Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Indie Love

I missed the boat yesterday but I still wanted to toss a line out to show some indie bookstore love.

There used to be a strange little used bookstore located down the street from me. It was a sad day when the plastic open sign no longer swayed in the breeze above the door and the owner couldn’t be seen standing out front in the early morning hours wearing nothing but a pair of faded boxer shorts and mismatched socks.

He lived in the back, surrounded by boxes and boxes of books…and cats. But they weren’t in boxes. Not that I know of anyway. If you dared to disturb him as he sat reading cross-legged on the floor near the front, he would pin you with his magnified stare (due to his incredibly thick glasses) like an insect on a scientist’s slide. Taking the time to push back his long white hair, he would eventually answer but by then you had pretty much forgotten what you asked in the first place.  It didn’t matter because it was all part of the unique indie experience.

Do not cry for me now that he is gone (ok, you can but just a little), because I still have the awesomeness that is the Blue Willow Bookshop.

This is no obscure book store. You never know who might walk through the door.
Hey, is that Stephanie Perkins?  Why yes, yes it is.

And hello to you Maggie Stiefvater!  (I have no clue how to pronounce your name so it comes out sounding something like Steve Avatar...and I like it.)

Visiting authors even get to sign the wall.  My name is going to be there someday. I hope yours will be too.

Love your indie bookstores.  If you don't...pretty soon the quirky, sometimes scary strange, and unique love they give you will be replaced by big chain stores that smell of coffee and high priced muffins. 
Not that we don't love coffee and muffins.  But a bookstore should be all about the books, and your independents never forget it.


  1. I'm currently seeking out a small city/large town to relocate to. Having a quaint and well stocked bookstore is mandatory! B&N doesn't count.

  2. I love quaint bookstores that you can tell have been there for ages. There's always a good out of print edition and hidden treasures up for grabs!

  3. Love this post. I have two favorite little bookstores near me, and each one has crooked aisles about two feet wide and warped wooden floors that tend to slope in certain corners. Always prefer to shop there rather than the big stores. I always feel like I'm in the way at Borders.

  4. As the former owner of a wee bookstore, this rocks.

    And, oddly, one of the best things about closing the store was actually having time to visit other bookstores.

  5. Indie bookstores are the BEST!!! :) I love them.

  6. Love this! There is no better experience than shopping in an indie bookstore.

  7. Couldn't agree more. We have an indie here that I am really going to miss when we transfer out-of-state this summer.
    I enjoy getting recommendations from those who love books more than their breaktimes.
    (What are the dues at the National Sarcasm Society, anyway? Sounds like a great club.)

  8. We have a great independent bookstore in our community. I love it! In fact, I was just there tonight!

    Great post! We need to support independent bookstores!


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