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BookCourt

BookCourt

163 Court St Brooklyn, NY 11201

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BookCourt is Cobble Hill's premiere independent bookstore, purveyors of the printed word since owners Henry Zook and Mary Gannett opened the shop in 1981; by 1996, their enterprise had expanded to the basement and into the building next door. Today, son Zack helps manage the store, taking his part in a time-honored family tradition that's thriving despite the looming Barnes & Noble nearby. Ripe with character and personality, BookCourt is a world apart from a corporate marketer's generic idea of what a bookstore should be. Though small, the shop boasts a strong selection of non-fiction and fiction, with local authors, not all as famous as prodigal son Jonathan Lethem, particularly well-represented. The store is great for kids, too—there's a whole room for children's books, and a good selection of tomes for toddlers, teens, and in-betweens. In the evenings, expect poetry readings or events sponsored by indie publishing houses, including Brooklyn's own Soft Skull Press, along with readings by mainstream hitters like Frank McCourt. Book Court also holds several school fundraisers and other community events throughout the year. — Geeta Dayal

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Great local book shop and selection of books about Brooklyn.
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Best book store in Brooklyn! Can't find a book that you're looking for? They'll order it for you. Skip Barnes and Noble down the street and ... Read More
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Whether you're looking for a new hardcover mystery or a rare children's book, the exceptionally knowledgeable staff will be eager to help. h... Read More
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My favorite local bookstore. The staff is incredibly well read and friendly.
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haven't been this excited about a book store in a while, they are very well stoked and have a super interesting collection. Got 3 books and ... Read More
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Love that they are dog-friendly! And author Emma Straub does shifts from time to time.
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Critics' Pick winner of The Village Voice Best of NYC 2012 Best Bookstore
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Book Court also has a long-standing policy of offering best-sellers at 30 percent off the retail price on a rotating basis. Read more on Met... Read More
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It would be nicer if they were nicer.
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kid-friendly. classics combined with the newest kids' books out there. Great spot to find obscure literary magazines. Staff really knows the... Read More
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