BEST BOOKSTORE (INDEPENDENT) Minneapolis 2005 - Query
With the passing of Ruminator, there really isn't a great general-interest independent bookstore in the Twin Cities. St. Paul's Bound To Be Read is a fine store with a particularly excellent kids' section and a well-programmed reading series, but it feels more like a budding chain's prototype than a true indie. What this town still has is a number of smart, scrappy specialty bookshops, such as genre specialists Uncle Hugo's, Uncle Edgar's, and Once Upon a Crime, the relocated and better-than-ever feminist stalwart Amazon Bookstore, and this relatively recent addition. Located in the same near Northeast building that houses the elegant Wilde Roast Cafe, Query is a cozy little shop with a small-but-diverse inventory and a strong reading series featuring local and national authors (the readings are often tied in with Lavender magazine's book club). Query is a GLBT-geared bookstore, but its selection is by no means limited to GLBT titles. They have a decent offering of general fiction, a very good array of cookbooks, an attractive selection of arts and entertainment titles, and a little bit of a lot more. Gay and lesbian bookstores have been closing left and right in the era of online retailers and big-box bookshops (some of which have serviceable to good gay and lesbian sections), but Query is out there bucking the trend.