Calling all lovers of indie bookstores for a Miami Book Fair two-part event: A screening of a new literary documentary and a panel of the nation’s foremost independent booksellers!
In 2019, Mason Engel took a road trip around the country to 50 independent bookstores in 50 days. His goal: to promote his self-published novel, 2084. But his conversations with booksellers shifted his focus, and on a second trip, he brought a cameraperson along and asked booksellers a simple question: “Why should we shop indie?” The resulting documentary, The Bookstour, premiered on public TV earlier this year. After the screening, Engel will moderate a panel discussion among powerhouse booksellers from across America, including Mitchell Kaplan, owner of South Florida’s Books & Books; Donna Paz Kaufman, owner of Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, a bookstore café and arts venue in Amelia Island, Florida; and Janet Webster Jones, owner of Source Booksellers in Detroit.
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