Beaverdale Books has opened in the Beaverdale section of Des Moines, Iowa, the Des Moines Register
reported. Owner Alice Meyer plans to specialize in "Iowa and Iowa
Writers' Workshop authors, do-it-yourself, and health and fitness." The
paper called the initial inventory "a reader's delight, from noted
authors Tom Wolfe and Ian McEwan to mass market suspense and mystery
novels, from the literary offerings of Annie Dillard and E.L. Doctorow
to the mass-appeal novels of Stephen King and James Patterson."
A former social worker and state employee, Meyer said she had been planning the store--her dream--for two years.
Beaverdale Books is located at 2629 Beaver Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50130; 515-279-5400.
Main Street Books, which opened in Hattiesburg, Miss., in 2002, has
moved into a 4,000-sq.-ft. space--double its previous size--in a
building owners Diane and Jerry Shepherd have bought, the Hattiesburg American
The couple plan to recreate the ambiance of their cozy smaller store,
which had "exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, prints of Hattiesburg
scenes by local artists and a small coffee bar at the back of the
shop." If a coffee shop opens in the old space, as is possible, the
Shepherds plan to open a tea room in the new space.
Main Street Books is located at 205 Main St., Hattiesburg, Miss. 39401; 601-584-6960; www.visitmainstreetbooks.com
Book Sense inverted?
Faber & Faber, the independent U.K. publisher that earlier this
year created an Independent Alliance of publishers--presses it
represents to the trade--has expanded the alliance to include at least
58 independent booksellers, Publishing News
Member booksellers will receive an improved discount, author tours and
priority for receiving galleys. The publishers will contribute to in-store
promotions and have account managers for every six or seven bookstores.
"In return for these benefits, booksellers are expected to grow sales
of the publishers' books," PN
Will Atkinson, Faber's sales director, told PN
represent 25%-30% of the house's business, "and if you take them as one
customer, they would be our largest. It's time for the independent
retail sector to have their place in the sun."
Sadly a group of some 15-20 anti-gay protesters have gathered in front
of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, Atlanta, Ga., at least three
Saturdays in a row, according to the Southern Voice
A few customers and activists have staged smaller counter-protests. A
store e-mail said the protestors have vowed to demonstrate every
Saturday through election day in November.
Owner Philip Rafshoon told the Voice
that local police said the
protestors have a right to free speech; he is seeking help from the
city council. Besides its business impact, Rafshoon said he is
concerned about a possibly "volatile situation."
In its e-mail, Outwrite said, "We are grateful to everyone
that flocked to the store during these demonstrations and showed these
protestors that their fear tactics will not work in our community."
Paz & Associates' Bookstore Training and Consulting Group will hold
one of its bookstore workshops for prospective booksellers--Opening a
Bookstore: The Business Essentials--October 3-9 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Co-sponsored by the American Booksellers Association and the Great
Lakes Booksellers Association, the intensive workshop, which many new
booksellers have considered essential in the process of founding their stores, will
continue at the GLBA trade show in Dearborn. This will be the last of
these workshops to be offered this year.
The week-long program includes discussions of marketing competitive
advantages, understanding financial dynamics, store design and
merchandising, computerized management systems and selecting an opening
inventory. Donna Paz Kaufman and Mark Kaufman are the facilitators. For
more information, go to www.pazbookbiz.com
or call 800-260-8605.