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Lit City – by Lynn Rosen

Visiting the Big Box Bookstore B&N

My car is at the mechanic. Why am I telling you that in a blog that purports to be about books? While the mechanic worked on the car, I needed somewhere to wait. I said I would bring my computer along so I could do some work, but where could I sit?  He suggested that...

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Long Live the Indie Bookstore

In an article in The New York Times on December 28th, it was announced that bookstore chain Book World, based in Wisconsin and with 45 stores, is liquidating. The Times used this opportunity to bemoan the fate of brick & mortar bookstores and to predict their...

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The writing life of Laurie Halse Anderson

As part of our ongoing series of writing workshops, bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson taught a writing class last week at Open Book Bookstore. Halse Anderson, who is known for her bestselling children's books, from the raw and powerful young adult...

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Meet the Running Press Editorial Team

Our new "Meet the Publisher" series at Open Book Bookstore was inaugurated recently by the fantastic editorial team at Running Press, a publisher located right here in Philadelphia. We were pleased and grateful to have in attendance four senior members of the team:...

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English to English Translation

by Lynn Rosen My husband likes to joke that he is my translator. Sometimes I say something and I think I’m being perfectly clear, and yet my message doesn’t get across. That’s when he jumps in and says: “What she means is…” Of course he doesn’t always get it right....

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Chatting with Amy Nathan about her new book

One of the best parts of being a bookseller is meeting authors, especially local authors. So when I heard that writer Amy Sue Nathan, a Philadelphia native living in Chicago, was moving back to the area, I was excited to meet her and introduce her to our bookstore,...

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Yes, that Jerry Spinelli!

Beloved children's author Jerry Spinelli visited Open Book Bookstore recently, and we had a wonderful visit! What a joy to see the faces of the kids looking at him as he spoke (and parents and teachers too)! He told great stories about how he came up with ideas for...

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Authors say the smartest things!

I sit in the bookstore and authors come visit and I listen to them spout wisdom and I write it down and share it with you. What fun! Of course, next time I think you should come to the bookstore and hear it for yourself. Because our authors are always kind and...

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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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