Cathy Feibach

PWC Board Member Miriam Shnycer,  posed questions to Cathy Feibach, owner of Main Point Books in Wayne, PA. Cathy is our conference bookseller. Check out her tables filled with a wide variety of books including those authored by PWC speakers, workshop leaders, contest judges, agent, and board members.  

Cathy, you decided to open a bookstore because…it was 2013, and I needed a bookstore. I wasn’t willing to move. When Borders closed, people were crying. My son suggested I buy the bookcases and open my own bookstore. A few years later, with a lot of research and fingers crossed, I opened in Bryn Mawr.

The last book you read…Inheritanceby Dani Shapiro and an ARC of the new Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys.

The next book you want to read…nobody should see the pile on my nightstand or the pile next to my nightstand. I will be reading Salt Housesby Hala Alyan because it is our fiction book group choice.

Another book club meeting in your store…is a young adult book group. We’re planning on having non-fiction and middle grade book groups starting soon.

New trends you see in the book industry…are the resurgence of independent bookstores. The Philadelphia area has five new ones.  If you are in town for the conference, you should visit a few. Audiobook sales have also been growing quickly. Maybe the popularity of podcasts is driving some of the interest. We are hoping to increase our middle grade section, so no one should lose hope that kids are reading.

What would surprise us about the book business…is that more than 500,000 books are published each year. We have 8,000 titles on our shelves and have to include some classics. It’s wonderful how much choice there is, but it is also difficult to stand out.

To have a book signing at Main Point Books an author should…email me, cathy.mainpointbooks@gmail.comor stop in. I love hosting programs with local authors.

What you liked about last year’s PWC conference from a bookseller’s point of view was…I had so much fun! I couldn’t believe the energy and excitement around books and authors. The programming was excellent.

At this year’s conference, you plan…to expand our selection of books appropriate for book lovers. I, also, hope to stick my head into more of the sessions for my own personal edification.

The 2019 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference will be held on June 7 – 9, 2019 at the Wyndham Hotel in Old City Philadelphia. Visit our registration site to learn about our workshops and speakers and to register for the conference.

Miriam Shnycer is a PWC board member and author of the recently released creative nonfiction book, Of Love and Death:  Young Holocaust Survivors’ Passage to Freedom from Auctus Publishers.