Austy’s is a locally owned, independent Bookseller & Meeting Room located on the Historic Square in scenic Washington County, Indiana. Our home is in a beautiful 1886 building originally owned by J.A. Kemp. Kemp founded the Salem Leader and opened a bookstore, stationary and wallpaper store in our very space!

Austy’s namesakes! Owner Dusty and son Austin


Dusty Baker holds a Master’s in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor’s in English. She is a writer, teacher and has traveled extensively. Dusty serves as owner and curator for Austy’s. She loves reading general literary novels and classics.

Austin Adamson is a homeschooled high school junior. He enjoys computer sciences, gaming, and traveling. Austin’s go-to books are technical manuals and computer age sci-fi related novels.

Bookseller, Levi Arney (National Merit Scholarship Finalist)

20170901_225350“I’m a senior at Salem High School. I love to read and some of my favorite genres are Young Adult Fiction, Vampire Fiction, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. When I’m not reading, it’s probably because I fell into a new streaming show and couldn’t pull myself away. After I graduate this year, I hope to go to college and study computer programming and software engineering with a goal of coding video games, or a similar field.”

Bookstore Dog, Lilikoi (Lili)


Lili (lee-lee) is Austy’s friendly bookstore dog. She is four-years-old and loves people, but especially children! Lili lives above the store with owners Dusty and Austin and can be found greeting customers in the store most days.

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