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Updated Jun 13, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Final Word: Big-box bookstores dying but maybe indies can survive

(Facebook Photo/Changing Hands Bookstore)

Are bookstores dead?

You might think so, with the closures of so many of the large chain stores in recent years in Phoenix. Barnes and Noble just announced that its store in the Ahwatukee village in southeast Phoenix is closing Aug. 2.

The Borders at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Mesa and the Biltmore closed a few years ago.

I used to love a lazy bookstore night. I would wander around, pick up books I thought I might like to read, drink coffee, peruse calendars. Those nights were the best.

I don't have much time for that anymore, but if I did, where would I go? Wait ... is that a NEW bookstore uptown?

It might as well be a unicorn, but it's true. Changing Hands Bookstore has opened a spot at Third Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix.

Changing Hands is a bookstore (new and used ones) that has been in Tempe for what seems like forever. The new store will sell more than books -- it will have beer and wine, too, at its First Draft bar.

Aha. Now we have it. Do you need to sell alcohol to get people to look at your books?

Maybe. And if so, fine. I think book stores are good for us, as individuals and as a community. If it takes a tap behind the cash register, so be it.

I can't wait to check out the new Changing Hands.

Long live the bookstore.

And, of course, wine.

About the Author

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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