Among other notable happenings this week are two Halloween openings, for Liberty Bay Books in Bremerton, Wash., and Nantucket Bookworks, which is holding its grand reopening after being closed nearly a year for renovations.
Louisiana Book Festival (Oct. 31): The 12th annual day-long book festival takes place in downtown Baton Rouge at the State Library of Louisiana, the State Capitol, and other sites nearby.
Festival Albertine (Nov. 5-9): The New Yorker’s David Remnick, choreographer Yvonne Rainer, and graphic novelist Phoebe Gloeckner (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) are among the headliners at the second annual festival, hosted by Albertine, the New York City bookstore devoted to books in French and English.
Openings & Closings
Liberty Bay Books Opens a Pop-up Store in Bremerton: Halloween marks the opening of the 33-year-old Poulsbo, Wash., bookstore’s latest addition, a pop-up store open for the holidays.
Nantucket Bookworks Celebrates Grand Reopening: After being closed for nearly a year for renovations, the Nantucket Island bookstore is back in time for Halloween with festivities planned for October 30 and 31.
Bookloft Books Closing: This is the final weekend for the Clinton, Ct., bookstore.
Christian Publishers Outlet Closing: After 25 years in the Ozarks, the faith-based bookstore in Springfield, Mo., has begun liquidating its inventory and will close by December 16.
Long-time Bookstore Closing in Hallowell, Maine: Edda Briggs is ready for a change after running Riverbooks for 24 years and is closing the store at the end of the week.
100th Birthday of Country’s Oldest Bookseller, Lila Weller: Last Sunday Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City celebrated matriarch Lila Weller’s centennial. Weller had been forced to take some time off after breaking her hip, but is expected to be back at the store in a week or two.
Bookstores Give Away Books for Halloween: Three bookstores in Charleston, Ill.—Bob’s Bookstore, Pensees Bookshop, and the Lincoln Book Shop—are treating kids to a free book for Halloween.
North Philly’s Tree House Books Aims to Be a Beacon: To get books into the hands of as many people as possible, this used bookstore doesn’t price its books. Customers are asked to make a donation. But it’s ok to leave without paying. Only 1% of the store’s revenue comes from book sales, the rest is from donations.