Indie bookstores give back to their communities in numerous ways: hosting events, providing safe spaces, offering places to gather with like-minded people, introducing readers to writers. With pandemic-caused closures and lock-downs across the country, bookstores and the authors they support could currently use some help from the community in return.
Visit our Guide to Independent Bookstores to see the stores in your area and check in on how they’re doing. Some have shortened hours or have limited the amount of people allowed in the store at one time, some have completely transitioned to online sales, some will package up a book and run it out to you at the curb.
If you’re able, pick up or order a book to keep you company while you’re holed up at home. And don’t forget to keep washing your hands!