The Sly Fox is Virden's independent bookstore
George Rishel is the owner of the Sly Fox Bookstore in Virden, Ill. He spoke to Community Voices about the history of the building, which has been in his family for nearly a century. Originally, Rishel planned to sell children’s and mystery books in the store but has since expanded to offer many genres, including books by local authors. (Listen to interview here)
At the request of our membership and publishing partners we have made the GLIBA independent bookstore shirts available for purchase! Shirts ordered this week should arrive in time for Independent Bookstore Day. Each shirt consists of a map composed of the indie bookstores in that state!
All 2022 memberships and renewals will receive a free shirt. We are working with Bonfire to streamline the ordering process. When that process is complete member renewal forms will be sent out.
Over the past two years of the pandemic the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association has experienced unprecedented growth and record levels of financial support from its publishing partners. As we look to the future of GLIBA and the ways we can best support our community of booksellers and responsibly spend the money we have generated, there is only one logical answer. Space exploration. We are in the early stages of development of the first independent bookselling regional association space shuttle. Space Shuttle Dana is expected to take its maiden voyage in the summer of 2026.
Executive Director of GLIBA, Larry Law, has said, “I believe we all begin our bookselling career with the hopes that one day we will visit space."
The Great Lakes Independent Bookseller's Association will officially expand its territory to include Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and the Moon.
If you are interested in supporting GLIBA’s journey into space, you can purchase a shirt where 100% of the proceeds will contribute to GLIBA’s space adventure.
We estimate that we only need to sell 3,000,000,000 shirts to fully fund our expedition and found the first independent bookstore in space.
PURCHASE A SHIRT TODAY!