This just in: Today, Mary Cotton, a former employee of Newtonville Books, is buying the 9-year-old bookstore from owner and founder Tim Huggins.
Cotton, managing editor and publisher of Post Road literary magazine, met her husband, Jaime Clark, while working at the independent bookstore. Clark is a writer and founding editor of Post Road.
The bookstore will re-open on Thursday. Cotton plans to start selling used books, expand programming, and establish a customer loyalty program.
In a joint press release, Cotton said, "When I heard the bookstore was closing after the first of the year, my heart sank..." Huggins, for his part, said, "It's just the right time. I felt that the bookstore had arrived at a place where it needed something more and different than I could provide to help it reach the next level of sustainability.'' Huggins thanked customers for their support and called on them to embrace the new owner "with an even higher level of commitment and support.''
I think it's safe to say this is a wake-up call for anyone who would be sorry to see Newtonville Books go out of business. If you want it to survive, you have to patronize it.