Check out some of the store's most notable press coverage, below. Click on the date to read the full story.
Indie Bookstore Spotlight
"Cecilia Cackley, children’s books buyer, curates a collection of diverse authors and interests. For those who aren’t quite sure what they’re in the mood for on a given day, green “shelf talkers” and “Staff Pick” cards point the way. Local authors receive extra love with shelf markers that highlight their regional roots."
Shutdown Has Mixed Effects on DC Bookstores
"To help counter the effects, East City [Bookshop] has started discounting books 10% for furloughed workers, and the store also hosted a 20% off gathering with wine for customers on Wednesday."
Winter Reading 2018: Laurie Gillmann on Kojo Namdi Show
Laurie Gillman, Ron Charles (Fiction Editor, Washington Post), Hannah Oliver Depp (Owner, Loyalty Books), and Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X) share winter reading favorites.
Dream Jobs: Laurie Gillman, Owner of East City Bookshop
"Laurie has lived in Capitol Hill for 25 years. She felt like her 'neighborhood of readers' was missing a good bookstore."
Behind the Small Business: East City Bookshop
"I believed there was a strong desire and customer base just waiting us for to open, and many friends and neighbors who gave me feedback confirmed it."
Amazon Was Supposed To Have Crushed Bookstores. So Why Are Indie Bookshops Booming In D.C.?
"The slow extinction of big-box bookstores has presented a golden opportunity for the little guys. "That just opened up the landscape for independent bookstores,” says Laurie Gillman, owner of East City Bookshop in Capitol Hill. “People realized, ‘Oh, wait! I need a place to go and look at the books. And touch the books. And talk to people about the books.’ So that really opened up the market.” "
Jason Reynolds Named Spokesperson for Indies First
"In a video created to promote the event, Reynolds encourages his fellow authors to visit their local bookstore on November 25 in honor of Indies First/Small Business Saturday to show their support for the booksellers that support them year-round. Reynolds himself will be working at East City Bookshop in Washington, D.C."
Welcoming Spaces: LGBTQ Books 2017
"A short walk from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., East City Bookshop is adding a gender studies section in response to customer demand. Hannah Sternberg, the store’s director of marketing and events, attributes that expression of interest to the fact that the store’s booksellers have frank and frequent conversations about how to be as inclusive as possible. “You have to begin with a store where everybody is 100% invested in making it a welcoming place,” she says.
Indie Retail May Be Struggling—But Not These Capitol Hill Bookstores
"East City Bookshop owner Laurie Gillman, whose store is just a half-mile away from Cymrot's, says that because her shop only carries new titles, she often recommends both Riverby and used bookstore Capitol Hill Books to customers looking for older titles."
DC Bookshop Is Part of Independent Bookstores' Comeback
"When Capitol Hill resident Laurie Gillman learned her neighborhood independent bookstore was closing several years ago, she was devastated. After a year of research and preparation, Gillman opened East City Bookshop in April 2016 and thus became part of the recent upsurge in independent bookstores across the country."
Capitol Hill Women Launch Garden-Friendly Businesses
"The store’s founder, Laurie Gillman, was one of many folks disappointed by the 2009 closing of Trover Books, also on Pennsylvania Avenue. After doing some research, she found that indie bookstores are making a comeback, and she opened East City Bookshop in April 2016. Gillman is proud of the shop’s mission to “provide friendly and warm service, community-oriented events, and support for the literary arts at every reading level.”
French manicures, Bud Light and fly fishing: How Trump staffers are changing Washington
"At East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill, owner Laurie Gillman has noticed a revival in book sales since the election. But, she said, it’s not necessarily Trump staffers who are stopping by, although a handful did pop in before the holidays. “We’re on Capitol Hill, so it’s a very liberal-leaning, progressive group of people,” Gillman said. “It’s a population that’s very attuned to what’s happening around us, so people are finding books that speak to their worries.”
AWP 2017: Politicized Writing Conference Ends With White House Vigil
"Bookseller Jake Cumsky-Whitlock of Kramerbooks talked about what authors can expect from indie booksellers during a Saturday afternoon panel with D.C. area booksellers. The pane included Cumsky-Whitlock, Laurie Gilman of East City Bookshop, moderator Dennis Johnson of Melville House, Lissa Muscatine of Politics and Prose, and Anna Thorn of Upshur Books."
Marching With Audre Lorde and Virginia Woolf
"The day before the march, the store had invited the neighbourhood to stop by and make signs to carry. Literary fiction tends to top the sales charts at East City, says Laurie Gillman, who opened the store in this heavily liberal Capitol Hill neighbourhood last year. The election upended book-buying habits too. In the past couple of months, the biggest sellers have been non-fiction titles that might hold clues to making sense of the election, Gillman says, “because around here it made no sense at all."
