Darlene Okpo is a NYC native and educator with a passion for books and reading, who has been spearheading the design and development of educational spaces for many years. The name Adanne Bookshop was inspired by her mother's nickname (which means "her mother's daughter" in Igbo), who has always encouraged her to read since she was young.

In May 2021, she opened Adanne Bookshop in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood and committed to providing an inclusive and accessible space for readers to discover, explore, and appreciate books written by authors of color. Adanne Bookshop strives to be a vibrant and welcoming hub of knowledge, creativity, and understanding in our community. Through our carefully curated selection of books, we hope to inspire and empower readers to broaden their perspectives and foster meaningful conversations.
Photo: Erica Schroeder