Our Story


In 1974, Karl Kilian opened Brazos Bookstore to encourage the growth and development of the emerging Houston literary scene with a clear focus on personalized service, community engagement and passionate curation. Larry McMurtry, Edward Albee, and Donald Barthelme were all regular customers during their times in Houston. To this day, you can shop alongside local literary heavyweights searching for their next favorite book.

As a hub for the most creative, intelligent and engaged readers in Houston, we offer programs and curate our shelves to inspire and expand the horizons of our curious readers. We aim to connect all readers with the best contemporary and classic literature, non-fiction, art and architecture monographs, and books for children. Readers engage with emerging and established authors in person through our interactive–and free–book signing events.

Brazos Bookstore supports writers and readers through long partnerships with Inprint!, the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, the Academy of American Poets, and the Annual Poet and Writer’s Ball. We additionally collaborate with many of Houston’s premier cultural organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, Rice University and the Baker Institute, the Houston Public Library, and the Asia Society, to produce and promote their literary events.

Brazos Bookstore continues to be locally owned by a group of twenty-seven Houstonians who came together and purchased the bookstore when Kilian announced his retirement in 2006. Today, the shop is managed by Jeremy Ellis. You can read about the rest of our staff here.

We are committed to providing a level of service and expertise that is second to none. Let us know how we can serve you.

 

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