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text 2018-03-26 22:30
Found A Great New Local Bookstore!

 

For Christmas, my son and his girlfriend gifted me a certificate to this bookshop. I finally had a chance to go and redeem it yesterday and now I'm  sorry I wasn't able to go sooner! 

 

First off, fans of Stephen King will most likely recognize the name of this shop from the book Mr. Mercedes. Second, it was the coziest store ever, with exposed brick walls and cool displays. They host book signings and author events, which is pretty cool. They have a Stephen King book club and in April they're reading RAGE by Richard Bachman. I think I'm going to go!

 

Anyway, they had a small horror/sci fi section, and I happened on a few great finds.

Pics below!

 

http://www.blueumbrellabooks.com/ 

 

 

 

Below is their set up for their book group discussion of Agatha Christie's

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

How cool is this?

 

 

 

My finds of the day! WILDWOOD is actually signed by Christopher Golden and it's in good shape. (It was only $6.00!!)

 

I am most excited about this find! Theodore Sturgeon in a Dell PB from 1978. It's in good shape too!

 

 

 

I had a nice chat with the proprietor behind the counter and we talked about some Theodore Sturgeon stories, Stephen King, Robert McCammon and Dan Simmons. It was a quiet and low key conversation, but we were both excited to talk about great books and I'm sorry, you just don't get that at the local big box (book) store. 

 

Thanks for reading this far if you're still here. Support Your Independent Book Stores!

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text 2014-07-22 16:07
The Second Battle of Marianna

Marianna-Sign-Drop-ShadowThe other day I went to my favorite indie bookstore in the nearby town of Marianna, FL, to drop off some copies of my new book Stepping Out of Time.What I found was a big sign in the window that said, “Going Out of Business Sale,” and a normally meticulous store in disarray inside.

 

I did some browsing, bought a box full of interesting used books and gave a copy of my book to the owner, Mike Downum, to read while flying to a funeral in California the next day. I also got a brief history lesson about a Civil War battle that I never knew had taken place right in front of the store 150 years earlier.

 

historical-marker_595_FPAN logo-white-outlinedIn mid-September, 1864, US Brigadier General Alexander Asboth learned that some Union soldiers were being held prisoner in the tiny town of Marianna, FL, several days to the east of his position near Pensacola. Assembling a force of about 700 men, cobbled together cavalry units plus the 82nd and 86th US Colored Infantries, Asboth headed east along the Gulf coast.

 

The mission was to retrieve the few prisoners, loot the rich plantations of cattle, free slaves and destroy property in the town. Several days later, on the morning of September 27, 1864, Asboth’s force prepared to take the town from the north with a flanking unit to the west.

 

The town’s defenders consisted of  a small force of regular cavalry plus the Home Guard, a local militia of several hundred elderly men and school boys either too old or too young for the regular army. Added to that was a handful of wounded Confederate soldiers recuperating from battles further north. Despite being badly outnumbered, the ragtag group fought bravely for their homes and families, down the main street and into a church cemetery.

 

The battle ended after fierce, in-close fighting that resulted in both sides losing about a quarter of the men they started with. That was the furthest incursion into northwest Florida ever made by the Union army.

 

marianna_001More than a century later the second battle of Marianna is winding down. Chipola River Book & Tea will be closed in another two weeks. Mike, a woman by the way, told me that a continuing bad economy and competition from Amazon forced her to finally surrender after many years of being an established fixture in the small town. She resisted closing for a long time, but like the Home Guard years earlier she found herself surrounded and outgunned by a larger and more powerful force.

 

Small town businesses live a precarious existence in today’s world and they have to rely on a small population of regular customers to survive. Mike, like her forebears, will attempt to rebuild but with an entirely new business model. She is already retired and it will not be an easy transition, but I admire her tenacity and drive. She hopes to reorganize her inventory and sell used books on Amazon. I wish her every success possible as she endeavors to restart in a whole new direction.

 

cover 1If you have a small independent bookstore near you, please help to keep them open by shopping there. I had hoped this article would be to announce that my book was now available in Mike’s shop, but like her I have to adopt the Amazon model as well. However, I will donate free copies to any other indie in this area to sell as they see fit. And of course I will never slow down buying books as long as there are brick and mortar stores to buy from.

Source: ricktownley.com/2014/07/22/the-second-battle-of-marianna
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url 2013-12-05 01:44
President Obama and his daughter shopping at my local bookstore

President Obama, with his daughter Malia, buying books last weekend  at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington.

 

Doing his part to support local bookstores, the article reports that Obama bought almost 24 books  including “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” “The Lowland,”  “The Buddha in the Attic,” “The Kite Runner,”  “All That Is,” “Red Sparrow,” “Collision Low Crossers,” “The Sports Gene,” and Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild.”

 


 

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Source: jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/720255/president-obama-and-his-daughter-shopping-at-my-local-bookstore
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text 2013-12-04 04:22
In Defense of Independent bookstores

They can survive and thrive, with the support of bibliophiles such as ourselves!  This holiday season, let us all do our part to support them! 

 

"Indie" stores can, and will, exist if we make a conscious effort to visit them.  

The Atlantic Cities had a great article about "Indie" bookstores. Check it! 

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text 2013-08-15 16:14
Brick and mortar bookstores continue to disappear at an alarming rate.

The numbers are in and e-commerce is again the big winner in the "where to buy books" category. The good news is that books are more widely available and that people are reading more than ever. The bad news is that traditional book outlets are drying up quickly because they can't compete with e-commerce. 

 

The final say on whether an independent store rests with all of us who buy books. The question, then, is whether it's worth it to us to pay a little more to preserve the browsing experience. 

 

Please join me for the rest of the story and the supporting details in today's WTC column. It's not all bad news. 

 

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/its-about-time/2013/aug/14/brick-and-mortar-bookstores-continue-lose-ground-e/

 

The latest book sales numbers are in and e-commerce is the winner.

Source: communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/its-about-time/2013/aug/14/brick-and-mortar-bookstores-continue-lose-ground-e
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