Readers rejoice: Couple opening Absolutely Fiction Books to fill the void left when Waldenbooks closed.

Readers rejoice: Couple opening Absolutely Fiction Books to fill the void left when Waldenbooks closed

By STEPHANIE STEVENS/The Lufkin News |

Becky and Jay Jackson plan to hold a soft opening for their bookstore, Absolutely Fiction Books, in Lufkin at the end of June or the first week of July.

Becky, who retired from Al Meyer Ford, and Jay, who works for the City of Lufkin, both share a love of books.

“We actually met when I worked at Waldenbooks in the mall and have been married 34 years since,” Becky said. “So we definitely share a love of books, and this is something we have talked about doing over the years. With Waldenbooks going out of business five years ago, it’s left a void. People have to travel an hour and a half to two hours to go get books.

“We are not going to do used books, just new at this time. There are plenty of used books going around Angelina County.”

She said Lufkin needs a place where parents can buy books for their children.

“Reading, that’s something that everyone should be engaged in,” she said. “There are so many benefits from reading, not to mention just pure entertainment.”

She said her favorite genre is science fiction/fantasy, which in part helped her come up with the store name.

The couple leased a building at 903 S. John Redditt Dr. Lufkin from the owners of Wishing Well Antiques and Gifts.

“We walked in it and saw the beautiful light coming in from the stained glass windows and knew this was the place,” Becky said. “It’s been hard and yet fairly easy. We could not have done it without God putting us in here.”

Becky and Jay Jackson have attended Paz and Associates bookseller training workshops and are members of the American Booksellers Association.

Becky said the store will have a wide array of fiction and nonfiction books, along with free coffee for customers.

“We will have regional cookbooks displayed and will be selling adult and children T-shirts with literary themes,” Becky said. “So they will have the name of the book, a picture used in the original artwork and then the author’s name, like ‘Maltese Falcon,’ ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ ‘The Raven.’ Then for children’s T-shirts we will have titles like ‘Madeline,’ ‘Curious George,’ ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’”

There will also be a children’s area with children’s Storytime, which will be held either once a week or once a month.

“Also, I had thought about doing one in English and one in Spanish, so that we could incorporate the entire community,” Becky said, “because this is going to be a bookstore for everyone. Everybody is welcome.”

As of Tuesday, hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The hours are liable to change. For updates about the bookstore and hours, visit facebook.com/absolutelyfiction. A website is coming soon.

Becky said individuals can call the store at 639-4143 if they would like to see books from a particular author. Stephanie Stevens’ email address is sstevens@lufkindailynews.com.

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