Dedications to Dedicated Booksellers

Alison Morris - April 25, 2007

On the train back from NYC late Sunday I read (among other things) Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli. Told in verse, this is a short, sweet story about an astronomy-loving girl who's feeling anything but starry-eyed about her family's decision to move to a new town, several hours away from her best friend.

This is the second book I've read this season that's dedicated to fellow booksellers at ABC member stores. Spinelli dedicated Where I Live to booksellers at three Pennsylvania independents: Hannah Schwartz of Children's Book World in Haverford, Ellen Mager of Booktenders' Secret Garden in Doylestown and "the folks at  Chester County Book Company" in West Chester. Rick Riordan dedicated Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3: The Titan's Curse to Topher Bradfield of BookPeople in Austin, Texas, and his Camp Half-Blood compatriot Toni Davis.

I can think of no more meaningful way for an author to recognize a bookseller than to dedicate a book to them. And I can think of no more meaningful role a bookseller can play than to be the type of bookseller an author might dedicate a book to. (Unless it's to be the type of bookseller an author might write a book about!)

1 thought on “Dedications to Dedicated Booksellers

  1. ShelfTalker

    Jennifer Groves at Clarion just alerted me to another bookseller dedication this season: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt is dedicated to Sally Bulthuis and Camille De Boer of Pooh’s Corner in Grand Rapids, the author’s local children’s bookstore. (Thanks, Jennifer!)


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