About Us

About Us

Independent bookselling . . .

Brookline Booksmith is one of New England’s premier independent bookstores, thriving in the heart of Coolidge Corner in Brookline, Massachusetts since 1961. For more than 60 years, we have been honored to play a vital role in our community and in shaping the greater world of successful and joyful independent bookselling.

In our 12,500-square-foot, sun-filled store and online, we offer an expertly curated, vast selection of books ranging from current bestsellers to the most eclectic titles. Customers buy and sell gently used books in our treasured Used Book Cellar, and our bountiful bargain book selection is a special attraction. We host an award-winning events series (including our groundbreaking Transnational Literature Series) that each year offers more than 300 author talks, community conversations and book clubs.

In 2022, Boston Magazine named us Boston’s Best Gift Shop. We’ve become renowned for our selection of beautiful and inspired gifts that include housewares, jewelry and specialty foods.

Our co-owners/managers are Lisa Gozashti and Peter Win. Read about the legacy they continue and Booksmith’s history here.

. . .  from the heart.

Multi-generational family ownership and committed, knowledgeable staff help us deepen our place in and dedication to our community.


Our visitors are encouraged to browse freely; engage with an extensive variety of voices and literary traditions and genres; and experience the joy of a beautiful space cultivated in their honor with rigor, creativity, and intention.


We strive to foster love of the written word, represent diverse voices and histories, engage with our community, and inspire conversations that open minds and enrich lives. We draw inspiration and direction from neighboring schools, enterprises and non-profits, nurturing reciprocity and trust and hosting impactful fundraising for local causes.


Decades of humble stewardship have shaped our perspective, enabling us to face challenges and opportunities with openness, kindness and love. Our enduring success is a gift our customers and loyal fans bestow upon us every time they choose to come through our doors and share with us the incalculable benefit of their attention.