Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Remember to visit your favorite indie bookshop today. We are celebrating with bookstore memories from our staff.
David LePere, Sales Representative:
Great bookstores are transformative places, and I was fortunate enough to work in a wonderful independent bookstore in Harvard Square for about 12 years—WordsWorth Books. This was in the 80s when I was young and absolutely dedicated to books and book-reading customers, as was the entire staff there. It was a crazy, fast-paced environment with extraordinary inventory and rapid turnover, so everyone worked hard and had a ball. The mental and physical stimulation, along with the unparalleled camaraderie, made me both a better person and a decidedly more knowledgeable sales rep. I look back on those times with affection (and naturally some relief), but it's a great comfort to know that new generations of committed booksellers will have that opportunity going forward—to learn from and teach their peers, to transform themselves and their customers, all through the communal power of the printed book.