If there were any doubts that bookstores can change and grow with the times, they should be laid to rest with this week's announcement that the country's oldest bookstore, the 270-year-old Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pa., is adding a second location in Allentown. Pioneer Works, a nonprofit center for art and innovation, is also opening a bookstore, its first, in Brooklyn's Red Hook section.
SC Book Festival (May 16-17): Now in its 18th year, the festival, which features more than 90 authors, takes place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C.
Openings & Closings
Pioneer Works Adds New Bookstore in Red Hook: The nonprofit center for art and innovation in Brooklyn, N.Y., is opening a bookstore to feature the work of its artists and teachers.
Moravian Book Shop to Open a Second Store in Allentown, Pa.: The country’s oldest bookstore, the 270-year-old Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pa., which was rumored to be considering a second location, confirmed that it will open a new store there in September.
B&N to Shutter Forest Hills Store: Barnes & Noble is reported to be closing one of its two Queens stores as of January 2016.
Beatnik Books in Roseville, Calif., to Close Friday: The used bookstore is closing because of a rent hike.
Phantastic Books in Lynchburg Shutting its Door: The Virginia bookstore is ending its year-long run at the end of this month.
“Speakeasy” Bookshop in NYC Loses Lease: Brazenhead Books, which has operated out of a small Upper East Side apartment for the past eight years, must leave in July.
Paulina Springs Store in Redmond for Sale: Because of his health, Brad Smith is putting his store in Redmond, Ore., on the market. He and co-owner Cynthia Claridge, his sister, plan to continue to operate the Paulina Springs Books in Sisters.
Annapolis Bookstore Seeks $50,000 in Sponsorships: As they look ahead to the end of their lease in August 2016, Mary Adams and Janice Holmes are asking 300 customers to buy sponsorships to enable the store to provide online shopping and develop larger events.
Tsunami Books in Eugene, Ore., Fundraiser: After 19 years and more than 3,000 events, the bookstore/community center is looking to raise $40,000 over the course of the next month to offset an increase in rent and to grow its events schedule.
Make a Sustaining Gift to Binc: The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is asking for monthly donations to help booksellers with unexpected financial emergencies.
BookBar Owner Launches Book Club Hub: Nicole Sullivan, who opened the BookBar in Denver in 2013, launched a reading group website intended to link reading groups and indies, Book Club Hub.