My Bookstore

Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop

Edited by Ronald Rice
Introduction by Richard Russo

 

In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookstores and booksellers, 50 well-known writers pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes.

In My Bookstore our greatest authors write about the pleasure, enrichment, guidance, and support their favorite stores and booksellers have given them over the years. The relationship between a writer and his or her local store and staff can last for years, or even decades, and grow quite close. My Bookstore collects the stories, short memoirs, essays, odes, and words of gratitude and praise for stores across the country—large and small, past and present—in 50 pieces written by our most beloved authors.

Often it’s the author’s local store that has supported him during the first uncertain days of his career. It’s the place an author relies upon for word of new releases or a recommendation of a great new book. And the bookstore often serves as a place of community for the writer who spends her time pursuing what is generally a solitary pursuit. Sidebars throughout tell the history of the stores, their idiosyncrasies, and little-known secrets and legends. Fifty black-and-white line drawings illustrate storefronts or other distinguishing features.

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated by the publisher to the American Book Association’s bookseller education program.

 Ronald Rice has worked in book publishing as a sales and marketing professional for more than 25 years. He began his career at Koen Book Distributors and then served as Sales Director/Small Press Buyer for Bookazine. He was a four-time nominee for Publishers Weekly Sales Representative of the Year and has served multiyear terms on both the New England Independent Booksellers Association and Southern Booksellers Alliance advisory councils. He is the organizer of Book Buddies, a highly motivated group of booksellers that offers advice and know-how to new booksellers and booksellers looking for new ideas and fresh perspectives. He has also been involved in the Bookazine program Eclectic & Electric, which promotes small-press titles with strong writing and packaging. He is currently a publishing-industry consultant. He lives in Philadelphia, PA. 


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