Robert Harper Books has reopened with a new name and a new location.
Harper, who has continued selling books online since shuttering his Riverdale Park location earlier this year, said the new spot has a lot more foot traffic, helping boost business even though he hasn’t yet advertised.
The store is named for Harper’s wife’s aunt, who left her a valuable set of rare occult books in her will, leading to the beginning of their book-dealing business.
Harper still sells some 12,000 rare and unusual books at higher prices online at Abe Books, keeping several thousand more popular and common books — which are harder to make money off of online due to the massive competition — for sale in the physical store.
While looking for a space along the Route 1 corridor, Harper asked Sue Older-Mondeel of Tanglewood Works for advice, and she suggested the store, which has served as an incubator for several other small businesses in Hyattsville.
My Dead Aunt’s Books will have a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, featuring book signings by Renee Brooks Catacalos, author of “The Chesapeake Table,” a guide to eating local in Maryland; Aaron Marcavitch, author of “Images of America: US Route 1 Baltimore to Washington, D.C.”; and Andra Damron, author of “Images of America: Hyattsville.”
In keeping with the mission of his previous bookstore, Harper also plans live music by the Repeat Offenderz, a cover band made up of local attorneys.