Around Indies [5]

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

Lark and Owl Booksellers [7] in Georgetown, Texas, is now open [8].

Storied Owl Books [9] in St. Paul, Minnesota, will open for a special preview [10] on Independent Bookstore Day, April 27.

Capital Books [11] is opening in downtown Sacramento [12], California.

Nick Ballas is the new owner of Next Chapter Booksellers [13], formerly Common Good Books, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jesse and Sasha Mullen [14], the owners of two community newspapers in southwestern Montana, purchased Browsing Bison Books [15] in Deer Lodge, Montana.

Orca Books [16] in Olympia, Washington, announced in a press release [17] that it will be shifting to a cooperative business model.

2nd Act Books [18] in Charlottesville, Virginia, formerly Read it Again, Sam, is now open [19].

Writer’s Block Bookstore [20] in Winter Park, Florida, will be moving to a new location [21] this fall.

Charis Books [22] in Decatur, Georgia, has moved to a new location [23] at Agnes Scott College.

McIntyre’s Books [24] in Pittsboro, North Carolina, will celebrate its 30th birthday [25] on Independent Bookstore Day, April 27.

Raven Book Store [26] in Lawrence, Kansas, made headlines [27] last week with a tweet about what it means to buy books at indie stores [28] 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 [29] in Cambridge, New York, hosted [30] an author panel from Bold Strokes Books [31], 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 [32] in Charlottesville, Virginia, was featured in UVA Today [33] for its upcoming partnership with Shakespeare on the Lawn, a student-run theater troupe.

Johns Creek Books and Gifts [34] in Johns Creek, Georgia, was featured in an article titled “Local bookstore steps in to host community library events [35].”

Third House Books & Coffee [36] in Gainesville, Florida, was mentioned in an article called “Gainesville’s Independent Bookstores Look to Beat the Odds Against Challenges From National Cyber Chains [37].”

In Massachusetts, Boswell Books [38] owner Nancy Einstein was interviewed in an article titled “One village, three book stores in Shelburne Falls [39].”

In Maine, hello hello books [40]offers [a] unique Rockland experience [41],” according to [42].

KJZZ covered Changing Hands Bookstore [43] in a segment titled “How Changing Hands Bookstore Has Changed Over The Years [44].” [45] covered the recent opening of The Center for Fiction [46] 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 [47].”

ABA member stores Café Con Libros [48], Mil Mundos [49], The Lit. Bar [50], and Word Up [51] were included on this list of Latino-run bookstores in New York [52].

The Last Bookstore [53] was included on [54]’s list of the coolest bookstores around the world [55].

Many ABA member stores were included on the Pasadena Star-News’ list of 22 bookstores to visit on Independent Bookstore Day [56].

Among the best bookstores in Pittsburgh [57], Hoodline highlighted White Whale Bookstore [58] and Journeys of Life [59], and in Memphis [60], Novel. [61] and Burke’s Books [62].

Paragraphs Bookstore [63] in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, was named Small Business of the Year [64] at the Main Street Mount Vernon Awards ceremony.

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