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A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN BOOKSTORE

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As you might expect, Campus Town near the UW-Madison campus hosts at least one independent local bookstore. Come on in for a short visit.

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Quite a selection as you can see.

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I find the sign “More Books” comforting and I want to stay even longer!

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I just love to look at books. This is the place to do just that.

Mail order is available at www.roomofonesown.com
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Numerous staff picks. Such a variety of books. Check out the website!

BETWEEN THE COVERS: A NEW FAVORITE INDIE BOOK STORE

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This bookstore in Harbor Springs, MI is a true joy. Owner Katie Capaldi and all the staff welcome patrons with smiles, kindness and a solid knowledge of books. They are warm and so upbeat, so ready to talk books, one is drawn into the store and wants to sit down and stay all day.

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More surprising than you might think, on the day I visited, the store was filled with people, mostly standing around talking books, enjoying each other and the books. Most of the folks I noticed last week were buying and so was I. The store and the books are irresistible!

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He's listening in on those conversations.

He’s listening in on those conversations.

Inviting displays abound.

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The selection is great.

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Love the children’s corner.

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Oh, I wanted to buy this one.

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At the very least I should have sent it to my sister who has been wishing for it. Somehow I got distracted and let it slip away. Sorry, Sis.

This one I could not resist.

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There are beautiful books everywhere. Many genres. Easy to find because of the excellent signage.

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I’m told people gather on this couch and the surrounding circle area for great book discussions.

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The cozy book-filled shop is located at 106 East Main in Harbor Springs. Follow the shop on Facebook and Twitter.

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My bookshelf at home is happier with the addition of new fiction Bittersweet and a paperback, The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader, for my upcoming trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

Summer Events include Launch Parties, Meet and Greets, Book Talks and an Open Forum. The next events scheduled for July 5th include the Amy Young Launch Party for A Unicorn Named Sparkle and also a Launch Party for My Near-Death Adventures, Book 2 by Alison DeCamp. For more information on locations and these children’s books (which sound like pure fun, even for adults) check the Facebook Page. Also on July 7 Meet and Greet for R.J. Fox. Love and Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in the Ukraine. This is in the evening at the bookstore and is free and open to the public.

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I opened this blog, enthusiastic about the book conversations and buying I observed at Between the Covers. I can’t help but share my strong impression and opinion that of the many Indie Bookstores I have visited in the past few years–in Saratoga Springs, Ashville, Nashville, Apalachicola, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Minneapolis, Iowa City, Detroit and Ann Arbor (perhaps I’m forgetting one or two), it is unusual to see so much congenial book talking among the visitors.

According to the American Booksellers Association, independent bookstores have seen 30% growth since 2009 and sales were up in 2015.

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What makes a wonderful bookstore? Whatever it is, this shop has it all. Do visit and see for yourself!

AMONG THE BOOKS

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Among the books is where I love to be. What about you? Indie Bookstores are a wonderful place to be among the books.

The Book Loft at 214 Centre Street in Fernandina Beach, Florida is a treat because it is well-stocked, well-organized, filled with the current and the classic in books. Enjoy these pictures. Imagine yourself there, only a few blocks from water on Amelia Island in this cozy little town. If you are anywhere in North Florida or South Georgia, plan a visit. You’ll be glad you stopped in to spend time among the books.

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Here’s a hot seller!

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And this one.

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More Cookbooks.

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This store has all kinds of books. The non-fiction offerings are particularly strong.

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More books upstairs and comfortable places to browse or work.

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classics

classics

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The shelf of mysteries and crime fiction. There is other fiction, too.

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Children are not forgotten.

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This is a well-stocked bookstore. I believe you will find whatever is your book feast when you browse in this store. As always I found a few I could not resist.

Do visit this special place when you get the chance.

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CITY OF BOOKS

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Powell’s City of Books
Portland, Oregon
Guest blogger Tom Seymour
Some photos courtesy of Tom Seymour

My first visit to Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon put scrape marks on my chin as it repeatedly hit the floor each time I turned a corner and discovered a new area of the store.

Powell’s Books, The City of Books (as it calls itself), started in 1979 and has grown to 1.6 acres of retail floor space. CNN rates it one of the ten “coolest” bookstores in the world.

When we first entered the store it looked large, but not spectacular. Then as you walk through one area, another opens up to you, then another. There are many steps and half levels with twists and turns. The store is broken up into areas designated by color, or name. For example you might be directed to the Purple Room, or the Pearl Room. The store is in the Pearl District of downtown Portland.

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The collections mix new and used books on the same shelves. I like that since I had only to look in one place for a title, and not go to a separate “new” area or “used area.

Help was everywhere. Staff was always close at hand, and very willing to go above and beyond to track down what you were looking to find.

