Literature

Writing The City: Birth Of The Cool – The Story Of Brazos Bookstore

A guy named Karl started a store, and it essentially gave rise to Houston’s literary community as we know it today.

Ben Rybeck, General Manager of Brazos Bookstore, stands behind the Brazos counter.
Ben Rybeck, General Manager of Brazos Bookstore, stands behind the counter.

A guy named Karl started a store, and it essentially gave rise to Houston’s literary community as we know it today. It became such an essential part of the community that when he decided it was time to retire, the community didn’t want to let it go, and so they took it from there.

Hear Karl Kilian’s inspiring story, learn about his literary vision for Houston, and take a trip to the bookstore he opened in this short audio documentary. 

Independent Bookstore Day happens on April 30th. To find out how Brazos Bookstore is celebrating the event, go to brazosbookstore.com. Or check out indiebookstoreday.com to find out about events everywhere.

Thanks to Matt Henneman, Ben Rybeck, and Jeanne Blanchard for their help with this piece. Thanks to WindSync for permission to use their music. Thanks to Todd Hulslander for his production work. And for just being Todd.

By the way, to learn more about Karl Kilian, check out this great article from the Houston Chronicle.

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Dacia Clay

Dacia Clay

Host/Producer, Classical Classroom; Web Editor, Arts & Culture

Dacia began her career in public radio as the Audio Librarian for Houston Public Media (then KUHF) in 2009. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas' School of Library and Information Science, where she focused on special collections (thanks to the sage advice...

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