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The Beginning is the End is the Beginning

It’s the end of an era here in Philadelphia. Robin’s Books, Philadelphia’s oldest independent bookstore, is closing after 73 years. I’ve mentioned Robin’s here before – good books, very supportive of authors, beautiful building. What it boils down to, basically, is they are awesome, and the city will be slightly less for their loss.

But all is not doom and gloom. Robin’s will be rising from the ashes as “…a center city salon, where people can meet, listen to interesting presentations, purchase interesting books, have interesting conversations and generally maintain their cultural health.” I like the sound of the new business model, and I’m really glad to hear they won’t be going away for good. If I’m reading things right, they will continue to occupy the top floor of their current building, which is even better news. You can read all about the end and the beginning of Robin’s here.

And if you happen to live in the Philadelphia area, from now until January 31st all of their new stock is on sale, starting at 25% off and going up to 50% as it gets closer to the end of the year. I know what I’ll be doing on my birthday!

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Independent Bookstores

IndieBound is a great website, which I found via Neil Gaiman’s journal. Among other things, it lets you find listings for independent bookstores in your neighborhood. The list is by no means exhaustive. For example, Robin’s Bookstore, which I’ve mentioned here before, didn’t show up in my Center City Philly search, but it did turn up a whole slew of bookstores that I wasn’t even aware of – several within walking distance of my workplace. This is a very dangerous knowledge for me to have, and it makes me very, very happy.

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