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November 29, 2018

Indie Bookstores on the Rebound

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Good news for authors and readers – independent bookstores are on the rebound!  Approximately 40% of indie bookstores closed from the mid-1990s and 2009.  But sales are up more than 5% over last year.

For those of you unfamiliar with this term, an independent or indie bookstore is a bookstore that is independently owned. It is a small business.

The great thing about these stores is that they are staffed by book lovers. Shop at an indie and you will find new-to-you authors and a sense of community. And that’s a big part of this upswing – people working to support their communities and small businesses. No, you won’t get the deal you’d get on Amazon but the author will receive a larger royalty and a local business owner will earn a living.

And an indie bookstore is going to offer you services you don’t get from Amazon.  At Shakespeare and Co in Manhattan, a special printer can print and bind a book, including a full color cover, in minutes if the book is not in stock.

I live in the St. Louis area.  My indies include Half Price Books, Left Bank Books, and Main Street Books.

Not sure how to find an independent bookstore? Type your zip code into the Indie Bookstore Finder at Indie Bound ( and you’ll get a list of the closest stores. I now have a list of 22 stores.  I would debate calling some of these indies since the list includes campus bookstores but I’ve definitely got some new book stores to explore.


April 16, 2010

ABA Book of the Year Winners

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Last week the ABA announced their Book of the Year winners and Honors titles.
Adult Fiction:
Winner:  Cutting for Stone , by Abraham Verghese (Knopf)
Honors:   Border Songs , by Jim Lynch (Knopf)
Brooklyn , by Colm Toibin (Scribner)
The Children’s Book , by A.S. Byatt (Knopf)
Generosity: An Enhancement , by Richard Powers (FSG)
Wolf Hall , by Hilary Mantel (Holt)
Adult Nonfiction
Winner: The Lost City of Z , by David Grann (Doubleday)
Honors:  Animals Make Us Human , by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Lit: A Memoir , by Mary Karr (HarperCollins)
Stitches: A Memoir , by David Small (W.W. Norton)
Strength in What Remains , by Tracy Kidder (Random House)
When Everything Changed , by Gail Collins (Little, Brown)
Adult Debut
Winner: The Help , by Kathryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
Honors:  The Earth Hums in B Flat , by Mari Strachan (Canongate)
The Piano Teacher , by Y.K. Lee (Viking)
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet , by Reif Larson (Penguin Press)
Still Alice , by Lisa Genova (Pocket)
Tinkers , by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)
Young Adult:
Winner: Catching Fire , by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Honors:  Going Bovine , by Libba Bray (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
If I Stay , by Gayle Forman (Dutton Juvenile)
Leviathan , by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (illus.) (Simon Pulse)
Shiver , by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
Wintergirls , by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking Juvenile)
Middle Reader:
Winner: When You Reach Me , by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books)
Honors:  Al Capone Shines My Shoes , by Gennifer Choldenko (Dial)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate , by Jacqueline Kelly (Holt)
Odd and the Frost Giants , by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
A Season of Gifts , by Richard Peck (Dial)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon , by Grace Lin (Little, Brown)
New Picture Book:
Winner: The Lion and the Mouse , by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown)
Honors: All the World , by Liz Garton Scanlon, Maria Frazee (illus.) (Beach Lane Books)
The Curious Garden , by Peter Brown (Little, Brown)
Listen to the Wind , by Greg Mortenson, Susan Roth (illus.) (Dial)
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 , by Brian Floca (Richard Jackson Books)
Otis , by Loren Long (Philomel)
Most Engaging Author given to an author who is an in-store star and strongly supports indie booksellers
Winner: Kate DiCamillo
Honors: Isabel Allende
Laurie Halse Anderson
Libba Bray
Michael Chabon
Abraham Verghese
Book inducted into the Indies Choice Book Awards Picture Book Hall of Fame:
Winners: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz (Atheneum)
Madeline , by Ludwig Bemelmans (Viking)
The Story of Ferdinand , by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson (Viking)

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