Akimbo Books is an online literary resource and bookstore geared toward small presses and contemporary literature.

Akimbo’s inception began during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic — after watching, and experiencing first hand, the challenges booksellers and literary organizations faced throughout the year. Basically, it was one example of a quick pivot, an effort to keep doing what we love — connecting readers with small presses and the authors, poets, and translators they publish — all without a brick and mortar location.

Today, thanks to the collective kindness of our GoFundMe supporters, we’re up and running in a beautiful location on East Avenue in Rochester, NY. The space feels perfect for our purposes, and readers, authors, and new friends continue to find their way to us.

As Akimbo grows, we will share interviews, host book clubs, post book reviews, and more! (And stay tuned for more information about our Books and Brunch pop-ups!)

Sound like a lot all rolled into one? Well, that’s what happens when mania festers in a nine-month quarantine. Because, well, it’s been a day this year.



Rachel Crawford is a bookseller, a writer, and a freelance editor. She received her master’s degree at the University of Rochester in English literature. In particular, she is interested in human rights activism, and the ways through which literature emboldens movements today.

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