Mason Engel works on his books – and bookish films – in Los Angeles. In 2019, he took a road trip around the country to 50 independent bookstores in 50 days. His goal was to promote his self-published novel, 2084, but his conversations with booksellers shifted his focus. 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. Engel will be at Miami Book Fair 2022 to lead a panel on the film.