Athens, Georgia's premier independent bookstores


Avid on Prince Ave. location has closed. Please read our announcement and FAQ to learn more.

Avid Bookshop is a fiercely independent, community-focused bookselling business with two shops in Athens, Georgia. In fall 2018, Avid Bookshop was chosen as the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. Founded by Janet Geddis, Avid has been named by Flagpole readers as Athens' Favorite Local Business for six years in a row! As the country has become more fraught, Avid booksellers have become more outspoken about standing up for human rights, equality, and the freedom to read. We are a safe space and are proud to serve those here in Athens, Georgia and our website customers nationwide. 

In 2017, Avid was named a top-five finalist in Publishers Weekly's Bookstore of the Year competition, and Janet was named an Ambassador for Athensmade, a local group with the mission of “amplifying brands, attracting talent.” 

Avid Bookshop has been on the Bulldog 100 list three years in a row—this distinction indicates that Avid is one of the fastest-growing businesses owned/run by a University of Georgia alumna/alumnus. 

While we focus on supporting the local community both culturally and economically, Avid is also very active in regional and nationwide organizations such as the American Booksellers Association, the Independent Booksellers Consortium, and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. 

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Upcoming Events

EVERYTHING MAD WITH LOVE by David Noah
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
HITTING ROCK MIDDLE
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
THE EMISSARY by Yoko Tawada
Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Maureen Johnson: THE HAND ON THE WALL
Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
An Evening ABOUT US
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

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Avid Book Subscription Program: Avid Snail Mail! #avidsnailmail

The Avid Book Subscriptions Program is one of the most wonderful services Avid provides. Each month, booksellers Julie and Katie hand-select a separate title for each subscriber, each one tailored to suit his, her, or their individual tastes.

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Support your neighborhood bookstore, no matter where you are. Avid Bookshop has over 2 million books in stock, and we can ship everywhere in the nation. Browse our bestseller lists or our staff picks to find your next great read!

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Adult Hardcover Bestsellers

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The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
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City of Girls: A Novel Cover Image
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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel Cover Image
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Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image
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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image

Children's Bestsellers

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Dog Man: Fetch-22: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #8) Cover Image
Wrecking Ball (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14) Cover Image
Guts Cover Image
Best Friends (Real Friends #2) Cover Image
Autumn's Arrival
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition Cover Image

Culinary Bestsellers

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
Classic City Cooking by Juanina Kocher
Smokelore: A Short History of Barbecue in America Cover Image
The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails Cover Image
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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir Cover Image
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Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers (Meal Planning Cookbook, Easy Recipes Cookbook, Fun Recipe Cookbook) Cover Image

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