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Thank You for the Donations (and We Still Need More)

Bookshelves loaded with books and games

Wow!

Nine days out from our initial announcement and the energy keeps building. We’ve met with the landlord and eagerly await the moment when we have the keys in our hand.

Donations Keep Coming In…And We Need More

Each day, our community shows their love by bringing boxes of donations to Soapy Gnome. Our hearts swell with gratitude towards our community.

And if you’re interested in donating, please see our donation guide. We aim to have …

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Prelude to Fables: Part 1

Five minutes into my commute home, Andy, my coworker and friend, said “Did you see the social media posts? Better World Books closed today?”

“No, but I’m not surprised. Maybe Jenny and I will start a bookstore,” I jokingly responded.

Jenny and I had talked about what we saw missing at the local bookstore. Earlier in February, at a trade show in New York, Jenny tracked what to stock at Soapy Gnome and kept a mental …

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I'm Helping to Open Fables Bookshop in Downtown Goshen Indiana

Three women and three men sitting on steps each lovingly holding their favorite books.

Earlier this morning, we announced Fables, a book and gift shop for downtown Goshen, Indiana.

With Better World Books closing, the above group snapped into action. Collectively we have experience opening and operating a book store, bootstrapping a gift shop, and customer service.

Over the coming months, we’ll roll out an independent bookshop for our town. Fables will focus on literacy for everyone and connecting our vibrant community …

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“Faust: A Tragedy” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Woodcut image of winged devil with cloven feet pressing a paper to a surprised man.

I flew out to Stanford last week for my annual pilgrimage to LDCX, a technology conference for cultural heritage organizations. I always take a few books to read during the flight.

One of those was Goethe’s “Faust”, translated into English. I picked it up on a visit to my local library. I was curious, and wanted to go to a source to understand the “Faustian bargain.”

I can barely process what I read. The core theme …

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