Yesterday’s PWxyz Morning Report posted a link pointing to Karen The Small Press Librarian’s blog, where she announced a Pop-Up Indie Bookstore to Inhabit Former Borders, in Pittsburgh. I tell you, I can’t remember the last time a headline inspired such excitement over here!
The real story, however, was both more and less than what I had envisioned. The new business, Fleeting Pages, is a sort of legal outlaw rave of a bookstore, taking up temporary residence in a closed Borders’ space:
They will sell books by indie presses and self-publishers; hold book-making workshops, readings, and other events; and are open to other suggestions by writers and artists in the indie community. At this date, they plan to occupy the space for one month and possibly 6 weeks, after which they may regroup and pop up in another space.
So this is great news. Pittsburgh is home to a number of cool small presses, and can definitely find a welcome for another indie store in addition to the town’s existing booksellers. It’s a creative use of existing big box space, it looks hip, and if I lived any closer I’d be there in a heartbeat. I wish them nothing but the best.
But… if it had been a store selling indie pop-up books? I would have booked a ticket. Imagine.
(Video is Shitdisco’s “OK.”)