Busboys and Poets aims to be not only a restaurant, but also a space in which intellectual, cultural, political, and social issues can come together for a discussion that benefits everyone. Our bookstore, Busboys and Poets Books, has space at each of our seven locations and engages with literature, politics, society, and social justice in a productive and exciting atmosphere.
We have a deep commitment to showcasing books and authors—on a local and national level—who have contributed to conversations concerning great social struggles. Prominently featuring the black struggle for civil rights, this also extends to issues of women’s and LGBTQ+ liberation, and more generally to the experiences of all the dispossessed and marginalized in this country.
As part of our bookstore’s mission, we feature titles, authors, and events throughout the year that highlight these struggles. We also feature a diverse selection of children’s and young adult books that help to engage the community at all levels. Learn more about what we do below!
We’re so excited to help get books into the hands of the people! We offer a number of book ordering options to meet your needs:
Order a Book for In-Store Pickup:
Please fill out this form to place a book order for in-store pickup at the location of your choice, and we’ll be in touch with you via email within a few days. Payment is not required until pickup. Busboys and Poets gift cards are accepted!
Get Books Shipped to Your Home:
Visit our Bookshop.org storefront to place orders for shipment directly to your home - you choose the shipping method and speed. Browse our curated lists for bookseller recommendations or search for the title of your choosing! Books ordered via Bookshop.org are fulfilled by a third party and our store gets a percentage of the sale. Be advised that Busboys and Poets gift cards are not a payment option for this site. Please contact the wonderful folks at Bookshop if you need any assistance with your order.
Order a Book to Go:
Don't just feed your body - feed your mind, too! We’re proud to offer a seasonally curated selection of our favorite titles available with your takeout or delivery meal from Busboys and Poets! Simply select the title(s) you wish to purchase from our menu and you’ll receive it along with your order. Place your to-go orders here or through one of our delivery partners.
Want to get your audiobook fix while supporting a local independent bookstore? You can find us on Libro.fm, where Busboys and Poets earns a percentage of both your monthly membership subscription and your discounted audiobook purchases. This service is highly recommended by our booksellers!
Bulk Book Fulfillment:
Busboys and Poets Books is happy to fulfill your organization's bulk book needs. We offer a range of discounts and fulfillment options for large-quantity orders for Book Clubs, Professional & Leadership Development, Corporate Retreats, and more! Please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch shortly.
Book Placement and Consignment:
Are you an author who’d like to see your book in our stores? Please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch if we decide that your work is a good fit. As an independent bookstore, we prefer to purchase books directly from publishers, so we may pursue publisher-direct ordering. If publisher-direct ordering is not available, we will be in touch regarding our Consignment Agreement.
Author Talks and Book Events:
Are you interested in hosting a new book launch, author talk, or other book event? Please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch if we feel that your event is a good fit for us at this time! Be advised that due to COVID-19, we are not currently sponsoring in-person book events.
If you’d like to book one of our spaces for a private event, please contact us here.
Don’t see what you need here? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our booksellers will assist you!