by Kevin Howell -- Publishers Weekly, 9/28/2008 11:28:00 PM

Larry McMurtry is not the only bestselling author to own a bookstore; in January, Kay Hooper and her business manager Linda Parks bought the 18-year-old Fireside Books & Gifts in Forest Lake, N.C. Parks, along with former owner Suzanne Ledford, attended last weekend's SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) gathering held in Mobile, AL from Sept. 25-28. The two arrived early for Thursday's all-day Bookseller School.

"Sometimes when people hear 'bookseller school' they think it's going to be all beginner information," said Ledford, who has stayed on at the store as its media contact. "I'd been working at Fireside since I was 16 and I owned it for the last three years and I still learned new things from that day of education."