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