This is depressing. Beyond depressing, really.
Between Books, a superb Claymont book/game store that specializes in fantasy, horror, sci-fi, graphic novels, comics and related genres, will soon close. Owner Greg Schauer has lost his lease.
Greg Schauer is so much more than a bookstore owner. He is a one-man support system for authors and artists. He is a voracious reader who always has great suggestions for his clients. He holds workshops and readings for writers and would-be writers. He reads manuscripts at no charge and provides incredibly helpful feedback. He actively supports other local businesses. We need people like Greg Schauer.
I’ve known Greg for at least 30 years, going back to my comic reading days. My wife loves the same genres that Greg does, is one of his most loyal customers, and she is devastated by the news. And well she should be. She has been writing/polishing a fantasy novel for about the last five years. Greg has read the manuscript, helped her with finding literary agents, made invaluable editing suggestions, and has been just so supportive. Here’s the point: He does this with everybody.
He is one of the kindest. most selfless, people I’ve ever met. I’m sure that many of you have shared time with Greg, right outside the store, while he takes a ‘pipe’ break (tobacco, not, you know). Generous with his time, and kind to a fault.
Here is what Greg wrote on his Facebook page:
“I have written and rewritten this a million times in my head over the last few days. Words fail me.
It is with a heavy heart that I must announce Between Books Going Out of Business sale will begin Saturday February 23rd. We have lost our lease. More Information soon. Please spread the word.“
Between Books is in a strip shopping center at the intersection of Harvey Road and Philadelphia Pike in Claymont. Near the Arby’s.
I know that Greg would appreciate both your patronage and your friendship. For those of you who read DL and also know Greg, I would love it if you could share your favorite stories of Greg and Between Books.
Oh, and if the owners of my OTHER favorite independent book store are reading, well, you know what to do!