Independent, local bookstores are holding their own in this digital age, which should make us all very happy. Browsing online has its allure, but nothing beats the tactile reward of running your finger over a new release’s embossed cover or flipping through the pages of a potential purchase. Bookstores even smell good!
Indie booksellers are celebrated during Independent Bookstore Week in the U.S., which is in April; and during Independent Bookshop Week in the U.K., which is in June.
But I am declaring this week as Indie Bookstore Week on my website, because in the next seven days, I have the privilege of appearing in three local bookstores to talk about my new #MeToo novel, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.
Tune in each of the next three days to read the fascinating histories of:
- Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH
- Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester, MA
- Tatnuck Booksellers in Westborough, MA.
And the next time you order a book online, consider purchasing from IndieBound.org, a community of independent, local bookstores. Your purchase supports a local bookstore directly if you enter your zip code and select one of your area shops. Or it can support the organization’s network of independent bookstores.
Click on this image to order Horseshoes and Hand Grenades from IndieBound.org.