Local author and Unbound Book Festival founder Alex George says he plans to open up a new bookstore on Ninth Street in downtown Columbia late this summer.
George wants his shop to contribute to the literary community in Columbia.
“I’m a firm believer that bookstores are a force of good in society,” George said. “They provide a place for people to meet and to exchange ideas and talk.”
George said that in order to serve the strong writing community in Columbia, his store will have an emphasis on literary fiction and local authors.
George’s shop will be the second independently owned bookstore in downtown Columbia. The Yellow Dog Bookshop is a used bookstore that’s been downtown for five years.
The Unbound book festival will be held April 19-21 at various venues across Columbia.