Thursday, April 26, 2012

Books for Troops

As many of you know, Warwick's has been running a Books for Troops drive for the last month and we have thus far collected over 200 books that will go out through "Operation Homefront". The staff has been amazing in their commitment to this book drive, and none more so than bookseller extraordinaire Jim Stewart (seen on the right). In fact Jim has been so instrumental in the success of this book drive that we just had to share his letter to the La Jolla Light.

Excerpts from Letter to the Editor, La Jolla Light April 19, 2012: (Did you know that) soldiers are getting books from Warwick's before they deploy? In cooperation with Operation Homefront, customers can buy any book in the store as a gift to the troops. A selection of books is on the front counter for ideas.

We’ve had customers give us $100 or $50 to buy books (for donation), selected by the Warwick's staff. Staff members are also giving books to send. We have at least 200 books and would love to at least triple that before the drive ends.

Our hearts (and thanks-to-you) books go out to troops as they deploy for bases around the world.

Young men and women are giving their most productive years in service to our great country. This is a good time to give back, even in such a small way. -Jim Stewart, bookseller

If you haven't yet had the chance to participate, we will be collecting books through May 4, 2012--in time for them to be distributed by Memorial Day.

*UPDATE (May 4, 2012)*
We have now collected over 500 books and counting! We would like to extend a special thank you to New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness, who personally donated signed copies of her book A Discovery of Witches to the Books for Troops drive. We are astounded at how so many have gone above and beyond in their generosity toward our troops!


  1. Considering the ups and downs of many bookstores, it is clear why our own Warwick's has remained strong. I, for one, am proud to have remained a fan and a supporter. My trips to Warwick's are more than just a visit to a bookstore. Regardless of how busy they are, the dedicated staff takes time to answer my questions and make sure I walk out happy and more informed on the new releases. The donation of books to troops is just one of their many admiring venues to reach out to the community and the author events are not to miss.

    Thank you Warwick's for making La Jolla a better place to live.

    Zohreh (Zoe) Ghahremani

  2. Thank you for your kind words. There are many reasons I enjoy working here, and this outreach is part of what makes being on staff such a pleasure. Our customers are incredibly supportive and respond so generously. Some have come in just to buy books for the soldiers.

    My colleagues and I are eager to find the perfect book for such a friend as you. Independent bookstores are unique because the staff has read many of the titles and can honestly explain why a particular tome is so compelling. When we find books we like it's easy to share that treasure.

    Many of the suggested titles for the troops (we have several at the counter) are authors or genres we enjoy. Our hope is that a soldier will read one of the titles and be equally inspired.