Monday, April 7, 2008

Calling for Your Help!

Dear Friends,

In just three short weeks, we will begin our 2nd Annual National Independent Bookseller Month here at Shrinking Violets. We have some great fun and activities planned, but we absolutely need you. Are you IN?

Every single day during May-- omigod, posting every day? Yup!-- we will be to giving a shout-out to one of our Indies. Will you send us some 4-1-1 on your local favorite? Or, maybe one that you've visited elsewhere that you think should be included. Just send us the name and address, or website address so we can check them out. Everyone that sends one in will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

And, NOW would be a great time to start thinking about and/or telling us about someone that you think should be voted the 2008 SVP Independent Bookseller of the Year. Last year, we honored Vromam's Kris Vreeland. WHO will it be this year?? Oh, the suspense!

You can post the info on a reply to this message or email by clicking here.

Thanks, friends! It's going to be a great party in May-- don't miss it. Please pass this on to all the Indie lovers you know-- introvert and extravert alike. Grazie!

Mary Hershey


Wild About Words said...


Love independent bookstores and wish we had more closer to our home.

One of our favorites is The Vero Beach Book Center. It has a separate children's store with a stage, separate teen area and lots and lots of author events. You can visit on-line at

What a great idea to celebrate the indies!


Mary Hershey said...

Thanks, Donna! I think I visited that bookstore a couple of years ago when I was in that area. Very, very cool place.

We'll put them in our lineup!


Anonymous said...

I nominate Kid's Center in Tucson, AZ. It is run by Retha and Jim Davis, and is a combination toy and bookstore.

It's on-line at:

Best wishes,
Jennifer J.

Saints and Spinners said...

I nominate Island Books in Mercer Island, WA:

They gave me my first professional storytelling job outside the library!

Shari Green said...

There's a wonderful new bookstore in my town. It has an awesome YA section for the size of the store, and helpful, friendly staff, complete with a sweet, mellow dog. :)

Margaret Yang said...

I adore Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor. Even though we are the hometown of that big chain, I still shop at Nicola's.

Devin said...

How about Page One Books at the corner of Montgomery Blvd NE and Juan Tabo in Albuquerque, NM?

Sam said...

We have here in Roanoke, Virginia, a place called the Rams Head Bookstore.
The owners have a dedication to great Children's books and the mere sight of the place will warm your heart. There is quite a selection of adult books as well, but I rarely emerge from the children's section.

It is located in the old-school Towers Mall, 2137 Colonial Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Another great store is Little Shop of Stories in Atlanta: