Wednesday, March 15, 2006

If Only All Booksellers Were, Could…

Northshire Books in Manchester, Vermont

Congratulations to Northshire Books , this year's winner of Publishers Weekly's Bookseller Of The Year Award. Owned by Ed and Barbara Morrow, the bookstore is currently celebrating its 30th year in business, and was originally nominated for this award by Random House sales representative, Rebecca Fitting. And certainly, there's no doubt in my mind -- that it will be on my list of places to visit on my very *next* trip up north. God, if only we had more of these…instead of the mega, mass, super-duper bricks and mortar "Next!" brand of booksellers that seem to have taken over the kinder, gentler, make-yourself-at-home days of bookstores and their surroundings. Clearly, the picture of Northshire shown above, just says it all.

In 1976, the two owners came to Manchester Center, Vermont to start an independent bookstore in a beautiful New England town. Starting out on a very small scale, they were immediately embraced by the community as a needed resource for books, music, stationery, cards, and more as they grew -- and grow they did. Within two years, they had added a floor just for children’s books, and in 1985 they converted the old Colburn Inn in the center of town into what became a physical space filled to the brim with books, music and other items. In 1996, they expanded their vision once again and started The Next Chapter, for used, out-of-print and rare books.

In 2003, they expanded -- yet again. This time virtually doubling their space, expanding book sections and creating a wonderfully spacious environment for, yes…just browsin'.

Read more here about Northshire, and the other winners of Publishers Weekly's 14th Annual Bookseller and Sales Rep Of The Year awards.

Good Wednesday, all. Peace.

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