The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College St.
S. Hadley, MA 01075
What is it with Pioneer Valley? The stores here are excellent and keep getting bigger. The Odyssey Bookshop seems to be the biggest of them all. 5,000 square feet of quality indie book store. And they’re pleasant and energetic to boot.
I should admit that this posting is going to be a love letter. I actually got to read at this store thanks to event coordinator Emily Russo and owner Joan Grenier. They were incredibly nice to me. Too nice. Grenier is proud of her store’s longevity and proud of her staff. Understandably so. The store has been around for forty five years, and staff knowledge and flexibility are a few of her keys to success.
There’s also the store, the location, the college across the street, the children’s section, the textbooks, the used and remaindered section, the internationally distributed first editions club, a breakout fiction club for debut and midlist writers, events, and the incredible staff that “engage and promote books to readers.”
Everything a book store should be. When combined with the other stores in the area, for book lovers, Pioneer Valley is worth a weekend trip.
So, this is the last posting about New England, and it’s been a great beginning to this trip around America.