Boulder Book Store is Boulder’s largest independent bookstore with 20,000 sq. feet, more than 100,000 titles, and three floors. We host more than 200 events in the store and in the community every year. Boulder Book Store has been named "Bookstore of the Year " by Publishers Weekly in 2018, and “Best of Boulder” by local papers every year since 1987. As a founding member of the Boulder Independent Business Alliance (one of the first of its kind in the country), David Bolduc, owner of the Boulder Book Store, has been at the forefront of the “shop local” movement for over a decade.
Our community at a glance
Boulder is a community with an independent spirit located approximately 30 miles from downtown Denver, nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Boulder Book Store is located on one of the country’s most successful outdoor pedestrian malls, in the heart of a thriving downtown shopping district. The population of Boulder County, more than 299,300 as of 2011, is highly educated (57.7% of people 25+ hold a bachelor’s degree or higher as of 2011) and has a median household income of $66,479.
Most nights of the week you will find our upstairs Ballroom transformed into a meeting place where members of the Boulder community come to be inspired and entertained by some of today’s most influential authors. We host more than 200 author appearances each year, with in-store events drawing crowds of up to 250 people. For larger events we turn to local venues such as First Congregational Church, Unity Church of Boulder, Boulder Theater to accommodate as many as 1000 people. Authors who have visited us over the years include: Christopher Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, Deepak Chopra, Garrison Keillor, Jon Krakauer, Mitch Albom, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Gilbert, Michael Pollan, Chelsea Handler, Neil Gaiman, Terry Prachett, and Sherman Alexie.