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 11am-8pm; Sat -Sun 10am-5pm

We are offering comfort food, drinks, books and more.  Right now we’re open for dining on-site in our outdoor area with a full menu of food and drinks, including local beer, a range of wines, and our signature Blocktails.  We follow all city and state mandates, and require that everyone maintain physical distance and wear masks 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.

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 


Stop by, call, or order for delivery through DoorDash and GrubHub from our new menu. We also do all menu items, including alcohol, for pick-up. Book browsing during all open hours, or order from our online Bookshop site.

Note: To ensure the health of everyone, we follow all city and state mandates, and require physical distancing and the use of face coverings by everyone.