We are Opening an Independent Bookstore in Grand Rapids, MI!

Awesome for Michigan!! welcome to the #MichLIT world

If you’re reading this blog post, it’s likely you have heard there’s a new independent bookstore and coffee bar opening in Grand Rapids, MI.  We hope you’re as thrilled about this as we are, and we are eager to meet you when we open our doors to the public later this year.  

Who are we?

12565444_801340247081_2504362868928703384_nWe are Chris Roe and Jonathan Shotwell, booksellers and ​proud owners of Grand Rapids’ soon-to-be newest independent bookstore, Books & Mortar.  We are Michigan natives who ventured to Chicago for graduate school in 2011 and have been living here ever since.  Chris is a classically trained pianist, an organist, an elementary educator, a fitness enthusiast, and most recently an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches (USA).  Jonathan is an urbanite and an outdoorsman, a youth program specialist, has an M.Div. and believed Santa Claus was a real person until the 5th grade.  We…

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