Our next event!

Join us at LOONBEEK on Saturday January 28th at 17h as Alex marathon-reads Claire Keegan’s novella Foster from the first word to the last. (With an interval, of course.)

Just ten seats available. RSVP to loonbeekers@gmail.com.

Feel Better Books

Looking for stellar books in English? Come browse our shelves stacked with all-ages titles by multicreative Alex Hart — poetry and picture books soaked with art and heart, plus early YA novels like “Mercedes,” which a recent happy reader called “the new Pippi.” (Minus the red hair.) Grab a bistro chair and a fresh cup of tea, try a few pages of everything and see which one (or more!) makes you “feel better.” We’re worth the trip. Rua do Almada, 517. (Next to the squiggly orange and green street art.)

BTW our block in downtown Porto is full of vibrant indie businesses. Before or after your visit, check out Tia Tia for painterly, painstakingly delicious food. Or Louie Louie for vinyl and cassettes. Or Wild at Heart for 80s vintage fashion. And there’s more!

We’re open Saturdays 12h-17h and also by appointment and good ol’ serendipity. 

To learn more about our small press visit our website.

Get Naughty

Feel Better Books announces its newest title, “The Naughty Non-Binary ABCs” by Alex Hart and Ari Silver. Read an excerpt at https://Feelbetterbooks.org/ABCs. Also check Alex’s poem, read aloud at the book launch, “An Invitation to Be Naughty,” in English and in Portuguese.


Get “Mercedes,” by Alex Hart at Feelbetterbooks.org and at the our LOONBEEK headquarters at Rua do Almada, 517.

Porto resident and former New York Times writer Alex Hart wrote “Mercedes,” her debut middle-reader novel, as a love letter to all the nonconforming, misunderstood, unapologetic preteens out there.

Read an excerpt and interviews with the author and illustrator at https://Feelbetterbooks.org/Mercedes.

Issue One of LOONBEEK!

Fresh copies of our words + pictures book-a-zine available in PORTO at

  • Coraçao Alecrim, Tv. de Cedofeita 28
  • Our website Feelbetterbooks.org
  • Our shop, of course!

About Us

Alex Hart is a self-taught multicreative, learning (and un-learning) as she goes. If it's something that uses her hands — writing, cutting & pasting, puppeting, treasure-hunting ... arranging flowers, massaging, baking, hair-cutting, yo-yo'ing, high-fiving — she's there and up to her elbows in concentrated work. Or should we call it play? Motto: Where possible, unplug the “dumb” brain.
Also: Trust, and go on hoping (Edward Lear).
Some of her personal gurus: Beatrix Potter, Alexander Calder, Alice Neel, Maurice Sendak, Amy Sedaris, Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Pee Wee Herman, Reggie Watts............!!!
Jon Lackman is a rock-climbing coach and writer. He’s covered politics, science, and the arts for Harper's, The New Yorker, Slate, and Wired. He completed a PhD in art history from NYU and a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. He's represented by Mary Krienke of Sterling Lord Literistic; contact her to publish his and Zack Pinson’s nonfiction graphic novel Maria, about the mind-boggling artist’s model / con artist Maria Lani!


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