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

Lark and Owl Booksellers in Georgetown, Texas, is now open.

Storied Owl Books in St. Paul, Minnesota, will open for a special preview on Independent Bookstore Day, April 27.

Capital Books is opening in downtown Sacramento, California.

Nick Ballas is the new owner of Next Chapter Booksellers, formerly Common Good Books, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jesse and Sasha Mullen, the owners of two community newspapers in southwestern Montana, purchased Browsing Bison Books in Deer Lodge, Montana.

Orca Books in Olympia, Washington, announced in a press release that it will be shifting to a cooperative business model.

2nd Act Books in Charlottesville, Virginia, formerly Read it Again, Sam, is now open.

Writer’s Block Bookstore in Winter Park, Florida, will be moving to a new location this fall.

Charis Books in Decatur, Georgia, has moved to a new location at Agnes Scott College.

McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro, North Carolina, will celebrate its 30th birthday on Independent Bookstore Day, April 27.

Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas, made headlines last week with a tweet about what it means to buy books at indie stores versus online.

From left: C. Spencer, Karen Williams, Renee Roman, Bold Strokes publisher and author Radclyffe, and Bold Strokes senior editor and panel moderator Sandy Lowe
From left: C. Spencer, Karen Williams, Renee Roman, Bold Strokes publisher and author Radclyffe, and Bold Strokes senior editor and panel moderator Sandy Lowe

Battenkill Books in Cambridge, New York, hosted an author panel from Bold Strokes Books, which is one of the largest publishers of LGBTQ fiction in the world, publishing around 120 frontlist titles annually. The event was standing room only.

New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville, Virginia, was featured in UVA Today for its upcoming partnership with Shakespeare on the Lawn, a student-run theater troupe.

Johns Creek Books and Gifts in Johns Creek, Georgia, was featured in an article titled “Local bookstore steps in to host community library events.”

Third House Books & Coffee in Gainesville, Florida, was mentioned in an article called “Gainesville’s Independent Bookstores Look to Beat the Odds Against Challenges From National Cyber Chains.”

In Massachusetts, Boswell Books owner Nancy Einstein was interviewed in an article titled “One village, three book stores in Shelburne Falls.”

In Maine, hello hello booksoffers [a] unique Rockland experience,” according to

KJZZ covered Changing Hands Bookstore in a segment titled “How Changing Hands Bookstore Has Changed Over The Years.” covered the recent opening of The Center for Fiction in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in an article titled “A bookstore with a members-only reading room and bar? That’s just part of The Center for Fiction’s appeal.”

ABA member stores Café Con Libros, Mil Mundos, The Lit. Bar, and Word Up were included on this list of Latino-run bookstores in New York.

The Last Bookstore was included on’s list of the coolest bookstores around the world.

Many ABA member stores were included on the Pasadena Star-News’ list of 22 bookstores to visit on Independent Bookstore Day.

Among the best bookstores in Pittsburgh, Hoodline highlighted White Whale Bookstore and Journeys of Life, and in Memphis, Novel. and Burke’s Books.

Paragraphs Bookstore in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, was named Small Business of the Year at the Main Street Mount Vernon Awards ceremony.

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