UPDATE: For those of you who have contributed to the campaign (or have just been following along) -- The Next Chapter LI has been successful in exceeding their goal of raising $250,000.00 and is moving ahead with their plans to open a new bookstore in Huntington Village.
Back in August, many residents in the Huntington community were upset to learn that Book Review (Long Island's largest independent bookstore) was closing, after over 40 years in business, due to COVID-related financial hardship.
Now, many of those same Huntington residents have pitched in to help Mallory Braun, who was a former manager at Book Revue, establish a new independent bookstore in downtown Huntington.
"With the counsel of Richard Klein, Book Revue’s owner," stated Braun at the beginning of the fundraising campaign, "I intend to start another bookshop in this town. To do so, our goal is to raise $250,000 in 45 days. If we do not reach $250,000 in 45 days, all of the donations go back to the donors. We are offering tiers of rewards for various donation levels but in my opinion, the best reward will be for there to be a bookstore in Huntington Village."
Once the funding goal on Kickstarter was achieved, Braun updated, "Well. It seems we have met the goal. $250,000, 41 days. Thank you to everyone who has supported this project in one way or another. Thank you Richard Klein for being with me through every part of this process. Next step: establishing a bookstore in Huntington. Stay tuned and when we're open, shop with The Next Chapter!"
"Initially," stated Braun, "this shop will consist largely of used and remaindered books. We will sell rare books, zines, ephemera, art, paper matter upcycled from damaged books, vinyl, locally-made and handmade sidelines and a selection of new books. Over time, my plan is to increase the number of new books. And I will order you any book we don’t have. I intend to have classes and workshops and local author readings and performances. In the not too distant future the plan is to have major author signings. This store will venture to reincarnate the spirit of Book Revue."
Thanks to all who answered the call to bring a bookstore to Huntington Village!
“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”
-- Neil Gaiman, American Gods
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