Something new at IndieBound.org: each month we'll feature a city that's full of independents, and in weekly entries highlight some of our favorites. You can find all these indies and others in featured cities at our Indie Store Finder.
First up: Kansas City, Missouri!
- Acme Bicycle Company - KC's first and only custom bicycle shop, offering new and used bikes and bicycle advocacy. If they won't ride it, they won't sell it.
- Happy Gillis - Happy is in its name. Comfy cafe where you can eat great homemade soups and sandwiches, nibble brownies, and just hang out.
- Creative-Coldsnow - Everything you need to get creative, from paints and modeling kits to full-scale skeletons and baking soda rockets.
- Le Fou Frog - Ultra-charming French bistro that's the perfect escape. Join them for their annual Bastille Day Festivities!
- Pryde's Old Westport - A family-owned KC original for over 40 years that carries all you want in cookware, bakeware—and Fiestaware.
- Paleterias Tropicana - Homemade, all-natural ice cream made in the Michoacan style, plus fruit cocktails, fresh fruit juices, smoothies and more.
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It's right around the corner—Independents Week! Time to celebrate all the great locally-owned independent businesses in your city.
A few goings-on we've heard about so far:
Octavia Books in New Orleans, Louisiana, along with NOLA independent business alliance Stay Local, are celebrating all week. They're kicking things off with a showing of Independent America: Rising from the Ruins, a documentary about how vital independents have been in rebuilding New Orleans. Check StayLocal.org for more on the week's events.
Quail Ridge Books of Raleigh, North Carolina, along with Shop Local Raleigh are planning huge events for Independents Week, and spreading the word online. Check out Shop Local Raleigh on Facebook and Twitter.
Any Independents Week celebrations going on where you live? Let us know!
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On May 29, we held our Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon, hosting the inaugural Indies Choice Book Awards. The Indies Choice winners are voted on by indie booksellers across the country, chosen to reflect the unique titles championed by indies. Here are the categories and winners:
- Best Indie Buzz Book (Fiction): The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
- Best Conversation Starter (Nonfiction): The Wordy Shipmates, by Sarah Vowell
- Best Author Discovery: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski
- Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book (Fiction): The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
- Best New Picture Book: Bats at the Library, by Brian Lies
- Most Engaging Author: Sherman Alexie
While most of the winning authors came to the ceremony (and they were awesome), some couldn't make it, but sent acceptance videos in their place. Check out the following from David Wroblewski, Brian Lies and Sarah Vowell.
Two new, summery lists of indie bookseller-recommended titles are out now—in stores, online, and on the IndieBound app for iPhone.
The Summer 2009 Kids' Indie Next List looks great. Recommendations are categorized by age groups, from four-ish to teen-ish—or, if you're like me, well into adulthood—plus an overall Top 10 list.
The Spring/Summer 2009 Reading Group Indie Next List has a Top 10, as well as thematic lists like Memorable Women, The Impact of War, and Visiting Other Worlds—featuring one of my favorite writers, Amelie Nothomb.
You can look through all these lists here on IndieBound.org, but you can also browse and buy recommended titles on your iPhone. The IndieBound app for iPhone regularly updates these and other book lists, like the monthly Indie Next List and weekly Indie Bestseller Lists. You can also see archives of months past, right in the app.
Use the Indie Store Finder, also in the app, to find indie bookstores near you and see these lists in person!
The Independent Booksellers of New York City (IBNYC) are spotlighting NYC indies on their blog. Booksellers are recommending favorite independent businesses near their bookstores—the ultimate indie guide to New York City!
Kelly at Book Culture in the Upper West Side listed her local favorites including The Hungarian Pastry Shop and Bazaar de la Paz—in addition to fellow booksellers Bank Street Bookstore and Morningside Bookshop.
Planning a visit to to New York? Check out these locations and visit the IBNYC blog for more, or visit them now if you're in the area! I know where I'll be eating this weekend...
I should have studied more in high school.
I should have studied and then gone on to a university in New England. Then I could have spent weekends at the Cape. I could have learned to sail and ski. I could have gone on to marry a Kennedy…or maybe a Westinghouse…or perhaps a General Electric…or one of the Amway girls. Or maybe I’d have gone another route and married a plucky girl from a small village.
Although, in thinking of skiing, I imagine New England winters suck. It’s May and trees are only just starting to bloom. That scares me. After years of winter in Eastern Europe, I decided I hate winter. I couldn’t really live here for that reason. So, I guess it’s fine I didn’t study after all.
Paige's note: I'm very happy to bring you a guest blogger, author Marc Fitten. He's got a cool independent bookstore project that I'll let him explain:
I'm going on an extensive book tour in support of my new novel, Valeria's Last Stand. Only, to spice things up, I've decided that while I'm on the road, I will visit 100 independent book stores and blog about what I think makes them unique. It's a road trip, from city to city—100 stores, as long as it takes.
ATLANTA - A city is never one thing. Atlanta is a corporate town, a college town, a gay town, a black town, a southern town, and a transplant town. The reason it works is because above all else, it’s utilitarian. It’s just so freaking convenient. Have you seen the airport? It’s a metaphor for how the city works.
Of course, traffic sucks. There might be chain pharmacies, chain restaurants, chain discount stores, and a mall within one mile of every citizen, but none of it matters as they usually take forty minutes to reach.
May 1st has been declared Buy Indie Day. The idea: buy one book—paperback, hardcover, audiobook, whatever you want!—at an independent bookstore near you.
I think writer Kevin Guilfoile said it well when he posted:
"There's an opportunity here to make something very cool happen—near simultaneous, informal meet-ups of readers and writers in independent bookstores all over the country—and it can happen with practically no effort at all."
Where you will be buying indie on May 1st?