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.

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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.



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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