Supporting Independent Bookstores

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 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)

Episode 478. Reading Stage Directions

Episode 437. Back Room Shakespeare

Episode 435. Nerd Noir Novelist

Episode 414. Bob Mondello Talkback

Episode 385. Unknown Dan Rice

Episode 379. The Fiasco Theatre

Lakewood Colorado

Episode 315. Our New E-Book

Episode 280. Fantasy Sports Explained

Episode 248. Matson V. Croke


Episode 178. The Ballet Book

Episode 157. Wisconsin Loves Us!

Episode 107. Charles Dickens Unplugged

Episode 99. Book Group Expo

Episode 84. Opening Night Crowds

Episode 81. Great Books (abridged)

Episode 61. New Old Shows

Episode 41. The Irish Guys

Episode 30. Summer Reading Lists