Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bookstores, Bookstores, Bookstores

I was looking for a book meme to answer today, it being a rainy day and all. But I couldn't find one I haven't already answered, so I decided to make up my own. I'm not tagging anyone specific, but if you want to answer these questions on your blog I'd love to read the post!

Bookstores, Bookstores, Bookstores

What's your favorite bookstore?
Impossible to choose. Locally I love the Harvard Book Store and Porter Square Books, two great indies.

Have you ever traveled out of state or out of the country, just to visit a particular bookstore?
Yes, I took the train to New York to visit a friend who planned to take me to the Strand, an amazing bookstore in Manhattan.

Have you ever gone on a date to a bookstore? Would you consider a bookstore to be a romantic place?
I have gone on many dates to bookstores, whether to go to readings or just to browse. There's so much fodder for conversation as you browse the aisles and stacks, and since smart is sexy, what's more romantic than that?

What's the latest you've stayed out at night at a bookstore?
I've spent many a late night at the Harvard Book Store and stayed until it closing (usually around 11 pm) on several occasions.

Do you like to go with friends or by yourself?
Either way. I love to book-shop with friends, especially those with different tastes, but I like to browse by myself too. Book shopping can be a great social activity but as an introvert I usually wander off by myself anyway!

What would your dream bookstore be like?
My dream bookstore would be devoted to fiction, travel, cooking and crafts, and would feature a carefully edited selection of classics and unusual titles- titles I couldn't find other places. The employees would not be surly college students (the norm in this college town) but skilled service professionals who would provide great suggestions and intelligent booktalking. There would be a cafe serving delicious coffee, chocolate chip cookies and croissants with comfortable chairs for everyone.

What's your favorite specialty bookstore and what does it specialize in?
My favorite specialty bookstore was New Words, a women's bookstore that closed several years ago, and now is probably Grolier Books, which is all-poetry. It's a little hole-in-the-wall owned by a Wellesley College professor which stocks poetry from all over the world. It's an amazing little gem of a shop.

Have you ever worked at a bookstore or wanted to? Do people ever mistake you for a bookstore employee and ask you questions as you browse?
I have never worked in a bookstore but always wanted to. Yes, sometimes other customers ask me questions in bookstores. Awkward!

Do you like bookstore cafes? Would you consider a bookstore a social destination as opposed to strictly a retail destination?
I like bookstore cafes as long as they have good chocolate chip cookies and there is a place for me to sit and read while I eat them.

What's the silliest thing you've ever done in a bookstore? Ever been kicked out of one?
My friend Jean and I used to make fun of very specialized poetry anthologies. I did get kicked out of a bookstore once, but I'm not going to tell you why!