Books and Other Found Things

Books and Other Found Things is the Independent Book Store In Historic Downtown Leesburg VA. Featuring a wide selection of gently used books and the works of over 20 local artisans.

A cosy book shop with an interesting variety of other items. A growing number of artists are showing their work here.

1455 Literary Arts | Winchester, VA

Aloha Here is information about a Literary Festival in Winchester:

The 1455 Summer Literary Festival is a celebration of writers, readers, creativity, and community, over three days: July 18-20.

1455’s first literary festival will take place July 18-20 in downtown Winchester, VA. The primary programming will occur at the Bright Box located on the historic walking mall, with other events at Winchester Brew Works, the Winchester Book Gallery, and Shenandoah University. The programs boast a diverse array of talent, including best-selling authors, local and award-winning writers, as well as authors whose first books were published in 2019. Media outlets represented include Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Reuters, and NPR. Highlights of this year’s participants include Angie Kim, Louis Bayard, Karen E. Bender, Julia Phillips, Jeanne McCulloch, E. Ethelbert Miller, and John Lingan.

With robust programming already this year, 1455 (previously Virginia Center for Literary Arts, or VCLA) continues to establish the Shenandoah Valley as a hotbed of creativity and community. After the success of 1455’s monthly Author Series at Handley Library and a number of workshops at both Long Branch and the Barns of Rose Hill, Founding Director Sean Murphy knew this was the time to put together a multi-day event focused on writers and writing: a festival of ideas and celebration of community. All programs are open to the public and free to attend. The festival will culminate with a featured reading, cocktail reception and dinner (ticketed event).

The festival will feature more than 50 participants, ranging from best-selling fiction and non-fiction authors, journalists, professors, as well as local artisans and leaders from the political, business, and academic fields. Several of the panels will feature faculty from local universities, including George Mason University, Marymount University, Hollins University, and Shenandoah University. The interactive panels include genres ranging from literary fiction, poetry, suspense fiction, journalism, international fiction, and children’s literature. 1455 will also be holding a Teen Poetry contest co-sponsored by Winchester’s Handley Regional Library. A $500 grand prize will be awarded to the winning poet, who will have the opportunity to read their work in a ceremony at Winchester Book Gallery.

This event is sponsored in part with support from Shenandoah University, George Mason University, Hollins University, Marymount University, Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester Brew Works, Handley Regional Library, Day Eight, the George Washington Grand Hotel, and the 1455 Board. Additional sponsorships are available and all inquiries should be sent directly to Sean Murphy ([email protected]).

Visit our site to register! The Virginia Center for Literary Arts provides writers a place in which to create or complete new works.

Go: Leesburg harkens to America’s past with an up-to-date welcome

Here is a link to an article featured in the Virginia-Pilot in May about Leesburg (it has a nice mention of Books and Other Found Things: Nowadays, the only battles in Leesburg are over which historic site, shop, restaurant, brewery or winery to visit first.

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

While Nancy and I were living on the Big Island of Hawaii I had a wonderful experience working with Captain Clay Bertlemann and the crew of the Makali'i voyaging canoe while it was in dry dock being refurbished.

I was welcomed into the O'Hana (family) sharing work, food, laughs and tears (Captain Clay died during this time). I will remember those times as some of my most cherished. Including the day Captain Clay invited me along to be on the crew that sailed the Hokulea (the most traveled voyaging canoe) up the coast of the Big Island for a day.

All of my time with the crew was an experience of true Aloha.

The reason for this post is to let you know that the Makali'i is starting a voyage to Mokumanamana in the Northern Hawaiian Islands (

A Link to the Makalii O'hana is here (
and their blog is here ( which I assume will have updates on the voyage.

I am grateful to have been a part of their world if only for a brief time.

From one O'hana to another...

Allen R. About 155 miles northwest of Nihoa lies Mokumanamana, a small basalt island that is 1/6 square km, or 46 acres, in size. Although the island is the second smallest of the NWHI, it has the second largest surrounding marine habitat (almost 385,000 acres). Large offshore areas include Shark Bay on the....

Aloha, Tonight's First Friday (5/3/19) will have David McDonnell visiting Books and Other Found Things for a bit of Irish Storytelling. Do stop in and say hello to David if you're out and about tonight.

Analysis | ‘Don’t they know Columbus never landed in America?’: Third-graders found error in their workbook. Here’s what they did about it.

You may have seen this: (from The Washington Post).
Third-graders found an error in their workbook. Here’s what they did about it.

(It's a short fun read. So many lessons on so many things on so many levels!

Cheers to the third graders and those around them, It one of those life lessons many of us wish for.) How they won their case.

