When BookPeople of Moscow’s Bob Greene announced his retirement in March, the terms were a bit . . . flexible, we’ll say. His farewell tour started with a St. Patty’s Day celebration and continues to this day. Bob’s last day is, at least to some degree, tied to the fate of the store, which, it was simultaneously announced, is for sale. “BookPeople of Moscow, books and building, are for sale! All books in stock 30% off! Sale continues until all the books are sold or the business is sold.” They might also have added, “And Bob can’t leave for Portland until one of these things is accomplished.”
The city of Moscow is more definitive, announcing Saturday, June 11 as “Bob Greene Day.” Shelf Awareness has a great list of praises sung by Mayor Nancy Chaney, including being “a champion of the community, education, the arts and locally owned and operated businesses.” Bob’s big day will wrap up with a farewell reception, followed by a film showing, at the city’s Kenworthy Theater. Proceeds from the night, per Greene’s request, will be donated to the Kenworthy Performing Arts Center.