Saturday, May 16, 2015
Chicago Downtown Bookstores -- a preview
I was very saddened when Border's Bookstore closed for business. I love walking into the front of a bookstore and seeing what is new and then walking through the shelves of books.
I hope that people will always be able to walk through shelves of books, checking out the covers and author's names. I would miss the smell of a used bookstore - kind of dusty and musty -- sometimes sneeze worthy.
I am planning to record some of the bookstores I have visited, where they are located and the type of books they carry. I will also mention the atmosphere about them and other amenities that might be available. I will not limit myself to independent bookstores, but also the large big box stores.
Right now I am in Chicago and, lo and behold, a short walk from my hotel, I spied a bookstore. It is called Selected Works and it is on the second floor of the The Arts Building. Unfortunately, it was closed. I plan to visit it tomorrow or the next day and will write about what I find.
The Columbia College Bookstore happens to be next to my hotel. This university bookstore has a several rows of new titles, they also carry college memorabilia, and snacks for the students.
There are many Barnes & Noble bookstores in Chicago-- about ten-- some of these may be in the suburbs, but there are a couple in the downtown area and one is associated with DePaul University. I have never seen a B&N associated with a university and I am eager to explore it.
I will be back in a couple of days with info about these bookstores. In future blogs, I will reminisce about the bookstores I visited in Portland, Oregon and Washington -- including Powell's -- and the little bookstore in Indianapolis I found at the end of a bike ride.
See ya next time and read a book for me!