Author(s): Ronald Rice
In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes.
In "My Bookstore" our greatest authors write about the pleasure, guidance, and support that their favorite bookstores and booksellers have given them over the years. The relationship between a writer and his or her local store and staff can last for years or even decades. Often it's the author's local store that supported him during the early days of his career, that continues to introduce and hand-sell her work to new readers, and that serves as the anchor for the community in which he lives and works."My Bookstore "collects the essays, stories, odes and words of gratitude and praise for stores across the country in 81 pieces written by our most beloved authors. It's a joyful, industry-wide celebration of our bricks-and-mortar stores and a clarion call to readers everywhere at a time when the value and importance of these stores should be shouted from the rooftops.Perfectly charming line drawings by Leif Parsons illustrate each storefront and other distinguishing features of the shops.Contributing Authors and Bookstores Include: Fannie Flagg Page & Palette, Fairhope, ALRick Bragg Alabama Booksmith, Homewood, ALJohn Grisham That Bookstore in Blytheville, Blytheville, ARRon Carlson Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZAnn Packer Capitola Book Cafe, Capitola, CAIsabel Allende Book Passage, Corte Madera, CAMahbod Seraji Kepler s Books, Menlo Park, CALisa See Vroman s Bookstore, Pasadena, CAMeg Waite Clayton Books Inc., San Francisco, CADaniel Handler and Lisa Brown The Booksmith, San Francisco, CADave Eggers Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CAPico Iyer Chaucer s Books, Santa Barbara, CALaurie R. King Bookshop, Santa Cruz, CAScott Lasser Explore Booksellers, Aspen, COStephen White Tattered Cover Book Store, Devner, COKate Niles Maria s Bookshop, Durango, COAnn Haywood Leal Bank Square Books, Mystic, CTFlorence and Wendell Minor The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CTRick Atkinson Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, DCLes Standiford Books & Books, Coral Gables, FLRobert Macomber The Muse Book Shop, Deland, FLDavid Fulmer Eagle Eye Book Shop, Decatur, GAAbraham Verghese Prairie Lights, Iowa City, IACharlie Brandt Chapter One Bookstore, Ketchum, IDLuis Alberto Urrea Anderson s Bookshops, Naperville, ILMike Leonard The Book Stall Chestnut Court, Winnetka, ILAlbert Goldbarth Watermark Books, Wichita, KSWendell Berry Carmichael s Bookstore, Louisville, KYEdith Pearlman Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MAMameve Medwed Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MAHenry Louis Gates, Jr. Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, MASimon Winchester The Bookloft, Great Barrington, MANancy Thayer Mitchell s Book Corner, Nantucket, MAElin Hilderbrand Nantucket Bookworks, Nantucket, MAJeanne Birdsall Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, MAMartha Ackmann Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MAWard Just Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, Vineyard Haven, MARon Currie, Jr. Longfellow Books, Portland, MENancy Shaw Nicola s Books, Ann Arbor, MIKatrina Kittle Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MIAnn Patchett Mclean & Eakin Booksellers, Petotskey, MIKathleen Finneran Left Bank Books, St.Louis, MOBarry Moser Lemuria Books, Jackson, MSJill McCorkle Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NCCarrie Ryan Park Road Books, Charlotte NCLaurent Dubois The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NCLee Smith Purple Crow Books, Hillsborough, NCAngela Davis-Gardner Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NCRon Rash City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NCIan Frazier Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, NJJoan Wickersham The Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NHCarmela Ciuraru Community Bookstore, Brooklyn NYMatt Weiland Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NYKate Christensen Word, Brooklyn, NYMick Cochrane Talking Leaves Books, Buffalo, NYCaroline Leavitt McNally Jackson Books, New York, NYArthur Nersesian St. Mark s Bookshop, New York, NYFrancine Prose & Pete Hamill Strand Bookstore, New York, NYChuck Palahniuk Powell s Books, Portland, ORLarry Kane Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PAAnn Hood Island Books, Middletown, RIMindy Friddle Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SCAdam Ross Parnassus Books, Nashville, TNDouglas Brinkley Book People, Austin, TXTerry Tempest Williams The King s English Book Shop, Salt Lake City, UTHoward Frank Mosher Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VTJon Clinch Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VTJonathan Evison Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, WATom Robbins Village Books, Bellingham, WAIvan Doig University Book Store, Seattle, WALesley Kagen Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WILiam Callanan Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
Our greatest authors write about the pleasure, enrichment, guidance and support that their favourite bookstores and booksellers have given them though the years; At a time when there is much distress about the future of the physical bookstore, My Bookstore, a publishing event in itself, celebrates bookstores and booksellers everywhere, large and small, past and present.
This is more than just a celebration, more than just a compendium of bookstore kudos. This is like each of your favorite writers (84 of them!) penning a love letter to their favorite bookstore. Names you may recognize include Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Francine Prose, Lisa See, and Simon Winchester. Editor Rice, a publishing professional, has recruited new pieces that illuminate the quirks and many intangibles that make a great bookstore. From the owner who will trek across town to help out at a library signing, to the fierceness with which some owners protect their customers' privacy, to the overall comfort of stepping into a world that you just know is full of compatriots, the beautiful stories in these pages tell of those things that make any neighborhood bookstore great.
VERDICT: There are other collections that focus on bookstores... but this one is a personal peek into the hearts of the contributing writers as well as into the bookstores they love. Sure to please any bibliophile, even if borrowed from the library!--Linda White "Library Journal "
Ronald Rice has worked in book publishing, as a sales and marketing professional, for more than 25 years. He began his career at Koen Book Distributors and then served as Sales Director/Small Press Buyer for Bookazine, Co. He was a four-time nominee for Publishers Weekly Sales Representative of the Year and has served multi-year terms on both the New England Independent Booksellers Association and Southern Booksellers Alliance advisory councils. He is currently a publishing industry consultant.