My first bit of pimpage for the week is somewhat bittersweet. Well, more bitter than sweet, actually. Robin’s Bookstore, Philadelphia’s oldest independent bookstore, is closing for good at the end of this year. In addition to being a wonderful bookstore, they hosted lots of great author events over the years, including the Philly Fantastic reading series. If you’re local to the Philadelphia area, or planning on visiting before year-end, I highly recommend a visit to the store before it’s gone for good. They’re having a huge going out of business sale, too. After all, you can never own too many books…
And while I’m pimping local bookstores, I would be remiss not to mention Between Books in Delaware and the newly-reopened Doylestown Bookshop. They have books. They want to sell them to you. They also host wonderful author events. Support them! Love them! Did I mention the books? They have them. You should acquire them. There’s still a little bit of free space on your bookshelf. Don’t pretend otherwise.
And finally, to round out the pimpfest, a round-up of Next Big Thing posts from the folks I tagged to talk about their works in progress:
Author, editor, and Rock Band Queen Fran Wilde talks about her novel Bone Arrow, Glass Tooth.
Author, editor, and occasional superhero/villain Carrie Cuinn talks about her novel Bloom.
Author, and landscaper/zombie hunter Lee Thompson talks about his novel She Collects Grave Nectar.
Author, teacher, and general bad influence Greg Frost talks about his novel Dark House.
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!
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.