27th Letter Books

27th Letter Books

Stories & Community in Detroit, MI



About us

We carry new, general interest books that are carefully curated to highlight underrepresented voices and excellent writing. We are always looking to stock books that the community is interested in, so please share your book recommendations with us! This summer, we are doing a number of pop-up events in partner spaces and other festivals. See our events tab to find out where we’ll be next!

What’s in a name?

The ampersand (&) was once considered the 27th letter of the alphabet. It developed as a ligature of the letters e and t from the Latin word et meaning “and.” In the ampersand’s history, we see a symbol of coming together, transformation, and persistence. It represents creation, adaptation, and the continuing nature of language and of life.



“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

Joan Didion, The White Album



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