Updates … and more updates!

It’s been a busy few weeks since our grand re-opening—and what a wonderfully abundant day of cake and customers that was! Your generous outpouring of support and well wishes exceeded our wildest expectations. Thank you!

Also, as many of you have noticed, there are a few new faces (in addition to my new face) around the store and at the book table during events, so it’s about time for some introductions:

Gabrielle Bates, a Seattle-based poet and artist (her beautiful work is currently on display in the store) is now an official part-time employee. She’s also been helping out at events and with our social media outreach (Yes, Open Books has gone social! Look for us on Twitter and Facebook). Abi Pollokoff is another person you may have seen and can expect to see more of at events. She’s helping us get our onsite events up and running and has proven to be an off-site bookseller extraordinaire. And Erin McCoy, whom you may or may not see (she’s currently working toward an MFA in poetry and an MA in Spanish), has also thrown in her lot with us and is helping out with PR and outreach. All three are fine poets and fine readers of poetry and we’re excited they’ve come along for the ride!

Indeed, it takes a village to carry on the brilliant work of John and Christine—and this village is still growing, so expect a few more new faces in the coming months ahead.

I’m also thrilled to report that Alexander Moysaenko continues on as the store’s sole full-time employee. His enthusiasm and expertise have been indispensable during this time of transition. He remains as delightful and invaluable as ever to Open Books.

And now for a few book-related notes: We have a wonderful new assortment of used books available for your perusal—in person or online. As always, if you see something you like, give us a call or send us an e-mail and we’ll be happy to set it aside for you. We also have new books on our shelves from a bevy of venerable poets, including Rae Armantrout, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Sharon Olds, Mary Oliver, Robert Pinsky, and Mary Ruefle, not to mention terrific new work from local poets, including Jeannine Hall Gailey, Claudia Castro Luna, Melinda Mueller, Matthew Nienow, Imani Sims, and Jane Wong. And if you’re in the Seattle area, come sit in our new reading chair! We have a new chair for reading!

Also worth noting: Our events schedule is now officially back up and running! We’ve already hosted two wonderful readings with terrific local and visiting poets. Be sure to check out our website to see our full listings of events throughout the end of the year, including the return of Poetry in Conversation, the first of which will be an afternoon gathering hosted by Christine Deavel to discuss H.D.’s Trilogy (Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m.).