Buy books for a good cause

Admit it, you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet, have you? Are there any book lovers on your list? I might have a few ideas for you, then. But one idea I definitely have is that you should come to Left Bank Books in the Central West End on Saturday, December 17, from noon to 2 p.m. and buy your book from yours truly. Yep, I’m taking off my writer hat and putting on my bookseller hat, recommending some of my favorite books of the year and also raising money for a good cause.

It’s all part of Author to Bookseller, an event put on by the local outfits that make up the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance where local authors will be hand-selling their favorite books at their favorite local bookstore. While I’m doing my shift at LBB, a percentage of sales will go to Growing American Youth, a great organization for LGBTQ youth in the St. Louis area.

So what’s not to love? I’ll tell you what’s not to love, though: forgetting someone on your Christmas list. You don’t want to be that person, do you? Of course you don’t. So come trade your money for some really good books.

3 thoughts on “Buy books for a good cause

  1. Neighborhood: Skinker-DeBaliviere 5892 Delmar Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63112 314-361-9955 Website: Here’s yet another “Far East Loop” bookstore I’ve never been to. As the name suggests, it’s not merely about books, but empowerment through literacy–very fitting for the study that inspired this post. Does anyone have the scoop on this business, located in the Delmar Design District? ————– A personal favorite of mine is the American Institute of Architects (AIA) bookstore downtown on Washington Avenue. There are a handful of comic book stores left in the city as well. Does anyone else know of any specialty book stores in the city? We can’t forget Subterranean Books, located just outside the city in the Loop. One more thing…a fond farewell to one of the region’s coolest book stores ever: Library Limited in downtown Clayton, swallowed by the corporate campus of Centene. Final reflection here: support your local, independent book store because 1) our city will be less cool if you do not and 2) we will not rank as highly on “lists” with dubious criteria. That’s all. UPDATE (2/22/10): An adroit reader caught that I missed a specialty book store– Big Sleep Books on Euclid in the Central West End, which specializes in mystery novels. Thanks!

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