Not only will Turning Page Bookshop be one of the few independent bookstores in the Charleston area, it will also be just the second African American owned bookstore in South Carolina (the Malcolm X Center for Self Determination in Greenville is the other).
VaLinda Miller, who previously owned The Booksmith in Seneca, decided to move the business closer to her Goose Creek home.
“Goose Creek is growing fast, and I want to be part of the mixtures of imagination by showing the world that we are more than readers and support our small businesses,” Miller said. “We are what a diverse community can do and do well.”
The bookstore will be selling new books, including Bibles, Christian fiction, African-American books, and Young Adult books. They will also be serving coffee.
The Grand Opening Celebration features free gifts, door prizes, a book signing with Charleston author John Stamp (Brother’s Keeper, Spoilers, and Shattered Circle). The celebration will be from 10 am to 3 pm.
The store plans to hold more events, including book signings from local and South Carolina authors, book club discussions, and children’s events, in the future.
Turning Page Bookshop is located on 216 St. James Avenue, Unit F. Hours are from 10 am to 7 pm, Monday through Thursday and 10 am to 8 pm, Fridays and Saturdays.