Hooked on Books will officially open its second location this weekend with a ribbon cutting, book signing and an author discussion.
The bookstore has been open for 34 years at Maizeland Road and Academy Boulevard. Its second location will be at 10-12 E. Bijou St, in downtown Colorado Springs.
The owners say they are responding to local demand.
“Downtown is thriving and when a space large enough with reasonable rent became available, we decided to expand,” said owner Mary Ciletti in a news release.
The store will continue to host workshops, readings, children story times and author signings. The Maizeland store will remain open.
“We want people to be able to exercise their constitutional right to buy and read what they want without censorship — so we’ll carry a full line of new and used books, New York Times best sellers, sci-fi, mysteries, history, Colorado and Native American history, railroad books, art, cooking and a lot of wonderful children’s books,” said Jim Ciletti in a press release announcing the ribbon-cutting.
The festivities start at noon on Saturday with the ribbon cutting. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., author Jeb Rosebrook will sign the 50th anniversary edition of his 1965 novel, “Saturday” and two of his American Trilogy series “Purgatory Road” and “Forever More.” He will also discuss the secrets of being a Hollywood screenwriter and his long career as a writer and producer from 5: 30 to 6:30 p.m.
His film credits include “Junior Bonner” and Disney’s “The Black Hole.” He was nominated for an Emmy as the co-writer of Chief Joseph’s story “I Will Fight No More Forever.” Television credits include “The Waltons,” “The Outsiders” and “The Yellow Rose.” A graduate of Washington & Lee University, Rosebrook lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.