Life in times of COVID-19…

Dear friends,

We are so grateful to our Spenard and Anchorage community for supporting small businesses like ours while hunkering down to protect the health of every Alaskan. We are all in this together.

We tried shifting to take-out food orders and book sales to keep our team on the payroll and put comfort food into your mouths, but the personal and financial toll has caught up with us. However much we’d like to keep sending out pelmeni and chicken tortilla soup, we have to focus on planning for the other side of this crisis.

With that in mind, we have decided to close during the hunker down period as of April 12. Book sales will continue online and by appointment, and live streamed events and book clubs will kick off this week.

The Block thrives because of its customers and neighbors who have helped make it a community gathering space–a place to enjoy good food and libations while reading books, hanging out, meeting up, attending art events, concerts, community discussions, and stepping up to open mics, poetry slams, debates. We will continue to work to stay and keep others connected through online channels until we can gather again in The Block’s living and listening rooms.

Please stay in touch! You can find us on Facebook and Instagram, and you can sign-up for Block news by sending your email address to us via Facebook messenger or

Browsing and ordering books

Contact us at to set up an appointment to browse our shelves by phone chat and video. We will deliver in Anchorage!

Show online via our Bookshop site:, the Rebel Alliance alternative to Amazon. Bookshop supports indie bookstores like ours and ships to your home.

Need to hear a human voice? Order audio books through

The cafe and bistro is closed through the pandemic

We’re working toward the other side of this pandemic, and look forward to being able to gather again with all of you.

Virtual events

Yes, we’re doing them starting in April! Poetry workshops, book groups, music and more. Sign up for updates and news by sending your email to or messaging us through Facebook.