Camana Bay is opening a new chapter in the literary life of the Cayman Islands, with the announcement that Books & Books – one of America’s leading, independent booksellers – is bringing its brand of quality, independent bookstores to Grand Cayman this fall.
Residents and visitors will soon enjoy a neighbourhood bookstore offering an ongoing schedule of diverse author events and cultural programmes in the heart of the new town centre.
Founded in 1982, by Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books is South Florida’s premiere independently-owned bookstore, with three locations – Coral Gables, Miami Beach and Bal Harbour Shops. In Florida, Books & Books stores are enmeshed in the fabric of their community, serving as neighbourhood cultural centres and emphasising a close connection to the lives and needs of their customers.
In the Cayman Islands, Books & Books hopes to re-create this same sense of community, eventually becoming a dynamic and active presenter of author readings, book signings and book club discussions, states a press release.
‘Our goal is very much in keeping with Camana Bay’s idea of creating a beautiful community where people can live, work, study, dine and be entertained, all in close proximity,’ explains proprietor Mitchell Kaplan, a co-founder of Miami Book Fair International and past president of the American Booksellers Association. Residents and visitors will be able to get their first taste of the Books & Books experience during the Town Centre’s opening weekend of festivities, planned for 2 to 4 November. Books & Books (Cayman) Ltd. will officially open its doors to the public that weekend, unveiling a 4,700-square-foot bookshop with a wide array of titles, including fiction, art and architecture books, poetry and classics, bestsellers, cookbooks, travel guides and books for children and young adults. A colourful children’s section and storytelling sessions will help bring books alive for young readers and the knowledgeable staff will be happy to make insightful recommendations.
Adjacent to Books & Books will be a branch of Café del Sol, where shoppers can choose from a range of gourmet coffees, pastries and snacks to enjoy with a book or newspaper.