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!
Welcome to Spenard's Living Room.
Look for us @WritersBlockBookstore on Facebook and @thewritersblockalaska on Instagram for updates!

Events are back!

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We’ve got events happening all the time, from book readings and live music, to Block parties, community gatherings, and comedy. Find us on Facebook and @thewritersblockalaska on Instagram, or sign up for updates and news by sending your email address to

Cafe open!

Wed-Sun 11am-8pm

We’re open and offering comfort food, drinks, books, events, a place to hang out and more.  We’ve got a nice patio area and outdoor beer/coffee garden, with umbrellas and all the Spenard sights. We’ve got signatures sandwiches and soups, salads, and an array of food, including backed goods, along with coffees, teas, local beers, a range of wines, and our signature Blocktails.

Browse and buy books

Online or by appointment

There are lots of ways to find books! Come browse our shelves anytime, thought maybe avoid the big events when the place is crowded.

Or send an email to or call 929-2665 to find out about recent titles or order books. Online orders are available from our site–and will be sent wherever you want to get them. You can also order 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.