Thursday, March 05, 2009

In praise of a bookstore

Last week I was on another blog reviewing a wonderful, wonderful independent bookstore. This is how it starts....

Dedham, Massachusetts is a suburb that literally bumps into Boston. Settled in 1635, the town has born witness to much of America’s history including the first tax-payer funded public school in the United States and the first human-made canal in North America. My family and I live in a house built in the 1870’s and I often wonder what previous occupants experienced, especially after a neighbor dug up an old boot that had buttons instead of laces.

Dedham’s colorful history also includes a distinctive pottery created in the early 20th century. The blue-grey glaze was a fortuitous mistake that lead to the popular Dedham pottery that often had rabbits on the borders or in the middle of the plate or bowl. I wouldn’t doubt that at some point a piece of that pottery was in our house.

So it only makes sense that Dedham’s independent children’s book store, located in the historic Square, would be called The Blue Bunny.
To read more go to Bookstore People.

I'm hooked. The lovely, book-obsessed ladies at Bookstore People have a readers' challenge. They love independent bookstores yet cannot visit every single one in the world. They are asking folks to visit independent bookstores - ones they frequent and new ones - and submit a write-up of the stores to their site.

I encourage folks to visit Bookstore People AND submit reviews of their favorite or newly discovered independent bookstores. Those bookstores need all the love we can give.

1 comment:

Goofball said...

unfortunately undependent bookstores are quite rare in Belgium :(