Friday, December 14, 2012
Former Outwrite Bookstore owner to lead programming for the largest independent book festival in the country.
During the week that he witnessed the Midtown space that for 15 years housed his longtime independent gay and lesbian bookstore open as a restaurant and lounge, Philip Rafshoon has taken on a new literary challenge. Earlier this year, financial hard times caught up Rafshoon’s Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse and he was forced to shutter its doors for good. But if there’s something the Midtown businessman knows, it is books, and that is evidenced by this week’s announcement that the AJC Decatur Book Festival (AJC DBF) has named Rafshoon as its new program director. Effective January 1, 2013, Rafshoon will replace Terra Elan McVoy, a best-selling young adult author who held the position for two years. McVoy resigned her position to dedicate …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
What do you want to see in this vacant space?
Welcome to another edition of "Visions for Vacancies," where we visit a local vacant commercial building and ask you what you'd like to see go in that space. Or something like that as you’ll see. Today we’re in Midtown at the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue where for 15 of its 18 years in existence, Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse stood as the gathering hub for Midtown gay life and more. But financial hard times caught up with the longtime independent gay and lesbian bookstore, as it shuttered its doors for good in January. But as What Now Atlanta recently reported, it didn’t take long for a friendly neighbor to step in. A next-door neighbor that is as Gilbert’s Café & Bar intends to expand into the Outwrite space. Lease …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Items, including books and furniture, from the Midtown bookstore that filed for bankruptcy and closed in January, are being sold on weekends at a Juniper Street makeshift retail location.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
In this Feb. 6 post, Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse founder Philip Rafshoon looks at the past, present and future of Atlanta's LGBT community following the closing of Midtown's landmark independent gay and lesbian bookstore.