Kansas City’s diverse library of destination bookstores are as dedicated to the customer experience as they are to the literature itself. Among each independent bookseller, discover stories, authors and engaging communities unique to the area that keep people coming back.

Here are five noteworthy bookshops worth “checking out:”

Get lost in a book, or the store

Overlooking busy West 39th Street, Prospero’s Books specializes in used books, CDs and vinyl, all packed into a cozy three-story building.

Funky chairs are scattered throughout the store so that shoppers can get comfy with a book of their choice (including hard-to-find editions), plus a café on the third floor makes Prospero’s an ideal location for booklovers to spend an afternoon reading.

Interact with authors

It isn’t unusual for local bookstores to feature author readings and discussions. However, Rainy Day Books rewards readers from January through December with more than 300 Author Events per year.

Located at the Fairway Shops in Mission, Rainy Day Books has been serving the Kansas City community for more than 40 years, and thanks to international acclaim for its service, knowledge and commitment, the bookseller is a can’t-miss destination for book lovers.

Beer and Book Pairings

Open summer 2018, Afterword Tavern & Shelves combines two complementary pastimes: reading and enjoying local drinks.

Search the carefully curated shelves of this Crossroads Arts District establishment for your next engrossing read and pair it with wine, craft beer or spirits in this unique new gathering spot. 

Satisfy your superhero craving

Visitors who can’t wait until the next superhero movie comes out can rest easy thanks to Elite Comics and its wide selection of new and used comics, graphic novels, statues and other merchandise.

Located in Overland Park, Elite Comics hosts tons of in-store and offsite events each year and an active, inclusive community great for lively discussion and making new friends.

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