A New Mexico bookstore/art gallery preps for its grand opening; the Kickstarter for Queen's Bookshop winds down; a Minneapolis B&N could make way for a drug store; and more.

Grand Opening for Taos Book Gallery on June 18: Newly minted retirees Mike and Mary Jane Butler are getting back into the book business. Former owners of the Colorado's Avalanche Bookstore, the Butlers' New Mexico store will sell new and used titles, as well as sculptures created by Mary Jane and novels written by Mike (who has authored five titles in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series).

Final Week for Queen’s Bookshop Kickstarter: Three former Barnes & Noble booksellers are heading into the final stretch to raise $70,000 to open a bookstore in the Queens section of New York City. They’re almost half way to their goal.

Cookbook Festival Launches in Boston: This weekend (June 17-18) Boston Public Market, the city’s first year-round indoor market, will host the first of what organizers hope will be an annual event to celebrate cookbooks. The festival kicks off with an awards ceremony on Friday night, following by day-long presentations and cookbook signings on Saturday.

B&N to Close to Make Way for Drive-Thru Drug Store: The company slated to take over Calhoun Village Shopping Center in Southwest Minneapolis said that the Barnes & Noble would close and a drug store will replace it. The City Planning Commission will review the proposal later this month.

Womrath’s in Tenably Closing: At the end of June, Bob Kutik is shuttering the New Jersey bookstore founded by his father Harry 67 years ago. A closing sale has already begun, which includes discounts on books and all the store’s furnishings.

Art Show Marks End of LA’s Gay Circus of Books: Barry and Karen Mason are looking for new tenants for their bookstore in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles. Within the next year they also plan to close the original Book Circus in West Hollywood, which opened in 1967. In honor of the stores’ closing the Masons are hosting an art exhibit called “Art Must Go,” curated by artist Billy Miller.