great news for poetry lovers

April 27, 2016

Open Books

Back in early March, we posted the news that John Marshall would be retiring from the helm of Open Books, in Seattle, and the fate of the outstanding poetry bookstore was unknown.

Now, less than two months later, we are very pleased to share with you this update from John Marshall and Open Books:

“We are exceedingly happy to announce that the next owner of Open Books: A Poem Emporium will be Billie Swift. She has been an avid customer for years, has a sharp and inquiring mind, and is a truly engaging soul. We cannot imagine a better person to be entrusted with the future of Open Books. The actual change in ownership will take place at the end of August, but Ms. Swift will be a fixture in and around the store from now until then. Of course we’ll have a celebratory ceremony/party near the date of transfer, and we’ll count on your presence then, either in body or spirit. Between now and then, you’ll have ample opportunity to see us all (including on occasion Christine, who does the bookkeeping and pops in now and then). Please know that the store you love is still here and will go on, with your continued care and support. The amazing journey continues!”

Such good news. The store will be open until 7:00pm on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in honor of Independent Bookstore Day. Stop by and say congratulations (and pick up a few poetry books while you’re there).


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