Header photo by By Rcawsey – Own work, Public Domain,
Today’s post comes from Barbara in Robbinsdale.
For all you baboon readers who still read books with pages to turn, this weekend is your chance to celebrate your favorite independent bookstore. The Second Annual Indie Bookstore Day is happening on April 30 around the country.
Many folks are lamenting the trend that seems to be continuing – more people buying online from Amazon while even large chains like Borders go under, and Barnes and Noble closes, among others, its Mankato store (if I remember correctly a comment from Clyde).
This article from last spring’s first Indie Bookstore Day displays photos of indie bookstores all over Minnesota:
I’ve posted below some of the metro area’s independent bookstores, and a link to their IBD celebration info:
- My personal favorite is Birchbark Books – 2002 23rd Av. S., Mpls. – because I used to work there.
- But here’s an independent that I haven’t discovered yet: Moon Palace Books – 2820 E. 33rd St., Mpls.
- And there’s Boneshaker Books – 2002 23rd Av. S., Mpls. – “The shop specializes in progressive and radical literature & mdah; and children’s books. It also houses the Women’s Prison Book Project, which provides books to inmates across the country.” I was not able to find anything on their website about IBD, but they celebrated last year.
- And my favorite kids bookstore, Wild Rumpus, 2720 W. 43rd St., Mpls .
- Magers & Quinn (new and used) Books – 3038 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.
- In St. Paul, there’s Garrison’s store, Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling.
- Subtext Books – 6 West Fifth Street6 West 5th Street, St. Paul.
- The Red Balloon, 891 Grand Av., St. Paul.
- Duluth has Fitger’s, which is as close as I can get to Mahtawa, Cynthia. It specializes in regional Northeastern Minnesota books.
- A little farther afield, here’s an article about shops in Portland, OR, for Steve.
(Wes, I couldn’t remember which Ohio city you reside in.)
Of course, I’ve just scratched the surface, and I apologize ahead of time if I’ve left out your favorite independent bookstore. (Please add your favorites in your comments.) There are great used book stores all over, like Midway and 6th Chamber in St. Paul. Rochester and Mankato each have one.
What was the last book you purchased, whatever kind of book it was?