Everybody loves a good bookstore, but some (dare we say it) are better than others. Some staff are simply friendlier, some shelves are better stocked, and some stores just look so flippin’ beautiful. We asked some top YA authors what their favourite book shop was and here’s what they told us:
Waterstones (Leeds & Liverpool)
Lisa Williamson, author of ‘The Art of Being Normal’
It’s almost impossible to pick my favourite branch of Waterstones, who have been so supportive of ‘The Art of Being Normal’ from the start. In fact I’ve completely failed and ended up going for two – Leeds and Liverpool. Leeds, because the staff are bloody lovely and the entire store has a really warm, friendly vibe, and Liverpool because it’s super swanky (there’s an escalator!) with a HUGE and brilliantly designed children’s section, and a really passionate and innovative team.
Faulkner House book shop, New Orleans
Alex Bell, author of ‘Frozen Charlotte’
Tucked away in a corner of Pirate’s Alley in New Orleans is the Faulkner House book shop. William Faulkner lived here in the 1920s, and today the tiny rooms are overflowing with floor to ceiling books, many of which are rare or out of print. I found loads of books about writing that I had never come across before, and ended up buying as many of them as I could carry.
Stanfords London (Covent Garden)
Sarah Alexander, author of ‘The Art of Not Breathing’
Books, travel stuff, maps, globes, nautical ornaments and really cool stationery. I could permanently live in this shop. Although this is my favourite bookshop, I don’t go that often because it’s impossible for me to spend less than five hours there. No such thing as popping in. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic, too!
Simply Books Bramhall
Bryonny Pearce, author of ‘Angel Fury’ and ‘Phoenix Rising’
My favourite bookshop is Simply Books Bramhall, it’s the bookshop I own in my dreams, all light wood, natural light and beautiful books over two floors. There’s a lovely coffee shop and welcoming atmosphere. They do events, signings, book groups and are such an integral part of their community. The owners, Sue and Andrew, are hugely knowledgeable, fitting books to customers like expert hairdressers with the perfect style, and I can’t go in there without spending money. They have been hugely supportive of my career and I had the book launch for The Weight of Souls, on a very hot day, in their shop.
Katy Cannon, author of ‘Love, Lies and Lemon Pies’
Most of my childhood holidays were spent in Porthmadog, and I still love to go back when I can. I have so many memories of choosing holiday books in Browsers! What always amazes me is that, even in such a tiny shop, I always find something new and unexpected to read!
Books of Wonder
Heidi Helig, author of ‘The Girl From Everywhere’
Books of Wonder is an icon for New York kidlit readers and authors alike. It’s been in business for nearly 36 years and if you visit you’ll know why. The booksellers know their stuff–tell them what you want, and they’ll tell you what you absolutely need. And they host a great party–I held my launch there and it was the best night of my life!
What’s your favourite book store? Let us know @maximumpopbooks.
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