Despite Kim’s best efforts, she can’t actually make it to every independent bookstore in the world, let alone this country, and of course I barely ever make it east of the 405. So we’re incredibly grateful to our readers who have taken the time to write us about some of their favorite bookstores–it lets us expand the scope of this blog.
If you have a bookstore you love, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and plug it. You can also simply add a comment at the end of this blog and tell us about it that way, but then you’re depriving us of an easy future post and you don’t want to do that, do you?
Anyway, here are some excerpts from e-mails we’ve gotten from fellow readers who’ve been inspired to share their own bookstore love with us. Hope they inspire you, in turn.
When I was in San Francisco last spring, I was doing one of my fave things in SF which is to comb bookstore after bookstore. In speaking to one of the owners (of Browser Books
at 2225 Fillmore Street), letting him know about the demise of Duttons, he informed me that ‘in this town us independent guys shut down giants’ I asked what he meant by that and he said that a local Borders was forced to close its doors because the locals wouldn’t patronize their establishment.
Chalk one up for the little guys.
From Kathy Baker:
We love our Vroman’s
here in Pasadena. I worry about any independent bookstore these days, but Vroman’s seems to be going strong. I used to love a bookstore in Albuquerque, down in the North Valley, but I don’t remember the name. I’m going to look it up. And we go to Bishop on the way to Mammoth every year, too, but have never stopped in that bookstore! We’ll have to check it out after we buy the obligatory and tasty Sheepherder’s bread at Schott’s.
I’ve discovered that Albuquerque has lots of independent bookstores. My older sister lives there. I forwarded her your blog and asked her about the bookstore I remembered. She wrote me that Bookworks
has a good place to have breakfast outside and dogs are very welcome with water bowls and doggie snacks provided. She met the author Elizabeth Berg there at a book-signing, and as I didn’t know her books, I went to the South Pasadenda Library today and took out one of her many books. So see what your blog has done? An email to my sister, a new bookstore to try, WITH my dog, and a new author to read!
And from Nancy Neufeld Callaway:
One bookshop that made a huge impression on me was Atticus
which I discovered while in college. It was a tiny, charming, really inviting shop on Chapel Street in New Haven, and I think it was one of the first places to have coffees and great food. Moist and delicious chocolate chip scones served with individual coffee pots (which at that time, was a first for me! — very Euro!). It made me want to be a bookshop owner… reading books all day… baking… chatting with new faces…. drinking coffee. When I couldn’t take it anymore in the library, that’s the place I’d go. That or “Claires
” which had the best desserts in the world, and my closest friend worked there so I got freebies. I don’t even like carrot cake, but at that place, I’d eat the whole entire cake.