Literary characters are forever linked with their profound lessons: Ahab and the dangers of obsession, Josef K. and bureaucracy’s corruptible nature, and Waldo and the hazards of bright clothing. Peruse the profound and pour a hot cup with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of books, coffee, and snacks at Downtown Books & Coffee on Genesee Street.
Downtown Books & Coffee fills the minds and mugs of Syracuse residents, stacking tomes of all genres on its shelves with a focus on local literature and community events. Page-turners savor the steaming blends from local roaster Finger Lakes Coffee ($1.75/large) as they flash through the fast-paced thrills of Dean Koontz's Velocity or purchase a pound of beans ($11.50) for the slow-burning, thought-provoking labyrinth of Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves (paperbacks average $7.99–$15; hardcovers average $25.99). A large selection of children's titles plants intellectual seeds for tykes of all ages, lassoing their attention from popular digital distracters such as graphing calculators and clock radios. The local picks selection proudly displays local authors alongside regional reads, such as Slices of Orange, about Syracuse University's sports history, and Folklore and Legends of Rochester, delving into the legend of a second, subterranean Rochester.
Downtown Books & Coffee ushers authors into its comfortable community confines for events such as signings and speaking gigs, and solicits submissions from aspiring scribblers every month for its short-story competition. The locally minded, community-oriented store provides a haven for learners of all levels to congregate, contemplate, and quarrel over whether dogs should be allowed to dog-ear pages.