This week brings a second Spotlight on Bookstores by Pamela K. Kinney, an author of published horror, science fiction, fantasy, horror, poetry, and so far, two nonfiction books, Haunted Richmond, Virginia and Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales, both published by Schiffer Publishing. Using the pseudonym, Sapphire Phelan, she has published sweet paranormal/fantasy/science fiction romance, also poetry and a couple of horror stories. She has done acting on stage and in films. Find out more about her at her website or at either the MySpace pages for Pamela Kinney or Sapphire Phelan. Here she tells us about a fantastic independent bookstore in Richmond – complete with personalized book recommendations from the staff, daytime book signings, and a neighborhood full of wonderful restaurants. Who’s heading south with me?!
If you’re ever in Richmond, Virginia and driving downtown, head down Cary Street going east, until you hit Historic Shockoe Slip. You’ll know you’re there as the street goes from asphalt to cobblestone. There are mostly restaurants and bars in the area, but there are shops too. One of those shops is an independent bookstore called Fountain Bookstore. When you enter, it won’t seem big as a Barnes and Noble, but more intimate and comfy like a beloved teddy bear.
Kelly Justice is the owner of this wonderful establishment. Once the manager, she took a chance and bought it. She has a great staff, Tess, Steve, Heather and Doc to assist her. You can see her and the friendly faces of the staff at the Fountain Books website. On that page as you click on their names or Kelly’s you’ll be taken to books they had enjoyed reading. You can chat with them or Kelly on those books face-to-face. They’ll advise you on those or other books, or just talk about anything else. Just like home.
Not made for specific genres, this bookstore covers all sorts of books, from science fiction and fantasies to horror, urban fantasies, romances, nonfiction, literary, and children’s books. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, they can order it for you. And being in Richmond, Virginia, they also have many books on Richmond to Virginia to the Civil War! Besides books, there are calendars, postcards, greeting cards and more.
Besides being the owner, Kelly is a fountain of knowledge about books and talks about them with New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell on a radio show, BOOKS! on WZEZ 100.5 every first and last Monday of the month during a.m. drive time with Mark Neimand In The Morning!
I went from reader to author when I started getting published. More so, when a nonfiction book of mine, Haunted Richmond, Virginia, came out. Because of that book, I got many signings, mostly during October of 2007. Fountain Bookstore was the last place I stopped, right on Halloween, during the daytime, which was Thursday.
The daytime, you say? During a Thursday! That’s not a good time for a book signing! But for Fountain Bookstore, most of their readers come in during their lunch breaks from their jobs nearby, or Yuppies living in the downtown apartments around there stop in before heading home. Which is why their book signings are during lunchtime or at night during the week. Weekends are not their busiest times. Most businesses are closed and the Yuppies head out into the suburbs for the malls and shopping centers. Those that do venture downtown are looking to eat in the restaurants or go bar hopping in Shockoe Slip and this is most of the time, after six.
As for that book signing, I did nicely. It was a nice ending to a month long of book signings. I was glad it happened in Fountain Bookstore.
This is another place that has my heart. I stop by there each month if I am at the James River Writers’ Wednesdays held the second Wednesday at Richbrau Brewing Company. With many indie bookstores closing due to this economy, I pray that Kelly keeps succeeding. For the place adds a unique flavor to a very interesting area.
Next time you’re in Richmond for anything, drop by Shockoe Slip. Eat at the Tobacco Warehouse, maybe have a pint at Sine’ Irish Pub or Richbrau Brewing Company (this last one is haunted and is in my book, Haunted Richmond, Virginia), then drop by Fountain Bookstore. Get some books, meet Kelly, and have a chat too. It’s a good place to be.
You can find Fountain Bookstore at 1312 E. Cary St. Richmond, Virginia (804) 788-1594. Hours: Mon.-Thur, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays are 12 noon to 5 p.m. Website: http://www.fountainbookstore.com/ Check their website for upcoming events and book signings, along with ordering online, too.