Amazon is adding its first pick-up location in Texas at the University of Texas Austin campus, while Harvard is experimenting with an indie bookstore. Booksellers in New York City are readying two new stores, and BookHampton is changing hands.
Amazon Announces First Pickup Location in Texas: Amazon is partnering with the University of Texas at Austin to open Amazon@UT Austin, a 2,509 sq. ft. staffed pickup location. Slated to open this summer, the location will be on campus in Gregory Gymnasium.
Stories Coming to Park Slope in April: Writer Maggie Pouncey and her husband, Matt Miller, are opening a 600 sq. ft. children’s specialty bookstore for newborns to young adults in Brooklyn.
Grand Opening for Metrograph in New York City on March 4: This balcony-level bookshop is aimed at literary moviegoers and is stocked with a variety of books and film journals, including first-edition biographies of iconic directors. The Metrograph complex, which set up its website in advance of the opening, harkens back to the golden age of film and contains a movie theater and the Commissary restaurant.
Motto Outpost Opens at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center: The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts opened a Consumer Research Center/bookshop through a collaboration with Motto Books, a distributor based in Switzerland that carries small press and self-published titles. This is Motto’s first semi-permanent outpost in the U.S.
BookHampton’s East Hampton Store Sold: It’s closed now, but the East Hampton, N.Y. store will reopen soon under a new as-yet-unnamed owner. The Southampton location, renamed Southampton Books, was sold late last year.
Seattle’s Open Books for Sale: John Marshall and Christine Devel are putting the poetry-only bookstore, one of the few around the country, up for sale. They would like to “retire from ownership” later this year.
Kansas City’s The Reading Reptile Is Closing March 12: In advance of opening their “explorastorium” museum, known as the Rabbit Hole, ww.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/69435-kansas-city-booksellers-launching-world-s-first-explorastorium.html Pete Cowdin and Deb Pettid are shuttering their long-time children’s bookstore.
Berkeley’s Black Oak to Close Later This Month: After 37 years the iconic Bay Area bookstore is closing its doors and has already begun a 75% off sale.