Books, Coffee & Calm

Bookstores are magic. They combine my two most favorite things: books and coffee. I cannot just go a buy a book. I must wander the shelves, select several possibilities, get […]

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Bookstores are magic. They combine my two most favorite things: books and coffee. I cannot just go a buy a book. I must wander the shelves, select several possibilities, get some coffee and settle in a cozy corner to browse my selections and see which ones I will buy.

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Customers in Photo: Jac0b Romano, Bethie (bethanyultrapink), Morrigan Clowes and Jack Sparows

In Second Life®, bookstores (and libraries, and coffee houses too) are both retreats for reading and places to socialize. I only found a few pure bookstores but found a number of places that combined books with poetry readings, writers groups, game nights, prose readings, discussions and other forms of socializing.

In some bookstores you can even acquire books, digital books of course. Some are for sale and others are free. Book Island and the Libraries of Caledon are the best places to actually shop for books. They have a great variety of books available.

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Below I’ve listed several places to visit and given a small description of what you will find at each location. Please, explore these locations. One of them might become your special place to settle in for some calm moments lost in a book.

Some Places to Visit:

  • Art & Words Cafe, Caledon II (82, 167, 22).
    Art Gallery, Bookstore and Coffee Shop and home to The Write Spot, a group for writers in Second Life. Owner is Brigid Ashwood (brigid yoshikawa).
  • Book Island, Book Island (197, 219, 36).
    Book Island is all about books and is home to many book-related shops including Librairie Aco Books, Finesmith & Glinka, and the Writer’s Block Cafe. There is an Improv for Writers at the Dive Dar (Thurs, noon SLT) and a huge art gallery. The whole sim is worth an exploration.
  • The Libraries of Caledon, Caledon Library Reading Room, Caledon Victoria City (76, 179, 23).
    Not a bookstore but a group of related libraries. The link will take you to a source of information about all the other locations.
  • Xaara Community Library, Xaara (53, 39, 21).
    Xaara is an adult sim with a BDSM focus. Also home to the the Alanis Art Gallery and many social events each week: Poetry Unbound, Saturday, 12:30 pm SLT,  Prose readings in voice, Saturday, 2 pm SLT, Xaara Writers Guild Monthly Meeting, 4th Sunday, 12:30 SLT. Sim main landing point at Xaara (132, 131, 25). Sylvia Fitzpatrick, co-owner.buffalo-readings-9-21-16
  • Morrigan’s Bookstore, Dark Elixir (208, 176, 22).
    This is a quiet little corner to curl up in with a nice book. The SLURL puts you at a sim landing point. The bookstore is thru the village shops and on the left.
  • Buffalo Readings Bookstore, Bodhisena (135, 165, 40).
    This is mostly a poetry reading venue with a bookstore in the back. Owned by Otho Tenk.

Written by Deepthinker Oh

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Deepy (Deepthinker Oh), Managing Editor

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