2109 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield; 417-831-3523
For 30 years, a Route 66 address has made ABC Books a popular stop for bicyclists, motorcyclists, classic car enthusiasts and tourists. “So it’s very fun,” says Valerie Earhart, who, with her husband, Darrin, bought the store in 2008. ABC’s 32,000 titles include a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction. The store supports local authors with regular book signings, Valerie says.
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Closed Sunday.
325 S. Walnut St., Springfield; 417-501-1062
Josh Arnett opened this downtown bookstore five years ago with a name he and his then-business partner thought was funny, yet serious readers make up its regulars today. “We have a lot of classics and literary fiction,” Arnett says. Arnett adds that older editions and out-of-print books are among BookMarx’s specialties. At First Friday Art Walk, local authors sign books, and local artists show their work in the gallery.
Hours: Monday, noon–7 p.m., and Tuesday–Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m. Closed Sunday.