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ABOUT THE BOOKSTORE
First Light is daybreak, the glow of dawn. It’s the feeling of possibility that a new day brings. It’s when we do our best thinking, sitting in the quiet with a cup of coffee and a book. It’s an open path, a blank page, a new beginning. Our hope at First Light is that walking inside our doors conjures these things for you, all hours and everyday.
ABOUT THE post office
Before First Light Bookshop found a home at 4300 Speedway, the building was a beloved post office for many years. It served as an important neighborhood hub. We’ll do our very best to be sure we’re carrying on that legacy and creating space for our Hyde Park community and beyond. 
we the people
Meet the fine folks of First Light Books. Find them in the cafe and near the shelves at your new neighborhood place. Tell them what you’re reading lately. Ask them what you’re reading next.
Taeler Kallmerten
hometown
Houston, TX
always recommends
Sweet Bitter
Stephanie Danler
6-word BIO
High brow books, low brow television
Westley W. Williamson
hometown
Missoula, Montana
always recommends
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
6-word BIO
Not the first, Far from last
Annie Tate Cockrum
hometown
Austin, Texas
always recommends
Ways of Seeing
John Berger
6-word BIO
Loves her dog and hanging out
Colore Grace Lincoln
hometown
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
always recommends
Meditations
Marcus Aurelius
6-word BIO
In my notebooks with iced coffee, pronounced 'color'
Ricky Otteson
hometown
Austin Texas
always recommends
Who Killed My Father
Édouard Louis
6-word BIO
Milo’s Dad, Amateur Cyclist, Bad singer
Taylor Bruce
hometown
LaGrange, GA
always recommends
Let The Great World Spin
Colum McCann
6-word BIO
Life Advice: Build fires year round
Jude Cloud
hometown
Austin, Texas
always recommends
Candide
Voltaire
6-word BIO
Outdoorsy dad, thrifty dad, cool dad
Corey Galli
hometown
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
always recommends
The Backyard Adventurer
Beau Miles
6-word BIO
Slow down and notice the magic.
Robin Bruce
hometown
Houston, TX
always recommends
O Pioneers!
Willa Cather
6-word BIO
Fred Rogers, steep hikes, our kids
Becky Schwarz
hometown
Austin, TX
always recommends
Memoirs of a Geisha
Arthur Golden
6-word BIO
Aquarius, tortoise mom, vinyl collector & affogatos
Emma Monreal
hometown
Austin, TX
always recommends
Sirens of Titan
Kurt Vonnegut
6-word BIO
Ride your bike and rest often
Jane Eaton
hometown
Crane, Texas
always recommends
Travels with Charley: In Search of America
John Steinbeck
6-word BIO
Calm Curator. Pizza Inhaler. Desert Dweller.
Hannah Smothers
hometown
Houston, Texas
always recommends
Flying Leap
Judy Budnitz
6-word BIO
Very excited about everything I love.
Bradley Trumpfheller
hometown
Arlington, Virginia
always recommends
Confessions of the Fox
Jordy Rosenberg
6-word BIO
nonbinary writer, can't dance, cloud enthusiast
Arielle Levin
hometown
Columbus, Ohio
always recommends
The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell
6-word BIO
dance, dreams, fragrantica.com, sunbeams, and backgammon
Breezy Mayo
hometown
Wilmington, NC
always recommends
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers
6-word BIO
Loves finer things, beauty will suffice
Ashley Franklin
hometown
McAllen, Texas
always recommends
On A Sunbeam
Tillie Walden
6-word BIO
Reading books, drawing comics, going outside
Gio Cervantes
hometown
Dallas, Texas
always recommends
Assata
Assata Shakur
6-word BIO
bus rides, shared bites, + loving times
Katy Christler
hometown
Irvine, California
always recommends
A Life's Work
Rachel Cusk
6-word BIO
Sunrise watcher; consequently lugubrious at dusk.
Audrey Hollingsworth
hometown
Austin, Texas
always recommends
Lizard
Banana Yoshimoto
6-word BIO
Always have snacks in my purse
Jordan Steyer
hometown
El Paso, Texas
always recommends
All The Bright Places
Jennifer Niven
6-word BIO
unhinged risograph printer who loves filet-o-fish
Carey Maul
hometown
Sandwich, Massachusetts
always recommends
Bunny
Mona Awad
6-word BIO
grad student, book lover, reality TV aficionado
Sam Ackerman
hometown
Houston, Texas
always recommends
The Waves
Virginia Woolf
6-word BIO
don’t try and figure me out