Tuesday, February 19, 2019

What's in a Bookshop name?

Sketch based on my local bookshop, Left Bank Books

Have you seen the illustrated books 
Books & Mortar:
A Celebration of The Local Bookstore
by Gibbs M. Smith? And
Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores 
by Bob Eckstein
and the postcards of his illustrations?

This is some of  what I found in these books & 
in the What's Next brochures
that are given away at independent bookstores:

One More Page Books, Arlington VA
The Dog Eared Book, Palmyra NY
Bookbug, Kalamazoo MI
Once Upon a Time, Montrose CA
Hooray For Books! Alexandria VA
Red Balloon Bookshop, St Paul MN
The Corner Bookstore, NY NY
Politics & Prose, Washington DC (of course!)
Books & Books, Coral Gables, FLA
The King's English Bookshop, Salt Lake City UT
Page & Palette, Fairhope ALA

Is your local bookshop listed here?
What is the name of your local bookstore?
What would YOU name a bookshop?
Leave your answers with a comment!


  1. Love the name The Dog Eared Book!! How about The Page Turner for a bookshop name?? Nice sketch of Left Bank....

  2. I love Page and Palette! (duh.) No bookstore in that list (although there is one about an hour away listed, in Kalamazoo). We have somewhat independent bookstore -- Schuler's. They have two or three in Michigan. The one I loved, about a mile from the house, closed last year and that other is on the far side of town. I can't believe a capitol and university city only has two non-academic, good-sized bookstores (one is a B&N) and just a few small independents (Everybody Reads is one of them), most targeted to special interest like New Age. The shop up north is called "Saturn Books." What would I name a bookshop? Oh, that's a good one. I like "Books You Can Touch" but that's a little clunky. Touchable Books? Doesn't quite ring. That's going to be stuck in my brain all day!

    Thanks for coming by today! Always good to see you there. And I really love this sketch/painting. I'd go to that one in a heartbeat!

  3. Your bookshop :)So perfect.
    No local bookshop.
    It closed years ago..
    a little farther out..Renaud~Bray.
    A small offspring of the larger ones but nice nevertheless.Happy to have it.
    Titcombs at The Cape is wonderful!

  4. My local book store is called The Bookworm. And there's a really nice one in a neighboring city called Indigo Bridge. Both are great little shops!

  5. Wonderful sketch Rita...alas we do not have a local bookstore. The library is a good one though in our hometown. Hope you are having a great week. So glad you stopped to visit me too. Hugs!

  6. Malaprops in Asheville, NC is my local bookstore, and it's as fabulous as its name. When I lived in Fairhope, AL and Karin Wilson took over Page & Palette from her grandmother (who we all called Granny), she opened a little coffee shop inside and called it Latte Da. I don't know if it's still part of the bookstore, but the name still makes me smile.

  7. Sad to say, the independent bookstore in Tampa, Inkwood Books, will close at the end of March. All we have left is a Barnes & Noble and a Books A Million--but that's better than nothing. Bookstores are some of my favorite places.


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