Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, Washington

I had just about a perfect day today. After doing all the “important” subjects (math, reading, grammar) with our kids this morning, my best friend (who is also a homeschooling mom) and I headed an hour and a half south to Spokane to have lunch and visit Auntie’s Bookstore. We had originally planned to go down today to see Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, but there was a date mix-up and he’s not going to be there until Saturday instead. Michelle and I couldn’t be in Spokane on Saturday for various reasons, but decided to take our moms’ afternoon away anyway.

Auntie’s is a wonderful independent bookstore. I haven’t visited a large indie bookseller in a while, and I’d forgotten how different the selection is from a chain bookstore. They had a wonderful selection of local authors – including signed copies of books by Chris Crutcher, Glenda Burgess, and Michael Harmon, all Spokane authors whom I have had the privilege of interviewing for Literary Road Trip posts. Jess Walter and Sherman Alexie were also highlighted.

Their essay and poetry sections were huge compared to what I’m used to seeing in a B&N – and their YA section was also much bigger. It was so hard to restrain myself – but I only purchased three books. I told Kevin ahead of time to not worry about getting me a Mother’s Day gift, as I would be picking out my own at Auntie’s. :) Here’s what I came home with:


Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry edited and introduced by Billy Collins


Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature’s 50 Greatest Hits by Jack Murnighan


Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner

After Michelle and I shopped for a couple hours, we headed to Starbucks, ordered coffee and sat down to read the first few pages of each of the books we bought. Now, when I go book shopping with my husband, he thinks it’s extremely weird that I want to do this. Michelle, however, is a kindred spirit, so we spent close to an hour sipping coffee, reading, and sharing the especially wonderful or funny bits.

We then drove the hour and a half home, talking so much that my lips were completely chapped by the time I dropped Michelle off at her house around 7 p.m. Like I said, perfect day.

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17 Responses to Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, Washington

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Hee hee, I’ve done that too, when I will buy myself something then tell my husband “you don’t need to buy me a Mother’s Day present honey!”. This sounds like a fantasy day for me! We need to do this for ourselves once in awhile!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Maui #8 =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I agree – I really think Michelle and I will be trying to do it more often. :)

  2. Serena
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit
    says:

    Sounds like you had a great time…and don’t you just love those bookstores that have those larger poetry sections! O by the way, voting is open for the national poetry month posts: http://savvyverseandwit.com/2010/04/its-time-to-vote.html
    .-= Serena´s last blog ..Giveaway for Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Serena – I was really excited to see their poetry section – just wish I had had more money to spend!

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  4. That does sound like a great day! You’re lucky to have a “kindred spirit” so close to you!

  5. Jamie Ford says:

    Hi Carrie–sorry for the mix-up at Aunties! So glad you had a great visit anyway.

    If you’re interested in modern poetry, check out Anis Mojgani and Taylor Mali. Both have spoken word performances all over youtube. Great stuff!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Jamie – no problem – I know that scheduling events like that can be crazy! Thanks for the head’s up. I’ve already enjoyed a lot of Taylor Mali’s videos; will be looking for Anis Mojgani. :)

  6. Kathleen says:

    Sounds like a wonderful day. There’s nothing better than discovering and enjoying an independent bookstore that is a real treasure and the fact that you had a “kindred spirit” to enjoy it with makes it that much more special.
    .-= Kathleen´s last blog ..Are you Ready for the Storm? And are you Ready for the Giveaway? =-.

  7. Kim
    Twitter: BookstoreK
    says:

    Love it!! I thought about you several times yesterday. My husband loves it when I take care of my Mother’s Day presents myself. Last year, I “received” a couple of Murakami books.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..2010 Innovations in Reading Award Winners Announced! =-.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kim – my husband likes it, too, especially since I’m not very good about keeping my wish list updated.

  8. softdrink says:

    It all sounds lovely. Especially the books. :-D
    .-= softdrink´s last blog ..NY Challenge – a winner and a final reminder =-.

  9. Auntie’s Bookstore sounds like heaven, Carrie. I am glad you and your friend had such a good day.
    .-= Literary Feline´s last blog ..Review: The Killing of Mindi Quintana by Jeffrey A. Cohen =-.