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Here’s what’s happening in the world of indie bookstores this week:

Lark & Owl tote bag among books

This fall, Lark & Owl Booksellers will open in the historic district of Georgetown, Texas.

Booked children’s bookstore is nearing opening in Evanston, Illinois. Check out Bookselling This Week’s profile of the store from earlier this year.

Books Inc. opened a new branch at the Pruneyard Center in Campbell, California, on May 26. The store carries books in all genres, and plans are in the works for Sunday story times, book clubs, and author events.

Clinton Book Shop Manager Rob Dougherty has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise capital to open a bookstore in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Susan Novotny and her son, Alexander Novotny, of The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, New York, have launched the Novotny Literary Agency to bridge the relationship between promising authors, successful publishers, knowledgeable and inspired booksellers, and readers. The agency’s first client is Austin T. Rogers, the quirky Manhattan bartender who won 12 rounds of Jeopardy, author of the Austin Rogers’ Pub Trivia Book: National Edition.

ABA CEO Oren Teicher presents a banner at The Doylestown Bookshop
ABA CEO Oren Teicher presents a commemorative banner at The Doylestown Bookshop.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen featured the article “The 40-year history of Prairie Lights bookstore, an Iowa literary institution.”

The Doylestown Bookshop celebrated 20 years in business on Saturday, May 26. ABA CEO Oren Teicher visited the store to present owner Glenda Childs with an anniversary banner. Customers also enjoyed live music, a champagne toast, and cake.

BookBar celebrated five years in business in Denver, Colorado, on Saturday, May 26. The day featured book raffles, food, drinks, and more, in addition to a private cocktail party for supporters and partners. In honor of the store’s anniversary, 10 percent of all sales for the month of June will go to Bookbar’s nonprofit book donation organization, BookGive.

Vanity Fair profiled Washington, D.C.’s MahoganyBooks, which opened in the Anacostia neighborhood last fall.

Gothamist toured Cafe Con Libros in Brooklyn, New York, and highlighted its focus on diverse and feminist books. “When a queer person looks up to the left of the register to all the queer books, they see that I am not afraid to talk about queer issues, that really means something to me,” said owner Kalima DeSuze.

Food52 highlighted cookbook shops around the world, including Seattle’s Book Larder.

Steve Bercu
Steve Bercu (photo from Shelf Awareness)

Austin’s BookPeople celebrated the retirement of longtime CEO Steve Bercu.

Lori Fazio has been named chief operating officer at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut. She has worked for 11 years at the bookstore in various roles, including as a bookseller, children’s department manager, and general manager.

The Bookstore at Fitger’s in Duluth, Minnesota, received the We Love Bookstores Award from Sisters in Crime, which came with a $500 check.

Rediscovered Books in Boise, Idaho, was named Best Bookstore of 2018 in Boise Weekly.

The Bookery in Manchester, New Hampshire, is now serving up donuts in the store’s café.

Busboys and Poets’ 5th Street location in Washington, D.C., is moving down the street this fall.

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