She and her husband, Michael Fusco-Straub, decided to open Books Are Magic after hearing the “devastating news” regarding BookCourt, her former employer, shutting its doors. But now she is hopeful for the future of her own bookstore based on BookCourt’s popularity.
“I think what will help us is that the neighborhood had this wonderful, thriving bookstore and so as soon as it was taken away, everyone went through total panic, including us,” Straub said. “And this is what we did with our panic.”
Straub herself is an accomplished writer, with popular novels under her belt such as “The Vacationers, “Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures” and “Modern Lovers.” Many of her fellow authors and friends attended the soft opening of Books Are Magic between April 29 and April 30. On Monday, May 1, wBooks Are Magic has a light and airy aesthetic with fresh flowers and an exposed brick wall or two. There’s a spacious children section with books from “A is for Activist” to “Llama Llama Red Pajama” as well as secret little nooks for kids to enjoy some time reading. For the older crowd, the shop sells everything from bestsellers to books from local authors.
If local authors would like to see their work on the shelves, they are encouraged to get in touch with the store. Their goal is to become a fixture in the community and to help out local authors.
“It’s our misfortune of living in a neighborhood so filled with writers,” Straub joked.