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'Book Crawl' held in downtown Lansing

'Book Crawl' held in downtown Lansing

Chloe Gregg

Bookshops in downtown Lansing hosted the city's very first "Book Crawl" on Saturday, Dec. 4.

This event came about after a recent boom in indie bookstores left Lansing's Washington Square Avenue (just a few blocks from LCC) with six bookstores, giving it the new nickname "Bookshop Row."

The bookstores are all very different from one another, with a lot of them having a specific niche. For instance, Deadtime Stories, a new bookstore that opened in March, provides its customers with not only haunted books, but a haunted gift shop as well.

"We sell all true crime, horror and paranormal books, with a heavy focus on Michigan stories and Michigan authors," said Deadtime Stories owner Jennifer Carpenter. "Things have come about very quickly and they're pretty fluid as far as three of the six of us on Bookshop Row are in temporary situations.

"What things look like in six months or a year could look a little different. Hopefully, with as well as it went this year, it will grow and we can include more of the indie bookstores next time."

Deadtime Stories, Robin Books and Summit Comics and Games are a few of the permanent bookstores in downtown Lansing.

The other three that participated in the book crawl, but may change locations in the future, are A Novel Concept, Wayfaring Booksellers and Socialight Society. These indie bookstores offer a wide variety of books to choose from, ranging from women authors, undiscovered authors, Black authors and comic books.

Corinna Peterson, a student at LCC, said although she didn't go to the most recent book crawl, she would love to participate in the next.

"I love reading and I especially love thrillers and mysteries, so I think 'Deadtime Stories' would be a great place for me to visit," Peterson said. "I also love that some of the bookstores sell used and cheap books, so I can buy more than just a couple when I go."



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