Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and a book with a thousand pages begins with a foreword by Malcolm Gladwell.” Advance toward epilogues with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of books at a Real Bookstore in Fairview.
Bibliophiles can choose their own adventure as they peruse the aisles of a Real Bookstore, a 20,000-square-foot literary goldmine where the works of classic and contemporary authors commingle on shelves stacked high with hardcover and paperback treasures. The store’s knowledgeable staff orients readers overwhelmed by the store’s selection with personal recommendations, which range from Ernest Cline’s genre-bending virtual-space opera, Ready Player One ($24/hardcover; $14/paperback), to signed first-edition copies of Amande Eyre Ward’s sleep-assistance manual, Close Your Eyes ($25).
While young adults embark on the hilarious joyride of C.D. Payne’s Youth in Revolt ($17.95), kids can frolic through a 2,000-square-foot children’s section that hosts ample space for stories and activities. The children’s area leads out to an indoor-outdoor café, which grills its panini sandwiches over kindling harvested from cooking books.
a Real Bookstore
Staffers personally select the titles that line the shelves of a Real Bookstore's 20,000-square-foot facility. Each tome is carefully culled from a stock of new arrivals, featured debuts, and signed copies from guest writers. Author visits commence in the cozy event area, where the wordsmiths entertain attendees with presentations, question-and-answer sessions, and book signings where they increase their work's value without dipping the pages in gold. At Fierce Words & Stiff Drinks events, authors interact less formally with readers over wine, artisan beers, and cocktails inspired by their books.
Youngsters enjoy their own events in the 2,000-square-foot children's section. Tuesday- and Wednesday-morning story times enthrall preschoolers with tales, crafts, and snacks, and Friday-night PajamaRama story hours invite kids for a bedtime version of the same. The store’s Collage Bakery and Bar further caters to families with menu items made in-house, and adults can enjoy glasses of beer or wine at seating areas inside or outside the store.