Maple Street Book Shop to close at end of 2015

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Gladin Scott is a longtime customer and owner of Maple Street Book Shop. - COURTESY MAPLE STREET BOOK SHOP
  • COURTESY MAPLE STREET BOOK SHOP
  • Gladin Scott is a longtime customer and owner of Maple Street Book Shop.

Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott announced the store will close at the end of 2015.

"With dwindling sales, it's tough to keep open a bookshop that isn't self-sustaining," he said.

Scott said changing technology contributed to the difficulties of keeping the shop open.

"I think technology has changed the way people read and buy books," he said.

Scott became a manager of the bookshop in 2008 and purchased it in 2013. He was a long time customer of the shop.

"I have been a customer of Maple Street for 48 years — since I was in high school" he said. "When I was 17 I came to Maple Street Books and I fell in love with it."

The bookstore was opened in a shotgun home in 1964 by Mary Kellogg and Rhoda Kellogg Norman. In 1971, Kellogg's daughter Rhoda Faust took over, and she ran the bookstore for 37 years. Faust opened a children's bookstore and other locations. She also started Faust Publishing, which released books by Walker Percy. Faust also is credited with minting the book's slogan, "Fight the stupids."

The book shop will continue to offer new titles and continue normal operations through the end of the year, Scott says.


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