My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop will be released on November 13th -a collection of essays, stories, odes, and words of gratitude and praise for the best bookstores across the country from 84 writers.
Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers My Bookstore provides a literary roadmap of the last great bricks-and-mortar bookstores in America including: The Strand (New York, NY), Powell`s (Portland, OR), Harvard Book Store (Cambridge, MA), Tattered Cover Bookstore (Denver, CO), and City Lights (San Francisco, CA), are but some of the highlights. A full list of contributors and featured shops here
With an introduction by Richard Russo, an afterword by Emily St. John Mandel, and whimsical line illustrations by Leif Parsons, My Bookstore offers some perspective on contemporary bookselling, and it is as much about writing as it is about bookselling. A common theme in the essays is the support writers finds in the community bookstore -these are the stores that eagerly promote author events, hand-sell first novels, and even slip manuscripts to publishing insiders. Without these stores, where do readers go? And also, where do writers go? Look for it at your local bookstore!
A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated by the publisher to the American Book Association’s (ABA) bookseller education program/Winter Institute Scholarship Fund and to the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE).