When Annie Bloom’s Books‘ February newsletter arrived promoting “books that are great for Valentine’s gifts, or that help explain one of life’s most powerful feelings” (it’s love they’re talking about), we poked around to see what other bookstores were up to in support of—or at least in response to—this chocolate-powered, pollen-laden lover’s holiday.
Grass Roots Books & Music features Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets, “perfectly capturing the torments and joys of love requited or otherwise,” available here in a lovely, new illustrated hardback edition.
Island Books recommends a number of sundry items to package with that poetry, a selection that includes hand-stitched journals from a Seattle bindery and vintage button jewelry.
Eagle Harbor Book Co. goes decidedly new school, offering an array of $2.99 eBooks, ranging from guilty pleasure bodice rippers to self helpers in the “love” category.
Sage Book Store is really feeling amorous, going community interactive on Valentine’s Eve with its We ‘Heart’ Our Customers Day celebration. Discounts offered all day and an evening of live music in celebration of Sage’s loyal customers who made 2011 one of the store’s most successful years.