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19 Sep

Independent Bookstores Help Promote National Book Festival

Throughout the U.S. this month and next, the importance of reading is taking center stage as 22 State Centers for the Book help to promote the upcoming National Book Festival, to be held in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 12, 2002. In Arkansas and Minnesota, state Centers for the Book are doing this with help from independent booksellers.

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18 Sep

Some Indies Going from Bookstore to Publishing House

Following in a noble tradition, in the past few years, some independent booksellers have begun publishing or writing their own books. These booksellers noted that -- despite experiencing many challenges along the way -- publishing or authoring books has given them a sense of accomplishment and has allowed them to bring to light important books or ideas that otherwise might never have been published.

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12 Sep

Latest New Yorker Book Sense Special Showcases Kids' 76 Picks

The September 30 issue of The New Yorker -- on newsstands September 23 -- will feature the latest Book Sense section, "Just Kidding -- Books for Children and Young Adults." The 10-page special feature will present the handselling favorites of 13 independent booksellers, and the titles are drawn from the fall 2002 Children's Book Sense 76. (The full 76 can be reviewed here.)

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12 Sep

Independent Bookstore Helps Revitalize Main Street

The river's end bookstore,

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11 Sep

Montana Writers Salute Bozeman Bookstore with 'One Fine Page'

People who love their local bookstores may never have the opportunity to express their feelings. That's not so at the Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, Montana.

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11 Sep

Bookstores Make Their Mark With Popular Customer Bookmark Contests

Bookmark contests create big community involvement, if The Village Book Store in Littleton, New Hampshire, and Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, are representative of other stores between the coasts. Nationally, many independents currently are gearing up for their annual bookmark contests to coincide with National Children's Book Week in November when winners are announced.

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05 Sep

Commemorating Not Commercializing -- Booksellers Plan for September 11 Anniversary

The upcoming anniversary of the September 11 tragedies will be marked in bookstores with an emphasis on helping people to mourn the disastrous events and, also, according to many booksellers around the country, on offering opportunities for healing and education. Any attempts to use the anniversary as a self-serving marketing tool made all booksellers extremely uncomfortable. Many opted for in-store events that included both speakers who have had personal experience with the disasters and others who have analyzed the events or have attempted to find solutions.

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05 Sep

Bookstore in Only Bermuda City Changes Hands

For over 400 years, shipwrecks have landed hapless voyagers on the shores, or in the waters, of Bermuda. Now thousands come eagerly on titanic cruise ships to enjoy the sand, surf, and shops of the balmy island. As the boats reach port in Hamilton, Bermuda's capital and only city, those looking out can see the sign for The Bermuda Book Store awaiting them on the corner of Front and Queen streets.

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05 Sep

Bookstore Contends California Law Criminalizes Human Error

What should have been a simple transaction almost got Vroman's Bookstore Vice President/General Manager Karen Watkins arrested.

As Watkins tells it, on July 31, a group of three customers brought a box of 4" x 6" writing journals up to the register at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, California. The cashier began scanning the journals -- 11 journals priced at $4.95 each -- and gave the customers the total price.

There were two problems, however.

First, the cashier overcharged the customers by about $5.

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04 Sep

How I Spent My Summer Vacation -- Bookseller Style

Gayle Shanks, co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona, wrote this "letter" to friends of the store, for the bookstore's September e-mail newsletter, BookStories. BTW is grateful for permission to reprint her letter, which is a wonderful travelogue of a true bookperson's busman's holiday.

Dear Bookstore Friends,

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27 Aug

Books & Baseball -- Independent Bookstore Sponsored Team Makes It to U.S. Championship Game

While grown men playing a child's game threaten to strike again, a group of children showed a Massachusetts community what baseball's really all about -- fun.

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22 Aug

Blue Moon Café Serves Up Authors Southern Style

Spicy Old Favorites, Tasty New Treats (and Glimpses of Crazy Uncles in the Parlor)

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15 Aug

Parkplace Books: Building on Its Winning Tradition

Over the past decade or so, in the Lake Washington area of Washington state, 12 independent bookstores have closed their doors. However, it's not all doom and gloom. In the lakefront city of Kirkland, there's one independent bookstore that is not only thriving, but growing: Parkplace Books. Currently, the bookstore is expanding from 4,000 square feet to 7,000.

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14 Aug

Getting Creative to Help the Community … and Sell Books

Larry Abramoff credits his "mid-life crisis" as a catalyst for some new directions at his bookstore. After founding Tatnuck Bookseller & Sons in Worcester, Massachusetts, 27 years ago and expanding to five locations (including the main store, which houses a full-service restaurant and publishing company), Abramoff was ready to do some event retooling.

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