Delighting in Independent Bookstores

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“A good bookstore is your friend.” Ross Gay reads his essay about his love for independent bookstores and how they are a “laboratory for our coming together” at one of his favorite places, the Book Corner in Bloomington, Indiana. Gay’s essay collection, The Book of Delights, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in February.

You

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You (Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2014), Caroline Kepnes’s psychological thriller debut about a New York bookstore manager’s obsession with an aspiring writer, has been adapted into a Lifetime television series. The series, which has been renewed for a second season, stars Penn Badgley, Zach Cherry, Nicole Kang, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell, and Luca Padovan.

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Fred Bass Remembered

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At a public memorial at New York City’s Strand Book Store, family members, colleagues, and writers including Gay Talese, Fran Lebowitz, and Paul Krugman remember and honor Fred Bass, the bookstore’s longtime owner who died at the age of eighty-nine on January 3. The bookstore was founded by Bass’s father in 1927, and he began working there at the age of thirteen, taking over its management in 1956.

The Last Bookstore

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“I think that the digital age has made print books more popular in a weird way. It’s made everyone come out of the woodwork that really want to see books survive.” This short film directed by Chad Howitt explores the life of Josh Spencer, owner of the Last Bookstore, and what inspired him to open this popular independent bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. 

Parnassus Books

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In this video, Ann Patchett and Karen Hayes, co-owners of Nashville’s Parnassus Books, celebrate the shop’s first anniversary and tell us five things they’ve learned about bookselling. Parnassus Books is featured in “Best-Selling Booksellers” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

Blue Bunny Books & Toys

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“It makes me proud that we have a very special, unique store. The kind of store you that don’t see too often these days.” Peter H. Reynolds, founder of Blue Bunny Books & Toys, speaks about the mission of his bookstore and how the shop and its customers have grown over the years. Reynolds is featured in “Best-Selling Booksellers” in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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An Unlikely Story

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In this video, Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, speaks at the grand opening of his bookstore, An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Café, in Plainville, Massachusetts. Kinney speaks about opening his store in “Best-Selling Booksellers” by Lynn Rosen in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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