Here’s what’s happening in the world of indie bookstores this week:
Carmichael’s Bookstore owners Carol Besse and Michael Boggs passed the torch of their Louisville, Kentucky, store to their daughter, Miranda Blankenship, and their niece, ABA board member Kelly Estep.
Maryland voter information program Stand UpCounty and its supporters, including Novel Books, were recognized with the Outstanding Community Leader award last month by the Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce. “As a bookseller, I always view bookstores as a place of imagination, inspiration, and education. Books, and the stories they tell, open our minds to other viewpoints,” said bookstore owner Patrick Darby. “I wanted to stage forums for elections this year, and was thrilled to host Stand UpCounty at my store. The discussions were illuminating, some contentious, but very informative.”
Third Place Books was featured in an article titled “Seattle bookstores were doomed. Then Third Place Books helped rewrite the story.”
City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, California; Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon; and Politics & Prose and Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., were featured in Reader’s Digest’s list of the 12 best cities in the world for book lovers.
The Seattle Times named University Book Store, Eagle Harbor Book Co., Island Books, Elliott Bay Book Company, Secret Garden Books, and Third Place Books among the city’s well-loved, longtime bookstores.
Vroman’s Bookstore was included in Wisconsin State Farmer’s list of eight must-visit historic gems in Pasadena, California.
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