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

Sidekick Coffee & Books is set to open in Iowa City, Iowa, this fall.

Palabras Bilingual Bookstore in Phoenix, Arizona, is celebrating its four-year anniversary this month. 

One of Books Inc.’s San Francisco, California, locations has reopened following recent remodeling.

Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, received national recognition in “Book Build: Fostering Connections by Building Collections” by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Half Price Books has been named the exclusive retailer of the 35th Anniversary Edition of Mary Kay on People Management.

Children’s book author/illustrator Carson Ellis is working with Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, New York, to raise money for Everytown for Gun Safety; the store will sell tote bags with an image designed by Ellis that reads “Melt the Guns,” and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Everytown.

Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville, Kentucky, was featured in a report by Spectrum News 1 called “Shop Local Movement Helps Area Business See Longstanding Success.”

WAMC.org featured book picks from The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, New York.

The Columbian encouraged readers to stop into Vintage Books in Vancouver, Washington, for Bookstore Romance Day.

Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City, Utah, was featured in an article called “Weller Book Works turns 90, after surviving the Depression, fire, the internet and changing tastes.”

Westword featured BookBar, Tattered Cover Book Store, and Boulder Book Store on a list of literary events happening in Denver, Colorado.

Book Soup, The Last Bookstore, Skylight Books, and Vroman’s were included on a list of the seven best bookstores in Los Angeles, California.

Share your news in Around Indies! E-mail editorial@bookweb.org with photos and details of what’s new at your store, whether it’s opening for business, moving to a new location, expanding, changing ownership, hosting a special event, or celebrating a milestone anniversary.