Diary of a Bookseller

Bookselling in Self-Isolation

Lucky number thirteen today, the day that marks the start of my fourth week in self-isolation, and what an interesting time the last three weeks have been. Diary of a Bookseller #13 As a person with asthma, I've been self-isolating since before our Pennsylvania governor first encouraged non-essential businesses to close on March 13 (it… Continue reading Bookselling in Self-Isolation

Diary of a Bookseller

How to Support Your Local Indie Bookstore When Everyone’s Stuck at Home

Diary of a Bookseller #12 On Monday, per the guidance of our Pennsylvania governor and health department, we closed the doors of the bookstore to the public. While many stores are remaining open limited hours so that staff can receive books and fulfill web orders, our store is presently closed to customers and employees -… Continue reading How to Support Your Local Indie Bookstore When Everyone’s Stuck at Home

Diary of a Bookseller

The Publishers, and Their Imprints

Diary of a Bookseller #9 In the last few days, we've had a number of local, self-published authors come into the store and ask us to carry their books. We have a whole procedure for doing so, but one of the first is assessing who their publisher is. Often, the authors themselves don't know and… Continue reading The Publishers, and Their Imprints

Diary of a Bookseller, Fiction, Non-Fiction


One of my new favorite traditions, both personally and at the store, is Jólabókaflóð - the Icelandic tradition of giving books to your family on Christmas Eve and curling up with warm socks and hot chocolate and spending the evening reading together. Below are my suggestions for your own personal Jólabókaflóð, and are also on… Continue reading Jólabókaflóð

Biography, Diary of a Bookseller, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Psychology, Sociology, STEM

Holiday Gift Picks

Every year at the bookstore I work at, I have everyone choose a few books from the year to highlight as their top gift choices, as well as a selection of backpack backlist titles for our annual Jolabokaflod display (Jolabokaflod post will be next week). Below are my eight choices for the holidays with their… Continue reading Holiday Gift Picks