Small businesses everywhere are experiencing hardships due to COVID-19, and independent bookstores are no exception. In fact, according to the American Booksellers Association, 20% of independent bookstores are now in danger of closing for good. As consumers, we have the power to help save our favorite local gems. This holiday season, buy your books from one of these indies!
Pilsen Community Books – Chicago, IL
Pilsen Community Books carries new and used books and is located in the heart of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. PCB is offering gift wrapping this holiday season, as well as nationwide shipping and curbside pickup. Whether you’re in the Chicagoland area or across the country, consider supporting this radical worker cooperative!
December is the new December ✨ If you’d like to purchase books from us to be wrapped, shipped, and delivered by the 25th, NOW is the time! We’ll also wrap books for curbside pickup— just request wrapping in the order notes. pic.twitter.com/aVd6gkBkjP
— PilsenCommunityBooks (@PilsenCommBooks) December 6, 2020
Parnassus Books – Nashville, TN
Parnassus Books opened in 2011 under the ownership of author Ann Patchett and her business partner, Karen Hayes. The shop stocks a wide selection of books including fiction, non-fiction, children’s, local interests, and the arts. Visit their website or social media to read their holiday gift guide or, if you’d like to be surprised, consider ordering one of their surprise Book Bundles!
Prairie Lights Bookstore – Iowa City, IA
An Iowa City landmark, Prairie Lights offers three floors of literature, including an acclaimed children’s section. The shop also features a cafe and wine bar. The store is currently accepting online orders, as well as offering virtual reading events.
Book Culture – New York, NY
A beloved New York City staple, Book Culture has three storefronts. The shop offers a collection of diverse titles, ranging from fiction to academic works. Consider placing an order on their website, or purchasing one of their in-store or online gift cards!
BookWoman – Austin, TX
BookWoman is one of the only feminist bookstores in Austin. The shop hosts a variety of intersectional reading events as well. Check out their 2020 holiday gift guide, or browse their exciting collection of unique t-shirts and jewelry!