It’s quite a year for indie book stores in Little Five Points. Charis Books and More recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, and A Cappella Books, its neighbor across Moreland, turns 20 on Dec. 1.
A Cappella will celebrate with an ongoing 20 percent-off sale on used books, and two days of author events on Dec. 5-6 at Opal Gallery.
What kind of events? Two days of superstar local authors gushing about a book and author that influenced them. It’s not the usual reading or cocktail gathering, but it is the perfect way for the store to celebrate.
“If there’s something that’s defined us, what we’ve been about for 20 years, it’s been people who just really, really love books and get unreasonably passionate about it,” owner Frank Reiss said.
The lineup is tremendously fun, with names that readers of many ages and interests will recognize: Laurel Snyder, Hollis Gillespie, Jack Wilkinson and Jessica Handler are all on the list for Saturday and for Sunday there’s Alan Deutschman, Jay Hakes, Hank Klibanoff, Rebecca Burns and Joshilyn Jackson, among many more. Here’s the full schedule and list of authors.
Reiss said the anniversary is a high note, but the truth remains that book-selling is a rough business right now. All book stores have struggled in recent years, especially independents, and a recession only hurts more. It doesn’t matter how long a shop has been around; if they’re taken for granted, they will close.
“I tell people they better come celebrate with us on the 20th, because I’m not sure there will be a 21st,” he said. “I really don’t know what the the future holds. The next 20 will be much toucher than the first 20, and those weren’t so easy.”
So how did they survive this long? He’s got a one-word answer: “Stubbornness.”
Want to go? A Cappella Books’ Weekend of 20 Authors for its 20th Anniversary. Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 5-6. Opal Gallery, 484-B Moreland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-681-5128, www.acappellabooks.com.