About Fireside Books

Our Summer hours are:

Monday          11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Tuesday        11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Wednesday    11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Thursday       11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Friday            10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Saturday       10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

We're in the heart of Downtown Palmer, right across from the Train Depot (that's the big blue building).

Fireside Books

720 S. Alaska St.

Palmer, AK 99645



Way back in the latter half of the 20th Century, David Cheezem and Melissa Behnke decided they wanted to open a bookstore. Both husband and wife were and are avid readers. Melissa's mother Peggy helped grow the small Wasilla library, and she grew up in a family of readers. David had just completed his Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative writing, and felt that his fellow writers deserved a place where good writing was honored and celebrated.

They found the perfect location for a bookstore in Palmer -- the small agricultural town in Alaska with a rich history and cultural heritage.

In 2001 David and Melissa discovered an empty storefront within a stone's throw of Vagabond Blues, their favorite Alaskan coffee-shop. It was the perfect location for a bookstore.


Friday, October 7, 2016 - 5:30pm