New stores are opening in Philadelphia; Decatur, Ga.; Rosalyn, Ore.; and Dorchester, Mass.
Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day (Dec. 5): Suspense writer Jenny Milchman started Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day six years ago with 80 bookstores. This year, more than 800 stores on five continents will participate
Openings & Closings
Read & Eat Opens in Roxborough: Mt. Airy Read and Eat, a used bookstore and café in Philadelphia, has added a second store in the Roxborough district in collaboration with Greenberg’s Bakery.
Half Price to Add New Store in Decatur: This spring the country’s largest independent bookstore chain will expand its presence in Georgia.
New Bookstore and Café Opens in Rosalyn, Ore.: Basecamp Books and Bites, which is loosely modeled on Elliot Bay Books in Seattle, is now open and will add a wine bar next year.
On the Dot Books & More Opens in Dorchester, Mass.: After launching with a stall at the Ashmont/Peabody Square Farmers Market in June 2014, On the Dot has moved to the Dot2Dot Cafe until it can find a separate location.
Binc Launches New Fundraiser: The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is trying to strengthen the safety net for booksellers in need with its December “Write the Next Chapter” campaign. On Giving Tuesday the Board of Directors offered to match all donations up to $3,500 received through December 15th.
Nashville’s Parnassus to Expand: The four-year-old bookstore, which CNN called one of the coolest bookstores in the world, is getting cooler. It will more than double in size with an additional 2,900 sq. ft. when it takes over adjoining space next year.
West Palm Tries to Lure Books & Books: The West Palm Beach, Fla., Downtown Development Authority head, Raphael Clemente, announced that he has approached the Coral Gables bookstore to add a branch there. No word yet whether PW’s Bookstore of the Year will accept.
The Last Word Bookstore in Charlotte is Moving: The five-year-old bookstore known for its eclectic inventory of used books, CDs, and videos has closed, but it announced that it has found a new, larger space a few miles away. No date has been set yet for the reopening.
Protestors Oppose Privatization of UNC Book Store: Students, professors, and state workers came out on “Mammoth Monday” to protest taking the store private. Bids are expected this spring.
Offsite Books Turns Seven: The company, formed in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area by former Olsson’s Books and Records employees, has been providing book sales at events since the bookstore closed in 2008.
Small Business Award to Christin Evans of The Booksmith: Christin Evans, owner of San Francisco’s The Booksmith, received the inaugural regional Small Business Advocate Award from Small Business Majority for speaking up on healthcare and raising the minimum wage.
St. Mark’s Bookshop in New York City Launches GoFundMe Campaign: To recapitalize after its move, the New York City bookstore is trying to crowdfund $150,000.
Obituary David Cohen (1936-2015): Former Common Cause president, David Cohen, whose wife Carla Cohen co-founded Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C., died of a heart attack. He was 79.