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Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Today (and Always)!

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I’ve always loved spending time in bookstores. There’s just something magical about wiling away the hours with rows of books towering above you, the to-buy stack in your arms growing heavier and heavier. When I find a new local bookstore to love it feels like Christmas and my birthday all rolled up into one. I just know that I’ll get lost inside, discovering different authors and leafing through stacks of new books. So today we’re honoring Independent Bookstore Day. This is a feeling that only truly happens for me in independent bookstores. There’s an intimacy and feeling of community that the large chains are lacking, with quirky corners and funky photos on the wall and old hardwood floors that creak…

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Independent Bookstore Day celebrates a literary love affair

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The Independent Bookseller I open the door and the old-fashioned bell jangles overhead.  It’s a pleasant, welcoming sound; almost as pleasant as the aroma wafting from the shelves.  Only those with a deep-seated love of the printed word understand that smell.  It’s not musty or moldy.  It’s complex and multilayered, impregnated with the treasure trove of knowledge from which it emanates.  It hints at undiscovered mysteries, heretofore unknown experiences, and insights yet to be gleaned. Behind the counter is the owner.  He’s a lean, even wiry, man with spectacles pushed halfway down his nose.  A pair of sharp, appraising eyes acknowledges my presence and he smiles.  He doesn’t smile because I’m a frequent customer; he smiles because we share the…

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