John K. King
Used and Rare Books
901 W. Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
Undaunted by the enormity of the place, I proceded down the long center aisle past rows of concrete blocks supporting wood plank shelves filled nearly to the ceiling. Old florescent pull-chain factory lights serve to illuminate the shelves, but according to posted instructions, patrons are advised to conserve energy by turning them on and off as needed. In some areas, the sunlight filtering in through the old factory windows is illumination enough. An abundance of milk crates to be used as makeshift seating and step stools add to the overall utilitarian feel. While the map provides general guidance as to the classification and arrangement of materials, the shelves themselves are labeled in great detail. Because of the vastness of the collection, the astronomy section, for example, is broken down into subsections for stars, sun, solar system, planets, and even a shelf designated specifically for books on Halley's Comet. Several boxes of books yet to be categorized and shelved rest patiently down the center of one aisle.
Looking for something specific? No problem. Friendly, helpful staff members are always readily available to assist in your search. Old is often synonymous with dusty, however, and once you have discovered that must-have volume, there is a good chance that it will indeed be dust covered. Also not a problem. King Books is a service-oriented establishment, and store manager, Deborah, at the main desk will gladly bring out a soft brush and dust off your purchase for you.
With my selections in hand, I made my way back to the main desk to complete my purchase and bid farewell to King Books. Little did I know that my adventure had just begun.
To read about the rest of my King Books visit, go to King's Castle, Part II.
About This Blog
Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.