Five Locally Found Gifts for a Book Worm

Categories: Literary
The holidays are the perfect time to hunker down with a good book. Here are a few gift ideas for the reader or book lover in your life: 
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Photos by Sativa Peterson
1. Assorted Lined Notebooks 
Keep track of the books you want to read, or jot down overheard conversations at your favorite coffee-shop. It's up to you. Assorted notebooks available starting at $4 at Frances, 10 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix. For more info, call (602) 279-5467.
2. It Chooses You by Miranda July 
Back in the summer of 2009, Miranda July was struggling to finish writing the screenplay for her second film. As a way to procrastinate, she began to obsessively read the PennySaver, the free classified ads booklet. Who were the characters selling these items? She decided to find out. Along with photographer Brigitte Sire, July met a selection of the PennySaver sellers, which began to inform her and her film in unforeseen ways. Find it for $24 at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive in Tempe. For more info, call (480) 730-0205. 

3. Classic Cover Canvas Tote Bag 
Your bibliophile will need something to carry her books in. These sturdy canvas tote bags with classic cover art from the Out of Print Clothing company can be found for $18 at Bunky Boutique, 1437 N. 1st Street in Phoenix. For more info, call (602) 252-1323. 

4. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell 
This first novel by Russell features life in a failing gator theme park in the Everglades. Magical realism anchored in a swampy setting, $14.95 at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Drive in Tempe. For more info, call (480) 730-0205. 

And...Changing Hands now sells Google e-books compatible with many reading devices such as the Nook, Sony Reader, laptops and tablets. Titles start at $0.99 and up. 


5. 1960's Card Catalog 
Just the thing for your personal library. Repurpose this beauty and fill all the small drawers with reading and writing ephemera - pencils, pens, notecards, booklight, etc. $850 at Modern Manor, 716 W. Hazelwood in Phoenix. For more info, call (602) 509-7709.

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