Founded by writers Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins, Twenty Stories mobilizes the literary arts.

Owners Emory Harkins (left) and Alexa Trembly (right).  photo by Alexandra DeFurio

Owners Emory Harkins (left) and Alexa Trembly (right).

photo by Alexandra DeFurio

Twenty Stories is an independent bookstore operating out of a renovated 1987 vintage van. Each month the two owners, Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins, curate twenty new book titles in the genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, as well as literary and cultural magazines. The book selection values innovative and emerging writers and presses, as well as established authors in the literary community. During the warmer months, the teal bookmobile pops-up in a new location every weekend and can be located with their online schedule, updated weekly, on their website and social media platforms. 

The bookshop was established in 2017 in Los Angeles, California and since then has made its way across the country to its new home in Providence, Rhode Island. Alexa and Emory's goal is to showcase literature in new spaces. They plan to simplify the book-buying experience by curating a top-tier selection and can't wait for you to find your next favorite read!

The idea for Twenty Stories came a year after they moved to Los Angeles. Inspired by the LA culture of food trucks and its sprawling streets, they quickly realized they wanted to create a new space for writers and readers that mobilizes the literary arts.  

In addition to their mobile shop, Twenty Stories has a brick-and-mortar store located in Providence, RI, which is based on the same twenty-book concept, but also stocks previous months' book selections. The store hosts readings, workshops, and community events with local writers and artists.