Books and Crannies is a Black-woman owned independent bookstore, located in Martinsville, Virginia. With the closing of all major book retailers in this area, Books and Crannies filled that market in the region when it opened on September 20, 2016. Books and Crannies is a general interest/literary bookstore featuring fiction and non-fiction accompanied by a selection of children’s books and a wide range of titles. A used book section, featuring $2 paperbacks and $5 hardbacks, is also available. Their website offers a seamless online shopping experience with the ability to ship nationally.

Despite the nation facing a year of uncertainty, Books and Crannies has grown on a national scale after DeShanta posted a viral tweet about her hesitation to pronounce her bookstore as black-owned in fear of losing white customers. During the nation’s peak of civil unrest, this tweet seemingly offered many people a basic understanding of the underlying effects of systemic racism in America. Not only have people been actively seeking to edcuate themselves on racism and America’s real history, but they are making strong efforts to support indie bookstores instead of Amazon. Black booksellers have been recognized nationally throughout 2020 as people are encouraging others to support them specifically. With hopes that people will continue to support independent bookstores beyond these times, Books and Crannies plans to be a staple in its community and on a national level for many years to come.

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