It’s fair play in New York City this weekend with no fewer than three book fairs/festivals, including the Brooklyn Book Festival, which is celebrating its tenth year. Across the country Kepler’s Books in Silicon is marking its 60th after closing briefly in 2005 and transitioning at the beginning of 2012 to become a community bookstore. New bookstores continue to open in Athens, Ga., and Dayton, Oh., along with a book kiosk in Indianapolis dedicated to black independent authors.
Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, Calif., Turns 60 (Sept. 19): The iconic bookstore, which was reborn twice in the past decade, is having a party to celebrate its diamond anniversary.
The Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo (Sept. 19-20): For the second year, the fair brings over 140 book dealers from 21 states and two other countries to display their books, fine prints, art, photos, modern design and ephemera at the Brooklyn Convention Center in Greenpoint.
Openings & Closings
Book Kiosk for Indie Black Authors Opens in Indianapolis: Author Antwan Floyd Sr. opened Maleah Solange Book Sellers late last month and stocks a range of categories from urban fiction to science fiction and children’s books.
One Dollar Book Swap Opens in Dayton: Greg Murphy, owner of Murfbooks, a books recycling warehouse, opened the store because many of the books he gets are “too nice” for recycling, especially children’s books.
Bombs Away Books Opens in Athens, Ga.: The worker-owned anarchist bookstore and DIY space, which sells books and music, will also offer classes on a wide range of subjects, including Spanish and public safety.
Wit and Whimsy in Marblehead, Mass., to Close: Owner Nancy Oliver announced on the Facebook page for the five-year-old children’s specialty bookstore that it will close soon. The closing sale began earlier this week.
The Bookshelf Etc. to Close in Ocean City: After nearly 30 years, owner Roy and Ann Hanson are getting ready to retire. Their used bookstore will be turned into a seafood restaurant.
The Booksellers at Laurelwood Celebrate First Three Decades: The Booksellers (formerly known as Davis Kidd) in Memphis will celebrate its first 30 years with a get LIT campaign on October 3 to benefit Crosstown Arts’ story booth. There will be a different bookish charitable project each month.
Back of Beyond Books Continues to Mark Its 25th: The Moab-based bookstore, which takes its name from Edward Abbey’s The Monkey Wrench Gang, produced 25 copies of a facsimile edition of Abbey’s Dead Horses and Sakred Kows speech as part of its year-long celebration.
The Thrifty Book Nut in Lufkin, Tex., to Expand: The used bookstore has been open less than a month, but owner Jason McLaughlin is already talking about a second location in Nacogdoches and more across East Texas.
The New Life Health Food and Christian Bookstore Reopened in Sheboygan, Wisc.: The 14-year-old Christian bookstore and natural foods retailer moved to the city’s South Pier District. The owners plan to add an organic restaurant and café.
Chapter2Books in Hudson, Wisc., Moves Up: Owner Sue Roegge e-mailed that her store will move to street level in the same building next month. “We will continue to sell new and used books with an emphasis on our children’s section, popular fiction and nonfiction, and our regional section. We also sell toys and gifts,” she wrote, adding that the store has a packed events schedule.