Sunday, July 4, 2010

Celebrate Independents!

No, the title is not a typo. The "independents" I speak of are your local independent book sellers. Sure, I shop at Barnes and Noble and online. But, there is something special about walking into my local independent bookstore and getting a smile, a personal recommendation from someone who knows my tastes, and to just browse.

My local independent bookstore is called Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers.  This past week, I stopped by to purchase a couple of books and the owner said, "Oh! I'm glad you came in. We have a poster for you." I was a bit confused because I had not ordered a poster, but the person working (a fellow English teacher) rushed out back and came out with a poster based on this book:

Awesome, huh? (For those of you who don't know this, my first name is Hattie. It's not common, except in children's books about pesky little girls : )

This experience just served to reinforce what I already know to be true: There is no online or "big box" replacement for a good, personal connection. Thanks, DD&G!

To find information about independent booksellers in your state, click of this interactive map from


  1. Ah, I think there's an independent bookstore near me downtown. Those personal connections must make it worthwhile to buy books there. Haha, that poster's great. xD

  2. It has been a long time since I was in an independent bookstore. there just aren't many around especially in the suburbs. Love the poster very cool.

  3. I agree - indies are the best. I do my best to support all local businesses, not just bookstores.



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