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New Mystery/Thriller Bookshop Opens

By Nathan Elliott

SATURDAY, MAY 6, will be the grand opening for a new addition to the Willington Bookshop. “Once Upon a Crime” will feature a large collection of mysteries and spy thrillers as well as legal thrillers, medical thrillers, Gothic novels, horror fiction, and romantic suspense. Gail Oust, local mystery writer, will be at the bookshop signing her books and visiting with guests. The bookshop will be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM with Ms. Oust signing books from 10:00 to 1:00. A light lunch will be served to visitors from 11:00-1:00. 
The new addition will make browsing and shopping at Willington’s unique, used bookshop a more enjoyable experience. With over 30,000 volumes, another building will allow bibliophiles of every genre to find that special book. The regular bookshop carries a wide array of fiction and non-fiction volumes in addition to a great collection of children’s and young adult selections. Most of the books range in price from 50 cents to three dollars. The only exceptions are some interesting coffee table books that sell for five dollars and new books by local writers. 
While volunteering in the bookshop one day, I had a visitor from another state ask me an interesting question. How did little Willington end up with this wonderful bookshop—out in the middle of nowhere? I went to Sara Juengst, the person who originally was inspired to begin the historical renovation in Willington. “I always wanted to have a bookshop, and I thought this would be a great way to bring in some revenue to help support our project.” The Willington Bookshop officially opened in 2005. Because of the history of the area, Sara envisioned a community built around books and education. The town of Willington was named for the famous Willington Academy located about three miles from the site of the town. In 1804 Dr. Moses Waddell established a prestigious school for young men who came from all over the southeast for a classical education. During the 36 years the school was in existence, graduates went on to enter many professional fields, especially politics. Eleven state governors are listed among the graduates.
Today Willington has become that town built around books and education with two buildings dedicated to the History Center and now three buildings making up the Willington Bookshop. Saturday, May 6, will be a celebration of history and books. Although the mysteries and thrillers will take center stage, the regular bookshop and the religion/theology annex will also be open. 
Willington is located on Highway 81 approximately seven miles from the River Grille. What a great way to spend a few hours on a nice spring Saturday—browsing through a variety of books, enjoying the History Center, visiting with friends, and sharing a bite to eat.

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