The Writer's Block Bookstore & Cafe

An independent bookstore, arts venue, and gathering space for the community, featuring house-made and local food, drink, music, art, and more!
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Events in the time of COVID

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All live events are suspended, but we’ve got virtual ones happening now, including poetry workshops, book groups, music, comedy and more. Stay in touch via Facebook and Instagram, or sign up for updates and news by sending your email address to

Cafe open!

Wed-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat -Sun 10am-5pm

We are offering comfort food, drinks, books and more.  Our menu is slightly smaller for the moment as we gently re-open in this new era. We are recreating our gathering space (indoor and outdoor dining spaces) to meet state and muni standards so that we can meet again with a cuppa something, a bowl of something, and all the good energy of recreating the community we share. Face coverings required except when dining.

Browse and buy books

Online or by appointment

There are lots of ways to find books! Of course, come browse in a physically distanced space.  If you prefer a private appointment to browse privately, send an email to or call 929-2665. We also deliver in Anchorage! Online orders are available from our site for books which will be mailed directly to your home. For a much needed human voice, sign up for audio books through 


New hours starting June 3–including a new menu, limited indoor and outdoor seating, and pick-up or delivery of food, books, and drinks, including growlers, bottles of win, and other drinks.

Note: To ensure the health of everyone, we require physical distancing and the use of face coverings by everyone, except when seated and dining.