I stopped in recently at [words], a terrific independent bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey (in the Newark area). Maplewood is lovely, in that narrow streets and lots of trees village way that old towns in the northeastern US can have.
[words] has a great selection, including lots of MG and YA literature. I had a good chat with Seamus, a member of staff, about what he likes and reads and about how independent bookstores interact with authors. Before I left, I spotted fellow Story Monkey Platte Clark:
And also my editor, Michelle Frey (sorry, this one is blurry):