Nashville gets a bookstore of “Her” own; a Bay Area bookstore is seeing double; a Bainbridge Island store changes hands; and more.
Her Bookshop Opening Soon: The 400 sq. ft. East Nashville, Tenn., bookstore, which will have a special focus on illustrated gift books, is the brain child of Joelle Herr, who has worked in publishing for two decades. Herr is the author of more than a dozen books, including Jane Austen Kama Sutra, a fall release from Cider Mill Press.
New Owners for Eagle Harbor Book Company: On June 15, the Jane and Dave Danielson will take over the beloved Bainbridge Island bookstore, which is currently owned by Morley Horder and managing partners René Kirkpatrick and Tim Hunter. Jane Danielson, who has been with the store for the past nine years, previously as events manager, told PW that beyond trying to do a few more cultural activities, “we don’t plan a lot of changes. We expect that the store isn’t broken.”
Dog Eared Books Opens in the Castro
Earlier this week, Dog Eared opened in the same spot where the LGBTQ bookstore A Different Light had been. The new store, the second Bay Area Dog Eared for Kate Rosenberger, is moving into the San Francisco neighborhood as Books Inc. prepares to close its store there.
Kepler’s Expands GiftLit Service: The Menlo Park, Calif., bookstore is extending the reach of its book subscription service through partnerships with national literacy organization Books for Kids and Fierce Reads, the marketing division for YA books at Macmillan Publishers. Books for Kids is curating four new GiftLit collections. When a customer purchases one of these collections, Kepler’s donates 10% of the subscription price and one book for every book purchased to an at-risk child. In conjunction with Fierce Reads, GiftLit is offering subscription boxes of hot new Macmillan titles.
DDG Books Turns 25: The Farmington, Maine, bookstore, owned by PW blogger Kenny Brechner is celebrating its first quarter century. In describing what it’s like to own a neighborhood bookstore for so long, Brechner wrote, “you’ve had plenty of time to talk Russian literature with someone you once picked out board books for. You’ve helped pick out a get well card for a customer and then discovered that the card is for someone who has become very dear to you over the years so that you pick one out for her yourself and send it along.”
Downtown Waynesboro, Pa., Bookstore to Close: On the Road Books has begun a going out of business sale; its last day will be June 18. Owners Mike Kohler and Shirley Grossert will continue to sell books online http://www.abebooks.com/on-the-road-books-waynesboro-pa/259269/sf and through a cooperative in York, Pa. “It’s hard to make a profit with a small shop without a lot of inventory,” Kohler said.