Midsummer Books was a great little bookstore, nestled in an old building, with comfortably worn chairs, shelves full of an eclectic selection, friendly staff.
Unfortunately, it was located near the Strand in Galveston.
"All those shops and restaurants on Strand, Mechanic and Postoffice were hit bad, and Midsummer Books got 8 ft of muddy water which soaked and ruined everything, books, furniture, computer equipment, etc.," owner Tim Thompson says by e-mail.
"Luckily I have flood insurance so I will most likely get compensated for the loss. However, this is one of those times in life where tough decisions have to be made and for a variety of reasons I have decided not to ressurect Midsummer Books," he says.
While the decision makes a great deal of sense -- it's hard to imagine an independent bookseller having a big market in Galveston for a while -- it's also a shame.
Midsummer Books really reflected the community, in both its inventory and its attitude.
Sorry to see it go.
-- Richard Connelly
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