As Barnes & Noble shrinks, small bookstores are born | Firebrand Publishing

As Barnes & Noble shrinks, small bookstores are born

Over in Riverside, one such avid reader recently celebrated her new bookstore’s third month in business. Linda Sherman-Nurick opened the 1,745-square-foot store Cellar Door Books under a vine-filled trellis in Riverside’s Canyon Crest Town Center on Oct. 26. It’s “Riverside’s Independent Bookstore,” as her advertising proudly announces. (There’s a Barnes & Noble in Riverside, but it’s on the other side of town.)

“People are so excited about having a bookstore,” she told me. “It gives them a sense of home, a sense of belonging.”

Sherman-Nurick is a onetime writing teacher at Riverside City College who became a stay-at-home mom after her daughter was born some years back. She went back to teaching briefly, at Norco College, until she decided the time had come to make a long-held dream come true.

Now Cellar Door Books is on a list of 43 new independent bookstores opened in 2012 that was released last month by the American Booksellers Assn.

The other new bookstores on the ABA’s list include one started by a retired professor in South Carolinaand another one in Connecticut backed in part by the crowd-funding platform Indiegogo.