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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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James Patterson Wants You to Nominate an Indie Bookseller for a Holiday Bonus

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Know an independent bookstore employee who could really use a holiday bonus? Santa, er, James Patterson is going to make sure that their hard work to help keep indie bookstores alive is rewarded. He’s donating $250,000 to indie booksellers by partnering with the American Booksellers Association to distribute the funds among as many of the 2,200 affiliated bookstores as possible. Why is he doing it? “Every holiday season I get the chance to pick out books to give my son, Jack,” says Patterson.  “I think hard about what he’ll love reading—what will excite him? What will inspire him? Of course, every day booksellers ask these questions on behalf of the people in their community. And I think they should be…

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