Shop Small. The 'shop local' slogan carries a big message, and like local charm, Rediscovered Books has been helping Boise, Idaho, shop small since 2006. Co-owner Laura DeLaney tells us what's on the shelves.
What sets Rediscovered Books apart from other bookstores?
Rediscovered Books is set apart because of the strong connections we have with many parts of our community that range from outdoor enthusiasts to literary fiction readers to graphic novel aficionados. We work to create a place filled with fascinating books and ideas, a place where the staff has extensive knowledge and the skill and passion to share it with others, and where readers of all types can find and buy books that they love. This is the goal of all independent bookstores, but what makes us unique is that we are connected to a particular place that we love, Boise, Idaho.
What has been a successful author visit and why do you believe it was more successful than others?
In my opinion, all successful author events create a strong connection between a writer and their reader regardless of their size. This can happen in many ways from the small event where everyone has time to ask questions to an in-store podcast interview that is shared online to a large book signing with a well-known author. All of these types of events have one thing in common, that many parties are reaching out to generate excitement for the event. It takes all hands–the bookseller, the author, the publicist, and the readers–to create excitement and notoriety for an event to have a strong buzz and attendance.
What in your opinion makes a bestselling book?
A bestselling book is a book that fulfills a need for readers in our culture. That need can be for escape or understanding or any place in between, but books that find their audience in that moment in time are the books that land on our bestseller lists. This is why part of our job as booksellers is to know more about books than just the bestsellers. Great books are often just waiting for the right reader to discover them.
How is Rediscovered Books involved in the community?
Our tag line is "where books and people meet" and that is representative of how our bookstore works. We are usually out in the community multiple times each week supporting author events, school and public library events and community events. In the last month, we hosted a field trip for reluctant readers from a local high school, Indie Author Day at the public library, a poetry reading for the BSU English Department, Tasty Tales story time at our local donut shop, Guru Donuts and a readers theatre group for new and experimental plays, and we supported a Boise Public Library event with Dav Pilkey for 700 people at the Egyptian Theatre, to name just a few.
This is a lot of flash and glamor, but our best way of connecting with our community is the daily interactions with people, helping them to find the next great book, listening to our customers' joys and challenges and being a welcoming place for every member of our community.
Personal Book recommendation?
Here is one of my favorite books that has gone into the Indie's Next Publication:
Michael Dante DiMartino (Roaring Brook Press)