A good little bookstore…is a laboratory for our coming together
– Ross Gay
Seattle loves its bookstores, and right near the top of that long, sad list of things we really missed in 2020 was Seattle Independent Bookstore Day. Well, it’s back – and bigger than ever! Starting this Saturday, April 24, you’ll have ten days to visit ten (or more) stores, making ten or more purchases, which will qualifying you for this year’s champion tote bag, certain to be the tote to be seen with in 2021. This spread out schedule will help discourage the festive crowds that Indie Bookstore Day has become known for, while opening the experience to participants both buying books in person, or at several locations online. You can pick up a passport at a participating store, or print your own.
What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.
– Neil Gaiman, American Gods
Have you lost touch with your area bookstores during the pandemic? Catch up with your old friends, and meet some newer arrivals and revivals, in Paul Constant’s regular bookstore columns in the Seattle Times, and check out this recent guide from Seattle Met. Then read the details on the Seattle Independent Bookstore Day page, and map out your shopping plans at the participating bookstores.
The bookstore had no musty ‘old books’ smell, and instead it had a nice oaky aroma, similar to the way Laurence imagined the whiskey casks would be before you put Scotch into them for aging. This was a place where you would age well.
Look, here’s the deal: we are all lucky to live in a city with so many terrific bookstores. But the truth is there are a lot fewer bookstores here than not so very long ago. This past year, we’ve gotten out of the habit of doing so many things, including visiting our local bookshops. So think of this as an opportunity to reconnect with one of the best parts of your city, and reacquaint yourself with neighborhood booksellers who depend upon your trade for their continued existence. Here’s a great excuse to indulge in some book buying – for yourself or gifts for others – and get out of the house while the cherry blossoms are still in bloom. Share #SEABookstoreDay with your friends and on social media, and plan to get together for a nice bookstore bike ride or stroll – and don’t forget your mask! (Pro tip: masks help with hayfever season, too!)
What we want above all things is not more books, not more publishers,
not more education, not more literary genius, but simply
and prosaically more shops.
– George Bernard Shaw
PS: While the various categories for this year’s edition of the Library’s popular Summer Book Bingo will not be revealed to the public until May 17, here’s a fun fact to consider: ever year so far has included a square for a book recommended by an Independent Bookseller. Just, you know, if you’re looking to get a jump on things. After all:
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
– Henry Ward Beecher
~ Posted by David W.