Wimpy Kid Series Author to Open Bookstore

JeffKinneyHere’s something you don’t read every day: an exceedingly successful person has decided to embrace a dying business.

This morning, during an event at New York’s BookExpo America moderated by actor-turned-author Jason SegelDiary of a Wimpy Kid maestro Jeff Kinney made a rather surprising announcement. From the AP item:

The beloved children’s writer surprised and delighted a breakfast gathering Friday by announcing that he and his wife were converting an abandoned general store into a bookshop. The store will be based in Plainville, Massachusetts, where Kinney and his wife live.

Kinney, whose books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, joked that he was opening a store to get rich.

Not that Kinney needs to ultimately worry about the bottom line, but let’s hope his Wimpy fame draws tourists to the book racks. The population of Plainville is only around 8,000.

[Photo courtesy: wimpykid.com]

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Hachette Chief: ‘New York is No Longer a Bookstore City’