Banning Books in the U.S.?

As we hear and see the horrific stories of oppression in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and the growing number of countries being dominated by ISIS, it’s not only the physical brutality that is disturbing, but the limitation of education and free … Continue reading

Bookstores Benefit from Controversy

Today I’ve been watching all of the regional bookseller associations report their weekly bestseller lists. Go Set a Watchman remains at #1 for Fiction, even the skeptics from my book group agreed to add a lunch discussion so we could … Continue reading

Why We Love Bookstores

After spending three very full days with Jeff Kinney’s crew to prepare for the opening of An Unlikely Story, a bookstore cafe in Jeff’s hometown of Plainville, Mass., we toured the store together to admire the work that had been … Continue reading

National Independent Bookstore Day

How is it that independent bookstores have not disappeared even though plenty of people predicted they would fall by the wayside like the record stores? A Harvard Business School professor joined us during our one-day workshop at this year’s Winter … Continue reading

Defending the Freedom of Speech in a Bookstore

This week the world has been shaken by the murder of staff members of the Paris-based satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Yes, the political and social commentary is edgy, even rude and often distasteful to many. Yet, this criminal act presses … Continue reading

Add Joy

The indie film “Clerks”, which was released in 1994 and featured two convenience store clerks who annoyed customers and played hockey on the store roof, did little to add to the interest in working retail. Yet in the real world, … Continue reading

Bookselling When the World Turns Upside-Down

When terrible things happen, people seek answers and search for what can bring them comfort. In our country’s recent history, we’ve felt the shock of 9/11, the horror of Hurricane Katrina, and now, the discomfort and discontent of many social … Continue reading

A Beautiful Era of Indie & Etsy

There have been so many positive articles about indie bookstores this week … The Huffing Post on “Indie Bookstores Are Making A Comeback”, The Cultureist with the “10 Best Neighborhood Bookstores in New York City”, starting with Sunday’s New York … Continue reading