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

For Keeps, a store specializing in rare and classic books by black authors, is now open in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Snail on the Wall in Huntsville, Alabama, will open a holiday pop-up in The Loft at Roosevelt & Company. “I look forward to offering Huntsville’s community of readers — kids and adults — a local bookstore to visit this season,” said Lady Smith, owner of The Snail on the Wall. “I handpick every book I sell, and I make it my mission to find hidden gems readers are sure to love. Since we opened last year, we’ve sold 5,000 books, delivering them to doorsteps in Huntsville and shipping them all over the country. I’ve heard that my young customers get excited when they see a Snail package at their door, but I think my grownup customers have the same reaction about getting a great new read.”

Prologue Bookshop in Columbus, Ohio, will open this week.

Shakespeare and Co. opened a new location on the Upper West Side in New York City this past weekend.

The unveiling of Shakespeare and Co.'s Upper West Side location.

Book and Puppet Company in Easton, Pennsylvania, is currently hosting a pop-up shop at the Easton Public Market, which will remain open through December.

Jo “Jojo” Goerner will purchase The Babbling Book and the Dragon’s Nook in Haines, Alaska, from Darcee Messano in December. Goerner has announced the store’s name will be changed to “The Moosterious Emporium.”

Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, is celebrating 120 years in business this weekend. 

Village Lights Books in Madison, Indiana, celebrated 10 years in business last weekend with discounts, live music, a bake sale, and more.

For the entire week of December 5, Riffraff in Providence, Rhode Island, will be celebrating its first year in business. In addition to a 10 percent discount on all books in-store and a free tote bag for customers who spend $50 or more, the store will host a party on the night of Friday, December 7, with special cocktails and raffle prizes.

Janet Geddis, owner of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, was recognized for Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40” award.

Isthmus covered fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss’ partnership with A Room of One’s Own bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin. Beginning July 1, Rothfuss entered the store’s ownership arrangement as a silent partner.

Fodor’s included BookBar, The Book Cellar, Ada’s Technical Books, Housing Works Bookstore, Books & Books, Atomic Books, Riffraff, Spotty Dog, Busboys and Poets, Oxford Exchange, Prairie Lights Books, and Story & Song Bookstore Bistro in a roundup of boozy bookstores around the country.

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