The Alabama Booksmith opened October 21, 1999. The genesis can arguably go back somewhere between a decade and a century, depending on how technical the historian. Here’s the story. On September 22, 1990, Jake Reiss opened the Highland Booksmith, removing the stigma of being the only male member of his family for two generations not to serve some time as a bookseller.
Jake’s brother, Norman, began the family bookselling tradition by working at Malone’s Bookstore in Tuscaloosa, when he attended
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