Why open a bookstore? Because every town needs one.
Both of us have fond memories of going to the local bookstore when we were young, feeling the excitement of being allowed to pick out one (maybe even two or three) books, racing home to read whatever new Roald Dahl or Judy Blume or Lloyd Alexander title we’d found.
Later, as adults living in Cambridge and Somerville, we were blessed to be in an area full of great bookstores: Harvard Bookstore, Brookline Booksmith, Wordsworth, Newtonville Books and–most especially–Porter Square Books. (Rumors that Porter Square Books employees kept track of their shifts by “Before Chris came in” and “After Chris came in” are greatly exaggerated.)
Sadly, when we moved to Belmont, the local bookstore had closed only a year or two before. (The giant parent company that owned it didn’t feel it fit with their business model–a decision they probably regret now.) For months, every time we walked through our town center, we would look at the banks and restaurants, gift shops, ice cream parlor, and we would say to each other, “There should be a bookstore here.” And so we finally decided to make it happen.
It’s been a long road to reach this point, but with any luck, we’ll be open for business sometime in early 2017. We hope to see you then!
Kathy Crowley is a physician at Boston Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. (Sorry–no plans to offer a “Read While You Wait” clinic in the bookstore.) Her short stories have appeared in Ontario Review, Fish Stories, The Literary Review, New Millenium Writings and The Marlboro Review. She has won awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for both her fiction and non-fiction, and was a founder and editor of the literary blog Beyond the Margins. She’s currently racing to finish her second novel, a spy mystery set in the local area, before her bookstore responsibilities take away all her free time.
Before becoming a bookseller at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA, Chris worked as a magazine editor, production manager, programmer, web consultant and IT director. He’s the author of Anatopsis, a young adult fantasy that came out in 2006, and his short stories, poetry and book reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, Agni Magazine, The Literary Review, Epoch, Southern Review, New England Review, Other Voices, and Literal Latté. He’s won grants and awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the St. Botolph’s Club Foundation, the Somerville Arts Council, as well as Honorable Mentions from the Pushcart Prize and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.
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