Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Another Great Bookstore is Closing!


It's with a heavy heart that I share the sad news that The Mystery Company in Carmel, Indiana is closing at the end of the month. We've seen so many of our favorite bookstores fold, but this one hit me the hardest. Jim Huang -The Mystery Company owner, Sisters In Crime bookstore liaison, organizer of the fabulous Magna cum Murder and last year's Bouchercon, passionate advocate of the mystery genre - is calling it quits. I love Jim and everything he represents, and wish him the very best.

If you're reading this post, you must be an avid reader just like I am. You've seen one indie after another close down, some in your own backyard. We learned that Borders is struggling to survive, shutting down many of its stores, cutting losses. Barnes and Noble, although I don't have solid proof, only instinct and what I see with my own eyes, isn't as healthy as it once was, fewer customers browsing, shorter check-out lines.

Do you feel as helpless as I do? I wish I could reach out and help. The only thing I can do is buy books and pray those left can weather these tough storms. That when the gales subside, our brick-and-mortars will still be standing. But it doesn't look good. Not good at all.

Today or tomorrow, consider buying a book locally. If you don't have a store near you, many independents have online ordering and shipping. Buy a book!

And farewell, Jim.