A conversation with Daniel Slager, Publisher & CEO of Milkweed Editions, about the interplay between publishers, authors, and readers. We talk about independent bookstores and the impact of Amazon on the entire industry. I learned so much in this conversation about the independent publishing and book businesses. If you're at all interested in books, writers, publishers, or even the evolving nature of retailing in the era of Amazon, I think you'll get a lot from this episode.
BookPeople, Austin, TX On a recent trip to Austin, TX I had a chance to stop at BookPeople. For anyone who likes making pilgrimages to independent bookstores, BookPeople has to be high on the list. BookPeople has been the leading independent bookstore in Texas since 1970. Located in the heart of downtown, BookPeople has been … Continue reading BookPeople, Austin, Tx
The Ship's Carpenter by D. E. Stockman The Ship’s Carpenter by D. E. Stockman is an historical novel set in France and England, primarily in the 1740s, as those two countries wage war at sea. The title refers to the character Abraham Robinson, an English shipwright who leaves for France in search of work during … Continue reading The Ship’s Carpenter by D. E. Stockman
Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL On a recent road trip my family and I stopped to visit Page & Palette, a great little independent bookstore in Fairhope, AL on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. I'd read a few reviews ahead of time, so my expectations of Page & Palette were pretty high. I'm happy … Continue reading Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
The Boerne Bookshop Today I took the opportunity to visit the newest addition to the Historic Mile in Boerne, TX...The Boerne Bookshop! The small, independent bookshop features a wide selection of classic and popular fiction, a surprisingly wide selection of children’s books, and a smattering of non-fiction sections including Texas, current events, and History. I … Continue reading The Boerne Bookshop, Boerne, TX
The Boy, with his nose in a book in the Chisos Basin campground at Big Bend National Park. One of my greatest joys is the fact that my three kids, nearly 18, 15, and 10 years old are serious readers. I love that they love books and I love the people they have become and … Continue reading On Raising Readers
The Twig Book Shop, San Antonio, TX Yesterday we visited one of my favorite indie bookstores, The Twig Book Shop in the heart of The Pearl in San Antonio, TX. Like all good indie bookstores, The Twig has a broad selection of local authors and topics that you won’t find in most other places. The … Continue reading The Twig Book Shop, San Antonio, TX
How cool is that sign?!? It’s no secret. I love bookstores. Big ones, small ones, chain bookstores, funky independent ones, and most definitely, used bookstores. I love the smell, the stacks, and the ability to browse unmolested. I’m fairly indiscriminate in my affection for bookstores, but each type serves a different purpose. The Bookshop For … Continue reading The Bookshop Under the Windmill, Boerne, TX