Friday, May 20, 2011

In this age of E-everything, bookstores soldier on

I was thinking about some of my favorite indie bookstore names and thought I would solicit yours. I'll remind you from time to time and then present a list when I have a goodly number. I don't like them too punny! (Although if you want to send in some true groaners, that's ok too.) Off the top of my head: The Tattered Cover, Read It Again Sam, Women and Children First, Mystery Loves Company, Murder Ink. I also like the blog of the Maple Street Book Shop in New Orleans: "Fighting the Stupids."
"Mona Lisait!" is a clever title for a bookstore —where else?— in France. You can view it and many other stunning and exotic book havens in easily scrollable fashion by clicking here. Love the art nouveau one in Porto, Portugal, pictured below.

Vis à vis a previous post on bookshelves going the way of the dodo in home design, my friend Carol sent me this quote from Anna Quindlen: "I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think that interior decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves." Right on! From "Get To Know Types of Bookshelf for Home Library and 18 Bookshelf Ideas" on the site come these two selections, which seem more artsy than practical, but hey, they're trying!


And from The Daily What website comes this "Ding Dong, the Witch Is Dead" polymer clay bookmark created by Kira Nichols. TGIF!


  1. I can only speak as a Maryland native, but we have a few really great, TINY indie bookstores. The highlights being Second Shelf Books and Grandpa's Attic, both a stone's throw (don't try it!) from Daedalus. Stay strong, bookstores and support each other!! WOW! Field trip to Portugal, anyone?

  2. thanks for that great photo. it might be the most lovely bookstore i've ever seen!!! now i feel like i should muster up some inspiration and add some pizzazz to my book shelves at home.