the Agora: the chief marketplace of Athens, center of the city’s civic life.
Agora Books in downtown Mason is a little different from the places I’ve written about before. I initially noticed it because I saw the small, used book store. But after talking to director Gianluca Bruno Thursday afternoon over lunch at Wildflower Cafe, I found out there was much more to the small shop.
But first: there is a small book shop there. All of the books and magazines are donated and sold at very reasonable prices. There’s also local art on display, and a different artist is featured each month.
But the book sales support the bigger mission of Agora, to reach out to the community and to serve as a gathering place for people who live in the area.