About the Novel Neighbor
A charming, independent bookstore housed in a unique community space filled with work from local artists, The Novel Neighbor is an endeavor that’s been taking shape throughout my entire life. Raised in the close-knit city of Bardstown, KY — just south of Louisville — I discovered early on the value of reading, art, and gathering as a neighborhood. And I’m thrilled to bring that energy and connectedness to Webster Groves, MO, a suburb of St. Louis.
The Novel Neighbor is a unique concept and space that carries new adult and childrens’ books, unique works from local artists (including our own “artist(s) in residence”). We offer an amazing community space for book clubs, classes, author events, after-school activities, tastings, parties, showers, and more! We also, include cozy areas for reading – and a fantastic kids’ section with plenty of materials for little ones (and those grown) to read, experience, and explore.
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Favorite Books: (This question kills me and I have TONS of favorites but these are favorite favorites): (Adult) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, (YA) This Is Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, (Classic) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett & (Picture Book) I can’t decide so check out all my favorites at goodreads.com.
Favorite thing about The NOVEL NEIGHBOR: bringing a dream to life with the help and support of an incredible community of family, friends and many neighbors!
Karen, coordinator of children’s programming
Favorite Books: I’m trying to read all the classics that I avoided in high school- Grapes of Wrath is one of my new favorites.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: I love the children’s nook and the peek-a-boo window!
Melissa, children’s buyer/event coordinator
Favorite Books: If I’m being forced onto a desert island, I’m bringing picture book Miss Suzy (Miriam Young); classic children’s novel Emily of Deep Valley (Maud Hart Lovelace); middle grade novel The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate); YA novel The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater); and adult novel Watership Down (Richard Adams) (it’s really not a children’s book). And yes, this really is as far as I can narrow it down.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: putting books in the hands of your children.
Favorite Books: I love Douglas Coupland in every format novelist, non fiction author, artist, and screen writer. His works span so many genres while continuing to explore how a person finds their place in contemporary society. When I am not reading fiction, I am a sucker for a good science book.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: I love that tNN is dedicated to serving a role in community not only a local independent book store, but also by providing a space for events and activities.
Patsy, director of operations
Favorite Books: The Catastrophist by Ronan Bennett. It’s a (terribly pessimistic) love story about two journalists set in the Belgian Congo on the verge of independence. I like my fiction with a healthy dose of learning about a place/time/area of interest. Also love the title essay from David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. And the essay about his experience playing junior level tennis. Possibly because it’s some of the rare DFW writing that I find accessible.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: People who love books are some of the very best people. And when I’m at the bookstore, I get to surround myself with them.
Favorite Books: East of Eden by John Steinbeck, or anything by Khaled Hosseini, especially A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Favorite thing about the NOVEL NEIGHBOR: I love being able to hangout with the kids during craft times or birthday parties because they always have something funny to say. Also, being surrounded by books is a pretty sweet feeling.
Our Community Neighbors
Part of the Novel Neighbor’s mission is to support and foster our community. Check out some of the great organizations we have partnered with:
Affton Parents Club
Affton School District
Alpha Gamma Delta
Annunciation Catholic Church
APA Adoption Center
Avery Elementary School
Bristol Elementary School
Care and Counseling, Inc
Christ Memorial Lutheran Church
Clark Elementary School
Delta Phi Epsilon, Gamma Zeta Chapter, Webster University
Doorways Interfaith Residence
Edgar Road Elementary School
Hixson Middle School
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Keysor Elementary School
MicroFinancing Partners in Africa
Nerinx Hall High School
North Kirkwood Middle School
Sacred Heart Home and School
Sacred Heart Villa
Special Libraries Association
St. Francis Xavier College Church
St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church
St. Louis Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
St. Louis Children’s Choir
St. Louis Community Chorus
St. Louis HavenHouse
The Computer School
The Groves Church
The St. Louis Children’s Choir
The Waldorf School of St. Louis
Turner Center for the Arts
Webster Groves All Write Festival
Webster Groves Computer School
Webster Groves High School Activities Office
Webster Groves Public Library
Webster Groves School District
Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis