It's Independent Booksellers Week in the UK, but given that we're the ones who came up with Independence Day, we thought we'd celebrate by asking you to share your favorite independent bookstores, and tell us why you like them so much.
Sing it loud and sing it proud! Where's your favorite indie??
A few years ago, I wrote a book. Situated in the very top left of the contiguous 48, Village Books was the first bookshop on my book tour. What a bookstore it is - a community resource, with its own book printing machine, the Colophon Café, several floors of shelves and plenty of informed, friendly staff. The audience even seemed to like the book. What more could I want? -- Andrew Losowsky, Editor, HuffPost Books Photo by Brewbooks via Flickr
This teeny tiny shop was started in the 1930's in the basement of a family-run pharmacy until the owner decided to unearth the property and give it a spot above ground. The facade is dated, the shelves are cramped, but you can find pretty much whatever you're looking for, and if they don't have it, the current owner, the granddaughter of the original owner, will bring it in for you.
Book Soup is such an amazing bookstore. It's one of the places I miss most in Los Angeles. I could browse the shop for hours.
I first went to Domy to check out Jenny Hart's edgy embroidery, which was on display in their gallery space. I went back for a reading event hosted by American Short Fiction to see Bill Callahan read from his new poetry book. Basically, it's a carefully curated space with a lot of fun stuff going on. They won't have everything you're looking for in stock, but are always up to date on the newest experimental writers and art books. -Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor Flickr photo by ursonate