Publishers with their own retail operations aren’t necessarily a new concept, but it’s an idea that seems to have taken on a renewed popularity in recent years. In New York right now, you can venture out to Melville House’s bookstore, located in DUMBO. They aren’t the only indie press to embark on such a venture: last month, Literary Hub reported on Deep Vellum’s plans to open a bookstore in Dallas. In an essay on his decision, Deep Vellum’s founder Will Evans wrote, “If Dallas didn’t feature the dream literary community I wanted in a city, then I should work to create that community.” And earlier this month, the terrific Chicago indie press Curbside Splendor announced that they, too, would be opening a book and record store later this year. Needless to say, we’re fans of pretty much anything that results in more indie bookstores opening; that a number of presses whose work we like are behind these initiatives sounds even more promising.

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