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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.



Franklin County was named to honor Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.  Following the Constitutional Convention, Franklin was asked “have we got a republic or a monarchy?” He answered,  “A Republic, if you can keep it!” 

Poor Richard’s Books has supported readers in Franklin County for more than 40 years.  Through the printed word readers share the ideas of the author and can relate or not to the author’s voice. 

Even though we are not all authors, each of us has a voice.   Your wallet is your voice, but most important your vote is your voice. 

Please use your vote to voice your support for the Founding Fathers’ dream of a Republic!  Poor Richard’s will thank each voter wearing their I VOTED sticker with 15% off their entire purchase on Election Day, May 22nd.


Higher Loyalty is Here

A Higher Loyalty has arrived at Poor Richard's.

Call to reserve your copy.



The Queen of Hearts Cover Image
Weedeater: An Illustrated Novel Cover Image
Whiskey & Ribbons Cover Image
Sing, Unburied, Sing Cover Image
Out of Nowhere: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
Wendell Berry: Port William Novels & Stories: The Civil War to World War II (Loa #302): Nathan Coulter / Andy Catlett: Early Travels / A World Lost /  Cover Image

Hardcover Fiction

Varina: A Novel Cover Image
The Temptation of Forgiveness: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery Cover Image
Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (Auntie Poldi Adventure #1) Cover Image
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Alternate Side Cover Image
The Italian Teacher Cover Image

Children and Young Adult

Good Day, Good Night Cover Image
Hello, Universe Cover Image
Sometimes You Fly Cover Image
Wishtree Cover Image
Rebound Cover Image
Turtles All the Way Down 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! *