Gene Crutcher Books

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1964 advertisement for Gene Crutcher Books

Gene Crutcher Books was a book store and cultural landmark at 2008 Magnolia Avenue in Five Points South from 1962 to 1974. It was owned by Gene Crutcher and his wife, Bettie. Their daughter, Annie also worked in the shop.


  • Swindle, Michael (2005) "The 'City Lights Bookstore' of Birmingham, Alabama, Prop. Gene Crutcher: A Remembrance" in Slouching towards Birmingham: Shotgun Golf, Hog Hunting, Ass-Hauling Alligators, Rara in Haiti, Zapatistas, and Anahuac New Year's in Mexico City. North Atlantic Books, pp. 163-170.