A friend and former Random House colleague of mine, Ann Kingman (who now runs the wonderful book blog Books on the Nightstand) sent me this news: The Beltway's oldest indie bookstore, Olsson's Books and Music, has closed it doors.
Olsson's was a beloved fixture in the Washington DC area, a small family-run chain of indie bookstores with a loyal following. When I was a publicist, I loved sending authors to Olsson's. I especially loved sending my Star Wars authors there, because they were treated like royalty, and the event managers there always knew how to put on a great show, with costumed characters and media coverage. Unlike a lot of indie bookstores I'd pitch to, the folks at Olsson's never turned up their collective noses at my genre and movie tie-in authors, and it showed in the wonderful events they produced every time I sent one of my guys down there. They were always professionals and made the authors feel at home; I respected the hell out of them for that.
Anyway, if you have your own fond memories of Olsson's, you can leave a message for them here.