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Timbre Books in midtown Ventura is hosting it’s very first Indie Bookstore Day this Saturday, April 24th. The retailer, which opened in October of last year, is celebrating the event with some limited-edition merchandise, free prints with each purchase, and an afternoon storytime for kids.
“It’s just fun to have that camaraderie with bookstores all across the country, celebrating that we get to be independent bookstores,” says the shop’s owner, Megan Murai.
Hosting the event is itself a huge accomplishment, given the challenges of opening a store during the shutdown. “I feel really fortunate that we have had the ability to be open during this time,” she says, noting that many bookstores still have not opened their doors since the pandemic began.
However, they have found success over the past 6 months. “We didn’t know how to gauge how well an independent bookstore would do, because there hasn’t been one in town for a really long time,” she said. The three other independent book sellers in Ventura are well established and sell only used books, whereas Timbre sells new books and includes more contemporary titles.
She doesn’t feel a sense of competition with them as a newcomer, but rather feels that the different types of stores complement each other. “Honestly, the more bookstores, the better,” she laughs. “For me, anyway, and most bookstore owners I know. We just really want people to read and at the end of the day, if you’re buying a book from us or from another independent bookstore, that’s awesome.”
Murai, who received her master’s in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University, opened the store with her husband Kyle as a way to stay involved in the literary world. In the coming months, they plan to use the space to host more events such as writing workshops and book clubs.
Timbre Books will be open from 9am – 5pm for Indie Bookstore Day. Children’s Storytime starts at 2pm.