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Here’s what’s happening in the world of indie bookstores this week:

Biblio-Tech Cafe storefront

The Biblio-Tech Café has opened in Perry, New York. “Today was a dream come true,” said owner Giuseppe Gentile after the June 23 ribbon cutting. “The support and embrace from the community was overwhelming, and I was so happy to see so many smiling faces.”

Heidi and Michael Bender, owners of the brand new Split Rock Books in Cold Spring, New York, wrote a piece for LitHub on “The Big Highs and Deep Lows of Opening an Independent Bookstore.”

Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville, Kentucky, is adding 750 square feet by expanding into the former Heine Brothers Coffee space.

Emma Ramadan, co-owner of Riffraff bookstore and bar in Providence, Rhode Island, appeared on RI Small Biz Fuel to talk about new bookstore business models. “Bookstores are evolving — and to keep up with online, and Amazon, bookstores have to find a new way to evolve, and this trend of bookstore-bars has been cropping up the past few years,” she said.

John Evans, co-owner of DIESEL, A Bookstore, in Santa Monica and Larkspur, California, appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered to share his top summer book recommendations.

The Book Stall’s new comedy series, “The Book Stall After Dark,” is a hit among Winnetka, Illinois, residents.


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