Category Archives: Bookstore Tourism

A Place Just For Book Lovers

My television cable service offers literally hundreds of channels to chose from 24 hours a day. There are networks devoted to every sport imaginable. There are dozens of food and cooking shows. There are even entire networks that only show … Continue reading

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Comedians In Cars Getting Books

In this season’s finale to Jerry Seinfeld’s fantastic web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, he and the inimitable Stephen Colbert not only get coffee—at the Bluestone Coffee Co. in Montclair, N.J.— they also pop in at Watchung Booksellers to … Continue reading

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Gonzo Bookselling

I paid my dues as a flea market bookseller, but the random gallimaufry of book shelves, boxes and tables of my book stall pales when I see the brilliance of Jeff Towns’ traveling “BookBus”. Officially called Dylan’s Mobile Bookstore, the bookmobile turns up … Continue reading

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Saved by the bell

In these difficult times for indie booksellers, and bookstores in general, it’s rare to hear unqualified good news stories about bookshops persevering and thriving. But I’m pleased to report that the word on the water floating book barge in London … Continue reading

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Poetry Can Be Dangerous in the USA

According to Miegan and Chan Gordon owners of The Captain’s Bookshelf, a terrific antiquarian and secondhand bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, an unknown poetry hater surreptitiously removed a signed first edition copy of Nine Horses by U.S. Poet Laureate Billy … Continue reading

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Free Comics Today !

You won’t get a classic Superman, but if you head to your local comic bookstore today you can pick-up a free copy of a more contemporary comic. Why ? Because it’s Free Comic Book Day . The annual event began … Continue reading

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Independent Bookstore Day ! (yeah)

Tomorrow more than 400 independent bookstores across North America will participate in the first annual, continent-wide, Independent Bookstore Day. Indie shops will host hundreds of author appearances, readings, parties, giveaways, special literary events, and 16 exclusive books and art pieces for … Continue reading

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It’s World Book Day !

I’m certain that all of you bibliophiles know that today is UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. Readers around the globe are celebrating with all manner of bookish events. My friends in the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) are … Continue reading

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Tales from the Void

Leave it to the ever creative crew at the Le Gun art collective to come up with a wonderful installation that celebrates Paris’ legendary Shakespeare and Company bookstore. The pop-up show, called “Tales from the Void”, is comprised of a … Continue reading

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Back to basics

Visitors to the U.S. are often shocked to discover that we have only one truly nationwide bookstore chain remaining. That company, Barnes & Noble, has just 700 stores unevenly spread around the country. The past few years, B&N has strayed … Continue reading

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