Want to understand a place? Go visit the local independent bookstore. Not only will it be the funkiest establishment in town, it’s usually the beating heart of the cultural community.
As a child I made dens. You would always find me building in bushes, up trees, in long grass, in short grass. In cupboards, under cupboards, on top of cupboards, anywhere I could hide to read a book!
Independent bookstores play the important role of matchmaker between books and readers. Forget OKCupid. Spend your time in an indie bookstore instead.
I grew up back in prehistoric times, when dinosaurs roamed the world and there was no Internet. Then, as now, I read broadly, but I was particularly drawn to fantasy. In those ancient times, genres weren’t as splintered as they are today.
It was the late 1980s. My wife, Nancy, and I had just moved into our first home—a condo down in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market area. After unloading boxes and setting up rooms until we were exhausted but happy, we decided to take a Saturday afternoon stroll and get to know our new neighbourhood.
Bookstores have always been a large part of my life. As a kid, my Saturday trip into Peterborough from the Reserve wouldn't be complete without spending time at a book store.
The relationship between authors and independent bookstores is one that I love. We sustain each other, of course, but we often reward each other, too. There is no better feeling for a writer than to walk into a bookstore ...
Sometime on March 15, the Authors for Indies website will go live. I say ‘sometime’ because I’m in New Zealand at the moment, so coordinating things is a bit interesting.Here’s the latest: marketing, guest blogs, and statistics: