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 one 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

Food service suspended

Bistro closed starting April 13

We look forward to offering comfort food, drinks, books and more when on the other side of this pandemic. Let’s stay in touch through virtual events and conversations, 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

Want to browse what’s on our shelves? Send an email to to set up an appointment; we deliver in Anchorage! Or order from  our site for books mailed directly to your home. For a much needed human voice, sign up for audio books through 


Book browsing by appointment

The cafe and bistro will close starting April 13 as we plan for the other side of the pandemic. We will continue helping folks browse books from our shelves by phone chat and video by appointment.