New bookstore lights up Gardnerville

Brilliant people are people who inspire others, and at Luminary, that’s exactly what owner Bethany Frediani set out to do.

“I want to help bring people together,” said Frediani. “It’s sometimes hard to find your people, and I want to help facilitate that by having a place where the common interests come together.”

Officially Shelby’s Book Shoppe, Luminary Books is an independent used and new bookstore located in Gardnerville.

The store was created in 2005 by founder Linda Finch under the name Eddy St. Book exchange. Frediani is a regular at the store, buying in 2020.

“I’m in the wedding flower business and I’m just a little fed up, we used to joke that I should take over the shop so the owner can retire, but one day I got home and I couldn’t help but think, here we are, “she says.

The store is stocked with tender and beloved new books of all genres and ages, including new and popular titles and authors; such as “Crawdads Sing” by Deli Owens, “Carrie Soto is back” by Taylor Jenkins and “Carrie Soto is back” by Colleen Hoover It Starts with Us”, which is currently on pre-order.

Some of Frediaini’s favorites include the fantasy series; “Annihilation” from Jeff Vandermeer and Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Matter: The Golden Compass” series.

A customer at the store was looking for a “so scary” title to read.

“It’s been a creepy season,” Chase Weatherby said. He picked up “Sister Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite, “Empire of the Wild” by Cheri Dimaline and “The Damnation Game” by Clive Barker.

“There are some I’ve heard about and always wanted to see, and some look like fun this season,” Weatherby said.

Steven King, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shirley’s Frankenstein, Ann Rice’s Vampire series are the titles and authors of other “Spooky Seasons” in the store.

Frediani said that as a 75% used bookstore, books are on shelves every day.

“I’ve been adding to my inventory and taking advice on what people want to find here,” she said. “You never know what you’ll find in a used bookstore, it’s like a treasure hunt every time.”

Frediani said she often buys books from Douglas County Libraries Friends’ recent book sales, thrift stores and yard sales. She doesn’t even include trade-ins for store credits.

“We’re not only limited to light books that can be exchanged for use in stores,” she said.

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Frediani said she wanted the bookstore to be more than just a bookstore, but a community gathering place. With a background in theatre and a love of reading, she wanted to combine the two to transform the bookstore into a place where art and books could come together to lighten up the community.

“I think books and art are really important,” she said. “They’re not just entertainment, they’re inspiration. They make us feel good, they make us cry, sometimes they’re for fun, sometimes they’re for learning and growing. I think that’s what makes them so amazing, because in times of stress, sometimes , we need to escape and use that inspiration.”

She encourages book clubs, open reading and author signings, musicians, pop-up markets and workshops; anyone who might want a space for a small performance or event.

“The bookshelves are on wheels, so they can be moved to fit the space,” says Frediani. “I want to encourage people to come together and have the space they need, whether it’s for an event or just hanging out.”

Her first event at the store is “Bookstore Magic” on October 15th from 5pm to 7pm. Tarot reading and meditation led by Stacy Michelle, “The Sea Wytch”. Michelle is a tarot fortune teller in Carson City.

Luminary Books is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 11am-4pm. Located at 1503 US Highway 305 Suite I in Gardnerville. For more information, call 775-782-584, email, visit or search Luminary Books on Facebook and Instagram.

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