About Us

Once upon a time there was a little girl, a stack of books, and a very comfy chair...

Our owner, Sally Bradshaw, always dreamed of working in a bookstore. Years later, that dream came true when Midtown Reader opened in November of 2016 as Tallahassee's only New York Times reporting, general-subject, independent bookstore, selling new books. Midtown Reader is located in the capital city of Florida, home to two major universities and a diverse community of readers. We emphasize lifelong learning and hope to put just the right book into your hands. From literary fiction, mysteries, poetry, and science fiction to young adult books, biographies, and cookbooks, we carry a selection of new and noteworthy books. We showcase Florida authors and books about Florida's political, social, and natural history. We also build a loyal community through regular programming with author events, Kidtown Reader story hour, Read to Lead panels, book clubs, workshops, community readings, and more. We are dedicated to serving as a meeting ground for readers of all backgrounds to read, think, and share together.


Are you ready to meet us?

Come visit us in-store or chat with us via phone or online!

Address: 1123 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303 (the pink building down the street from Whataburger!)

Hours: Sunday - Wednesday, 10AM - 6PM

Thursday - Saturday, 10AM - 8PM

We are wheelchair and mobility aid accessible. There is an elevator on the first floor, accessible through Jeri's Midtown Cafe patio at the rear of the building. This elevator takes you to both our second and third floors! There is also a ramp in front of the store.

Phone: 850-425-2665 (BOOK)

Website: midtownreader.com

General email: info@midtownreader.com

You can get any book you want!

We carry a variety of books on every subject, and our warehouse allows us to provide additional books that we can’t fit in our store. We can order all religious texts, textbooks, books that are yet to release, that weird, obscure book that you just heard of—everything! 

You can place an order in-store, over the phone, or online. Orders typically take between 3-5 business days to arrive at our store. You can pick up your order at no cost, have it shipped anywhere in the world, or have it delivered directly to your door in Tallahassee!

Do you want it now though?

We understand. You can see which books are currently in our store in our online shop. Books available for same-day pick-up will say "On Our Shelves"! 

Audiobooks are also available through our partner Libro.fm. Their selection is amazing, and a percentage of your purchase supports Midtown Reader! Please consider switching from Audible to Libro.fm!

Got a book addiction? We’re rewarding it!

Because we do too. Become an Indie Insider! Indie Insiders are our frequent buyers and our most dedicated readers. For an annual fee of $25, you’ll receive a special gift, a one-time-use 20% off coupon, and $5 off for every $100 you spend. You also receive free delivery up to 4 times per year, to anywhere in Tallahassee! Sign up here or call our store today. 

Do you want to meet your heroes? Fellow bookish people? Learn a new hobby?

You’ve come to the right place! We’ve got something for everyone. We host regular author events (in-store and virtually) along with a variety of book clubs, workshops, open mic nights, and more!

Our “Kidtown Readers” meet every Saturday at 11 AM for story and craft time.

Check our schedule on our Events page. 

Or maybe you are an author!

Congratulations! We’d love to celebrate your book with you. For any author event requests, please fill out our form here. 

If you're self-published and would like us to carry your book at Midtown Reader, check out our consignment information here

Or maybe you just want a bookstore all to yourself!

We are available to host private events on Sunday evenings at a charge of $50 per hour to cover our staff costs. For more information, visit our Events page or fill out a request.

Wait, back to the fellow bookish people thing…

We know. That was exciting. Let us explain.

Our Midtown Reader book clubs meet monthly, exploring a variety of themes and genres. Our booksellers lead rotating themes every 3 months so that we can tackle it all. All of our book clubs have subscription boxes available, and our book club books are always offered at a 10% discount. Visit our Book Clubs page for more information! 

We also work with local book clubs featuring their titles on our book club shelves. Register with us, and we’ll order copies for your club members and offer the same 10% discount.

Books pair perfectly with coffee. And wine. And snacks!

It doesn’t seem right to have books without those things! Local coffee shop Argonaut Coffee serves a variety of coffee, specialty lattes, and baked goods as well as reasonably priced local craft beer and wine. Come take a seat in our cafe and bar space with a book! 

Our animals love reading as much as we do!

We are a dog-friendly establishment. Argonaut even provides pup cups, and rumor has it, that we keep a few treats in the bookstore behind the register for our furry friends. Our patio also provides a great place to cool off and read with your dog in tow.

It’s a dream to work in a bookstore!

That’s how we got started! Our owner has always dreamed of owning a bookstore since she was a little girl. Come join us in the dream! We are always accepting applications, which can be found in-store. You can also follow our social media to see when we are hiring!

Additionally, we offer seasonal internships to our high school and college friends for course credit. If interested in internships, contact us at info@midtownreader.com.

Reading with a cause? No way!

It’s true! We love to support local organizations and partner with non-profits! Our direct donations are focused on educational organizations with a mission of promoting learning and literacy. If we can help your organization, please fill out this form and let us know about your goals! 

Midtown Readers regularly help us support the community by purchasing books to donate through our annual Holiday “Book Tree” event in partnership with United Way of the Big Bend, which provides books to children in Title I schools. You also help us support summer reading camps and other programs!

We are dedicated to building strong relationships with Tallahassee and the community in it. We partner with the writing communities of Florida State University's nationally ranked Creative Writing Program, the nation's top HBCU, Florida A&M University, and one of the nation's highest-ranked community colleges, Tallahassee Community College. We also partner with local literary, art, and historical organizations, such as the Tallahassee Writers Association, the Railroad Square Art District, The Holocaust Education Resource Center, the Tallahassee Historical Society, Young Actors Theatre, and many others. We love our city and strongly believe in shopping locally and creating the community that we want to be a part of. 

And there’s still so much more to know! Ask any of our booksellers by calling our store or emailing info@midtownreader.com for any more questions. We promise we either know the answer or can find out for you!