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Her Bookshop on the Move

East Nashville’s Her Bookshop is relocating to a new, larger space, owner Joelle Herr announced on Facebook last week. The store will close at the end of June for the move and reopen in mid-July.

The store, which opened last summer, will remain in East Nashville. The new space will allow for more books and a larger events program, which will include story times, happy hours, and more.

“Obviously, this move is happening because of your excitement over and support of our little nook. So wildly excited about the next chapter (ahem) of Her Bookshop,” said Herr.

Wesleyan University Bookstore Opens

The bookstore at Wesleyan University, which is managed by Madison, Connecticut’s R.J. Julia Booksellers, opened for business on Tuesday, May 23, reported the Hartford Courant. A grand opening celebration is planned for June 3.

“The opportunity we have is to be a new standard for college bookstores,” said R.J. Julia owner Roxanne Coady. “In 27 years as a bookseller, what I’ve learned is books change a life. We really have the opportunity to change lives.”

The Main Street bookstore serves the university as well as the greater Middletown, Connecticut, population. It will host a variety of events and feature an organic café called grown, which will open soon.

River Lights Bookstore to Mark 10 Years

Downtown Dubuque, Iowa’s River Lights Bookstore is celebrating 10 years in business on June 3 with an all-day event featuring door prizes, goodies for kids, a variety of creative discounts, and cake.

“Our years on Main Street have been a wonderful adventure and we have loved being a part of the revitalization of the district,” owner Sue Davis said in a press release. “Our customers are passionate about literature and value real books and honest recommendations. Their support over the years has allowed this indie bookstore to thrive in Dubuque.”

Over the past decade, River Lights has seen readers’ interest in poetry, the classics, science fiction and fantasy, and graphic novels grow, and the store has added greeting cards, puzzles, games, art supplies, and gift items to its inventory. The store also offers the BookBox subscription service and publishing services for local authors.

Bartleby’s Books Debuts Anti-Hate Banner

Last week, Bartleby’s Books in Wilmington, Vermont, debuted a banner reading “Hate does not grow well in the rocky soil of Vermont,” which will remain on the store’s façade for two weeks.

“The original banner hung in Wilmington, Vermont, during the early 1980s, when residents discovered the KKK was going to hold a rally in town. They were greeted by the original banner hanging across Main Street and a crowd of protesters,” said owner Lisa Sullivan.

A local chapter of The Indivisible Project organized the new banner’s placement at Bartleby’s Books, and the banner will continue to tour Vermont. “With the current climate of political divisiveness in the country, we hope the banner helps to remind all of us to be kind, respectful, and open-minded,” said Sullivan. “We have found that in our small Vermont community people are able to respect and collaborate with their neighbors regardless of political views or disagreements.”

Carol Spurling Joins Local Chamber of Commerce Board

Carol Spurling, owner of BookPeople of Moscow in Moscow, Idaho, has been elected by Moscow Chamber of Commerce members to serve on its board of directors. Spurling will serve a three-year term, beginning in July.

Spurling appeared alongside 11 other candidates on the ballot to elect four chamber directors. Two were filled by incumbents entering their second term, while Spurling and Jennifer Wallace, executive director for Palouse Habitat for Humanity, secured the other two spots.