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In the Stacks: Leslie Jones at the Boston Public Library December 31, 2013 – Posted in: bookshops, In the Stacks, Photography, public libraries

Gertrude Fisher takes unusual position to read the latest novel of her husband M.S. Merritt. November 26, 1932 Though he worked as staff photographer of  Boston Herald-Traveler from 1917 to 1956 Leslie Jones considered himself more of a camera-man then a photo-journalist. And when all was said and done he had amassed  “a stunning pictorial document of the history of Boston in the 20th century.” The Old Bookstore, Cornhill March 1930 His collection of almost 40,000 negatives…

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Saturday is Take Your Child To a Bookstore Day December 5, 2013 – Posted in: bookshops

On the heels of the very successful author as independent bookseller day comes Take Your Child To a Bookstore Day. A day devoted to getting the kids out and among the books. Founded four years ago by Jenny Milchman, a writer herself, the event continues to pick up speed. Over 500 bookstores including one from very US state, seven Canadian provinces, England, Australia, and Germany are currently signed up. Milchman understands the value and necessity of…

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Confessions of a Book Hipster October 23, 2013 – Posted in: bookshops, Uncategorized

His name is Alex and he is a self-confessed book hipster. His home base is the Australian bookshop chain QBD The Bookshop. He roams the streets fighting the good fight. From zombies to martians, nothing can stand in the way of Alex the Book Hipster. Meet Alex here: and here is the final chapter our superhero’s confessions: If that’s not cool enough the book hipster also offers a confessional library where one can share their bookish secrets.…

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Holy Bookshop! A 15th century cathedral gets booked September 25, 2013 – Posted in: books in design, Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops

The gods must be shining down on Zwolle, a small town outside of Amsterdam. The Dutch bookshop  Waanders In de Broeren has recently moved to town and set up shop in a 15th century gothic catederal! BK. Architecten has created a beautiful bookshop within a beautiful space without comprising or altering the integrity of the cathedral. Not sure any more words are needed here.   Images via and more at ArchDaily: Waanders In de Broeren / BK. Architecten

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Book Hatchery: What I learned about books on my visit to a salmon hatchery September 22, 2013 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, public libraries

I recently had the pleasure to accompany my daughter and her 3rd/4th grade class on a three night camping trip to the Mt. Baker wilderness in Washington State. The goal of the trip was to teach the kids about watersheds, ecosystems, and our role and place within them and for the kids to get to know each other a little better at the outset of the school year. For me, it was 4 days of…

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