I know, I know–Independent Bookstore Day was weeks ago. So why are we still talking about it? Well, it was a pretty big deal. Our schedule for the day at Island Books was as overstuffed as it’s ever been, and the same was true at bookstores all over the region. Over 300 people rose to the #SEABookstoreDay challenge and made it to every one of the participating businesses, going from the islands in the Sound to the Eastside, from South Seattle to Mill Creek in the north, and everywhere in between. The members of this proud group were declared Indie Bookstore Champions and earned themselves a 25% discount at all those stores for the next year.
This was the third year in a row I’ve undertaken the challenge, but this time with a new passenger on board. I’d told James Taylor, a customer at Island Books, about the itinerary my friends and I were attempting, and intrigued, he wondered if we had room in our car. It so happened we did, and we arranged to meet at the downtown ferry terminal to launch our epic journey. Plans quickly went awry, though, and his championship dreams were dashed from the start. I’ll let him pick up the story from here ... continued