To everyone who told me to write a book – I’ve done it.

But it’s not about independent bookstores, interesting people or any of the other topics I’ve talked about in this space over the years. It’s a self-help book that encourages us all to practice non-action. [At this point you’ll …

A community’s living room happens to be a bookstore…

When you’re standing and browsing in Schull’s Anna B’s, it’s impossible not to overhear things. It felt more like I was at a family gathering than in a retail shop. How many times have you been in a …

I felt guilty leaving you. Really, I did.

Bantry Bookstore, I doubt if you even realize what you did to me – or maybe it’s what you did for me. I guess only time will tell. First, I need to thank you for reminding me that …

They’ve Paved My Paradise…

Ever wake up to one of those chilly, cloudy, windy, rain-spitting days where you’d really rather roll over and go back to sleep for a week? Hell, this is Ireland, nearly every day’s like that, but it didn’t …

Good bookstores. Great restaurants. Beautiful scenery. What more do you need?

Kinsale – My first time here I was a backpacking blow-in from across the pond. That’s back when there were more fishing boats than pleasure boats in the harbour. Now the town’s reinvented itself as a foodie’s paradise …

If you can’t trust your memory or the internet, who can you trust?

My targeted bookshop for the week doesn’t have a web page. Not a big deal, since like many other small businesses a Facebook page does the job they need. But FB’s map and guidance put me in the …

I cheated – or did I?

My mission: to buy a new book from each bookstore I visited. In Clonakilty I visited four shops to buy three books, only two of them new enough to ensure the author made a penny or two. When …

I’m in trouble.

Bandon. I’ve just discovered a new [to me] series of books. Damn you, Bandon Books, you’ve left me without a prayer. I arrived the other morning with a minor objective, to buy a pocket-sized notebook and a single …

Like a kid in a candy store

I was on a mission. Maybe not as serious as that “mission from god” that Jake and Elwood Blues embarked on, but still a mission. My goal: to buy a new book for myself, not a gift for …

You can’t eat the scenery

Youghal, County Cork – I spent a week here the other day. For me, it’s one of those places where you go to be, rather than to do. I’m not sure how good this is for the local …