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.

Shop Locally, Here, 24/7!

 

 

Save the Date! Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 PM

Winter Favorites- Hear the staff of Forever Books share reviews of their favorite new books for the season!

-20% off entire purchase that evening

 

-Free book (Advance Reader's Copy) 

Reservations Required. Please call or email the store to save your seat!

 

 

 

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center presents a special Exhibit Opening: Proclaiming Emancipation

Thursday, February 27 at 601 Main St., Saint Joseph

Free to the public ($5 suggested donation). Beer & Wine available for purchase.

5:00 - 6:45 PM Exhibition Preview and Cocktail Reception with the 102nd USCT Black History Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7:00 - 8:30 PM Keynote: "Pioneers and Patriots: The Hidden Histories of Michigan's Black Founding Citizens" by Dr. Anna-lisa Cox

 The long-hidden stories of America's black pioneers, the frontier they settled, and their fight for the heart of the nation.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Sales managed by Forever Books. Stop in, call or email the store to purchase your copy in advance.