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MY FAVORITE LOCAL BOOKSTORE: VERO BEACH BOOK CENTER by Tamera Wissinger

I have loved the Vero Beach Book Center ever since I discovered them several years ago when I first came to town. There are many reasons for me to be grateful for this wonderful store. Here are a few:

Their home is in this beautiful pink building:

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A Sea Turtle greets patrons at the Vero Beach Book Center.

The Children’s Store is within the main store:

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A reading dolphin is the logo of the Children’s Store!

Inside, there is lovely writing on the walls:

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The writing on the wall rhymes!

The entire second floor is devoted to children and young adults:

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Isn’t this a cheerful spot?

They have a stage that looks like the ocean and is decorated with bright fish:

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I do love the combo of books and fish!

This time of year there is an Angel Tree in the Children’s Store; patrons can shop for books and the Vero Beach Book Center will coordinate giving the books to children:

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That’s Santa behind the tree!

They have a fabulous staff of committed professionals. This is lovely Suzann Pezzetti, Manager of the Children’s Store with the display that she and her team put together before my first-ever book event last April:

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This display was a surprise that I discovered when I visited the Children’s Store just after GONE FISHING released.

Promotions coordinator Cynthia Callendar invited me to participate in celebrating the Environmental Learning Center’s 25th anniversary. Here is the event posted on the Book Center’s marquis:

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This was another surprise – a friend told me she had seen this sign and I had to drive by to see for myself.

This is what the GONE FISHING book display looked like the night of our event:

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I love the old-fashioned trunk used in this book display. It reminds me of a treasure chest.

Each week, staff from the Vero Beach Book Center lists coming authors and their best sellers in the local newspaper. Because of their enthusiasm for GONE FISHING, I’ve opened the paper many times during the past several months to see something like this:

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Vero Beach Book Center is responsible for me knowing what it feels like to have a best selling book.

From my days as a pre-published author scouting new releases to my first book events, the team at the Vero Beach Book Center has consistently delighted and surprised me with their warmth, creativity, thoughtfulness, and commitment to books and reading. It’s a real honor to work with them.

If you are ever in the neighborhood, I encourage you to stop by. If you like bookstores, (and I’m guessing that you do) I think you’ll love the Vero Beach Book Center!

Vero Beach Book Center is located at:

392 Miracle Mile (21st Street)

Vero Beach, FL 32960

They are open Monday through Friday: 9am – 7pm

Saturday: 9am – 6pm

Sunday: 10am – 5pm

My Favorite Indie Bookstore in New York, NY!

It’s tough to sell books.

That’s one of the huge lessons from my debut year. The whole book-selling world is huge and confusing and IMPORTANT. Which is why I’ve never been so grateful for those independent bookstores, this year more than ever.

Luckily I live in New York where I have a lot of indie haunts to choose from for my favorite. We have the beautiful children’s bookstore Books of Wonder in Chelsea where a bunch of Lucky 13s and I had an even just last week.

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We have the very cool and inspiring multi-leveled McNally Jackson on the Lower East Side. And of course the beautiful maze of books in Union Square that is The Strand.

We have PowerHouse Arena and BookCourt and WORD in Brooklyn and The Astoria Bookshop in Queens. And these are only the ones I’ve been lucky enough to visit in the past year!

But my favorite bookstore is an adorable shop tucked uptown on the East Side: The Corner Bookstore! This is a classic bookstore, open since 1978, and beautiful inside and out.

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They host great events, including a book party for ME, HIM, THEM AND IT back in March!

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They also have great, creative services such as same-day delivery to buildings in the neighborhood and custom book basket sales for birthday and graduation gifts. But my favorite thing is that they recruit neighborhood kids to review their children’s selection and twice a year they publish The Corner Bookstore’s Kids Newsletter, by Kids, for Kids. What a great way to breed more thankfulness for our neighborhood independent bookstores!

My Favorite Indie in Flagstaff, AZ

With the official day of giving thanks just around the corner, it makes sense that we’re focusing on our favorite indie bookstores this month here at the Class of 2K13 blog. And my choice of indies to highlight also makes sense, considering the fact that I was in the store just today doing one of the things I love to do there (more about that later).

The bookstore I’m talking about is Bookman’s (aka Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange). It’s well-known to Arizonans, as there are several locations throughout our fair state, but the Flagstaff location is, hands down, my favorite. This is the store where R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe walked up to me in the nineties (stop me if you’ve heard this one before – most people who know me have) and asked if I thought they had any of Robert Graves’ poetry. As I recall, I led this friendly stranger over to the poetry section (which I knew well) and showed him where to look. He thanked me, life went on, and it wasn’t until later that night that I was like, “Wait a minute. Was that…?” Sure enough, over the next few days, our little mountain town was abuzz with news of our celebrity visitor.

That's me, chillin' in the Bookman's cafe

That’s me, chillin’ in the Bookman’s cafe

Several winters ago, during an incredibly intense blizzard, the roof of Bookman’s caved in, which meant we all had to do without the store for way too long while they rebuilt. It eventually came back better than ever, though, this time with a full café and an even more awesome collection of stuff than they’d had before. Which brings me to today, when I was in Bookman’s trading some of that stuff. One of the neatest things about my favorite indie is that it’s an exchange – sort of like a trading post, really. In other words, you can bring in your “stuff” (in my case, everything ranging from books to some nice quality costume jewelry to a kid’s microscope) and they will give you cash or trade credit. The credit is always a better deal, in my opinion, which is how I came away with some nice pre-holiday loot to spend on whatever coolness I find there in my upcoming visits. They also host readings, signings and, this month, NaNoWriMo write-ins for the local community.

Bottom line: If you’re ever in Northern Arizona visiting the Grand Canyon or whatever, be sure to make a stop at Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange on Milton. You won’t be disappointed!

The Omaha Bookworm: My Favorite Indie Bookseller

bookwormoutsideI love the Bookworm in Omaha, NE.

When I moved to Omaha about 7 years ago, we found the Bookworm pretty quickly. It just oozes coziness and warmth.

This is what you’re welcomed with when you first enter:

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You can bring your pets in on a leash (but I will personally be angry if they eat all the cookies. Just saying.)

You can meet super famous authors here at author signings:

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Here’s me and Ally Condie at a book signing! Okay, okay. It’s not real. And it’s a little creepy. But I swear, I was at that book signing and I accidentally deleted the photo of both of us from my iPhone. Also, my smile isn’t usually that crooked. Anywho…

You can hang out at the YA display near the front door and drool a little.

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And the whole basement level is dedicated to kid lit!

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You can discover this little nook of loveliness in the children’s department.

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Isn’t it cute? It’s painted on the inside to look exactly like Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown!

And that’s not all. The Bookworm is home to over 100 book clubs. There is free gift wrapping (because let’s be honest–a gift-wrapped book causes way more gift-anticipation-drool than a book in a bag, right?) and there’s the Baker’s Dozen program. For every 12 books you buy, you receive credit for one free book (average price of the 12 books you just bought).

Oh, and this great coffeeshop, The Village Grinder, is actually attached. Caffeine and good books! What could be better?

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So that’s my ode to the Bookworm, my favorite indie bookseller. I’ll be having my book launch there in January and I can’t wait. Also, any orders of CONTROL from the Bookworm will be signed. Just a little perk of supporting my favorite indie. 🙂

Don’t forget to check out our giveaway page!

 I’ll be giving away a finished copy of CONTROL sent out from the Bookworm, and the other members of the Class of 2k13 are all honoring their favorite indie bookstores by doing the same with all of our debut books!

Do you have a favorite indie bookstore? Tell me in the comments!

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