WELCOME to the letter A and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS
493 Prince Avenue Athens, GA 706-352-2060
April…spring in the south with the roadside awash in fresh greenness. As we start our bookstore tour, we will begin by visiting historic downtown Athens with its pervasive student culture at the University of Georgia. Here is a vibrant and energetic place with restaurants and music, intellectual, creative and artistic talent. We are delighted to find an independent bookstore, Avid Books, that owner Janet Gaddis opened in 2011. Five years later she has opened a second shop. Our step quickens as we near the store because Janet has offered the community a place after our own hearts. “We want to find just that perfect book that will change your life for the better. We want to serve as a hub for open conversation between people of all backgrounds and a spot where people of all ages and reading habits can feel welcome and comfortable,”
Five Points – 1622 S.Lumpkin 706-850-2843
Consider this: Jessica Handler, author of “Invisible Sisters: A Memoir….. says, “Independent bookstores like Avid hand-sell. So unlike big box stores they know our tastes, are enthusiastic about authors, and they really contribute to the literary community with their knowledge of what’s new and good to read, and what authors will be on hand to meet, read and sign books. Indie bookstores like Avid are so crucial to the literary ecosystem.”
Like myself, I know you love a bookstore. I look forward to sharing some special shops throughout the blog challenge where architecture comes into play, an intriguing community, and the owners are great stewards of our world of books.
“WHERE IS HUMAN NATURE SO WEAK AS IN THE BOOKSTORE?” Henry Ward Beecher
Image found on Pinterest: Bookstore -Willy Belinfante