Popping Up in Pittsburgh

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.”)

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2 Comments to Popping Up in Pittsburgh

  1. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    March 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    They stopped to browse the spacious aisles scanning titles on the.shelves. They lingered in the downstairs cafe eating as they flipped through.magazines from the enormous periodical section.

  2. nbm's Gravatar nbm
    April 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Well, I laughed. Chortled.

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