The indie revival continues this week with the announcement of a new design bookstore on New York City’s Lower East Side and the grand opening of Phoenix Books in Rutland, Vt., Phoenix’s third store. And stores continue to change hands with store manager Allison Mengarelli purchasing the Book Bin in Northbrook, Ill.

Texas Teen Book Festival (Sept. 26): This year’s book festival (#TTBF15), which will be held at St. Edward’s University, includes a keynote by Sonia Manzano, author of Becoming Maria.

Iowa City Book Festival (Oct. 1-4): The festival, which will be held in downtown Iowa City, kicks off with a public reading of Don Quixote, which will begin on September 28, to celebrate the book’s 400th anniversary.

Openings & Closings
LMAKbooks+design to open on New York’s Lower East Side: Art gallery LMAKprojects is moving into a larger space in November, where it plans to open a bookstore and host outdoor screenings.

The Book Exchange in Port Clinton, N.Y., Abruptly Closes: Last week after Thomas Schafer walked away from the bookstore that he purchased two years ago, building owner Cindy Kline began giving away the roughly 50,000 books he left behind.

Other News
Grand Opening for Phoenix Books in Rutland, Vt. (Sept. 28): Mayor Chris Louras, as well as Phoenix Books Rutland’s co-owner/manager Tricia Huebner and Phoenix Books co-owner Mike DeSanto will speak at the opening event.

The Book Bin in Northbrook, Ill., Changes Hands: Long-time manager Allison Mengarelli, who has worked at the 44-year-old bookstore since 1992, purchased it on September 22. Former owner Janis Irvine will consult through the holidays.

Bookends in Florence, Mass., Marks 25 Years: The Pioneer Valley used bookstore will celebrate this Saturday with its first sale in nearly a decade.

Oswego, N.Y., Bookstore Celebrates its 15th: The used bookstore will be giving away gifts like a back-to-school backpack to highlight its anniversary all year long.

Ink Spell Books in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Helps Fire Victims: The bookstore is working with a local Boy Scout troop to collect supplies—flashlights, blankets, towels, and other necessities—for those hit by the wildfires.