Four years ago, there were three first class bookstores in downtown Chestertown. Now only one remains.
The Book Plate, a mostly used books store in the middle of Cross Street, stands tall as the last remaining center for books in town. Under the ownership of Tom Martin, the book store has continued to survive, and in some cases thrive, by mastering the skills of running a “dying business,” as Tom points out in this interview, as well as using the Internet and selling popular non-traditional items like Spanish pottery, fine grade olive oil, and Chestertown’s own Idiots’ Books.
After two decades of working on progressive international politics, in Washington and abroad, Tom returned to his first love, books. But his liberal instincts still has not totally left him, with strong opinions about downtown Chestertown, the new Republican party store front on High Street, and Congressman Andy Harris.
The video is approximately eight minutes long.