Washington, D.C. Booksellers Bring Together Women's March Participants
"As an estimated 500,000 men, women, and children descended upon Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Saturday, including four charter buses full of book people from New York City spearheaded by Riverhead Books’ associate publicity director Katie Freeman, indie booksellers in the nation’s capitol welcomed book industry professionals and other booklovers with open arms. One bookseller, Laurie Gillman of East City Bookshop, went so far as to collaborate with bookstore consultant Donna Paz Kaufman of Paz & Associates to organize a meet-up on Saturday morning in front of the Library of Congress for people in the book industry who wanted to march together. While the group that gathered ended up being fewer than 20, Paz Kaufman told PW, it was outsized in their advocacy for freedom of expression."
Washington D.C. Businesses You Should Support In 2017
"As you descend the steps and enter East City Books, you can’t help but smile -- salty greeting cards, books by local authors, and events like ‘adult coloring books and (free) wine.’ This relatively new addition to the Eastern Market neighborhood (April ‘16) is community-focused and offers two free book clubs each month (fiction and non) as well as a consignment sales program to help support independent authors."
D.C. Guide: Where To Shop In Washington D.C.
"East City Bookshop is an independent book store in my own neighborhood of Capitol Hill – yay! They only opened their doors a few months ago, but they’ve quickly become one of my favorite go-to shops on the Hill. Not only do they have an amazing array of books, including a fantastic kids section that both of my girls adore, but they also have kid-friendly art supplies, a seating area for story time and events, and the best small but mighty greeting card collection in Capitol Hill. It was such a pleasant surprise to walk in for the very first time and see so many stationery favorites on those shelves!"
Welcome to ‘Yappy Hour’: Developers lure D.C.’s dog-lovers with parks and perks
"There’s one now, at the door to East City Bookshop, which opened in Capitol Hill in the spring and where pets are welcome in the aisles. “People are more likely to shop if they’re not worried about their dogs being tied up outside,” says Emilie Sommer, the store’s book-buyer. In the community room, “we have these pictures of our neighborhood dogs that have come to visit us.” Bone-shaped treats are set out by the cash register (“and also Hershey’s Kisses for our humans”).
Unorthodox Scavenger Hunt Highlights Virtues of Controversial Books
"Over the past three weeks, residents and visitors to businesses and public libraries in Washington have been running across hidden-in-plain-sight books wrapped in black covers emblazoned with those words. But are they shocked? Quite the contrary. Many of them are thrilled. A Capitol Hill bookstore, East City Bookshop, has been stealthily placing copies of the books on shelves among the other books for sale. A restaurant, Zaytinya, will deliver one of the prizes if a patron orders one of its "banned book" cocktails. An antique store and a knitting-supply shop are participating as well."
A Look Into East City Bookshop
"East City Bookshop promotes local authors to the outside world, or at least to Washington D.C. At its beginning, East City Bookshop hosted a reading once a week on average. Laurie has now more than doubled the events with a minimum of two a week, and she is in communication with several publishers to plan future events. She wants more out of the bookstore: more author events, more community events, and more readers. While she has not preconceived notions of what might come out of the community, she is both excited about their prospect and willing to help make them happen."
Declare Your Independent: East City Bookshop
"Bright and cheerful, a little bit funky, happy, and welcoming, with something for EVERYONE,” is how Laurie Gillman describes her new bookstore, East City Bookshop. The latest kid on the DC-indie block has been open a little less than three months. Already, though, it’s garnering a following among young and old alike."
The DC Bookstore Landscape
The outlook for independent, brick-and-mortar bookstores has brightened in recent years. Sales of ebooks have leveled off, the big chains have shuttered a growing number of outlets or closed outright, and readers are seeking a sense of community. In the District, new stores like Upshur Street Books and East City Books are embracing the spirit of localism as the ranks of independent stores grow. We consider the health and heft of D.C.’s bookstore landscape with representatives from the oldest — and newest — shops in the city.
SHOPPING: FIRST LOOK: EAST CITY BOOKSHOP
"Hill resident Laurie Gillman is bringing a similar operation to her neighborhood: East City Bookshop. The new store, located at 645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, will host a large variety of events, including at least two book clubs, one focusing on literary non-fiction, the other on fiction. The first event will be on April 30th when the store celebrates its grand opening. There will be activities, author readings and even an ‘after dark’ event. The following day, the book store will be at handling sales at this years Literary Hill Bookfest, which is making its triumphant return to Eastern Market’s North Hall after a one-year hiatus."
East City Bookshop Opening On Capitol HIll in D.C.
"East City Bookshop aims to become "a gathering place for book lovers of all ages, a place to talk about books, ideas, to learn something new or revisit something you once knew well," the store says on its website. "We plan to provide top-notch customer service, author events, books clubs, and more. We want to connect you with the books you want and need. And some that maybe you didn't even know you wanted and needed." The store will also offer toys, gifts and "bookish items."