Amanda Gorman reads her poem "The Hill We Climb." Her debut collection of the same name will be published by Viking Books for Young Readers in September.
As the inauguration festivities for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were being held yesterday in Washington, independent booksellers across the U.S. took to social media to celebrate, with many enthusiastic shout-outs for Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman. Here's an indie #InaugurationDay sampling:
Third Place Books, Seattle, Wash.: "Just a heads up! All three stores will not be open till 10am tomorrow to give our staff a chance to watch part of the inauguration!"
Once Upon a Time Bookstore, Montrose, Calif.: "Today is a historic day and our democracy continues."
Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, Pa.: "Happy Day! Celebrate with a new book! Perhaps on American history? Feed your brain (and your heart) today."
pages: a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, Calif.: "This happy camper is here and ready to celebrate and sell you some books."
MahoganyBooks, Washington, D.C.: "Come through young Black woman, Harvard grad and Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman. We are so proud of you, your poise, your gift and your intention. We will relish your powerful words from the steps of the Capitol where mere days ago chaos ensued. Shine sis!"
Run for Cover Bookstore, San Diego, Calif.: "Once again words save us all. Amanda Gorman’s poem was simply sublime…."
Reads & Company, Phoenixville, Pa.: "WOW! We [love] writers. Well done, Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate. Stunning. We look forward to your collection, THE HILL WE CLIMB, and your first children’s book, CHANGE SINGS, both available at Reads & Company in the fall."
Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, Ga.: "We are moved. We are hopeful. We are proud. We watched the voice of a generation step into her light today, and we as a nation are better having heard her powerful words…."
Titcomb's Bookshop, East Sandwich, Mass.: "We were so touched and inspired by Amanda Gorman's poetry today. We had the news on in the office and out in the shop, and we all stopped our work and just watched this young woman in awe."
Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books, Philadelphia, Pa.: "Somehow Bernie stole the show today!!! He giving off black grandma vibes all day in this pic."
Grass Roots Books and Music, Corvallis, Ore.: "Happy Inauguration Day, everyone! We'll admit: we've been waiting for this day for a while. Celebrate a new president with us today by checking out some of the below reads."
The Book Nook, Ludlow, Vt.: "From today's inauguration to the sandwich board, a line from Amanda Gorman's awe inspiring poem."
The Book Loft, Solvang, Calif.: "Read more about and from our newly sworn in President and ground breaking Vice President from California!"
Bookstore1Sarasota, Sarasota, Fla.: "Congratulations to President Biden and Vice President Harris. And, cheers to the amazing Amanda Gorman!"
Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, Wash.: " 'Together we shall write an American story of hope, not fear. Of unity, not division. Of light, not darkness. A story of decency and dignity, love and healing, greatness and goodness.'--President Joseph R. Biden."
Newtonville Books, Newton, Mass.: "YES WE CAN!"
Kramers, Washington, D.C.: "Welcome!"