Welcome to the Blytheville Book Company!
Erin Langston Carrington loved to read when she was in her youth. She would often go to That Bookstore in Blytheville, perhaps the most well-known bookstore in Arkansas. It was there that John Grisham got his start with the novel “A Time to Kill.” Bill and Hillary Clinton, Condolezza Rice, Jack Butler and others held books signings at the store.
Carrington spent many hours in the bookstore, and she knew the owner Mary Gay Shipley. She would buy stacks of books, but her mother didn’t care.
Shipley sold the store in 2012, and it passed into the hands of another owner after that. The store had to close, and the name couldn’t be used because of debts owed. Carrington didn’t want her hometown to go without a store, and so with Shipley’s blessing, Carrington opened the Blytheville Book Company in November. She told Talk Business & Politics her plan is to continue the rich traditions established by Shipley, who is well-known in the publishing world.
“I’ve always loved reading, and I was saddened when it closed,” Carrington said. “We have kind of dreamed this up. We want this to be a reimagining of what Mary Gay started.”
Blytheville Book Co. in The Press