“Bookstore-ies” are anecdotes and short essays about life in the used-and-rare bookshop I co-own in Columbus, Ohio . These bookstore-ies, from 2 to 20 pages in length, are often humorous, sometimes touching, sometimes outrageous. A wild-eyed treasure hunter believes he owns a biography of Ulysses Grant signed by Grant himself. A woman selling her deceased father’s books can’t quite part with the AA title that transformed the family’s life. The stories include tales of “regulars” like Pigwoman and Spymaster Rick and Very Weird Michael, and also of more transient customers like the traveling circus people and the occasional thief. My forty-plus years behind the counters of 14 bookstores have blessed me with what Jimmy Buffett describes as “a novelist’s eye and a bartender’s ear” for the stories and characters that come through the door.
The late, great Chicago bookstore owner Stuart Brent wrote, “The most important thing was not the exchange of dollars for merchandise, but the conversation.” And those conversations can lead to great bookstore-ies.
Please browse through our blog to read through our newest stories and have a browse through our older ones as well. Alternatively, you can jump right to your favorite store-y by using the links below. I hope you enjoy them, and let me know what you think about them.
AND IT WAS!
BECAUSE I’M A MAN
BUFFALO BILL IN HELSINKI
“CAN I HAVE THAT DIME?”
THE CIRCUS COMES TO ACORN
DUMPSTER-DIVING FOR BOOKS
ERNEST HEMINGWAY HELPED ME HIRE A BOOKSELLER
FERDINAND THE (COLLECTIBLE) BULL
THE GOOD BOOK(S)
HONEYMOONING WITH BAEDEKERS
HOTLINE TO VICTORY
THE MAGIC OF BOOKS & OWLS
THE ONE-EYED MAGICIAN
POETRY CHANGED MY LIFE
“THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS COINCIDENCES”
WITH A MIDDLE NAME OF “COWMEADOW”, YOU KNOW I JUST HAVE TO
HAVE BRITISH BLOOD IN MY VEINS.
PITTSBURGH DAVE IS BACK IN TOWN
…BUT HE’S JEWISH!
RETURNING TO THE CHEF-O-NETTE
FIFTY YEARS A BOOKSELLER
AT THE HOP