Semi-regular independent bookstore update


In late 2021, Tolstoy & Co. Bookshop opened its doors in Clifton. Alongside a wide selection of books, they also offer free Wi-Fi, a coffee shop, a lounge & study area, and a dedicated kids’ space. Check out their Facebook for updates and book club announcements.


They are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and located in Historic Downtown Clifton at 113 N Avenue D, Clifton, TX 76634.



Brown Sugar Café & Books is opening soon in Katy, Texas. They will sell fiction and nonfiction for all ages, with an emphasis on Black authors and voices. A lifelong reader and youth literacy advocate, owner Raven White decided to open a bookstore and cafe of her own after founding a successful tax business.

Per their Facebook, they boast “Dope Books, & Delicious Coffee, What more do you need than that! Oh you want a Podcast Studio? Live Book Reading from New & upcoming Authors, Grown folks (Story Time) Thursdays, Live Music, Book Release Parties, and of course QUIET TIME!”

They are located at 5330 Fry Rd, Katy TX, 77449.


On February 1, 2022, Black Pearl Books moved into a permanent home at 7112 Burnet Street, Austin. Owner Katrina Brooks founded the store in November 2019, initially selling books out of her home and at pop-up locations around Austin.


CBS Austin reports that, Ryan Holiday, author, podcast host, and independent bookstore owner, handed out free copies of books that have been challenged and banned in Texas from Scribd’s “Banned Bookmobile” outside of his store The Painted Porch Bookshop in Bastrop, TX on Thursday, February 17, 2022. Scribd, an online reading subscription service and the world’s largest digital library, created the “Banned Bookmobile” in response to the recent uptick in books being banned nationwide.



Libros Bookmobile is a “[Latina-owned] mobile bookstore specializing in gently used fiction books for all ages.” Based out of Hutto, is currently selling books at farmers markets and pop-up events but in the early stages of setting up a store front.                                                                                                                                       


The Woodlands

Buy the Book has opened a location in The Woodlands at 25162 Grogans Park Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380 (phone number: 831-732-5164).

Per owner Lynette Fletcher, “We hope to establish a large community following by offering our products as well as hosting many community events in our large event room," Fletcher said. "We are planning on story time, game nights, book clubs as well as hosting author events. We will also be featuring arts and crafts by local artisans.”


Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Public Library is relocating their Seminary South branch into La Gran Plaza as La Gran Biblioteca.

On February 26, they held an opening celebration for the first retail library location inside La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth for the community. Per the Fort Worth Report, the former location on East Bolt Street is being renovated to become the Genealogy, History & Archives Unit of the Fort Worth Public Library’s new headquarters — the department is moving from the library’s location downtown.

La Gran Plaza is a one-of-a-kind regional shopping mall with over 200 stores in a family-friendly environment with a variety of events to enjoy every weekend. It is located at 4200 South Freeway, near El Mercado, in Suite 1338. The location will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and closed on Sunday.