Here’s what’s happening in the world of indie bookstores this week:
Skylark Bookshop is opening this summer in Columbia, Missouri. To keep passers-by from seeing inside, they papered the windows with pages from old, falling-apart Harry Potter books.
Dan McDougall of Bookbrokers and Ian Kramer of Kramer’s Cafe opened Bookbrokers & Kramers Café in Traverse City, Michigan, on June 1.
The Book Table in Oak Park, Illinois, is planning to expand into an adjacent space to grow its current 5,600-square-foot location.
The Sly Fox Bookstore in Virden, Illinois, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer. “When I first opened, I didn’t know how long I would be here,” said owner George Rishel. “But here I am 20 years later still going.”
Zenith Bookstore in Duluth, Minnesota, celebrated one year in business on July 1. “People are looking for a place where they can see people, talk to people, get a friendly smile, and talk to people who have expertise in being able to recommend books,” said owner Bob Dobrow. “They can be part of a greater community, so I think the importance of our store goes way beyond just books.”
The Valley Advocate detailed a number of thriving independent bookstores in New England, including Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Mystery on Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.
After more than 42 years, Book Passage in Corte Madera, California, continues to serve as a literary landmark. “What’s been crucial for our longevity are the partnerships we have,” said co-owner Elaine Petrocelli. “We nurture our customers, and they nurture us.”
Tubby & Coo’s Publishing Company will release its first three books, two children’s picture books and a young adult fantasy novel, on August 14. Last summer, the New Orleans indie bookstore announced plans to launch a publishing venture.
Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California, announced that Maxim Loskutoff is the winner of the store’s 2018 Writing Residency at The Wellstone Center. He is currently working on a novel, Spirits, to be published by W.W. Norton in 2020.
New Zealand booksellers Pene Whitty, manager of University Book Shop Canterbury, and Ruth Bruhin, manager of Poppies New Plymouth, will attend the 2019 Winter Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as part of the Booksellers NZ Winter Institute Scholarship, sponsored by Book Tokens Ltd.
Downtown Books in Manteo and Duck’s Cottage in Duck, North Carolina, hosted packed events over the weekend with Andrew Lawler, author of The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke (Doubleday).
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