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Forever Books is a general, full-service bookstore located in historic downtown St. Joseph, Michigan.  Chosen as the "Most Romantic City" by the Detroit Free Press, St. Joseph overlooks the lighthouse and the western shores of Lake Michigan.

Opened on April Fool's Day in 1999 as a children's bookstore, Forever Books is now 60% adult books and 40% children's books, housed in 1700-square feet.  Forever Books has garnered distinction for its customer service and knowledgeable staff, winning the Reader's Choice Award as the "Best Place to Buy Books in Southwest Michigan" for nine years.  The store has been featured on an Oprah Winfrey show book club program, and the store has been nominated twice for the Lucille Micheels Pannell Award for Excellence in Children's Bookselling.

Forever Books has also been featured in Lake Magazine and in Midwest Living, which highlighted the store with a full-page photo in its coverage of "Fifteen Essential Winter Experiences Along Lake Michigan".

Owner Robin Allen, recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Cornerstone Alliance, leads her staff in the store's motto:  "We sell books the old-fashioned way...we read them!".  Forever Books is "the destination" in southwest Michigan for people who know and love books.

Summer Events at the Store

Where's Waldo Scavanger Hunt
Runs throughout the month of July with a final celebration and prize drawing on July 31 at 6:30 pm
It's no surprise that Waldo has again chosen beautiful St. Joseph for his vacation this July! Pick up your passport at the store to join in the search: win stickers, buttons, and forever books coupons or gift certificates. 
Book Signing with Bob Myers, author of Greetings From Three Oaks
Saturday, July 26, 1-3 PM
Click the picture for more information on Bob Myers and his books! 
Fun and Games with Geronimo Stilton
Saturday, August 2, story times at 1 and 2 pm
Kids ages 7-10, come to downtown St. Joseph to meet Geronimo Stilton. Also, 10% off his books all day!
Be sure to also visit our Geronimo-themed artwork at Chalk the Block




Book Signing and Talk with Patty Chang Anker, author of Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

Thursday, August 7, 7 pm

Click the picture for more information on Patty Chang Anker and her book! 




Book Signing and Talk with V.O. van Heest, author of Fatal Crossing and Lost & Found

Thursday, August 21, 7 pm

Click the picture for more information on Valerie van Heest and her books!




Our Book Pick of the Week

The Quick of the title of Lauren Owen’s debut novel are the living.  They are not the heroes of this book. This is, instead a tale of the dead, specifically vampires.  From the heights of high society to the lowest of the slums, Owen weaves a tale that breathes life into the undead of Victorian London.  A great, Gothic vampire story. -Stephen




For more book picks check out staff favorites in the left sidebar... 


Happy Birthday to Us!

We celebrated 15 years as your community bookstore on April 1st. We wouldn't be here if not for our loyal customers who understand the importance of a bookstore in their community. Here's to what will hopefully be another 15 years to come!

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