Around Indies [4]

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

The Country Bookseller [6] in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, celebrated its 25th anniversary [7] on July 1. The Guardian Legion, a Vermont-based cosplay group and charity, visited Phoenix Books in Essex.

Women & Children First [8] in Chicago, Illinois, will celebrate its 40th birthday on August 24 with a summer block party [9].

Wicked Good Books [10] in Salem, Massachusetts, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month.

Phoenix Books in Essex [11] was visited by the Guardian Legion [12], a Vermont-based cosplay and charity group, on June 15, and about 60 people (including around 40 kids) stopped by to meet their favorite characters.

That Book Store [13] in Wethersfield, Connecticut, was featured in a news segment titled “WorkinCT #CTConfident: That Book Store providing a community gathering place around the rows of books [14].”

A Room of One’s Own [15] in Madison, Wisconsin, launched a fundraiser for #BookstoresAgainstBorders [16] to benefit RAICES [17] (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), an organization working to help detained refugees, including children, at the U.S.-Mexico border. Bookstore owner Gretchen Treu is also celebrating the first anniversary of her purchase of the store this month.

Read ’Em & Weep [18] in Grandy, North Carolina, was featured in an article called “At Read ’Em & Weep, Huffman looks to make book lovers happy [19].”

The Austin Chronicle published a list of 10 must-visit indies in Austin, Texas [20], which included BookPeople [21], Malvern Books [22], and BookWoman [23].

A number of indie booksellers appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show for a segment called “Every Trick In The Book: How Local Bookstores Build Community [24].”

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