The Bookworm is Back

By ANDREIA MEDLIN Staff WriterAfter a year's absence, Tana Kennemur, owner of The Bookworm, can put all the rumors to rest. The used store is once again open for business. “There were a lot of rumors,” explained Kennemur, “But for personal and health reasons I had to close for awhile.” Being away has given Kennemur a fresh outlook and renewed optimism about the store's future. Plans for changes are already in the works.“I'm cleaning up and throwing out,” Kennemur said. Room for new books and an expanded Western section are among her many plans.“General fiction is the most popular,” the business owner explained. Books by the most popular authors are among the tens of thousands to be found on the shelves include such notable authors as James Patterson, Lee Childs, Dan Brown and Michael Connelly. While the late Elmer Kelton of San Angelo is the most sought after, Kennemur notes that it is difficult to keep his books on the shelves.“I keep them right here,” she indicated pointing to a shelf close by the front counter. “I guarantee you they will be gone in a day or two.”Another change is the policy concerning romance novels. “They're still very popular and I'll still carry them” said Kennemur. Because the popular genre is so prolific, Kennemur has had to remove most of them from the shelves to make room for the new items she gets in. However, the series will continue to be available, as she explained, “On the monthly series — Harlequin, Loveswepts, etc., I have gotten rid of any that are older then 2012. I am taking 2012 and putting them into a set for each month. I will keep one set in bundles and a few loose for those who only want that one out of that month. Normal policy will be that; I will not take any of the series romance that is older then the previous month. For example — it is August, I will only take July in as trade.”Customers can still expect to trade their books or purchase new ones for half their retail price. An account for credit will still be kept for future trades. Moreover, because of their size and inherent tendency to take up a lot of space, Kennemur says she is no longer able to take hardcovers in trade.While she still has a lot of work ahead of her, rearranging genres, putting books in order in preparation for cataloging, the small business owner says she is glad to be back.“I love the customers,” Kennemur explained. Introducing them to a new author is among the joys of owning a bookstore, she expressed. “If a customer comes in and they've read everything by their favorite author, I try to point them in another direction.” Conversely, by having conversations about what she reads and what her customers read, Kennemur will often get a lead to something she might be interested in. A prolific reader herself, she described at least five books she is currently reading.Owning a bookstore came naturally. “My father insisted that we read,” Kennemur said, and explained that her parents were very liberal when it came to subject. “We could read anything we wanted. Nothing was off-limits.”As for the future of printed tomes, she was again optimistic. “I don't think they'll ever go away. At least not in our lifetime. There's just something about holding a book in your hand and being able to turn a page that appeals to people. E-readers have their place. They're great for travel because you don't want the extra weight, but I don't think books will go away any time soon.”What's the best thing about owning a bookstore? Kennemur was quick to answer, “The best thing about having a bookstore is that I can read whatever I want.”The stores hours remain the same, noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 432-210-5150 or go to The Bookworm on Facebook. The business is located at 1001 S. Lancaster.To contact Andreia Medlin call the Herald at 263-7331 ext. 234 or email