8 Main Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Here’s a recipe that works: Take one indie bookstore in Pioneer Valley, place it across the street from a well-known college, add one of the largest poetry selections in the state, add a strong selection of used books and textbooks, throw in a couple of creative writing programs and author events for good measure. Oh! See if you can get Emily Dickinson buried down the street. Let the mixture sit for a few years. You have Amherst Books!
Not much to say beyond that. This place seems to be doing quite well for itself. It smells nice inside this store. I also walk in during an author event. They do a lot of these here: readings, book launches, parties. One of the owners, Nat Herold is serving wine. There will be another event in an hour.
It’s a medium-sized store — functional and easy to navigate. It looks like a fun place to be.