Three Literary Festivals Premiere Over Single May Weekend

    Last weekend marked the launch of the Colorado Children’s Book Festival, the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival, and the Bronx Book Festival.

    Around Indies

    New Orleans bookstores celebrate Independent Bookstore Day; Mysterious Galaxy opens outpost; Bienville Books sold; Elizabeth Jordan named BookPeople CEO; Doylestown Bookshop, Main Street Books mark anniversaries; Village Books gets new café; Vroman’s partners with local magazine; Lonely Planet features top children’s bookstores; Local news highlights bookstores in D.C., the Bronx, Cape Cod, and Albany, New York

    Boogie Down Books Brings Borderless Bookselling Brand to the Bronx

    Boogie Down Books, a “bookstore without walls” run by former English teacher Rebekah Shoaf, stages pop-up events featuring books for kids and teens at borough schools, businesses, and organizations.

    Around Indies

    New bookstores for Bookie’s, The Center for Fiction; New owners for Canterbury Book Store; Books Are Magic, Mysterious Galaxy celebrate anniversaries; Eight Cousins wins award; Maria’s Bookshop goes on the market; Petition launches to keep Moravian independent; Local news features booksellers from The Reading Bug, Watermark, DIESEL, and Literati; Bookstore roundups feature stores in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Columbus

    Main(e) Point Books to Open This Summer

    Main(e) Point Books, slated to open in Islesboro, Maine, this June, will cater to residents and to vacationers from all over the country who flood the island’s beaches every summer.

    Around Indies

    Pressed opens in Pennsylvania; Prairie Path to open annex; Downtown Book & Toy splits into two stores; Washington Post highlights D.C. bookstores by and for people of color; Prairie Pages gets new owners; DIESEL’s Larkspur store up for sale; [words] owners honored; Dana Brigham to retire from Brookline Booksmith; Books & Books buys Coral Gables building; Local news profiles Main Street Books, The Bookstore Plus, Carroll and Carroll booksellers

    Around Indies

    Ownership changes at Antigone Books, Watermark Book Company; Common Language Bookstore sees wave of support; Avid Bookshop owner delivers TEDx Talk; area press highlights indie bookstores in Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, and Hobart, New York.

    CBS News Airs Segment on Indie Bookstore Growth

    CBS This Morning aired a segment earlier this week on the remarkable resurgence of indie bookstores over the past decade, featuring interviews with bookstore owners Becky Anderson and David Sandberg.

    Indie Bookstores Celebrate St. Jordi’s Day

    On April 23, indie bookstores around the world marked St. Jordi’s Day, a Spanish holiday celebrating the Catalonia region’s patron saint in which people exchange a book and a rose with a loved one.

    Tombolo Books Holds First Major Author Event, for Rob Sanders’ “Pride”

    Tombolo Books, now in pop-up form in St. Petersburg, Florida, recently hosted its first book launch, in celebration of Rob Sanders’ new picture book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.

    Around Indies

    Busboys and Poets to open in Denver; KiCam Books & Gifts opens in Ohio; Eight Cousins reopens; Fireside Books changes hands; River House Books bought by local businessowners; Staff changes at Harvard Book Store; Rakestraw Books celebrates 45 years; Breakwater Books celebrates renovations; All Things Considered features Literati Bookstore; Maine Public Radio features Blue Hill Books, Print, Longfellow; Ellen Plumb’s gets an Espresso Book Machine; Pegasus Books named best bookstore

    Bay Books to Open in Northern Michigan This May

    Retired teacher and culinary professional Tina Greene-Bevington is opening Bay Books, a new general-interest bookstore in Suttons Bay, Michigan, featuring regional author talks and book clubs.

    Around Indies

    The Mitten Word to open in Michigan; BookBar featured on Comedy Central show; Bookmarks receives $25K grant for Bookmarks in Schools program; Strand Book Store gets creative in Times Square

    Indie Booksellers Celebrate National Poetry Month

    April marks National Poetry Month, and booksellers across the country are sharing snapshots of their favorite books and poems.

    Indie Bookstores Near Amazon Books Locations Report Minimal Repercussions

    Bookselling This Week caught up with four ABA member bookstores located near Amazon Books stores to see how their businesses were faring two years after the first location opened in Seattle.


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