Author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett takes readers on a wonderful tour of her favorite bookstores around the country in this article in the New York Times. I will certainly visit her store in Nashville, Parnassus Books, when I get a chance to travel in the area. Her story highlights two favorites here in the Twin Cities: Wild Rumpus, a wonderful children’s bookstore, and Birchbark Books, which is also owned and operated by an author, Louise Erdrich. Another author-owned bookstore didn’t make Patchett’s list, but if you are in the area I would suggest that you stop by. Common Good Books in St. Paul is owned by Garrison Keillor.
I visited two of my favorites this year: Powell’s in Portland, and The Strand, the legendary “18 miles of books” in New York City, which ranks high on my list. Here seven authors list their favorite stores. What’s your favorite bookstore?