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  • Booktown to hold anniversary party March 17

    Booktown Books will celebrate its 20 anniversary on St. Patrick's Day.


    The cooperative of independent book sellers will hold its anniversary party and sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at 107 Bank St. in Grass Valley. 

    Marilyn Tubbs, a longtime member, said the event is a tribute to the longevity and success of the business.

    “It is exciting to see our initial vision of the Booktown cooperative concept grow from a few sellers and a handful of customers each day to the bustling book hub it is now in downtown Grass Valley,” she said.

    In 1997, Eric Tome launched Booktown Books in a small space on Maltman Drive in Grass Valley. It started with 10 independent booksellers, including some of whom are still actively involved while many others have come and gone, including Tome.

    Booktown’s members manage their own booths and inventory while taking turns working in the store during the week. Some are experts on books about the military, science, music, comics and science fiction, but most members offer a wide variety of choices, including contemporary fiction, non-fiction and old dime-store paperbacks. LP’s, CD’s, audio books, DVDs and children’s books also are available. The store’s Rare Book Room features reasonably priced collectible editions. 

    Booktown’s 20th first-ever Anniversary Party and Sale event will include a special storewide discount of 20 percent. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 530-272-4655 or visit booktownbooks.com and Facebook.

    About the Photo: Recently some of the Booktown members took a break to pose for this picture in their Bank Street Booktown Books location: L-R Mike Witter, Tom Tubbs with Chi Chi, Bud Plant, Nicole Dillard and Marylin Tubbs. Members not pictured: Steve and Kathy Adamovich, Ron Quintana, Karen Wright, Tom Cadman, Ken Higgins, Bob Elliot- who is leaving soon for a new opportunity- he will be missed! 

    Photo by Stacy Drake