Memphis Gets Lit Celebration
The Booksellers (formerly known as Davis Kidd) has been open for 30 years. That's 10,000 days (give or take a few ice storms.) Or 120,000 hours. We've had 2 owners, 4 general managers, and have employed over 500 booksellers. Our current staff of 27 employees has a combined total of 306 years of book selling experience. For the last decade, we've held steady at an average tenure of 9 years.
And, by my calculations, we've sold around 5 million books.
As interesting as those numbers are (well, to me anyway,) they don't do justice to what it means to have been part of this industry and community and staff for the past 30 years. Writing a few sentences here probably won't cut it either. But I can tell you that after being asked to write this, the one word I kept coming back to was fellowship. I've seen it and felt it at every level, this keen sense that, for better or worse we are all in this extraordinary business together.
That, and Advance Reader Copies, pretty much make mine a dream job.
-- Eddie Burton, General Manager at The Booksellers at Laurelwood