We’ve been fans of bookstores, large and small for most of our reading lives. Heck, we lamented the loss of Borders in Downtown Crossing here in Boston, just a stones throw from our cluster of Financial District offices. But while chain stores took a few of our dollars, it is the Indie bookseller that stole our hearts and scoured out more than a few greenbacks from out wallets.
Polling our team, friends and cohorts we came to the conclusion that hands down, king of indie booksellers in our lives is Harvard Book Store. Ensconced in Harvard Square this book selling joint is the epitome of bibliophilic heaven to us. From their Frequent Buyer program and well curated stacks; amazing Author Readings to outstanding used or discounted books, Harvard Book Store is our tops. A reading from Robert Pinsky on his book The Life of David rates as one of our all time favorite Harvard Book Store events.
That being said, we wanted to shower some loving on other dear booksellers here in Massachusetts like…Jabberywocky Bookshop in Newburyport and Cambridge’s Porter Square Books are just two more of our favs. And up in Portland, Maine we adore Longfellow Books, as well.
It matters not where you are from in this wide world, dear readers. We want to know, what is your favorite bookstore? Is there a special connection beyond being a regular customer? Meet a true love there? Hear a favorite author talk? Find a long lost book in the backlist stacks that reignited fond memories.
What is your favorite bookstore?