Paragon Book Gallery is committed to facilitating intercultural understanding through the circulation of knowledge and creativity.

We are a unique liaison between Chinese and American academic and creative communities and believe in the power of books to connect people. Just as books, bearing insight and inspiration, are passed between friends, we strive to provide our readers with the tools to build a more harmonious world.

Paragon Book Gallery carries both rare and antiquarian books on Asian culture as well as titles on contemporary art and literature. In addition to being a book distributor, we also maintain a publishing group, Art Media Resources, which continues to promote intercultural dialogue by printing translations of renown works as well as scholarly research. It is our priority to offer a diverse range of books on art and culture at multiple price points so as to be accessible for all audiences.


Paragon Book Gallery has been a prominent source of printed material on Asian arts and culture in the West for over 75 years. Founded in 1942 in Shanghai by Max and Rachel Faerber, the store moved to New York City in 1948 and remained there for many years before resettling in Chicago in 1991. 

In 2014, Paragon Book Gallery opened its flagship store in Beijing and transferred its Chicago shop to an e-commerce business. Since then, Paragon Book Gallery has opened several locations in China, including storefronts in historic Wuzhen as well the 798 Art District in Beijing. In 2020, Paragon Book Gallery reopened a brick and mortar shop in Chicago at the Zhou B Art Center.


Visit our blog at paragonbook.art.blog for thoughtful insights on subjects ranging from ancient to contemporary art.


Interested in writing a book to publish through Paragon Book Gallery? To inquire about our publishing services, please contact us at paragon@paragonbook.com.

Paragon Book Gallery is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts.