Growing among the aisles and stacks of books, the Brewster Bookstore has always held a special place in Jessica Devin’s heart.
Originally opened nearly 40 years ago by family friend Nancy Landon, when the opportunity to become official owner presented itself last summer, Devin jumped at the chance.
“They (the Landons) were such close friends growing up; my mom worked there, my aunt, so it’s always been a special place for me,” Devin said.
Along with partner Sue O’Malley, Devin took over the quirky local bookstore known for its personal vibe in October.
“It was really just a combination of things that came together at the right time, but it was an opportunity that we just couldn’t pass up,” she said.
Admitting the independent bookstore industry has taken a major hit with the rise of e-readers and Amazon, Devin said it was his knowledge of the store and its local appeal that sparked his interest as an owner. .
“I couldn’t imagine having to do it without that knowledge,” she said,
Even so, the learning curve as an owner was steep, Devin said.
“I had the advantage of seeing the store from both sides, as a customer, and from the inside as an employee. We also have amazing staff in place who have figured out how to meet the needs of our customers remotely which has really made a difference during the pandemic. We really have an amazing team working here at the store,” she said.
Featuring books from a number of local authors, the store has been known to fill special orders of books they may not have in stock, which will continue under the new owners.
Growing up in Brewster, attending Nauset High School, Devin lives and teaches off Cape at Cushing Academy, but tries to get down as often as possible.
“It makes me very happy to hear customers talk about how special the store has been to them over the years, and I hope that continues.”
Book signing by Jacquelyn Mitchard
In addition to their event co-sponsor Snowy Owl Cafe, the Brewster Book Store will host a book signing and reading by local bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard for her new book, ‘The Good Son’, the January 20, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
After reading an advanced copy of “The Good Son”, Devin described it as a story about a mother/son relationship.
“I couldn’t put it down, I tore it up,” she said, describing the book’s tone as good for anyone from late teens to grandparents age.