Now Open: Eat My Words Bookstore

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February 26, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
Courtesy of Eat My Words
Ben Johnson

SHERIDAN -- Eat My Words became Northeast’s newest used bookstore when it opened Feb. 1 across the street from Dangerous Man Brewing at 1228 2nd St. NE.

Owner Scott VanKoughnett spent several years preparing to open his store by curating his large collection of books, which has a little bit of everything: science fiction, mysteries, rare antique books, children’s books, political commentary, and books on nature, science and art. He said he looked for quality books of value and substance – you’ll find few trashy romance novels here.

“I looked for books that I thought people should read, for ‘good books,’ but I know that’s rather subjective and dictatorial of me,” he said, laughing.

Eat My Words is set up with a some comfy chairs for people to hang out, lounge and dive into their latest purchase. That includes a meeting room in back, which has a piano for open mic night every Tuesday at 8 p.m.

VanKoughnett said he only carries used books, but makes exceptions for local authors. He plans on hosting regular readings for local authors and will also begin displaying local art next month.

Altered Esthetics will be bringing its new exhibit, “Dust Jacket,” to Eat My Words beginning with an opening reception on March 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

“Dust Jacket” appropriately features artists imagining their own cover art for their favorite books, music and movies. The exhibit runs until March 29 and there will be an artists’ discussion March 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

VanKoughnett, a former corporate attorney who fondly remembers hanging out in his aunt’s bookstore in Chicago as a child, said he thinks his store fits in nicely with the number of unique small businesses that line the 13th Ave. business corridor.

“The last three, four years I had this neighborhood in mind as a good possibility, it’s a great space, corner location, and it has a real nice character to it,” he said.