An Ode to 57th Street Books

It’s Independent Bookstore Day today, April 30. As many of you know, my book launch party will be the following week at 57th Street Books, one of Chicago's finest independent bookstores.

I am so thankful that we have such a wonderful neighborhood bookstore brimming with great books. You can get lost in books there. You wind your way through rooms, one after another, each smaller than the room before it until you end up in the very last one. I could literally spend hours exploring the books. It’s a place of discovery. Staff recommendations line the shelves on fluttering pieces of white paper.

When my daughter was young, we used to go to story time at the store. Now, she’s reaching higher on the shelves and her tastes have changed from “Curious George” to “Bad Kitty.” It’s a place that has grown with her.

57th Street Books is supportive of emerging authors and hosts ongoing literary events, including Indie City Writers' live-lit performances. The next one is scheduled at 6 p.m. on May 26. I’ll be reading there as well. We are so grateful for the support.

Yes, my books are available on Amazon, too, and yes, I own a Kindle for emergency purposes. I can’t bear to be without a dozen books on vacation, and I can only check in so many in my suitcase. But nothing beats a physical book or bookstore in my opinion. When it comes time to buy “A Storm of Stories,” or anything else, I encourage you to think independent and to check out your neighborhood bookstore, especially 57th Street Books.

I hope to see some of you there at my book launch at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7! For details, visit www.semcoop.com/event/book-launch-kb-jensens-storm-stories

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