Yawn’s will continue to host book clubs and have events such as author signings in the new location. As for books, Yawn’s will still offer online sales, special orders and services for schools and churches.
“The only thing we’re doing is closing the physical bookstore,” Yawn said.
A lifelong book lover, Yawn opened his downtown Canton bookstore eight years ago.
“When I was looking at what I wanted to try doing, this was the logical choice for me,” he said.
He runs the store with his parents, Aubrey and Nadine Yawn, and with help from his wife, Stacey.
Yawn’s Publishing, which Yawn hopes to expand after closing the bookstore, grew out of a writers’ workshop.
Writers from the workshop wanted to publish a book, so Yawn set out to finding out how to make that happen. Then, one of the authors wanted to publish her own book. Before long, Yawn found himself in the publishing business.
“It’s been a very surprising but rewarding process. It’s grown to the point where it needs more attention than I’m really able to give it,” he said.
Authors of several genres from four states have published books through Yawn’s.
During his time owning the bookstore, Yawn said he has been fascinated by the endless supply of books people read on all subjects.
“There’s such a mix of what people read. The scope of things available – you don’t realize how much there is out there,” he said. “One challenge is knowing what to get, because there is so much out there.”
Yawn described his own reading list as “eclectic.”
Children’s picture books are among the most popular sellers at Yawn’s, including classics like Dr. Seuss’s writings.
“I’ve been very gratified by how many children adore books,” he said.
The friendships Yawn has developed with his customers have been the most rewarding part of owning the bookstore.
“We’ve made some really good friends and met some wonderful people,” he said.
In addition to getting to know his customers, Yawn said he has enjoyed meeting authors over the years who have come to the store to sign books and meet readers.
“Zell Miller’s probably the most memorable. We had a massive turnout for him the first time he was here,” Yawn said.
Yawn, a member of the Canton Main Street board of directors, said having a store downtown has been a “great experience.”
“We’ve loved it. There are a lot of great people downtown, and I would love to see more retail in downtown,” he said.
Christmas Eve is the store’s likely closing date. Most merchandise, both used and new, is discounted.
“It’s a great opportunity for someone to fill out their collection, or try an author you’ve never read,” Yawn said.