About Us

Bookish:  An Indie Shop For Folks Who Read opened its doors in August 2018.  We have two locations nestled in two quintessential downtown hubs. Our Brunwick Place location focuses on local authors, new fiction and nonfiction titles, a curated selection of used books, and of our expanding children’s section with thoughtful and educational children’s programming.  Bookish at the Bakery highlights local presses and the latest fiction and nonfiction.  We are Fort Smith’s only independent bookstore that focuses on new titles and author events, our curated selection reflects the interests of our community.  We are a member of the American Bookseller Association, the Fort Smith Downtown Business Association, the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, and the Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance.

Sara putman

Owner and Co-Founder

An Arkansas native, Sara began living the bookstore life with the help of friend and co-founder Jennifer Battles.  She took over operations of Bookish in January of 2020.  Sara and her family live in Fort Smith and she spends most of her time discussing books with the wonderful folks of Fort Smith.  Sara has spent 14 years putting books into the hands of middle and high school students – the preparation she needed to find the perfect book for every customer who walks through the door. Sara attended graduate school at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock for her Secondary Education degree and The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville for her English degree. Sara has certainly enjoyed building a place for the readers of Fort Smith and the River Valley to call their own.  You can catch what Jen and Sara read each month in their monthly podcast:  The Bookish Life of Jen and Sara.

Sara loves books that tackle family dysfunction, complicated relationships, authors from around the world, and anything with mythology.

Carol Ann


Carol Ann is a Fort Smith native and proud bibliophile. She earned her B.A. in English at UAFS in 2016 and plans to pursue her M.A. in Library Science. Her love of books was established early by her mom, Mary Ann. Some of Carol Ann’s most treasured memories are of her mom reading The Hobbit and Harry Potter in the car before school would start, with character voices of course. Since then she’s grown fond of fantasy, mystery, and sci-fi. Her favorite authors are Sarah Waters, Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett. Erin Morgenstern’s Night Circus and Starless Sea may be her favorite books currently on her shelf. As children’s programming coordinator at Bookish (and toddler mom) Carol Ann also loves Pete the Cat, Little Critter, and The Pout-Pout Fish series. 

When she isn’t slinging books, Carol Ann also writes for the travel website Onlyinyourstate.com where she has been published over 1000 times! She knows just about every waterfall, hidden gem, and beloved attraction in the state and would love to share her recommendations with you! When she’s not providing lap space for her kitties, Carol Ann loves to explore the trails and tiny towns around the state.



Linda Batchelor is our children’s specialist who has been part of Bookish since the beginning. You can find Linda leading our extra special story times every month. 

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