For Love of Bookstores


Great novels from small presses are out there. But how do you find them? When you have limited time and energy, it’s easy to only see the big books being released by the major publications. Being part of a thriving literary community means reading outside your comfort zone. Picking up a book from a small independent press can be a great way to support smaller authors and explore! There are a lot of amazing books from...

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Independent Bookstore Day is here, hooray! The last Saturday in April, Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is celebrated nationwide, often with fun events and readings planned. Why do indie bookstores deserve their own day of recognition? Because as indiebookstoreday.com states, “Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers.” In the Tri-Cities, Washington where I was...

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What goes better together than a beverage and a good book? Well, nothing. And Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe knows this little tidbit, and has been serving up amazing books and amazing eats and drinks in Washington, DC since 1976. When I first arrived in DC, back in the ancient times of 2008 (Obama campaign was in full force, hope was high, Trump was still hosting beauty pageants), I was living the intern life. That means I was...

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You have probably heard of Powell’s bookstore, because it’s huge and famous. Well Powell’s actually has 5 locations: the City of Books in downtown Portland, Powell’s Books and Powell’s Books for Home and Garden both on Hawthorne (which will be getting integrated into one store later this year), Powell’s Books at PDX out at the Portland Airport, and Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. I have not had the pleasure of touring the...

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On March 3rd of this year, I think all of Baltimore shed a collective tear for The Book Thing. After serving as a major Baltimore institution for more than 20 years, The Book Thing caught fire. Baltimore fire crews responded to the fire on early Wednesday, leaving the formerly glorious shelves full of charred, soggy books. With more than 200,000 volumes in the warehouse, the toll of the fire is pretty staggering. The Book Thing is a...

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My love of bookstores blossomed into full romance when my hometown finally got a Barnes & Noble. It had lines for weeks, probably months! It was bright and pretty inside, and everything was new and shiny. They had books that had just been released, and the whole huge building added on to the front of our mall was full of shelves of books. It was heaven. Move over fancy new Old Navy (back when we thought polar fleece vests were...

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