The Book Seller in downtown Grass Valley has been selling books for over 40 years! The independently owned bookshop has been in business since 1977 and specializes in books on the history, nature, outdoor activities & touring information for the Gold Country, in addition to a great selection of non-fiction, contemporary literature and children’s books. This coming Saturday, April 27th, the Book Seller will be a part of the nationwide Independent Bookstore Day, one of over 400 bookstores around the country who are participating in the event. The Book Seller will be celebrating with giveaways, goodies, and games. “Independent Bookstore Day is essentially a day-long party. We’re inviting the community to come celebrate with us at Nevada County’s oldest independent bookstore” says Mikala, The Book Seller employee.
Local poet Kirsten Casey explained, “Independent Booksellers represent the best of our culture. They are the tireless defenders of literacy and creativity, and we should never take for granted their devotion to the written word. And the best independent bookstores sometimes have resident cats named Romeow, and irresistible fish tanks in their children’s’ books basements. Online booksellers do not have the secret algorithm for really loving books, and knowing their customers by name. Nothing can replace that.”
“Independent bookstores curate a one-of-a-kind mixture of local history and hiking guides with recommendations on the latest national bestsellers—and you can pick the books up and look at them. No online algorithm can do that,” said Jordan Fisher Smith, author of Engineering Eden and Nature Noir. Local author, and book store fan, Kim Culberston shared that “This community thrives because we are actively engaged in the work done here. We take pride in our small businesses. The Book Seller has nurtured me as an author and as a reader. My daughter grew up around their stacks. They know her, understand her reading interests, and set aside books they know she’ll love. This kind of human interaction can’t be recreated online. This is a valued relationship in my life and I’m so grateful for the work The Book Seller does in our community.”
And this post wouldn’t be complete without some sort of giveaway, so please post a comment on this blog post for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate and a canvas Independent Bookstore Day tote bag, winner will be announced on Monday, April 29th. And for those of you looking for other book resources in Nevada County, check out this blog post from last year on All Things Books. **Edited to say the winner is Sydney Moon.