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Book Culture
112th Street Bookshop

Morningside Heights

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Book Culture was founded as Labyrinth Books in 1997 by current owner Chris Doeblin and his partner at the time Cliff Simms. In the summer of 2007, Book Culture became a completely independent company when Doeblin bought out his partners. Chris began his career in the early ‘80’s with a brief stint selling books for Papyrus book store at 114th and Broadway, and then as the receiving clerk in the basement of the old Book Forum which was located across from the main gate of Columbia on Broadway. In those days you could eat Chinese at Moon Palace or get egg creams and comic books at the Mill Luncheonette, people didn’t want to walk over to Columbus Ave. and nobody wanted to park on Riverside Drive.

In the summers, this neighborhood was a ghost town, and bikers—the Harley kind— ruled the West End. When the Book Forum operation began to falter, Doeblin set out with his partner and founded Great Jones Books, a scholarly book wholesaler located in Yonkers. At the same time, beginning in 1995, a project was set upon to open an academic bookstore to serve the community we knew well, and where we had a decade of experience. Jonathan Cole, Columbia’s Provost at the time shared that vision and with his help, by 1997, we had opened our doors as a bookstore in a Columbia-owned space here on 112th Street, in a building built for the Post Office. Ten years later, this locally-owned independent book business continues to thrive.

Visit us online:
Website: http://www.bookculture.com/
Weblog: http://bookculture.wordpress.com/

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Monday-Friday: 9AM - 10PM
Saturday: 10AM - 8PM

Sunday: 11AM - 7PM

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