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

The latest episode of On Point, called “Indie Bookstores, Once on the Verge of Disappearing, Are Making a Comeback,” featured a conversation between Wi15 keynote speaker Ryan Raffaelli and ABA president Jamie Fiocco.

In Washington, D.C., Idle Time has reopened under the name Lost City Books. The store will host its grand reopening on February 29 with food, live music, and an exhibition of local artists, among other festivities. 

A full house for Mary Kubica's event at Anderson's Bookshop.
A full house for Mary Kubica's event at Anderson's Bookshop.

The Mustard Seed Bookstore in Bath, Maine, has been sold to employee Terri Shurz, who will open Mockingbird Bookshop in its place

The Book Haven in Salida, Colorado, is under new ownership.

Barbara’s Bookstore has moved to a new location in Burr Ridge, Illinois. 

Matt Miller, chief operating officer of Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, Colorado, will retire on June 30. Kate Rothery, general manager at the store, will assume many of his responsibilities. 

Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California, and Changing Hands in Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona, have partnered for a year-long program called 2020 Fundamentals: Eat Sleep Read Vote.

The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio, Texas, was featured in an article called “Miss Anastasia to celebrate 20 years of telling tales at The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio.”

The Phoenix Bookstore is bringing “more than literature” to its Laredo, Texas, community. 

Mary Kubica visited Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois, to celebrate the launch of her new book, The Other Mrs. (Park Row)

The Seattle Times mentioned Left Bank Books in a literary walking tour of Pike Place Market.

Forbes mentioned Hello Hello Books in the article “Why Maine Bookstore Hello Hello Books Won’t Be Stocking Bestseller A Very Stable Genius.”

Brain Lair Books in South Bend, Indiana, was featured in an article called “Former librarian lines shelves of South Bend bookstore with inclusivity.” 

Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts, was featured in the article “South Hadley’s venerable Odyssey Bookshop defies odds as independent bookseller.”

Auburn Oil Co. in Auburn, Alabama, is “drawing book lovers.”

Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was featured in an article called “Staying Power: How Nicola’s Books has thrived despite book industry turmoil.”

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