This post recounts some of the beautiful and bizarre moments experienced at Seattle’s independent bookstores where “you never know when you’re going to have a profound experience browsing the shelves, an encounter with a famous writer, or an unexpected flirtation with someone who has the same taste in books as you do.”
It also highlights Seattle’s Independent Bookstore Day where book lovers take on the Indie Bookstore Challenge. The object is to get your “passport” stamped at each. The reward that encouraged 120 people to accept the challenge? An automatic 25 percent off at all those stores for a year!
Sounds like great fun – and you might even run into authors as diverse as John Irving and Hulk Hogan.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.