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Latest News on The Big Book Store


After 75 years in business, “The Big Book Store” at 5911 Cass Ave (just north of Wayne State Univ.) has begun their Store Closing Sale this week.  Everything in the store – books, magazines, sports cards, movie stills, comic books, etc – is now 50% off, more for volume purchases.  And, we’re selling the store fixtures, too (bookcases, book racks, glass display cases, tables, etc.). The building has been sold, and it must be cleared out by the end of March.  The Big Book Store is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9:30am to 5:30pm.  This is NOT the main store of John King Books, just the little store called “The Big Book Store”. 


John King Books appeared on a very exclusive list of bookstores featured on the TV show

“The List”

Bookstores Making a Comeback -- The List


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call (313) 961-0622 during business hours


do a “Quick Search” for “Gift Certificate” on our web site.


The latest news on The Big Book Store at 5911 Cass Avenue (on Wayne State University campus):  The store closing is delayed a month (until the end of January, probably) due to conditions in the real estate sales contract that give the buyers more time for their due diligence.  So, you have a few more days for last minute forever purchases.  The Big Book Store is open Wednesday-Saturday, 9:30am to 5:30pm.


John K. King Books is pleased to announce that we are included in Bob Eckstein’s cleverly bound book “FOOTNOTES* From the World’s Greatest Bookstores”, published by Clarkson Potter Publishers in 2016 (and available through your local INDEPENDENT book store).  You’ll find our bookstore featured in the book with some anecdotes about our store.  The foreword is by the great Garrison Keillor, who has twice mentioned our book store on his former show, A Prairie Home Companion (the last time in a song about the great places of Detroit).

Also, John K. King Books is mentioned in the recently published book, “THINGS I DO IN DETROIT, A Guidebook to the Coolest Places” by Dave Krieger.  Krieger “hired” the legendary local goblin, Nain Rouge (who has haunted Detroit since the days of Cadillac), to show him the sites of Detroit.  There are some wonderful photos of our store taken during Nain Rouge’s visit.

Finally, we were listed as one of the Best Bookstores in the Midwest by The Culture Trip.   Here’s the link:

Culture Trip Best Bookstores in the Midwest


We appreciate all the publicity and the great comments from our customers on social media.  If you haven’t visited us yet, why not?  We (and our 750,000+ books) are waiting for you!


Check out Lost Landscapes of Detroit on YouTube.

At the 4:06 mark, you’ll see our two buildings: The Otis Elevator building, and The Advance Glove building (before they moved it)

Lost Landscapes of Detroit


The "Search" button on the left is for items in our Rare Book Collection, only.  To search for other books, please email us or stop in the store during business hours. 


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