From Shelf-Awareness, Oct. 10, 2007:

Congratulations to Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, named by readers of Southern Voice as the best bookstore in Atlanta in the Best of Gay Atlanta issue. The Voice wrote: "With appearances from serious literary talent like Armistead Maupin and Sarah Waters, as well as celebrity authors including Jim McGreevey, John Amaechi and Lance Bass, gay Atlantans count on Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse to give us not only something to read, but something to talk about. Second place went to feminist/lesbian haven Charis Books & More; Brushstrokes was voted third." Outwrite has also been voted "Best Gay-Themed Store" in Atlanta by Creative Loafing.
Bookselling This Week profiles ABDebs Books & Gifts, Knightdale, N.C., which Alyce Boyd-Stewart, a retired civil rights lawyer, opened in March.

The store had an amusing beginning, according to BTW: "In 2005, both Boyd-Stewart and her husband, Edward Stewart, were at home trying to enjoy their retirement. 'We were sitting around doing nothing,' said Boyd-Stewart. 'And I said, "I'm opening up a bookstore." My husband said, "You're nuts," as usual. And I ignored him . . . as usual.'"

The 900-sq.-ft. store stocks 12,000 books, and there is additional space for a community center. The store's major areas include a "young folks" section, history, classics, poetry, humor, biography, health, history, African-American literature and fiction.
Quail Ridge Books & Music, one of the South's pre-eminent independent bookstores, was among the honorees inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame in 2007. The mission of the Raleigh Hall of Fame is to honor individuals and non-profit organizations that have made lasting contributions to Raleigh's proud history.
Congratulations to Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, Va., managed by Kelly Justice, which has won Unbridled Books's display contest for two books by Lamar Herrin: House of the Deaf, a novel, and Romancing Spain, a memoir. Fountain wins a dinner for two at a Spanish or tapas restaurant.

House of the Deaf is about an American father searching for answers after his daughter is accidentally killed by Basque separatists while studying abroad. Romancing Spain describes how the author met his Spanish wife more than 30 years ago and struggled against custom, church objections and bureaucracy to marry her. It's also the story of his love affair with Spain itself and his recent journey back with his wife to search for the perfect pueblo in which to retire.
It's always wonderful to run the kind of news Nancy Olson, owner of Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, N.C., forwarded to us--from Quail Ridge's newsletter:

"It's time for the end of year State of the Store. The report is good. Our 2006 sales were up substantially over 2005--a surprise, considering they had been flat since 2001, and particularly interesting in light of the national decline in book sales of 2.9% in 2006. Our guesses as to why: institutional/school sales were up, our online sales ( were up, our events were exceptionally well attended, and most importantly, we have a solid core of absolutely loyal customers who would cut off their hands (ha) before they'd order from Whatever the reasons for our success, a big THANK YOU for supporting us, which also supports our community. I just signed a new lease that keeps us in our space for another nine years, so I'm happy.

"P.S. The landlord offered us $30,000 or whatever we need to refurbish the store!"