John K King Books in Detroit?

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John K King Books in Detroit?

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1Wings3496
huhtikuu 25, 2010, 6:35pm

I've heard nothing but good things about this giant used bookstore in downtown Detroit, but I haven't been able to make it down there yet. Have any of you been there? What did you think?

2FelixQuiPotuit
toukokuu 14, 2010, 11:08pm

I haven't been there in about five years or so (I no longer live in MI, so a trip to John King's is now, alas, a rarity for me). In hopes it has not changed much since 2005, I'll say it's a huge, fantastic warehouse of a place, and definitely worth the trip from the suburbs. Don't be put off by its external shabbiness and the, um, questionable urban surroundings. It's an amazing bookstore, and VERY large, so be prepared to spend a few hours. Last time I was there I bought some Michigan history stuff (a specialty of theirs) and a beautiful little 1920s leather-bound copy of the poems of Heinrich Heine (in German). It's a browser's paradise, in my opinion.

3poulsbolibraryguy
tammikuu 12, 2012, 8:02pm

Wow. I didn't even know this place existed. I'll be in Motown in June, so this is definitely on the itinerary (along with White Castle, since I'm coming from the Pacific Northwest).

4Jwsmith20
maaliskuu 29, 2013, 8:52pm

The late William Safire, of the New York Times and before that a Nixon speechwriter, called John King's palace of books his favorite bookstore in the nation. High praise indeed. I get down there, just off the Lodge Expressway near WCCC, about three times a year. The Michigan collection is totally alphabetized, relocated on the main floor, dusted, and replete with multiple copies of titles not on the shelves of many municipal libraries. His prices are on the high end, but it is by far in volume the largest book emporium in Michigan.

I first met him in 1962 at a previous location in Grand Circus Park when he had red hair! His Woodward location in Ferndale is a more than adequate substitute for those who do not travel to the CBD, although selection is uneven. He has rare books behind glass doors at the main location, along with maps. His staff has been amazingly consistent over the yaers, both in terms of longevity and in terms of knowledge about the collection on the upper floors.