On April 1, Cynthia Compton will open MacArthur Books, a general-interest store focused on adult books, in Carmel, Ind. Located in a planned community within Carmel called the Village of WestClay, the store will encompass just under 2,000 square feet, and is located about two miles away from Compton's other bookstore, the children's-focused 4 Kids Books & Toys.
After owning and operating 4 Kids in Zionsville for 19 years, Compton said she's looking forward to branching out into genres, subjects and authors that "aren't always appropriate for kids." While many genres will be represented, the store will carry "a lot of fiction," with a particular emphasis on authors from Indiana and across the Midwest. There will also be a small number of book-focused sidelines catered to adult shoppers, but Compton said she has no desire to compete with the wide selection of toys and sidelines she carries at 4 Kids.
Compton said MacArthur Books has already participated in the Village of WestClay's winter carnival and will have its first author event on March 11, before the store officially opens. She'll host race car driver Al Unser Jr. for a discussion of his book A Checkered Past (written with Jade Gurss) at a meeting hall in the Village of WestClay. This summer there will be a series of events with mystery writers sponsored by Prime Crime, and she noted that many of her event plans will make use of public spaces in the Village of WestClay.
"The opportunity to host events in public spaces is a total gift to a bookseller," she remarked (read full article)