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On the Road Again: Bookish Places to Visit in Chicago

I'm headed to Chicago for work. So, of course, I needed to prepare and find the best bookish places to try to squeeze in between work events! See what I discovered!

Friday Five: 5 Reasons to Go To an Author Event (Even If You’re Not That Into Books)

Bookstore author events might be the best activity you're not doing. For a fun Friday five, here are 5 reasons you should go to more author events.

Independent Bookstore Day! Great Indie Bookstores & How to Celebrate

Today is Independent Bookstore Day! So today I'm updating my blog with my favorite indie bookstore in the world - Shakespeare & Company in Paris. Also, see other great indie bookstores in the US and how to celebrate with indie bookstores in your area!

Getting a “Read” on a Town From it’s Local Bookstore: Traveling with the Travelers in NJ’s Brooklyn

New Jersey is often overshadowed by its neighbor, New York. However, the times are changing in many ways and cities in New Jersey are now making Manhattan and other NYC boroughs work for their "cool" status. How do you know if a Jersey city is cool? Well, like everywhere else, just take a look at it's bookstore.

Sunday Funday: One Crazy Afternoon of Books, Music and Food (But Mostly Books)

On our way to our weekly music lesson on Sunday, my daughter sat in the back seat of the car lamenting that we never do anything interesting on Sundays and that she needed more steps. Apparently, unbeknownst to me, Sundays in our family are "boring." So, you can guess what I suggested - let's check out a new bookstore!

The Death of Traditional Publishing & Going Indie – Maybe It’s Not a Bad Thing

Indie. It is a shortened version of the word independent, in that it's free from the giant corporate conglomerates that dominate the world. It's a medium that's free to experiment and unconstrained by interference from those who care only about money, not art. Indie music. Indie film. You can find an indie version almost anything artistic, including books.

If You’re Going to San Francisco…10 Reasons You Must Go to Green Apple Books

On the day we arrived in San Francisco my friend said, what do you want to do? My response? Go to Green Apple Books! Here's why I love this place and why anyone visiting San Francisco needs to make sure this is part of their visit.

Traveling with The Travelers: San Francisco Edition Day 1 – A Bookish Trip

When I visited New York City in December, I took my book, The Travelers, along for some photo ops. No, the fact that people looked at me like a crazy person as I propped up a book in windows, subway stations and restaurants didn't discourage me from doing it again in a new location, this time San Francisco!

Find the Unicorns: Supporting Independent Bookstores on Small Business Saturday!

Today is Black Friday, if you're braving the malls and high traffic areas - good luck! We're going to play table tennis and watch Gilmore Girls. Tomorrow, however, I will brave the shopping areas because it is Small Business Saturday, at least according to Kristen Bell. (You may know her from Frozen fame and the great new show The Good Place. She'll always be Veronica Mars to me. Go Marshmallows!) She's done a series of commercials to support the day and they worked on me, at least! I'm in!

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