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Watermark Books

More than once in my own fiction, I’ve called Wichita, Kansas a dusty, grown-up cow town. There’s truth in my phrase, but also some exotifying. These days, Wichita is a city with wide streets and a Barnes & Noble spacious enough to fit multiple 747s; the once-patch of prairie is now populated with sprawling aircraft […]

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The Community Bookstore

Alongside the boutiques and restaurants of Court Street, The Community Bookstore and its lone staffer, a sullen-looking gray-bearded man with dark eyebrows, seem out of place.

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Glasgow’s Voltaire & Rousseau

During Independent Booksellers Week in the UK this year, I blogged about an American woman I traveled with in the far east, who told me that she felt at home in towns whose bookshops stocked Noam Chomsky. When I fret over the troubling numbers of indy booksellers who are going out of business, I am […]

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Each Was Home

In the past ten years I’ve lived in four different states, 7 different cities, and at 11 different addresses. To say I’m tired of moving would be a gigantic understatement. I’ve grown accustomed to picking up and heading out. I’m expert at tossing unnecessary items and retaining valuable items for future use. Naturally, because I’m […]

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Browseabout Books

I live just 90 steps from Browseabout Books. Here in the tiny beach town of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, everything (like in all beach towns) is measured by its distance from the beach, so I should add that I live just a block and a half from the ocean—a truly wondrous pleasure for this city girl. […]

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Annie Bloom’s Books

There’s a philosophy in feng shui that the condition of your basement radically dictates the condition of your whole house. The basement being foundational, with energy moving upward. The theory goes that if your basement is messy, cluttered, dim and cold, then it produces stagnated chi (i.e., bad juju) for everything above it. You can’t […]

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The Corner Bookstore

Christopher Beha’s debut novel, What Happened To Sophie Wilder, is making its way onto the shelves now. His first reading is Thursday evening at Corner Bookstore, a shop that played no small part in his development as a reader and a writer.

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The Raven Bookstore

“The Raven remains the one stop we have to make, and that we’ve been making loyally now for 25 years.”

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Last Word Books

“Like the sand and salt on the skin after a day at the beach, the essence of the bookshop should linger on the body (and in the spirit) for hours, or even days, afterwards.”

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McLean and Eakin

“When my friends debated their favorite Manhattan bookstore, I, of course, began gushing about Petoskey, Michigan’s McLean and Eakin.”

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Atlantis Books

“A good bookstore feels more like a home than a retail space. It’s a meeting place. It’s that one friend’s house where everyone went after school, where you felt comfortable enough to hang out even if Billy or Shannon or Hubert wasn’t there. In this sense, book lovers, writers and adventurers all have a home in the postcard-perfect town of Oia.”

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Living & Learning in Bookstores

The independent bookstores I love in New York are literary havens, the soul-nourishing equivalent of your grandmother’s Sunday-afternoon kitchen. What I mean is that a beloved bookstore is more than just a smart place, it’s a warm place. Over the years, I find that I’ve come to frequent independent bookstores primarily to boost my spirit; and when I walk out with a book or two that happens to blow my mind (which is more often than not the case), I count myself an extra-lucky girl.

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Tea & Tattered Pages

“It was the comfort of being surrounded by books en masse, as if being held by them in that tiny space, that compelled.”

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Parnassus

“If you care about books and bookstores, protect them with your wallet or pocketbook and thereby thumb your nose at the discount-only naysayers and end-of-print soothsayers.”

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Toronto Bookstores

“My Powell’s visit got me thinking about the many incredible indie bookshops in Toronto, my hometown. I’m proud to live in a city that—like Portland—values and supports its independent bookstores.”

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Black Friday

“Ditch the violent, salivating, demented shoppers….”

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Elk River Books

“Suddenly the land appears like an upside-down sky of stars.”

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Taylor Books

“At Taylor Books, the cheese does not stand alone.”

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Auntie’s Bookstore

“We emerge into the day as if our souls were fired by sun.”

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The Manila International Book Fair

“A thunderdome of big ass literary retail.”

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Bookstore Memories

“Everybody in the world was getting a free handout on something except her family, she believed.”

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Kaboom Books

From the depths of Book Purgatory, our good friend (and beleaguered Chelsea supporter) Andrew Brininstool reports on the oasis that is Houston’s Kaboom Books. There are no bookstores where I live. I don’t mean there are no good bookstores, or independent bookstores. I mean there are no bookstores (To be fair, our town does have […]

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St. Mark’s Bookshop

When I first moved to New York in 1986, I had a vision of the Village as teaming with artists and poets, a brawling, burning place where you could get in fistfights over aesthetics. I moved here with $150 to my name, no connections of any kind, but with a vague dream of doing something […]

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Dorian Books

After a month-long hiatus, The Open Bar is back on the road (don’t worry, we hitchhike), seeking fortune, fame, and our nation’s best independent booksellers. In this week’s installment, Christopher Barzak takes us down Interstate 680 for a visit to the pride of Youngstown, OH, Dorian Books.

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The Boulder Bookstore

With a six-pack from the Avery Brewery Company in the cooler, this week’s Book Clubbing takes a relaxing sojourn through the Rockies with our magazine’s new editorial assistant, Emma Komlos-Hrobsky, who offers us a personal look inside The Boulder Bookstore. In the four summers that I worked at the Boulder Bookstore, I had books recommended […]

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