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

Sandcastle Tales Bookshop in Del Mar, California, is now open.

Erin Rivera is now the owner of The Frugal Frigate, A Children’s Bookstore in Redlands, California, effective August 1.

Book + Bottle in St. Petersburg, Florida, plans to open this winter.

Javier Ramirez of The Book Table in Oak Park, Illinois, and Mary Mollman of Booked in Evanston are teaming up to open Madison Street Books in Chicago.

Sweetwood Books in Fleming Island, Florida, has moved to a smaller location.

Adventure Bound Books in Morganton, North Carolina, announced plans to move down the street from its current location.

The Ivy Bookshop in Baltimore, Maryland, announced plans to move to a larger space just two blocks away from its current location.

Narrow Gauge Books Cooperative in Alamosa, Colorado, marked its first year in business.

Wicked Local talked to Main Street Books in Orleans, Massachusetts, and Brewster Book Store in Brewster.

Branches Books & Gifts in Oakhurst, California, received the 2019 Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award.

Drew Sieplinga of Wild Rumpus Books in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was featured on an episode of The Moth podcast.

Billie Bloebaum of Third Street Books in McMinnville, Oregon, was interviewed by Shelf Unbound Magazine.

Matt Tannenbaum of The Bookstore in Lenox, Massachusetts, recommended books for WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

Love’s Sweet Arrow in Tinley Park, Illinois, was featured in an article called “New Romance-Only Bookstore Aims to Bring Love to Tinley Park.”

Airbnb magazine profiled Wendy Hudson of Nantucket Bookworks in Nantucket, Massachusetts, who turned the upper floor of her bookstore into an apartment open to overnight guests through Airbnb. 

The Wild Detectives in Dallas, Texas, was featured in an article called “Bookstore-bar in Dallas invites people to talk, learn from each other.”

Porter Square Books’ Writers in Residence program, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was featured in an article on how the program helps local authors.

Staff selections from Northshire Bookstore were published in The Brattleboro Reformer.

Smile Politely highlighted Jane Addams Bookshop in Champaign, Illinois, for its experience and variety.

Old Town Books in Alexandria, Virginia, is hosting its inaugural Emerging Writers Festival this weekend.

Electric Lit published a list of 14 authors who started out as booksellers, which included members Louis Erdrich of Birchbark Books & Native Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Emma Straub of Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, New York; Jamie Kornegay of Turnrow Book Co. in Greenwood, Mississippi; and Lillian Li of Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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