Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Support Local, Independent Bookstores

What is your favorite local, independent bookstore?

I have fond memories of the Montague Bookmill, a used bookstore housed in an 1842 gristmill, that I frequented when I was a student at Smith College in Massachusetts. When I return to New York City, I always stop by the St. Mark’s Bookshop, which has a thorough poetry collection.

By shopping at local bookstores instead of large, chain stores, you support your local economy. You will also find a wider selection of literary authors who don’t always find their way into the more commercial stores. Browse through the shelves and be surprised by what you discover. The staff is usually quite knowledgeable about their books and can make suggestions; don’t hesitate to ask.

To learn more about your local bookstores or look them up before you travel, try this Indie Store Finder offered by Indie Bound.


Andrea said...

This year I experience disappointment all over again each time I remember that Shaman Drum in Ann Arbor, MI has closed. Browsing its (clearly lovingly chosen) selection used to be a wonderful way to spend the odd hour here and there between meetings. Now it has been replaced by some lame clothing store and (yet another) University apparel shop. Tragedy!

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

It is really too bad. It was an amazing place...
Try Nicola's books outside of the center of town (near the Roadhouse): http://www.nicolasbooks.com/