Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Magic and Hard Work, Books and People

When we made the big move from the suburbs and opened Porter Square Books, who knew that we were, in fact, coming home? Home to a community that we barely knew and home to a book store life that continues to be sustaining on so many levels. Cambridge readers embraced us and our wonderful front line booksellers supplied the enthusiasm to engage those readers. Voila - like magic here we are 10 years later. Well maybe not so much magic as hard work!

At a recent private event for Bret Anthony Johnston, the amazing author of Remember Me Like This, I was struck, from a rare sense of distance, that being in this place with these people would actually never have happened if we hadn't created PSB. Indeed the books draw us together, but it is the people who breathe life into this world.

What a privilege to have met such a delightful array of authors and illustrators over these 10 years. I mention them not as an exercise in name dropping, but with amazement at my good fortune. Some of my favorites: Annie Lamott, Alexandra Fuller, MT Anderson, Karl Marlantes, Judy Collins, Carole King, Romeo Dallaire, Tracy Kidder, Abraham Verghese, Fonzie (!!), Jerry Pinkney, Peter Sis, Anthony Shadid, Sebastian Junger, David Macaulay, Peniel Joseph, Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, Scott Magoon, Joe McKendry, Chris Van Allsburg, Jacqueline Woodson, Mo Willems, Anita Silvey, David Sedaris, Gail Caldwell, Oliver Jeffers, Neil Gaiman, Ruta Sepetys, Jared Williams, Gareth Hinds, Margaret Atwood, Ed Viesturs, Mameve Medwed, Tomie DePaola, Rosemary Wells, Liza Ketchum, Kate DiCamillo, Sarah Chayes, Ann Downer, and many others.

The connections spread to the publishing community, sister bookstores, our customers, and the terrific people we work with in schools, libraries and organizations here in Cambridge and beyond.

However, laughing and working on a daily basis with my fellow founders, our new owners, and all the hardworking folks at PSB truly brings me even greater joy. They have provided camaraderie, kindness and inspiration and make it fun to come into work. The good news is there's more to come. What a gift this has been!

Carol Stoltz
Children's Department Buyer and Manager

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