Bookstore opens nearby

Saint Louis University students now have another option near campus when looking to buy and sell books, besides the Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

J.A. Griffin Bookseller, located inside the newly renovated Coronado Place, opened to the public Tuesday.

Owned by John Griffin, an Ireland native and 1986 graduate of SLU, the bookstore specializes in scholarly books with a heavy emphasis on philosophy, essays, poetry and American and British fiction, Griffin said.

“The books I’ve collected reflect my interest generated at SLU,” Griffin said. While attending the University, Griffin centered his undergraduate studies on philosophy, theology and English.

Griffin sells both new and used books, as well as buying books from customers. He did, however, suggest calling beforehand to see if he will buy your book. He said he will not be buying many textbooks, though it depends on the subject and publisher.

Many of his books, such as those published by renowned publishing companies and good editions of poetry are not in the student range, Griffin said. However, other books such as general fiction range from about $15 to $18, compared to about $25 at other bookstores.

The cozy 650-square-foot store, which was the lobby of the former Coronado Hotel, includes a functioning fireplace, two armchairs, a Persian rug and alcoves in the windows for customers to read comfortably.

Griffin is currently running the store as a one-man operation, though he may look for a second employee in the future.

J.A. Griffin is housed just inside the door of the Coronado. Until the main entrance opens, Griffin has made arrangements so that the store is accessible to patrons.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Though the Web site is not functioning yet, those interested can visit www.booksinst.louis.com in the future for more information about the store.