On the third floor was a Rare Book Room with amazing Items for sale. I became interested in the Columbian Exposition of 1893 and found an original volume of color prints and text that covered many parts of the fair. It was a good addition to my collection.

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Also on the third floor is an area that looks like an art gallery. An open space with benches, and items displayed on the wall. In this case though, the items were sets of books. With a wide range of ages and topics, I did find the set of books that we grew up with. The My Book House set was read to us daily as we were growing up. I think volume 2 was the most used and contained all the traditional fairy tales that children of our era knew well.

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I also had to look up “Letters from Skye” by Jessica Brockmole, a former student of mine. Picture proof that her volume is well displayed at Powell’s Books.

We didn’t get to fully explore all of the areas of the store, but look forward to returning to continue the fun.

Note from Paulette:
Who remembers My Book House? This place looks like a book lover’s paradise. Thanks Tom, for bringing it to our attention.

The size of the store is hard to imagine. It takes up a city block and is three stories high. The flagship store contains a million books and is located at 1005 West Burnside Street.

www.powells.com Books are sold online and you can read and see pictures of the recent renovation.

BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! EVERYWHERE!

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Let the reading begin.

Book Beat: An Independent Bookstore Specializing in Art, Photography and Children’s Books located at 2610 Greenfield Road. Oak Park, MI

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A passion for books lives in this bookstore. The proprietors, the staff, the shoppers, and visitors who browse here are all in love with books. They are book zealots! We readers often speak of “So many books. So little time.”; here we have “So many books. So little space.” The reader who visits and browses here feels the overwhelming abundance of books.

So come on along for a picture tour.

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Owner Colleen Kammer took me here and there around the book-jammed shop, telling me at length about this book and that one. I scrutinized books and scouted new areas. I wanted to stay all afternoon and longer. Every which way I turned were books and more books. There are art books, yes. And children’s books galore. But history, science and fiction and more also fill the shelves.

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This bookstore hosts a fabulous website with a newsletter and all kinds of good stuff! Here’s the link: www.thebookbeat.com

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Book Beat is the 2012 winner of the Pannell Award, which recognizes booksellers who applaud and promote children’s and young people’s interest in books. I was especially interested during this visit in finding books I hoped would interest my middle school age grandson. He is a serious reader and one who pays attention to what he reads. I appreciated how Colleen helped me explore this genre.

Yes. I bought some books. More about them in an upcoming post.

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Read Think Create is the motto at Book Beat. This sign hangs in the window and this energy fills every nook and cranny, every stack and shelf inside.

I urge those readers who live in the Michigan area to visit this heaven found among the aisles of books at Book Beat! Mail order is available on the website.

Books for kids occupy center stage here,

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but books for all ages invite you to read, read, read. And to enjoy the bountiful beauty of books.

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Book Beat, easy to find on the front corner of the shopping strip at Greenfield and Lincoln. Don’t miss it!

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VISIT MALAPROP’S BOOKSTORE/CAFE

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I have discovered a most captivating place: Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café. It’s located at 55 Haywood Street in Asheville, NC. It’s large, locally owned and one of the finest such establishments I’ve ever encountered. This is the kind of bookstore where I could easily spend all day.

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Inside the store, everywhere my feet and eyes travel, I meet a new section. Books are organized in groups. Easy-to-read signs give the information I need. There’s Staff Favorites, Banned Books, Award Winners, Regional books, Book Club Books, Notebooks and such materials for readers and writers, Staff Favorites, Self-sufficiency and Farming, as well as such usual sections as History, Fiction, Memoir, Biography and on and on. The Cooking shelves and the Children’s corner easily capture my attention. These pictures show how easy it is to be distracted by a new and even more interesting group of books. At first I dash from one spot to another.

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Alsace and other staff are friendly and helpful. They search for books of interest to me, and they find them. My husband enjoys a delicious Danish Pastry and some good conversation at the café.

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I heard about this place from Michigan friends. One couple told me I must see it and took me there when a group of us were in Asheville last year for a wedding. I couldn’t wait to get back. Other friends had made a special trip to Asheville to hear the author Mohsin Hamid (The Reluctant Fundamentalist) speak. Both the place and the speaker provided them with a most memorable experience. After their encouragement, I made time for a visit while traveling last week.

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Did I buy books? Yes, I did! The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, The Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline, A Reader’s Book of Days by Tom Nissey, and a writer’s notebook. And I wanted to buy more.

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Do make a stop in Asheville whenever you are able. If you can’t get there soon, you are in luck. Their website is helpful and interesting. www.malaprops.com

One can search and shop books and peruse upcoming events of surprising variety. They feature local and nationally known authors. Learn about an interesting variety of book clubs. Don’t miss their recommended reading, newsletter and other information.

You’ll love having this amazing bookstore on your radar.

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