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Celebrate The Bookstore Of The Year That Is Straight Outta Naperville

Anderson's Books, which includes Anderson's Bookshops in Naperville and Downers Grove, IL, ABC Book Fairs, a school book fair company in Aurora, IL, and Two-Doors East gift shop in Naperville, IL, was recently named Publishers Weekly 2011 Bookstore of the Year.

"This prestigious honor celebrates one bookseller in the nation and cited Anderson's, a fifth-generation family bookstore, for its role as a community leader and literary destination. Anderson's, co-owned by recently elected American Booksellers Association president Becky Anderson and her three brothers, traces its roots back 136 years to the founding of W.W. Wickel Pharmacy (now Oswald's Pharmacy), which sold books and other items before launching a separate bookstore in 1964.

In celebration of this accomplishment and the independent spirit emerging from the western suburbs of Chicago, Naperville-based publisher Sourcebooks will sponsor a Celeappreciation Event on Wednesday, August 10, from 4-8 p.m. at Anderson's Bookshop (123 W Jefferson, Naperville, IL, 60540). There will be activities, raffles, refreshments, and fun to celebrate being named Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year and to show appreciation to the local community of readers.

Todd Stocke, Vice President and Editorial Director at Sourcebooks, will be speaking at the event about the importance of independents and making a presentation to Anderson's owner Becky Anderson on behalf of Sourcebooks.

"The independent spirit goes well beyond just having vibrant storefronts," Stocke said. "Anderson's deep roots bring authors, artists, and diverse voices into our classrooms, our auditoriums, even our concert halls. Those are experiences that have real value to our community and that other cities envy."

Anderson hopes the event will spark a community dialogue about the future of independent stores and publishers. She will also be announcing the next Naperville Reads author at the event.

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Straight Outta Naperville

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Posted on August 7, 2011


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