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

All Things Inspiration Giftique in Mableton, Georgia, will host its grand opening on October 5.

Author Kristen Iskandrian and bookseller Laura Cotton are set to open Thank You Books in Birmingham, Alabama, this month.

Auburn Oil Company Booksellers, owned by June Wilcox and Mike Armor of M. Judson Booksellers in Greenville, South Carolina, will open in Auburn, Alabama, this fall.

Paper Boat Booksellers in Seattle, Washington, was featured in an article titled “Former Modest Mouse bassist Eric Judy and interior designer Desirae Wilkerson open bookstore in West Seattle.”

Literatus & Co. will be opening in the place of Tribeca Gallery Cafe & Books in Watertown, Wisconsin.

The Bluestocking Bookshop in Holland, Michigan, is now open.

Volumes Bookcafe has opened a second location in Chicago, Illinois.

Towne Center Books has opened a second location in Livermore, California. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting will be held in late October.

The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The Toadstool Bookshop, which has three locations in New Hampshire, will move its Milford store to a larger location in Nashua in November.

words! In Asbury Park, New Jersey, announced that it is in the process of moving to a cooperative business model and is currently looking for community input.

Palabras Bilingual Bookstore in Phoenix, Arizona, was highlighted as part of the Phoenix News Times’ 2019 Best of Phoenix.

27th Letter Books in Detroit, Michigan, is a semifinalist in this year’s Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest.

Firestorm Books & Coffee in Asheville, North Carolina, is collecting books for imprisoned readers.

Prairie Lights co-owner Jane Mead, who died last month, was remembered in an article published in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The Seminary Co-op Bookstores in Chicago were mentioned in an article on how “HP’s independent bookstores defy trend, still supported by vibrant community.”

The Open Book in Warrentown, Virginia, was featured in an article called “Beyond a book store: Literary arts for all ages at The Open Book.”

The Dallas Observer highlighted The Wild Detectives’ new and unusual marketing campaign to lure Dallas readers.

A reader wrote Texian Books in Victoria, Texas, a notable letter following an event.

At WORD Bookstores in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Brooklyn, New York, co-owner Vincent Onorati has joined the staff full-time; co-owner Christine Onorati will continue to buy children’s frontlist and non-book merchandise. Additionally, Dave Marra has returned as retail director after 11 years at the Corner Bookstore in Manhattan, and Nicole Swift of the Miami Book Fair has joined as children’s event manager.

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