American Booksellers Association
Barbara Jeremiah has spent a career in corporate boardrooms, but she’s always felt at home among bookshelves. In 2012, that feeling moved her to join with a friend to buy Undercover Books in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she lives part of the year.
Barbara Jeremiah holds a copy of a Louise Penny novel, the first title to arrive at her new store, Riverstone Books in Pittsburgh.It’s also what’s inspired her to start up Pittsburgh’s newest independent bookstore, Riverstone Books, which is set to open in October in a massive “town center” development in the northern corner of the city.
“My husband and I always want to live someplace where there is a bookstore,” said Jeremiah, a Pittsburgh native who spent 32 years at Alcoa Inc. in legal and top executive roles. A lawyer by training and semi-retired now, Jeremiah still serves on several corporate boards.
The new store is a short hop from a former Borders site, and has at least one customer already lined up — Jeremiah’s mom. “A really underserved population with the closure of Borders are folks who can still drive, but won’t drive far. My mom is 92, but loves to read and wants to buy books,” Jeremiah said.
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