Beloved bookstore re-opens in Woodstock

The Golden Notebook in Woodstock. Photo from the bookstore's Facebook page. 

After months of fretting that their favorite independent local bookstore would close for good, bibliophiles in Woodstock can rejoice. The Golden Notebook, a venerable local landmark that has been operating for 30 years, has found a new owner and is re-opening this Friday. 

The Woodstock Times interviewed the new bookmongers, Jacqueline Kellachan and Paul McMenemy, last week, and reported some of the couple's grand plans, which include renovations and reorganization:

[T]hey expect to make few changes, aside from moving the children’s section, formerly housed next door in the Golden Bough, into the back of the store. “We also plan to increase our electronic presence with a blog and website,” Kellachan notes, “and we hope to make it easier for anyone interested to find the Woodstock section — books on our music, history, and books by local authors.”

The new management is also committed to putting on events, and already has some in the works, including a slew of local authors reading from their works tomorrow night:

Thursday, October 28th 6:30 PM - Wordstock Salon at the Kleinart/James Gallery

Locally based authors Shalom Auslander, Martha Frankel, Alison Gaylin, Abigail Thomas, Michael Perkins and Will Nixon will read excerpts from their works. Jim Handlin will read original poetry. Local actors Robert Burke Warren and Sharon Bresalau will perform selected short fiction. Admission to the event is $10, and includes wine and hors d'oeuvres. Reserve a space by calling The Golden Notebook at 845-679-8000 or buy tickets at the door the evening of the event.