In time for Independent Bookstore Day celebrations across the country, on April 11 Black Dog & Leventhal, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, will publish an updated, trade paperback edition of My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, edited by Ron Rice. Nine new essays have been added to the 82 enthusiastic, sometimes moving, sometimes funny tributes written by authors about their favorite bookstores, originally published in 2012.
The collection includes an introduction by Richard Russo, an afterword by Emily St. John Mandel, and illustrations by Leif Parsons. New tributes to U.S. and Canadian bookstores include Rainy Day Books (Kansas) by John Hart; R.J. Julia Booksellers (Connecticut) by Bob Shea; Full Circle Books (Oklahoma) by Carolyn Hart; Oblong Books & Music (New York) by Jo Ann Beard; Writer’s Block Bookstore (Florida) by Kristin Harmel; Moe’s Books (California) by Paolo Mancosu; Charis Books & More (Georgia) by Pearl Cleage; Munro’s Books (Canada) by Steven Price; and Type Books (Canada) by Sheila Heti.
To promote the new edition, Hachette has created a My Bookstore Facebook page and is offering an event kit for bookstores that would like host an event tied to the book’s publication. The kit is available to stores that complete the Event Kit Form on the Hachette My Bookstore webpage by 11:50 p.m. ET on April 11.
The event kit consists of:
- $25 event credit
- 50 printed My Bookstore bookmarks
- Digital event invitation template
- Printable poster
- Book-themed printable trivia
Plus the following five titles:
- Florence: The Paintings and Frescoes by Ross King and Anja Grebe
- Simple by Jean-Francois Mallet
- Your Cabin in the Woods by Conrad E. Meinecki and Victor Aures
- President’s Fact Book by Roger Matuz, Bill Harris, and Thomas J. Craughwell
- Blue Man World by Blue Man Group
For complete details and to sign up for the event kit, visit hachettebooks.com/mybookstore.
Watch for new essays from the 2017 edition in upcoming issues of Bookselling This Week.