Monday, October 18, 2010
Big Hat Books & Arts is my local, locally-owned bookstore. It used to be just books, but its new location allowed the owner to add the arts. The books are on the lower level, the arts on the upper. In addition to stocking a selection of new books, the store promotes local artists by hosting exhibitions on the upper level. They also have occasional author events, which is what took me to the store most recently.
The store features nice children's and adult fiction collections. The non-fiction offerings include biography, gardening, cooking, and Indiana sections. The center display table is typically keyed in to the season or local events. It currently features some texts related to the topic of this year's Spirit and Place Festival, which is food and its role in our lives. The store is relatively small, so the owner carries only one or two copies of most titles, but does have larger quantities of current news-makers like Nicole Krauss' Great House and Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy.
Big Hat is a quirky place. The owner is always willing to help customers find the perfect book and loves to chat. Be prepared for a leisurely experience. It doesn't pay to be in a rush when shopping there. I love this bookstore. It's a cozy place that feels like home to me. If you are in the Indianapolis area, cruise into Broad Ripple and check out Big Hat Books & Arts.