Located in the heart of downtown’s Grain District, our store shares the ground floor of the landmark Masonic Temple with Little River Coffee Bar and Cakehead Bakeshop. From its windows you look out on historic Morgan Square, the city clock tower, and the statue of the victorious Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan. Operated by the non-profit Hub City Writers Project, the Hub City Bookshop specializes in new releases, regional authors, children’s books, literary fiction, history, and of course, Hub City Press titles. Though we are brand new—our doors opened in June 2010—we have big plans. Our event calendar will soon full up with a mixture of national touring authors and homegrown talent.
Our staff and volunteer workforce includes published writers as well as local book lovers. In fact, sometimes the person ringing you up at the counter can give you an author signature in the book you just purchased! If you are interested in joining the crew, contact our store manager, Erin Haire. Anyone who volunteers at least six hours a month can participate in our “Staff Picks” store display. The Hub City Bookshop has a central area called “What Spartanburg Reads” with a regular exhibit and inventory of books recommended by local luminaries, such as college presidents, politicians, businesspeople, key nonprofit leaders, and ordinary readers. It also has rotating displays about the works and personalities of successful Upstate literary figures.
We carry mostly new books, but we do have an area of select used books. We accept donations of good-condition, contemporary and classic hardbacks and trade paperbacks during store hours, and can provide you a tax deduction in exchange. (For a larger selection of used books, we suggest you visit the Friends of the Library Used Book Store at Cedar Spring Shopping Center, open Mondays 5:30-8 pm).
When you shop with us, you help send our community’s best young writers to college. You help us publish beautiful and important new books. You participate in bringing a writer in residence to our city. You underwrite creative writing workshops. You help create a cultural hot spot. You make our city a literary center of the South.