The Warmth & Wisdom of Alexander McCall Smith

A Renaissance man, former University of Edinburgh law professor, and instructor of medical law and bio-ethics, prolific Alexander McCall Smith has written over 100 books, completes five or six a year, and is now trying his hand at composing librettos and operas. ‘Talented’ would be an understatement for this brilliant, insightful, one-of-a-kind author and humanitarian, … Read more

David Sedaris – Ask Me Anything

Earlier this week, American humorist and longtime NPR contributor David Sedaris joined social network site Reddit for one of its famous AMA (Ask Me Anything) Q&As. CanLit fans may recall that Margaret Atwood did one not too long ago. Sedaris, who is getting ready for a major speaking tour, showed off his trademark dry wit … Read more

Shaking the Doubts

I admit that there are occasions when I wonder if my business associates and I are delusional about opening a bookstore. Fortunately, those doubts are often put to rest when I read stories like this one: “Indie Booksellers: ‘Indispensible Players in Community Life.’” There are so many great quotes in this article that remind me … Read more

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A writer who changed lives

A Guest Post by Monica Leslie Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born on the 6th of March in 1927 in Aracataca, Colombia. Gabriel Marquez was born to his father, Gabriel Garcia, and his mother, Luisa Marquez. Gabriel’s father was a pharmacist who moved with his wife to Barranquilla leaving their son in Aracataca to be raised … Read more

No E-Book For Stephen King

I tried to purchase the latest Stephen King this weekend. At an honest to goodness real live indie bookstore in N. Jersey. They were out of stock. Out of stock!! After my mouth stopped its jaw dropping, the bookman explained he couldn’t keep it in the store,  that it’s an original paperback and not in … Read more