A while back I wrote about my love of independent bookstores. For those of you who follow book store news in the press you already know that R.J. Julia in Madison, Connecticut is for sale. The 22-year-old bookstore, with lovely nooks and crannies in which one can browse, is looking for a new owner. It follows the sale of other high profile independents like Politics & Prose in Washington, DC.
But readers take heart – R.J. Julia isn’t closing its doors. Its workshops, book clubs and matchmaking efforts – getting the right book to the right person – will continue. And that’s something to be thankful for.
I had the honor and pleasure of speaking at R.J. Julia after the release of “A Professor, a President and a Meteor: The Birth of American Science.” It was a wonderful evening, warm and engaging. The kind of book signing every author dreams about – an audience of interested, curious and engaged people.
I have been fortunate to have been hosted by many independent bookstores during my writing career – and I look forward to more.