Books are a wonderful gift. There is nothing like wandering through the shelves of a neighbourhood bookstore and mulling over titles, or sitting in a comfortable chair, perhaps with hot tea or coffee, and examining a volume while talking to the staff about books. Since the start of the pandemic, many people have turned to online shopping because of Covid-19 restrictions. This holiday season, shop as much as possible at your local brick and mortar stores which have always offered a wonderful place for readers and authors alike. Some are physically open with reduced capacity and others offer curbside delivery through a phone call or their website. Support your local merchants of all types, especially the small, independent retailers. They need your help more than ever to stay in business and still be there when the restrictions are lifted so we can socialize once more and share our love of reading together.