A summons to Charlottesville… for Canuck literati

The Toronto Star has realized what any of us could have determined from a quick stroll across the Downtown Mall: Charlottesville loves books.

A feature story in Thursday's edition of the paper has a local roundup filed under the "Travel" section, including interviews with bookstore owners and a laundry list of local authors.

"Charlottesville is the used book capital of the state," says Andy Gutterman of the Avocado Pit, "There are more bookstores in Charlottesville than anywhere else in Virginia."

Let's see: there's New Dominion, Quest, Blue Whale, Daedalus, Read It Again Sam, and the late Book Cellar. That's just on the Downtown Mall. A mile to the West, we have Brillig, Heartwood, and official and unofficial UVA bookstores; beyond that, the corporate wilds of Barnes & Noble and Waldenbooks beckon.

And of course, that's to say nothing of the local library system with eight branches throughout the region. All of this will coalesce next month at the Virginia Festival of the Book, which brings together readers and writers for a five-day blowout every spring.

But hey, know what's even better than books? Newspapers. Especially free ones.



This blog is better than books! Nothing tops it here in the village.

That's an awfully positive story....Hmmm....I wonder why?

Ann Witmer is a freelance writer based in Hummelstown, Pa. Her trip was subsidized by the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau.