Independent Bookstores rock
Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of reading at Inkwood Books in Tampa. There are very few independent bookstores left in the country and I think booklovers need to step up and show that we value them. Everyone knows what to expect in a big franchise bookstore but you never know what to expect in an independent bookstore and that’s one of the lovely thrills of exploring them.
Last night I arrived at Inkwood early enough to browse their shelves and was delighted to find books by many of my newfound friends met at Bread Loaf. I even discovered a new book–Burn This Book–edited by Toni Morrison, the writer whose work has had such a huge impact on me. I loved all the nooks and crannies of Inkwood, a great old house of the 1920s, and enjoyed chatting with patrons before and after the reading. I urge you all to go out and find a local, independent bookstore, and support them with your patronage.