Annual Sale




 It's time for our Annual Thank-You Sale!

We appreciate you choosing to shop locally!


25% off  all books and calendars in stock

(excluding special orders, magazines and nautical charts)


40% off select books including holiday picture books and holiday boxed cards


From Thursday January 3rd through Sunday January 6th


Thank you for supporting your local bookstore!


We look forward to seeing you!! 



Thanks for Shopping Indie Sale


 November 24th is Small Business Saturday and Prince Books invites you to celebrate with a very special sale.


For two days only enjoy 20% off select Indie Pick Best Selling titles!


Sale takes place Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th


Featured titles include: 

- This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

- The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

And many more!


 A complete list can be found here


Thanks for Shopping Indie! 


Don't forget about the promotion sponsered by American Express for Small Business Saturday!

American Express is getting behind local businesses again this year with their Small Business Saturday campaign. It works like this – American Express card holders can get a one-time $25 statement credit from AmEx if they enroll their AmEx card here and then make a purchase of $25 or more at Prince Books on Saturday, November 24th.




Congratulations Tim Seibles!

Prince Books sends a well deserved Congratulations to Norfolks very own Tim Seibles for being named Finalist for the National Book Award!


 He is being considered for the National Book Award for his book of Poetry Fast Animal . Tim Seibles is one of America's foremost African-American poets who threads the journey from youthful innocence to the whittled-hard awareness of adulthood. Along the way it immerses the reader in palpable moments -- the importance of remembering, the complexity of race, and the meaning of true wakefulness. 





Tim Seibles has published six books of poetry: Hammerlock, Ten Miles an Hour, Kerosene, Hurdy-Gurdy, Body Moves and Buffalo Head Solos. Seibles' poetry focuses on the alienation of non-whites in America. He examines a world that is dominated by an uneven control of power, and yet in his work, Seibles dares to hope in reconciliation, freedom, and connection. For his work he has received the following grants and awards: the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and an Open Voice Award from the National Writers' Voice Project. Seibles teaches with the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.  



The Conclusion to the Great Waldo Scavenger Hunt

Thank you to all participants in the Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt, and congratulations to All Raffle Winners! 

A special congratulations to our first place winner Lucy who won the grand prize of a complete set of Where's Waldo books!


Special thanks to all the great local stores in Downtown Norfolk who made this event possible.  While the scavenger hunt maybe over you can still check out these fantastic norfolk businesses and support your community by shopping local!

Prince Books
109 E. Main Street

Bean There Coffeehouse
223 E. City Hall Ave. #101

Borjo Coffeehouse
4416 Monarch Way

Hi Ho Silver
316 W. 21st St.

Local Heroes
1905 Colonial Avenue

Chrysler Museum Gift Shop
245 West Olney Road

Norfolk Stationery Co. 
103 Granby Street
Cure Coffeehouse and Brasserie
503 Botetourt Street

Harbor Gallery
1508 Colley Ave.

East Coast Bicycles
1910 Colley Ave.

The Sassy Sunflower
345 Granby Street

1703 Colley Ave.

Mystic Mermaid
308 West 21st Street 

Garden Gazebo
729 West 21st Street

Welton's Seafood Market- Ghent
110 East 17th Street

McCormack & Puryear Jewelers 
331 West 21st Street

White Rabbitt
334 West 21st Street

The Wild Hare
2112 DeBree Avenue 

Decorum Furniture
301 W. 21st Street

Taste Unlimited
6464 Hampton Blvd. 
Thanks again and we hope to see you all soon! 


Signed First Editions of Senator Marco Rubio's "An American Son" Available

 Few politicians have risen to national prominence as quickly as Marco Rubio. At age forty-one he's the subject of widespread interest and speculation. But he has never before told the full story of his unlikely journey, with all the twists and turns that made him an American son.
Available now for a limited time, signed first editions of Senator Marco Rubio's memoir An American Son! The book is available in both English and Spanish language editions
 We also have some limited remaining quantities of the signed first editions of the Orange Prize-winning The Song of Achilles and Atlantic Fever by Virginian-Pilot reporter Joe Jackson!

Signed Copies of Earl Swift's New Book: The Big Roads

Available now at Prince Books are autographed copies of The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways by local author Earl Swift.


Earl Swift is a Virginia-based journalist and has been a Fulbright fellow, PEN finalist and five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, and has earned a reputation for powerful narrative and scrupulous reporting. His previous books include The Tangierman's Lament, Journey on the James, and Where They Lay. Swift writes for the Virginia-Pilot and lives in Norfolk.


A man-made wonder, a connective network, an economic force, a bringer of blight and sprawl and the possibility of escape--the U.S. interstate highway system changed the face of a continent. The Big Roads charts the creation of these landmark American roads. From the millionaire speed demon who organized the first primitive network of cross-country motor roads, to the cadre of largely forgotten engineers who conceived of the interstates and how they'd work--years before Dwight Eisenhower knew the plans existed--to the protests that erupted when the concrete juggernaut reached the cities--and thousands of people unwilling to be uprooted in the name of progress--The Big Roads follows a winding, fascinating route through twentieth-century American life.  

Signed First Editions of Oceana by Ted Danson with Michael D'Orso


 Now for a limited time at Prince Books we have first editions of Oceana signed by the authors, actor Ted Danson and Michael D'Orso. These autographed copies are limited, so get your copy today!


 In Oceana, actor Ted Danson describes his other 20-year career as an ocean activist and shares the often frightening yet hopeful news about the crisis in our oceans. Ted's journey began when he joined a local protest in the mid-1980s to oppose offshore oil drilling near his Southern California neighborhood. Today, Ted is a leading spokesperson on international ocean issues and a board member of Oceana, the largest organization in the world focused solely on ocean conservation.

Combining vivid, personal prose with an array of stunning graphics, charts, and photographs, Oceana powerfully illustrates the impending crises and offers solutions that may allow us to avert them, showing readers the specific courses of action they can take to become active and responsible stewards of our planet's most precious resource-its oceans.

April is Poetry month, so enjoy 20% off poetry!

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.

For the month of April, Prince Books is offering 20% off adult and children's poetry books.

We've plumped up the shelves in anticipation with a great selection of contemporary and classic authors, Poet Laureates and local poets, anthologies and more. Be sure to come in and take advantage of this limited offer!


You can take a sneak peak at some of the great poetry titles we have on hand here at our website, or come browse the store for the full experience. 

ABA Statement on Borders’ Bankruptcy Filing

In response to the news on Wednesday, February 16, that Borders Group Inc. had filed for Chapter 11 protection and will close about 30 percent of its stores nationwide in the coming weeks, the American Booksellers Association issued the following statement:

Though Borders is not a member of the American Booksellers Association, we are always saddened when any bookstore closes. The industry – whether independent bookstores, publishers, or readers – does not benefit from the diminishment of places to browse, discover, and buy books.

However, despite the doom and gloom expressed by some about the future of full-service bricks-and-mortar bookstores – and, while we don’t underestimate the challenges that lie ahead – ABA believes that the indie bookstore model is well positioned for the future.

ABA membership numbers have stabilized; the vast majority of ABA members are coming off the best holiday season they have had in years; and, we’ve partnered with Google to allow our members to offer e-books through their websites.

As book buyers and readers are facing a skyrocketing number of books vying for their attention – with more and more demands on their time – our members’ customers are telling us that, now more than ever, they appreciate the care independent stores take in choosing the titles to stock, and that the curated selection in our stores can’t be found elsewhere.

In addition, more and more consumers appreciate the fact that our members are locally owned and have long-standing and close ties to their communities. They understand that by shopping in an independent store they are making sure that far more of their spending dollars recirculate back into the community. Shopping locally supports the small businesses that are creating jobs, directly fuels local growth, and helps preserve the special things that make each American community unique.

Looking ahead, we know that indie stores will have to continue to work hard and stay nimble and innovative. No matter what may appear in the headlines today, and understanding that the circumstances leading to the current situation facing Borders is very different than those of independents, we believe that our members will continue to offer their customers a unique shopping experience they can’t find anywhere else.


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