New bookstores opened in Alabama, Maine, New York, and Tennessee; a suspicious fire temporarily closes a Barnes & Noble in Arizona; and more.
New Bookstore Named For Hemingway and His First Wife: Easty Lambert-Brown, a principal in Borgo Publishing, is holding a grand opening for Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on December 11. The bookstore, which is arranged chronologically instead of alphabetically or by genre, has sections on the Lost Generation and on local authors.
Bound Booksellers Opens in Franklin: Kelly Gore, former chair of the interior design program at O’More College of Design, hosted a grand opening of the 550 sq. ft. bookstore on November 19. Gore is planning to stock beautiful well-bound books (memoirs, novels, and classics) along with books on design, cookbooks, and bestsellers. The store will also have literary-oriented merchandise. Events will include writing labs, book clubs, and readings.
Greenlight Opens Second Brooklyn Store: Just in time for Indies First and Small Business Saturday, the Brooklyn bookstore opened a new location in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. A grand opening is planned for January 7.
Grand Opening for Print on December 3: Seasoned booksellers Josh Christie and Emily Russo held a soft opening for their bookstore in Portland, Maine, just before Thanksgiving. A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday at 7pm.
Extensive Smoke & Water Damage for Albuquerque B&N: Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the Coronado Mall early Saturday morning. No one was inside the building, but there was extensive damage to the store. “Barnes & Noble will not be open for a while,” Diane Burns, AFD spokeswoman said. A suspect is in custody for a string of fires in the area.
New Website for Just the Right Book! Seven years, Roxanne Coady, founder of RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, Ct., launched the Just the Right Book! to help people give books as gifts. Since then the company has shipped out nearly 100,000 books. The newly launched website is intended to make it easier to give a personalized book subscription as a gift and for customers to order their own subscriptions.
Flying Pig Turns 20: To celebrate the first two decades of their store in Shelburne, Vt., bookstore owners and Publishers Weekly bloggers Elizabeth Bluemle and Josie Leavitt, are holding two birthday parties. One took place on Indies First/Small Business Saturday and included discounts, raffles, and cupcakes; the second is set for late January.
Byrd’s Books Is 5: The Bethel, Ct., bookstore is celebrating its first half decade with Dorie Greenspan (Dorie’s Cookies) and a cookie swap on December 11. Those who bake cookies from the book and bring them to the event get a $20 Byrd’s gift certificate. Those who want to take home cookies are asked to donate $10 to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society.