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

Epilogue: Books Chocolate Brews will open in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this summer.

Reads & Company Bookshop is set to open this May in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Seattle’s Madison Books is planning an Independent Bookstore Day (April 27) opening.

Second Star to the Right Books in Denver, Colorado, is planning a major renovation that will expand its current location. The expansion is expected to be completed in 2020.

Jeff Kinney, bestselling author and owner of An Unlikely Story in Plainville, Massachusetts, talked passion, writing, and bookstore ownership with Ireland’s Virgin Media Television. The store is planning to kick off Independent Bookstore Day celebrations with a fundraiser for the Binc Foundation.

Jamie Southern, operations director at Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and her husband, Ed Southern, were featured in the article “Word Power: Literary couple will help break the code of publishing and selling.”

WCVB highlighted Boston-area stores Trident Booksellers & Cafe and The Silver Unicorn in a video on “Reinventing independent bookstores.”

The Concord Monitor looked at New Hampshire’s Gibson’s Bookstore as a go-to spot for getting to know the 2020 presidential candidates, five of whom have visited the store.

Lindenwood University’s school newspaper profiled EyeSeeMe Books in University City, Missouri.

A local Tulsa news station ran a video profile of Lavender’s Bleu Literacy Market.

AM New York talked to Book Culture in New York City.

Minneapolis’ Birchbark Books & Native Arts was named Citypages’ Best of the Twin Cities in the bookstore category. featured Fenton’s Open Book in Fenton, Michigan, in its “Your Favorite Indie Bookstore” series.

Portland, Oregon’s Powell’s Books was mentioned in an article published by The Oklahoman titled “Powell’s bookstore & an old friend.”

Little City Books hosted a successful Hoboken Literary Weekend, which took place April 5–7.

The Business Monthly published an article titled “Indie booksellers battle the giants,” which covered the growth among independent bookstores across the country.

Hoodline wrote about the best bookstores to visit in Denver and Indianapolis. published a call for favorite bookstores in New Jersey. Suggestions will be compiled into an article to be published on Independent Bookstore Day, April 27.

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