The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
Looking for a quiet place to relax during your visit to Oklahoma City? Perhaps a local bookstore might interest you. KEY Magazine has selected two local treasures that are perfect destinations for the tourist or business traveler.
Aladdin Book Shoppe was established in 1930. In its fourth location in 76 years, the bookstore was in the process of going out of business this past year, until being purchased by several dedicated patrons who simply refused to let the bookstore close.
Aladdin Book Shoppe features a Rare Book Room, an extensive collection of used fiction and non-fiction books, as well as books on Oklahoma, the American West, and Native Americans. The bookstore currently contains the out-of-print novel “The Mullendore Murder Case” by Jonathan Kwitny. Popular among book collectors, this hard-to-find book details the unsolved murder of Oklahoma rancher E.C. Mullendore III in 1970.
Aladdin Book Shoppe recently purchased portions of Martin Gardner's library, including an extensive collection of C.K. Chesterton's books. Martin Gardner is a native Oklahoma author who is well known for his math puzzles and magic books. In addition, Tulsa-born Gardner wrote “The Annotated Alice,” a book containing contemporary explanations of the Victorian poems and mathematical concepts used by Lewis Carroll in his novels “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.”
The Aladdin Book Shoppe is currently gearing up to feature Oklahoma Authors during Oklahoma's Centennial celebration, which is set to begin this November in Guthrie. “We have a little bit of everything,” indicated the store’s co-owner, “and if we don't have it on the shelf, we can usually find it for you.” Aladdin Book Shoppe is located in Mayfair Village Shopping Center, at 5040 N. May Avenue. The bookstore’s phone number is (405) 942-2665 and its website is www.aladdinbookshoppe.com.
Full Circle Bookstore is the largest independent, locally owned bookstore in Oklahoma. The bookstore contains over 60,000 new titles in stock, including a large section dedicated to Oklahoma authors, Native American publications, and regional interest titles.
The newest book to hit the shelves at Full Circle Bookstore is “OKC Second Time Around,” by veteran reporters Steve Lackmeyer and Jack Money. In “OKC Second Time Around,” Lackmeyer and Money provide a compelling behind-the-scenes account of the City’s transformation from a downtown declared dead in 1989 to an area hailed as one of the Southwest’s urban hot spots by Southern Living Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Tourists and business travelers to downtown Oklahoma City are discovering one of the country’s newest urban destinations, boasting a riverwalk, museums, botanical gardens, theaters, restaurants, clubs and shops. “OKC Second Time Around” recreates the politics, struggles, failures and triumphs that led up to a $2 billion makeover to Oklahoma City during the past decade. The book includes 280 rarely seen images chronicling the virtual rebuilding of downtown Oklahoma City, including the controversial destruction of hundreds of buildings during the urban renewal era of the 1960s and 1970s and the unprecedented MAPS projects.
“OKC Second Time Around” will be available at Full Circle Books beginning November 2nd. Full Circle Bookstore is located in 50 Penn Place, 1900 Northwest Expressway, across from Penn Square Mall. The bookstore’s phone number is (405) 842-2900 or (800) 683-READ and its website is www.fullcirclebooks.com.
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