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A Journey Through Edinburgh’s Bookstores

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After three weeks playing in Kansas City, the show went to play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

I find and visit a local bookstore, buying at least one book and hanging onto the receipt

However, spending an entire month in a UNESCO City of Literature teeming with bookstores, I wanted more

Peter Bell books had a sign in the window saying that the owner was high-risk, and so

It wasn’t until I was writing this that I realized I completely forgot The Edinburgh Bookshop

My wife joined me for the first two weeks, which were also PTO from my day job,

Nevertheless, we visited Till’s after eating breakfast nearby

I also snagged a little poetry book I’d never heard of, Moon-Flight and other Poems by

It was stacked high with very old books and some recent, used hardcovers

LeGuin’s Buffalo Gals and another poetry book, Bloodroot by Annemarie Ní Churreáin

And of course, Blackwell’s was on the way to almost everything

However, this location is also the oldest bookstore in Edinburgh, having opened in 1848

Lighthouse was, hands down, the most beautifully progressive bookstore I’ve ever seen

The shelves were dominated by progressive fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and everything else you can think of

Not only did I grab 100 Queer Poems by Mary Jean Chan and Andrew McMillan, but A Comprehensive

When I arrived at Edinburgh Books, I wondered if it was actually closed

The owner rushed in, unlocking the door and flipping on the lights and turning on the radio

Old books aren’t quite my thing, but I still grabbed a book of Scottish songs

Golden Hare was a trek up to New Town from the residence near Arthur’s Seat

I grabbed Out There: Into the Queer New Yonder edited by Saundra Mitchell and Wain: LGBT Reimaginings

There was something so comforting about this shop because it’s exactly like any other comic book

I bought the first two volumes of Birthright as well as Crush and Lobo

Since I was working my day job remotely, I could only go to one store on most

Obviously built in some old mansion, it was full of great new books in every conceivable genre

A little ways off I found Typewronger Books and McNaughton Books

I still managed to find Summoned by Bells by John Betjeman and The Poetical Works of Oliver

Since August 21 was a Sunday, a few castmates and I took a little trip up to Portobello,

I was amazed that such a small community had such a brilliant shop

On my own later that day, I decided to make the trek to a bookstore called Cornerstone

It was a bit of a hike to the other side of Edinburgh Castle from where I

Cornerstone is in the basement of a church, and it is all Christian books

I felt better about the trip after grabbing Blue Horses by Mary Oliver and My Monticello by

This tiny shop has books, sure, but they’re squarely aimed at tourists

Children’s books based on Scotland, journals, and Scottish recipe books dominate

I did grab a pretty journal and a book of winter cocktails, but nothing else

After visiting Rosalyn Chapel, I walked to it from the bus stop

All of that brought us to closing night of our show, in which our lead (and banjo

That said, I managed to make it home with 28 new or new-to-me books and a litany of

That was a lot of fun, and I still have most of them to read