FOSTORIA - Local author Naomi Chapman of Fostoria has found a way to market her novels - her own bookstore. Today through Saturday, she is celebrating the grand opening of Adventures in Books. Located at 125 S. Main St., Suite 201, Fostoria, the shop is on the second floor of the former bank building.
"It's a new and used bookstore with magazines, crafts, baseball cards and comic books," Chapman said.
The hours all three days are 11 a.m.-9 p.m., with free refreshments to be served. Today, children are invited for a story time and crafts at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. From 1 to 6 p.m., author Bob Birch from Dayton is to sign his books. Now retired after 35 years as a therapist, Birch is the author of more than 30 books that include self-help, poetry, novels and short stories.
PHOTO BY MARYANN KROMER
Naomi Chapman and her son, Lincoln, line up books in the children’s room at Adventures in Books.
Friday, Hilaire Tavenner is to sign books 1-3 p.m. A native of Lorain, she is a former Franciscan sister and teacher. She now does public speaking, operates her own business and markets the four books she has written. At 6:30 p.m., Tillie the Clown is to appear, followed by the musical duo, Melody Road, at 7 p.m.
The festivities are to continue Saturday with book signings by Dayton author Tim Smith (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Holly McCain at 1 p.m.
Smith's most recent novel, "The Sweet Distraction," is available as an e-book from Extasy Books. McCain resides in North Ridgeville. Her work includes poetry and two books about her dog, Shadow.
Story time and children's crafts are set for 5 p.m. Saturday. Mikah, a singer from Toledo, is to wrap up the grand opening 7-9 p.m.
Chapman said she had been planning to open a bookstore for "quite awhile." When she took part in a recent craft show in the building, she learned one of the suites was available to rent. The building has a new owner who was willing to hold the space for her until this month. She said it seemed like a good choice.
"My family is big on reading, and I write books, so it's fun to be opening a bookstore," Chapman said. "A lot of my family has given me books. A lot of these, my dad and my sister had."
Members of her family were scrambling Wednesday to get the store operational.
People with books to sell or trade are welcome to bring them in, Chapman said. She has books for people of all ages. The magazines and comic books will not be available until March. One of the seven rooms is to serve as a craft area. Customers can take the elevator from the front entrance to the store. For more information, call (567) 278-1524.