Online book database software » Book Connect

Hau 'Oli Makahiki Hou!
(Happy New Year)

Nancy and I have been busy, Nancy has actually been able to come to the store for a couple of days in the past few weeks! For folks that haven't had the chance to meet her, she is the person who makes the wonderfully attractive parts of the store come into being (I on the other hand am responsible for the piles of books scattered about...) for the past year or so Nancy's health (she has MS) has kept her away, simply trying to get her strength back, so it's a big deal for her to finally feel able to return!

I have done more than my part to create an environment that needs her attention! As many of you have observed on visits over the past few months the plies of books keep getting bigger - even when I finally think I've gotten the upper hand, more appear...

We have in the past month acquired books from 4 separate estates: that of an artist, a scientist with the DEA, a CIA agent and a writer altogether totaling about 5,000 books! Most of these are currently in storage (thank goodness) and will be the focus of much of my energies this spring. You will see the most interesting of these start to appear in the store over the next few months.

I've also built a number of bookcases for people in the past few months and have a couple more in the planning phase. I hope to build a few more for the store as I build them.

We are looking forward to seeing you in the coming year!

We have also made the inventory of our books available for your to peruse online at:
E Como Mai,

Allen R & Nancy K-R
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[12/22/18]   Mele Kalikimaka, Nancy and I wish you a wonderful Holiday and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year). Wishing Health, Happiness, Safe Travels to all and of course: Great books to read!

[12/14/18]   Aloha,

Mele Kalikimaka!!

This Saturday (Dec. 15th)

Nancy and I are off at Nancy’s mother’s 90th birthday party!!!

Our friend Emily has graciously agreed to open and run
Books and Other Found Things
for the day…

Please understand that she cannot know everything about the store and is acclimating to running the register and Credit Card processor (along with everything else).

Please offer her your patience and good wishes,
her being here is a gift to Nancy and I.
(We had planned to close the store for the day).

I will be back tomorrow (Sunday), willing to answer questions and help with any need you may have.

A Hui Hou,

Allen & Nancy

[08/24/18]   Aloha,

We've gotten hundreds of books in - in the last few weeks from a variety of sources.

There are 150+/- books of poetry modern and classics that are now out on the shelves (and floor at the moment).

We also have a few hundred "Early Readers" which is something we didn't really have many of till now. Otherwise it is a general selection of high quality books in excellent condition.

We also have in storage collections from a number of estates including from an entomologist, a CIA operative, a couple of artists and a large collection of Civil War related books. Most of these are in our storage but will be making their way out in the next few months.

We apoligise for the boxes currently around the store- just as we think we've "got handle on it" more books come to us...

E Como Mai,

Allen & Nancy

[08/13/18]   Aloha,

We often talk with customers seeking a particular book or books.

As we only have about 20,000 books in the store of the over 160,000,000 titles that have been printed we often don't have "that book".

We do however enjoy tracking down books for people. We have the ability to connect with over 400 independent booksellers around the world as a resource for used and harder to find books.

We also have an account with a "new" book wholesaler which enables us to order most books that are currently in print.

Please let us know what you're looking for and we'll see how we can help.

Allen R
Books and Other Found Things

This is the author we’ll have on 8/3 for First Friday:

Missy De Graff The Rogues Fate ( Book 1 of the Raven Chronicles):

If your life hung in the balance, would you choose to make your own destiny or leave your life to fate?

Lucinda Raven is being hunted by her ex-lover, a controlling rogue Alpha, who is determined to perform the sacred mating ritual that will bind them together forever. Knowing nothing will keep him from carrying out his ruthless plan, Lucinda is on the run and seeks refuge in the territory of an old friend.

Caidan Moone, cursed Alpha of the Blood Moone Pack, has a tortured history that haunts him daily. He sees the arrival of this beautiful and alluring nomad as a chance at redemption from his prior failures and invites her to stay, despite the danger it brings to the entire pack.

As Caidan and Lucinda grow closer, her two worlds collide and Lucinda must face the events of her dark past in order to save the future. Will Caidan be able to protect her without sacrificing his pack? Or will she end up bearing the mark of her psychotic ex?


Dean Kuhta will be here with his book Silvarum. He will be hrefrom Noon till 2 PM.

Here is how he describes it: “Silvarum is a series of eight books that follow a group of teenagers (Abigail, Penny, Roger, Mckenzie, and Marie) through a fantasy world as they pursue the mysterious runestones of Nexxathia. It is a coming of age tale, set within an imaginative realm of magic and wonder, that focuses on concepts such as family dynamics, friendship, loss, and first love. A family’s ancient legacy, intertwined with a vast collection of magnificent and bizarre characters, will battle a legion of dark forces and monsters. Ghosts, dragons, castles, magic, witches, technology, dinosaurs, and sarcastic teenagers. Welcome to the world of Silvarum!”

Please remember to stop by and hear more about his book!

Allen & Nancy

Aloha All,
This Saturday we will have author Dean Kuhta here at B.O.F.T. from 12 till 2 with his book Silvarum. He would love to talk with you about his book and sign copies for you.

[07/10/18]   Aloha,
Books and Other Found Things has just opened an account with a "New Book" wholesaler. This will enable us to order a wide selection of newly published books as special orders for you. In most cases we'll be able to sell them to you for 10% off of the retail cover price and they will arrive in 2-3 business days. Just let us know what you need and we can give you a price.

[06/18/18]   Aloha again,

Books and Other Found Things is in the Loudoun Now "Loudoun Favorites" poll for 2018. We'd love to have you vote for us and suggest to friends neighbors and strangers on the street that they do so also!


Allen & Nancy

[06/18/18]   Aloha All,

It's been a bit challenging for the last few weeks here at B.O.F.T.

Nancy was admitted to the hospital on the 24th (after a week of being quite sick at home) with double pneumonia. She made her escape on the 7th of June after a week in the ACU and a week in the medical unit. It was a pretty harrowing experience all in all.
We closed the store for the entire time that she was hospitalized so that I could be with her.

I have been opening the store a bit more day by day now that she is home. I still need to go how and check on her from time to time so the store is closed at times during the day when normally it would be open.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused anyone, and will work to get back to our normal schedule as possible.

As many of you know one of the reasons we opened Books and Other Found Things was to allow for just such happenings. Nancy has had MS for 30+ years and her health is always changing/challenging, though relatively stable most of the time. Being able to close the store and help her out allows us to do something we both love (running the book store) meeting & talking story with all the the interesting people that come in and generate a bit of income (sometimes) and address her health needs as necessary.

Otherwise things at B.O.F.T. are good we continue to meet new people, the store's sales slowly grow from year to year (we actually think we'll get a paycheck someday!)

We continue to learn more about the used book trade, after 6 1/2 years the selection of books is more diverse, the quality of offerings have improved and we work hard to keep prices at a reasonable level. I now have a bit more clarity about what tends to sell vs what simply takes up space.

We bring in 250+ books a week (on a good week) if you happened by right now you would see many stacks of books on the floor. Because of the above mentioned issues I've not had time to process and put into inventory and onto the shelves. I'm working to clean up my bigger messes ASAP. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll just have my standard small pile of books to process as opposed to the overflow that exist right now!

Mahalo for all of the warm good wishes and prayers many of you have sent Nancy's way - they really do make a difference!

E Como Mai,

Allen & Nancy

Stop by and visit. We have a large collection of books, artwork, jewelry, and more.

Books and Other Found Things is hosting high school author, Kiara Brown and her Princess Pretend and The Not Knight book for children this Friday, March 2 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Location: 13 W. Loudoun St.

Happy Valentine's Day from BOFT.

If your young reader enjoys the Warriors series they may enjoy Seekers. Stop by and check them out.

This collection by Mark Twain is looking for a new home.

Enjoy tracking birthdays while reading the story of Peter Rabbit.

Stop by and claim the Maze Runner series. It can be found on the first floor, to the left, as soon as you walk in.

[01/27/18]   Aloha,
We're back from our enforced "mini vacation". Our house is livable again and so Books and Other Found Things is once again open! We should be here during our normal hours until the next unforeseen event happens

E Como Mai,

Allen & Nancy

[01/22/18]   Aloha,

Books and Other Found Things will be closed starting today (Monday the 22 of January) till Friday (the 26 of January).

We had a flood at home and are currently homeless...
...Instead staying around and fretting, we've decided to go away for a week till things are in a better place.

Well it flooded last week & we've been dealing with it over the past week, it's now in a waiting time

Remember "Life is short- Read Fast"!

Mahalo for your understanding,

Allen & Nancy


Yes, please.

😆 Who do you love to go to the bookstore with? 😆

Mini books make the best stocking stuffers.

Does your child want a dog for Christmas? How about this visual reference guide instead?

We've got great stocking stuffers ideas!

A great read for the horse lover. Find it in our back room of the bookstore, first level.

They say never to play with your food. But this may be the exception.

Hosting this holiday season? We've got ya covered.

Need a good holiday read this weekend?

Check out these fancy chopsticks. They are available for purchase and can be found on the second level of our store.

Christmas books are out! You can find them on the second floor of B.O.F.T.

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13 Loudoun St SW
Leesburg, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
Friday 11:00 - 19:00
Saturday 11:00 - 19:00
Sunday 12:30 - 18:00
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