Shirts, Totes, Journals

Our branded merchandise is always made in Pittsburgh, because you can count on us keeping the “city” in City Books. Buy something for yourself — or buy something to give. Items will be shipped unless pick-up is requested. All items are subject to availability and may take 4-6+ weeks for delivery if we run out. PLEASE ORDER EARLY FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS.

Mass market paperback books wrapped in brown kraft paper.

Blind Date

We call this our “Online Dating” option. You will receive a used mass-market paperback wrapped in brown kraft paper and stamped with the hidden genre. Please remember these are USED books and will show the patina of age & use. Price includes tax & shipping. $7. 

Logo T-shirt

New logo. New t-shirt. The color is “midnight purple” with a slightly heathered finish. Color varies from dark blue to purplish. Think vintage Crown Royal bag. It’s wonderfully drapey and will be the best t-shirt in your drawer. Price includes shipping. $20. (No tax on clothes.)

Canvas Tote

Our new tote bag bears a quote from Willa Cather about her decade spent in the Steel City: “Pittsburgh was even more vital, more creative, more hungry for culture than New York. Pittsburgh was the birthplace of my writing.” Price includes tax & shipping. $13.

Great selection and the owner is polite and knowledgeable. It’s great to walk into a small bookstore and feel welcomed.

M.S., Google reviewer (2019)

Reader’s Journal

Backordered. Inside the back cover is a library pocket to store clippings or reviews, and a library card to use as a bookmark or keep track of who has borrowed a book. Track bibliographic information as well as reading dates, DNF notes, recommendation quality, and lending status. Dimensions: 6.25″ x 4.25″. The journal is thin enough to carry in a pocket or day bag and fits well in the palm of the hand. It has 36 double-sided pages. $17. Price includes tax & shipping.

Care Package

Each box contains two 2 oz. candles, two artisanal tea blend samples, one RANDOMLY CHOSEN Blind Date with a Book. Library card bookmarks are courtesy of Bird and the Beard. No two boxes are the same. Tax & shipping will be added at checkout. $22.

This link will take you offsite. Orders are filled by North Ave. Candles.

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