Keep St. Pete Lit Brings Bookspace to the Morean Arts

There is nothing greater than a healthy appetite for knowledge. We are a world of storytellers, which is why the local organization Keep St. Pete Lit pushes to instill a love of reading, writing and the arts in the St. Pete community. Whether KSPL is hosting multi-genre events that combine fine, performing and literary arts (Fantastic Ekphrastic), or offering a platform for aspiring poets and writers to read their work to a captive audience, Keep St. Pete Lit remains the penultimate champion of the arts in the Burg.

KSPL brings its book collection to Central Avenue

Keep St. Pete Lit furthers their impact on the St. Pete community with the addition of Bookspace at the Morean Arts Center (719 Central Avenue). This bookstore, created through donations from those looking to spread the love of literature, features an ever-evolving selection of books that boast the best contemporary works and those that have long belonged to the world’s literary canon. The bookstore accepts donations by appointment only at St. Pete Makers Studio (429 22nd Street South).


All sales from Bookspace go to support Keep St. Pete Lit programming. A couple of years ago the organization began teaching classes at the Morean Arts Center — and they’re far from your garden variety workshops. Current classes include: Writer’s Gym, Dynamic Dialogue, Zine Making and Intutive Art Journaling.

St. Pete is a community of readers and creators

The steady rise in print sales over the past few years is reassuring for those who worried about the medium’s place in the world.

unit sales of print books were up 3.3% in 2016 over 2015. Total print unit sales hit 674 million, marking the third-straight year of growth, according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks about 80% of print sales in the U.S. – Publishers Weekly

The Burg constantly proves itself to be a community of readers. KSPL hosts a monthly silent read and write in event at various venues around the city. Their presence at Localtopia, coupled with the selection from BlueBird Book Bus, is a testament to St. Pete’s love affair with stories.

BookSpace hours:

  • Monday through Saturday: 9am-5pm
  • Sunday: noon-5pm

Stay up to date on all of Keep St. Pete Lit’s events by following them on Facebook and on their website.

Written by Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey is the founder and editor of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Bailey also serves as the CEO of, a Tampa Bay-based digital agency.