Robert McDonald is the director of special events at The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL, and tells us exactly why supporting independent bookstores — and all small businesses, including theater companies! — is not only a good but an important idea. Featuring changing landscapes; romantic notions of bookstores, and the ways in which those notions are true (and not); ways to pivot; the importance of learning new skills and finding individuality; parental warnings and regrets; who the true essential workers are (aside from the obvious ones); important social niceties; who Bookshop.org is genuinely helping; and finally, how to measure convenience, and how Amazon is really not convenient and is probably doing more harm than good. (Length 21:39)

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  1. Ha! You make an excellent point. And you also remind me: We may want to include in the published edition that outstanding list of new 12 Days of Christmas gift suggestions you compiled during our original run. Thanks, Emily!

  2. Re: Stage Directions: My experience they blame stage directions on the previous Stage Manager. : ) I worked on two NEW scripts, where the director and cast were certain the stage directions came from the SM and not the Playwright. Congrats on getting Christmas published! I’ll look forward to reading my stage directions.

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