Last Stop for Michigander Bookstore Tour 2013

by K.M. Zahrt

Regrettably, just like all trips to the bookstore, this tour must come to an end.

I know what you’re thinking: “How could you possibly end this tour? There’s so many more great bookstores in Michigan to visit.”

And I will say to you, “Don’t fret, my friends. We will force our significant others to drive out of their way and to wait patiently while we visit more bookstores in the future. Believe me when I tell you this.”

And you will say, “But how will you ever decide which bookstore is worthy of the last stop?”

Trust me. I understand your concern. There will surely be rioting in the streets at all the worthy locations around Our Fair Lady of the Mitten that deserve to be reviewed and promoted here. Locations such as: Forever Books in St. Joseph, Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Jellybean’s in Flint/Owosso, Library Bookstore in Ferndale, John K. King Bookstores in Detroit/Ferndale, and many more.

Oh, how you are right, my friends; the stakes are ever so high. But. BUT. The answer is right under your nose. It seems so obvious. Could it really be? Are you sure? Yes. YES! There is a place to stop this tour that can avoid the riots–a place we can all agree is worthy. That place of course is Horizon Books in Traverse City.


I can hear them now, those other Michigander-bookstore patriots, putting down their wands, sickles, and sabers and saying, “Yes, we’ve been there. What a fine Michigan bookstore!”

Some will say, “I love the hot chocolate.”

Others will say, “I saw Jeff Daniels there playing Mahjong with Jennifer Granholm.”

And Michael Moore will say, “I knew it! They told me they were going to meet at Grand Traverse Pie Company…”

But many, many more will say, “I love that store. I’ve bought stacks of books there.”

With that, I bid you adieu. Carry on, my friends. And if the holiday spirit finds you, you can share it by making a gift to support Michigan writers to me via PayPal. Donations are non-tax-deductible, non-refundable, and borderline scammish, but they will be paid forward to Michigan independent bookstores near you. Happy upcoming holiday season!


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