There’s nothing quite like spending part of an afternoon or evening in a bookstore. B and I particularly enjoy the independent bookstores that are so much a part of a community. We love to browse with nothing to hurry us along, sometimes we’ll have a cup of coffee offered and happily accepted, and the staff always takes time to visit, get to know us a little. It’s our favorite “date.”
This weekend, we drove to Stanwood, Washington, a small town about 50 miles north of Seattle, and visited a very nice independent bookshop called The Snow Goose. I had heard about this store, but had never been there, so I wanted to check it out for the Independent Bookstore Challenge.
B picked out a couple of books, and I found one that caught my eye — The Last Town On Earth, by Thomas Mullen. When I showed it to the bookseller, she smiled and told me that the book I had chosen (quite by random) just happened to be the book that had been chosen for their “Community Big Read” last fall. The local library and the historical society had put together some special activities, the high school teacher read the book aloud to her classes, and the bookstore was crowded with townspeople on the day of the discussion. The author, himself, flew out from the east coast and attended the “celebrations” of his book. The story had, afterall, been set in a fictional town based on the area around Stanwood.
So I’m looking forward to reading a book the whole town has read, and will plan on returning to this little bookstore from time to time. It’s worth the trip.