Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers and Vacationers, has joined the growing list of authors who are taking stake in the book selling business. In a push to revitalize the book industry, authors are putting their money where their mouths are – opening and rescuing bookstores nationwide. Emma Straub was witness to the closing of a neighborhood bookstore; the same bookstore in which she used to work and would eventually release her novel.
“A neighborhood without an independent bookstore is a body without a heart,” she writes. “And so we’re building a new heart. We’ve spent the last few months looking at spaces, getting our math together, and thinking about light fixtures. We have secured initial funding and crossed our fingers.”
By purchasing and operating these spaces, authors have carried over their clout and celebrity to these neighborhood literary hotbeds, helping to maintain the beautiful book store culture.
Anna Patchet, author of Commonwealth, opened Paranasuss Books in Nashville stating that she had no interest in living in a city without a bookstore.
Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, owns and operates An Unlikely Story in Plainseville MA, a bookstore with a center for neighborhood activites.
In Maine another Brooklyn author, Jonathan Lethem, has a store by the name of Red Gap Books. It specializes in diaries and journals, gardening, history, fine bindings, collected letters, travel, and New England literature.
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