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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ode to My Local Borders

I'm so sad today. My favorite Borders in Bolingbrook, IL, is one of the 200 Borders that are closing. I wrote my very first book in the cafe in this Borders. This was when I had no idea I'd ever be a published author and was just giving writing a try. A lot of people don't like the big bookstores and try to only shop or appear at independent bookstores but this particular Borders has always been so good to me, even when my local independent bookstore wouldn't even take my calls because I wasn't a big enough name. For starters, the general manager of the Bolingbrook Borders, Lynn Nulicek, herself came to my launch party for The Espressologist (held at a coffee shop) and hand sold the books. Lynn is completely amazing!

And Lynn and Borders welcomed me and my friends from The Debs for a holiday event in 2009. (That's Cynthea Liu, Lara Zielin, Aprilynne Pike, me, Darcy Vance, and Saundra Mitchell).

Kristin Walker, Kimberly Pauley, and I had a super fun Valentine's Day event there as well in 2010.

Kristin and I were regulars at the Bolingbrook Borders, doing the Teacher Appreciation Days and Reader Meet Author events. And they always spoiled us with samples from the cafe.

This past fall I had my launch party for My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours at Borders as well.

I've had so many happy memories at this store. I'm just so sad to think there will be no more events for me at my favorite Borders. I'll keep doing events at other stores and libraries but this Borders is like home. :-(


Mother Hen said...

My local Waterstons closed it's doors this week and I was devistated. There is a smaller one up the stree but it's not the same. The Borders in Cambridge closed a couple of years ago and I really miss that, it had the best children's department ever. You would think that The Brits were real book worms and would relish their book stores, not close them! I feel for you.

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

My Borders is closing too and I live in Missouri where there are no indies. So all I have left now will be Barnes and Noble but I'm a Borders snob! And if B&N goesa way I'll be a town with no bookstore!!

Kristina Springer said...

We do have a B&N in town too but it's not the same. :-(

Frosted Fingers said...

I really wish they weren't closing, too!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

So Sorry to hear about your Borders :(

But on a brighter note, I wanted to tell you that I bought a copy of The Espressologist today for my daughter's birthday, and i can't wait until she's done with it so i can read it too!

I love your site, BTW - it's really engaging, easy to navigate, and has all the info you need. I think I could learn a thing or two :)

Kristina Springer said...

Thanks Susanna! You're so sweet!

nutschell said...

I was so sad when I saw the 5 page long list of closing Borders stores. Thankfully, my favorite one near our house is still doing good. Ghad. I hate this economy!