In the fall of 2014, Bookworks celebrated 30 years as a locally-owned and operated independent business.
As one of Albuquerque’s last remaining local, independent bookstores, we are dedicated to supporting our community and connecting books and readers.
Bookworks hosts 400-500 adult, young adult, and children's events annually.
We showcase the work of nationally-touring and best-selling authors and locally-published authors alike. We partner with New Mexico community groups and organizations to produce high-quality lectures, talks, and signings both at our store and at off-site venues. Our off-site venues include lecture halls, performance centers, schools, conferences, restaurants, fundraisers and galas--any type of venue where authors appear and where books can be sold. Our recent event partners include ABC Library, the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation, the University of New Mexico English department, UNM's Women's Resource Center, Albuquerque Academy, the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Slate Street Cafe, Tractor Brewing Company, Flying Star, the Center for Spiritual Living, Planned Parenthood, and the Rio Grande Nature Center.
Bookworks has been a literary meeting place in Albuquerque since 1984, from its original home in Albuquerque's Rio Grande Valley in the Dietz Farm Plaza where it was founded by Nancy Rutland, up to its present location owned by Danielle Foster and Wyatt Wegrzyn next to Flying Star Cafe in the Shops on Rio Grande. As a locally-owned small business, Bookworks pays taxes that support our community, pays wages and provides benefits to its Albuquerque employees, donates gift certificates and books to local nonprofit organizations, supports local libraries, and gives back to our community however we can, whenever we can.
We are most proud of these community partnerships and also our friendly, accommodative customer service. Being a brick-and-mortar store, we have limited space for stocking books, but we can fill special orders for books, audio books, and CDs usually in 2-3 business days--a turn-around time competitive with national online retailers. We can also research titles and authors you have heard on the radio or new books on topics of interest to you. We can find rare or out-of-print books for you. And like the online giants, we also offer e-books through our new partnership with Kobo, so whether you still read in print or on a screen, you can shop locally for all your book buying needs.
Shop online or live. Bookworks is located at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, just north of Griegos. From I-40 west, take the Rio Grande exit, and turn right (north) on Rio Grande. Proceed through several lights, pass the North Valley La Montanita Co-Op, and travel just north of Griegos where you will see us on the east side of Rio Grande next to Flying Star. View map below.