With an Introduction by Edward Morrow
Afterword by Bill Ayers
Andy Laties has launched five bookselling companies in the past thirty years. In 1987, he won the Women's National Book Association's Pannell Award for his innovative community outreach work at The Children's Bookstore in Chicago. After ten years as an American Booksellers Association School instructor, Andy wrote Rebel Bookseller: How To Improvise Your Own Indie Store And Beat Back The Chains, published by Vox Pop, which won the 2006 Independent Publisher Award for best book about writing and publishing.
In Rebel Bookseller: Why Indie Businesses Represent Everything You Want to Fight for—From Free Speech to Buying Local to Building Communities, Laties tells how he got started, how he kept going, and why he believes independent bookselling has a great future. He alternates his narrative with short anecdotes, interludes between the chapters that give his credo as a bookseller. Along the way, he explains the growth of the chains, and throws in a treasure trove of tips for anyone who is considering opening up a bookstore.
Rebel Bookseller is a must-read for those in the book biz, a testament to the ingeniousness of one man's story of making a life out of his passionate commitment to books and bookselling.