The Book Seller in downtown Grass Valley is celebrating its 40th anniversary next weekend! 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. When Angie took a poll of the current staff on how many years they’ve been working in the bookstore, they collectively have 142 years of bookselling experience. In addition to the 40th anniversary celebration, The Book Seller will be a part of the nationwide Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29th. Over 460 bookstores around the country are participating in the celebrations. The Book Seller has 40 prizes to giveaway over the course of the day. 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.”
Local author Kim Culbertson will be in the bookstore at 3pm on Saturday, April 29th to sign copies of her book “The Wonder of Us.” “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. My new novel The Wonder of Us comes out next week and when they invited me and my book to be a part of their celebration, I was honored! 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 Saturday, April 29th. If you’re on social media, check out The Book Seller’s Instagram giveaway. For other local businesses, if you’re interested in more information on how to use Instagram, check out the workshop I’ll be a part of next week with the Nevada City Film Festival’s Visual Storytelling series. *Edited to say the winner is Crystal Blu.
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