Bibelot to start publishing as well as selling books

November 26, 1996|By Michael Ollove | Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF

Bibelot is no longer content just to sell books; now it has to publish them, too.

At the same time that the locally owned company has expanded from one store to three in the Baltimore area, it has announced the start-up of a book publishing arm, called Woodholme House.

Editor Gregg A. Wilhelm, late of Cathedral Foundation Press, said yesterday that the company intends to publish books of a "regional nature" and also works by local authors. He hopes to publish four books a year, concentrating primarily in nonfiction works. "But," he added, "we will be open to review any kind of project representing any kind of genre." He said Woodholme is now soliciting projects and hopes to have its first books on the market in the spring.

The publishing house is named for the section of Baltimore County where Brian Weese and his wife, Elizabeth, opened their first Bibelot, a book-music emporium with a coffee bar, in April 1995. That store's success prompted the Weeses to open two more stores, one in Belair and the other in Timonium, this fall.

Wilhelm said that the Weeses' experience with Bibelot alerted them to the popularity of works by local authors and on subjects of strong area interest. Sales of those materials convinced them to undertake this latest venture.

For potential authors, Woodholme offers an obvious advantage: Their books will be guaranteed impressive display in at least three bookstores.

Pub Date: 11/26/96

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