The Magic Is Real: New Indie Bookstore To Open In Cobble Hill

The Magic Is Real: New Indie Bookstore To Open In Cobble Hill
(Photo via booksaremagic/instagram)

After losing the beloved, 35-year-old BookCourt in December, Cobble Hill readers can now look forward to springtime.

“Books Are Magic” a new bookstore by Brooklyn-based author Emma Straub, announced its official lease signing on Instagram yesterday:

Lease signed, keys in hand. This is going in the windows tomorrow. Stay tuned, friends! It’s all happening!

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The storefront, located at 225 Smith Street between Butler and Douglass Streets, is set to open this spring, passing the torch from one beloved indy bookstore to another.

Straub, as a former BookCourt employee and devotee, has acquired the store’s old wooden shelves  — which makes us wonder how many other aesthetic or business similarities will pass down to Books Are Magic.

Emma Straub (Photo Credit: Sara Shatz)

On her website, Straub wrote that she was heartbroken after hearing about the BookCourt’s closure last October.

“A neighborhood without an independent bookstore is a body without a heart. And so we’re building a new heart,” she said.

And she certainly knows her way around the publishing world, as a New York Times bestselling author of three novels, one short story collection, and a collection of essays.

We’re already looking forward to opening day!


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