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A Novel Adventure

Editors' Picks

Every year, the BW staff places an unspoken moratorium on a couple of words that wear out their welcome during the course of the year. The word for 2009 cannot be used to describe the downtown bookstore (but here's a hint: it starts with a "stay" and ends with a "cation") but if you can't afford to leave town on a vacation, consider staying around and browsing through the selection. The locale is more than a place to settle in with a book and a beverage. Customers can listen to poetry readings, gaze at art on the walls and read about where in the world they want to visit next. The space, which has served as a bookstore for more than 130 years, has been reworked in its own special picture-frame-style arrangement, and now caters to a literary niche demographic, including travelers, art lovers and those who aren't afraid to keep it black and white while researching their next adventure until they can afford to actually go.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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