Around Indies [5]

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

Cindy Hulsey, co-founder of Magic City Books [6] and the Tulsa Literary Coalition, died on September 19 due to a terminal illness [7].

Bookie's New and Used Books in Homewood, Illinois
Bookie's New and Used Books in Homewood, Illinois

Bookie’s New and Used Books [8] celebrated the grand opening of its second location [8], in Homewood, Illinois, on September 21.

This November, The Next Chapter Café is scheduled to open [9] in the vacant restaurant space in Northshire Bookstore [10]’s Manchester Center, Vermont, location.

Empire Books & News [11], with locations in Pullman, Ashland, and Lexington, Kentucky, will be rebranded as The Inner Geek [12] after being purchased by local business Geek Inc. earlier this year.

Last week, the bungalow that Second Star to the Right [13] children’s bookstore in Denver, Colorado, was previously housed in sold for $900,000 [14]. Store owners Marc and Dea Lavoie plan to move their business to 1545 S. Pearl St. in Denver, Colorado.

The Learned Owl Bookshop [15] in Hudson, Ohio, celebrated its 50th anniversary [16] on September 23.

The Steady Collective [17] and Firestorm Books & Coffee [18] have filed formal appeals [19] against notices issued by the City of Asheville, North Carolina, that claimed the two organizations operated an unpermitted needle exchange program in West Asheville. Firestorm Books & Coffee has worked with The Steady Collective since 2016 to provide space for weekly 150-minute outreach and educational events regarding opioid drug overdoses.

Vania Elliot of Bookmarks
Vania Elliot of Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Scuppernong Books [20] in Greensboro, North Carolina, will be working with the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival [21] to present “Immigration Stories [22],” a program that will explore the immigration and refugee experience through fiction, non-fiction, and works for children.

Bookmarks [23] in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, named Vania Elliot as Employee of the Quarter. “She always makes sure that everyone who walks through our door feels welcome and leaves with just the right a book in their hands,” said Community Outreach and Bookstore Manager Beth Seufer Buss. “Above all, Vania is a compassionate and caring person. Her regard for her fellow employees and for readers continues to make Bookmarks a wonderful place to be.”

John Evans of Diesel, A Bookstore [24] in Santa Monica, California, was interviewed on Vik Singh’s podcast, Bookstories [25].

Nineteen indie bookstores in upstate New York will participate in this year’s Fall into Books! Bookshop Tour [26]. Participating stores included Buffalo Street Books [27] in Ithaca, Lift Bridge Book Shop [28] in Rockport, and the river’s end [29] in Oswego.

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