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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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The Hunger Games sparks a rebellion on Black Friday

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Black Friday is fast approaching. While the ambitious and sale-savvy among us hit malls mid-November, some of us will be focused instead on literature and film. And by that I mean we will be in line to see the latest Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, out in theaters November 22nd and already breaking box office records for a November release. The film is based on Suzanne Collins’s second installment, published in 2009 by Scholastic, in her Hunger Games trilogy. With these books, Collins writes fast-paced, page-turning action that propels readers through her version of the classic hero’s journey. Heroine Katniss Everdeen narrates her story and readers are pulled into her gritty, adrenalin-filled fight for survival. There are many readers who…

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