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Funds raised to open new independent bookstore in Huntington

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The Next Chapter, an upcoming independent bookstore in Huntington that the founder hopes to “reincarnate” the spirit of Book Revue, hit its $ 250,000 fundraising goal on Saturday.

Mallory Braun, former director of Book Revue, is the woman behind The Next Chapter, which she plans to open next year. While a location has yet to be chosen, Braun said she is considering a location in Huntington Village near the old Book Revue.

The 28-year-old worked under the direction of Book Revue owner Richard Klein, who acts as a consultant for the new store. Braun credits the success of the campaign to the mentorship of Klein, who has around 50 years of experience in the book business.

To fulfill his dream of reintroducing an independent bookstore in Huntington, Braun launched a Kickstarter campaign with the bold goal of raising a quarter of a million dollars in 45 days. On Saturday, with only a few days remaining, pledged donations exceeded the target.

“It’s fabulous,” Braun told Newsday of reaching the goal. “I really knew it was going to be successful from the start, so it’s good to have proof of that.… I think independent bookstores are really important. I hope that somehow fulfills. Book Revue skin – will fill the void that Book Revue has left. “

The push for the store comes after the September closure of Book Revue, Long Island’s largest independent bookstore that has served Huntington for more than four decades. It closed after the landlord and Klein disagreed on the new lease terms, leaving book lovers with no local options.

The Next Chapter will initially offer rare and used books and will add to the shelves over time. Braun, who has so far received more than 5,000 donated books, also plans to offer classes, workshops, readings from local authors and performances. She described her vision as creating a place of “solace, wonder and euphoria”.

Book Revue has been the lifeblood of the community for decades, where readers could get lost in a novel, have coffee with a friend in the store cafe, and meet other Huntington residents.

“A lot of people expressed their support and conviction, which reflected my own belief and Richard’s as well,” Braun said. “It’s always very nice to hear.”