We are publishing this book to commemorate our 40th anniversary. It is intended to be a celebration of the written word and the art of bookselling. As such, we have asked numerous authors to tell us simply, “Why I write.” As you would expect, the answers are varied, provocative and poignant. No bookstore would exist without the labors of the many authors throughout history who have undertaken the mission of putting pen to paper. So, thank you, authors, for your zeal, grace and perseverance – the world is a better place with your books on our shelves.
In this volume, we have tried to bring you the flavor of the store commonly known as, “The Northshire.” We have interviewed some of our fine booksellers and otherwise given a taste of what we have been up to these past four decades. A timeline of events specific to the bookstore and our community runs across the bottom of these pages. Great thanks are due to our amazing staff, past and present, who have lived up to the Morrows’ unreasonable expectations with humor and aplomb. The success of the store is due to their knowledge, effort and gracious hospitality.
A good bookstore is part of the cultural foundation of its community. Bookstores tend to be owned and staffed by people who care about the quality of their daily lives, about the social setting in which they work, and about how they can have a positive effect on the cultural fabric of their community. Irrepressible, old-dog bookseller David Schwartz said it best. “Bookselling …is a search for a community of values which can act as an underpinning of a better world.”
Ever since our opening day we have focused on exceeding our customers’ expectations. By creating a unique and inviting space, by filling it with well-chosen titles, and by having excellent booksellers, the right books land in the right set of hands at the right time. All of our efforts revolve around this simple aspiration of creating magic.
So thank you to all the folks in Manchester and the Mountains, to our fellow booksellers, to publishers, to
authors and to readers across the globe. Read on…