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A Reading Niche for Nonfiction Lovers

Source Booksellers in Midtown sells four categories of books from history and culture to books by and about women

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Looking for your next nonfiction read? A visit to Source Booksellers should do the trick.

The bookshop sells four categories of books: "history and culture, health and well-being, books by and about women, and metaphysical/spiritual/new age," says Janet Webster Jones, owner of Source Booksellers. And, "the African and African-American experience is an ongoing thread."

In January 2013, the shop moved from the Spiral Collective and expanded down the street at The Auburn on Cass.

Jones, a former Detroit Public Schools teacher—among many other roles—says she never planned to open her own book shop. She sold books at church bazaars and around town before opening her first space in 2002.

"Sometimes life happens to you and you find out, 'Oh yeah, that's right, that's what I was supposed to be doing,'" Jones says.

Source Booksellers holds events, too, ranging from author and book talks to skits—all relating to the book topics Jones sells, she says.

Jones says Midtown offers a lot of "privileges."

"I see it as a privilege and an opportunity to contribute to the community of people who are in this area and all those who come from everywhere," Jones says.

Visit the shop at 4240 Cass Ave., Suite 105, Detroit 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 313-832-1155 or visit SourceBooksDetroit.com.

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