Wolfgang Books is a safe haven for readers, intellectuals, escapists, poets (traditional and rogue), radicals, wanderers, dreamers and anyone else who feels inclined to walk up the 26 steps to visit.
Wolfgang Books began in early 2004 as a bit of a dream, and over the past five years has emerged as one of the most unique and innovative bookstores in the Philadelphia area. We are honored to have been voted the Best Bookstore in Philadelphia by myfoxphilly.com in both 2007 and 2008.
The first two years were spent listing used and rare books online and selling used books on sidewalks and college campuses. The retail store opened on May 5, 2006 with the goal of creating a welcoming and inspiring bookstore experience at a time when those things are regrettably elusive.
The backbone of Wolfgang Books, as with any good bookstore, is the carefully chosen inventory. Our shelves and tables are filled with new, used and rare books of distinction that comprise a general collection that is generally literary. New and used books are shelved side by side, as was once the common practice.
Our used books are selected with discretion to avoid the need to sort through a shelf in search of one worthwhile title, but also in recognition of the sublime pleasure in finding a neglected or forgotten book from a previous time.
New books are chosen in much the same way, and our ever-expanding selection features the new releases, established and emerging classics as well as children’s books. Small and local publishers also have a home here, as do contemporary and classic works in translation.
Collectible and rare books are priced fairly, and we are happy to answer any questions regarding these volumes.
We invite you to take advantage of our sun porch reading room overlooking historic Phoenixville, which is also available for book groups and other similar gatherings.
This is a troubled time for the culture of the book, but we are committed to making sure that the written word endures. We hope that you will take the time to visit Wolfgang Books and experience our take on dignified bohemia.