Thursday, March 29, 2012
In Praise of the Independent Bookstore & Book Signing 4/5/12
With the close of Borders and the potential close of Barnes and Noble, the publishing world continues to flail. E-books outpace hardcovers, self-publishing is no longer anathema, J.K. Rowling just took it all under her own control and cut out the publisher entirely when it comes to her e-books.
But what about the bookstore? There is something magical about being in a neighborhood book shop, entering into a welcoming and lovely space and being surrounded by beautiful books. The ability to pick any book up, read through sections of your choosing, browse the older works of a favorite author. The staff of the truly wonderful shops is there to recommend works -- they know the authors, the genres, what is inspirational. It's a place that is tangible and warm and alive.
Imagine a world where there were no bookstores. Where everything was ordered online -- or all books became e-books? I'm not discounting the benefit of e-books, I'm only saying that a bookstore can be a cherished place of any neighborhood.
Our neighborhood bookstore is BookShop West Portal. I adore it. I adore the owner and the staff. Stop by on Thursday evening, April 5th at 7pm for a tremendous time. I'll be reading from my novel, Grave Refrain. Come and have a great time -- I'll save a seat for you. You'll be helping a neighborhood treasure. And yes, that is a picture of it. Don't you want to go in?