I am very excited to be on a panel to discuss bookstores and libraries as spaces of resistance and refuge as part of the Flyover Fest this weekend! The fest takes place all weekend at Used Kids Records, Wild Goose Creative, and Rambling House Soda. I'll be at Rambling House from 11-5 on Saturday May 13th for the book fair, and the panel will be there at 4:00. From the Flyover Fest website: "In an environment seen by millions as regressive, learn how bookstores and libraries are places of activism and refuge. Moderated by Bryan Loar and Andrea Dixon of Cbus Libraries, featuring Charlie Pugsley of Bookspace, Linda Kass of Gramercy Books, and Angela Grandstaff of Columbus Metropolitan Library." Click here for the Flyover Fest website, here for the Cbus Libraries page on the event, and here for the Facebook even page.
Hi y'all! It's been a while since I've posted in the blog. But I was interviewed by Columbus blogger Mandy Shunnarah about Bookspace, books, and me. Her blog, Off the Beaten Shelf, is really nice and it's wonderful to see and meet other people in this city who are passionate about books. Also doesn't hurt that she is a very kind person who loves cats. Anyway, check it out here.
Fundraiser for Bloomington's Boxcar Books
Please consider helping out Bloomington, Indiana's Boxcar Books. They run the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project and are probably the coolest bookstore in the midwest. Due to some recent setbacks and policy changes in the area, they need some help staying alive. They are a vital resource to their community and to see them go would be tragic. Click here for more information and to donate. Support independent bookstores!
Bookspace podcast interview from Independents' Day 2016
I was interviewed by Amy and Burke of the Columbus! Something New podcast at Independents' Day a couple weeks ago, about Bookspace and books and lots of other cool stuff! You can listen to it by clicking here; the interview begins at about the 7:45 point.
Reading at Stauf's in German Village on August 18th!
Next Thursday August 18th, Bookspace and the Book Loft are co-hosting a reading at Stuaf's in German Village to celebrate the release of local author Andrew Miller's new book If Only the Names Were Changed. To back up Andrew we have a slew of incredible local writers reading as well: Hannah Stephenson, Sommer Marie Sterud, Scott Navicky, and Nancy Kangas. And we will be there selling our great selection of new and used books and zines, so come check it out! Click here for the facebook event page.
Recover Orlando benefit at Strongwater this Monday, June 27th
We will be selling books at a benefit for the victims and families of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. The event will feature live music from Nick D and the Believers and New Thousand, as well as food trucks, drinks, art, and activity tables. It will be an opportunity for the city of Columbus to come together to pay their respects, provide solidarity and support for the victims and their families, and take a small step in working toward a better country and world by uniting in action and love. Along with all other vendors, a portion of our proceeds will go to Equality Florida. This event is organized by our good friends at Loose Films and sponsored by Stonewall Columbus. 401 W Town St; the event lasts from 6:30-9:30. Click here for more information.
Bookspace's last day at Studio 595 10% off BLOWOUT!!
We're having a huge 10% off everything sale this Saturday June 18th because we're moving out of Studio 595! It's been a lovely 3 1/2 months and we say goodbye with a sad heart. But we must move on to new things, and it's been such a wonderful way to gain experience managing our own shop that we will bring into the future. From here the plan is to continue selling quality used & new books & zines at flea markets around Columbus, and hosting poetry readings and other community-building events. We will eventually occupy a bookstore/event space of our own, but we have lots of work before we can make that dream a reality. Click here for the facebook event for more info.
Flea markets this weekend!
I feel like it's been a while since I posted about flea markets around town--but the market scene has been poppin'! There are two this weekend that we're participating in and I thought I'd let y'all know about 'em (click on the event name for the corresponding facebook page for more info):
-Saturday, June 11th: the Moonlight Market on Gay Street downtown, 6-11 pm
-Sunday, June 12th: the Cassady Collective Block Party in Bexley, 1-5 pm
(The shop will be closed both days.) Come say hi and check out our sweet books and zines!
A talk about reading and books at Bookspace on June 15th!
