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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 First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington Cover Image
Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the  World Cover Image
The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine Cover Image
Henry Clay: The Man Who Would Be President Cover Image
American Dialogue: The Founders and Us Cover Image
Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey Cover Image

Hardcover Fiction

The New Iberia Blues: A Dave Robicheaux Novel Cover Image
Unsheltered: A Novel Cover Image
Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
Bridge of Clay Cover Image
Washington Black: A novel Cover Image
The Dakota Winters: A Novel Cover Image

Children and Young Adult

How to Knit a Monster Cover Image
Akata Witch Cover Image
Fiona the Hippo Cover Image
Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series #1) Cover Image
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) Cover Image
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt) 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! *