Critical Linking: July 3rd, 2014

Whether the business has become a legend of its own or is still a tiny mom-and-pop shop on Main Street, there’s something about the sights and sounds of an independent bookstore that you won’t find anywhere else. Take a look at the 17 awesome indie bookstores above, and tell us in the comments what other indies you love to visit.

Boy, there are some real gems on this list of indie bookstores. Road trip, anyone?


Walter Dean Myers, beloved and deeply respected children’s book author, died on July 1, 2014, following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.

A know there are a lot of Myers fans out there. Big loss.


Agatha Christie’s most beloved character, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, is being called upon once more to solve a mystery in a new novel, the first one authorized by the Christie estate since the legendary author’s death. The Poirot torch will be passed on to bestselling British crime writer Sophie Hannah, who has written several novels including the popular Waterhouse and Zailer series.
Are all you Christie fans excited about this? Nervous? Excited-nervous?

Even before the boost from Mr. Colbert, “California” was receiving praise from respected novelists like Jennifer Egan and Ben Fountain and popping up on summer reading lists. Little, Brown ultimately printed 60,000 hardcovers.
Initial print run was 12,000. So the “Colbert bump” was worth about 48,000 copies. Not too shabby.
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