Akimbo is an independent bookstore in Rochester’s East End, just a block from the Little Theater. Hang out at one of our tables, in a window, or on our sofa. WiFi is available with the purchase of coffee, a pastry, or a book! Come for a film screening, author readings and book signings, book clubs, and art shows — stay for our carefully-curated selection of books.

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Our Books

We specialize in titles published by small presses — the kind of juicy, subversive, and award-winning books not always available at chain stores, with a particular focus on social issues, contemporary literature, translations, wellness, and feeding the planet. We publish online reviews of some of our favorites on our Book Reviews page and we often feature new titles on our Instagram feed. You can also order anything you want to read through our online order form!

Events

Akimbo is alive with book clubs, authors’ readings, films, and more. Visit our Events page for details.

Host YOUR Event in our Space!

Want to book a private event with us? Akimbo Bookshop has stunning, south-facing windows that overlook the Bethel Church and East Avenue. Our store has an industrial look with gallery white walls and exposed brick — and, of course, it’s decorated with books — making it an ideal location for cocktail parties, small ceremonies, intimate dinners, photo shoots, and more.

For inquiries about booking your private event, email Rachel at to get on our calendar.

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What’s with the Name?

Arms akimbo is superwoman’s stance. It’s the pose of the Fearless Girl, who challenges the Wall Street Bull. It’s also a Dostoevsky quote, straight from the Underground Man himself, the father of unreason and polemics:

“Two times two is four has a cocky look; it stands in your path, arms akimbo, and spits.”