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To All the Bookstores I've Loved Before
11/15/2010 8:48:07 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Some of my favorites:

The Book Worm - West Yellowstone, Montana
One of the best, most eclectic selections of used and new books I've ever seen. The owner knows his stuff, and whenever I've been there, I've never seen anyone other than him behind the counter. When I worked in the park all those years ago, this place was often an oasis in a desert of touristy crap. I mean, there's only so many shops you can go into that sell shot glasses of an erupting Old Faithful before your brain turns to mush. Plus it was open late during the summer - a good place to wear off a buzz from W. Yellowstone's bars before heading back into the park.

The Haunted Bookstore - Iowa City, Iowa
This used to be housed in an actual big old house when I first visited it in 1989. Each room contained a different subject. They served free coffee and tea, and there were cats roaming around the building. Now it's located in an actual businessy building closer to the U of Iowa, but it's still wonderful, and there are still cats. It's the kind of bookstore I wouldn't mind being stranded in for days and days.

Powells - Portland, Oregon
Okay, how can you not love a bookstore so friggin' huge that they have maps available for navigating the four floors of new and used books.

And then we have all the great Minneapolis bookstores...

Once Upon a Crime - Minneapolis, MN
Mystery bookstore, as the name suggests, run by a couple who obviously love what they do. They hold all kinds of events, signings, book release parties, etc, and their annual Write of Spring celebration in which dozens and dozens of local writers show up to sign books and chat is pretty darn amazing. If independent bookstores are going to survive in these tougher economic times, this is the way to do it.

The Book House in Dinkytown - Minneapolis, MN
Overflowing with used books of all varieties. I spent many hours here in my stint at the U of MN. So many books crammed in shelves and on the floor waiting to be shelved, it felt deliciously dangerous, like the shelves could collapse at any time, burying you under an avalanche of bound pages. Hey, there are worse ways to die!

Dreamhaven - Minneapolis, MN
Everything a sci-fi, fantasy and/or horror lover could want in a bookstore. Aside from the great selection of books, there's a lot of fun knick-knacks, and they host readings of local and non-local authors.

Uncle Hugos/Uncle Edgars - Minneapolis, MN
Half is sci-fi, half is mystery, and taken as a whole, it's a lot of great reading with knowledgeable owners. A fun place to spend hours browsing.

What are some of your favorites?

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More Blogs by Joel Arnold
• The Sucking Suckathon of Suckiness - Monday, May 21, 2012
• Mississippi Pearls and a Car Biding Its Time on the Ice 'til Spring - Thursday, December 29, 2011
• One Decade, One Story - or how One Thing Leads to Another - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• Racing Minnesota-style! - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• This Here Minnesota Horror Author was a Big Old Scaredy-Cat - Thursday, December 22, 2011
• Jack the Blob Killer - Monday, December 19, 2011
• Death Rhythm - Tuesday, September 20, 2011
• More Writing What You Know - Monday, September 19, 2011
• How I Interpret 'Write What You Know' - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Blessings - or - What I write after having one too many... - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• 120 Miles in a Canoe - Monday, June 27, 2011
• On Stephen King - Thursday, June 23, 2011
• Why Horror? - Wednesday, June 22, 2011
• Zen & the Art of Swearing - Friday, June 10, 2011
• If Coffee Shops were Run by Airlines - Thursday, May 12, 2011
• Trying to Figure Out What Scares Me - Monday, March 21, 2011
• My Confession - Tuesday, March 08, 2011
• Going Indie with my novel Northwoods Deep - Friday, March 04, 2011
• How I Envision Conflict When Writing - Thursday, March 03, 2011
• Wall Drug - why it's one of my favorite places - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Jonesing for a Road Trip - Wednesday, February 02, 2011
• Snowmapocalyptopalooza - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
• How Do You Remember? - Thursday, January 20, 2011
• When your parents are librarians... - Tuesday, January 18, 2011
• The genesis of a novel - the first 6 days - Tuesday, January 04, 2011
• Searching for Truth - Characterization - Thursday, December 16, 2010
• Control - and a little more about Northwoods Deep - Monday, December 13, 2010
• Bukowski - Wednesday, December 08, 2010
• Flies, Flies, Spam, and Flies - Friday, December 03, 2010
• Naivete and the Young Writer - Thursday, December 02, 2010
• For Writers looking for some Adventure - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
• My usual rider for family/friend appearances - Tuesday, November 23, 2010
• Writing and Me - a dramatization - Wednesday, November 17, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day (now with vitamin C!) - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
• The Power of Music - Tuesday, November 16, 2010
•  To All the Bookstores I've Loved Before - Monday, November 15, 2010  
• The Care and Feeding of Writers - Sunday, November 14, 2010
• Rudiments - Thursday, November 11, 2010
• Writing Tip o' the Day - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
• Tragedy - now with 50% more pathos! - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
• Perspective - Monday, November 08, 2010
• The Daunting Dauntiness of Tweeting on Twitter - Saturday, November 06, 2010

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