Did you know that the last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day?
Amazon may be able to deliver any book to your doorstep in two days or less but can it provide you with the opportunity to meet & greet your favorite author? Does Amazon host reading clubs where you can discuss and debate topical books with strangers turned friends? Can you spend hours on a rainy day browsing the aisles of Amazon, fresh coffee in hand, reading snippets from whatever books catch your attention? No, no and no. Can you do all of those things at your independent bookstore? Yes, yes and yes.
Find an indie bookstore near you and stop in to raise your favorite book in a toast to reading and to the amazing independent bookstores that make that possible! If you live in Nashville, Miami, Philadelphia or Denver check out my favorite independent bookstores, including Parnassus Books, her bookshop, Books & Books, Wooden Shoe Books, Joseph Fox Bookshop, and Tattered Cover Bookstore. If you live somewhere else I’d love to know what independent bookstores you recommend. Happy Independent Bookstore Day…and Happy Reading!
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In Atlanta, we have A Cappella Books, which has evolved smartly as the business changed. It’s small but vital. Brings in a lot of authors. Read all about it, tell ’em hi: http://wp.me/p8mGmW-cb
Next time I’m in Hotlanta I will check out A Cappella Books. Thanks Jay.
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Love this post. I’ve been to all the bookstores you’ve noted and in addition to being able to spend hours browsing, I always walk away lighter in the pocketbook, as I can’t resist buying a few more reads….whether I need them or not.
Can one EVER have enough books in the ‘to be read’ pile? I think not (and know you concur).
Can’t wait to visit Pittsburgh and your new shop!
Hello! I’ll add Pittsburgh to your list:
White Whale Bookstore
4754 Liberty Ave
Good selection, nice people, author readings
Big favorite and brand new:
Alphabet City Books
40 W North Ave
Part of City of Asylum, has large number of translated books, plus in the space author readings, music, sponsorship for authors in exile.
Last and on my list to visit today, on Independant Bookstore Day:
Mystery Book Store
514 Allegheny River Blvd
Oak mint PA 15139
Always love a good mystery!