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November 07, 2013


Hank Phillippi Ryan

Oh, way too difficult to choose, Marcia! SO many wonderful ones...

Wow, what an adventure!

(And yes, we ALL do it. At the Bouchercon in Indianapolis, a few years ago, I went to the Barnes and Noble-to see if they had my books, of course. :-) And I found Sara Paretsky doing the same thing! Sara Paretsky!


People might expect me to say the bookstore I own, The Well Red Coyote in Sedona, AZ. But there I'm not an author, I'm a bookseller, trying to make appearances great for other authors. As an author, like Hank, there are too many I love to list. The best part of appearing at indie bookstores is that I get to browse their shelves in a way that I can't at the WRC. And I always love that, and never leave empty-handed.

I will share my most recent appearance in a new-to-me indie I discovered in Phoenix, Dog-Eared Pages bookstore, a huge new and used bookstore, where I had a good signing. Best of all, one of the owners is, like me, a bookseller-author. We had so much to talk about!

Donna Andrews

Marcia, shame on you! Choosing a favorite indie bookstore is like choosing a favorite child!

Marcia Talley

Donna, it is! So many 'favorites'. Mystery Lovers in Oakmont, PA; Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale; Island Books in RI; The Ivy in Baltimore.

Kate Charles

On the other side of the pond, the excellent Castle Bookshop in Ludlow! Phil Rickman signs there tomorrow!

Marcia Talley

Kate, I'm ordering 2 copies from Stanton at Castle Books. Hope Phil will sign them. Hugs to all in beautiful historic Ludlow!


Phil Rickman??!! Emergency Femmes Trip! I love his Merrily Watkins series. OK, no time to pack, just grab your purses and I'll see you all at the British Airways gate. :)


I too love Mystery Loves Company, since I live in MD. But I also have to give a shout out to other favorites: Mystery Lovers Bookshop (in Oakmont, PA) and Mysterious Galaxy (in San Diego and LA-ish).

Toni L.P. Kelner

I'll give a shout-out to my most local indie: Bestsellers Cafe in Medford, MA. They're hosting monthly mystery events for Sisters in Crime plus other events from writers and musicians of all descriptions. They've got a coffee bar, too, and tables and chairs overlooking the Mystic River. (Not Lehane's version--it's much more tame in Medford.)

Marcia Talley

Mary, the new Phil Rickman is a Merrily Watkins -- The Magus of Hay -- and it's about bookstore owners!! Check out: http://www.philrickman.co.uk/pages/new.html
I can't wait to read it.

Charlaine Harris

What a great story about an independent store, Marcia. There are some great independents that have been so crucial to my career that I can't even imagine what would have happened without them . . . and I'm naming names. Murder by the Book in Houston and Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego.

Marcia Talley

Charlaine, you are so right! Both of those stores hosted me as a newbie for book signings, and hand-sold my books like crazy! Love 'em!

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