THAT used to be Baltimore's motto. For real.
Oddly, Baltimore is number 25 in the nation's most literate cities! For real? Um...ok. I wonder if they're still counting all the independent bookstores that have closed in the past 3 years? Or do they count the nearby counties?
Baltimore City actually has quite a few used bookstores:
The 19th Century Shop
I think there's still a Book Rendevous left, Black Planet has moved but hasn't reopened as Red Emma yet...and there are tons of antique and thrift stores that carry used books. As well as other gift shops that are starting to carry quite a selection of books. I hear that's the big thing. Lifestyle shops. Buy your books in the same place where you buy a fancy contact lens case!
And then there's The Book Thing. A crazy place that just gives away books. That madman used to sing some great showtunes when he bartended at Dougherty's. Yes, he was trying to make us leave...but it was riveting.
Of new bookstores, other than B&N downtown, there's us, Mystery Loves Company, The Children's Bookstore...and a bunch of Christian bookstores, some dealers that are only online or only mail order...or exist only in their own minds.
It's an interesting list to keep track of. If anyone knows of a glaring omission let me know. I've been thinking about making a Baltimore Book Map.