Awesome Books--Downtown

Awesome Books is one of Pittsburgh's newest bookstores, selling both new and second-hand books. The store is run by artists Laura Jean McLaughlin and Bob Ziller. The downtown store at 929 Liberty Avenue originally opened as a pop up venture in late 2011, and is the second location for Awesome Books. Both stores have a section for local authors. In March 2013, Awesome was sold to Eric Ackland, and reopened on April 3, 2013 as Amazing Books in the downtown location. The Penn Avenue/Garfield store closed on March 23, 2013.

Awesome Books--Penn Avenue Arts District

Awesome Books opened on Penn Avenue in February 2010, and carries a strong selection of second-hand books catering to the tastes of literary and humanities readers. Located at 5111 Penn Avenue in the Penn Avenue Arts District.


Past Readers

Both locations hold well-attended readings. Past readers at Awesome include Christopher Boucher, Kristofer Collins, Jim Cvetic, Christiane D., Angele Ellis, Robert Isenberg, Gary Lutz, Brian O'Neill, Amir Rashidd, and Don Wentworth.


Downtown store at 412-471-1899; Garfield store at 412-362-1574
or email awesomebooksonline [at] gmail [dot] com

External Links

Awesome Books website

Awesome Books on LibraryThing Local with Google Map: