Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
Times are hard for the book lover these days. The kind who need to touch pages and promises not to dog-ear them. Of course, you can download a recommendation on a Kindle or have a drone drop off a new book right to your door after ordering it a day or even hours beforehand. Ah, but the unexpected pleasure of stumbling into a local or even big-box bookstore. To wander between shelves loaded with literary treasures you didn't realize you were looking for. Or to peek over the shoulder of a fellow bookworm to see what they are reading. To strike up a conversation about a favorite or newly-discovered author. That's what's missing in most towns thanks to the digital age.
Literati, opened in 2013, is the antidote for the modern digital age when it comes to books. Step inside, and you'll realize what you've been missing.
Another personal touch which you just can't replicate when getting a book online: Throughout the bookstore, scattered among its offerings in genres from classic and contemporary literature to science fiction to gardening, there are books set aside with handwritten reviews from staff members like John, Kelsey and Gina who share with you their current favorite reads and how these books will also remain with you long after the last page.
Literati's street floor is packed with current bestsellers and hard to find literary picks. You will not find any textbooks here. But the shop's staff coordinates with the university's English department to make sure extra copies from that semester's syllabus are in stock. Go downstairs for another floor of nonfiction finds from categories ranging from ecology to cooking to memoir. But the best part of venturing below is the typewriter loaded with a blank piece of paper that greets you at the bottom-most step. There, feel free to peck away and create your own prose.
Over the years, the shop's had thousands of people leave all kinds of notes on its public typewriter. So much so that recently, the store published a book of its own: Notes From A Public Typewriter, published by Grand Central Publishing.