Our Story

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 the last eleven 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.

 

 

WHY? The supply chain is even more disrupted than last year.

Demand for books is high, supply shortages are expected, shipping times will be longer.

Don't worry, shop early! Our store is full with gift ideas for everyone!

We are here to help you with...

-Free gift wrapping.

-Book and gift recommendations

-Contact-Free Shopping: Order and pay over the phone and pick up in our entryway.

-Online shopping: Your order ships directly to any U.S. address.

-Gift Certificates (We will mail too!)

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Tuesday, November 9, with times from 6:30 - 8:15

Wade Rouse returns to Forever Books in November to sign his new novel, The Secret of Snow!

Click here for details on how to pre-order The Secret of Snow and reserve your spot to see Wade!

 

 

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Saturday, November 6 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Meet local children's author, Kelly J. Baptist, as she signs her new intermediate novel, The Swag is in the Socks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Masks must be worn in store by those who are unvaccinated to protect our younger customers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the Pictures for our Staff Picks...