I love indie bookstores, as everyone knows, and I especially love this one, the Hockessin Book Shelf. Even better, I'm going to be reading there June 19th! I love Rebecca Dowling and she was gracious enough to let me pepper her with questions. Thank you so, so much, Rebecca!
Your store seems to be and do so many great things! Tell us about it!:
The Hockessin Book Shelf is a New & Used bookstore in Hockessin, DE and like our state, the store is a small wonder. We only have 826 sq. feet of inventory space! So most of our activities & events are off site. We have become known for our community partnerships: story time at the creamery, book groups at the gourmet food shop & cafe's, cookbook book club at the Nature Society & "An Evening With The Author" at one of our historic buildings. For us the Shop Local movement is a way of life & our store's health is dependent on the health of our neighbors.
Your store is also famous for being a browser's paradise--Can you tell what books belong with what customer?Most of the time, we've been selling to some of our customers for years or since they were kids and because of the extended conversations that can only happen IN a store. Just a few pointed questions and we are usually on our way to a perfect match :). I have an amazing staff too. They love books & are so well rounded in their reading habits, we have all the niches covered from genre to lit. to children's books. And I do think that the small size of the store helps with this....................we only have to go a short distance to pull the perfect book off the shelves.
What three books are you pressing into everyone's hands and why?
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters. Just out in paperback & will be huge for book groups if I have anything to say about it.
A Land More Kind Then Home by Wiley Cash because it is the Eat Drink Read book group pick for May.
Heartbroken by Lisa Unger. Great Thriller & it will be the perfect summer read.
And the children's book Tea Rex by Molly Idle, Spy Mice YR series by Heather Vogel Frederick (it's a take on James Bond with titles like "For Your Paws Only") & Julianne Baggot's new book "Fuse"
Oh wait, you only wanted 3.................hahahhaha...
What's been your favorite author event and why?
How do you see the future of bookstores?