On Saturday, December 18, 2021, The Baltimore Times joined Tia Hamilton, owner of Urban Book Reads, to celebrate the store’s second year in business. Joy Bramble, publisher, recalled attending the opening of the store two years ago and praised her commitment to the community. Council President Nick J. Mosby provided a pre-recorded tribute acknowledging Urban Reads commitment to literacy advancement. 

Other acknowledgements poured in virtually from all over the world. Local businesses owners, artists, authors, and other supporters joined in the celebration and book signing.  

Urban Reads Bookstore is the 2021 recipient of the Baltimore Crown Awards Bookstore of the Year.

Urban Reads is a community bookstore for urban authors. The store sells books of all genres, including children’s books. Much of the store’s inventory is comprised of authors in prison. The voice of the imprisoned and issues related to those incarcerated are kept alive and given a platform through her printed publication, State v. Us Magazine and her digital and social media platforms. 

The bookstore and café is located at 3008 Greenmount Avenue in Baltimore City. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. The public is invited to support local authors, businesses, chill and read. Free Wi-Fi. 

Products from local entrepreneurs are also available for sale at Urban Reads. To learn more about the store or to shop online, visit: www.oururbanreads.com

Authors Lawrence T. Brown and Rizza Islam join in the 2nd year anniversary celebration Photo Credit: @SoulSon21
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