2913 W. Cary St.
Second Place: Fountain Bookstore
Third Place: Black Swan Books
In a year of highlights, Chop Suey Books hit a couple high-highs. The first: its venture into publishing with local artist Noah Scalin’s new Skull-A-Day book. The second: its inaugural Brew-ho-ho, an “office party” for local authors held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery during Gingerbread Stout season. “Man, that was so much fun,” bookstore owner Ward Tefft says. “Two hours and 27 authors.” Among coming joys: Chop Suey is bringing director, actor and author John Waters to the Byrd Theatre in October. Event profits will benefit the Byrd and WRIR-FM 97.3. Last year, Fountain Bookstore was host to more than 250 author events — more than any other venue in Virginia, bookseller Beth Brown says. You know what that means? “We have more autographed books than any other place.” And if you cannot live without Alexander Weddell’s 1932 limited edition “Richmond Virginia in Old Prints 1737-1887” then only Black Swan Books will do. As the slogan goes, “It’s where old books meet new friends.”