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Posman Books to Open Branch in Atlanta

New York City-based Posman Books, which currently has locations in Rockefeller Center and Chelsea Market, is planning to open a location in Atlanta, Georgia, this September, reported What Now Atlanta.

The shop will be located in a 2,000-square-foot courtyard suite in Ponce City Market, a mixed-use development that features retailers, restaurants, offices, and residential units. Jamestown Properties, which owns Chelsea Market, is the developer for Ponce City Market.

“The store will feature our distinctive mix of quality fiction and nonfiction, and a large children’s section,” said Robert Fader, vice president and buyer for Posman Books. “We will also carry gifts and stationery for both children and adults.”

Booked on 25th Opens in Utah

Ogden, Utah’s new downtown indie bookstore, Booked on 25th, celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, July 9, reported the Standard Examiner.

Owned by Marci Rizzi, the bookstore, which features floor-to-ceiling windows, offers new and used books as well as gift and non-book items. Rizzi, who displays some titles face out on the store’s custom-made shelves, said, “The cover is a huge draw to a person. If you continue to hide that cover, people tend to walk past them.”

Booked on 25th’s focus on local books and authors paid off over the weekend, as those titles flew off the shelves, said Cheyenne Fresh, the bookstore’s cashier and Rizzi’s daughter.

San Francisco’s Booksmith to Celebrate 40 Years

On Saturday, July 16, San Francisco’s The Booksmith will mark its 40th anniversary with afternoon festivities including an official birthday toast and cake, as well as custom T-shirt making, storytelling, and surprises.

Owners Christin Evans and Praveen Madan have also invited community members to contribute a story about the store’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood or about the store itself, as well as any vintage Booksmith ephemera, to the celebration. Local writer and editor Anisse Gross will help participants write their stories.

In addition, Design Like Whoa will be printing T-shirts and tote bags with Booksmith designs or ones chosen by the customer; shirts will be on sale for $9 and totes for $5.

Beaverdale Books Marks a Decade

Alice Meyer opened Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2006, and celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday, July 9, reported the Des Moines Register. Formerly a social worker for an affordable housing program, Meyer retired in 2010 to focus on the bookstore, a move that has boosted the store’s business.

In addition to selling books, Beaverdale serves as a community gathering place, where events such as book signings, baby showers, and college poetry readings bring people together, the Register said.

On Saturday, the store invited customers in for a full day of discounts, sidewalk sales, merchandise giveaways, drawings, and children’s story times, as well as an opportunity to meet local authors.

Little Professor Wins Grant from Sisters in Crime

On June 29, Homewood, Alabama’s Little Professor Book Center received a grant from Sisters in Crime as part of its “We Love Bookstores” initiative, reported The prize money is intended to go toward expenses related to the promotion of mystery writers.

Based in Lawrence, Kansas, Sisters in Crime is a collective of authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers, and librarians who aim to support the mystery genre and the women who write it.

Bookstores can enter the Sisters in Crime monthly drawing for the award by filling out an entry form and providing a photo of a staff member holding three books by Sisters in Crime members. The drawing is open to bookstores in the U.S. and continues through the remainder of this year.

Previous winners of the award include Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, California; The Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady, New York; Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, North Carolina; and others.