By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,642)
Josh Christie, a twelve-year employee of Sherman’s Books and Emily Russo, daughter of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Richard Russo, have announced they are opening another independent bookstore at the base of Munjoy Hill in the Fall. The new location is the former site of Angela Adams at 273 Congress Street according to a press release. The 2,000 sq. ft. site is the centerpiece of a high-end condominium. Kate Whouly, independent bookstore consultant and renowned designer, has been hired to design PRINT.
Since its inception, Christie, has worked as manager of the Sherman’s Books on Exchange Street in Portland. Following the recent death of his father, Jon Christie, Josh resigned his position to pursue other interests according to his colleagues at the Exchange Street store.
Jeff Curtis, owner of Sherman’s said this morning that he was surprised at the new book store. He did not know about Josh’s plans until he read of it online last night. “I knew he was too good to keep as an employee for ever, but I sure tried,” Curtis said. “There is plenty of room for four independent book stores in Portland. Certainly a greater Portland population of about 150,000 can support four book stores.”
“Our aim is to welcome readers and writers in Portland by carrying an interesting and diverse selection of books,” said Ms. Russo. “And by hosting known and debut writers in our store and other local venues. Her father, author Richard Russo, a known advocate for writers and indie booksellers plans to be involved in PRINT.
For more background information on the resignation of Josh Christie from Sherman’s please visit Post # 2,634 dated 7/2/16 herein.