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A Bookstore in a Time of Pandemic

By Gretchen Thomas With numbers trending in the right direction, we thought this was a good time to check in with our friends in the literary ecosystem to hear how they’ve weathered the pandemic so far. To help us understand the hectic year for bookstore owners, Chris Wilcox, current owner of City Lights Bookstore, agreed […]

New Documentary Includes Greensboro’s Scuppernong Books

Our reasons for encouraging members to shop at independent bookstores are well-documented: there’s a reason we link to a book’s purchase page on Indiebound.org, whenever possible. Now, a new documentary features one man’s journey from Amazon shopper to indie boosktore patron—and includes a twelve-minute interview with Greensboro’s Scuppernong Books! With his new documentary, “The Bookstour,” […]

Trying to Figure Out the Brouhaha over Dr. Seuss

The decision by Dr. Seuss Enterprises earlier this month to cease the sale of six classic Dr. Seuss titles has sparked debate about and accusations of censorship. It may be surprising to find children’s literature at the heart of current conversations about cancel culture and racial justice, so we wanted to survey the landscape of […]

Durham Welcomes Rofhiwa Book Café

A new bookstore / coffeeshop plans to soon open its doors in the Triangle: Rofhiwa Book Café, a Black-owned business positioned in Old East Durham. According to a recent write-up in INDY Week, the store, founded by Bev Tumi Makhubele and Naledi Yaziyo, plans to: …carry a carefully curated selection of adult and children’s books by […]

Letter to House Protests Amazon’s Oversized Market Share

Following the House Antitrust Subcommittee’s capstone digital markets hearing, “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 6: Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google,” three groups representing thousands of authors, publishers, and booksellers in the United States – the Association of American Publishers, Authors Guild, and American Booksellers Association – have sent a joint […]

Support Pandemic Publications

Last week we put out a call for authors who have or who are publishing books in 2020. We got quite a response! By no means is our Pandemic Publications list anywhere near exhaustive. This list does, however, offer a sampling of authors who poured their hearts and souls into a book and had the […]

Do You Have a New Book Out in 2020?

While everyone is suffering in their own private way during this pandemic, our hearts go out to those authors who have or who are scheduled to publish books this year. Amid the wreckage of cancelled travel plans; shifting pub dates; and economic uncertainty, it’s a challenging time to be promoting one’s new work—something that is […]

North Carolina Independent Bookstores: What’s Open?

By Deonna Kelli Sayed As the state gradually reopens, independent bookstores across North Carolina are experimenting with modified retail models to ensure that staff and customers remain safe. The shutdown hasn’t stopped literary community from happening. Many bookstores have remained open as essential businesses by shifting to online and phone orders. Some bookstores launched online […]

Literary Community In the Time of Covid

By Deonna Kelli Sayed Imagine: the book that you worked on for years is released right before a global pandemic. This sounds like a plot one might read in a bestselling thriller, but it is a reality authors and publishers are struggling to navigate. Wilmington-based Melody Moezzi launched her new memoir, The Rumi Prescriptions: How […]

Saturday Is Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 30, is “Small Business Saturday,” a great time to remember your independent bookstores and small presses (and authors!) as you hunt for gifts for your loved ones. Small Business Saturday is held annually following Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, considered one of the busiest shopping days of the year. American Express established […]