As I write I’m thinking what a perfect day this would be to curl up in a remote corner of an indie bookstore, nose in book, devices decidedly off, lost in a world yet to be explored. Since it’s an indie there’s a friendly proprietor/staffer who will share an opinion about my chosen book, even suggest a similar tome I will undoubtedly enjoy.
As I further envision my reading nook, I catch the imagined scent of the venerable books –an olfactory extra of hanging out at a used bookshop. ! I realize that I would rather read a crumby – even crumbly – book in a used bookstore than today’s bestseller in a chain store.
All of which is a fabricated buildup to Independent Bookstore Day, set for this coming Saturday, April 29. The basics are covered in an earlier post (https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/2017/04/03/looking-ahead-to-indie-bookstore-day-april-29-2017/) This is just a reminder to treat yourself to an indie bookstore tour on Saturday.
There’s a helpful map online (http://indiemap.bookweb.org) – know that the map is far from comprehensive. You might want to start not with the map but by trolling your own community, including the newbies, antiquarian shops, children’s bookstores, campus stores, ethnic and other bibliophile haunts you may have yet to explore. Cater to your bookish inclinations, expand your personal collection, appreciate the creative energy that supports the book community and nurtures the range of reader tastes.
Check out Indie Bookstore Day on Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/events/402999000036140/) Note that this is a highly selective post of just a few of the myriad happenings at local shops.
You’ll find the creative ways in which Indie bookstores reflect the proclivities of their proprietors. Shops host readings, book clubs and discussion groups on every conceivable topic, art exhibits and artist presentations, children’s programs, storytellers, sports heroes and their biographers, politicians, stories and mores of new Americans, environmentalists, veterans, gardeners, musical ensembles of every tone….
As blog readers have probably observed, Eat My Words in Northeast Minneapolis ranks as my favorite indie (https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/hungry-for-a-good-read-try-eat-my-words/) Come for the books, stay for the programming: https://www.facebook.com/eatmywordsbookstore/
On Independent Bookstore EMW will feature special displays, and Bookstore Bingo (played 10 AM-8 PM) where you can put your English major to the test. Plan to be on hand mid-afternoon to join the 3:00 reading and conversation. Author Mary Martin will discuss her book La Familia: An International Love Story. (https://manoamano.org/la-familia-book/). La Familia chronicles the emergence of Mano a Mano, the St. Paul-based international development organization.(http://manoamano.org) It’s the story of ways in which this grassroots international partnership bridges cultural and racial challenges.
The EMW conversation serves as a model of the ways in which independent bookstores are taking the lead by hosting and informing safe spaces that foster civil discourse so critical to finding our way in these divisive, uncertain, unprecedented times.
UPDATE: Indie Bookstore Day celebrations around the nation: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15bc3f419b6b8ba8