Friday, April 17, 2015

Open Book

Today I had the pleasure of visiting a new local independent bookstore, Open Book in Elkins Park, PA. Open Book is a cozy nook, sharing space with a frame store. It's across the street from the Creekside Co-op Market, and just steps from the Elkins Park train station.

As with many indie stores, the books are carefully selected, and the owners are familiar with everything on the shelves. Therefore, they're happy to make recommendations, discuss the stories, and match books with customers. But of course, if the book you want isn't on the shelves, they'll happily order it. The most popular genres in the neighborhood are literary fiction, young adult, memoir, cookbooks, and poetry. In fact, due to popular demand, they're planning to increase their poetry section. There's also a low-shelved, cheerful space for children's books. The store also sponsors literary events, such as "Dinner with a book" and a writers' retreat.

I was glad to welcome them to the area, because IMHO, every neighborhood needs a bookstore. Do you have a favorite bookstore near you?

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