About Us

Lorraine's Bookshelf is an online used bookstore and reading community that celebrates Black Literature. First established in 2023, Lorraine's Bookshelf was founded by owner Lauren Chalaire (@Lauren_Chalaire), a poet, avid reader and book collector. Lorraine's Bookshelf is a digital gathering place for Black Literature enthusiasts, activist, dreamers and literary artists.

Lorraine's Bookshelf is named in honor of Lauren's aunt Lorraine, who inspired her love of reading and thrifting for books. Lauren wanted to create an online bookstore that provided sustainability and accessibility by selling used books in great condition at affordable prices. We're truly dedicated to redefining and increasing Black readership by building communities through our books clubs, workshops, adult book fairs and more.