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Name Your Favorite Indie Bookstore!

Sally Rosen Kindred, author of the forthcoming collection Where the Wolf, shares her independent bookstore recommendations.

Photo Courtesy of Berni Carrieri, Photographer
Photo Courtesy of Berni Carrieri, Photographer

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Loyalty Books

823 Ellsworth Dr

Silver Spring, MD 20910


Busboys & Poets

2021 14th St NW

Washington, DC 20009


Kensignton Row Books

3786 Howard Ave

Kensington, MD 20895


The closest indie to me, which I love, is Loyalty Books in Silver Spring, Maryland. (I’ve been ordering from Loyalty lately—loved shopping there in person.) A branch of Busboys and Poets (another favorite bookstore, in DC) was supposed to open in my neighborhood in the spring (with a big stage for events), but it hasn’t yet, because of the pandemic. I’ve read at Kensington Books in Kensington, Maryland, a lovely spot.


Classic Lines

5825 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15217


White Whale Bookstore

4754 Liberty Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15224

My favorite indies in towns where I’ve lived—and where I return to read and go to readings—are Classic Lines and White Whale Bookstore in Pittsburgh, and Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC. Scuppernong is an especially magical place to browse, and Cave Wall has had a reading series there, where an author who is not reading acts as “celebrity guest bartender,” raising tips for a nonprofit during the evening. I have good friends (who are patrons of these stores) in both cities; I shop there whenever I’m in town.

Scuppernong Books

304 S Elm St

Greensboro, NC 27401


Sally Rosen Kindred is the author of Where the Wolf, a winner of the Diode Editions Book Prize, forthcoming in 2021, Book of Asters (Mayapple Press, 2014) and No Eden (Mayapple Press, 2011). Her chapbooks are Says the Forest to the Girl (Porkbelly Press, 2018), and Darling Hands, Darling Tongue (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). She has received two Individual Artist Awards in Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council, and her poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and Kenyon Review Online. She teaches writing online for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

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