Poetic Justice Books and Arts
by Julie Carpenter
Here at Sacred Chickens we like to review as many books from small presses as we can. And what better place to purchase one of these books than at an independent bookstore. If you like supporting independent bookstores, how about Poetic Justice Books and Arts. It’s a great little bookstore. Might I have an ulterior motive for asking you to go order something from them? Yeah, probably. Poetic Justice Books and Arts is also my publisher! (If you haven’t ordered Things Get Weird in Whistlestop, why not go and get one now? You know…while you’re thinking about it.)
Poetic Justice Books and art is a little piece of literary heaven tucked into a store in Port St. Lucie, Florida. There’s always something enticing sitting in the window, beckoning you to come in and get lost in a story. If you’re down that way in Florida, you should stop by and see what they have on the shelves, grab something to read by the ocean. Don’t forget to take a moment to look through the art in the back, and then post up in a chair for a little bit and talk to Kris. A word of warning; the last time I visited, I walked out with an armload of books.
If you’re not close enough to walk in, you can still order something right from your chair! Poetic Justice Books and Arts has a wide variety of books to choose from: books from Poetic Justice and Arts Press; local writers and poets; and even books you might not think to order from an independent bookstore. I love Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell books and I always pre-order them. This year, I ordered them from Poetic Justice Books and Arts. I like knowing that I’m supporting someone besides our new Amazonian overlords, and I like the friendly and personal thanks I get when I order. You can even order best sellers that are on your list like Ta-Nehisi Coates The Water Dancer, Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill, or big names like N.K. Jemison and The Broken Earth Trilogy.
When I popped in online to look around today, I was captivated by the cover of Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther, by Craig Pittman. And so, dear readers I ordered it, even though I don’t have any shelves up yet in the new place and you will probably find me buried under piles of unruly books soon if I don’t stop. In my defense, a feline is prominently displayed on the cover and you know I’m kind of a sucker for that.
So, head over there right now, from the comfort of your chair. Get a cup of tea, cuddle up with your cat (or dog…or baby…or iguana…or parrot) and visit the store, in spirit if not in person. Wander through sections like “just arrived,” “keeping it local,” and “I always meant to read that.” If there’s a book you’ve already been planning to buy, type in the name of the book or author at the top and purchase it right now – along with at least one of the fun things you see.
You can see what’s coming soon, and even find books by authors we’ve reviewed here on our website. If a book is not currently in stock, it’s usually available to order. Yes, sometimes it takes a bit longer to receive a book order from an independent bookstore, but it’s worth the wait to make sure that your friendly local bookstore stays open.
In fact, here are some suggestions of books you can order from our list of reviews and recommendations:
When Giraffes Flew, by Jeff Weddle (read the Sacred Chickens review here)
The Accidental Wife, by Orla McAlinden (read the Sacred Chickens review here)
Dear Miss B, by Dominic Albanese (read the Sacred Chickens review here)
I also just preordered The Distance from Four Points by Margo Orlando Littell. Her book, Each Vagabond by Name, made one of our previous recommended reading lists.
Help keep this and other local bookstores open by thinking of them first! If you have a local bookstore you’d like us to spotlight, let us know! We’d be happy to spread the word.
Julie Carpenter is the creator of the Sacred Chickens website. She is dedicated to telling stories and making sure that indie writers and publishers have a way to be heard. She uses narrative, her own and others’, to help interpret the world. She has a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Memphis, with an emphasis in Composition Theory. She wants to bend reality one story at a time. Julie’s work has appeared in Fiction on the Web and will be included The New Guard. She is the author of Things Get Weird in Whistlestop.