Liz and Gianna are two of a dying breed--traveling sales reps for book publishers--who sell books in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and the Deep South. Since we're constantly on the road hawking books, we must find ways to amuse ourselves. So here we've decided to share our anecdotes, adventures, favorite books, and efforts in making the world (or at least these few states) a more literate place to inhabit.
South Congress Books is a new-ish addition to the Austin, Texas, bookstore environment, but the store has quickly developed the reputation for housing, well, some really cool books. Welcome to the neighborhood, SoCo!
Congress Books has managed to achieve the holy trinity of good bookstores;
modern yet with an old school feel, extremely knowledgeable about books, and
they are not pretentious douche bags. Amen.
specialize in rare, out of print, first editions, (some quite affordable), and
they carry new books as well. Basically
if you want it they will get it, so don’t cry. Seriously, don’t cry. If you
can’t help but cry Sheri will hold you for up to 15 seconds.
Congress Books is coincidentally located in the hippest place in Austin…on South
Congress. Crazy but true.
Luke Bilberry (clearly a made up name right?) seems extraordinarily English…yet
he is from Texas. It’s weird, and totally worth a visit to the store to see what I
mean. Make him hug you. I suspect he may hate it. [Obviously Gianna is writing this. Liz would never suggest unwelcome hugging.]
who is super cool and shops here all the time? Robert Louis Stevenson! Wait, no
Robert Plant … almost as cool as Stevenson…but you can’t have it all. [Gianna: Do you know who that is? Liz:...Some sort of musician guy?]
Sheri and Luke kicking out their first customer.
have kids books…very cool kids books, which make excellent gifts.
Tornatore is Italian. You’ll get that vibe right away. I dare you to steal from
her place….I dare you.
Sheri explains how to turn book pages.
SoCo t-shirts for sale (too bad the print is slightly different on the white
than it is on the black…oh well)