Linda Brower, who with her sister, Karen Barringer, founded Lopez Bookshop, Lopez Island, Wash., in 2011, has left the business, and Barringer's new business partner is Beth St. George, the former youth services coordinator at Lopez Island Library.
Barringer said about Brower, "As much as Linda loved the bookshop, it just couldn't compete with her grandson Collin, who lives in Spokane." She praised Brower's knowledge of children's and YA literature.
Since the store's founding, Barringer and Brower have doubled its size, added used books, increased its social media presence and hosted events.
Barringer said that St. George's love of books and experience in schools and libraries makes for "the perfect continuum" at the store. St. George will continue to lead two book clubs that she founded with Brower, Young Adult Readers of Lopez Island, for adults and teens, and Pageturners, for middle-school students. She reads mostly youth literature "because so much excellent writing is coming out for youth today, and much of it can be appreciated by adults. It's often meaningful and entertaining without being graphic."
She is also an avid birder and naturalist and will combine her passions for books and nature on Book Walks, a walking tutorial of nature's wonders.