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Lit City – by Lynn Rosen

Nathan and Nicole Go to the Library

Another terrific author event this week at the Free Library of Philadelphia with Nicole Krauss and Nathan Englander. As a literary pair, they make a perfect yin/yang combination. She speaks in calm, thoughtful, and complete sentences, every thought perfectly...

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Encounters with Authors

Gayle Forman is the author of several hugely successful young adult novels, including If I Stay, which was also made into a film. But for me, she’ll always be the person who convinced me to let my grey hair show. I met Gayle at the booth of the publisher of her latest...

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One Fish, Two Fish

As those of you who shop at the Open Book Bookstore know, we choose our book selection very carefully. When we opened the store, we had to learn more about certain categories of books, and children’s picture books was one of them. Although it hadn’t been that long...

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On the (bookstore) road

I just returned from a lovely few days in the Hudson River Valley, where I went with my 14-year-old son Oren for a short getaway. We enjoyed beautiful scenery, hiking, and great food. And of course, as we always do when we travel, we visited some local bookstores. One...

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Vacation reading?

I'm on a short vacation right now, and if you could see the amount of reading material I brought with you, you might have a little laugh at my optimism. Never mind the pile of fashion and home décor magazines that I imagined I'd page through in leisurely moments. I'm...

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Don’t read that book!

I was at the library (more at another time on what I was doing at the library), and a woman I know fairly well walked by holding a book she was on her way to take out. I glanced down to see what it was, and saw that it was a novel by a writer I also know fairly well....

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The Hate U Give: a guest review of this major new YA book

We are pleased to have a guest review from Zhao Gu Gammage, one of our regular customers who is an avid reader. Zhao Gu is 14 years old and will be attending Cheltenham High School next year. She just finished reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, a new young adult...

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One of my favorite books

I first discovered Martha Cooley when I was working at Barnes & Noble in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in the late 90s. The store had a local authors section where I learned what a wealth of authors lived in the area. Now it’s almost a cliché to turn to the bio of some...

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Can Indie Bookstores Escape the Fate of Other Retail Outlets?

An article entitled "Is Retail at a Historic Tipping Point?" in The New York Times on Sunday, April 16th discussed how many retail outlets are suffering as a result of consumer moves toward online purchasing. According to the Times, 89,000 workers in General...

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