From the Back Porch

Why Winter Park?

April 5, 2024

So, we know why I love books and felt drawn to open a bookstore during middle age, not knowing what I was in for. We begin in Winter Park, Florida. I knew that indie bookstores could only succeed in high-traffic pedestrian, affluent communities. The problem is that the affluent bring high rents, and it is almost impossible to break even for books because our margins are embarrassing.

What Do Bookstores Mean to You?

April 3, 2024

Who doesn't love an indie bookstore?

The Idea Becomes Real to Me

April 1, 2024

I have been saying the word ten years a lot lately. Ten years as a bookstore owner.

Walk Down Memory Lane With Me Cont.

March 18, 2024

Ten years.  That is all I keep telling myself.  Ten years. Lots have happened in the last ten years.

Third Places

March 16, 2024

Writer’s Block Bookstore was always going to be a third place. The inception of the bookstore entered my consciousness when I was listening to a program on NPR where author Ann Patchett, who is an owner of a bookstore in Nashville, was talking about why she opened her bookstore.

Walk Down Memory Lane With Me

March 10, 2024

Right around this time ten years ago, late February, early March, I was at the beginning of a crossroad I actually didn’t know I was at at the time. I was finishing up my Masters in Social Work and had signed up for my last semester so I could finally finish.

Books to Get You Out of Your Reading Slump

September 19, 2023

Here’s a list of books that'll help get you out of your reading slump!

Midnight at the Gallery

August 16, 2023

We had the delight of hosting Rachel Griffin, author of Bring Me Your Midnight on Thursday, August 10th!

Beach Reads for the Summer

July 10, 2023

Whether you prefer romance, general fiction, or something else, we have a couple of perfect summer picks for you!

Sunshine State of Mind

June 6, 2023

It’s Summer and that means it’s time for the Sunshine State reads!