At Quiet City Books

Yesterday, as part of Lewiston’s Sunday Indie Market, Clif and I went to Quiet City Books, where we had our own little table for our own little books.

Quiet City Books is one those shops that feels like home to all nerdy, wordy folks who love books. (Yes, that would include me.)Β  Courtney MacMunn Schlacter, the owner, has managed to tuck in bright, funky art and sweet little gifts among an astonishing assortment of books that appeal to readers young and old.

What a delightful way to spend a winter’s day. We sold some books and chatted with Courtney, who has a commitment to making Lewiston a better place. We talked about how too many people only hear what’s bad about Lewiston, a mill city that has seen better days, but nonetheless has a lot going for it.Β  Thanks to Courtney and other bright, creative people, Lewiston now has a hopeful spark.

So readers, if you live in the area and find yourself in Lewiston, stop by Quiet City Books, look at the art and the books and support this wonderful local store.

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30 thoughts on “At Quiet City Books”

  1. What a delightful bookstore and lovely display of your and Clif’s books! Congratulations on selling some books and I wish there were more of these bookstores. Loved the Book Nerd coffee mug on their Facebook page!

  2. Looks like a delightful, whimsical place to visit (and shop). Living in a rural area which the 20th century passed by (oh, we are in the 21st century?) we see a dynamic, in which the “come here’s” are buying up what to them appear to cheap properties and setting up shop (most of these folks are D.C. bureaucrats on early retirement with stock portfolies to fund such adventures). The “locals” resent their presence, even though the new folks are the ones revitalizing the local economy, because they view them as “taking over the town”. Of course, they all are creating a “have and have-not” economy, with the come-heres mainly marketing to the weekenders, and local refusing to buy stuff at those shops (or benefiting from the increased commerce by setting up their own shops). I’ll be curious to see where all these leads in another 10 years with the come-heres decide to retire again. Will locals pick up the businesses? will another round of early-retires step in (assuming that the federal bureaucracy still exists to generate early-retires in another 10 years…. oh, I’m ranting again)? Happy Thanksgiving. – Oscar

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