The American Booksellers Association reported that 14 independent stores opened between April and June, including Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney’s much-anticipated An Unlikely Store Bookstore & Café in Plainville, Mass. And new stores continue to open, including Books by the Beach in New Smyrna Beach, Fl., and a second location for Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe in Greenwood Lake, N.Y.
Bookstock Literary Festival in Woodstock, Vt.: Poets, storytellers, and authors, including former governor Jim Douglas will speak at the three-day festival, which opens Friday, July 24.
Seventh Annual NW Book Fest: The free festival takes place in Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, July 25.
Openings & Closings
14 ABA Stores Opened Between April & June: During the second quarter, more than a dozen indies opened, including Jeff Kinney’s An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Café and three Half Price Books locations. Another four stores changed hands.
Books by the Beach to Open August 1 in New Smyrna Beach, Fl.: After selling the Book Rack in Edgewater in 2012, Cheryl Brooks missed bookselling and is opening a 2,000-sq. ft. store with her mother, Cathy Plain.
Page 158 Books Opens in Wake Forest, N.C.: Earlier this month Dave and Suzanne Lucey purchased the The Storyteller’s Book Store and reopened it under a new name.
Second Location for Ye Olde Warwick Bookshop : On August 1, Thomas G. Roberts and Joseph J. Justin, who have a three-year-old store in New York’s Hudson Valley are planning a soft opening for their second store in Greenwood Lake.
Corpus Christi’s Rainbow Books Closing: After 31 years, 80-year-old Barbara Flanigan is retiring. If she is unable to sell the store, she plans to close it on September 1.
NYC’s Revolution Books Launches Indiegogo Campaign: At last weekend’s Harlem Book Fair, Revolution Books kicked off a $30,000 crowdfunding campaign to reopen in Harlem in September.
Colony Meadery to Open Satellite in Moravian Bookshop: Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pa., will serve as the first off-site retail location for Allentown brewer The Colony Meadery, which makes honey-based alcoholic beverages.
Literati in Ann Arbor to Reopen Today: After a water leak in the upstairs Espresso Bar forced the bookstore to close on Monday, it hopes to reopen today.