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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

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy #1) Cover Image
How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender Cover Image
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Cover Image
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon Cover Image
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon Cover Image
American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race Cover Image

Hardcover Fiction

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Cover Image
Lost Roses: A Novel Cover Image
Wolf Pack (A Joe Pickett Novel #19) Cover Image
Mistress of the Ritz: A Novel Cover Image
The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
Wunderland: 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 ( Thank you! *