|Photo by me in Aardvark Books, San Francisco|
Amid the very sad news that beloved Cobble Hill bookstore BookCourt is closing, where I had my launch party Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp, the New York Times recently asked seven authors about their favorite bookstores.
We can do better than seven can’t we? What is your favorite bookstore and why?
While I’m on record as an e-book aficionado, when I do want to buy a paper book for myself or as a gift, I go out of my way to shop at local bookstores. And I have plenty of love and nostalgia for bookstores. I still think they’re going to persist in the e-book era.
Favorite bookstore is a tough choice for me. As an author, I’m so thankful for BookCourt and Books Inc Opera Plaza for hosting me for some memorable events. I loved my pilgrimages to storied bookstores like Shakespeare & Co in Paris and Powell’s in Portland.
But for sheer influence I’d have to go with Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Oregon. My family used to go to the Shakespeare Festival every summer and we’d make multiple trips to Bloomsbury, where the staff introduced me to David Eddings and all kinds of other authors.
What about you?