Bookstores to Banish Your Borders Blues

A thousand apologies for the alliteration overload. I couldn’t resist. And besides, that’s exactly what these community highlights are meant to do: banish your Borders blues.

By now, you’ve probably heard the news of Borders closing its remaining 399 stores and laying off 11,000 employees. It’s a sad day for more than just those 11,000, and we’re all imagining how this will effect indie bookstores, publishers and the book industry as a whole. But in the meantime, we’ve all just got to keep our chins up. Here are a few lovely bits of bookstore eye-candy from around the web that I hope will cheer you up.

  • Back in a time when bookstores were the natural crash-pad for authors, this bookstore (and it’s parent store in Paris) hosted the best of the Beats and the Lost Generation.
  • In a little over one month’s time, I get to see this guy and this gal talk about their children’s book! (Hint: the “guy” may or may not be the frontman for the Decemberists).
  • Do you remember talking about The Book Barge the other day? Well, they’ve been included on Flavorwire’s list of “10 Unconventional Bookstores for Your Browsing Pleasure.” Hope it helps them with their indie-awareness campaign!
  • … and speaking of that list, wouldn’t you have loved to spend a rainy afternoon in this Dr. Seuss-esque bookstore as a kid?
  • Could there be a book-artist at on the loose in Scotland? If so, he seems to have picked up a few tricks from the infamous, British secret street-artist, Banksy.
  • Another bookstore announces it’s plans to… expand? Wait, that can’t be right!
Wishing you many pleasant discoveries in your bookstore romps this week. And stay tuned for the next installment of the Decatur bookstores feature. Next up is the acclaimed children’s bookstore, Little Shop of Stories.
By the way, what are you reading these days? Luke and I are reading Watership Down for the first time and loving it! We just finished reading the rabbits “Creation Story” and we were completely spellbound.
(Photos from imbookworm and



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