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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. The store carries collectibles, classics, cheesy romance novels, and everything in between. Additional locations are found in Mesa and Paradise Valley. Zia Records Exchange on Camelback Zia Records Exchange's biggest store is located at Camelback and 19th Avenue, and sells a variety of books, records, and curios that would elicit a giggle or smile from anyone.
The store carries an array of science fiction books and, somewhat surprisingly, has a decent selection of gardening books as well.
Buyers can find new releases, as well as the classics, in new and used conditions. They are friendly and informative — and often necessary to navigate the massive space. Miles Davis or electronica plays softly through the speakers and creates the perfect ambiance for book browsing.
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The store's biggest mission, however, is its dedication to promoting local, first-time authors. Shoppers can purchase local art, pick up homemade zines, and show their support by attending frequent exhibits and readings on Lawn Gnome's patio. Alcuin Books Alcuin Books in Scottsdale is a veritable gold mine of rare Arizona texts and other invaluable pieces of literature.
For example, local history buffs can purchase the original copies of the Arizona Historical Review Volumes I and II , which includes articles and accounts by some of the state's most famous historians. Along those lines, visitors can also find old copper maps and business listings. Over the years, the store has acquired many libraries full of classics and antique books. Some of the most impressive selections include signed, first-edition copies of books by Jack London and James Joyce. Owner Drew Sullivan keeps a well-curated selection of bound versions of comics and graphic novels.
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Comics and graphic novels aside, Ash Ave also has an impressive collection of local zines that are worth checking out. Though the store's footprint is small, you won't have to look far to pick up an interesting new science fiction title that you probably won't find elsewhere.
Changing Hands It is truly impossible to leave Changing Hands empty-handed. Owners Gayle Shanks and Cindy Dach, a mainstay in the Phoenix art scene, continue to maintain what is perhaps the most popular bookstore in the area. With locations in Tempe and Phoenix, you shouldn't have to travel far to visit one. The Tempe bookstore carries used stock and will buy books if you're looking to change up your personal library.
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Though the Phoenix location does not buy used books, its large selection is worth a visit. Prices are a little higher here than they are at some other bookstores. But the prices aren't unreasonable, and the quality of the used books is what makes this store so impressive. As well as being a local hot spot for avid readers, Changing Hands hosts multiple events throughout the year. From former presidents and professional wrestlers to authors willing to share their advice, both stores draw big crowds.
You should plan on staying for a while when you visit Changing Hands, particularly if you go to the Phoenix branch.
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First Draft, the bar that's conveniently inside the store, is enough to keep you there for at least an hour. Poisoned Pen For fans of crime and pulp fiction, the Poisoned Pen in Old Town Scottsdale is a treasure trove of reasonably priced thriller literature.
From the sconces outside the brick-and-mortar building to the chalk outlines on the floor, this store maintains its sleuth-y vibe in spite of the tourist crowd that flocks to fill the small space. The walls are also lined with signed photographs of authors who have visited, including Gillian Flynn, Diana Gabaldon, and many others. The Poisoned Pen also hosts many events, around each year, where avid crime readers can come together under one roof and discuss their favorites, sometimes with their favorite authors.
Guidon Books With its door flanked by two terrifying mannequins dressed like soldiers from both sides of the Civil War, this small bookstore makes a quick impression. Though it seems like too narrow of a niche, Guidon Books in Old Town Scottsdale cashes in on the historical charm of its city by selling a very specific set of books, mainly those about Western history and the Civil War. Guidon opened in , and has since expanded its collection to include rare and out-of-print books that include highly sought-after presidential collections. Guidon also keeps a large stock of classic western novels by the likes of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour.
The inside is small, but books are stacked to the ceiling and the walls are covered with Americana paraphernalia.
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Confederate flags, old maps, and mounted steer skulls adorn the walls and add to the Old West feel. Books are both new and used, and give shoppers an opportunity to look back in time. If you turn a corner in its maze of shelves too quickly, you will likely run into or trip over someone whose nose is buried deep inside a novel. In terms of genre varieties and types of books, this store outdoes many.