Welcome to Bloomsbury Books

An independent bookstore in downtown Ashland, Oregon

Bloomsbury Books is an independent bookstore on Main Street in downtown Ashland, Oregon, home of the world-famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Founded in 1980, we specialize in contemporary fiction and children’s books, but also carry a wide variety of nonfiction and local authors, and, of course, have a large Shakespeare and theater section.

Bloomsbury Recommends

We hope you enjoy our favorite Bloomsbury Picks as much as we have!

  • We Spread

    by Iain Reid
    No one does delightful disorientation quite like Ian Reid. Inspired by his time caring for his mother, We Spread is a horrifying love letter to those with dementia, told with heart-wrenching empathy. Penny has resigned herself to the mundane routine of old age, living in the apartment she has owned for decades, surrounded by remnants of her past life with her deceased partner, and her former artistic aspirations. But Penny is deemed no longer fit to care for herself, and is sent to a facil…
  • Earth Called: Tales of a New World

    by P. C. Cast
    AUTHOR TALK MAY 31 AT 7PM Is there any way to truly stop the God of Death? We’re so excited to host a talk on May 31st with #1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast to discuss the last installment in the Tales of a New World series, where love and goodness are put to the ultimate test as gods, humans, and animals come together to save everything they hold dear. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: …
  • Ink Blood Sister Scribe

    by Emma Törzs
    In this spellbinding debut novel, two estranged half-sisters tasked with guarding their family’s library of magical books must work together to unravel a deadly secret at the heart of their collection—a tale of familial loyalty and betrayal, and the pursuit of magic and power. In the great tradition of Ninth House, The Magicians, and Practical Magic, this is a suspenseful and richly atmospheric novel that draws readers into a vast world filled with mystery and magic, romance, and intrigue—…
  • The Celebrants

    by Steven Rowley
    A Big Chill for our times, celebrating decades-long friendships and promises—especially to ourselves—by the bestselling and beloved author of The Guncle. A deeply honest tribute to the growing pains of selfhood and the people who keep us going, coupled with Steven Rowley’s signature humor and heart, The Celebrants is a moving tale about the false invincibility of youth and the beautiful ways in which friendship helps us celebrate our lives, even amid the deepest challenges of living.
  • Walk the Vanished Earth

    by Erin Swan
    In the tradition of Station Eleven, Severance and The Dog Stars, a beautifully written and emotionally stirring dystopian novel about how our dreams of the future may shift as our environment changes rapidly, even as the earth continues to spin. A sweeping family epic, told over seven generations, as America changes and so does its dream, Walk the Vanished Earth explores ancestry, legacy, motherhood, the trauma we inherit, and the power of connection in the face of our planet’s imminent colla…
  • Yellowface

    by R. F. Kuang
    Bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she is, she didn’t write the book she claims she wrote, and she is most certainly not Asian American—in this chilling and hilariously cutting novel from R.F. Kuang, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Babel. With its totally immersive first-person voice, Yellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, and cultural appropriation, as well as the terrifying alienation of social media. R.F. Kuang’s novel is timely, razor-shar…
  • When Women Were Dragons

    by Kelly Barnhill
    A GOODREADS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • A fiery feminist tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman’s place in the world and expanding minds about accepting others for who they really are.
  • This Time Tomorrow

    by Emma Straub
    What if you woke up one morning and found yourself back in high school? The day she is supposed to turn 40, this is exactly where Alice finds herself, transported back in time to her 16th birthday. How Alice uses her adult life experience to reexamine her younger self, her choices, and most importantly, her connection with her father, is the winning heart of this sweet and funny novel. Told with such warmth and kindness, this is Emma Straub at her absolute best! – Diana
  • Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

    by Hernan Diaz
    Even through the roar and effervescence of the 1920s, everyone in New York has heard of Benjamin and Helen Rask. He is a legendary Wall Street tycoon; she is the daughter of eccentric aristocrats. Together, they have risen to the very top of a world of seemingly endless wealth—all as a decade of excess and speculation draws to an end. But at what cost have they acquired their immense fortune? This is the mystery at the center of Bonds, a successful 1937 novel that all of New York seems to hav…
  • The Covenant of Water

    by Abraham Verghese
    The Covenant of Water is the long-awaited new novel by Abraham Verghese, the author of the major word-of-mouth bestseller Cutting for Stone, which has sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States alone and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years. Spanning the years 1900 to 1977, The Covenant of Water is set in Kerala, on South India’s Malabar Coast, and follows three generations of a family that suffers a peculiar affliction: in every generation, at least one…

More Favorite Books

We Spread

by Iain Reid

Earth Called: Tales of a New World

by P. C. Cast

Ink Blood Sister Scribe

by Emma Törzs

The Celebrants

by Steven Rowley

Walk the Vanished Earth

by Erin Swan


by R. F. Kuang

When Women Were Dragons

by Kelly Barnhill

The Blighted Stars

by Megan E. O’Keefe

The Lincoln Highway

by Amor Towles

This Time Tomorrow

by Emma Straub

Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

by Hernan Diaz

The Covenant of Water

by Abraham Verghese

The White Lady

by Jacqueline Winspear


by Leila Mottley

Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club

by J. Ryan Stradal

In the Lives of Puppets

by TJ Klune

Happy Place

by Emily Henry


by Max Barry


by adrienne maree brown

The Girl With All the Gifts

by M.R. Carey

Murder in Chianti (A Tuscan Mystery)

by Camilla Trinchieri

The Stranger Diaries

by Elly Griffiths

Pretty as a Picture

by Elizabeth Little

The Windsor Knot

by SJ Bennett

Tress of the Emerald Sea

by Brandon Sanderson
The Daughter of Doctor Moreau - Silvia Moreno Garcia

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

by Silvia Moreno Garcia

Birnam Wood

by Eleanor Catton

The Anthropocene Reviewed

by John Green

Once There Was

by Kiyash Monsef

A Fever in the Heartland

by Timothy Egan

Featured Titles

Below are some of our currently featured titles available at Bloomsbury Books.

  • The Blighted Stars

    by Megan E. O’Keefe
    The first book of an epic space opera trilogy by an award‑winning author. Humanity is running out of options. Habitable planets are being destroyed as quickly as they’re found and spy Naira Sharp thinks she knows the reason why. But her mission is cut short when she ends up stranded on a dead planet, with a member of the family behind the planet shortage. To survive and keep her secret, Naira will have to join forces with the man she’s sworn to hate. And together they will uncover a plot that…
  • Woman, Eating: A Literary Vampire Novel

    by Claire Kohda
    Lydia is hungry. She’s always wanted to try Japanese food. Sashimi, ramen, onigiri with sour plum stuffed inside – the food her Japanese father liked to eat. And then there is bubble tea and iced-coffee, ice cream and cake, and foraged herbs and plants, and the vegetables grown by the other young artists at the London studio space she is secretly squatting in. But, Lydia can’t eat any of these things. Her body doesn’t work like those of other people. The only thing she can digest is blood, an…
  • City Under One Roof

    by Iris Yamashita
    When a local teenager discovers a severed hand and foot washed up on the shore of the small town of Point Mettier, Alaska, Cara Kennedy is on the case. A detective from Anchorage, she has her own motives for investigating the possible murder in this isolated place, which can be accessed only by a tunnel. After a blizzard causes the tunnel to close indefinitely, Cara is stuck among the odd and suspicious residents of the town—all 205 of whom live in the same high-rise building and are as ic…
  • The Light Pirate

    by Lily Brooks-Dalton
    Florida is slipping away. As devastating weather patterns and rising sea levels wreak gradual havoc on the state’s infrastructure, a powerful hurricane approaches a small town on the southeastern coast. Kirby Lowe, an electrical line worker, his pregnant wife, Frida, and their two sons, Flip and Lucas, prepare for the worst. When the boys go missing just before the hurricane hits, Kirby heads out into the high winds in search of his children. Left alone, Frida goes into premature labor and gi…
  • Old Babes in the Woods: Stories

    by Margaret Atwood
    The two intrepid sisters of the title story grapple with loss and memory on a perfect summer evening; “Impatient Griselda” explores alienation and miscommunication with a fresh twist on a folkloric classic; and “My Evil Mother” touches on the fantastical, examining a mother-daughter relationship in which the mother purports to be a witch. At the heart of the collection are seven extraordinary stories that follow a married couple across the decades, the moments big and small that make up a lon…
  • Unlikely Animals

    by Annie Hartnett
    Natural-born healer Emma Starling once had big plans for her life, but she’s lost her way. A medical school dropout, she’s come back to small-town Everton, New Hampshire, to care for her father, who is dying from a mysterious brain disease. Clive Starling has been hallucinating small animals, as well as having visions of the ghost of a long-dead naturalist, Ernest Harold Baynes, once known for letting wild animals live in his house. This ghost has been giving Clive some ideas on how to spend …
  • True Biz

    by Sara Novic
    True biz? The students at the River Valley School for the Deaf just want to hook up, pass their history finals, and have politicians, doctors, and their parents stop telling them what to do with their bodies. This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they’ll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who’s never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school’s golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing; an…
  • Hot Dog (2023 Caldecott Medal Winner)

    by Doug Salati
    New York Times bestseller, and winner of the  2023 Caldecott Medal, this glowing and playful picture book features an overheated—and overwhelmed—pup who finds his calm with some sea, sand, and fresh air. Destined to become a classic!
  • Glory

    by NoViolet Bulawayo
    Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize, NoViolet Bulawayo’s bold novel follows the fall of the Old Horse, the long-serving leader of a fictional country, and the drama that follows for a rumbustious nation of animals on the path to true liberation. Inspired by the unexpected fall by coup in November 2017 of Robert G. Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president of nearly four decades, Glory shows a country’s imploding, narrated by a chorus of animal voices that unveil the ruthlessness required to uphold the i…
  • French Braid

    by Anne Tyler
    The Garretts take their first and last family vacation in the summer of 1959. They hardly ever leave home, but in some ways they have never been farther apart. Mercy has trouble resisting the siren call of her aspirations to be a painter, which means less time keeping house for her husband, Robin. Their teenage daughters, steady Alice and boy-crazy Lily, could not have less in common. Their youngest, David, is already intent on escaping his family’s orbit, for reasons none of them understand….


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