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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: A novel 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

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, Kentucky Poet Laureate

    The Affrilachian Sonnets, Frank X Walker

      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! *