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Square Books named best bookstore in America

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OXFORD, Miss. (FOX13) -

Publisher's Weekly has named Oxford, Miss., bookstore Square Books as the No. 1 bookstore in the United States.

"I do think we have a little something for everyone," said Lyn Roberts of Square Books.

Perhaps Publisher's Weekly considers Square Books as the nation's top bookstore because of its number of authors who hold signing events.

"We have so many authors come that we sell many first edition books," Roberts said. "We have the authors, we have over 150 events a year so we constantly have authors that are coming to town. So we are able to promote their books and author-signed books."
Publisher's Weekly all but says if it's in print, Square Books probably has it.
"I don't think that's quite true, but if it is in print, we probably we can get it," Roberts said.
It's a triple-win for Square Books and Oxford, because it's not in just one building on the square. Square Books is actually three separate buildings operating as one book store on the square.

"We have the main store, which is the traditional bookstore," Roberts said. "We have Off Square Books, which is lifestyle and leisure store, and we have the kids books store, Square Books Jr. The kids feel like that is really their store."
As for being named the No. 1 bookstore in the country, the staff at Square Books is not sure what to make of all this attention.
"It's really a great honor as Richard Howorth, the owner, he says he's not quite sure what he thinks about book stores as a competitive sport," Roberts said.
The staff at Publisher's Weekly said the only thing that surprised them about Square Books winning the award, is that the book store hadn't won it sooner.

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