Harvard Book Store is truly a Cambridge institution. Not only has this independent bookstore survived for more than 80 years in what is arguably one of the most competitive commercial districts in the region, it has thrived. Renewed and expanded under current owner Jeff Mayersohn, the two-story shop has not only pioneered print-on-demand technology (producing hard copies of the Mueller report hours after it was released), it has championed other voices and recognized the empowering power of a good romance. Harvard Book Store’s events, both in-store and in larger, ticketed venues, are always inviting and engaging.

I always enjoy seeing Jeff behind the customer service counter. Here he is again, helping readers (and writers) by answering our questions over at the Sisters in Crime New England blog.