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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

Kentucky Barns: Agricultural Heritage of the Bluegrass Cover Image
How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender Cover Image
1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition): The World as You've Never Seen It Before Cover Image
Southern Women: More Than 100 Stories of Innovators, Artists, and Icons (Garden & Gun Books #5) Cover Image
I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story: Foreword by J.J. Abrams Cover Image
A Charm of Goldfinches and Other Wild Gatherings: Quirky Collective Nouns of the Animal Kingdom Cover Image

Hardcover Fiction

The Ten Thousand Doors of January Cover Image
This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
The Giver of Stars: A Novel Cover Image
The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
Olive, Again (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image

Children and Young Adult

Just in Case You Ever Wonder Cover Image
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Cover Image
Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer Cover Image
Sulwe Cover Image
The Crayons' Christmas Cover Image
Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts! 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! *