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Brain Lair Books


1005 Portage Ave South Bend, IN 46616

What are the 3 adjectives you would use to describe your bookstore?

Uplifting, Fun, Challenging

Share a quote from a book or poem that bares your bookstore’s soul.

“won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.”

won’t you celebrate with me / Lucille Clifton

Why was your bookstore founded/what role does it play in the community?

We get books into the hands of children who have been underrepresented in literature and we “uplift marginalized voices.” We are community leaders and speak around our area

Which champion/warrior/wildcat (real or mythological) does your bookstore channel most?


What makes your bookstore unique?

I try to read all the books I want to display or highlight.

Image description: A multi-textured blue background, including textures and words from book pages.