Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I’m a fan of the independent bookstores and I’m thankful for them. I appreciate the hominess, the love and care books are shown, and the fact that the people that work in independent books stores are interested in books and their authors. I’ve yet to go into an independent bookstore that I didn’t want to visit for hours on end. I’ve been in numerous ones in the last year while out selling Nick’s New Heart. None are the same and each has a charm all their own.
One particular bookstore outside of Pittsburg has shelves twelve feet high, in a long narrow building with tables piled high with books. There was no place to sit but the owner had such a love for books he could tell you where a book was located in the chaos. He agreed to add mine to it. And I was honored to have it there.
Dog Eared Books in Madison, Georgia is the kind of bookstore where you want to have a cup of tea, settle into the plump sofa and read away a cold rainy day.
I encourage you to support the independent bookstores. They are the backbone of the book industry. Three independent bookstores go out of business each week, which is a shame. With the big, all business bottom line bookstores struggling now, I hope to see independent bookstores make a strong come back.
Authors need them because the owners love books more than a big bottom line. Visit your nearest independent book and see if I’m not right.