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Update: This story has changed. The store will not close.

Another Borders bookstore in Louisville is closing as the chain reorganizes its finances under Chapter 11.

Earlier, Borders planned to close two of the four Louisville stores—one on 4th Street Live and another on South Hurstborne. Now, the Shelbyville Road Plaza store is closing (via), leaving one remaining Borders in Louisville, on Bardstown Road.


As Borders goes through Chapter 11 and begins closing stores, various news outlets have encouraged anyone holding gift cards for the bookseller to spend their money now. Borders is honoring gift cards, but in the past, other companies have stopped accepting them as bankruptcy drags on.

Two of the four Borders stores in Louisville are closing. WFPL checked in with local independent bookseller Carmichael’s for a reaction to the news earlier this week. Manager Kelly Estep says the closures are a blow to book industry as a whole, and while sales at Carmichael’s have been steady, it’s not clear what effect Borders’s bankruptcy may have on smaller shops.

One possible effect, though, is an increase in Borders gift cards being redeemed at Carmichael’s. As Consuming Louisville reports, Carmichael’s has and will continue to accept gift cards from Borders and Barnes and Noble.

Today is National Bookmobile Day, which is a new part of National Library Week. Given the importance of mobile libraries in rural areas, the Rural Blog has a post about bookmobiles.

A typical bookmobile is Bernice. She is the bookmobile that serves Ward County, North Dakota, according to Andrea Johnson in the Minot Daily News. The vehicle was named Bernice because the librarians got tired of having to write down the initials “B.M.” for “BookMobile” when referring to the vehicle. “Bernice is so much better. And she’s an older lady, so we tried to pick an older lady’s name,” Michelle Demchuk told Johnson.

In 2009, Bernice logged 12,000 miles and  has carried thousands of books. “The farther out, the more they check out,” bookmobile staffer Phyllis Buechler said of her clients. It is a vital service in areas where there isn’t a library or much access to books, the librarians told Johnson.

In case you missed On Point’s Books of the Year show last week, here’s the link. Carmichael’s Bookstore co-owner Carol Besse was a guest. Here are her favorite books of 2009:


  • Chris Hedges, “The Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle”
  • David Grann, “The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon” (Listen to On Point’s interview)
  • T. R. Reid, “The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care”
  • Michael Sandel, “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?”
  • David Small, “Stitches: A Memoir”


  • Chris Cleave, “Little Bee”
  • Muriel Barbery, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”
  • Tania James, “Atlas of Unknowns”
  • Lydia Peelle, “Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing”
  • Lorrie Moore, “A Gate at the Stairs”

What are your picks for book of the year?

Years ago, Harvey Milk encouraged young gay people to move to the nearest city. Many did. But a new book from Indiana University professor Mary Gray looks at some rural youngsters who have not, or could not, take Milk’s advice.

From the Daily Yonder:

Based on nineteen months of fieldwork in and around rural Kentucky, Out in the Country sets out to understand the processes by which queer rural youth negotiate their identities, lay claim to public space, and organize for social change. Gray acknowledges the very real challenges that queer young people face in culturally conservative rural communities. But she refuses to portray these young people as victims or martyrs, focusing instead on the strategies that they use to create a sense of belonging and visibility in the rural places they call home.

Read more reviews here and here.

This week, the State of Affairs crew did their annual summer reading show. Here’s their list of books for the upcoming season.

The State of Affairs 2009 Summer Reading List!

South of Broad, by Pat Conway

Boone: A Biography, by Robert Morgan

The Road and No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Taft, Bel Canto, and The Patron Saint of Liars, by Ann Patchett

Three Men in a Boat, to Say Nothing of the Dog! by Jerome K. Jerome

Renegade, by Richard Wolff

The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz

A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery

The Wheel of Time Series, by Robert Jordan

The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher

Eiffel’s Tower: And the World’s Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count, by Jill Jonnes

Dogged Pursuit, by Robert Rodi

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, by David Grann

Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen

All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren

Galápagos, by Kurt Vonnegut

Daemon, by Daniel Suarez

Vienna 1814, by David King

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South, by W. Ralph Eubanks

Possession: A Romance, by A.S. Byatt

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