Well, we can’t rewrite the movie, but in the real world there are many, many little bookshops (independents) across the country that do coexist with the bigger stores. Just like the movie, they need a lot of help to keep their doors open. And who can save them? Well, we can. All it takes is a little bit of effort on our parts to shop there. If you can't make it into the store, most independents these days offer online shopping, and a buying a book or two (or twelve) there every month makes such a huge difference.
We here at Killer Characters are thrilled to do our part to support independent book stores by spotlighting a store once a month. First up is Mystery Lovers Bookshop, an amazing little shop in Oakmont, PA., owned by husband and wife team Mary Alice Gorman and Richard Goldman. (Picture from MLB's FB page.)
From their website:
The bookstore behind mysterylovers.com is Mystery Lovers Bookshop. We're one of the largest specialty mystery book stores in the country and we've been in business since 1990. In 2010 we were honored by the Mystery Writers of America with a Raven Award for our contribution to mystery writing, particularly our annual Festival of Mystery.
We carry a wide variety of crime and mystery fiction including thrillers and some espionage. We carry only new books although we have quite a collection of signed first edition hardcovers accumulated from the visits of hundreds of authors to our store.
We do not carry used books although you'll sometimes find an older, out of print book on our shelves or on our website.
One of the many great things about Mystery Lovers Bookshop is that you can order ANY book from them. I’ve personally ordered mysteries, romances, and even inspirational women’s fiction. Just ask and they can track down just about any title. Oh, and the best part? They have free shipping on orders over $10 (some rules apply on non-book items).
Some fast facts:
-Every year, Mystery Lovers Bookshop holds the Festival of Mystery, an incredible book fair. Mystery authors come from across the country to sign at the Festival, and crowds of readers line the block outside of the venue.
-This year Mystery Lovers Bookshop won the Raven Award, which is given by Mystery Writers of America “for outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.”
-MLB has a fantastic newsletter. Sign up on their website (main page on bottom right).
-Visiting authors to the shop are asked to sign the bathroom wall. It’s quite a sight, and if you’re ever there, make sure you take a peek.
-MLB is on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/#!/mysterylovers?ref=ts
-MLB offers a wide selection of signed books.
-MLB is a favorite stop on many authors’ book tours. Be sure to check their calendar of events for who’s coming soon.
Happy shopping, and I hope I didn't miss anything (please chime in if I did).
*As a reminder, this month one lucky commenter will win a $10 gift card to Mystery Lovers Bookshop. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win.