On Wednesday June 15th we're hosting a workshop/talk about reading and books led by yours truly, Charlie Pugsley. The flyer on the right pretty much gives you all the info you need, but I'm mostly trying to reach out to people who would either like to read more than they are and could use some tips and tricks to get going, or who would simply like to shift their perspective on some things like books, art, movies, mindfulness, technology, empathy, reality v. fiction, culture, learning, etc. This event is absolutely FREE, and it will most likely be the very last event we host at this location--so come check it out, people! Click here for the facebook event page.
Reading/show at Bookspace on June 4th!
On Saturday June 4th we're hosting an event featuring some lovely readers and music makers for your early summer enjoyment. This will most likely be the last event like this at the current Bookspace location (Studio 595), so make sure to come! Tess Pugsley is coming out of poetry retirement with some sweet new material for this one, and who knows if that'll happen again! And of course the Bookspace shop will be open during the event for anyone who wants to browse through our wonderful selection of books and zines. Click here for the facebook event page.
Monster House Press reading 4.11.2016!
Thanks to all the lovely readers who came to Bookspace on Monday to share their words!--including Michelle, Wendy, and Morgan as part of their Psychogynecology/Pretty Pretty Prison reading tour! And a huge thanks to everyone who came out to support the readers and Bookspace! If anyone is interested in any of the readers' books, they are in stock in the shop.
Monster House Press poetry reading at Bookspace on April 11th!
On Monday April 11th we're hosting another fantastic reading, this time at the beautiful shared workspace where the Bookspace shop is--Studio 595! For anyone who attended the last reading (or even if you didn't), you don't want to miss this one! There'll be five lovely readers who have books out on Bloomington's Monster House Press, plus one Columbus ex-pat in Yellow Springs. You'll be able to check out the Bookspace shop if you haven't already, and as usual, we'll have some free snacks and drinks available for everyone who comes. Click here for the facebook event page.
Bookspace shop at Studio 595 is OPEN!!!
The shop at 595 3 3rd St in German Village opened on Wednesday! The space will always be evolving, but here are some photos of the shop in its infancy. A big, huge thank-you to all my friends who have helped support the idea of Bookspace and to make it a reality! Right now we're having a sale on all NEW books: 20% off paperbacks and 40% off hardbacks!!! Come on by and check it out! Hours of operation: Wed-Sat, 11am-4pm.
Benefit reading at ILLIO 2.27.2016!
A big, extra special thanks to everyone who came out Saturday to show your support for all the lovely readers and for Bookspace! And thanks again to all the readers--I think we can all agree how appreciated it is to see and hear you stand up in front of a big group of people and get vulnerable and real! I just enjoyed it SO much! It was truly a humbling and inspiring night--we'll have to do it again soon!
Pop-up shop in Studio 595 opening March 2nd!
I am very excited to announce that Bookspace finally has a physical shop! The plan is still to eventually open a full-sized shop/space in Old North, but for probably six months or so Bookspace will occupy a room in Studio 595 in German Village--a creative coworking space at 595 S 3rd St, very near the Book Loft! Opening day is Wednesday March 2nd and our hours will be Wednesday--Saturday, 11 am--4 pm! Photos forthcoming as we deck out the space with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of lovely books and zines!
With Poetry reading at Milo Arts 2.7.2016!
I want to thank the kind folks from the With Poetry Reading Series and poets Joy Sullivan and Jeff Tigchelaar for inviting Bookspace to be a part of your lovely event on Sunday! Click here for more information on With Poetry, and stay tuned for another reading in the next couple months!
Benefit reading at It Looks Like It's Open on February 27th!
On Saturday February 27th we're hosting another reading at ILLIO to raise money for start-up costs and a brick-and-mortar space. There will be many wonderful books and zines for sale, and snacks and drinks. I can't even express how excited I am about all of these lovely readers. Come on by and have a blast! Click here for the facebook event page.
Fundraiser for Philadelphia's Wooden Shoe Books
Wooden Shoe Books--a wonderful, collectively-run, anarchist bookstore in Philly--is raising funds on Indiegogo for some much-needed improvements! For 32 years they have been a vital resource for the people of their community, and they would like to continue to do so! Click here to donate and to support radical independent bookstores!