Athens, Georgia's premier independent bookstores


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

THE MARS ROOM by Rachel Kushner book cover
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Kristy Dempsey: PAPA PUT A MAN ON THE MOON
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where's Waldo?
Monday, July 1, 2019 - 11:00am to Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 8:00pm
LIKE LIONS by Brian Panowich
Monday, July 1, 2019 - 6:15pm to 7:15pm

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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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Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
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Lost and Wanted: A novel Cover Image
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Trust Exercise: A Novel Cover Image
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Lot: Stories Cover Image
Women Talking Cover Image
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Where the Crawdads Sing Cover Image

Children's Bestsellers

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Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #6) Cover Image
Crush (Berrybrook Middle School #3) Cover Image
The Bad Guys (The Bad Guys #1) Cover Image
Hilda and the Troll: Book 1 (Hildafolk) Cover Image
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Bear and Wolf Cover Image
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Culinary Bestsellers

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Cook Like a Pro: Recipes and Tips for Home Cooks Cover Image
Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook Cover Image
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Cover Image
Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes Cover Image
Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions 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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