TidePool Press Opening Bookstore in Worcester, Mass.

Independent publisher TidePool Press will open TidePool BookShop, a new, 1,600-square-foot independent bookstore, in Worcester, Mass., in March. 

According to owners Huck and Jo Truesdell, the store will carry books for all ages and across all genres, with a particularly robust children's section. And while the store will feature titles published by TidePool Press, TidePool Bookshop will carry plenty of titles from other publishers as well.

The bookstore is slated to open in a refurbished mill building that is also occupied by restaurants, salons, medical offices and a variety of other businesses. The owners reported that there has already been a great deal of support from the community, with area institutions being "very receptive" to collaborating with the store. One of the first such partnerships that they've lined up is an agreement to handle book sales for the American Antiquarian Society's lecture series.

Each month, TidePool Bookshop will feature a different TableTopic, which is a display centered on a single topic that incorporates fiction and nonfiction titles for childreen, teen and adults as well as corresponding non-book items. The TapleTopic for April, for example, will be Paul Revere, and is timed to coordinate with an exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum.

Their event plans, meanwhile, include not only author talks and children's story hours but also Friday evening wine-and-cheese gatherings, where local writers, artists and musicians, as well as professors and students from local colleges and universities, can meet and mingle. Despite the store not being open yet, the Truesdells have already hosted some author events; on January 10, they hosted Lisa Gruenberg, who read from her memoir My City of Dreams.

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