Best Bookstore for Literary Readings

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A mainstay of the Coventry neighborhood for 18 years, this independent store consistently hosts a mix of eclectic and distinguished writers, often on Friday and Saturday nights. Recent readers have included Jeffery Smith, winner of a PEN Award for memoir for his book on coping with cyclical depression, Where the Roots Reach for Water; Catherine Callaghan, author of a well-received book of poems inspired by the work of artist M.C. Escher; performance poet Patricia Smith; and Amish farmer Gene Logsdon, who writes on small-scale farming and sustainability. In October, look for readings by Mexican short-story writer Lucrecia Guerro, Nebula Award winner and science fiction writer Mary Turzillo, and Cleveland's original Beat novelist, Ray DeCapite.