Hole Novel (Harry Hole Series) Cover Image
This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
Chances Are . . .: A novel Cover Image
Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel Cover Image

Children and Young Adult

Sherwood Cover Image
The Undefeated Cover Image
Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun Cover Image
On the Come Up Cover Image
White Rose 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

    Best to Keep Moving, 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 (poorrbooks@aol.com). Thank you! *