New stores to open in Kentucky and Indiana; celebrating the Hudson Valley’s book community; Baghdad’s most famous female bookseller; Handselling tips from a bookselling legend; and more.

New Store Opens in Kentucky: Brier Books, which started as a pop-up shop, opens in Lexington this week.

Indiana Gets a New Bookstore: A new outpost of Books Brews franchise opens in the town of Carmel this month. It is the chain’s fifth location around Indianapolis.

Celebrating the Hudson Valley’s Bookstores: Several booksellers, including from Barner Books in New Paltz and Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, discuss the passion of book lovers in the region.

Baghdad’s Bookselling Street Welcomes Woman Owner: Baraa al-Bayati owns Al-Baraa bookshop and is the only woman to run a store on Al-Mutanabbi Street, the city’s famous destination for buying books.

Owner of Legendary Bookstore Reommends Books: Jeannette Watson, founder and owner of New York City’s beloved Books Co., which closed in 1997, recalls her favorite titles to handsell.

UK Bookstore to Close: Southcart Books and Comics in the city of Birmingham is closing.

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