March 06, 2010
The 2010 Bookstore Tour
...began today at a shop called Acorn on 5th avenue in Columbus (technically Grandview).
The exterior looked boring and uninviting but inside there were the pleasing eccentricities that mark all good bookshops. A sign warned, "Absolutely No Tap-Dancing" which the proprietor said was to keep the exuberance of the customers in check.
The books were jammed in narrow rows and there were little cubbyholes of bookdom that reminded me of the tiny rooms in Dublin pubic houses. Rich reservoirs of print pervaded the shop, and I thought about buying Winchester's The Professor and the Madman, a book everybody's already read based on its sales but the price tag convinced me otherwise.
Without further ado, the photo gallery: