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In the past two years, more than 80 bookstores shuttered nationwide. But bookstores are rallying, and pivots including curbside pickups, mobile book vending, and virtual book talks in lieu of in-person signings have become commonplace at local shops. Here are five innovating booksellers in Atlanta.
Lucian, a bookshop and wine bar from Katie Barringer, founder of the now-shuttered Cover Books and Jordan Smelt, formerly of Cakes & Ale and Bread & Butterfly, opened at Modera Buckhead this week.
Georgia’s literary history is rich with remarkable women writers like Anne Rivers Siddons, Pearl Cleage, Flannery O’Connor, Tayari Jones, and Alice Walker. It’s no surprise that legacy carries into the metro’s brick-and-mortar bookshops.
Agnes Scott College was losing its student bookstore. Charis Books was facing high property taxes. Together, the women's college and feminist bookstore found a joint solution—relocate Charis to Agnes Scott to create a new community space for both bookstore patrons and college students.
Rosa Duffy's bookstore, For Keeps, is more than a place for visitors to purchase rare and classic black books. Duffy designed it to also be a reading room where people can stop in and interact with history that is often overlooked or placed in the bottom of the dollar bins at other bookstores.
Sorry, Kindle—there’s nothing like cozying up with a real book. It seems others agree, as indie bookstores keep popping up around town. Our favorites offer a shopping experience that’s way more charming than Amazon, with reading nooks, cute trinkets, international publications, and limited editions.
Katie Barringer says it’s okay to judge her books by their gorgeous covers—just don’t leave without leafing through a few first.