I AM Books is an independent bookstore serving as a cultural hub for everyone interested in diving into the rich world of Italian and Italian American literature, history, research, art and more.

Labeled as an “Italian American cultural hub,” I AM Books was located at 189 North Street, Boston, Mass., from 2015 to 2020. In late 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I AM Books switched its operations to online-only. It is planning to re-open in the North End in the fall 2021.

I AM Books sells primarily fiction and non-fiction by Italian and Italian American authors, books in Italian, as well as cookbooks and books on travel, history, sports, Italian American studies and titles by local authors. The store also features a children’s section, with books, learning material, games and toys.

In 2018 and 2019, I AM Books organized the two-day literary festival IDEA Boston, which was directed by I AM Books co-founder Nicola Orichuia.

I AM Books at 189 North Street (2015-2020)