Many authors have called Boston and Cambridge their home. E.E. Cummings, John Adams, Louise Gluck, and Julia Child to name a few. In a city with such a rich literary history, it is no wonder that a variety of book store options also exists. These independently owned shops are scattered throughout Cambridge but each have easy access from the Kendall Hotel.
Harvard Book Store
The Harvard Book Store has been a locally owned and independent shop since its beginning in 1932. It was founded by Mark Kramer with a $300 loan from his parents and has since expanded while remaining true to its roots. This bookstore carries a large selection including new and used books. Check out their website for more information.
Porter Square Books
Located in Porter Square right off the red line just 3 stops from The Kendall Hotel, this book shop features a tasty café and many events. Check out their event calendar to learn about author visits, poetry readings and much more!
According to Rodney’s they offer an “ever changing and expanding inventory to satisfy even the most frequent shoppers’ desire for variety.” This eclectic shop will keep you browsing for hours. Check out the Central Square location. On a spring day, this is a brisk 15-20 minute walk away.
Raven Used Books
Raven Used Books specializes in scholarly and literary titles. This shop fits right into Harvard Square and the Cambridge intellectual scene. Take a look at the list of subjects they offer.
Grolier Poetry Book Store
This is the oldest poetry book shop in the United States and originated in 1927 . Grolier carries over 15k of stock including small press and university publications. Grolier is also known for their many poetry readings of notable poets and authors. While their website will give more details, this is a place you have to see to experience.