National Bookstore Day, November 7, 2009, has to be one of the best ideas anybody has come up with to help celebrate and preserve literary culture in our digitally-revolutionized age in a very long time. It gives me a perfect excuse to scrape up a few bucks and splurge on books other than those needed for research. But now that I think about it a bit more, it also should have been a good excuse to schedule a book signing somewhere. That’s ok though–now that it has been established, there’s plenty of time to plan for next year.
I have a number of favorite bookstore haunts that I would sing about and recommend to any lover of the printed word. I also used to work at a favorite haunt which is no longer in business: it was called Media Play and I was the book department manager until family issues prompted me to resign. Fortunately, a former employee took, and hand colored, the photograph that you see here. I like to think it illustrates just how much I appreciate the presence of books in the world.
Aberjhani’s attempt to climb the bookstore ladder of success 🙂
(photo by Vickie Williams)
I also wrote about a very special event at an independent bookstore that still exists in Savannah’s Historic District and embodies all those qualities that make such stores a lasting and resurging breed. The piece is posted right here on Red Room and I invite you to read it at this url: http://www.redroom.com/blog/aberjhani/on-silence-and-words-finally-spoken
I hope you enjoy it.