As consumers ourselves, we were not aware there was an embargo when we recently ordered a Little Brown published book - Malcolm Gladwell: Collected, a lovely hardcover book set illustrated by Brian Rea - I admit we ordered it most of all for the amazing abstracted illustrations! (see below). But we ordered it from our local bookshop instead of Amazon. We've never ordered a book from Amazon, although I do like it for other things we can't get at local stores. But we so much prefer the experience of going into a bookshop, we've spent countless hours browsing bookstore shelves. When we first started hanging out, going to the bookstore was often what we considered a good date night. We now have a wonderful bookshop only a block away from our studio - Renata maybe likes it a bit too much as our overcrowded bookshelves and credit card might suggest!
So perhaps in the end our thoughts on this unfortunate situation really comes down to one heartfelt sentiment - support your local booksellers! They have always been there for those of us that create and/or read - or just look at the pictures.
Some other folks have done a superb job of discussing this issue and we urge you to check them out:
Nina Laden, the wonderful author of Once Upon a Memory, has been one of the most engaged artists on this subject having been featured in articles and TV interviews from the NY Times to NPR
Peter Brown, the amazing author and illustrator has written a powerful post on his blog:
In independent booksellers we trust! Here are a few of the books Renata picked up in the last couple of weeks. The Brooklyn publisher Enchanted Lion Press is a publisher Renata loves because they publish english translations of amazing titles such as these new ones The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc and Coyote Run by Gaëtan Dorémus. Another beautiful title A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna is published by Tate/Abrams, and the fun Murilla Gorilla and the Lost Parasol written by Jennifer Lloyd and illustrated by Jacqui Lee is published by Canadian publisher Simply Read Books.