Great Bookstores: Bookends in Kailua, Hawaii

A.A. Attanasio wrote in to recommend Bookends in Kailua, Hawaii. Bookends doesn’t have a website at this time, but you can find it at 600 Kailua Rd, Kailua, HI 96734. Phone: (808) 261-1996. Mr. Attanasio says:

A.A. Attanasio at Bookends“To enter Bookends in Kailua Shopping Center is to find oneself in the mind’s eye of the western psyche. It’s a hodge-podge of every subject, a cultural kaleidoscope of both new and out-of-print titles. The street façade looks like a franchise outlet, but the inside of this independent bookstore is a well-lit and airy bibliocave crammed with both intellectual and entertaining fare.

This homey store arranges books in gregarious piles and stacks and jumbled shelves so that one always winds up finding something unexpected. Cozy chairs and reading nooks invite readers to sink in.

When my kids were little we used to hang out here as much as at the library — a welcoming atmosphere that continues to make me feel I am in the presence of our living heritage, among books with bindings worn by eager hands whose texts have touched many minds.”

Bookends

A.A. Attanasio Killing With the Edge of the MoonIf you’re not familiar with A.A. Attanasio’s books, now’s the perfect time to try the first novel in his Radix tetrad. You can get the first ebook free until Sept 30. The coupon code is 9991421. Sign up at at Phoenix Pick for a free ebook each month.

We’d also like to mention his novel Killing With the Edge of the Moon which Kelly recommends.

If you have an independent bookstore you’d like us to promote, please contact Kat.


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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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4 comments

  1. Someone should go to Oahu and confirm the existence of this bookstore. I volunteer. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.

  2. Isn’t Terry headed that way soon too? :D

  3. Why, yes, I think she could easily catch an inter-island flight and check it out.

  4. I go back home to Hawaii every Christmas (not showing off, I promise), and I never knew about this bookstore in Kailua. I will make a point of going to check it out, and be on the lookout for A.A. Attanasio (Radix and Last Legends of Earth have been on my radar for years) or President Obama (who usually vacations in Kailua in late Dec, causing traffic jams due to his security detail).

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