Local bookseller Becky Anderson joined Studs Terkel as sole recipients of the 2009 Voice of the Heartland Award from the Great Lakes Booksellers Association for promoting regional authors and the regional book industry.
The Naperville flagship of Anderson's Bookshops (the other location is in Downers Grove) spans several downtown storefronts, but the Anderson clan's deep roots spread across five generations and throughout Naperville. Anderson's Bookshops founded and co-sponsors the annual Young Adult Literature Conference and the annual Naperville Reads, which will reel in sci-fi and fantasy writer Neil Gaiman Feb. 23-25.
Inside the bookstore, which is the size of a regional Chicago Public Library, you'll find an entire wall devoted to children's books, from board books to an extensive young-adult section. In addition to the usual offerings and employee picks, the shelves are topped with large stuffed animals that direct browsers to the rear half of the store, where gifts, cards, toys and ephemera are sold.
Anderson is also the vice president of the American Booksellers Association and helps lead the IndieBound campaign promoting the "shop local" movement. The store's events calendar includes dozens of author appearances and recurring events such as the Mother-Daughter Book Club.
Anderson's Bookshop, 123 West Jefferson Ave. in Naperville, is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, or go to