In addition to new stores opening in the nation’s capital this week—a Carpe Librum pop-up and Riverby’s Books—along with the Stacks in New Orleans, romance fans are getting closer to having a bookstore of their own. Sisters Bea and Leah Koch just submitted their page to Kickstarter and will launch a crowdfunding campaign soon to raise money for a bricks-and-mortar romance store in Los Angeles. They are planning a spring opening for the Ripped Bodice: Purveyors of Fine Smut.
Southern Festival of Books (Oct. 9-11): The 27th annual celebration takes place this weekend in Nashville.
Openings & Closings
The Stacks Opens in Nola: After trying an art bookstore pop-up shop at a furniture store and a coffee shop, Emilie Lamy opened a bookstore in the ground floor café in the Contemporary Arts Center.
Used Bookstore Pops Up in D.C.: Nonprofit used bookstore Carpe Librum’s latest pop-up opens Saturday at Mt. Vernon Triangle. Sales will benefit Turning the Page, which builds home libraries and provides parents with home learning resources.
Riverby’s Books to Reopen in D.C.: Paul Cymrot is reopening the rare and used bookstore, which has been closed for the past year following the death of his father, bookstore owner Steve Cymrot.
More Amazon Pick-up Locations Coming to Three Campuses: After opening pick-up locations at Purdue University and UMass Amherst, Amazon is about to expand its campus reach with ones at University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Cincinnati.
The Bookworm Closing in Orlando: The used bookstore announced this week that it lost its lease and has begun a going-out-of-business sale.
Kickstarter Campaign for Romance-Only Bookstore Launching Soon: Sisters Bea and Leah Koch want to open a brick-and-mortar bookstore dedicated to romance, the Ripped Bodice, in Los Angeles next spring. To get it started, they plan to launch a $90,000 crowdfunding campaign on October 20.
Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop Adds Inkshares Imprint: The New Orleans bookstore is the latest indie to add a publishing imprint through the crowdfunded publisher. It is holding a contest for its first book and is looking for submissions in science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, and children’s.
NYC’s Printed Matter Expanding: The 39-year-old not-for-profit bookstore for artists’ books is doubling its space and moving to the corner of 11th Avenue and 26th Street.
Burke’s Book Store in Memphis Turns 140: Although the Memphis bookstore won’t celebrate the big day until next weekend, announced that it has raised more than $5,000 on IOBY for a birthday gift, a custom delivery tricycle.
Kepler’s Adds GiftLit: The Menlo Park, Calif., bookstore is extending its reach when it comes to recommending gift books with the acquisition of GiftLit.com.