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TUPELO — Reed’s Gum Tree Book Store at 111 South Spring Street offers readers in north Mississippi personal service and a wide selection of regional literature and popular fiction, as well as signing sessions with the country’s leading writers.

“John Grisham was here in February for a book signing. He creates such excitement. We are one of five bookstores in the state he does this for, and we’re very thankful he does. We’re still getting overlay six-weeks after his visit,” said manager Mary Carol Miller during a recent conversation with the Mississippi Business Journal. “Though business is average for the spring, it picks up with summer with school out. People have more time to read.”

Miller is passionate about her role at the bookstore — and books.

“I’m actually a writer. When the original manager retired to be a grandmother I thought I would try out the other side of the desk. There’s nothing more exciting than having someone come in to find the right book and putting them with that book. It is satisfying to see them leave with the anticipation of reading it. That will be the salvation of independent bookstores…it is knowing your customers and the one-on-one service,” she explained. “Amazon.com can’t offer that though there’s tremendous competition with discount sales. There’s always going to be a place where a reader can go, hold and purchase books.”

Upcoming events at the store include:

• Rick Cleveland, a sportswriter with The Clarion-Ledger, will sign “It’s More than a Game” April 27.

• Scott Brunner, executive vice president of the Mississippi Association of Realtors’ commercial division and a frequent commentator for Public Radio in Mississippi and National Public Radio, will sign copies of “Due South” May 12.

You may reach Reed’s Gum Tree Book Store at 111 South Spring Street, Tupelo, MS 38801 or call (662) 844-1355.

Contact MBJ editorial assistant Debra E. Jones at

debrajones@msbusiness.com

or (601) 364-1041.

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