I was in Grand Rapids (Michigan) today and I stopped in at three independent bookstores there: Schuler Books downtown, Argos Books, and Literary Life Bookstore.
I met Zachary, an aspiring poet and writer of short stories, at Literary Life Bookstore. We talked about literature for quite some time, about books and stories, writers and literary journals. And we talked about Lake Michigan.
People passionate about books--and life--hang out in independent bookstores. Another reason to keep it indie.
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