Harry Potter Fans, Support Your Local Bookstore!


Unless you’ve been living under a rock and/or have no contact with children or adults in tune with their Inner Childishness, you cannot help but know that the sixth volume of the Harry Potter series is scheduled to be published next Saturday, July 16th.

If you are a true Potterophile, you will have already made arrangements to procure a copy of J.K. Rowling’s latest (and, one expects, weightiest) opus. If you have been lax in this department, it is not too late to pre-order a copy from Amazon: if you order by July 11th you will be guaranteed delivery on Saturday, at the steeply discounted cost of $17.99 (plus $3.99 standard shipping).

But why not instead use this as an opportunity to support our local bookstores? This is a huge publishing event, at least from the financial perspective, and smaller independent bookstores would really benefit from getting even a small slice of the pie.

Living near Broadway, my bookstore of choice is Bailey/Coy. Bailey/Coy is a gem of a bookstore, with a small but fabulous selection of books. Unfortunately, their business has been slow in recent times and they have been struggling to survive the Great Broadway Slump. They are currently taking pre-orders for Harry Potter, so you might want to stop by or call to reserve your copy. Like many other bookstores in the area, they will be staying open until midnight next Friday and will be hosting a Harry Potter party.

[Every day, Bailey/Coy posts the opening sentence(s) of a novel on their sidewalk signboard. If you can identify the novel, you get 20% off of a book purchase. I always get a kick out of recognizing the quote and it gives me an excuse to drop in and buy a book. The quote shown in the picture was one of the easier ones, especially since it coincided with the opening of a certain movie …]

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