click to enlarge The inside of the newly renovated Book People. The store is holding a celebration on Saturday, Aug. 18 to thank customers and donors who supported an online fund-raising campaign in January after long-time owner Ruth Erb decided to retire after 37 years.

The inside of the newly renovated Book People. The store is holding a celebration on Saturday, Aug. 18 to thank customers and donors who supported an online fund-raising campaign in January after long-time owner Ruth Erb decided to retire after 37 years.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Book People Celebrates Grand Reopening in West End

Posted By on Sat, Aug 18, 2018 at 3:30 PM

After a fundraising rally by customers, the four-decade old, independent bookstore, Book People, is holding a grand reopening on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 536 Granite Ave. in the near West End.

According to a press release, Book People founder Ruth Erb and new owner David Shuman are hosting a day of activities, stories and refreshments to welcome customers back.

“At first it was hard to watch my beloved shop get turned upside down during the renovations. But I’m thrilled with the results,” Erb says in the release. “And I’m especially happy that David is carrying on my vision as a place where people who love books can share their passion.”

The new store specializes in hard-to-find titles and offers new and used books, as well as a kid's corner of children's literature. The release noted that it offers "one of Richmond’s largest selections of science fiction and fantasy books."

Book People is one of the few independent shops that are still drawing loyal customers in Richmond.

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