Andrew Laties at The Booksmith in San Francisco

Andrew Laties at The Booksmith in San Francisco

September 8, 2011 7:30pm

Andy Laties, author of Rebel Bookseller: Why Indie Businesses Represent Everything You Want To Fight for, from Free Speech To Buying Local To Building Communities, will be speaking at The Booksmith at 7:30pm on September 8th.

The Booksmith is located at:
1644 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA

Andy Laties has launched five bookselling companies in the past thirty years. In 1987 he won the Women’s National Book Association’s Pannell Award for his innovative community outreach work at The Children’s Bookstore in Chicago. After ten years as an American Booksellers Association School instructor, Andy wrote the original Rebel Bookseller, which won the 2006 Independent Publisher Award for best book about writing and publishing. He’s now revised and expanded that book, and teacher and educator Bill Ayers has added an afterword. Laties tells how he got started, how he kept going, and why he believes independent bookselling has a great future. He alternates his narrative with short anecdotes, interludes between the chapters that give his credo as a bookseller. Along the way, he explains the growth of the chains, and throws in a treasure trove of tips for anyone who is considering opening up a bookstore. Andy holds a Masters degree from the School of Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University. He co-founded and still manages the museum shop at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. Joining the conversation this evening is Booksmith’s co-owner Christin Evans, a Vassar grad and a refugee from the corporate world. Rebel Bookseller is a must read for those who care about the book biz, a testament to the ingeniousness of one man’s story of making a life out of his passionate commitment to books and bookselling. “Everything you always wanted to know about the book business but were afraid to ask.” — Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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