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Books! | Paradise Found


Continuing with the book theme, I’m sharing here part of a message I received this morning from Author’s Guild president, Roy Blount, Jr. It’s a good message and one that I hope you’ll take to heart.

I’ve been talking to booksellers lately who report that times are hard. And local booksellers aren’t known for vast reserves of capital, so a serious dip in sales can be devastating. Booksellers don’t lose enough money, however, to receive congressional attention. A government bailout isn’t in the cards.

We don’t want bookstores to die. Authors need them, and so do neighborhoods. So let’s mount a book-buying splurge. Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party. Buy the rest of your Christmas presents, but that’s just for starters. Clear out the mysteries, wrap up the histories, beam up the science fiction! Round up the westerns, go crazy for self-help, say yes to the university press books! Get a load of those coffee-table books, fatten up on slim volumes of verse, and take a chance on romance!

There will be birthdays in the next twelve months; books keep well; they’re easy to wrap: buy those books now. Buy replacements for any books looking raggedy on your shelves. Stockpile children’s books as gifts for friends who look like they may eventually give birth. Hold off on the flat-screen TV and the GPS (they’ll be cheaper after Christmas) and buy many, many books.

You have Roy’s permission – and mine – to copy this message and send it hither and yon as a reminder to all of your shopping friends. Blog it. Email it. Go tell it on the mountain. It’s all good.

1 Comment

  1. by Mama, on December 12 2008 @ 5:38 am


    Alas, we don’t have any locally owned bookstores here. Even chain bookstores (like Books a Million) don’t stay in business in my town.

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