Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Heart Indies

First, thank you to Lisa & Laura Roecker for organizing today's I Heart Indies blog tour.

What do you get when you mix:

1. A bottomless passion for books.
2. The guts to showcase "word of mouth" books.
3. Lots of local author support.

Answer: The independent bookstore.

In honor of today's I Heart Indies blog tour I'd like to focus on my favorite independent bookstore -

Chester County Book & Music Company



The glorious inside of CCBMC

When I came to West Chester University in 1987 the campus bookstore was out of a novel I needed and I was sent to Chester County Book Company (no music back then). I kind of fell in love with the place. It was small, filled with books and had a dude who worked there who looked like Robert Smith from The Cure (and holy crap did I have a serious fan crush on Robert Smith from The Cure). He still works there ; )


One of the best things about CCBMC is "getting lost" in the books. I'm not kidding when I tell you that I've spent HOURS at a time in that store. They expanded from 1,000 square feet to 28,000 square feet and now have the best children's book section I've ever seen. And in that children's book section you'll find Joanne Fritz. I "knew" Joanne from blogworld and then had the pleasure of meeting her at an A.S. King & Josh Berk signing. The woman knows her books. If you ever want to have an intelligent and oh-so-satisfying conversation about YA, Joanne is your gal. She has a blog for those of you far, far away: My Brain on Books.

I <3 Chester County Book and Music Company and I always will. I've already decided I'm having the launch of CRACKED there next March. I wouldn't have it anywhere else.

P.S. Use the Twitter hashtag #IHeartIndies to spread the Indie Love alllllll day.

P.S.S. Here's a list of fellow I Heart Indies bloggers. Check out their posts on their favorite Indies....
Lisa and Laura Roecker
Crystal Allen
Sarah Frances Hardy

Shana Silver
Elana Johnson
Stasia Kehoe
Shannon Messenger
Carolina Valdez Miller
Mundie Moms
Myra McEntire
Sara Bennett Wealer
Janet Gurtler
Joy Preble
Ty Drago
Kate Walton
Julia Karr
Randy Russell
Adele Griffin
Helen Landalf
Andrea Higgins
Beth Revis
Tess Hilmo
Sheela Chari
Gail Handler
Christine Fonseca