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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

More Than Retailers, Bookstores Offer Community

More Than Retailers, Bookstores Offer Community

WDCB’s Gary Zidek gets ready for Independent Bookstore Day with a visit to The Book Stall in Winnetka.

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“Amazon does not put on author events, Amazon does not write shelf talkers or do recommendations, besides sort of an algorithm that they have, so I think people appreciate that. We are a destination that offers some sort of entertainment, and Amazon cannot provide that. They are not a gathering place, and we are a gathering place.” - Stephanie Hochschild, owner of The Book Stall, talking about the ways an independent bookstore can stand out in today’s marketplace.

Stephanie Hochschild, owner of The Book Stall

Stephanie Hochschild, owner of The Book Stall

Saturday April 27 is Independent Bookstore Day. Over 550 bookstores across the country will celebrate the occasion with special deals, merchandise and programming. The North Shore-based Book Stall is among the local participants in the one-day promotional celebration. The store now known as The Book Stall opened its downtown Winnetka doors back in 1937, making it one of the oldest book retailers in the Chicago metro area. Stephanie Hochschild became the shop’s fifth owner when she purchased it in 2013. The daughter and niece of librarians says books are in her DNA.

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“Sure, we sell products, we put products on our shelves, and we’re in the retail business to sell things. But, there’s something special about connecting with people on a personal level, and often times the book is a conduit to make those personal connections.” - Mike Wysock, floor manager at The Book Stall.

The Book Stall floor manager Mike Wysock holding one of his recent recommendations, THE OVERSTORY..

The Book Stall floor manager Mike Wysock holding one of his recent recommendations, THE OVERSTORY..

Looking for some warm weather reading recommendations? The Book Stall’s assistant manager of merchandising Kathleen Crawford recommends picking up these three recent releases:

  1. DAISY JONES AND THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  2. THE RIVER by Peter Heller

  3. THE PARISIAN by Isabella Hammad

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No amount of searching online can match the feeling of browsing inside an actual bookstore.

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You can keep up with what’s going on at The Book Stall here and learn more about Independent Bookstore Day here.

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