Monday, October 22, 2012

Booklovers, Assemble! Save Books of Wonder!

Hey y'all, I need your help.  Or rather, the Happiest Place on Earth needs your help.  No, not Disney.  They've done a really good job getting that phrase out there, but I promise you, O loyal blog readers, they've missed the mark.

Me and Gayle Forman!

Me and Tahereh Mafi!
As you can clearly see, Books of Wonder is the happiest of all possible happy places.  They have the most amazing author events (like the two above!) and as a result, they have an incredible stock of signed books that you can just waltz right in and buy.  Their selection is fantastic, the staff is great, and basically I just want to live there.

Except, you guys.  Money.  I guess it's hard to be an independent bookstore these days (DUH, says anyone who's ever seen You've Got Mail) and they're dealing with some large and unexpected expenses.  Now, listen, I'm really not keen to live in a world without Books of Wonder.  And while I'd normally think twice about making a donation to a for-profit company...well, this is the kind of bookstore that I want to be able to someday take my kids to, and in the meantime, I want to be able to go there and nerd out freely.  Even though I don't live in New York City anymore, this bookstore has figured prominently in all of my plans to visit the city.  But all that might go out the window if they can't raise a lot of cash in a hurry.  They have an IndieGoGo page--which as far as I can tell works a lot like Kickstarter--with some very cool perks for donating.  (You can tell how beloved they are when you see some of the artists and authors who are helping them out by creating artwork for this campaign!)    Even if you're not in a place to donate right now, I know many of you will be in the market for at least one kids' or YA book in the next month.   I urge you to check out their website--where you can purchase many signed editions!--and buy through them instead of your usual big box merchant.  And everyone can help by spreading the word.  Tweet, blog, whatever--but please, please help save this magical bookstore. 

Helpful Links:
IndieGoGo Campaign to Save Books of Wonder
Books of Wonder Home
Books of Wonder Upcoming Events (y'all: Libba. Bray.  This Thursday, the 25th.  Seriously.  If you are in NYC this week and you are not there, I don't understand.)
Order a copy of The Diviners to be signed by Libba Bray at the Oct. 25th event!
Order a signed copy of The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand!*
Order a signed copy of Adaptation by Malinda Lo!*
Order a signed copy of Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian!*
Order a signed copy of Crewel by Gennifer Albin!*
Order a signed copy of Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore!
Great blog post by teen bloggers Megan and Rachel--if you don't believe me, check out their reasons why you should help save this bookstore!

*All signed copies subject to availability, but seem to be in stock at the time of this blog post!


  1. Boo for BoW's struggles, but hooray for this post! I'm going to an author event there tonight, and I'm going to pick up a few books.

  2. I heard about this yesterday and donated. I hope they're able to raise the money they need!

    BTW, I was also at that Tahereh Mafi signing. :)

    1. I wish I had known! It's totally that kind of place. I really hope it pulls through!

  3. Disney World has NOTHING on Books of Wonder. :) Also, I feel the need to go watch You've Got Mail again now.
    Oh and thanks for linking back to us!

    1. I realized at some point that I really don't care about any of the men in Meg Ryan's life in You've Got Mail: I ship Meg Ryan/Bookstore.


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