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Interview with VaLinda Miller, owner of Turning Page Bookshop in Goose Creek, SC

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, August 6, 2020

VaLinda MillerName: VaLinda Miller

Position at the store: Owner

Store and location: 
Turning Page Bookshop
216 Saint James Ave STE F Goose Creek, SC 29445

Social Media Stats:
Facebook-1,422, Instagram-3.4K, Twitter-806

Store press kit: www.turningpagebookshop.com

Events and buyer contact info: Arrylee Satterfield/VaLinda Miller

Number of years as a bookseller: 6

Best part about being a bookseller?: New Books

What book(s) are you reading?: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel; Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis and Mike D'Orso; The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson; This is my America by Kim Johnson; Bookmarked for Murder by V.M. Burns

Favorite handsell of 2020: All of V.M. Burns' Mystery Bookshop series, Hannibal B. Johnson's Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District), and JoJo Moyes' The Giver of Stars

Best thing you did this year at your store in response to Covid? Hired a company to come in two or three times a week to sanitize the store. Ensure staff and myself wear masks. Blessed to have emergency funds available to cover expenses and blessed that I was able to telework for my full time job.

What are some ways you work with your community? Joined the political arena to understand the needs of the community. Involved in Race talks with the mayor and the community. Provide free books with an apple or healthy snacks for kids. Volunteer for Charleston County Library. Board member of the Friends of the SC Library. Yearly Bring Your Child to Work Day.

Do you have any community partners you work with regularly? Not on a regular basis. Only when needed.

Do you have passions that carry over into your bookselling life? The love generated by my grandmother (She had to drop out of school when she was 14 years old) who walked me to my first library because she knew Rep. John Lewis and other blacks were denied a library card.Rep. John Lewis, as was my grandmother, was told that libraries were for whites only and she was powerfully determined to see that I got a library card and read every book in that library.Those librarians took me in their heart and when I would walk without my grandmother, having gone without food for that day, they fed me peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.I will always for the rest of my life thank them for feeding me books and food.It's my passion in life to continue to support all independent bookstores and libraries and provide food and books for kids.

What e-commerce platform are you using, and why did you choose it? Square and Go-Daddy. I use them because they are cheap and I have lots of computer geek friends who can help me.

Top priority for 2020/2021: Save for one year of expenses. Open a second bookstore. Continue working my full-time time. Have more virtual signings. Improve website. Improve social media. Work more in the political arena.

Favorite SIBA programming benefit: SIBA Discovery Show

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