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Annie Jones, owner of The Bookshelf, takes health precautions for the customers who come to her Georgia bookstore, including limited hours and mask requirements. Photo courtesy of The Bookshelf.
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Indie Bookstores: Pandemic Adds Plot Twist to Comeback Story

by Terri Barnes

Independent bookstores have written a comeback story over the past decade, and now they’re facing a new chapter—the one about the coronavirus. To navigate the pandemic plot twist, booksellers are turning once again to the community connections and personal service that have helped fuel the indie revival amid big-box competitors.[…]

Mindful Writing: Creating a Lifeline with Words
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Mindful Writing: Creating a Lifeline with Words

by Terri Barnes

The daily chaos of life was about to overwhelm Lisa Smith Molinari, until she discovered a lifeline: writing. Now an award-winning newspaper columnist and author of the upcoming book The Meat and Potatoes of Life: My True Lit Com, Lisa began her writing journey making lists on a yellow legal pad during her husband’s military deployment. For many writers like Lisa, the act of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard brings mindfulness, order, and context to daily events and major life challenges. […]

Greg Howard: Messages of Hope
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Greg Howard: Messages of Hope

by Elle Cohen

As a gay person growing up in rural South Carolina, Greg Howard felt isolated, especially after the death of his mother. As an author, Greg draws on his own childhood to write stories, including his latest book The Whispers, to help kids and young adults feel less alone. […]