Beyond a Bookstore: Literary Arts for All Ages at The Open Book | Lifestyles


Opened in March this year, The Open Book in Old Town Warrenton has already become for many one of their favorite spots on Main Street. The bookstore caters to the needs of avid readers, curious browsers, and those who like to attend special events. As evidenced by the popularity and success of the Open Book, the literary arts are appreciated in the county of Fauquier.

The vision of the bookstore’s three owners, Cammie Fuller, Chris Granger and Rachel Sirene has come true with over 7,000 titles decoratively displayed throughout the store. Colorful hardback and softback books artistically adorn the shelves with titles both familiar and new.

Among the adorable children’s books is “Bruno the standing cat by Nadine Robert and illustrated by Jean Jullien. Nearby is “Ellie, Engineer: The Next Level” by Jackson Pearce. “Harry Potter the Complete Series” by JK Rowling is front and center near the entrance, and around the corner is “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. “The Lost Art of Handwriting by Brenna Jordan is in the middle of the store, barely visible among the many books. Titles that are not on the shelves may be special ordered.

As well as offering what seems like a world of books, the events are popular and there’s something for all ages at The Open Book. Children’s story time takes place every Tuesday and Friday at 11 a.m., full of stories, songs and games. Pajama Story Time takes place every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. . The love of books is the best of all.

Book clubs for school-aged children are held at The Open Book from 5-6 p.m. Primary pupils meet on the first Tuesdays as the “Warrenton Mice Book Club”. On October 1, “Crumbled: The Misadventures of Nobbin Swill” by Lisa Harkrader will be discussed by students in grades one through five.

Middle school book clubs meet on the second Tuesday of the month and high school students attend on the fourth Tuesday. An adult book club is held the third Wednesday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m. The next new adult book will be discussed on October 16 – “Maze of Spirits” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

“I was thrilled when I heard about the adult book club,” said Warrenton resident Anita Sherman (and Times Community Editor), who came to the premiere when they discussed “ The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michelle Richardson. She said: “It’s so empowering to discuss titles you might not otherwise have picked up…lots of Indie Booksellers Choice Awards…this bookstore is such a gift to the community.”

Classes are held for writers of all genres on the third Tuesday of every month at The Open Book. Evening lineups include advice on specific writing topics, discussions, writing prompts, sharing and critique time.

Upcoming reading lectures are by Erin Clabough, author of “Second Nature: How Parents Can Use Neuroscience to Help Children Build Empathy, Creativity, and Self-Mastery” on Friday, September 27 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and by Kara Arundel, author of “Raising America’s Zoo” on October 19 from 11 am to noon.

A “Bookish Costume Contest” will be held on Thursday, October 31 to celebrate Halloween from 4-6 p.m. Everyone is invited to come dressed as their favorite book character.

Co-owner Granger enthusiastically remarked, “We are well received here. Warrenton is definitely a literary community with lots of active readers and writers.

The Open Book is located at 104 Main St., Warrenton and is open seven days a week. Weekday hours start at 10am and close at 6pm except Friday evenings with extended hours until 9pm. On Saturday Le Livre Ouvert welcomes customers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, just stop by The Open Book, visit, or call 540-878-5358. Many events are also published on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The monthly column “The Arts Lady” highlights local performing, visual and literary arts. Ms. Smyers teaches in the Arts Management Program at George Mason University and is Co-Executive Director of Fauquier Community Theatre. Contact her at 800-754-4507 or [email protected]


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