This week marked the grand opening of a new store in Michigan, with two other stores--in Washington and Florida--prepping to open new locations before the end of the month.
Miami Book Fair (Nov. 15-22): The country’s biggest book festival, which includes a three-day street fair, is back at Miami Dade College for the 32nd year.
Openings & Closings
Village Books to Open Its Second Store Next Week: Village Books & Paper Dreams owner Chuck Robinson told Bookselling This Week that the Bellingham bookstore’s second 3,000 sq. ft. location, announced in April, will be ready for business on November 20. It’s located in nearby Lynden, Wash.
AphroDust Bookstore to Pop Up in Ft. Lauderdale: Jeremy Shaw, a 26-year-old Florida State grad, will open an African-American pop-up bookstore, at the Black Friday Marketplace in Miami Gardens. He’s also planning to launch the “Afrofuturistic” bookstore online at the Roots Collective Marketplace.
Grand Opening for Bombadil Books in Grand Rapids: Earlier this week Danielle Alexander and Tim Albon opened their “co-op style” used and rare bookstore, which sells memberships with the cost going toward store credit. The store also offers binding and restoration services and the pair edit the Bombadil Quarterly.
Bodhi Tree to Reopen after Four-Year Hiatus: On its Facebook page the metaphysical bookstore announced its long-anticipated return: “We are still searching for the perfect new home for our physical location, this will take time. We will however be rolling out our new website in the coming months.” When the store closed in December 2011, the owners promised that the West Hollywood store would be back.
Dallas’s Pan-African Connection Evicted, But Will Reopen: The 26-year-old bookstore/art gallery was evicted earlier this week after it fell six months behind on rent. But owner Akwete Tyehimba plans to reopen and is accepting donations on GoFundMe.
Montgomery’s Capital Book & News to Close in January: Thomas and Cheryl Upchurch are closing the 65-year-old bookstore and retiring after the holidays.
White Rose Bookstore in Holyoke, Mass., Closing: After two years Betty Kaplowitz and Kristen Bachier are closing the bookstore, which had a strong selection of political books, and hope to find a buyer for its 6,000 sq. ft. building.
Herringbone Books Launches Crowdfunding Campaign: Kaci Aslamov has $16,000 more to raise in the next ten days for her Indiegogo campaign to purchase Paulina Springs Books’s Redmond, Wash., store, which she plans to rename Herringbone.
Nonprofit Bookstore in Colorado Springs Nears Second Anniversary: Mountain Fold Books, a nonprofit bookstore and art gallery, which turns two in February is making a go of it despite its unusual model. It relies on direct contributions from friends as well as major grants. A coffee shop installed in August should also help defray costs.
Obituary: Paul Horgan of Robin’s Books: Paul Horgan, the longtime manager of the Philadelphia independent, died on November 11 from esophageal cancer; he was 77. He began working at the bookstore in 1964 and was in charge of secondhand book sales and rare books until the store closed in 2012.