When there are great indie bookstores like Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, NJ, the appeal of large chain bookstores goes out the window. I’m not just saying that because the bookstore was the scene of my first bookstore event, or that they recently had me back to talk about the children’s publishing industry, but because they have an ongoing commitment to books, and to the people who create them. Their Writing Matters series goes into all the lovely nooks and crannies of the publishing industry, so that their customers can learn stuff. For free. And then the customers can become authors themselves, who will be welcomed back for awesome book events!
Man, I love book people.