This little famous bookstore located in the historic district of Main Street in Blytheville, Arkansas. The store is famous for being a favorite spot of John Grisham. It has been in the same spot in Blytheville for almost 40 years.
Mary Gay Shipley
opened the store in 1976 as a book exchange program with Memphis, Tennessee.
The bookstore was originally called The Book Rack but no one called it that and
just referred to it as “that bookstore.” The name would officially change in
1994. The store mostly focused on Southern writing, culture, and Arkansas
writers. The store is also a great place to introduce children to the love of
reading. The back room is designed to be a very homey and charming place for
children. There are a lot of children’s books and games surrounded by wooden
floors, rocking chairs and a potbelly stove.
The store has played host to a
number of prominent people. The most famous author that has graced the store on
more than one occasion is John Grisham. Shipley was a key figure in his success
and he pays homage to the store often by providing the store with hundreds of
autographed copies of any new books he publishes. Most recently Bill Clinton made
an appearance at the bookstore and Hillary Rodham Clinton has been a guest in
The store still continues to
serve the community and attract visitors from all over. Blytheville native,
Grant Hill, now owns the store. Shipley still confers as an advisor.