With just over half of the funds distributed thus far in author James Patterson’s $1 million campaign to help independent bookstores, booksellers are making local news from coast to coast with stories about how they are putting the grants to use.
Changing Hands welcomed the public through the doors of its new location in Phoenix, Arizona, with a soft-opening celebration on May 30. The nearly 5,000-square-foot bookstore features dark walls and shelving, concrete floors, and exposed ceiling ducts, as well as First Draft, a 30-seat beer, wine, and coffee bar.
The Teaching for Change Bookstore in Washington, D.C., was called racist and bigoted by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show for not carrying copies of his children’s books, but the store is receiving words of support from across the country.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.