“The holidays really bring out the magic of what a bookstore is and what it can do for a community,” said Laurie Raisys of Island Books. “We get to be a part of so many little special moments. It amazes me.”
Book Club, Charm City now open; Drama Book Shop to reopen; Griffin Bay, A Cappella celebrate anniversaries; Left Bank wins CWEA Renaissance Award; Personnel changes at Book Revue; Charis, Firestorm, river's end, Vroman's, Book Passage featured in local news.
Guest speakers at the meetup included Mark Kaufman of Paz & Associates; Alana Haley of Schuler Books; and Ari Gersen of Longfellow Books. Additional information was provided by P.K. Sindwani of Towne Book Center.
DIESEL, Writers & Books, Auburn Oil, Lion's Mouth now open; Cupboard Maker to open pop-up location; Interabang to reopen mid-November; Former Bookshop Santa Cruz owner retires; Lake Forest, Second Star to the Right celebrate anniversaries; From My Shelf moves to second round of the Independent Small Business of the Year Award; Half Price, Parnassus, Bookie's, Nowhere, Whistlestop, Scattered featured in local news.
2 Dandelions, Storied Owl now open; Thank You, Joseph-Beth Lexington Green to open; Excelsior Bay under new ownership; Bookman celebrates 45 years; John Grisham visits New Dominion; Subterranean wins June Indie Playlist display contest; Staff changes at Seminary Co-op, Towne Book Center; Madison Street, Auburn Oil Co., Righton, Neverending Bookshop, NeverMore featured in local news.
“We are a cultural institution disguised as a retailer,” said Jeff Deutsch, director of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. “Our cultural work of creating an unparalleled browsing experience and a hub for community...needs no further utility to justify its existence.”
As part of the “Tell Me Everything” series from online news and debate website The Tylt, editor-at-large Jessie Blaeser visited Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, to find out why people love independent businesses.
Bookselling This Week reached out to several booksellers who regularly work with schools and compiled a list of specific actions they take every spring, summer, and fall, as well as throughout the school year.
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.