M. Judson Bookstore

M. Judson Bookstore

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.26.04 PMDuring a long-weekend visit to Greenville, South Carolina, I visited the M. Judson bookstore on South Main Street. Like all independent bookstores I’ve come across, M. Judson has its own personality that comes through from the moment you walk in the store.

From the cashier counter made out of repurposed books to themed shelving, M. Judson clearly prioritizes creativity. This creativity follows you through the store as you meander from the quirky children’s section marked by chalkboard paint and a row of school chairs to the geographically themed shelves denoted by various maps. Read more

Island Bookstore on Mackinac Island

Island Bookstore on Mackinac Island

Island bookstoreThis Bookstores of the World post should have come out almost two years ago. Lucky for me though, waiting to write about Island Bookstore means that this post lines up with the store’s 40th anniversary!

From the store’s website:

“The Island Bookstore began as a small antiquarian store with a small retail space above Doud’s market 40 years ago.Today we have two locations, one on Mackinac Island and the other in Mackinaw City, serving the Straits of Mackinac area.” Read more

Landmark Books, among Michigan history and ghosts

Landmark Books, among Michigan history and ghosts

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.26.04 PMTucked away at the edge of a northern Michigan city is an tract of land that used to be occupied by a mental hospital. Among the halls that once housed institutionalized women is a bookstore.

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, formerly the Traverse City State Hospital, houses shops, restaurants, and residences. It’s become a mini-town on 480 acres of grassy land. Read more

Boulder Bookstore

boulder bookstoreA standard part of visiting any new city is finding a local bookstore. If one doesn’t exist, eh…maybe not my kind of place. If there is a local bookstore, it can tell you a lot about the town.

Boulder Bookstore, located on Pearl Street Mall, definitely provides an overview of the town’s personality. Situated on three floors with various “wings,” the store offersboulder bookstore everything from the latest fiction to meditation cushions. Read more

Busboys & Poets Turns 10

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Angela Davis

Steps away from history explains my initial response to listening to Angela Davis speak at the Busboys & Poets X Anniversary Party last night. Davis’ commanding voice and prose praised the Washington bookstore for their local, slow food and decried the continued imprisonment of political prisoners. Then Bill Ayers came on stage to speak about social justice in education.

That was only the first thirty minutes of the evening event! Read more

Bookstore Bars

Bookstore Bars

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.05.12 PM*Sitting in the Stacks is well aware today is not Friday, but decided to post a day early as many people will be out celebrating the 4th of July with their friends and family tomorrow. 

Beer, wine, whiskey — they all pair well with books! Who among us hasn’t enjoyed a nice beverage while curled up with our latest read? It appears this beloved ritual of many book lovers won’t have to remain within the confines of a home. Read more

Tattered Cover: Bookstores of the World

Last weekend I visited a close friend in Denver, Colorado. Knowing that I am a huge book nerd, she suggested we stop by a local bookstore! The Tattered Cover did not disappoint! Founded by Joyce Meskis, Tattered Cover has existed for over 40 years and belongs to IndieBound, a group of independent bookstores. In a time of dwindling bookstores and growing eReaders, Tattered Cover remains strong. Tattered Cover has three locations in Denver — Colfax Avenue, Lower Downtown (LoDo), and the Highlands Ranch Town Center — and is opening a store at the Denver International Airport this year. Read more

Powell’s Books: Bookstores of the World

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.26.04 PMThe following is a guest post written by my sister, Katy. On a recent trip to Portland she sent me numerous texts raging about Powell’s Books. Of course, I had to request a guest post on the store. Please enjoy her reflections on Powell’s. 

*The following opinions are solely that of the author.

 

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In December of 2011, I ordered some Christmas gifts from Barnes and Noble.  I cannot remember why I chose them over Amazon, but I do remember the result.  In spite of paying a fee for expedited shipping, the items did not arrive before Christmas, and Barnes and Noble refused to refund my shipping costs.  In my fury, I took to Facebook telling people of my anger and everyone told me I was stupid not to use Amazon.  Except for a select few friends…

These friends all live in the Portland area and insisted I should have ordered from some store called Powell’s Books.  I scoffed at them not knowing how I would have known of some local corner bookshop.

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