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Congratulations to Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, Va., managed by Kelly Justice, which has won Unbridled Books's display contest for two books by Lamar Herrin: House of the Deaf, a novel, and Romancing Spain, a memoir. Fountain wins a dinner for two at a Spanish or tapas restaurant.

House of the Deaf is about an American father searching for answers after his daughter is accidentally killed by Basque separatists while studying abroad. Romancing Spain describes how the author met his Spanish wife more than 30 years ago and struggled against custom, church objections and bureaucracy to marry her. It's also the story of his love affair with Spain itself and his recent journey back with his wife to search for the perfect pueblo in which to retire.
It's always wonderful to run the kind of news Nancy Olson, owner of Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, N.C., forwarded to us--from Quail Ridge's newsletter:

"It's time for the end of year State of the Store. The report is good. Our 2006 sales were up substantially over 2005--a surprise, considering they had been flat since 2001, and particularly interesting in light of the national decline in book sales of 2.9% in 2006. Our guesses as to why: institutional/school sales were up, our online sales (www.quailridgebooks.com) were up, our events were exceptionally well attended, and most importantly, we have a solid core of absolutely loyal customers who would cut off their hands (ha) before they'd order from amazon.com. Whatever the reasons for our success, a big THANK YOU for supporting us, which also supports our community. I just signed a new lease that keeps us in our space for another nine years, so I'm happy.

"P.S. The landlord offered us $30,000 or whatever we need to refurbish the store!"
Ann Carlson, owner of Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, S.C., has opened the Book Stall in Aiken, S.C., and will have a grand opening reception a week from this coming Friday, March 16, the Aiken Standard reported.

Carlson plans to run monthly theme events around such possibilities as cookbooks, poetry, a benefit with the SPCA and children. She will split her time between the two stores.

"Aiken's downtown is a wonderful place to shop, and there wasn't a bookstore downtown," Carlson told the paper. "I thought it needed one."

The Book Stall is located at 413 Hayne Ave., Aiken, S.C. 29801; 803-644-0604.