Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 Eat Sleep Read calendar

I really wanted one of the Eat Sleep Read calendars that the ABA helped create for independent bookstores this year. Unfortunately, my company was not able to sell them, but that’s okay because they were designed to drum up business for independents. So I asked my local independent and they were all sold out! Bummer. Luckily, I am on the listserv for NEIBA (the New England Independent Booksellers Association) as I used to be a sales rep in New England for indies. And so when a store asked if anyone had leftovers, I found out how I could continue my hunt! I was able to contact one of my favorites, Eight Cousins in Falmouth, Mass.

It’s primarily a children’s bookstore but has expanded their adult selection quite a bit. I chatted with the owner, Carol, as she ran my credit card. Of course pretty much all bookstores, particularly independents, have been hurting lately. You can find your nearest independent bookseller here: http://www.indiebound.org/indie-bookstore-finder. I have been to a few great ones here in my neck of the woods: Davis-Kidd in Nashville, BookPeople in Austin, Square Books in Oxford. But it’s funny that I know so many more in New England, where I’ve never lived. I visited 25 stores a week (I know, please don’t throw me in the briar patch!) for 2 weeks every month. Altogether, over 2 years, I visited at least 386 different stores (many stores I visited multiple times. And a lot of these aren’t Bookstores per se but might be museum stores, cooking stores, toy stores, and even one dog bakery. Anywhere that carries books.)

A very short list of awesome stores: Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont; Willow Books in Acton, Mass; Bunch of Grapes on Martha’s Vineyard; Books Etc in Portland, Maine; Morgan Hill in New London, New Hampshire; Books on the Square in Providence; and Red Fox Books in Glens Falls, New York. My favorite sideline: The Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, NY. Best lunch: Partners Village Store in Westport, Mass. Store I never once managed to leave without making a large purchase: Open Door in Schenectady (in fact, at least 8 ornaments on my Christmas tree are from here.) Funniest name: Battenkill Books in Cambridge, NY. Largest globe in the world: Delorme Mapping Company in Yarmouth, Maine. Of course, to say Eight Cousins is “one of” my favorites isn’t very elite when I realize my list of favorites runs to scores and scores. Too many to list here without becoming pedantic.

I just unpacked my calendar and set it out. It’s filled with literary trivia (two of my favorite things!) In 2009 I had no calendar, so for 2010 I have 3. My wall calendar to go with this is a charity fundraiser from Chik-Fil-A, a Southern chicken fast food chain that is entirely… punny classic literary scenes with cows (“Mooby Dick” written by “Herman Mooville.”) Awesome. I trust 2010 will be a good year!

1 comment:

Kristen said...

Totally jealous of your calendar. And I promise not to tell Sally that you didn't name Park Road Books when you mentioned indies. ;-)