Lyn’s Favorite Indie Bookstores

Friday, April 23, 2021

April 24, 2021 is National Independent Bookstore Day. To honor indie bookstores, I’m posting about my favorite ones. For me, there’s nothing like browsing in the aisles of a bookstore, surrounded by so many books and possibilities. I love books. So much. I’m so honored that the bookstore in the town where I grew up, is going to be selling signed copies of my book for my launch. The Village…

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Celebrating Indie Bookstore Day at Blue House Books

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

April 24th is Indie Bookstore Day and to celebrate, I wanted to shine a light on my favorite local indie, Blue House Books in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blue House Books is everything you want from a local bookstore: not only filled with amazing books from every genre you love to read, but owned and operated by a warm and welcoming bookseller. Samantha Jacquest is a one-woman small business maven who started…

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My favorite indie bookstores

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

I love independent bookstores. Who doesn’t? The curated selection! The friendly booksellers! The atmosphere! I miss a lot about life outside my house, and dawdling through a bookstore with a coffee and my baby in a stroller ranks pretty high on my list. (I’m gonna cry through writing this one, aren’t I). It’s only natural that some of my favorite indies are in Baltimore, where I currently live. There’s the…

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All Hail the Independent Bookseller

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

In this time, readers and writers everywhere are concerned with helping independent booksellers survive the pandemic. Indies matter for many reasons, and here are a few: Indies create community. The curate and promote events. They support local and debut authors. They take part in book festivals and literary soirees put on by other organizations. They’re generally good local citizens. Booksellers leverage their individual tastes to keep our reading diverse. It’s…

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Dear Booksellers…

Friday, April 26, 2019

    Like most writers, I’ve been an avid reader since the day I learned to read, and some of my fondest childhood memories are of the independent book stores I frequented with my family. Every time we visited the small town in Ontario where my grandparents lived, for instance, a visit to the bookstore was in order. My parents would let my brother and me browse for ages and…

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There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Book

Monday, April 22, 2019

Every few months or so there’s a new conversation about independent bookstores (or “indies”) and a certain big, monopoly behemoth that also sells books. On the one hand, monopolies are inherently bad for everyone but the monopoly. On the other hand, there are arguments to be made about ease of access, affordability, and even safety. I, honestly, don’t care which you choose, as long as you make an informed choice….

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No One Minds Cake

Monday, August 13, 2018

My launch party took place at the awesome Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia — the place which is, more or less, my hometown. I wasn’t born there, but it’s where I spent my formative years, where my parents still live, and where I recently returned after leaving Roanoke. If you’re ever in the Richmond area, definitely stop by — it’s my favorite kind of indie store, quirky and charming and…

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Deb Elise Is Into Chains

I love independent bookstores.  I do.  I support them, I stand behind them, I’m all for them. However, with the downfall of Borders, and many people predicting a similar future for Barnes and Noble (unless their Nook can save them), I want to take a moment to sing the praises of these giant chain stores.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in the heart of suburbia, where going to the…

Monday, March 7, 2011
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