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Meet Jeremy, General Manager

Jeremy Ellis has worked in independent bookstores across Texas since 1994. He began as a bookseller for the sprawling Dallas independent, Taylors Books, before moving to the much smaller community focused, Trudy’s Fireside Books in Tyler, Texas. He went on to become Event Coordinator and then Marketing Director for BookPeople in Austin. More recently, he worked in Dallas at Legacy Books and a Real Bookstore, developing new store programs, web initiatives, and marketing materials. He took over leadership at Houston’s famed Brazos Bookstore in September of 2011.

Follow Jeremy on Twitter @jeremyellis

Jeremy's book recommendations
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The Brazos Book Club

Brazos Bookstore store employee Mark Haber leads a freestyle conversation about a wide variety of books, fiction and non-. Attending group members choose the book for the next month at the end of each meeting. No need to worry if you haven't read this month's book. All are welcome!

Click below to purchase or hold a copy of this month's book to pick up at the bookstore. 

Go Tell It on the Mountain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375701870
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013


Go Tell It on the Mountain, originally published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery one Saturday in March of 1935 of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a Pentecostal storefront church in Harlem. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle toward self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves. 

In the Distance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566894883
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017


A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness.

Austerlitz Cover Image
By W. G. Sebald, James Wood (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780812982619
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Modern Library - December 6th, 2011


Austerlitz is the story of a man's search for the answer to his life's central riddle. A small child when he comes to England on a Kindertransport in the summer of 1939, Jacques Austerlitz is told nothing of his real family by the Welsh Methodist minister and his wife who raise him. When he is a much older man, fleeting memories return to him, and obeying an instinct he only dimly understands, Austerlitz follows their trail back to the world he left behind a half century before. There, faced with the void at the heart of twentieth-century Europe, he struggles to rescue his heritage from oblivion.

My Heart Hemmed in Cover Image
By Marie Ndiaye, Jordan Stump (Translator)
ISBN: 9781931883627
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Lines Press - July 11th, 2017


Conjuring an atmosphere of paranoia and menace, My Heart Hemmed In creates a bizarre, foggy world where strange coincidences, harsh cruelty, and constantly shifting relationships all seem part of some shadowy truth. Surreal, allegorical, and psychologically acute, My Heart Hemmed In shows a masterful author giving her readers her most complex and compelling world yet.

Homegoing Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971062
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017


Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi's extraordinary novel illuminates slavery's troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed--and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation. 

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2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore is located on Bissonnet between Kirby and Greenbriar/Shepherd.

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Store Hours

11am–8pm Monday through Saturday
12pm–6pm Sunday

Weeknight events begin at 7PM. The store remains open until the end of each event.

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Welcome to the Inprint Bookstore!

Brazos Bookstore is proud to support and partner with the Inprint literary series. We offer each author's featured titles for sale at the venue, but you can purchase books in advance from this page. Pre-purchased books will be available for pickup before and after the presentation at the Brazos Bookstore table in Wortham Center.

Bring your ticket stub or e-ticket on a mobile device into the bookstore for a 15% discount on the next speaker's book.  

Jonathan Franzen
Monday, September 21, 2015

Cullen Theater, Wortham Center

Deborah Eisenberg &
Antonya Nelson

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cullen Theater, Wortham Center

Michael Cunningham
Monday, November 10, 2014

Cullen Theater, Wortham Center

Karen Russell
Monday, January 26, 2015

Cullen Theater, Wortham Center

Mary Syzbist & Kevin Young
Monday, February 23, 2015

Cullen Theater, Wortham Center

Kazuo Ishiguro
Monday, March 23, 2015

Cullen Theater, Wortham Center

Christina Henriquez &
Marlon James

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cullen Theater, Wortham Center

Geoff Dyer
Monday, May 11, 2015

Cullen Theater, Wortham Center


Meet Augusta, Inventory Manager

I prefer to read literary fiction that has a story that I can get lost in.  I also enjoy reading books on neuroscience and the workings of the brain.  I gravitate towards books with good design and bright color -- I do judge a book by its cover.  When I get in a fiction rut, I like to read creative nonfiction that can transport me to another world.

Augusta's Book recommendations
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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.


Interested in working for Brazos Bookstore? Click here to apply online >> 


Meet the Staff of Brazos Bookstore

What sets Brazos Bookstore apart is our team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic booksellers. No matter what you're in search of when you walk into our store, someone on staff is sure to have the perfect suggestion for you! Not sure which bookseller will be the most helpful in your next quest for biblio-bliss? Click below to learn our individual tastes and interests.