411 N 4th Ave., Tucson
The first 100% solar-powered bookstore in the United States and a popular mainstay in downtown Tucson's Fourth Avenue district, Antigone Book's reading selection emphasizes local authors and independent thought, as well as championing feminist and LGBTQ+ authors and subjects.
Bisbee Books & Music
2 Main St., Bisbee
(located in the Copper Queen Plaza near Bisbee Coffee Company)
This little shop doubles as a community gathering place and the go-to store for books about the former mining town/current artist enclave, Bisbee. You'll also find musical instruments and a carefully curated selection of vinyl records, plus art supplies and gifts. A recently launched "Artist Series" supports local creatives by giving them space in the shop during busy weekends and holidays to promote their work.
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange
Multiple locations in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Mesa, and Tucson
Bookmans boasts the largest selection of used books in the state, but that's being humble; the store's vast collection of books (used and new), rare books, movies, music, collectibles and video games rivals that of the infinite world of online shopping. Meaning: You can always find what you're looking for—and some of what you weren't.
Bright Side Bookshop
18 N San Francisco St., Flagstaff
Visit Bright Side for the young reader in your life. Adults love the shelves of new fiction, literary classics and books about northern Arizona at this downtown community hub, but kids go crazy for Bright Side's impressive offering of children's books for all ages—from board books to YA.
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr., Tempe
300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix
Changing Hands caters to browsers. Its Tempe location has armchairs situated throughout the store for reading, while the Phoenix store lures in book-lovers with a roaring fireplace and a beer-and-wine bar called First Draft. Time your visit with a signing event by a local or national author, offered at both locations.
10880 N 32nd St., Suite 11, Phoenix
This newcomer to the bookshop scene caters to young children, with a special emphasis on being inclusive for children with special needs. Owner Andrea Montepagano, whose own children are on the autism spectrum, designed Enchanted Chapters with a separate room for sensory breaks. She also offers a separate storytime hour outside of normal shopping hours with dimmed lighting and no ambient music.
6208 E Speedway Blvd., Tucson
Looking for autographed copies of your favorite books? Stop by Mostly Books, a store known for its lineup of signed books from all genres. The store also hosts weekly book clubs that cater to varied interests and literary-themed events. Book bonus: It's just a few doors down from Bookman's eastside store.
The Poisoned Pen Bookstore
4014 N Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale
Mystery-book collectors like this store for its impressive list of author appearances, signed first editions and British imports. If you're interested in Arizona-based stories, check out the section of novels set in the Southwest. Poisoned Pen operates its own publishing imprint, Poisoned Pen Press, of which nearly two-thirds of the business is out-of-state and global.
15 N Leroux St, Flagstaff
For the discerning reader, there's Starrlight. Every book on the shelves at this small store is hand-picked. You'll come across vintage, rare and hard-to-find books, plus funky finds, like vintage paperback sci-fi novels with some fantastic 70s and 80s-era cover art.