Saturday, September 20, 2008

Independent Book Stores by Margot Justes

Writers love to read-as someone I know would say ‘imagine that’.

It is no secret that I’m a fan of the independent bookstores. For one thing, they support the mid-list authors and generally they have a niche market, and the ambiance is cozy, relaxed and very intimate.

I still remember Stuart Brent on Michigan Ave in Chicago; many, many times I stopped in to browse and buy. He had so many unusual books, and the staff was so knowledgeable and helpful. It was a delightful and enriching break in my day.

I have mentioned Centuries & Sleuths in Forest Park many times, I’m a huge fan. Augie the owner has a unique and personable approach to books and his readers. Authors always find support in his store.

There is an independent book store in Madison WI, Booked for Murder Of course it has mysteries, used, new, and anything in between. It is charming, well seasoned and treasures abound. It is under new ownership, and if you’re in the area, stop by, say hello for me, browse and buy a book.

I did a signing there in July, I was made to feel very welcome, any trepidation
I had-and I did have a lot-quickly evaporated. I don’t think the 3 cups of Starbucks I had right before the signing had anything to do to with it.

Till next Saturday,
Margot Justes
A Hotel in Paris ISBN 978-1-59080-534-3
Art brought her to Paris, then a stranger’s death changes her life.
Missing ISBN 978-1-59080-611 1
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Debra St. John said...

Independent book stores do have a cozy, hometown feeling about them.

Morgan Mandel said...

What's amazing is the independent bookstores who have much more to loose are more willing to take a chance on new authors than the chains.

Morgan Mandel