Give a book, get a book at The Bookworm of Edwards event |

Give a book, get a book at The Bookworm of Edwards event

Sarah Taylor's favorite backlist book, a book that has been out for a few years and is still in print, is "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. The Bookworm of Edwards is hosting a Backlist Book Swap on Thursday, June 2.
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What: Backlist Book Swap.

When: Thursday, June 2, at 6 p.m.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards.

Cost: $5, includes appetizers.

More information: Visit

EDWARDS — In a nod to summer reading of the non-required variety, The Bookworm of Edwards is hosting its first Backlist Book Swap today at 6 p.m.

“And what is a backlist book?” you ask.

Simply put, it’s a book that has been out for a few years and is still in print. These books can range anywhere from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” to J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” to Jon Krakauer’s “Into the Wild.” And a backlist book swap is the chance to get a book, give a book and connect with the community all at once.

The idea behind the event came from long-time bookseller Karin Barker.

“I attended a book swap in Denver this winter at the American Bookseller Association’s Winter Institute,” Barker said. “I thought the idea was fun and would be great for Bookworm customers. I love the connection and discussions that books provide. I think this will be a chance for people to share one of their favorite books with other book lovers and to go home with someone else’s favorite.”

The format of the Backlist Book Swap will be new to many of The Bookworm’s customers. Attendees are required to bring a favorite book to the swap that they are willing to give away. Each attendee will get a chance to talk about why that particular book is a personal favorite and then will have the same opportunity to hear from other attendees about their books. After each book has been discussed, every attendee will swap his or her own book for a new backlist book.

‘What more could you want’

“Each one of us who attended the Backlist Book Swap this past winter came away with a new book we hadn’t expected to find,” said Nicole Magistro, owner of The Bookworm. “This chance to share the experience with our community is something we’ve wanted to do for a while. The main agenda for the evening is to talk about your favorite books and share them with others. Honestly, what more could you want?”

Each staff member at The Bookworm has a significant list of favorite backlist books. However, Barker’s entire list would not be able to fit in this edition of the Vail Daily.

“It’s hard to pick a handful of my favorites because there are so many great books out in the world,” Barker said. “However, a few that come to mind would definitely be ‘Evidence of Unseen Things,’ ‘The English Patient,’ ‘Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood’ and ‘Snow Falling on Cedars.’”

So, what is your favorite backlist book? Look through your bookshelves, meet up with the friends you met in the pages long ago and share these memories and stories with the community. Get excited for the possibilities of new characters and new stories. The Bookworm of Edwards hopes you find a new favorite to add to your list.

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