Watchung Booksellers Montclair

Watchung Booksellers Montclair

After attending many wonderful author readings over the years at Watchung Booksellers, I had the honor of conducting a virtual interview there with writer Nicole Bokat about her novel The Happiness Thief. Watchung Booksellers is a vibrant, independent community...
The Passion Behind Powell’s

The Passion Behind Powell’s

The 2019 AWP Conference brought me to Portland, Oregon, where I had the blissful opportunity to roam the aisles of the iconic indie bookstore, Powell’s. With five stores in Portland and a two million-volume inventory, Powell’s is powered by the passion of its...
Loganberry Books Cleveland

Loganberry Books Cleveland

Our cross country indie bookstore road trip brought us to the doorstep of the amazing Loganberry Books. What a surprise to step into this independently owned and operated shop to find its inviting spaces unfold like rooms in a dream. Just when you think this...
Mac’s Backs on Coventry Cleveland Heights

Mac’s Backs on Coventry Cleveland Heights

Our indie bookstore road trip brought us to Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry, a vibrant literary and community hub in the heart of Cleveland Heights. Co-owner Suzanne DeGaetano warmly acquainted us with the shop, offered suggestions of books she loves, and asked us what...
Chicago’s Indie Bookstores

Chicago’s Indie Bookstores

Our bookstore odyssey stopover in the Windy City brought us to Barbara’s Bookstore, a powerhouse indie with five locations in the Chicago area and one in Boston. Created over 50 years ago, Barbara’s offers a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction, including Chicago...
Prairie Lights Iowa City

Prairie Lights Iowa City

When our indie bookstore cross-country odyssey brought us to the long awaited Prairie Lights in Iowa City, I thought I might not be able to extract my cohort Flannery James from her reading chair. Having attended the Iowa Young Writers Studio, she has deep affection...